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Acknowledging Mike MacDonald

It’s always encouraging to hear positive feedback from a satisfied customer. And when they take the time to praise an individual for going the extra mile to make sure their golfing experience in the Highlands was the best it could be, then we are keen to share it.

Take a bow Mike MacDonald, secretary at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club, part of the Golf Highland family.

Mike recently helped arrange a golfing trip for six visitors from the USA. When a course the group wished to play was booked up, he took it upon himself to contact a sister club to secure tee times and allow them to look forward to their trip with confidence.

“That means a great deal when you are travelling a few thousand miles and responsible for making arrangements for six golfers”, the group’s leader Steve Sheehan, from Providence, Rhode Island, said in a message to Golf Highland board member Willie MacKay.

“Mike was always available – we exchanged over a dozen emails – and when I called he answered the phone and gave me a lot of his time”, continues Steve, who referred to Mike’s assistance as “really exceptional”.

We like to think that everyone connected with Golf Highland provides exceptional service to our visitors. But it is worth highlighting such a high standard of service to remind ourselves that a little extra effort can have a huge impact on someone’s experience and reflects well, not just on the individual, but on a club, our organisation and the whole region.

Customer service is key to building good relationships and is uppermost in our minds when an individual or group contacts one of the 30-plus Golf Highland clubs.

Twa Bridges” Open Golf Challenge

Twa Bridges Open Golf Challenge
Sunday 3rdMay, 2020

Two highland golf clubs, Carrbridge and Abernethy at Nethy Bridge are looking to make history in 2020 Twa Bridges Open
by hosting the first ever double-nine Open golf competition in Scotland on Sunday, 3rd May.
Aptly named the “Twa Bridges” Open, golfers are invited to take on the challenge of playing 18 holes over
two 9 holes courses, Carrbridge and Nethy Bridge, all in one day!
Each of the clubs are members of the Golf Highland High9s initiative and located in the Cairngorms
National Park, both with ancient stone bridges at the heart of each village.
Willie MacKay of Golf Highland Board is quoted as saying “the longest drive in the two club High9s
Speyside golf competition will be from the 9th green to the 10th tee, as players will be packing their
golf bags and trolleys into their cars and “driving” to the next course to play their second 9 holes of
this unique 18 hole two course event”!
Golfers will find their opening 9 holes at Nethy Bridge quite different from their second 9 holes at
Carrbridge! No matter how the golf goes players can be assured of a warm welcome and spectacular scenery.

The stableford competition is open to adults and juniors with a maximum handicap of 36. Green fee
£20/adult and £10/junior (up to 16 years) with reduced rates for club members. Prizes for the winner,
second and third based on the combined stableford score over both courses.

Both clubs have actively engaged with a range of Scottish Golf initiatives over the last two years including
visitor marketing and have been encouraged by Roy McPherson, Regional Development Officer (North) who said:
“Scottish Golf have been impressed with recent commitment of Abernethy GC (locally known as Nethy Bridge)
and Carrbridge GC to grow their clubs. The combined 9-hole competition is a great example of a collaboration
to combine resources and create and innovative new playing format to increase participation”.
The club Captains and, team of helpers are excited to be part of this unique golf Open and even, the caterers
are planning a menu that will keep golfers “fuelled” over the two courses!
Carrbridge Captain, Scott Henderson “This is a new decade and we are delighted to be organising with our neighbouring club at Nethy Bridge , the first-ever double 9-hole Open challenge in Scotland and, possibly the first of its kind in the world!

Abernethy Captain, Rona Smith “I am delighted and excited that Abernethy and Carrbridge Golf Clubs have joined forces to co-host the “Twa Bridges” competition. This is a unique event, set in the scenic Highlands, will offer challenging golf, friendly competition, good food and great prizes…a grand day out!

For golfers enjoying a staycation in the Highlands, there is a wide choice of accommodation in Carrbridge and Nethy Bridge or closeby. From traditional coaching inn, bed & breakfasts/guest houses, self catering, air B&B to hotels.

Press/marketing information please contact:-

Shona Rankin
bookings@carrbridgegolf.co.uk
07554 662820

Competition information & registration please contact

Abernethy Golf Club
info@abernethygolfclub.com

Ken Made Honorary Member of Muir of Ord Golf Club

Ken Mackay has been made an Honorary Member of Muir of Ord Golf Club in his 95th year.

The unanimous decision was made at the club’s recent AGM. Ken, of Old Evanton, Road, Dingwall, has been a member for more than 50 years and has served as both Captain and President.

His wife, Dorothy, is also a club member and both were regular players until fairly recently when failing eyesight prevented her from participation.

High 9’s Review

Donnie Swanson and his grandson, Baxter Macintosh (11), both members at Aigas Golf Club, recently undertook Golf Highland’s High 9s Tour, visiting nine 9-hole golf courses in the Highlands. Here is how they got on:

We signed up to the tour around the middle of June at Aigas Golf Club.

Myself, my son-in-law, Michael Macintosh, and my grandson, Baxter, had finished a round and were talking to Jessie, Mine Host, in the clubhouse.  She mentioned this new event aimed at encouraging golfers of all abilities to visit other 9-hole courses around the Highlands.

Baxter, having only taken up golf last year, showed more than a degree of interest, not only in the golf – he’s a competitor – but the geography as well.  With the school holidays imminent, I, being retired, decided we should give it a go. Michael works away a lot, so could not commit, but Baxter and I signed up. And so, the journey began.

1stJuly. A day at the beach for the ladies of the family and golf at Bonar & Ardgay for the boys in the morning. Portmahomack in the afternoon.

Two very contrasting courses, Bonar with its woodland fairways and the Port being wide open and dry. Both courses had good greens considering the scorching weather.

10thJuly. We made the long trek to Sconser, Isle of Skye Golf Club. Beautiful setting, nestled between mountain and sea. Peaceful, even the Raasay ferry runs in stealth mode.

Scoring did not match our previous outing. The course was too close to the sea for my hooks and slices. But we still had a wonderful time and I’m sure we will return.

18th& 19thJuly. Our mode of transport for our journey was my motorhome and this trip was to involve an overnight stop. We were heading for Lybster and then Durness.

Lybster is a short course with heather separating the fairways (I don’t enjoy playing out of heather), and ditches traversing them. All this led to a mediocre score for both of us. The clubhouse is unmanned but you are welcome to have a cup of tea or coffee and biscuit, paying via an honesty box. Having travelled far, we were looking for a little more sustenance and found a lovely café down by the harbour. Worth a visit.

We left Lybster and headed for Thurso and west to Durness. We overnighted there. Some lovely German tourists decided to reverse into the motorhome while I was booking in. No real damage done that I can tell. In the morning we played Durness. Again, unmanned with refreshments available using the honesty box system. Scoring not great but we did like the course. The rough looked demanding but was quite forgiving. The views on some holes were gorgeous with a backdrop of white sandy beaches. We returned home and by the time we got there we’d almost completed the NC500.

23rdJuly.Ullapool and Gairloch. Played Ullapool in the morning. Not our best, but, for once, I played better than Baxter. He got his revenge at Gairloch in the afternoon. Of course he arrives relaxed while I am stressed having to do all the driving. Cannot fault the scenery on both courses. As for the golf, that’s another story.

27thJuly. Abernethy, our final destination. Beautiful day, beautiful setting and almost beautiful golf, at least until the 7thwhen the wheels came off my game and I had to concede to Baxter once again, both on the day and on the Tour.

Overall, we would highly recommend the Tour. Contrasting courses in magical settings and meeting friendly people. We had a great time and look forward to trying again next year, when hopefully we will remember where we are going.

We would love to see a grandparent/grandchild competition. I mentioned it to Baxter who told me I would have to buck up as I am the weakest link!

 

Reay Back To Its Best As Popularity Grows

As the popularity of Reay Golf Club continues to grow, more local and visiting players are recognising the remarkable transformation the course has undergone in the past year.

In 2018, the course celebrated its 125th anniversary but it also suffered an exceptionally dry summer which resulted in significant damage to the putting surfaces.

Reay is a venue golfing aficionado have on their bucket list, being the most northerly 18-hole links course on the British mainland. It also attracts visitors from across the UK and abroad as a member club of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail and has enjoyed a further, more recent, surge of interest as a result of its location on the hugely popular North Coast 500 tourist route.

Following the damage, and to maintain its reputation and burgeoning popularity, the club embarked on an ambitious programme to recover and improve the greens. A plan was developed with the assistance of professional advice from greens staff based at other links courses throughout the north.

This expert help, coupled with the hard work of the local greenkeeper, James Macadie, ably assisted by members of the club committee and a team of eager volunteers, resulted in the greens being brought back to their best.

The work involved coring, re-seeding and top-dressing of the putting surfaces, along with improvements to the irrigation system associated with the greens. This additional investment should lessen the effects of any future periods of drought, allowing the course to remain playable during all twelve months of the year.

Not content with that, the club plans future work to enhance even further the course for visitors and members alike.

Club Captain Evan Sutherland said: “We are grateful to the membership for their tolerance in sacrificing their golf for most of the season to allow us to pursue a vigorous rescue package.

“I am very proud of the team spirit shown within our club and for the assistance of our greenkeeper in carrying out the massive programme of work required. The response has been truly amazing.”

The new-look greens have drawn some favourable comments from visitors. Toby Ward of the Bighouse Partnership in Thurso said: “The work by the team at Reay has borne excellent results. It is a unique links experience and the work undertaken will only improve its reputation.”

international course designer Donald was also moved to write: “It is a links that is as natural as I have ever seen, in another location it would enjoy worldwide acclaim.”

And Willis Copeland, author of the Independent Golfer guide, said: “It does take an effort to travel north, but Reay certainly repays that effort with a classic links experience. It’s hard to find better.”

Reay Golf Club is also planning for the future in other ways. A cornerstone of its philosophy is the development of the sport through its junior golf programmes and introductory classes for adults looking to take up the game for the first time.

The club offers instruction all year round, delivered by fully trained golf coaches, and it has a 3-hole junior course where youngsters can hone their skills in a welcoming environment.

Further information about the club, including details of flexible membership options, can be found on the Reay Golf club website and Facebook pages.

www.reaygolfclub.co.uk
facebook.com/reaygolfclub

Membership Deal

Membership Deal
£199

Pay now and play until

MARCH 2021

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
EMAIL bookings@carrbridgegolf.co.uk

Winter Golf Membership

Winter Membership OfferWinter Golf Membership Offer

Membership Benefits:

  • Unlimited golf from 1st Oct – 31st March 2020
  • Play in Club Winter Competitions
  • £100 deducted when reaching full membership
  • Access to all facilities and 10% bar discount

Contact:

01463 870825
manager@muirofordgolfclub.co.uk
www.muirofordgolfclub.co.uk

 

 

Royal Dornoch Offers

Dornoch Firth Golf Pass

Royal Dornoch Offers

Dornoch Firth Golf Pass

The Dornoch Firth Golf Pass brings together five of the Highland’s finest golf courses to offer an easy to book golf card for the visitor enabling great discounts to be taken throughout the year.

With a £40 Dornoch Firth Golf Pass you receive 30% off when you play Brora, Golspie, Tain and Royal Dornoch’s Championship Links and Struie course. Terms and conditions do apply.

The card can be purchased at any of the courses involved prior to or on the day of play or you can visit the website www.dornochfirthgolf.co.uk and do it all from there. You then simply book your tee times direct with the golf club to receive your discount.

Highland Golf Links

Highland Stay & Play Golfing Break

 

Play Royal Dornoch, Castle Stuart and Nairn courses, staying at hotels near to the Golf Clubs.

See here for more information about this superb offer.

Highland Golf Escapes

Highland Golf Escapes

Six Unique Championship Courses and Hidden Gems - One Great Escape to the Highlands of Scotland.

All locations are within easy reach of Inverness airport.

Please click onto the link below:-

Highland Golf Escapes - Top 100 Golf Courses

EMail: secretary@fortrosegolfclub.co.uk

PLAY ANY OF THESE SCOTTISH TOP 100 RANKED GOLF COURSES FOR ONLY £50.00 PER PERSON FOR 2019.

FORTROSE & ROSEMARKIE GOLF LINKS

BRORA GOLF CLUB

BOAT OF GARTEN GOLF CLUB

GOLSPIE GOLF CLUB

TAIN GOLF CLUB

NAIRN DUNBAR GOLF CLUB

    

    Nairn Dunbar Golf Links

 

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