News in 2010

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Closing Match and Prizegiving

The closing match on Saturday 25th September, took the form of an individual, 1-club, stableford competition and was ably won by Neil MacLeod with an impressive score of 30 points - begging the question how he would have performed with another 13 clubs! This rounded off an excellent year for Neil who has brought his handicap tumbling down this season. Well done Neil! The top ladies score of 27 points was acheived by Carol Turnbull, easing just ahead of Jenny MacDonald thanks to a countback. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day, assisted by  lovely, still, dry weather and an excellent buffet at close of play. More than 30 members took part in the competition and several more guests joined us for the prizegiving and buffet. The prizegiving was performed by Club President, John Beck and Gents Captain, Richard Spence, and a full list of prizewinners can be found here.

Ladies Match v Lochcarron

Gairloch Ladies v Lochcarron Ladies at home – 11th September 2010
The return match took place on Saturday 11th September on what looked like a wet miserable day, but in fact turned out to be a lot better than predicted. Four teams of two battled it out on the course with the end result a win for Gairloch with the score 2 ½ to 1 ½. An excellent buffet was laid on afterwards. Many thanks to Elna for running the competition on the day. 

Captains Day - Saturday 28th August 2010

Members and friends gathered in the clubhouse before the 2pm shotgun start.  The teams were chosen beforehand by the captains (with Elna kindly stepping into a pair of trousers to play for the gents!) - 15 ladies and 13 gents took part in a fourball better ball competition of Ladies v Gents.  The weather was dry to begin with but most players got a wee bit wet on the last three holes when the rain became more persistent!  Many of the matches were very close but unfortunately for the ladies, it did not go their way!  The final result was Gents won 5, Ladies won 1, and one match was drawn.  The winners of 'nearest the pin' on the 18th were Susan MacVicar and Richard Spence and the winners of the 'straightest drive' were Janet Mackenzie and Chris Powell.  Refreshments were served afterwards in the clubhouse with Anne and her team providing an excellent buffet for the hungry golfers and friends.  A big thank you to George and Ian for all their hard work - the course was in great shape!  A good day was had by all.

Walk-on Open

The annual Walk-on Open took place yesterday (25th August) and attracted a competitive field of 45 players. For once, the sun shone throughout and conditions were perfect for some high scoring golf. The winners of the gent's competition was Gairloch member, Paul Keveran with 42 points and the winner of the ladies was former Gairloch member, now hailing from Muir-of-Ord, Eleanor Wallace. The prizes for nearest the pin were won by Nick Moore and Elna Lawrie. The event attracted many visitors, many of whom commented on the excellent state of the course and the welcome received in the clubhouse. Thanks are due particularly to Lenny Crossley for his ongoing generous sponsorship of this event and to the volunteers on the day. Full results can be found on the results page.

And Another Hole-in-One!

This has been the week for holes-in-one. Country member Alistair Fingland, acheived his career second on Thursday 19th August at the 18th. 78-year-old Alistair has yet to got the ball in the hole from the tee at his home club of Callander, as his only other hole-in-one was many years ago, at exactly the same spot, here on the 18th at Gairloch! 

Hole-in-One

Congratulations to visitor, Ian Moffat from New Biggins by the sea Golf Club in Northumberland for acheiving a hole in one at the 18th on Sunday 15th August. The feat was witnessed by club captain Richard Spence and is made all the more impressive by the fact that Ian doesn't have a handicap. Well done to Ian!

New Course Record

Many congratulations to Harry Rae for beating the course record by scoring a gross 61, net 56, in the Seniors Medal on Tuesday 10th August. The previous record was gross 62, also acheived by Harry earlier this year. This record is liable to stand the test of some time, unless anybody rises to the considerable challenge!

Mixed Pairs Open

Results and report on Opens page

2nd August

Susan MacVicar enjoyed a hole-in-one today at the 7th during a friendly match. Susan played a beautifully lobbed 9 iron onto the green, directly from the Huxley tee, and when she and her playing partner approached the green, there was the ball sitting snugly in the hole, leaning against the pin! Well done Susan.

The only downside was that the feat was acheived after clubhouse hours, and so unfortunately there was nobody around to take advantage of the customary 19th hole celebration!

This is the first reported hole-in-one acheived this season at the club. If you, or someone you know gets one, let us know.

 23rd July

Seven ladies from Gairloch were guests at Ullapool yesterday for their annual match. Four matches (three 4-ball-better-ball and 1 matchplay) were played, with the home team winning 3 - 1/2. Despite the score, the matches were all actually very close and the Gairloch ladies were all very impressed by the excellent condition of the course and in particular by the fabulous hospitality that was on offer throughout the day. We hope to be able to return the generosity of the Ullapool ladies next year at home, though we cannot guarantee the perfect conditions of sunshine and warmth that was enjoyed by all yesterday.

20th July

Todays charity event in aid of the Highland Hospice raised £260. Seventeen ladies and eighteen gents took part in the 9-hole and 18-hole competitions respectively, with Elna Lawrie winning the ladies event with an impressive 20 stableford points and Martyn Pearson winning the gents with an equally impressive 40 points. Janet MacKenzie and Pete Meredith were runners-up. Thanks to the ladies for organising the event and to all participants and donors for making it such a success. Thanks too to Julian Duggan for putting forward the idea of a charity event in support of the Highland Hospice in memory of our dear friend, John MacDonald.

21st June

The annual Midsummer Mixed Competition (or Midsummer Madness as it was affectionately dubbed...) took place on Saturday evening. An amazing 40 competitors took part in the Texas Scramble, on what must have been the best possible evening for golf - warm, blue-skied with a light breeze. Although played largely for the fun of it, the impressive scoring was contained within the very tight range of 36 to the winning score of 31. The winning team was captained by Ian Percy and ably supported by Alastair Horn, Irene Croal and Rona MacKenzie. Throughout the whole competition, there were, perhaps surprisingly, only tJo Powell preparing to award the prizeswo birdies acheived by the teams led by Jennifer Robertson and Conal McDonagh - both of whom Ian Percy, Irene Croal, Rona MacKenzie, Alastair Hornthen competed for the 'birdie-prize' by way of a putting competition - won by Jennifer. Several of the players invited guests to then join them for an excellent buffet back at the clubhouse, where a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

13th June

Ross-Sutherland Inter-Club Ladies CompetitionMargot Barr, Susan MacVicar, Jo Powell and Irene Croal

Yesterday, a team of four ladies from Gairloch Golf Club took part in the Ross-Sutherland Inter-Club Ladies competition and came away winners. This annual event is open to teams of four players and was competed by seventeen teams from clubs throughout the northern Highlands and was played this year on the challenging Strathpeffer course. It has been running for over forty years and attracts some of the best players from the region with a trophy and significant prize-money at stake. The best three stroke-play scores are tallied and Gairloch's impressive 202, thanks to net scores of 64, 69 and 69 made the team of  Margot Barr, Susan MacVicar, Jo Powell and Irene Croal victors by 5 points.

13th June

Gents Match v Lochcarron

On Saturday 12th June, Lochcarron Gents visited Gairloch for the first  match between them for the season. Twelve players from each club played out a closely fought contest with Gairloch coming away victorious by 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.

12th June  

Gairloch Ladies v Lochcarron Ladies

A total of 5 Gairloch ladies went to Lochcarron for the friendly, but fiercely fought match against their ladies. As usual the weather was very good with the added bonus of no midges! After being given bacon butties and large mugs of tea and coffee, the teams were drawn and battle commenced with a shot-gun start. For those of you who are not initiated with the course - it is a trick wee course with some rather strange local rules! The Gairloch ladies rallied against the lost balls, the no 'free' drop for drainage ditches (of which there are many), the out-of-bounds graveyard, to name but a few hazards! In the end it was a very close competition with Lochcarron winning by 23.5 points to Gairloch's very commendable 22.6 points. We really had them worried - this was an excellent result for Gairloch as they usually slaughter us on their home ground. We were then treated to a delicious late lunch with wine, good chat and banter. An excellent day was had by all.

9th June

The new Junior Practice facilities at the club were officially opened on Monday 31st May in a ceremony performed by Torquil McInroy, clubgolf project manager for Scotland. The press officer for clubgolf Scotland issued a press release that was in the Press and Journal last week.

Highland Junior Golf Manager, Willie MacKay, later made the following comments:

"Monday at Gairloch was a great success... Torquil McInroy, who opened the facility was very impressed with the children and by the volunteer coaches and my opinion that Gairloch is a model junior section for others to base their plans on, was confirmed, and he left Highland with a very positive message."

The clubgolf programme was launched in 2003 to fulfil the Scottish Government's promise to provide every child in Scotland with an opportunity to experience golf and Gairloch Golf Club is proud to be actively involved in clubgolf. The growing popularity of junior golf at Gairloch is evidenced by our growing junior membership - now standing at a very encouraging 56.

There are regular juniors' evenings on Mondays during the summer with junior coaching during term time and informal competitions during the summer holidays. Coaching sessions run between 4pm and 6pm and we also have a PGA professional from Muir of Ord, who gives lessons to the more advanced juniors, an opportunity that was made possible through a £1000 grant from the Community 2014 Fund.

For further information about the junior coaching, please contact John Beck on 712108.

3rd June

Gathering before the 3-lady team event 17.5.10

The Ladies Day was held on the 15th May and as can be seen from the photo, a good time was had by all. Tthe competition was a 3-lady team event for members and proved to be a popular format.

The winning team on the day was Susan MacVicar, Shena Aanonsen and Janet MacKenzie. Thanks to everybody who took part for making it such an enjoyable day.

4th May

The 2010 Gents Open was played on Saturday 1st May in mostly dry weather, by more than 50 competitors. Amongst the winners were, Peter Saggers (best scratch), Iain Lewis (Division 1 winner) and Peter Mitchell (Division 2 winner). It was a very successful event, enjoyed by all and many present who were visiting the club for only the first or second time, commented on the excellent standard of the course and resolved to take on the challenge again next year. Thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who helped to ensure that the day was one to remember but particular thanks must go to Donald Crerar at The Sheiling Restaurant in Gairloch, for once again sponsoring one of our events with such generosity.

27th April

Volunteers, including Chris Powell and Richard Spence (pictured, have continued to work hard alongside the greenkeepers and as a result have completed the remaining work on the new practice facilities. As you can see from the photos, the result is superb and all our members will benefit from their hard work. The Open Day on Monday 3rd May (2pm - 4pm) is a chance for us to encourage some potential new members along and to show the community what a great asset this is. Hope to see you there.

Greenkeepers, George and Ian with volunteers, Richard and ChrisThe completed putting green The completed practice nets

22nd April 2010

Club Captain, Richard Spence, testing out the new Huxley putting green The Open day on Monday the 3rd May will be an opportunity to try out the new practice facilities in the company of our visiting professional coach, Michael Field. Michael will be on hand to offer a bit of a masterclass and offer a few valuable tips. We hope that many people from the local community will come along and take advantage of this opportunity and perhaps be tempted to sign up for a bit of coaching in the weeks to come. Michael will be closely involved with the junior coaching which begins on the 3rd May for ten weeks. Pictured here is Club Captain, Richard Spence, testing the new putting green - fairly successfully by the look of things!

15th April 2010

To highlight the clubs new practice facilities, we will be holding a special Open Day on Monday 3rd May, from 2-4pm. More information to follow.

4th April 2010

Practice Facilities

At work on the new practice bunker - March 2010 The foundations for the new practice nets, March 2010 The work on the eagerly awaited practice facilities continues to make good progress and it is hoped that all will be in place by the middle of this month. There will be a practice bunker and two practice nets sited behind the eighth green and a Huxley putting green adjacent to the clubhouse. The facilities will be available to all members and visitors but most importantly, will provide an excellent training resource for our junior members.

28th March 2010

Opening Match

Despite intermittent showers, 26 members took part in the keenly contested Opening Match of the season at the course yesterday afternoon (Sat 27th Mar). The head greenkeeper demonstrated his sense of humour by providing members with almost impossible pin positions on one or two greens, but the challenge was met with gritted teeth and varying degrees of success! At the close of play, members and some guests were treated to a lovely buffet in the inviting warmth of the clubhouse, while scores were added. It appeared that when scores were tallied both the gents and ladies had averaged 29.6 Stableford points, resulting in a draw. However, a little later in the evening, it transpired that one of the gents had accidentally not submitted his card and the recount resulted in the Ladies being declared the winners! So, that's one for the ladies - redressing last year's result. A very successful and enjoyable start to the season.        

14th March 2010

The clubhouse will open on Saturday 27th March to co-incide with the Opening Match which will take the form of a Men v Women Stableford Competition at 1pm. See the Home Page for more details.

An ad is about to run in the 'Yellow Pages' to find some clubhouse assistants, so if you are interested in a few hours, please contact Anne Davidson, club steward, at the clubhouse after the 22nd March (712407). Full training will be given, though some experience would be an advantage.

There will be an opportunity to update your golfing wardrobe from the 27th as there will be a sale of gents and ladies golf clothing to make room for the new season's stock.

8th March 2010

Hi all,  despite the frost the course will re-open later today,  Monday 8th March. George Rollo.

5th March 2010

Hello long suffering members. I am aware of the full winter schedule of competitions planned for this weekend. Unfortunately the pain continues. Despite the disappearance of the snow, the greens are still frost bound just below the surface. This is having the effect of not allowing the water to drain away and the the surfaces are very squelchy and prone to damage. Consequently the course will remain closed until Monday. George Rollo.

11th January 2010

The club has received an e-mail from Mr Eric Grandison:

Eric GrandisonDear Gairloch Golf Club

I am a great fan of Gairloch Golf Club and it was the venue for one of my first games of Golf. My parents and I visited many times and loved every game we played there. I’ve attached a picture of me on the first tee sporting my trusty hickory shafted 3 wood (refurbished by my Dad) and my balanced finish!! Happy Days. This picture was taken when I was 7 years old, some 37 years ago! Since then I’ve never looked back and after becoming a qualified PGA Professional at the age of 21 have taught 1000’s of Golfers over the last 22 years in countries such as: Denmark, Germany, Austria, Spain and Switzerland. I returned home 6 years ago and have established the Eric Grandison Golf School in beautiful East Lothian 20 mins from Edinburgh. I also run my Tour business Scottish-Golf Tours.com and I encourage and send many Golfers to magical Gairloch. Many have and have had a great experience!

... I’m waiting for the snow to melt and will be visiting Gairloch soon and look forward to that very much. I wondered if you would be able to post a link on your website for www.scottish-golftours.com & www.ericgrandison-golfschool.com. I’m in the process of organising Golf Trips to Scotland which will include a visit to Gairloch.

I’ll take this opportunity in wishing you all at Gairloch Golf Club a Happy 2010.

Best Regards
Eric Grandison (PGA Professional, Director – Eric Grandison Golf School & Scottish-Golf Tours.com)