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Mini golf course set to tour care homes in Scotland

In perfect preparation for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, a mini golf course will be touring care homes in Scotland…no, seriously.

Perth and Kinross Council, Ryder Cup Europe and Gleneagles Hotel are responsible for the incredible initiative and will also reward clubs who engage with the local community.

“Care homes are getting in on the act, with a portable mini golf course touring the region so that care home residents can hone their golfing skills. Trophies will be available at each event,” a spokeswoman is quoted as saying on

“Golf clubs will also be asked to show how they have helped to make golf accessible and sustainable, with a prize of £500 for the club’s kitty and a round of golf for eight people at Gleneagles.

“Schools will be invited to compete for £500 for school funds by showing how they have used golf within the curriculum and how they have chosen to celebrate the event taking place in Perth and Kinross this year.

“Businesses will also be encouraged to show their pride by taking part in a competition for the best commercial business or shop display on the 2014 Ryder Cup theme, with £250 towards a team building or celebration event up for grabs.”

European Ryder Cup director Richard Hills added: “The Ryder Cup embodies all that is good about the spirit of the game of golf and these community competitions are the perfect way for community spirit in Perth and Kinross to be engendered too.

“At the same time, I am confident that everyone will rejoice in the fact that this – the 40th staging of the Ryder Cup – will leave behind it its own legacy across Scotland through the work done by the ClubGolf programme.”