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'Flagships' unite to tee up more golf visits to Perthshire
July 9, 2012

One of the UK's top inland golf courses has paired up with an hotel for the first time to attract more visitors to Perthshire.

Perth and Kinross Council has helped fund the partnership between Blairgowrie Golf Club and the four star Ballathie Country House Hotel at Kinclaven on the banks of the River Tay.

Blairgowrie, which has three highly rated courses including one on which Greg Norman scored his first European tour victory, and multi award-winning Ballathie are marketing joint packages, referring customers to each other and have launched a joint Website ( www.perthshire-golf-breaks.co.uk ).

"This is a splendid collaboration between two of Perthshire's flagship organisations. We are keen to see operators like these working together," said Fraser McGowan of Perth and Kinross Council's Business Growth team.

Douglas Cleeton, Managing Secretary of Blairgowrie Golf Club, added: "We are offered links with hotels all the time but resisted them until now. Our partnership with Ballathie will challenge the best resorts in the UK. It offers stays at a top class hotel in the heart of Perthshire as well as the opportunity to visit many five star attractions including world famous palaces and castles."

Greg Norman won his first European tour event on the Rosemount course in 1977 and the Landsdowne course has hosted major Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) events.

Ballathie owner John Milligan, recently elected Captain of Prestwick Golf Club where the first 11 British Open Championships were held, commented: "Our guests are often looking for a variety of activities to do in and around Perthshire. This arrangement allows us to compete with any other golf resort in the UK at attractive rates."

Blairgowrie will host the Ballathie Mixed Open from 14-16 October. Couples will play nine holes over the 'Wee Course' on the Sunday and have dinner at the hotel. On the Monday they will play 18 holes over Rosemount followed by dinner at the club, and on the Tuesday play 18 holes over Landsdowne with a prizegiving in the evening. For details call the club on 01250-872622 or the hotel on 01250-883268.








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