Hopes for tourism boost

Pictured (from left) are Yifan Li, Forfar Golf Club secretary Stuart Wilson, David Valentine and Wei Jian Li.
Pictured (from left) are Yifan Li, Forfar Golf Club secretary Stuart Wilson, David Valentine and Wei Jian Li.

There are hopes that Angus will benefit from a surge in golf tourism after Forfar features on Chinese television.

A crew from the China Golf Channel filmed at the Forfar course, as well as Montrose, recently and will feature them on then channel which is routinely viewed by more than 23 million golf fans.

They were staying at the Forbes of Kingennie while covering the Open but were keen to play on some of Scotland’s lesser known courses.

The channel has an existing link with the area through businessman David Valentine who has built up relationships with some of China’s largest golf media companies.

​Mr Valentine, managing director of Valentine International, co-produced 10 films with the China Golf Channel in February this year which have now been broadcast as a continuing series of short 10-minute films about golf heritage in ‘Scotland - the Home of World Golf’.

He explained that through his long-standing personal friendship with the owner of the China Golf Channel, he was fortunate in bringing over their most famous celebrity host Li Weijian to Scotland.

Mr Li visited Montrose Golf Links - the world’s fifth oldest course - and Forfar Golf Club, which was the first to be designed as a complete 18-hole course, to learn more about the clubs’ unique histories.

Mr Valentine said: “Until now most golfers from China have wanted to play only the trophy courses especially the Old Course in St Andrews.

“However, a growing number of them are now thinking more about playing some of the other courses​ and staying at value for money venues like Forbes of Kingennie.”