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Golf club amnesty huge success for North Inch Golf Course

3.52pm 14th May 2015 - Growing the Game

A recent amnesty of golf equipment has proved so popular that Perth & Kinross Council’s North Inch Golf Course will now be able to offer over 40 full sets of golf clubs to players to use for free.

To say thank you to the many people who donated golf equipment to the North Inch Golf Course, Niall McGill, Golf Course Officer at Perth & Kinross Council spells out ‘Thanks’ on the putting green at the North Inch Golf Course. The golf clubs will be free to hire by beginner-level players and visitors, as part of a new initiative to encourage people to try the game

The donated golf equipment will be available to hire at no cost by visitors and by beginner-level players through the new “Get Into Golf” membership at the North Inch Golf Course, which launched on 01 May 2015.

This is one of a number of special initiatives at the Council’s municipal golf course for the 2015-16 season, designed to capitalise on a rise in local interest in golf following the success of The 2014 Ryder Cup, and to motivate absolute beginners, young people, families and visitors to try the game. Encouraged by the tailored membership packages available, over 50 new players have already signed up to the North Inch Golf Course aged between 6 and 85.

Environment Convenor, Councillor Alan Grant, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support for our golf equipment amnesty and would like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed. May is actually Get Into Golf Month nationwide and to be able to offer free, high quality equipment to our players means that we can make golf more affordable and accessible. Free equipment also means it couldn’t be easier for visitors to enjoy a game of golf during their time here, and make the most of their visit. This really is something very special for our local area.”

Niall McGill, Golf Course Officer at Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The new season is just getting underway and if anyone is thinking about trying the game for the first time, I’d urge them to come along and have a go.”

Special drop-off points for golf equipment were set up at recycling centres around the area and residents across Perth and Kinross responded to the Council’s plea for donations in high numbers. People even travelled to donate equipment from further afield in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Ryder Cup-winning golf captain and local resident Colin Montgomerie backed the campaign and commented at its launch: “Any initiative designed to encourage more people, of all ages, to take up the great game of golf has to be encouraged. On the back of a hugely successful Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, I believe the Perthshire Golf Club Amnesty can provide a valuable stepping stone into the wonderful game of golf.”

Get Into Golf Membership is for players with very little or no experience, or who perhaps played as a child and haven’t played golf in many years. This new membership costs just £99 for the full year and includes 4 weeks of free coaching by Niall McGill, Perth & Kinross Council’s Golf Course Officer and PGA Professional.

North Inch Golf Course / Get Into Golf Membership

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