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Posted onJuly 21, 2012


YOUNG GOLFERS TAKE OVER MONTROSE LINKS!On Tuesday, 17 July, over 120 junior golfers from across Angus participated in the Montrose 450 Junior Day of Golf, which was part of the 2012 programme of special events celebrating of 450 years of golf on Montrose Links.

 The highly-successful free event consisted of Angus Council Sports Development Team’s Tri Golf sessions for novice and new golfers and a series of competitions for junior golfers of all ages and skill levels, including a nine-hole pitch and putt competition. One of the highlights of the event was The Montrose 450th Junior Open, which was sponsored by Carnoustie Country and won by Nicholas Stirling, a junior member of Montrose Caledonia Golf Club.

 “Junior golfers are the future of the game,” said Sandy Barclay, Junior Convenor, Kirriemuir Golf Club, who explained that, thanks to Angus Council’s offer to local golf clubs of free travel to Montrose, over 20 junior golfers from Kirriemuir had attended the Junior Day of Golf. “It’s very encouraging that so many junior golfers benefited from the free golfing activities on offer at the Montrose 450 Junior Golf Day – and I know that Kirriemuir’s junior golfers found it a very worthwhile and enjoyable day.

 “Junior golf development initiatives like this provide excellent opportunities for young people to play in golf competitions or simply pick up a golf club for the first time. This will help to ensure the continuing popularity of golf throughout Carnoustie Country, which, with its excellent choice of 30 courses in and around Angus and 450 years of golfing heritage, has to be one of the best places in the world to learn to play golf.”

 Montrose 450 Junior Day of Golf was also sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and The Round Table of Montrose.

To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.


Posted onJuly 17, 2012


45 FROM 45 CELEBRATE 450 – WITH A ROUND OF GOLF!As part of the 12-months of celebrations commemorating 450 years of golf in Montrose, on Wednesday, July 18, 45 Royal Marines from 45 Commando will play a round of golf on Montrose Medal, one of the two courses on Montrose Links.

“We are honoured to be offered this opportunity to play on the fifth oldest golf course in the world,“ said Sergeant Tony Bewick of 45 Commando Royal Marines. “The Royal Marines who will be teeing off on Montrose Medal on Wednesday are really looking forward to playing there – and have been using every minute of their spare time to practice their golf swings and putting techniques!”

Alan Crow, Chair of Montrose Golf Links, explained that the Marines have been invited to play on the Carnoustie Country course during the Montrose 450 celebrations in recognition of their efforts on previous tours of duty in Afghanistan. “We’re delighted to welcome Marines from the Royal Marine Commando base at RM Condor, by Arbroath, to Montrose Medal,” Alan continued. “This is our small way of thanking the Royal Marines, and all members of the British Armed Forces, for their dedication to duty, both in the UK and in trouble spots across the world.”

Alan explained that the Marines will be playing golf with representatives of the three Montrose golf clubs. “Following their rounds of golf, there will be a meal in one of the clubhouses for everyone involved, where the best golfers of the day will be presented with Montrose 450 commemoration trophies,” continued Alan. “Then Montrose Heritage Trust, one of the sponsors of this event, will present a special trophy to 45 Commando.”

The Marines’ Montrose Links golf day is also sponsored by the Rotary Club of Montrose. “45 Commando RM has been based at Condor since the early 1970s and the service personnel and their families have made a valuable contribution to the whole Angus community,” said Chris Hardy, Chair of Montrose Rotary. “Montrose Rotary Club is delighted to show, in some small way, the appreciation we all have of the work they do.”

For more information about Montrose 450, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk or call 01674 672634. To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.


Posted onJuly 5, 2012


MONTROSE 450 JUNIOR DAY OF GOLF TO ENSURE GOLFING LEGACY CONTINUESThroughout 2012, Montrose 450 is celebrating golf being played on Montrose Links for 450 years. However, as well as commemorating Montrose’s rich golfing history and heritage, Montrose 450 is also helping to ensure the continued success of the game locally by being heavily involved in the development of junior golf throughout Angus.

“In conjunction with sponsors GlaxoSmithKline, Montrose Round Table and Carnoustie Country, we are holding a Junior Day of Golf on Tuesday, July 17, 2012,” said David May, chair of the Montrose 450 committee.  “This will feature eight competitions for junior golfers of all ages and skill levels, as well as providing youngsters who have never played golf before with a chance to try out this popular sport – and it’s all free.”

Jason Boyd, golf professional at Montrose Links, explained that junior golfers will be able to compete on the Montrose Medal and Montrose Broomfield Golf Courses, as well as participating in a putting competition. “During our Junior Day of Golf, Angus Council Sports Development Team will be providing free Tri Golf sessions to potential, new and novice golfers at Montrose Links, which will be followed by nine holes on the newly-refurbished South Links Pitch and Putt Course. This is an excellent chance for youngsters to find out what golf is all about – and just how much fun it can be – without paying a penny.”

In addition, Angus Council is providing nine Angus golf clubs with free transport for twenty of their junior golfers to Montrose Links on July 17. “However you don’t need to be a junior member of a local golf club to participate in Montrose 450’s Junior Day of Golf,” stressed Jason. “This event is open to all youngsters – locals and visitors, golfers and non-golfers – and everyone who participates will receive a special medal. To join in with the free golfing activities on offer, simply turn up at the Professional Shop at Montrose Links on July 17.”

Councillor Mairi Evans, Carnoustie Country spokesperson, expressed her hope that youngsters from across Angus will take full advantage of this special day at Montrose Links. “Montrose Links’ 450 years of golfing heritage is one of the reasons Carnoustie Country, which covers 30 courses in and around Angus, is considered the cradle of golf,” said Cllr Evans. “Initiatives such as Montrose 450’s Junior Day of Golf will help to ensure golf remains as popular with future generations as it has been for the previous 450 years!”

For more information about Montrose 450 Junior Golf Day, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk or call 01674 672634 . To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.


Posted onMay 10, 2012



The 2012 re-enactment of the first recorded game of golf on Montrose Links, when, 450 years ago, Montrose schoolboy James Melvill (Finn Coull) received a golf lesson from his teacher, Reverend Gray (Jason Boyd, Montrose Links Golf Professional).

The Weekend of Celebration will tee off on Friday, June 29 with a Civic Reception at the Park Hotel hosted Angus Council. David May, spokesperson for Montrose 450, explained that captains and senior office bearers of the three Montrose Golf Clubs will be invited to this event, along with sponsors, members of Montrose Golf Links Committee, the committee managing the Montrose 450 celebrations and local councillors and dignitaries.

“This Civic Reception is official recognition of the lasting contribution golf has made to the town and the people of Montrose over the last 450 years,” said David, “as well as the contribution Montrose has made to the game of golf, which originated in this corner of Scotland.”

On Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 450 golfers will take to the Montrose Medal and Broomfield courses to compete in an individual tournament and competitions for Gentlemen, Senior Gentlemen, Ladies, Juniors and All Players. “We’re expecting a fantastic response to these commemorative Montrose 450 tournaments, especially as entry is free,” explained Montrose Golf Links Golf Professional, Jason Boyd.

“As a result, on Saturday, play will be restricted to members of Montrose golf clubs who are also Montrose Golf Links season ticket holders. However, on Sunday, July 1, a limited number of tee times will be available for non-members and non-season ticket holders. We’re hopeful this will encourage golfers from far and wide to make the journey to Montrose Links and experience how 450 years of golfing heritage has shaped two of the best links courses in Carnoustie Country, the cradle of golf.”

Jason revealed that all golfers who take to the Montrose Links on June 30 or July 1 will receive a commemorative Montrose 450 gift. “In addition,” continued Jason, “many prizes will be up for grabs in both days’ competitions, including an antique hickory-shaft putter, sponsored by Carnoustie Country, for the best 18-hole score over the two days.”

As part of Montrose 450’s Weekend of Celebration, on Saturday, June 30, there will be a formal dinner at the Park Hotel, which will include a charity auction and an insight into the world of golf by Alistair Low, Captain of the R&A. “As Montrose is one of the first towns where golf was played, this evening promises to be a wonderful celebration of the history of this fabulous game – and the future, which is a very important aspect of Montrose 450,” added David May. “Montrose 450 features several initiatives to ensure golf remains one of the most popular sports in our local area by encouraging and supporting junior golfers in Montrose.

“One of the highlights of the weekend will undoubtedly be the large number of golfers of all ages and all abilities playing the Montrose Medal and Broomfield Golf Courses. It will be truly magnificent to witness 450 golfers taking to the Montrose Links to celebrate Montrose’s 450-year golfing history with a round of golf.”

For more information about Montrose 450, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk. To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

Posted onMarch 6, 2012

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

April Launch For 450 Years of Golf in Montrose

In 1562, a Montrose schoolboy, James Melvill, wrote in his diary that he’d been taught how to use ‘the glub for goff’ on Montrose Links by his school master, Reverend William Gray. Exactly 450 years later, golf remains the favoured activity on Montrose Links – and this is to be celebrated in the Angus town from April 2012 onwards.

Montrose 450, as the year of celebration has been named, will highlight this historic milestone in the town’s golfing history and will feature several special events on and around the Montrose Links’ golf courses -Broomfield and Montrose Medal, one of Carnoustie Country’s Open qualifying courses and the fifth oldest golf course in the world.

The fascinating history of golf in Montrose over the last 450 years is littered with anecdotes. For example, in 1629, the Marquis of Montrose abandoning his young bride only days after their wedding to play golf on the Links; 18th century gentry betting massive sums on a round played at night; and the golfers’ struggle over the centuries to save Montrose Links from the plough.

 David May is chair of the group representing the three Montrose golf clubs organising the year of celebration. “Montrose 450 will kick off on Monday, 2 April, with a re-enactment of James Melvill and Reverend Gray’s 1562 game of golf on Montrose Links,” David revealed. “Golf may well have been played in Montrose before then but James Melvill’s note in his diary is the first recorded mention of the game in the town.”

The 450th anniversary celebrations will continue on Friday, 13 April when former Women’s British Open Champion Catriona Matthew will officially open Montrose Medal’s redesigned 11th hole, which has been extended to 450 yards. In addition, Ms Matthew will be conducting a golf clinic, providing local and visiting golfers with opportunities to pick up tips from one of the UK’s top golfers.


On 28 April, Montrose Museum’s 450 Exhibition will open and will run until 16 June. This exhibition will cover 450 years of golf in Montrose and will also feature a variety of golfing photos and artefacts from the Angus Museums Collection, Montrose golf clubs and members of the public.

In June, a Weekend of Celebration will take place, with golfers from across the UK participating in golf competitions and other special events to mark 450 years of golf in Montrose.

Jason Boyd, PGA golf professional at Montrose, explained that there will be several Montrose 450 golfing competitions during 2012, including a Pro-Am Tournament on 21 July and an Open Week, sponsored by Astute, from 23 - 27 July. “During the Open Week, around 300 golfers – Gents, Ladies and Juniors – will compete over five days,” said Jason, who added that, on October 6, the customary end of season Open Tri-Am Tournament will include the closing ceremony for Montrose 450.

As well as celebrating Montrose’s golfing past, Montrose 450 aims to promote golf’s future through a series of initiatives designed to encourage and support young golfers. “The Legacy Project is a key aspect of Montrose 450,” said Jason. “This will include the Junior Open Day, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and Montrose Round Table, which we’re hoping will attract young golfers from all over Angus, and also the soon-to-be opened, redeveloped pitch and putt course at Montrose Links.

“Thanks to GlaxoSmithKline funding, junior golfers won’t have to pay to use this course, which should help to ensure Montrosians’ 450-year love affair with golf continues for another 450 years.”

For more information about Montrose 450, visit www.montroselinks.co.uk. To find out more about Carnoustie Country and its golf courses, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com.


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