Local businesses enjoyed roaring trade during record-breaking Open – survey

A record 172,000 spectators watched the 147th Open at Carnoustie, while businesses enjoyed a roaring trade before and during the competition.

Sandy Lyle tees off first during day one of the 147th Open Championship

A survey conducted by Angus Council has totted up the perks of hosting golf’s oldest major tournament by contacting the region’s 34 golf courses and accommodation providers about business during the month of July, when The Open was held.

Of the golf venues in Angus, Perthshire and Fife that responded, 78% recorded an increase in business activity during the month compared to 12 months ago.

More specifically, 89% said their business had seen an upsurge in demand during the week of the Open, from July 15 to July 21.

Councillor Ron Sturrock, spokesman for economic development for Angus Council, said: “Our objective for The Open was to capitalise on the international spotlight that would be shone on Scotland.

“Through various initiatives and action plans, our team was able to achieve this, smashing previously held records along the way.

“One of the key objectives, however, was to ensure the economic benefits reached beyond the boundaries of the Championship Course at Carnoustie.

“With a dedicated promotional campaign to do just that, the region’s hotels and restaurants were among many to capitalise on an exceptional summer.”