Work is now underway to create a brand new indoor golf facility as part of Glenalmond College’s new Golf School, ahead of the centenary of Glenalmond Golf Course next year, and pupils from local primary schools will be invited to get involved.
The new facility is being funded by former Glenalmond pupils keen to support the school as it ramps up its golf offer. It is being built by local construction firm, Algo Ltd, and will see the creation of an indoor facility which will host two full simulation bays featuring the latest ball flight technology.
The work, which will also see the creation of a six-hole indoor putting green, is part of a substantial project to increase the school’s profile as a centre of excellence for golf.
The investment in golf at the Perthshire school, which is home to around 360 girls and boys who are day and boarding pupils, is being led by Tim MItchell, Glenalmond College’s Head of Golf.
“Glenalmond has phenomenal potential in terms of what it will be able to offer children keen to develop their golfing skills,” said Mr Mitchell.
“We are the only school in Scotland with our own James Braid nine hole golf course and we have plans to further improve the course in the coming months. The fact we have over 300 acres of grounds in total means we have huge scope to continue to develop our golf, and other sporting, facilities.”
According to Mr Mitchell, golf is not only an excellent sport for fitness for children, it also teaches them a lot about how to tackle challenges in life and how to appreciate time outdoors.
“In my view, golf is a microcosm of life in many ways! You learn how to respond when you have a bad day on the course and how to deal with set-backs and use them as a springboard to improve,” Mr Mitchell said.
“At Glenalmond our young golfers will also see a host of the best wildlife our Perthshire countryside has to offer - from deer and red squirrels to pine martens and birds of prey.”
Golf also teaches young people a lot about social skills, Mr Mitchell added, as they are out on the course for four hours playing with others.
“Our course was designed 99 years ago by James Braid, featuring two par 5s and a par 3 which could grace the links of any course on The Open rota.
“The new indoor facility means children will be able to continue to practise when the weather is difficult and we are particularly looking forward to welcoming children from local schools to take advantage of the new facilities we will have later this year too.”
Glenalmond has a long history of golf and among the former pupils to go on to pursue golf professionally after leaving school is European tour player, Carly Booth.
Glenalmond College is hosting an open day on Saturday, September 21st from 10am to 2pm and inviting families to visit for a tour to see its facilities, including golf, and meet the staff.
More information is available at www.glenalmondcollege/openday