GOUROCK Golf Club could be on course for a membership boost after becoming a big hit during lockdown with local walkers.

The course laid out the welcome mat for people to enjoy their outdoor exercise while taking in stunning views overlooking the Firth of Clyde and Argyll beyond.

Club pro Derek Watters hopes it has generated new interest which they can capitalise on when they get the go-ahead to tee off again.

Derek, who has been with the club for 13 years, said: "One of the positive outcomes of the lockdown has been the number of people enjoying our course.

"They have been out walking and seeing for themselves the beautiful views.

"The views from our course are spectacular.

"Lots of people have been enjoying Inverclyde's golf courses during their exercise.

"I have enjoyed walking around Whinhill.

"I hope people will come back and maybe consider even a social membership."

Derek and the committee are currently busy putting plans in place so they can open back up.

He said: "Safety is our priority.

"We are putting signage in place, as it is going to be very different with social distancing.

"We are in touch with the golfing authorities and will follow guidelines from the government.

"We will need to play twoball games and there will be social distancing.

"Our clubhouse will not open and my shop will be open only as a kiosk.

"We will also need to keep records of everyone who plays."

Gourock Golf Club has continued to support its members during the lockdown, keeping in touch with their elderly members who are self-isolating.

The club also stepped into to raise money for local fundraising campaigns supporting the hospital during the coronavirus outbreak.