As we approach the middle of the playing season, we can count ourselves lucky that the weather has been better of late, resulting in more golfers using all of our facilities. It is great to see all membership sections using the course, clubhouse, driving range, short game academy and of course Lettoch Links to their full potential and here’s to a busy second half of 2016.
With competitions coming up such as the Ladies and Gents Highland Open Weeks, a Junior and Mixed Greensomes Open, a couple of Custom Fit demo events as well as the usual mix of member’s medals, visitors and societies we will be kept on our toes or a wee while yet and hopefully continuing to help everyone enjoy that next game of golf!
Here’s a wee note of interest for your full consideration
A Get into Golf initiative for adults looking to get into the golf – A monthly membership for unlimited use of Pitlochry Golf’s Lettoch Links 6 Hole Short course, PLUS 1 FREE 45 minute video analysis lesson with a PGA Professional AND 15 driving range tokens all for £60. Normal retail price of this offer is approx. £100. For more information please get in touch with the Pro Shop team at Pitlochry Golf.
All the very best to you all for the second half of 2016 - see you all really soon and hopefully often!
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional
With the golf season now well and truly up and running, I am glad to report a busy time has been had by my team and I in the clubhouse, in all the offerings on show! Our selection of Sunday Carvery’s, Wednesday Curry Clubs, our Thursday Steak & Grill Nights and the newest addition to the Pitlochry Golf Clubhouse family, our Fish Fridays, have all seen a great turnout of people being treated to some wonderful fare. So why not let my team and I treat you to food (and of course doing the dishes!) soon? As tables go really fast please don't take a chance of missing out - so book now!
Have a great 2016!
Wendy Hluchnikova, Clubhouse Manager
With the month of July here (where has this season gone?!) thankfully the weather has been a little more friendly and my team and I have managed to get out and about and get some hard work done on the golf course. Hopefully you can see the fruits of our labours and that you are all enjoying playing a few games around a golf course in such great condition - long may this last!
With the winter being so poor we had to reschedule a few necessary maintenance jobs such as reconstructing some bunker faces and sorting out a lot of drainage issues, but I am happy to report that these jobs have all been concluded now and the course is getting back to looking in its finest condition and we look forward to working steadily and effectively over the next couple of months keeping it this way. Fingers crossed the weather helps us do this or we may well see the Pro Shop staff helping out once again - as long as they don’t wear their shorts in doing so though!!
It is heartening to hear the positive feedback from members and visitors alike - again long may this last!
I hope you continue to enjoy the weather, the course and of course your golf!
Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper
With such a great mix of players gracing the winner’s circle recently, this only goes to show the overall strength in depth of our regular competitive players, and with successes in recent team matches, knockout matches against other local clubs and of course our day away at Grantown on Spey GC (just don’t ask Chris Rhind how the day went!) this does nothing but continue to enhance the feel-good factor of our golf club. It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of such a strong bunch of guys and long may this continue!
I would like to add my congratulations to Wendy and her clubhouse team in dealing with us all as a golf club entity as it’s great to see a lot of our own members and indeed non golfers enjoying the wonderful fare put on by her team and it is so gratifying, when I walk off the golf course, to see a ‘filled up’ clubhouse area, I am always delighted to add our support to keeping up the solid work of keeping that ‘busy’ feeling.
The next month or so sees a very busy competitive period with the Mixed Greensomes Open, Ladies Highland Open, Junior Open and of course the Gents Highland Open so let’s support and get behind all these events and see if some ‘home’ players can win some big trophies!
Good luck for the latter half of the season
Mike Winton, Gents Captain
A NEW COURSE RECORD!! Laura Campbell shot 67 in The Summer Meeting, breaking the existing record of 69 held by Eve Muirhead. Surprisingly, this was insufficient to win the competition as Lauren Pirie scored a nett 62.
Preparations for the Ladies Highland Open (18th – 22nd July) are well in hand – don’t miss out on this wonderful week of golf & entertainment – late entries possible. The Colonel Butters Highland Mixed Open Greensomes is on July 9th.
Our Ladies have continued to do well in Country competitions, with Laura Campbell and Isla Moncrieff representing P&K in the Northern Division Inter Counties Jamboree. Aberdeenshire, P&K and Angus tied on 4 points each, with Aberdeenshire winning on games won.
Kay Knight was the top qualifier at the Midlands Vets Championship at Crieff, losing 2&1 in the quarterfinals.
Some August dates for your diary – Outing to Crail GC 10th, Open Putting 11th (TBC), Ladies Open 28th.
Jean Bates, Ladies Captain
Unfortunately, early in the month one of our prized trophy events – The Dyson Salver, had to be postponed due to thunder and lightning which made playing conditions very wet and dangerous. Depending how they were scoring, I know some who were playing well were bitterly disappointed at the postponement, while others will be glad to get another chance!
The 16 members who travelled into Edinburgh to play at Craigmillar Park GC thoroughly enjoyed their day with the superb sunny weather and a golf course in great condition.
Our second Interclub social match of the season has taken place, this time against Murrayshall GC at Pitlochry, with the Pitlochry team coming out successfully in winning the match 4-2.
Finally, we had a good turnout for the annual Scotland vs. England Match. Last year the honours went to Scotland, this year England won the contest with a 12½ - 10½ victory.
Roger Senior, PGC Seniors Captain
The Monday junior medal nights carry on in some indifferent weather and it is pleasing to see the likes of Stewart Burns, James Jaffray, Josh Cameron and Cameron Pirie continue to post some really good and consistent scores (with the relevant handicap reductions!) and well done to them! The other medal players are not too far behind and before too long we hope to see a large number of junior members out on the ‘big course’ contesting all the trophies up for grabs.
Congratulations go to Lauren Pirie for posting some great scores recently in both junior and Ladies events including a nett 62 to win the Ladies Summer Meeting - well done!
The Pro Shop team have organised a couple of drops of junior polo shirts, which comes as a part of every junior membership package and they have gone down really well with all members kids wearing them proudly each time them come to the course! If you haven't let the Pro Shop team know your size from the sample shirts held in the shop please do so ASAP so we can get your shirt ordered too!
Have a great rest of 2016 season!
Roger Haworth, Junior Convenor
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional