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‘Show us your heritage and we’ll show you our golf balls’

Dartmouth USA visitors due to arrive here later this year will get to visit Stonehenge, the Britannia Royal Naval College and Dartmouth’s historic castle during their five-day stay.
And they are inviting a party from Dartmouth UK back across the Atlantic next year to take part in their anniversary celebration – and visit their golf ball factory.
The Massachusetts town is so proud of its Titleist golf ball factory – which is one of the biggest operations of its kind in the world, turning out almost a million top quality golf balls a day – that it wants the UK visitors to take a tour as part of their birthday visit.
Dartmouth town councillors were told about the invitation as they met to discuss the US visit in September this year ahead of next year’s celebrations when the USA town will be marking the 350th anniversary of its foundation in 1664.
The town’s general purposes committee chairman Felicity Smith said the US town was anxious to sort out just how many UK Dartmothians would be making a visit next year.
‘They also want to know if the delegation would like to visit where the Titleist golf balls are made.’
The US Titleist Ball Plant II is sited in North Dartmouth and is run by the Massachusetts-based Acushnet Company which is a subsidiary of the South Korean golf equipment company Fila.
Dartmouth Town Council has already organised one meeting to see who would be interested in making the trip to the USA and is aiming to set up another.

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