Pitlochry Golf Club
Members News

From The Pro

We are in the midst of a very busy competition schedule such as the Blair Atholl GC Senior Open, the Pitlochry’s Gents Highland Open Week and the Pitlochry GC Ladies Open and with other events, visiting groups and societies it is great to see both courses being played by so many people – long may this continue! If you haven’t had a game recently I suggest you take advantage of either course in such great ‘nick’ – you won’t be disappointed.

All the very best to you all for the second half of 2016 - see you all really soon and hopefully often!

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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

From the Clubhouse

My team and I survived our first Ladies Highland week and I thank every competitor for keeping us busy through a hectic week. We have built quite a few long lasting friendships with all the ladies and hope to see them all again next year and for many years to come. Next up is the Gents Highland and with well over 100 players coming along we are sure to be kept on our toes once more! We are always busy and as a wee reminder if you want to come and join us for food and drink please make sure you get in touch to reserve a table to avoid any disappointment.

Have a great 2016!

Wendy Hluchnikova, Clubhouse Manager

From the Course

I am extremely thankfully that the weather has been much friendlier recently so that my team and I can continue to get some hard work done on presenting the golf course, to you, in the best condition possible. I hope that you will see the fruits of our labours soon and that you are all still enjoying playing a few holes around the course when you are able to.

It is heartening to hear the positive feedback from members and visitors alike - long may this last!

With the full recovery operation now successfully completed, the bunkers that were all damaged and washed out during the hellish winter are now all repaired and in play, but I wonder if you could give me some feedback on them – good, bad, too small, too big, in the right place or in the wrong place? Any feedback/ comments would be great.

See you out on the course soon and all the best for the rest of the golf season

Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper

From the Captain

At the time of writing the Gents Highland Open is under way and next month I will report on how the week went, hopefully I can write about some local winners too! The club competitions, team matches and fun events are running very well and well done to all the recent winners - here’s hoping I can get my name in the winner’s circle soon!

I am pleased to see the clubhouse being fully utilised every time I am up at the club so let’s continue the strong Pitlochry Golf Club member’s support of all that the clubhouse team do for us!

Good luck for the latter half of the season

Mike Winton, Gents Captain

From the Ladies Captain

The Ladies Highland Open had somewhat mixed fortunes. It started well on Monday with the Starters Cup (won by Pitlochry’s Gillian Munro) followed by the evening’s “Meet & Greet” with an excellent buffet.

Tuesday’s Qualifying round went off OK, but then came Wednesday!! Lightning followed by a cloudburst and subsequent flooding caused the 2nd Qualifying round to be abandoned. However this did not dampen the spirits of the players, whose home clubs ranged from all over Scotland and extended to Cumbria, Cheshire, Surrey, Kent & Bermuda!

The Match Play Finals were won by: Scratch Eilidh Watson (Muckhart), Silver Evelyn Hamilton (Kirkcaldy), and Bronze Ann Mailer (Pitlochry).

The recovery of the course for Thursday’s play is testament to the work the Greenkeepers have done on the greens during the season.

Many thanks go to Kathleen Duncan (tournament organiser) and her helpers for all their work, which resulted in a smoothly run & enjoyable event.

Jean Bates, Ladies Captain

From the Seniors

12 seniors made the short trip to Alyth GC to play our 3rd Inter-club social match of 2016. Although we lost the match 4½ - 1½, everyone reported back on how much they had enjoyed the course, the company and the day out.

The first 18 holes of the 2016 Killiecrankie Cup was played at Blair Atholl on 19th July. The weather was warm and sunny and the course was in great condition. Mike Fertacz (Pitlochry) and Bruce Mitchell (Blair Atholl) have a share of the lead at the moment with 41 points, but with 18 holes still to play at Pitlochry, plenty of others are still in a good position to win the trophy later in August.

Our re-arranged Dyson Salver was completed successfully, (this time without thunder and lightning), the pairs competition was very closely contested with the eventual winners being Ron Bell and Dougal Spaven who just pipped Jackie McCranor and Mike Nixon with a better back 6.

Roger Senior, PGC Seniors Captain

From the Juniors

The school holidays has seen those keen to develop their game spending more time on the course and taking advantage of the coaching sessions, which continue to be well attended. The Junior Highland Open was a great success with 56 juniors from across Perth & Kinross and further afield playing, proving this one of the most popular events in the junior calendar. The great excellent scoring and comments about the course put Pitlochry right up amongst the must play courses. Our only success was Alex Bates in the 9-hole competition, so well done for keeping the flag flying!

Have a great rest of 2016 season!

Roger Haworth, Junior Convenor
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional

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