Work has begun on the third and final stage of Pitlochry Golf Club’s ground-breaking Centre of Excellence project, with a new six-hole short course due for completion this month.
The Perthshire club, which lies in the shadow of Ben Y Vrackie,
is undergoing the biggest development in its history, adding
practice facilities that will benefit all club members and juniors
involved in ClubGolf coaching.
Earlier this year a new driving range was opened with six indoor
and five outdoor bays, teaching bays and target greens.
That facility, built with financial assistance from Perth and
Kinross Council, Sportscotland and landlord Charles Butter, has
already proved to be a magnet for Highland Perthshire
Now the club's directors have brought forward the timetable for
the remaining sections.
Contractors, Landscapes Scotland, and Old Faskally Farming Co are
currently at the club to complete the six-hole Par-3 short course,
which will enable players at all stages of development to hone
It is expected this final stage will be completed this month, with
an opening of autumn 2014 scheduled to all the course to
In the coming spring, a new short game practice area will also be
opened, complete with a range of bunkers.
With this revised timetable in place, the entire development will
be complete by autumn 2014, just as Ryder Cup fever grips
"This is another vital phase and it is great we have been able to
bring the timetable forward," said director Stephen
"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 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 winter
of 2013/2014. Creating future generations of golfers at the club,
directors believe, will be one of the greatest legacies of the
"No matter the weather now, we can give the kids lessons inside.
Having a junior programme all winter will be great for us," added
"It will enable us to retain the kids and bring others in 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."
At present, officials and members are mulling over names for the
new short course.