Jul 8 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
AS the venue for the Johnnie Walker Championship and the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, Gleneagles Hotel is one of the strongest supporters of golf in Scotland.
That support is being increased this year with the introduction of “£5 Friday” during the week of the Johnnie Walker Championship.
Gleneagles will donate all the revenue from on-the-day ticket sales to clubgolf – Scotland’s junior golf development programme.
Patrick Elsmie, managing director of the AA Five Star resort, said: “We regularly welcome golfers of all levels to Gleneagles, including aspiring junior players.
“It is important to us that, as a high-profile golfing venue in the home of golf and the host venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, we help to create opportunities for the next generation of players and this support for clubgolf allows us to do that.
“The Johnnie Walker Championship is a tremendous tournament and enjoys great support from players and spectators alike.
“By taking this initiative with the ticket price we hope that many more spectators will come to the event, enjoy a great golfing spectacle and the magnificent setting here in Perthshire while supporting the development of the game in Scotland.”
Jackie Davidson, clubgolf manager, said: “We are delighted that the Gleneagles Hotel has created £5 Friday as a further commitment to clubgolf.
“Gleneagles already makes a huge impact in our programme through its fabulous opportunities for our young players.
“Thousands of clubgolfers benefit from coaching clinics every year at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Many more take up the offer of tee times on the Wee Course throughout the season.
“‘Donating the proceeds of ‘£5 Friday’ ticket sales to clubgolf will enable us to invest further in the clubgolf programme and reach our ambitious targets in clubs and schools, ensuring clubgolf leaves a lasting legacy beyond the 2014 Ryder Cup.”
Tickets are available at the course and at www.europeantourtickets.com
Parking is free. For full details on the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles next month visit www.johnniewalkerchampionship.com