News Blog

As the club now communicate with the membership on general matters, through Facebook, the members newsletter will now cease. In future,communications to the membership from Pitlochry Golf Limited will be made available here in the form of a News Blog.

Michael Winton

PITLOCHY SCOOPS TOP GOLF TOURISM AWARD

Pitlochry Golf Club has been hailed among the top visitor experiences in the country. We were delighted to be listed among the category winners at the fifth annual Scottish Golf Tourism Awards held at the Fairmont St Andrews. The 2018 event was attended by 400 guests and the compere was top golf commentator Dougie Donnelly.

Manager Mike Winton and course manager Stuart Griffiths were thrilled when Pitlochry was announced as Scotland’s “Best Course Under £50.”

“While we are delighted that our membership is on the increase and we have built-up a solid junior section, visitor income is vital to the golf club,” said Mike.

“To be recognised by visitors voting in the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards is appreciated and shows we are doing something right. We have great facilities here but Pitlochry is all about the course. It is our biggest asset. We have always been considered a bit of a hidden gem. Hopefully awards like this will mean less of the hidden! The award recognises that Pitlochry is a very good golf course and one in excellent condition. It is continually improving. A few years ago an American golf writer said we were the best golf course under 6000 yards in the world. We were thrilled to read that and it is a claim we look to justify.”

Pitlochry Golf Club dates back to 1909 and over the past two years since local company RW Bell Electrical got involved we have been going from strength to strength. In addition to the scenic 18-holes in the shadow of Ben Vrackie we enjoy a sister nine-hole course at nearby Blair Atholl. Our modern practice facilities include indoor and outdoor driving bays and a six-hole course which is perfect for juniors and working on your short game. A warm welcome is guaranteed at the clubhouse year-round and our professional Wallace Booth is a former Eisenhower Trophy winner and a member of Niall McGill’s Noah’s Ark Golf Centre.

The Scottish Tourism Award reflects the work put in by course manager Stuart and his team. Stuart’s impressive CV includes five years at an Open venue, Carnoustie, along with Blair Atholl, Tain, Letham Grange and Hankley Common in Surrey.

Dear Member,

After a cold winter and a dry spring, we have continued into a very dry summer which has been great for the golfers but has made our job slightly tougher.

Having rebuilt the 8th tee and the 4th bunker during the winter, we had to make sure the new turf was kept alive by watering it constantly. They are both looking well and playing great.

During the very hot spell we applied a wetting agent to our greens. This, combined with continuous watering,meant that the moisture was held near the surface to keep our grasses healthy and green.

At Pitlochry Golf, we measure rainfall on a daily basis and we went nearly 5 weeks without one drop.

I believe my staff have done a fantastic job coming in to water very early in the morning and very late at night when temperatures were at their coolest.

When we water on a regular basis like this,we have to be very careful when we cut and how often we cut,in order to protect the grass as much as possible. Thankfully we have been having showers of rain recently so we are slowly getting back to normal which is allowing us to start our normal aeration and applications of sand to the greens. Other works we have done include the cutting back of some of the longer rough. As the ground has got harder, more golf balls are bouncing into the rough and our work helps in finding them easier and it speeds up play.

We will continue to top up bunkers with sand and and have also replaced all of the wood on the old benches.

Finally, I would ask members to continue to repair pitchmarks and MOST IMPORTANTLY please keep trolleys off tees and off the fringes next to the greens which will then allow recovery on the heavily trafficked areas.

Enjoy your golf

Stuart Griffiths
Course Manager