Our 2019 Gala Golf Classic takes place at the incredible Carnoustie Golf Links, scene of Francesco Molinari’s 2018 Open Championship triumph.
Our annual Gala Golf Classic goes from strength to strength, with last year’s event at Royal Birkdale attracting over 70 golfers who enjoyed a cracking schedule with former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp. This year we make our first foray into Scotland, the spiritual home of golf, where 8-time Open Championship host Carnoustie features at the very top of world-leading golf venues. Our VIP guest for this prestigious event is England’s legendary left back, Stuart “Psycho” Pearce, who was a fixture in the England team for over a decade, including the great runs in the 1990 World Cup and Euro ‘96.
With a Sporting Dinner to follow an afternoon of golf, and a further round the following morning on the Buddon or Burnside courses, this is an event not to be missed!
Carnoustie: This year we move to the incredible Carnoustie Golf Links, scene of Francesco Molinari’s British Open triumph in 2018, and host to the world’s most famous tournament on no less than eight occasions! In winning the tournament, Molinari became the first Italian to win a major – this is your chance to tread the same fairways and greens as Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Padraig Harrington, who have also won the tournament at Carnoustie. As well as playing the main Championship course, you’ll have the opportunity to play a round the following morning on Buddon or Burnside, both of which feature in the top 50 rated Links courses in the UK.
Stuart Pearce: After starting out at lowly Wealdstone in non-league football, Stuart Pearce went on to become one of the finest full backs in Europe, spending most of his League career at Nottingham Forest. A fixture in the England line-up for over a decade, Stuart won 78 caps for his country, playing alongside the likes of Alan Shearer, Tony Adams and Paul Gascoigne. His no-nonsense style, allied to his eye for goal and thunderbolt shooting won him legions of fans. After hanging up his boots Stuart managed Manchester City, before enjoying a seven year stint as England U-21 boss, and managing the Great Britain side at the 2012 Olympics. More recently he managed Forest in 2014-15, and last season was assistant to David Moyes at West Ham.
Pete Graves: A passionate Newcastle United fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for football and knowledge of the game are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our sporting lunches and dinners, and we are delighted to have him as always!
Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa: Situated on the edge of the Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course, the Carnoustie Golf Hotel is less than 200 yards from the beach. We will be situated in our own private lounge for dinner, and all guests will enjoy luxury Double rooms for single occupancy as standard. Guests can relax with a drink in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel’s casual Calders Lounge or enjoy the views on the terraced seating area. Rooms are spacious and include tea and coffee making facilities and a private bathroom with the option to upgrade to a course-viewing room. A heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and gym are all available in the leisure centre.