Saturday, 12 July 2014

Lochside Pitch and Putt Course - course no 646

Polly and I had decided to travel up to Royal Aberdeen GC to watch the Scottish Open from 10 July 2014, so travelling up on the 9th gave us a chance to play a couple of courses en route. 9 July was a baking hot sunny day, so we didn't want anything too strenuous.  With that in mind, we opted to play the 18 hole pitch and putt course at the Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar, a few miles north of  Dundee.  The holes here range from around 50-100 yards, but with tiny greens that were slow and very bumpy and rough just long enough to lose a ball in, the course wasn't as easy as we'd expected.  Indeed, 7 bogeys testify to that and only a couple of birdies kept my score down.  For the record, I was round in 59 gross i.e. 5 over par.  Here are a few photos of this rather uninspiring little course.

In days gone by, a course like this would have been busy.  Sadly, we were the only people on the course, discounting the 5 young kids playing football using the 13th tee as a goal post. Changed days and I wonder about the future of the game if beginners' facilities like this go unused.  Still, maybe we'll get a better national football team some day!

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