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

Course Report

After the first few months of winter being very kind to us, it has certainly gone back to normal after the Christmas period. Although we haven’t had much snow the frost, along with some heavy rain has resulted in some pretty tough ground conditions. These conditions have unfortunately meant that the course has had to have been closed or a composite course has had to be used. I realise it must be frustrating seeing the course green and having to play on winter greens after a frost thaw but if there is still frost in the ground and the top of the surface is soft, we then get ‘root break’ if golf is played on the greens. In simple terms the root shears off from the leaf of the plant when the golfer stands on the soft leaf connected to the frozen root.

When the weather improves we will re turf the new 3rd white tee and work on the ground around it. We have already put a drain through the tee and we have added another one to catch all the water coming from the hill above.

The new drainage areas around the 2nd green have been turfed using turf from around the course.

A new path has been dug out along the side of the 4th winter tee heading to Craigower to stop all walkers walking and cycling across the tee.

While the weather has been poor we decided to take the steps out going to the 16th white tees. We have done this in the hope all trolley users will now keep their trolleys off the tees. Constant trolley damage hasn’t helped the recovery on these heavily used tees. A new surface has been added to the path to help with grip on the sloped area. We then widened and tidied the buggy path to the 5th green and have also widened the small buggy path to the right of the 15th green.

The only other job that is ongoing on the course is the clearance of the broom to the left of the 10th winter green allowing more air and light into a normally damp area.

Finally just a reminder to all players that you all have a big part in the course continuing to improve by remembering to repair pitch marks replace divots when the season starts raking bunkers and keeping trolleys off the fringes and tees.

My staff and I look forward to seeing you all on the course in the coming months.

Happy golfing

Stuart Griffiths, Course Manager

PITLOCHY SCOOPS TOP GOLF TOURISM AWARD

Scottish Golf Tourism Awards

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.