Pitlochry Golf Club
Members News

From the Course

With June a few days away we are now hopefully through what has been a testing few months. After a very mild winter we then endured a very cold spring and then came very dry conditions with only 6mm of rain in 5 weeks. This meant the guys were having to water in the morning and at night to keep the greens alive. These combined conditions resulted in very slow growth on the greens.

The 12th greenside project and 13th tee has now been completed and I believe it has made a significant improvement to this area. The bunkers will be in play at the start of next week.

Finally I would like to thank Andrew Rutherford for all of his hard work and efforts over the last year and a half. Andrew has moved on to a full time gardeners position at Atholl
Palace and we all at Pitlochry wish him all the best in the future. He has been replaced by 16 year old Sean Menzies who will start an apprenticeship with us over the next 3 years.

Happy golfing
Greenkeeping team

Stuart Griffiths, Head Greenkeeper

From The Pro

It has been a very quick 5 months but a very enjoyable one to date. My lesson diary is staying busy which is good and hopefully some of our members are enjoying their recent success with the new aspects of their swings. The Junior Coaching is also going well and resumes again in September when the playing season is dropping off

I will be concentrating on Custom fitting for the rest of the year with the new equipment that has arrived from Callaway and Wilson which ensures you have the correct weight of club/ Lie angle and Shaft option. Which can gain you on average 8-10 yards.

Look forward to seeing you all throughout the season.


Neil Douglas, PGA Professional

From the Clubhouse

Cargills Clubhouse is open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm. We have a few special nights which all start from 5pm. Our pie night on a Wednesday, Fish Friday, Saturday Sizzler and Sunday Roast from 12-4pm. Afternoon Teas are available every week.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Lee Cargill, Clubhouse Manager

From the Gents

The golfing season is now fully underway and we are seeing a great turnout for the competitions with 70+ playing each week .The exceptional weather
is making maintenance a big challenge just to keep the grass alive, so thanks to Stuart and his team for their continual efforts.
Ewan Dunbar obviously finds the conditions ideal with an exceptional 65 in the John Murray Cup, well done !
The divot filling referred to last month was a great success with so many helpers we kept running out of sand .
We have made a winning start to our friendly competitions with wins against Alyth and Carnoustie Mercantile at Carnoustie which was particularly memorable day playing a wonderful course
in a gale. Even with their massive resources they are struggling to keep the grass green.


Roger Haworth, Gents Captain

From the Ladies

May 2017 Newsletter from the Ladies Captain

The Captain v Vice Captain’s match was enjoyed by all and well attended with 27 players and 31 for the meal. The course was in superb condition & the Vice Captain’s team won despite the best score being achieved by the Captain’s team of Janette Kennedy, Lynn McDonald & Lisa Leck.
Jenny Collins came 3rd in the Silver Division of the Regional Medal Finals at Inverness, qualifying for the Grand Final at Crieff in July.
Lauren Pirie was 2nd Girls Scratch with 94 in the Perth & Kinross Schools Golf Championship at Pitlochry.
In the Daily Mail Foursomes Jenny Collins and Gillian Munro had a convincing 6&4 win at Blairgowrie in Round 2, but unfortunately lost to Craigie Hill at the 21st hole at Pitlochry in Round 3.
Winners of the club competitions were:- Extra Medal: Ann Mailer (67), April Medal: Katherine Haworth (71), April Butter Cup: Julie Henderson (71), Pitlochry Par: Hayley Carruthers (20) and May Medal: Janet McDonald (68)

 Jean Bates, Ladies Captain

From the Seniors

 PGC Seniors Newsletter Report May 2017

Our season is now well and truly underway. Our opening competition, the TCL Decanter, was a very closely contested event with the leaders on a 3-way tie with 40 points. Just missing out on the trophy were Stewart Williamson, and Colin Milne with John Dunn taking the overall honour with a better inward half and his name goes on the trophy.
The Captain vs Vice-Captain match was a reversal of last year’s result with the Captain winning by 8 holes. Many thanks to all the golfers who played for the Captain’s side – another heavy defeat like last year would have been very embarrassing and would have meant another 12 months of mocking from Trevor.!
This is a very busy time of year on the golf course, with lots of knockout ties taking place, so just a gentle reminder not to leave it until the last week of the month to arrange your games!
Following the success of the Pro’s Seniors golfing clinics, Neil has started a 2nd round of these. It’s great to see the enthusiasm for these sessions and I’m sure the participants will see the benefits in the coming months.

PGC Seniors Captain.

Roger Senior

From the Juniors

Calling all Juniors, please register as soon as possible with Head Pro Neil in the shop to put your name down for this years junior lesson program.

Starting in March we will be bringing new and exciting lessons to you. We are looking to take the junior level to the next level and we will be putting Pitlochry and Blair Atholl on the map of junior golf in the area. If you want to be part of this journey then i look forward to teaching you to the best of your ability.

Watch this space for the dates/times of the new Junior Program.

Neil Douglas Head Professional 

From the Manager

As you will have already read from our course manager, weather conditions in Spring were difficult and as we move into ''Summer'' could i ask all members who use trollies, to help our green keeping staff and keep off the fringes of the green and walk round the rear of the greens.This will help the overall appearance of our greens as the fringe is as much a part of the green as the green itself.

As a member of Pitlochry Golf Club, you also have full access to Blair Atholl Golf course. If you have not already played there this year, please give it a try. It is a completely different challenge to Pitlochry and you will be made most welcome by David and Paul in the clubhouse.


Michael Winton,General Manager


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