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Perthshire schoolchildren get in the swing

September 10, 2019

With the Ping Junior Solheim Cup under way at Gleneagles today, 1,500 local primary school children are among the first to witness the action and enjoy the activities in the Spectator Village and Ping Golf Zone.

The 2019 Solheim Cup will be one of the biggest family-friendly events ever held in Scotland, with free entry and activities for children adding to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 24 of the world’s best female golfers.

Family highlights include everything from soft play areas, tractor driving with John Deere, storytelling and golf, to a range of food areas and a quiet zone to chill out in. Kids can try their hand at driving, putting and chipping in the interactive Ping Golf Zone, and take part in the Aberdeen Standard Investments long-putt competition.

Erin, 10 years old, from Goodlyburn Primary School, said: “There are lots of activities to do. The putting was my favourite because everyone got a turn on each hole and nobody was left out. We saw the American team practising which was very good because we got to witness what it’s going to be like in the competition. I like golf because there’s not really any cheating in it and everyone is happy!”

Aidan, 10 years old, from Moncrieffe Primary School, said: “I like golfing and my favourite is the crazy golf. I like golf better than football because you get to whack the ball with a stick and you don’t have to run around!”

Families can opt to cheer on the world’s elite female golfers from Europe and the USA on screens throughout the Spectator Village, or get out on the course to follow the golf live.

Tickets for the last practice days on Wednesday and Thursday are free for adults and children. Under-16s also gain free entry to Thursday’s opening ceremony, featuring a host of entertainment including headline act Texas, as well as the competition days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a paying adult.

The Spectator Village is located alongside the first tee and purpose-built grandstand.