DAVAA Golf Day


On Thursday the 11th of May we teamed up with Carnoustie Country, Angus Council, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise to bring our members the first DAVAA Golf day.

The aim of the day was to learn about how we could utilize the great golfing facilities in Dundee and Angus, learn about the upcoming opportunities presented by the Open in 2018 coming to Carnoustie, drive more golf tourism business and of course, play a bit of golf.

The morning event began at 10am, with tea and coffee, followed by talks from Jane Taylor, Sector Officer of Golf at Angus Council and Dennis McFarlane, Industry Relationship Manager from Visit Scotland.

Dennis started things off and spoke of the importance of golf to Scotland’s tourism sector. He highlighted the boost to local businesses when a major event such as the Open came to an area. He also stressed the importance of businesses working together to bring a product that would keep visitors coming back to Scotland.  The Open next year will bring our area to a global audience and we should look to create a legacy through great service and facilities that helps achieve this.

Jane informed DAVAA members about the opportunities presented by working with Carnoustie Country; the local golf destination marketing campaign. In her presentation we learned that golf tourism in Angus is worth £19.6m annually and supports 868 jobs. The Carnoustie Country area includes 34 courses within a 40 minute drive of Carnoustie and covers Angus, northern Fife and southern Perthshire. Financially it is the fourth most lucrative golf area in Scotland and boasts courses of superb quality and heritage.

The impact of major golf events has grown hugely over the last few years. Last years Open at Troon brought 173,000 visitors and delivered an economic boost of £64 million. With figures like that our members should be, at the very least, aware of small changes they can make that could possibly bring a share of this lucrative market their way.

Ask yourself;

  • Is your business golf friendly?
  • Are you linking up with your local golf course?
  • Are you aware of golf events in your area?
  • Are you bookable online?

For any members wishing to learn more or to work with Carnoustie Country, please contact Jane Taylor via the Carnoustie Country website


Sixteen ‘Athletes’ took part in a texas scramble competition to stake their claim on winning the inaugural ‘DAVAA Cup’. A very close finish saw the team of Dennis McFarlane from VisitScotland, Richie Hawkins & Alex Reavley from Taypark House & Jim McWilliams of the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa running out the eventual winners.

Nearest the Pin was won by Stuart Clark of Balmuirfield House and Longest Drive was won by Richard Ellison of the Doubletree by Hilton (Gordon MacKintosh is pictured accepted on his behalf and don’t worry, he did receive a proper prize).

Many thanks to Westport Serviced Apartments, Balmuirfield House and Forbes of Kingennie for generously providing the prizes.

DAVAA also wishes to thank Carnoustie Country and Scottish Enterprise through the Dundee Tourism Strategy for their support of this event.

This event was free to our members.