May 2013 Newsletter
From the Pro
The 2013 golfing season is now underway and I think it’s safe to say that spring has now arrived! Over the last few weeks business has started to pick up, with our ‘start of season sale’ which proved to be a hit with both members and visitors alike. The majority of our stock for the upcoming season has now arrived, so now is a great time to treat yourself to that new driver or set of irons.
Lessons have also started to pick up, with all 3 members of staff now available to teach. Our current promotion on lessons has proved to be so far so good, with members taking advantage of their first lesson for just £9.99! Don’t forget, we also have a Golf Psychology Night coming up on the 6th June, which should help golfers of all standards and ages. For just £15 pp you will receive an hour clinic and a finger buffet, even if you just pick up one or two tips, it will be money well spent!
Hope to see you all soon and here’s to a good season ahead!
Mark, Graeme and John - Pro Shop: 01796 472 792 - Email: email@example.com
From the Club Captain
The opening match eventually took place on the 6th April and a most enjoyable day was had with the Captain’s team winning by 2 holes. The Tordarrach Trophy was won by John Wilson with a net 63 and the McQueen Shield by Mark Winton with a net 66. The meals and service provided by John and his team were again up to the highest standard. The Winter Trophy was presented on the day to a worthy winner in Colin Milne.
The Past Captain’s Cup was won by Dougal Spaven with a very creditable 41 stableford points and the competion was followed by a very pleasant lunch attended by 5 Past Captains. The sweep to pick the winner of The Masters was won by guess who!
For those who wish to play some of the local courses the green fees are half price at Aberfeldy, Blair Atholl, Crieff, Craigiehill, Dunkeld and Dunning. A new reciprocal arrangement has been made with Kingussie Golf Club where a round would cost £12.
Thomas our hard working secretary has sent out an e-mail about the Scottish Hydro Highland Scramble on the 11th May, well worth an entry.
The stock of club ties has reached zero and a new batch has been ordered, please contact Thomas if you wish one.
A reminder that adopted committee minutes are available for scrutiny in the locker room. Finally concern has again been raised about the condition of Golf Course road. The responsibility for the upkeep of the road rests with Pitlochry Estates and Pitlochry Golf Ltd are in constant contact with them for some action.
Yours in Golf
From the Ladies Captain
On 9th April we finally got the season started. Unfortunately, it was cold, wet and windy over the first 2 weeks but some of the ladies have braved the weather and completed the first rounds of the season. Here’s hoping for a warm, dry summer!
Entry sheets are now up in the locker room for Scratch and Friendly matches, both due to start the first week in May. It would be good to see these well supported. We are looking forward to our first match - Gents v Ladies - this Sunday. The newly formed Gents Seniors section has asked to have a match v the Ladies, the date still to be arranged. We are waiting for hopefully some better weather conditions.
The draws have now been done for all matchplay competitions and are now up on the notice board.
Well done to Isla Moncrieff who won first scratch at Muckhart in the P&K County meeting this month. I believe the weather was horrendous!
Once again Eve Muirhead excelled in her curling this month. She & her team defeated Sweden 8-5 in the women’s final for her first career Grand Slam title. The win came just a few weeks after Eve beat the Swedish skip in the gold-medal game at the world championship in Latvia. Well done to Eve and her team from the Pitlochry Golf Club. We are looking forward to seeing you on the golf course again soon.
From the Course
With growth still slow we have been using the time that they would normally be spending cutting grass finishing off the winter works. The greens have now had their Spring feed and with the increased temperatures we should see the dormant grasses beginning to “green up”. The fertiliser we use contains iron which checks the spread of moss (you should see it turning black). When all of the fertiliser has washed in we will then scarify the greens to take out the moss and the layer of thatch that sits on the surface. With the fertiliser having done its job the grass is now strong enough to withstand the stress of the scarifying and also fight of the moss by thickening up and filling in any areas previously inhabited by the moss. The greens have not been cut down in order to let the fertiliser bed in – cutting the greens to a low level would just lift the fertiliser – but once the process is complete we will increase the frequency of cutting the greens and cut them lower. You will also notice some new trees going in on the 15th and 17th to replace the storm damaged and disease damaged trees that we have lost over the last year. They are a mixture of Silver Birch, Rowan and Oak in keeping with our policy of only introducing indigenous species to the course.
Finally a big thank you to Ron Dowie, Grant Stewart, Athol Davidson and Stewart Burns who turned out last Wednesday for the divot filling. Despite such a low turnout they covered the majority of the course and their efforts are much appreciated.
Chris, Dave, Laura, Donnie and Marcel. (The Greenkeepers)
Golf Range & Academy
Those of you who have been up at the course will have seen the steel work starting to go up for the Academy building. The build should be finished by the end of May and with the groundswork contractors returning to finish their works we hope to be open in June. It has been an uphill battle to get to this stage but we can now see the plans coming together. Exciting times ahead!
From the Clubhouse
The season is well underway, with the sun popping out at last (occasionally). Great to see so many people playing in our medals, I even managed to get out myself, although not doing myself any justice.
Our new chef Darren, has settled in brilliantly and is enjoying the job, he has worked around the world, in various places. He is here with his wife Teang and little girl Lisa who is 4 years old.
Last Saturday was our Italian theme night, which proved to be another great night of fantastic food and fun. Bellisimo!!!
Our next theme night is Saturday 25th May, when we go all European on you, it is the same night as the Champions league final, so could be a great way to watch the game, or escape it! Book now to save disappointment.
Our Curry Club is going great guns, which is every Wednesday night from 5pm. Again if you would like to come and sample 6 curries from around the world, give us a call to book your table.
Our Sunday Carvery is now one of the busiest days of our week; why not bring the family along and have a great family lunch. Well worth it and save washing all those dishes.
We are now receiving great reviews on Tripadvisor, why not post your own review of the clubhouse and help us get back to number 1 in Pitlochry.
So to avoid any disappointment, whether it be our very popular Sunday Carvery, Curry Club or one of our theme night, book now by giving us a call on 01796 472334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
David and the Clubhouse Team
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From the Juniors
The junior section is now well under way with the opening match resulting in a win for the Captain by 3 matches to 2.
The first medal was won by Athol Davidson with a great net score of 56, well done Athol.
The Junior Festival of Golf was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and has resulted in a number of new junior members.
Golf for the younger juniors has started at the Atholl Palace and the enthusiasm shown by those being introduced to the game is a joy to behold. Official coaching for this young group starts on Sunday the 26th May with two sessions at the golf course, 12pm-1pm and 1pm- 2pm under the tuition of assistant professional John.
Coaching for those juniors with a good grounding is underway on Wednesday evenings between 6pm and 7.30pm with Mark , Graeme and Level 1 advanced coaches.
Coming events at the course for juniors are the Junior Mini Foursomes on the 5th May, Junior Highland Open 23rd June and the Stephen Gallacher Foundation event on the 26th July.
Finally three juniors John Cowan, Blair Stephen and Grant Stewart qualified for the Perth and Kinross Matchplay finals at Strathmore Golf Club. All did well but pride of place must go to GRANT who reached the final and in a great match was unfortunately beaten at the first extra hole having holed out for an eagle at the 18th to take it into extra holes. Our warmest congratulations go to Grant and we wish all the best to all juniors who enter open tournaments during this summer.
Yours in golf
From the Seniors
The gent’s senior section had their inaugural competition on 9 April when we played for the TCL Decanter. Enthusiasm for a senior’s event off the yellow tees was demonstrated by the fact that 38 entries were received.
The decanter was presented to the winner Doug MacRae after Thomas Leadbetter had filled it with a fine bottle of port, which was then enjoyed by all members present.
Our secretary Sandy Love is regularly keeping all seniors informed of developments and events, which have been favourably received. If anyone has any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact Sandy or any member of the seniors committee.
We look forward to continued enthusiasm for the varied programme of competitions planned for the coming season and if anyone has not played so far or has not yet registered we look forward to seeing you soon.