I am very happy with the hard work and effort my team made of presenting the golf course to you this year, especially after such a terrible and horrid winter! I hope that we can build on this strong foundation next year and here’s to continuing to receive such positive feedback from all golfers on how the golf course looks and plays.
Winter works, to prepare the course for 2017, will start in earnest soon and shortly I will let you know what is planned to make Pitlochry Golf Course one to be even more proud of and admired even more. Rest assured though, through these maintenance works there will be as little disruption to your round as possible and you will see the fruits of these labours making the golf course even better next year.
See you on the course soon, wrap up warm and all the best for a busy winter golfing!
Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper
NEWLY appointed Pitlochry Golf professional Neil Douglas has swapped 30 degree year-round heat for the vagaries of the Big County climate.
Edinburgh born Neil,who grew up playing golf at Kingsknowe GC and representing the Lothians at that time, took his first steps on the pro ladder at Nairn Dunbar as a 19-year-old assistant under the watchful eye of David Torrance, has returned from a 16 year exile in the Far East.
After spending three years at Nairn and a year on the Europro Tour,he decided to apply for a job on the PGA website,which took him out to Malaysia and then Singapore
With experienced staff ensuring the smooth-running of two successful golf academies in China and Borneo,Neil 40 and his wife Angie are looking forward to putting down roots in the Big County.
''This is the first time i have been working in Scotland since 2001. The weather is a bit different from what i have been used to but i'll just have to put on a few extra layers.''
''I'm looking forward to getting my feet under the table and meeting both Pitlochry and Blair Atholl members before the season starts and in particular i'm looking forward to getting my teeth into junior coaching here''
Neil Douglas, PGA Professional
I would like to say hello and welcome from me and my new clubhouse team! My partner Gemma and I look forward to meeting you all over the coming months for a wee spot of lunch or even just a glass of wine, pint and a bit of a natter in the fabulous on site clubhouse facility. We are very excited about taking this position on and we will give you a warm welcome regardless of what your after when you come in! We will keep you up to date with news of what we have in store for the coming months, and of course for next season, so watch out for these snippets of news! Until then, happy golfing!
Lee Cargill, Clubhouse Manager
I’m not sure if it’s me getting older or if everyone is enjoying themselves greatly, but hasn’t time flown by?! It’s November now and we can sign off another golf season to the history books - well done to everyone that managed to pick up a trophy (or two!!) over another busy and hectic playing season! October was a busy month competition-wise, with the last of the counting medals and the end of season day held on Sat 22nd Oct and it was great to see so many gents having a wee game before the winter period kicks in!
I must pass on my congratulations to Stuart Griffiths and his green keeping staff for the high standard of condition of the golf course throughout the whole of this season and we hope that the winter is kind to allow Stuart to get his planned winter maintenance programme completed!
Mike Winton, Gents Captain
Our Club Champion LAURA CAMPBELL won the Perth & Kinross CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS competition at Gleneagles to crown a splendid year of golf.
With the last competition of the season completed (well almost – it rained rather a lot so they gave up at the 6th) we are now getting ready for our Winter League.
The plan is for players & non-players to meet up at the clubhouse at 10am on Tuesdays for a coffee PLUS we are promised homemade scones and cakes from the new clubhouse managers Lee & Gemma - so come and try them!!
Many thanks to all at PGL for providing us with a course in superb condition, refreshments and all the Pro Shop facilities (including Mark & Graeme). Particular thanks to Mark Pirie for all his assistance over the past 14 years, we wish him all the best for the future.
Jean Bates, Ladies Captain
Well we are almost at the end of another summer season, that’s almost 4 years since the start of the Pitlochry Seniors section.
This season seems to have flown by, with our prizegiving event and end of season meal now behind us. It was pleasing to see that our major trophies were distributed amongst our members as no one managed to win more than one of these prizes.
The Winter Championship begins shortly and I know that this competition will be contested as keenly as our summer ones. In fact, I think some of our members actually look forward to this time of year – for the golf if not for the weather!
Finally, on behalf of myself and all the PGC Senior members, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Mark Pirie for all the help and assistance he has given the Seniors in the running of our competitions. We wish him all the very best for the future.
Roger Senior, PGC Seniors Captain
On the recent prize-giving day (held on Sunday 23rd Oct) we celebrated a busy and successful season with many junior members on hand to receive their trophies. It was a fantastic day to round off a great 2016 season and we hope that this foundation can be built on for the coming years. Many congratulations to all the kids for their attendance to all the fixtures put on for them and for their hard work on their swings during the many coaching sessions. It is also heart warming to see so many juniors attaining a competitive handicap and we wish you all the very best for 2017 in getting those handicaps down! Please remember that with such great facilities here the winter shouldn’t be a time for hibernation but a time to nag your parents to bring you up to the golf course, driving range or Lettoch Links so you can keep swinging and improving!
Roger Haworth, Junior Convenor