Pitlochry Golf Club to rival Gleneagles
Pitlochry Golf Club in Scotland is embarking on a series of Scottish government funded major investments that are set to be complete in time for the Ryder Cup next year.
The 2014 tournament will be hosted at Gleneagles which, like Pitlochry, is in Perthshire, and is currently the only club in that county that can boast some of the facilities that Pitlochry Golf Club will shortly have.
Earlier this year a new driving range, built with financial assistance from Perth and Kinross Council, Scotland’s national sport agency sportscotland and landlord Charles Butter, was opened. And this autumn a new six-hole academy course, built by Landscapes Scotland and Old Faskally Farming Co, was built, which will open next year.
Next spring, a new short game practice area will also be opened, complete with a range of bunkers.
“On completion, you will be able to practice every element of your game, from driving and long game work right down to the shortest putt. You will even be able to practice fairway bunker shots,” said Pitlochry Golf Club director Stephen Carruthers.
“The new short course will be a great way to introduce kids and beginners to the game, as well as fine tune the short game of more experienced players.
“With this facility, families who are maybe visiting Pitlochry will be able to come up and play for an hour or so giving the town another holiday activity. It means everyone can get involved in golf here.
“The developments are creating a real upsurge of interest.”
It is believed the improvements have cost about £200,000.
Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to be providing Pitlochry Golf Club with money from our Sports Facilities Fund to help develop this excellent new facility.
“At sportscotland, we are committed to working with our partners to put in place a world-class sporting infrastructure to help Scotland’s athletes and participants of all ages and abilities, and this project will especially help the development of young golfers in the Highland Perthshire area.”