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Scotland is on course to welcome thousands of visitors to golf’s spiritual home in 2000.

The return ‘home’ of the Open Championship (St Andrews, 20th – 23rd July), the Loch Lomond Invitational (12th – 15th July) and the Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond Golf Club (6th – 8th October) will generate renewed interest in the ‘home of golf’ and its network of courses.

The Scottish Tourist Board (STB) is preparing for the influx of visitors by publishing a golf map of Scotland to help them navigate their way around 300 plus courses throughout Scotland from Shetland to Dumfies & Galloway.  The map, available free by calling 08705 511 511, also contains a factfile on golf passes and golf events countrywide, top golfing tips and details of where to find out more information on golf in Scotland.

Colin Montgomerie, Europe’s top golfer for seven successive years, says of his golfing experince in Scotland:  “Golf is first and foremost a game to be enjoyed and the courses in Scotland allow you to play the game where it first developed.  The Old Course at St Andrews, the home of golf, is one of the most exciting challenges for any player and the finest links golf in the world is on offer at Tunberry, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Muirfield and many other gems.  The beautiful settings, combined with magnificent facilities, makes playing links golf an unforgettable experience.

Don’t just take my word for it – I strongly urge you to come to Scotland and play these wonderful courses for yourself and you will understand the passion that the game inspires, not only here but around the world”.

Mike Young, STB’s Deputy Director of UK Marketing welcomes the new STB map:  “The ‘Golf Scotland’ map is a must for all golfers keen to make the most of Scotland’s excellent variety of courses – from its famous championship courses to its great value for money and scenic ‘hidden gems’.  Scotland is a year round golfing destination – in summer you can play golf in some areas of Scotland at midnight, and in autumn and winter you can enjoy the added benefit of off-season prices”.