Scotland offers blueprint for national golf success

By Nick Bevens ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-05-15 08:07:12

Growing up in Scotland, I hit my first golf balls on what we called back then a "corporation" course.

I got hooked on the game at Deaconsbank on Glasgow's southside - a club designed by the renowned course architect James Braid at the start of last century, but owned by the local council. Later as an Edinburgh student I played at Braid Hills - a spectacular venue overlooking the capital, which is still publicly funded, as are five others in the city today.

There are numerous such tax-payer owned, pay-and-play clubs within the national total of 580 registered courses. Many offer cheap lessons too. They are considered important, affordable recreational facilities, much like Victorian swimming centers.

Scotland offers blueprint for national golf success

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