A mini golf course will tour care homes in Scotland in preparation for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Perth and Kinross Council, Ryder Cup Europe and Gleneagles Hotel are responsible for the initiative and the trio will also reward clubs engaging with the local community.
A spokeswoman said: “Care homes are getting in on the act, with a portable mini golf course touring the region so that care home residents can hone their golfing skills. Trophies will be available at each event.
“Golf clubs will also be asked to show how they have helped to make golf accessible and sustainable, with a prize of £500 for the club’s kitty and a round of golf for eight people at Gleneagles.
“Schools will be invited to compete for £500 for school funds by showing how they have used golf within the curriculum and how they have chosen to celebrate the event taking place in Perth and Kinross this year.
“Businesses will also be encouraged to show their pride by taking part in a competition for the best commercial business or shop display on the 2014 Ryder Cup theme, with £250 towards a team building or celebration event up for grabs.”
Ian Miller, the leader of Perth and Kinross Council, added: “We want everybody to feel part of this special event and, thanks to the generosity of Ryder Cup Europe and Gleneagles Hotel, we are able to offer some fantastic prizes to those groups and individuals who really take pride in Perth and Kinross.”
Richard Hills, European Ryder Cup director, said: “The Ryder Cup embodies all that is good about the spirit of the game of golf and these community competitions are the perfect way for community spirit in Perth and Kinross to be engendered too.
“At the same time, I am confident that everyone will rejoice in the fact that this – the 40th staging of the Ryder Cup – will leave behind it its own legacy across Scotland through the work done by the ClubGolf programme.”