Vow over efforts to keep The Open coming to local area

Carnoustie Links, which hosts The Open

The chief executive of the charity that operates Carnoustie Links has vowed to do everything he can to ensure The Open keeps returning to Angus.

Michael Wells, who took up the post at Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee (CGLMC) in September, has called on people and businesses in the town to see the “big picture” benefits of the golf tournament.

The R&A has faced criticism for not allowing readmissions at next year’s championship, a policy some businesses have claimed will impact on the local economic benefits of hosting the event.

However, Mr Wells has said people should think of the economic benefits The Open brings, not just during the tournament, but all year round.

He said: “Whether the R&A decides to have a no readmissions policy or not, we should be tremendously proud of having The Open and should recognise the benefits of that every single day.

“Millions and millions of pounds come into this area generated off the back of The Open.

“Without it, we wouldn’t have any of that.

“It benefits all the shops and the businesses and keeps people in jobs.

“Everyone — the town, the council — needs to be doing as much as we can to ensure that it keeps coming back.”

Mr Wells said the £5 million extension to the golf centre, which is due to open in March, was an “investment in the future” the would help Carnoustie’s hopes of securing future Open Championship events.

Newly published accounts show CGLMC recorded a 10% increase in turnover of £4.9 million for the year ending March 31 and a surplus of £235,000.