Golfers can now book tee times online and get an Open Play handicap by downloading the Scottish Golf app and registering for an account.
The Scottish Golf App is the golfer’s gateway to golf in Scotland whether they are a member of a Scottish Golf club or a guest. If your club is using the VMS Software then every aspect of your membership can be managed through a single login on the club website and the app.
The game’s governing body for golf in Scotland and The National Tourism Organisation believe providing a digital pay as you go option for having a handicap can appeal to groups of people interested in golf, but not actively engaged with regular participation currently.
Making it easier to arrange a game can improve access to golf for those who split their leisure time around work, family time or competing interests.
Players will be able to check their progress through having a handicap, without the requirement to enter competitions and be able to test their ability over different courses to suit their budget.
Karin Sharp, Chief Operating Office, Scottish Golf said
“OpenPlay provides a modern, flexible approach for golfers that will make the sport more accessible and inclusive. It is a great opportunity for golf clubs across Scotland to market themselves to a whole new group of golfers and create a pathway into club membership.”
Increasing online bookings at courses across the country can bring additional visitor revenue to golf venues as well as nearby accommodation and hospitality through the visitor economy, as well as providing a gateway for the next generation of people accessing the game.
A recent report published by The R&A found that golf participation has increased by 2.3 million adults in Great Britain and Ireland in 2020, outlining the increased potential for golf tourism, which already contributes £286m annually to the Scottish economy.
Alan Grant, Senior Golf Manager, EventScotland said:
“Golf tourism is a significant contributor to the Scottish economy and with golf tourists, on average, spending a further £5 elsewhere in the visitor economy for every £1 spent on a green fee it can have a big impact on our economic recovery from the pandemic.
“While Scotland is renowned around the world as the Home of Golf, the pandemic has also encouraged those closer to home to rediscover the world-class golf tourism offering available on their own doorstep.
“As well as providing income for golf-related businesses and sustaining jobs, there are many social benefits as well. Golf is a fun way to improve health and well-being by spending time with others in open green spaces. By utilising new digital channels we can remove more perceived barriers to playing golf, allowing more people to enjoy the game and support our golf tourism businesses, not only increasing visitor rounds but providing additional pathways to membership.”
For more information, visit Scottish Golf.
For further information of VisitScotland’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, go to https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/advice/coronavirus