Perth & Kinross is a land locked region so there’s no links golf played here. Instead, there are some wonderful tracts of moorland, heathland and parkland terrain to be found and it’s on some of these prime sites where top tracks like the three 18-hole layouts at Gleneagles or the two 18-hole courses at Blairgowrie have been laid out.
Around forty golf clubs and societies come under the auspices of Perth & Kinross County Golf Union and many of these clubs operate from little 9-hole courses tucked away in the glens of the Perthshire hills. There are more than a dozen of these wee charmers dotted around the area and it’s worth taking the time and trouble to turn off the beaten track now and then to discover these hidden gems.
Since the Scottish Area Team Championships was inaugurated by the Scottish Golf Union in 1977, Perth & Kinross district has won the event on three occasions. The first two titles came with back-to-back victories at Panmure in 2001 then at East Renfrewshire the following year. The most recent championship was claimed on home soil at Blairgowrie in 2012.
Not many people are aware that the oldest Royal golf club in the world resides in the county of Perthshire & Kinross. Royal Perth Golfing Society and County and City Club, as it's now named, was the first club to have the honoured Royal title conferred by a British monarch (King William IV) in 1833, eleven years after its formation.