Golf clubs in and around Edinburgh are fighting for survival as they battle it out to attract new members at a time when the number of people playing the game is suffering a dramatic drop.
In the past, the majority of clubs in the Lothians, which has more golf courses than anywhere else in Scotland, had long waiting lists and talk of financial troubles was as rare as a sighting of Tiger Woods since his world was turned upside down.
But, as the sport continues to suffer from the recession - in Scotland alone membership levels are down 2.6 per cent in the men's game and 4.6 per cent in the women's game - even some of the more established clubs in the Capital and surrounding areas are feeling the pinch.
They have been forced to put up huge banners in prominent positions on clubhouses to advertise memberships, have held Open Days to let potential members see what's on offer and, in some cases, have even scrapped their joining fee.
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