Tommy’s Honour: New film could help bring golf tourists north

Royal Dornoch is an Old Tom Morris course
Royal Dornoch is an Old Tom Morris course

A new film about a legendary golf course designer could help bring more tourists to the north’s fairways, according to VisitScotland.

Tommy’s Honour focuses on the relationship between famous course architect Old Tom Morris and his son Young Tom Morris.

Old Tom was the driving force behind some of the north and north-east’s most famous links – including Royal Dornoch, Nairn, Cruden Bay and Machrihanish.

He also famously created the Old Course at St Andrews, where he created the famous 1st and 18th holes – the most famous starting and finishing holes in golf.

The new film is released today and is directed by Jason Connery, son of Sir Sean.

It stars Peter Mullan as Old Tom and Jack Lowden as Young Tom – with supporting turns from Sam Neill and Ophelia Lovibond.

To celebrate the film’s release, VisitScotland has produced a map highlighting the courses baring the course designers fingerprints, including Askernish in South Uist and Tain.

It also gives details of filming locations in Fife and East Lothian.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Old Tom Morris is known as the Grandfather of Golf, while Young Tom was the game’s first superstar, so their sporting legacy is immense.

“Tommy’s Honour will help to highlight their unique contribution to Scottish history, helping to cement the worldwide reputation of Scotland as a whole – and St Andrews in particular – as the Home of Golf. One of Scotland’s most famous exports, golf tourism is worth £286 million to the Scottish economy with almost 750,000 visitor rounds played every year.”

Jason Connery added: “Tommy’s Honour is a true Scottish story and by seeing the film, you are effectively seeing Scotland.

“It is a story that is truly close to my heart as I grew up with my father on a golf course. It is an extraordinary and intimate tale of love and family at the beginning of the great game of golf.”