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Glencruitten Golf Club, has seen a boom of more than 150 new members join in the wake of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing.
Built in the early 1900s the volunteer led club has had around 170 members for the past few years, relying heavily on visitor revenue and functions in its clubhouse. With lockdown restrictions introduced in March preventing travel and mass gatherings, it was a concerning time for the club and its future.
However, in the last month Glencruitten has taken on 150 new members and counting. The club is also seeing the course become extremely popular with nearly double the number of people coming out to play on an average day.
Bryan Livingston, club secretary said: ‘We’re really a small community so when we went into lockdown it was quite worrying for the club and we were basically in survival mode.’
Glencruitten Golf Club is also one of the first clubs to adopt the Scottish Golf’s Venue Management System (VMS) – a virtual suite of online tools that enables clubs to manage their venue online.
Livingston continued: ‘We’ve seen a massive increase in new members joining and VMS has enabled us to manage this increase in members effectively and efficiently.
‘It’s been huge asset for both the club and its members, and we feel it will be a really valuable product for smaller, community run clubs like ours where time and resources are limited.’
The new system not only makes venue management smoother for staff; it means club members can book tee times virtually, ensuring golf can be played easily and safely during the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Livingston added: ‘As such a small community, it’s been brilliant to see family reunions happening on our courses as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, and of course being able to be out and about just does wonders for everyone’s mental health.’
Scotland’s top ranked professional golfer and local Glencruitten member, Robert MacIntyre was full of praise for the new system. Last year’s European Tour Rookie of the Year took to Twitter as he made a return to the golf course last month, tweeting, ‘Just booked a tee time on the new Scottish Golf App. Very good bit of kit and easy to use.’
Karin Sharp, Scottish Golf COO, said: ‘It has been without a doubt a trying time for people over the last few months in lockdown. But we are delighted to see with the implementation of phase two that local golf clubs such as Glencruitten Golf Club are seeing a surge in new members.
‘Our Venue Management System is available at no additional cost to all
affiliated clubs in Scotland and it is great to see that both clubs and their members are benefitting from a streamlined system.
‘With physical distancing guidelines set to be with us for a while, the system offers additional reassurance to golfers who can safely book tee- times online and complete all competition scoring using our new app.’