Launched in October 2012 at The Gleneagles Hotel, host venue of The 2014 Ryder Cup, The Scottish Golf Development Centres are aimed at bringing out the best in the nation’s aspiring young players.
The Development Centre programme uses existing clubs and facilities which meet specified criteria, and provides access to additional high quality coaching and advice for those youngsters progressing from the early stages of ClubGolf. The centres bridge an identified gap between ClubGolf Stage 2 and the Scottish Golf Academy.
A network of 50 Development Centres is taking shape across Scotland, with phase two announced in the summer 2013, making first-rate coaching available to many more youngsters.
Development Centres offer players the opportunity to get further technical coaching but also a range of other education and support mechanisms, enabling them to improve their ability to play and compete. This includes fitness and conditioning, planning and preparation, psychology and course management.
The Development Centres are open to boys and girls, aged between 11 and 17, who have a club handicap. We recommend that the route players use to access the development centres is through the junior squad programme of their local county golf association. There are currently 104 girls involved in the development centre programme in Scotland with 76 of those girls coming through the county golf association route. A simple nomination process is used to complete registration.