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.
Well the season has started and have come through our so called winter very well. I have never known a winter to be so kind to us but I am certainly not complaining.
Hopefully now most members have been out on the course and have seen that our new 3rd white tee is now in play. We have seeded the areas around the new walkway to the tee so once temperatures rise this seed will start to grow.
We have also been doing some tidying up of our paths but this will continue over the next month when possible. The bunkers on the course will be edged and tidied and then more sand added to them but that is a continuous job we do all year round. The practice bunkers will also be tidied and will remove the old liner from them and put a new base in place.
Over the coming weeks we will be scarifying the greens which will remove any dead moss and organic matter and then will be topdressed and overseeded.
Finally I would like to welcome our new member of staff Billy Hoggins who started with us last week. Billy has a wealth of experience after working at Walton heath and then a Summer at the Australian golf club in Sydney and latterly at the Dukes course St. Andrews. He is a keen golfer who plays off 8. Please go and say hello to Billy if you see him out on the course.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Professional Gary Casey to Pitlochry. Myself and the greenkeeping team are looking forward to working along side Gary continuing the excellent service we offer at Pitlochry.
I hope you all have a great golfing season and look forward to seeing you all on the course.
Stuart Griffiths, Course Manager
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.