New bid to build overnight accommodation for Perthshire Golf Club guests

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Pitlochry Golf Club (PGL) management has renewed a bid to build new visitor accommodation on its grounds to enhance its existing facilities and generate additional revenue.

The trustees say in their latest planning application to form a 22-bedroom lodge on land between the clubhouse and the driving range that there is currently a gap in the market for “golfer-friendly” accommodation in the area.

They say their proposed clubhouse would provide visitors with a ‘golf on the doorstep’ experience and support existing business units such as the pro shop and golf academy if approved by council planners.

They also say the development will require eight new full-time equivalent positions to be filled once it is operational.

This is the second time that PGL has asked to build overnight accommodation for customers who withdrew a similar offer submitted to Perth and Kinross Council for approval at the end of December last year.

This application drew six favorable comments, including one from Pitlochry Community Council and only three objections.

A business plan sent to PKC with the latest application states: “The directors of PGL have identified a gap in the ‘golfer’ accommodation market and the opportunity to develop a mid-range golf resort.

“Currently, the golf supply is almost entirely served by five-star accommodation across Scotland, excluding many avid golfers from Scotland, the UK and beyond.

“With the proposed development, they will create a ‘Golf on the Doorstep’ experience, designed by golfers for golfers to augment the existing supply.

“However, non-golfers will be more than welcome and should appreciate the modern rooms designed for comfort and relaxation.

“With the provision of a drying room and bike lockers, other outdoor enthusiasts should be attracted to the accommodation such as hikers, mountain bikers and cycle tourists.

“These groups are also willing to travel during ‘shoulder periods’ outside of high season, which will have a positive impact on both business and the economy in general.”

The application awaits feedback from those consulted and members of the public.

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