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Gavin Hastings, Scotland’s former International Rugby Captain, is assisting the Scottish Executive with the preparations for Scotland’s Ryder Cup bid. At this stage the five possible venues are Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Loch Lomond, St Andrews and Turnberry

Scotland’s golf and tourism industries have declared their ambition to make more of the country’s world-class status as the Home of Golf. Golf tourism to Scotland is currently worth almost £100 million to the Scottish economy, around £70 million from UK visitors and the remainder from overseas. The new Strategy aims to boost spend by 4.4% per annum. Tourism is one of Scotland’s largest industries. It employs 177,000 (8% of the workforce and 15% of the Highlands & Islands workforce) and it injects £2.47b annually into the Scottish economy (5%).Tourism pays the wages of more people than the oil, gas and whisky industries combined and employs over four times more than agriculture/fishing

The Scottish Tourist Board is preparing for an influx of visitors. The Loch Lomond Invitational (12th-15th July), The Open Championship at St Andrews (20th-23rd July) and the Solheim Cup at Loch Lomond (6th-8th October) will generate renewed interest in the home of golf and its network of courses – a free map is available