In the Auchterarder Guide of some 50 years ago it gives a population of 2,254 and also mentions that Auchterarder derives its name from the Gaelic 'Auchdar aird tir', signifying 'the summit of the rising ground'. Standing on a ridge in Strathearn, it is one of the highest towns in Scotland. It also mentions sporting facilities, the nine- hole course being recognised as one of the finest inland courses in Central Scotland, laid out in 1913 by Ben Sayers. A modest payment made the visitor a member. They were given a cordial welcome and invited to take part in the competitions.
In 1912 it is reported that the golf course part of the Muir formed excellent grazing ground. Whins covered much of it but they were kept under control by goats which were then pastured on the Muir.
Someone once said that golf courses were born out of boredom, not invented. Auchterarder Golf Club was just beginning to take off when World War 2 began.
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