Aberfeldy Golf Club
Aberfeldy Golf Club began as a nine-hole public golf course in 1895. It was built on the plains along the south side on the River Tay. It remained a nine-hole course for a hundred years till it was extended in a unique way. Aberfeldy Golf Club was made into an eighteen-hole parkland golf course that stretched on both sides of the River Tay. In 1995 the club built a private, reinforced glass bridge across the youthful River Tay. The unique A-frame suspension bridge made it to the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s first glass reinforced bridge.
Just a few minutes walk from the center of the Perthshire town of Aberfeldy, – the course has been built on flood plains and is essentially quite a flat 5273 yards course. This par 68 course has modestly priced visitors’ greens fees. The course offers a moderate challenge – unless the wind is blowing. The wind makes play here difficult. However, the picturesque surroundings of the high mountains and Perthshire Highlands with the River Tay flowing through make it worth a visit. Then there is the unique opportunity of crossing the wobbly bridge in a golf cart when it is windy.
Few places can rival the beauty of the Perthshire Highlands, though the course itself is perfectly flat and follows the course of Britain’s longest river. It is a typical country course with a generous mix of long and short holes. The Aberfeldy Golf Club’s clubhouse is pretty basic but meets the needs of the golfer. There is also a practice area and caddy cars are available too.
There are several holiday cottages available in this scenic part of Scotland as well as other golf courses nearby where one can play as well. There are over forty golf courses in Perthshire and all easily accessible from Aberfeldy. The town was made famous by Robert Burn who wrote about its beauty in his “Birks of Aberfeldy”. It is also well known for the Aberfeldy Distillery. The Aberfeldy Water Mill still produces stone ground oatmeal. Thus in addition to golf there is plenty to do on vacation here, including a visit to the historic Castle Menzies.