‘World’s oldest golf course’ brings in raft of measures to ensure survival

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 6, 2015 12:39

A club that has been described as the world’s oldest golf course is bringing in a raft of features from flexible memberships to online bookings to ensure that it survives.

North Inch Golf Course in Perth is described as the world’s first recognisable golf course in Beasley’s World Atlas of Golf, while a royal enactment of 1450 forbids the playing of golf at the venue as it was interfering with archery practice.

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North Inch Golf Course. Image by Ninian Reid


However, in recent years the venue has, according to The Scotsman, ‘fallen into disrepair’ through a lack of investment and flooding from the adjacent River Tay. The situation has got so bad that last year the paper warned that the course could be ‘closed forever’.

Free golf coaching for junior players and a short, six-hole course targeted at beginners and visitors, are some of the new developments that could be rolled out for the new season.

Local councillor Alan Grant said: “The North Inch Golf Course enhances the leisure facilities available in the local area and it’s vital that our municipal golf course meets the needs of its varied membership and continues to attract new players.

“The flexible pricing options mean that players of all ages will be able to choose a package closely tailored to their playing requirements, and the new six hole course, mini golf course and discounted rates through the Golf Perthshire pass are sure to entice many more visitors to try their hand at golf in Perth and Kinross.”

As part of the proposal, a six-hole challenge will be created around the existing three opening holes. This is designed to offer beginners an accessible and enjoyable golfing experience. A round will cost just £3.50 for an adult, £2.50 for a junior and £10 for a family (two adults and two children) and golf clubs will be available to hire for free.

New junior members will join the North Inch Golf Course for just £20. A free, four-week coaching class worth £20 will be included in membership and these young players will also be eligible to apply for a ClubGolf voucher for a £20 discount on golf membership, meaning that their North Inch membership is effectively free.

Existing junior members will also be able to access the four-week coaching class without charge.

Beginner-level golfers aged over 18 can enjoy “Get into Golf,” a new initiative from the Scottish Golf Union, Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association and Professional Golfers’ Association. Membership for a year will cost only £99 and players will be offered a free, four-week beginners golf class and will have access to free hire clubs.

A young adult season ticket will be introduced for players aged 18 to 29 who are making the leap from junior membership to adult and will cost only £189.

A flexible payment scheme will allow players to spread the cost of membership by paying monthly, rather than paying the full cost up front, and a price freeze will be applied to adult and senior rates for the new season.

Families (two adults and two children aged 17 and under) can already play a round for £20. A new family membership will be introduced, costing £500 for a season ticket.

A mini golf putting set purchased by the local council will also be installed at the North Inch Golf Course. Adding to the variety of leisure activities to enjoy on the North Inch, a round will cost just £1.

Golfers, whether local or visiting, and looking to enjoy a round of golf without membership, will be able to take up four-ball and two-ball offers both midweek and at weekends. In addition, golfers using a Golf Perthshire pass will also be entitled to a 25% discount on green fees at the North Inch Golf Course under these new proposals.

The course will also offer online booking for tee off times.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 6, 2015 12:39
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