SCOTLAND’S former world champion Wallace Booth will be flying the flag for Pitlochry Golf on the Europro Tour this season.
The former Perth and Kinross County player, who won the Eisenhower Trophy in 2008 along with Gavin Dear and Callum Macaulay - beating a USA team in the final which featured Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel and Jamie Lovemark – got off to a flying start with a win in Portugal.
Sporting the familiar Pitlochry Golf logo on his gear Wallace banked the 2000 Euro first prize after an Algarve Pro Golf Tour play-off win.
He said: “I was delighted to get my first professional win in nearly five years at the Penina Golf Resort. It’s given me a nice platform to build from for the season."
This is a sponsorship deal which was arranged by our directors, Greg and Stephen Carruthers, with a view to raising the profile of our wonderful golf facility.
As part of the deal,Wallace will come to Pitlochry for member days, help with the juniors and use our practice facilities, which we all know are the very best in the region.
He is one of the longest hitters in European golf so for kids to see something as spectacular as that will be great for encouraging them to improve their own game. I just hope our driving range is long enough!!
As well as competing on the Europro Tour, Wallace intends to raise the profile of both Pitlochry and Blair Atholl and help spread the word in an ambassadorial role. Playing here many times as Junior and as a county team player, he knows that our course is popular with tourists as well as members but even more golfers should get to enjoy this hidden gem of a golf course.
I look forward forward to seeing Wallace up at the club on his return from the Algarve.
Finally, i would just like to endorse the views of the club Captain in welcoming both Neil and Angie and Lee and Gemma and that their addition to the team at Pitlochry Golf can only go to further increasing our profile as a friendly, forward looking golf facility and club, which looks to outperform the current trend of a declining sport.
FROM THE COURSE
We are 8 weeks away from the start of the season and the course has come through the winter very well . With very little rainfall and small amounts of snow this has been a very good winter for my team to get stuck into our winter projects. The 6th and 18th tees have been relevelled and returfed and we are currently working on getting the new 13th tee completed so that it can be ready for the start of the season.
Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper
It is nearly one month since my wife Angie and myself arrived from East Malaysia, We have been overwhelmed by the support and friendliness of the members of Pitlochry and Blair Atholl so far. We are settling in well and looking forward to the 2017 season with anticipation. I have been very impressed by the presentation of the golf courses and the condition that they are in for early February, Credit has to go to Stuart Griffiths and his team for transforming the course.
My shop stock will be arriving late March/ Early April in time for the new season although if you come down to the Pro shop before then you will pick up some great bargains and lots of equipment at cost price. There will be over 160 products to choose from through the shop and our online `
click and collect` system through Foremost golf, Check it out here at www.foremostgolf.com
My lesson diary has already started and several members are now taking lessons before the new season starts.There is a promotional rate of £30 for an hours lesson till March which will give you a practice plan and drills to work on any problems to your swing that you may have picked up. Call me on 01796 472792 to book a lesson or purchase a gift voucher lesson for a friend or family member.
Once again many thanks for your warm Perthshire welcome and i look forward to helping put Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Golf Clubs firmly on the map.
Neil Douglas, PGA Professional
Cargills Clubhouse is finally open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm. We have a few special nights which all start from 5pm. Our pie night on a Wednesday, fish Friday, Saturday sizzler and Sunday roast from 12-4pm. We are also taking bookings for afternoon tea and will be showing all 6 nation matches live on the tv in the clubhouse.
We would also like to thank all the golf club members who supported the clubhouse throughout the winter, you have all made us feel welcome and part of the club.
Lee Cargill, Clubhouse Manager
Once again we are the beginning of another golfing year and, due to weather and efforts made by Stuart and his team, we have been able to enjoy golf continuously through the winter, on largely the main greens and with thanks to Lee and Jemma the clubhouse has been available.
I am encouraged by the impetus the positive changes have made and the enthusiasm that there now is around the club.
The Committee and I are fully behind making Pitlochry Golf Club the go to destination for a friendly, inclusive club, where members feel at home.
However there is only so much the committee can do and in order for the club to succeed, everyone has to play their part by supporting the golfing and social events and playing an active part in the life of the golf club. We have the opportunity to make this once again a vibrant club with a wonderful clubhouse and a course to be proud of.
So I look forward to welcoming you and for those who have not already seen the changes I urge you to visit the club where I am sure you will be impressed by the change in atmosphere that there is and you too will eagerly anticipate the golfing and social year ahead.
February 2017 Newsletter from the Ladies Captain
The ladies have taken full advantage of the clubhouse being open on Tuesdays, with a large number gathering for refreshments on Tuesday mornings - some have even gone out and played golf afterwards!! The golfing numbers have varied from 1 to 12.
We held a quiz on the Rules of Golf in January followed by lunch, with the welcome addition of some Blair Atholl members. Seven teams of three took part & they seemed to have more difficulty with the fun section at the end than with the Rules bit. The winners were Helen Lang, Lande Pattinson & Margaret Wilson, closely followed by myself, Kay Knight & Ann Brown.
Our next event is on Tuesday Feb 7th with a Short Game Clinic @11am with Neil Douglas, preceded by coffee / cakes @10am & followed by lunch @12.30. Currently 17 have signed up for this. A competition on the Lettoch Links is planned for March.
Jean Bates, Ladies Captain
PGC Seniors Newsletter Report 31 January 2017
Apart from our Seniors Winter Championship there’s not too much to report on at this quiet time of year.
The weather over the winter period so far has been a real bonus, although as I write this on a Tuesday morning, I should really be out on the course but it’s raining, never mind I’ll get ready for the usual stick that’s no doubt coming my way!
We have had record number of competitors playing and now we are moving into the business end of the competition I suspect that interest will only increase, especially amongst the golfers who are in contention. Currently Jim Wilson leads with 80 Merit points, but hot on his heels are Alan Kemp with 76, and Ron Duncan 74. There are a number of others who are hovering in the background but are quite capable of making it a real contest over the remaining weeks.
Neil Douglas our new Pro has now been initiated into the world of Pitlochry Seniors Golf and the “general chaos” that goes on with our draws on Tuesday and Thursday mornings! If he didn’t know before, then he will now know what “Senior Moments” are all about. We all wish him well in his new role for the forthcoming season and beyond.
PGC Seniors Captain.
Calling all Juniors, please register as soon as possible with Head Pro Neil in the shop to put your name down for this years junior lesson program.
Starting in March we will be bringing new and exciting lessons to you. We are looking to take the junior level to the next level and we will be putting Pitlochry and Blair Atholl on the map of junior golf in the area. If you want to be part of this journey then i look forward to teaching you to the best of your ability.
Watch this space for the dates/times of the new Junior Program.
Neil Douglas Head Professional