MORE visitors from the United States than ever before are taking advantage of the pound’s current weak position to tackle the region’s golf courses.
That is according to Neil Hampton, general manager of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, a partner of Highland Golf Links that also includes Castle Stuart Golf Links and Nairn Golf Club.
He said: “Since Britain voted in June to leave the EU, the currency dip and the uncertainty of what lies ahead has led to a rise in incoming tourism. Scotland has so far reaped the rewards, with the Highlands, where the scenery and the golf courses are renowned, among the locations to benefit.”
The depreciation of sterling means the cost of travel, accommodation, food and drink and green fees can be lower than usual for visitors.
Mr Hampton added: “With new air connections between Inverness and Heathrow and Amsterdam starting this year, it makes the region more accessible than ever at just the right time.
“The low pound means overseas travel is more expensive, leading to a rise in UK staycation business.
“It’s all good news for the industry and for organisations like Highland Golf Links.
“The prognosis for golf tourism following Brexit may be uncertain, but at the moment we are enjoying an unexpected and welcome side effect.”
Other Highland Golf Links partners are the Kingsmills Hotel and Culloden House in Inverness and the Royal Golf Hotel in Dornoch.