1 Atholl Crescent,
Perth, Perthshire PH1 5NG
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk
Riverside (River Tay) and the open parkland of North Inch.
Old Tom Morris
The above distances are for the North Inch Golf Course, the "home course" of the Royal Perth Golfing Society.
o.5 ml N of Perth centre.
NORTH INCH GOLF COURSE: In Perth follow the inner ring road (A989) and signs for Bells Sports Centre. Park at Bells Sports Centre.
Royal Perth Golfing Society is a private golf club, whose members play their home matches on North Inch Golf Course, an original Old Tom Morris layout open to the public. In fact, Royal Perth is one of only four 'Royal' golf clubs in the UK that plays on a public course shared with other golf clubs. The members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Royal Montrose and Royal Epping Forest also play on "shared" public courses.
NORTH INCH GOLF COURSE: Located on the banks of the River Tay, the North Inch layout is one of the world's oldest golfing venues. As others have done for over 500 years, you can enjoy a pleasant mix of tree-lined and more open holes in a quiet parkland setting. Modern championship length, penal bunkering and roller-coaster greens may all be absent, but over the course of several centuries North Inch has been enjoyed by its members and visiting golfers alike.
Although North Inch's length may not measure-up to full championship standards, its longevity cannot be questioned. Golf has been played here since at least 1450. In that year King Robert II forbade the playing of golf on "the Inches", urging people instead to practice archery in preparation for an invasion from south of the border!
NORTH INCH GOLF COURSE: Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Must book in advance (www.pkc.gov.uk/northinchgolf).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
William IV conferred the Royal prefix on the Perth Golfing Society in 1833, making it the world's first 'Royal' golf club. Three years later the Society of St Andrews Golfers was renamed the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, making it the second 'Royal'. By royal prerogative, 10 Scottish golf clubs can now use the "Royal" title, namely: Aberdeen, Royal & Ancient (St Andrews), Burgess, Dornoch, Duff House, Montrose, Musselburgh, Perth, Tarlair and Troon.
There are now over 65 'Royal' golf clubs around the world, created by a British monarch exercising his or her royal prerogative. All but four of them are located in the Commonwealth of Nations. The four exceptions are: Curragh (Ireland), Dublin (Ireland), Homburger (Germany) and Marianske Lazne (Czech Republic). Two clubs conferred with the 'Royal' title by a British monarch, subsequently dropped 'Royal' from their name; they are Hong Kong GC and Singapore GC (now Singapore Island CC).
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