Golf numbers into Scotland are taking off
Here at Morton Golf we promote the best golf in the world, whether it is Scotland, Ireland, England or Wales. We are in the fortunate position that golfers want to visit the UK and Ireland.
I challenge you to find one golfer who does not want to walk down the 18th of the Old at some stage in their life, drink a pint of Guinness overlooking the 18th at Waterville, challenge themselves on the three Open venues of England’s Golf Coast or explore the lesser-known classics like Royal Porthcawl.
However, to want to play is not actually playing. There are of course many factors that stop the golfer travelling of which access is one. I want to highlight access in this blog because it has such a massive impact on where golfers visit in the UK and Ireland and where our golfers can play.
As we mentioned in our Facebook post, it is fantastic news that after 18 years British Airways has re-introduced the Heathrow to Inverness flight. The Highlands is and always has been an amazing golf destination. Any region with courses the quality of Castle Stuart, Nairn, Tain, Brora and Royal Dornoch has a right to be smug. But, for the visitor golfer (and this is a generalisation) it was always considered tough to get to.
Thanks to this ‘new’ flight, our North American, Australian and South African friends can fly in and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow with ease and efficiency. They can either start their trip in the Highlands, and work their way south, or, they can spend a week exploring the famous and not so famous courses of the Highlands. This is vital news for the Highlands and Scotland. The Scottish Open returns to Castle Stuart in 2016 too, so this will only cement the destination’s status as one of the world’s ‘must-play’ regions.
Another golfing destination, which has been in the news a lot recently, is Aberdeen. Trump International Golf Links is a fantastic addition to a region that boasts Cruden Bay, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar. A different way of arriving in Scotland is to Aberdeen from Reykjavik with Iceland Air, which again opens up easy links to the east coast of the US.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh and Glasgow continue to attract new flights. For our North American focus, there will be a direct flight from Toronto to Glasgow from 2016. The New York flights to Edinburgh and Glasgow are already extremely popular.
Encouragingly, the increased access from Europe too will allow us to broaden our horizons. Edinburgh will welcome new flights from Rome and Paris from the end of March 2016 with Vueling, with flights from Frankfurt and Amsterdam already proving popular with European golf visitors.
We applaud those who are working hard behind the scenes to secure access into Scotland. There is obviously a realisation that tourism is one of the major industries in Scotland and golf plays an increasing part in its success and its reputation. There is no doubt golf numbers into Scotland are taking off!