With the Blair Atholl GC Senior Open, the Pitlochry’s Gents Highland Open Week and the Pitlochry GC Ladies Open all having been successfully completed, the autumn period sees the last of the big ‘Opens’ and competitions being played at both courses and we wish everyone the very best of luck in these near end of season events. Both Pitlochry and Blair Atholl golf courses are still in great shape and playing either course will not leave you disappointed with their condition.
As you have used your clubs and shoes quite a lot recently, it may be time to think about getting your clubs regripped or shoes respiked after so much use, so why not put into see the Pitlochry Golf Team for a wee equipment check-up?
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 passing of the Gents Highland week, the clubhouse team have now been introduced to all 3 major golf week events and I am pleased to say that we have succeeded in dealing with all that was going on. We made some news friends along the way and we were introduced to some old acquaintances that have been coming for years and the positive feedback we received was very heartening too! We look forward to a busy end of season period and hope to see lots of you up before the winter kicks in!
See you soon!
Wendy Hluchnikova, Clubhouse Manager
Strange as it may seem (and I know I am going to get some stick for saying this!!) but I could do with some rain (only a little mind you, but I do need rain!!) With the weather being drier of late, and a wind blowing too, the golf course is playing quite hard and fast and a wee bit of rain wouldn’t go amiss! If it starts to rain and doesn’t stop, please blame me!!
The course has had its fair share of good and bad weather recently, but my team and I have kept on top of the ‘growing season’ and I would like to thank them for all their hard work in keeping up the appearance of our great golf course - well done team!
We will soon be starting our winter maintenance programme and I hope that you will see the benefit of a little disruption now, before the course goes into the winter, and then you see that all the hard work done soon will pay of next season with better putting surfaces for a sustained period of time, rather than just in the middle of the season. Fingers crossed all goes to plan.
See you out on the course soon and all the best for the rest of the golf season
Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper
What do you have to do, to win a medal at Pitlochry gc these days? Last Saturday's medal had 17 players beating or matching their handicap and topping the list was Richard McAulay with an excellent scratch 68, nett 62. Well done, Ricky.
Congratulations also go to the Pitlochry members who completed a clean sweep of all the main prizes at this year’s Gents Highland Open. Here’s the list of winners -
Mark Rose Scratch Section
Gary Lloyd Handicap Section
Ron Dowie Seniors Section
Colin McKinnell Plate 1
Iain McDonald Plate 2
Ron Dowie's excellent form continued at the gents Kingussie GC outing, where he won the Manson Trophy. A great day was had by all.
Finally, the Cowan Cup was competed for at the weekend where the hosts, Dunkeld GC were victorious. Pitlochry were a creditable third.
Mike Winton, Gents Captain
August has been a busy month for the Ladies in addition to the normal Tuesday competitions.
We started with the Ladies Open Putting down in Pitlochry, with Denise Wildblood beating Kay Fleming in the final.
This was closely followed by the outing to Crail where the weather was mixed (as was the golf!) but both the course & the catering were excellent. The overall Stableford winner was Di Barbour (39), with Kay Knight (36) taking the Silver Trophy & Louise Kelly (36) the Bronze.
The month closed with the Ladies Open, which was well attended & enjoyed mostly fine weather.
Scratch: 1st Jen Saxon (74), 2nd Laura Campbell (74 Pitlochry)
Sliver: 1st Lynn McBain (67), 2nd Emma Saunders (70 Pitlochry)
Bronze: 1st Di Barbour (66 Pitlochry), 2nd Clara Webb (66 Pitlochry)
I should like to thank all of the committee members who organised these events
Jean Bates, Ladies Captain
Our annual outing this year was to Piperdam. Most of the 24 seniors who attended were playing the course for the first time, this, along with the fact that by mistake we played off the Medal tees made for a tough golfing challenge. The day was won by Peter Rhodes with a respectable 35 points.
The final 18 holes of the 2016 Killiecrankie Cup was played at Pitlochry on 16th July. It turned out to be a very closely fought contest with the 2 leaders from the first leg at Blair Atholl once again tying their scores at Pitlochry. Bruce Mitchell claimed the trophy from Mike Fertacz with a better inward 9 score.
We played our final inter club match of 2016 with a home victory over Monifieth (4-2). Everyone on both teams thoroughly enjoyed the match and the company. The Monifieth players were full of praise for the condition of the course, and wished we could make it an annual event!
Roger Senior, PGC Seniors Captain
Throughout the school holidays the numbers that played in the junior competitions/ medals was reduced significantly, but those that did turn up had a good time in playing some fun events. We have also run the Generation Cup (won by Mark Pirie and his son Cameron who narrowly pipped Kenny Burns and his son Oliver) - well done to everyone who played in this great competition and many thanks to the Carruthers family for their continued support. The draws for the end of season matchplay events are posted on the noticeboard so please take heed of the draws and I wish all participants the very best of luck in winning the relevant trophies!
Have a great end of the 2016 season!
Roger Haworth, Junior Convenor
Mark Pirie, PGA Professional