It’s come to that time of year where I stick the golf shoes into the shed to gather some dust over the winter months. Although there is such a thing as winter golf, and winter league, playing in freezing cold temperatures and using a mat on the fairways has never really done it for me.
That being said, this is actually one of the best times to think about where you’re going to be teeing off in 2018. Maybe you’re tired of playing the same course or you’re looking for a new club to give yourself a new challenge. Gone are the days of having to pay huge joining fees or join a never ending list just to get into a golf club, so there’s more scope now for players to switch courses or move around each year.
Most clubs have been advertising their 2018 subscriptions for a few months now and getting in nice and early can be advantageous. Early bird specials can often include perks like getting 15 months for the price of 12, or getting discounted rates for signing up before the turn of the year.
There are many fantastic courses spread throughout Perthshire so you really are spoiled for choice. There’s a golf club to suit every budget and skill level, from the five-star, elite courses at Gleneagles Hotel to more modest 9-holers such as Dunning Golf Club or Muthill. Early bird specials can often include perks like getting 15 months for the price of 12, or getting discounted rates for signing up before the turn of the year.
When you’re looking at which golf clubs you may want to join, it’s important to consider the layout and how it might affect you. For example, if you have difficulties walking sometimes or have dodgy knees, hips or a bad back, then you’re going to struggle to play 18 holes somewhere that is especially hilly or long without the use of a buggy.
If you're looking to try and get a bit more for your money, then you may want to join a golf club with multiple courses such as Blairgowrie, Kinross or Murrayshall. Some golf clubs also now have links to other clubs throughout Scotland, meaning members can travel and play for free at a variety of different courses.
With golf clubs spread across the whole region from Highland Perthshire right down to Kinross-shire, you're sure to have a great range of choice when it comes to selecting the golf club that best suits you. Now's the time to have a think and get yourself signed up for 2018 so that you're ready to go as soon as spring time comes around!
You can find out more about the different golf courses and memberships available by visiting the Golf Perthshire page.
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