Pitlochry Golf Club
Seniors Golf at Pitlochry Golf Club

The Seniors section at Pitlochry Golf Club was first introduced in 2013, and now has over 80 members. Our section is open to all paid up Pitlochry G.C. and Blair Atholl G.C. members aged 55 and over.

Our primary objective is to offer our registered members an enjoyable eclectic mix of serious and fun golf in a friendly and sociable environment. Although we all enjoy our golf, the fun and banter is very much an important part of our weekly get-togethers.

In the summer season we play most Tuesdays at 11am and entry sheets for each competition are posted on the Seniors’ notice board approximately 2 weeks in advance. A draw is usually produced on the Sunday preceding the Tuesday competition. Details of the format are given on each entry sheet and a full Fixture List is provided and can also be found on the Seniors’ notice board.

ALL of our competitions are played off the forward yellow tees.

Handicaps are not required before you join as you can play for your handicap in our weekly competitions. Three (3) such card entries are required.

We open each season with a Singles Stableford for the TCL Decanter and play a qualifying medal round every month. The monthly medals are alternate Stroke play and Stableford formats.

We also have a Seniors match play knock out championship (for the Neil Panton Trophy) and a Pairs competition for the 4 Ball Better Ball Dyson Salver.

Our eclectic mix of team competitions includes, Texas Scrambles, Stableford 1-2-3, Scotland v England and other 2/3 man team events. Some of the team events are drawn teams, others can be entered as a team and we will make up teams from the remaining entries.

We currently play 4 Inter Club social matches (2 home, 2 away) and have a Seniors outing each year.

In the winter season we continue our golf with a Winter Championship Trophy competition. This is a Turn Up and Play competition, played on a Tuesday and Thursday and played off full handicap. The weather can throw up some real challenges, but that does not stop a very enthusiastic bunch of hardy golfers from enjoying their golf throughout the winter period.

INTERESTED?? If you would like more information or wish to discuss any aspect of our activities, or indeed would like to join, please contact: Roger Senior: Seniors Captain on roger.senior@gmail.com 01796 472567

                                            

                                           

                                            

OUTING TO DUNBAR 31/05/17

12 Seniors made the trip to the Championship links course at Dunbar. We last visited this course back in 2014 and, just like then, the weather was very kind to us with beautiful wall to wall sunshine. There was only a slight breeze, (well by Dunbar standards), and the fairways were hard and dry making the ball run a long way. The greens were fast and true and so you would expect or hope that there was some good scoring……...

This is such a different golfing challenge to our course at Pitlochry, and I think it’s fair to say that the course got the better of most of us. We played Pairs better ball Stableford and the leading 3 teams were: -

1st place with 41 points was Dougal Spaven and Tom Mulholland.

I don’t think Tom will mind me saying that he was not having the best of days before he came to the 18th where he proceeded to score 4 points, this turned out to be sufficient to win on the day and take the sweep from the 2nd place team !!

2nd place with 40 points was Ron Duncan and Roger Senior

3rd place with 37 points was Ron Bell and Sandy Love

Nearest the pin winner was Dougal Spaven.

After the golf we all enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse before making our journey home. All the Seniors present were very grateful to get the opportunity to play this course and thanked Duncan Munro for arranging this outing at his home course. It was a great golfing experience at an unbelievable price. I think we’ll all be hoping to get the chance to play again at this wonderful venue sometime in the future.!

Roger Senior.  PGC Seniors Captain

 

TCL DECANTER 28/03/17

The first "Major" of the year was held on our Summer Season opening day on 28/03/17. On a fairly decent day for golf in March, 39 members competed in what was a very closely contested event.

Three players carded 40 points with John Dunn winning the trophy with the best inward half - Colin Milne and Stewart Williamson being the unlucky runners up.

Pictured below is John receiving the trophy from Captain, Roger Senior - whisky courtesy of last year's winner Ian Rodney.

SENIORS WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP 2016/2017

The 2016/2017 Pitlochry Seniors’ Winter Championship came to a conclusion on Thursday 9th March. An exceptional season of favourable weather prevailed – well favourable enough for Pitlochry’s hard core of seniors to take to the course during the winter months. Only a very small handful of days were lost to the elements with competitors alternatively enjoying/enduring rounds in glorious winter sunshine, hard frost and the more traditional wind and rain.

Much credit goes to the greenkeepers for their hard work in keeping the course in excellent condition over the winter months whilst also preparing new tees and bunkers for the 2017 summer season. Exceptionally the Winter Championship was played more often on the main red course (albeit with a few temporary greens in play) than the blue course (temporary greens).

A new Merit Points system was introduced this winter with the winner(s) on any given day awarded 10 merit points, down to 1 point for 10th position (and ties). The winner would be determined by the player who amassed the highest aggregate points total over their best 12 rounds. A revised handicap system was also put in place with reductions applied on a different basis depending on whether the scores were on the red or blue course. All regulars were subject to the handicapper’s scalpel over the winter season.

In the latter part of the season competitors’ enjoyment was greatly enhanced with the Clubhouse being open allowing for an after-match post mortem and a hot coffee/breakfast roll. The efforts of Lee, Gemma and their staff were much appreciated.

Some interesting statistics emerged from the Championship:

Number of Competitions: 33 – 18 red and 15 blue

Number of Competitors: 35 – with 26 playing 12 or more rounds

Total rounds played: 617

Most rounds played: 32 – Tony Boon and Norrie Shand

Biggest Handicap Cut: 7 shots – Alan Kemp

Best score on red course: 44 – Sandy Love

Best score on blue course: 53 – John Dunn

The revised competition format was generally deemed a success – and although the eventual winner was decided with a couple of rounds to spare, the closely fought battle for 2nd and 3rd continued right up until the last round.

The final results were:

1st – 101 points: Jim Wilson

2nd – 93 points: Peter Miller

3rd – 91 points: Roger Senior

4th – 88 points: Kevin Putnam

5th – 87 points: Norrie Shand and Alan Watt

Jim Wilson therefore successfully retained the Winter Championship trophy which he won in 2015/2016. The committee will now consider carefully what steps can be taken to ensure that somebody else wins in 2017/2018.

Pictured below is Jim receiving the trophy from Captain, Roger Senior.

 2016/17 Winter Championship Winner

 COMPETITION RULES

The rules for all our various Seniors Competitions can be found HERE

 PGC SENIORS FIXTURES 2017

Our Fixture list can be found HERE

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