The 145th Open is a huge success for South Ayrshire
"The 145th Open at Royal Troon has been a massive success for everyone involved and, with 173,000 people coming along to South Ayrshire – many for the first time – it was a great opportunity to showcase all that Ayrshire and Arran has to offer. The TV coverage, in particular, beamed stunning images of our town and coastline right across the world and our local businesses welcomed visitors with open arms. I have no doubt we'll welcome lots of them back in the future.
"At the heart of the success of a major international event like this is a joined-up approach that brings all the key agencies together from the earliest point in the planning process. That means the Council, the emergency services, the NHS, the trunk roads agencies, transport operators, The R&A of course, and anyone else who has a part to play ¬- and I want to thank all our partners for the part they played.
Each and every one of them worked tirelessly for the same end – delivering the best possible Open Championship and maximising the economic impact for our people, businesses and communities – and I have no doubt that has been achieved.
"As a resident of Troon myself, it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the town and I want to thank the local community for their support – and patience! – not just over the past week, but in the months beforehand too. We were very proud to be host region for The Open and all the hard work and effort and input was certainly worth it – thank you all."
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council