Top American deal for Kirrie based company

A KIRRIEMUIR based golf video production company has landed a top deal to air their footage of a number of Scottish golf clubs on American television.

The Tennis Channel, based in Los Angeles, will show a short video made up of footage supplied by Go-Golf.tv during their coverage of the Wimbledon tournament.

Go-Golf.tv has been filming golf courses for the past three years including some of the most famous in Scotland such as Carnoustie and Royal Aberdeen and some more modest courses including Brechin and Forfar here in Angus.

The site continues to provide an ever-increasing number of UK and European golf clubs with a video creation and distribution service which not only significantly enhances a club’s website but distributes their video to a growing number of key websites dedicated to golf throughout the world.

David Whyte, producer, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to spread the word about all of our golf course partners.

“A constant on-screen overlay carrying the message ‘Courtesy of www.go-golf.tv’ will be shown throughout the sequence potentially bringing thousands of viewers back to our website which in turn will benefit all of our participating golf clubs.”

He added: “This is fantastic for all the courses as it will be watched by around 48 million households in America which should produce some uptake for Scottish golf.”

The Tennis Channel is one of America’s leading sports channels and fares only slightly better than the Golf Channel in terms of ratings and income. During Wimbledon their viewing rates skyrocket.

Stephanie Chan, production assistant with the Tennis Channel, said: “Our coverage of Wimbledon pulls about 48 million US households in the 25 to 54 age range with an over $80,000 income.

“Many tennis fans are also keen on golf and will perhaps now be more interested in taking the ‘Dream Golf Vacation of a Lifetime’ to the UK and the rest of Europe.”

Colin McLeod of Carnoustie Golf Links was one of David’s first customers and was thrilled with the video he produced. He said: “It was probably about four or five years ago when David came to me with the concept and I thought it was tremendous.

“Since then he seems to have gone from strength to strength and it has been great.

“The videos bring to life the traditional images you would usually have on a website. From them you can get a proper feel for the courses themselves.”

Another early customer, Steven Rennie, director of golf at Brechin, was similarly delighted with David’s video of Brechin Golf Club. He said: “We were delighted to be one of the first clubs to have a video produced by David. I think it was the catalyst for him to go out and do a few more.

“The fact the videos have been picked up to go on American TV is good for Scottish golf.

“We have our own website but the video adds a bit more to it - we have people coming in and saying that the website has a really good video.

“We are delighted with it and now other courses have followed suit.”

He added: “It is a great way to market your club.”