The Scottish Golf Pairs Challenge

This September comes the Golf Pairs Challenge in Scotland from Monday 4th to Friday 8th. Teams can be made of men, women or mixed. There will be 5 rounds of pairs strokeplay competition that will take place on 5 top class golf courses: Blairgowrie Rosemount, Kirriemuir, Alyth, Strathmore and Forfar. Each course comes with a different challenge and we’ll discuss this later on.

Registration

The entrance fee is £300 per pair and they all compete for a total of £1,800. Payment is accepted via credit/debit card, cash or cheque. The registration is done online by filling out a form. You will have to provide personal details such as the full names of the participants, a physical address, a phone number and the home club. You also have to provide your handicap that can’t be any higher than 24 for men and 32 for women.

This competition may be for amateur golfers, but if you’ve been wanting to see how it’s like to play a professional tournament, you should sign up here because the strokeplay format allows you to get a feel of that experience.

Golf courses

The Blairgowrie GC has 3 courses: the Lansdowne Course that’s quite challenging given its tree lined fairways, the Rosemount Course that hosted the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup, and the Wee Course that’s said to be one of the best 9-hole courses in Scotland.

Kirriemuir GC was created on a hillside by Angus Glens. Although it’s fairly short, this course certainly has its share of obstacles that can throw off balance even experienced players, especially at the last couple of holes.

The Alyth Golf Club was born in 1895 as a 9-hole Od Tom Morris Design. However, a few decades later, in 1934, James Braid completed the 18-hole layout that’s been functional up to this day. You will find here tree lined fairways and rolling terrain, so make sure your precision strokes are great.

The Strathmore Golf Centre is very popular among golfing visitors. Expect to see rolling parkland, open fairways and undulating fields. Players will definitely find it challenging to keep their handicap low at Strathmore. You will find here a 9-hole course as well: the Leitfie Links field.

The original design of the Forfar course belongs to Old Tom Morris, but just like the Alyth course, this one was completed by James Braid later on. You can still see the rig and furrow remaining from the time when flax was cultivated in this field. Scots pines line up along the undulating fairways to create a beautiful view.