Dave Valentine MBE, the owner of Simpsons Golf Shop said "No one really believes the R&A’s new policy is about protecting the public from rogue hospitality operators. Most people believe their aim is to corral paying guests, so their only option is to buy the on-course merchandise, food and drink. Traders in the High Street will most definitely suffer and the traditional carnival atmosphere of the Open will be sadly diminished.
With official packages costing between £420 and £900 per person, many local families, clubs and local companies will be unable to combine a celebratory get together in their home, club or local hostelry with the customary access to what will be one of the world’s greatest sporting events.
I’m a great supporter of the Open at Carnoustie but the R&A should treat the town and trade of Carnoustie with a lot more respect. In my previous role as Angus Council’s Head of Economic Development and Consumer Protection, I was privileged to Chair the Group responsible for staging the last Open in 2007. We didn’t suffer from fraudulent miss-selling of hospitality packages then and most people know there is no need to fear from it in 2018."
Dave continued "It's an Open and shut case for a rethink - The R&A’s new policy is like taking a driver to sink a two-inch putt – something the ruling body should take another look at!"
The original Carnoustie golf pro shop in was established by the Dalhousie Club in 1883 when - at the age of 20 - Bob Simpson was chosen to look after the already famous Carnoustie links. He established his business in the first Simpsons Golf Shop on Links Parade - a few steps along Links parade from where the shop stands today. In his new job Bob was responsible for the operation of the already famous Links. In fact golf in Carnoustie revolved around the Simpsons golf Shop which was if you like the original official golf pro shop - the first truly official Carnoustie golf pro shop.
Carnoustie is now getting ready for its eighth Open Championship in 2018. Simpsons of Carnoustie is looking forward to welcoming the Carnoustie open 2018 and players and spectators from across the globe. Let's hope that the town and trade of Carnoustie are treated fairly by the R & A so that everyone can afford to enjoy what will be one of the world's greatest sporting events.
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