Tayside’s restaurants, bars, hotels and guest houses are preparing for an influx of tens of thousands of golf fans from across the world from this weekend.
Carnoustie will host the 147th staging of The Open Championship, welcoming all the sport’s top stars and their legions of supporters to the area.
The event – which holds its first practice day on Sunday, before the competition proper gets under way on Thursday – is expected to attract more than 170,000 spectators.
And it’s anticipated they will plough £70 million into the local economy as they visit venues across the region to keep well fed and watered.
Golfers are expected to start jetting in over the next few days, with Dundee Airport playing host to their private jets as well as flights chartered specially for fans.
Airport manager Derrick Lang said: “We have extensive experience in dealing with golfing events on a similar scale, from the likes of the yearly pro-am Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, past Open Championships in the area and the Ryder Cup held at Gleneagles in 2014.
“For The Open this year, we estimate that we will service about 80-100 aircraft movements throughout the tournament week.”
Craig Lafferty, Business Angus officer at Angus Council, said the championship would provide the perfect opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer.
He said: “The focus will be on promoting Carnoustie Country as a great place to play, stay, eat and explore.
“We have promoted commercial opportunities to local businesses, including providing details of local food and drink and suppliers to The R&A.
“We are working to ensure that the town has a festival atmosphere, is welcoming and encourages our visitors to enjoy their visit and hopefully return.”
At the tournament itself, local food and drink will be showcased. Local producers will be offering some of their wares from Tuesday to Sunday.
Award-winning chef Adam Newth, of the Michelin-recommended Tayberry restaurant in Broughty Ferry, is set to cater for celebrities and former golfers at the after party – which is a first for The Open.
Adam, 27, who was crowned Young Scottish Chef of the Year and Young Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year in 2016, will be providing a luxury oyster bar containing hundreds of molluscs for the 500 guests in attendance.
He said: “I’ve learned from some of the country’s finest Michelin-starred chefs, including Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart, so I’m looking forward to showcasing my skills and the very best of Scottish produce to the golfing elite, TV personalities and Hollywood producers.”
Organisers of the event have encouraged those driving to the venue to follow designated routes to the public car parks, which will be signed by the AA.
However, fans can also use public transport to access the course – with extra trains being laid on by ScotRail for the duration of the championship.
Services between Dundee and Carnoustie will run as frequently as every 10-15 minutes, with regular trains from various parts of Fife, Perthshire and Angus also serving the town. Full timetables for services are available on The Open and ScotRail websites.
Meanwhile, Stagecoach – which already runs services through Carnoustie from Dundee and other parts of Angus – will be running additional services at peak times, with demand expected to be high.
There will also be a designated bicycle park near the course, accessed via National Cycle Route 1 and by following the signs on approach to Carnoustie Golf Links.