Ryder Cup golf course to tour care homes
A mini golf course is going to be sent on a tour of care homes in central Scotland as part of preparations for this year’s Ryder Cup.
The course, the brainchild of Perth and Kinross Council, Ryder Cup Europe and Gleneagles Hotel, will allow elderly people the chance to play the game on their doorstep.
The three have also agreed to reward golf clubs in central Scotland that engage the local community in the run-up to the biennial clash between Europe and the USA, and have devised ways to get more youngsters playing golf and excited about the tournament.
A spokeswoman said: “Care homes are getting in on the act, with a portable mini golf course touring the region so that care home residents can hone their golfing skills. Trophies will be available at each event.
“Golf clubs will also be asked to show how they have helped to make golf accessible and sustainable, with a prize of £500 for the club’s kitty and a round of golf for eight people at Gleneagles.
“Schools will be invited to compete for £500 for school funds by showing how they have used golf within the curriculum and how they have chosen to celebrate the event taking place in Perth and Kinross this year.
“Businesses will also be encouraged to show their pride by taking part in a competition for the best commercial business or shop display on the 2014 Ryder Cup theme, with £250 towards a team building or celebration event up for grabs.”
Ian Miller, the leader of Perth and Kinross Council, added: “We want everybody to feel part of this special event and, thanks to the generosity of Ryder Cup Europe and Gleneagles Hotel, we are able to offer some fantastic prizes to those groups and individuals who really take pride in Perth and Kinross.”
Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup director, said: “The Ryder Cup embodies all that is good about the spirit of the game of golf and these community competitions are the perfect way for community spirit in Perth and Kinross to be engendered too.
“At the same time, I am confident that everyone will rejoice in the fact that this – the 40th staging of the Ryder Cup – will leave behind it its own legacy across Scotland through the work done by the ClubGolf programme.”
The Ryder Cup, one of the world’s biggest sporting events, will take place at Gleneagles in September.