Scottish Golf Courses

Work begins at Pitlochry GC

The club are building a new six-hole short course as part of the new Centre for Excellence project

Pitlochry Golf Club has begun work on its ground-breaking Centre for Excellence project, with a new six-hole short course due for completion before the end of the year.

The scenic course is undergoing the biggest development in its history; adding practice facilities that they hope will make Pitlochry one of Scotland's leading golf destinations.

Earlier this year the club opened its new driving range with six indoor and five outdoor bays, teaching bays and target greens,  built with the assistance of Perth and Kinross Council, sportscotland and landlord Charles Butter.

It is expected the six hole

par-3 course will help players at all stages of development hone their skills.

At the start of next year the club will also open a new short game practice area, complete with a range of bunkers.

“This is another vital phase and it is great we have been able to bring the timetable forward,” said Stephen Carruthers, director of Pitlochry Golf Club.

“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.

“The new short course, under construction just now, 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 in the club. There were people before who didn’t even know Pitlochry had a golf club. Now they do and they are aware of the standard of facilities we are creating.”

As a direct result of the investment programme, Pitlochry Golf Club will be able to provide junior lessons all through the coming winter much to the delight of officials at Pitlochry Golf Club.

Carruthers added: “No matter the weather now, we can give the kids lessons inside. Having a junior programme all winter will be great for us.

“It will allow us to retain the kids and bring in others to practice here. Over the winter, there is less competition from other sports so it can only benefit the young players' game, which is one of our goals as a club.”

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