It is hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the playing season, where has the time gone?! With such a busy fixture card almost finished my congratulations go to all of this year’s competition winners and I look forward to you all coming to the Pro Shop to spend all your prize vouchers!!
If you haven’t taken advantage of our End of Season Sale, you had best hurry or risk losing out on some great bargains and my team and I would be only too happy to help you get that new driver, set of irons or putter to help you enjoy your golf much more.
As we enter the off season, we hope the weather behaves and the winter league and fun competitions to be held from early November have a great deal of success and we look forward to seeing the trend of people playing all year round continuing.
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional
My team and I have almost survived our first season here and we can honestly say that we have thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and friendship we have had with you and all golfers all season long. Coming to work at such a fun place makes our days pass quickly and makes for more enjoyment as we serve you some food or a pint in our fabulous clubhouse facility. With the end of the season almost here, we are still excited about the remaining competitions and events still to be held before the dreaded winter period arrives and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible experiencing events such as our Carvery lunches, Curry Clubs, Steak nights or even if it’s just to have a coffee and a natter, we will give you a warm welcome regardless!
Wendy Hluchnikova, Clubhouse Manager
I am thankful that last month’s request for rain was fulfilled and that the rain that did come, didn’t continue to fall for the whole of the month - phew! My team and I used this water wisely to get some moisture back into the ground to help with the growth of tees, fairways, greens, semi-rough and rough to keep the course in top condition. I am happy with the work done to the course for this playing season and hope to build on this for next year - here’s to getting more positive feedback from all golfers on how the golf course looks and plays, going forward.
Winter works will start in earnest soon, to prepare the course for 2017 and I will keep you updated as to what is planned, but rest assured there will be as little disruption to your round as possible and you will see the fruits of our labours make the golf course even better next year.
See you out on the course soon and all the best for the remainder of the season.
Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper
It is with a touch of sadness that I write this, as the 2016 golf season has almost concluded. Time has just flown by and it seems like only yesterday that the Captain versus Vice Captain match was taking place to herald the new season in. Is it just because I am getting older or is time passing quicker!?
We can still look forward to playing some good golf over the next couple of weeks on a great conditioned golf course and even with the recent completion of the holo-coring work to the greens, I am pleased to say that there was very little disruption to the Gents competition results, in fact there have been some great scores of late so if those who are playing well just now are looking to make up a team for the Jimmy Wilson end of season Texas Scramble event, please let me know!!
Have a great end of season.
Mike Winton, Gents Captain
Pitlochry Ladies hosted the TTOFFS (Tay & Tummel Over Fifty-Fives) at Blair Atholl with 24 playing. The golf and meal were enjoyed by all. The trophy winners were Janette Kennedy (Handicap 74), Kay Knight (Scratch 85), and Janette Kennedy (Veteran). Other results: Scratch - 2nd Kathleen Duncan (86), 3rd Carol Lambie (Dunkeld & Birnam 94); Handicap - 2nd Clara Webb (77), 3rd Alison Walker (Strathtay 81); Longest Drive - Silver Kay Knight, Bronze Audrey Smith; Nearest the Pin - Carol Lambie (D&B), Magic 2’s - Clara Webb.
One highlight of our local competitions has been our youngest member (Lauren Pirie) achieving a handicap of 19 (having started the season at 30).
Pitlochry are well represented in the Perth & Kinross Champion of Champions competition at Gleneagles, with Laura Campbell representing Pitlochry, but also Isla Moncrieff (Aberfeldy) and Lynn McDonald (Strathtay).
Jean Bates, Ladies Captain
Since the last newsletter we have competed for the Captain’s Trophy. Congratulations to Douglas Macrae, the winner this year with a very impressive net 64, 5 shots ahead of 2nd placed Alan Hunter and Ian Williamson.
Our Senior matchplay knockout Championship was also concluded this month. The final was played between Mike Dickinson and Ian Williamson and turned out to be a very close contest which was only concluded after 19 holes. Mike Dickinson was the eventual winner - well played Mike.
I would like to mention Ian Williamson who, (without revealing his age) is one of our “senior” Seniors. Ian has had a very good year on the golf course and demonstrates to us all that age is no barrier to success in our senior competitions. Interestingly, Stewart his son has also joined the Seniors so we have our first father and son in the Seniors!
Oh and finally, (just in case the Ladies forget to report it in their section!) the Seniors had a little victory over the Ladies, I’ll not mention the score but I think everyone on both sides enjoyed the competition on the day
Roger Senior, PGC Seniors Captain
With the very competitive playing season and weekly coaching sessions having now come to and end, this means that another successful year has come to pass.
Congratulations go to every junior member who has strongly supported the club in all the competitions, fun nights, coaching clinics, a Summer Golf Camp and everything else that the junior section has offered! Well done. There is a wee change to the prize-giving event as now we plan to hold this on Sunday 23rd Oct with the day consisting of a 9-hole golf competition, available to all juniors, a wee buffet lunch followed by the presentation of prizes with times as follows - golf from 11am, with food and presentation following on - more details will be sent out so watch this space!
Roger Haworth, Junior Convenor
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional