Montrosians look to past and present

AS Montrose gears up for the start of a programme of events to celebrate golf being played there for 450 years, steps are also being taken to protect the sport’s future in the Angus town.

A pitch-and-putt course at Montrose Links, which has been re-developed, is due to open soon as part of a legacy project, with sponsorship having been secured to allow local youngsters free use of the facility.

“The legacy project is a key aspect of Montrose 450,” said Jason Boyd, the town’s PGA professional. “Thanks to funding by GlaxoSmithKline, junior golfers won’t have to pay to use the pitch-and-putt course, which should help to ensure Montrosians’ 450-year love affair with golf continues for another 450 years.”

Events planned to celebrate the milestone – the Montrose Medal course is the fifth oldest in the world – include a re-enactment of the first game played on the links, an exhibition, a pro-am and an open week. The re-designed 11th hole will also be officially opened in April.