Pitlochry Golf Course has a long tradition of producing golfers who have gone onto bigger golfing success throughout the decades. Some have gone on to more modest levels than others, but Pitlochry Golf Course is very happy to be associated with all these sportsmen and sportsLadies. Included in this area are the following.
John Panton MBE
Pitlochry is justly proud of its famous son who, in addition to his many achievements, earned worldwide respect as “Gentleman John”. Born and raised in the town, he learned to play under the watchful eye of Mr John Murray and became his assistant in 1935. In the same year he was a semi finalist in the British Boy’s Amateur Championship and also went on to win the Pitlochry Club Championship. With a distinguished career continuing into the late 1960s, John Panton has a long list of golfing success, including 3 appearances in the Ryder Cup and 7 Scottish PGA titles. An honorary member of Glenbervie for his distinguished service to the golf course there, John was also an honorary professional to the Royal and Ancient from 1986 until retirement in 2006.
A personal friend to the Butter family, Joyce Wethered, as she was known before marriage, was one of Britain’s greatest lady amateur golfers. With a history of winning 4 British Ladies Championships, 5 English Ladies Championships and 1 appearance in the Curtis Cup, Lady Heathcoat-Amory will be remembered as a top class player. Through her Perthshire connections, she always liked to return to Pitlochry to play when time permitted.
Although John Brydone was the Scottish Boys’ Champion in 1947, he was to find his niche on the administrative side of the game. Playing for the Perthshire County team for some years he went on to serve for a total of 47 years. He was county delegate to the Scottish Golf Union and became Chairman of the Scottish Boys’ Championship Committee. Until 2006 he was the Highland Open Tournament Secretary and was Pitlochry Golf Club Secretary for 32 years.
Whilst turning professional early in life, a return to the unpaid ranks rewarded Cecil with a Walker Cup team place in 1985 and in 2003 he became captain of the English amateur team.
A winner of the Amateur Ladies British Open Championship in 1976, Cathy is now a staff PGA Professional at The Berkshire GC. She was also involved in founding the Ladies European Tour in 1979 and has sat on the committee of WPGA.
In her early nineties, Margaret is Pitlochry Ladies GC’s oldest playing member. She was afforded honorary membership in 1991 and still manages to play a round when she can.
A brother of "Gentleman John" and a part of the Highland Perthshire, and beyond, famous Panton clan, Neil has been a member at Pitlochry GC for well over 70 years. With his long and distinguished relationship with the golf course Neil was afforded honorary membership in 2006 and is still competitive to this day. So much so Neil won a Pitlochry GC matchplay knockout competition in the 2005 season after taking his opponent in the final to the first extra hole!!