Well, they say the sun shines on the righteous and boy were we blessed on Saturday for Captain’s Prizes. However, looking at some of the entries, I am not sure how many of us are too god-fearing !

The course was set up with a few challenging pin positions and hard bouncy fairways and yet the scoring was still remarkably good. One team recorded 12 birdies and still didn’t win !

Team Downs, McDonald and Young recorded a gross 62 and with a handicap of 12 were victors on countback from Bruce Grant’s and my own team. The winners collect the Captain’s Prize trophy at the Annual Prize Giving and a bottle of wine & sleeve of golf balls from Debbie.

Also the Nearest the Pin Prizes were won by:-
1st hole – Caroline Bashford (The Botanist Gin)
3rd hole – John Inglis (Loch Lomond Whisky)
9th hole – Mark McDonald and Cameron Kerr (Bottle of wine each)
16th hole – Gordon Ainslie (2 Dartington Wine Glasses)
17th hole nearest in two shots – Jack Cahalin (Tullibardine Whisky)
These prizes can be collected from Debbie from today onwards.

The Halfway House pies proved to be a huge hit, even with those who had theirs for breakfast at 9.30am! A massive thank you to Asher’s Bakery who’s owner, Alistair, provided these at no cost to us due to our close relationship with Nairn GC. A big thanks also to Debbie, Linda and Linda’s mother Susan who kept us fed and watered throughout the day.

Finally, thanks to everyone who entered and all the other visiting golfers who gave donations to my “charity” which this year is the Boat Juniors. We raised nearly £300 which will be used to help maintain the Club’s future.

(Douglas Spencer)


April 2022

It always seems to be that my Captain’s blog has some focus on the weather and here I am again bemoaning the early season in the Strath. Thanks to the hard work of the Greenkeeping staff we managed to host a very successful Opening Match only to succumb to a further covering of snow the following week which postponed both Medals. Hopefully now we are clear of the impactful weather.

Lately the conditions have been kinder to Jordan and the team, even requiring a sustained period of watering of all greens, long may this growth spurt keep up. Having taken the difficult decision to returf part of the 2, 7 & 8th greens we have also patch repaired areas on the 16th and 17th. The turf will take time to bed in, but we are confident there will be a marked improvement this year to last, but please bear with us for now.

I hope you don’t mind me taking the time to highlight some of the priorities your Management Committee is currently focusing on. Alongside course work one of the key focuses during my second year of Captaincy is to review how the Club can lessen our considerable utility bills and in turn reduce our carbon footprint. We have contacted a number of Solar PV installers to examine if it would be viable to install PV Panels on areas of the Clubhouse’s south and southeast facing roof pitch. 

I acknowledge that this may have an impact on the aesthetics of the Clubhouse however, I believe it will be worth it in the long term. Depending on the number of panels we should be able to reduce our electricity bills by circa 15% thereby clearing the initial capital outlay in the first 10 to 15 years. The current systems have an approximate 25-year lifespan. Alongside the Solar Panels, we are also intending to increase the level of insulation within the Clubhouse and convert all lighting to LED, both of which will positively impact our bills. Electric Vehicle charging points are also being looked at again.

It is my intention to host an informal “town hall” meeting (date still TBC) to present to Members a cost/benefit analysis of this. Members will be able to ask questions to ensure that everyone is fully aware of the benefit and costs to the Club. Anyone unable to attend, can submit questions via email. This is a key investment in the Club’s future, and I would like to bring Members along on this journey.

To conclude, I make no excuse for revisiting a perennial issue for the Club,” volunteering.” Ours is a Club run by a small cohort of employees who require our help to allow it to operate successfully. This may be as simple as Starter Duty at our various Opens, helping on the course by filling divots, clearing cut broom or offering a couple of hours to assist in the Halfway House. Please let the Office know if you are available.             (Douglas Spencer)