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Twa Bridges Open Golf Challenge

We’ve waited a year for it……
The Twa Bridges Open Golf Challenge
Sunday 2nd May 2021

Old Packhorse Bridge, Carrbridge
The Old Packhorse Bridge in Carrbridge, Inverness-shire in Scotland. The oldest packhorse bridge in the Highalnds, built in 1717, and spans the River Dulnain.

TIn 2020 two Highland golf clubs, Carrbridge and Abernethy at Nethy Bridge were looking to make history by hosting the first ever double-nine Open golf competition in Scotland. But world events intervened and this unique event never happened. But this will be the year!

Aptly named the “The Twa Bridges” Open, golfers are invited to take on the challenge of playing 18 holes over two 9 holes courses, the first 9 at Nethy Bridge and the second 9 at Carrbridge, all in one day!

Both clubs are members of the Golf Highland High9s and are located in the Cairngorms National Park, close to Aviemore. Each feature landmark ancient stone bridges at the heart of each village. Willie MacKay of Golf Highland 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 “driving” to the next course to play their second 9 holes of this unique 18 hole two course event”

The stableford competition is open to Adults and Juniors under 16 with a maximum handicap of 36. Green fee £20/Adult and £10/Junior. Prizes for the winner, second and third based on the combined stableford score over both courses.

Nethy Bridge in Strathspey in the Highland Council Area of Scotland.
Nethy Bridge in the Cairngorm National Park, Scottish Highlands, UK

Come and enjoy a special event in beautiful Highland scenery.

For competition information, registration and press/marketing enquiries please contact:

Abernethy Golf Club
info@abernethygolfclub.com

Adult entries online at abernethygolfclub.com or via the Scottish Golf app.

GOLF HIGHLAND Q&A WITH ALISTAIR MORRISON, HEAD GREENKEEPER AT DURNESS GOLF CLUB

Think you can hit the green?

Durness Golf Club

Officially recognised as a nine hole course, but with a second set of very different tees, Durness plays like a traditional 18 holes. Being situated in North West Sutherland, golfers are ensured spectacular scenery and a closeness to nature. They can enjoy their game in tranquil surroundings at an affordable price.

The course is 57 miles north west of Lairg on the A838. From the village square follow the signs for the golf course for 1 mile.

Alistair Morrison, head greenkeeper at the beautiful Durness Golf Club, kindly provides our latest Q&A.

Where do you come from and what is your golf handicap?
I’m from Durness and have lived here most of my lif,e apart from a 4 year stint after high school when I attended Elmwood College to complete my NC Greenkeeping qualification. Then I moved on to work as Apprentice greenkeeper at Brora Golf Club for three years before moving back to Durness full time.

What is the par for men and women / what are the course records for each?
Par for men is 70 with the course record currently standing at 66 by Ross Currie/ Ladies par is also 70 with the course record standing at 74 by Karen Mackay.

The course has stunning views – how late can you play on it in the summer as it is light very late there?
You can play very late here in early/mid summer, there is always a time around mid to late June when it virtually doesn’t get dark.

Do you have any tips for playing the course?
Although the course is not long with the yardage being 5555 yards, the course can be very tricky one way or the other! Small greens mean that your approach shots need to be accurate.

Do you have a favourite hole, and why – or is there a signature hole?
Our 9th and 18th holes get a lot of publicity. The 18th would be recognised as our signature hole (see picture), from the men’s tee this is a 155 yard shot across the Atlantic ocean to get to the green which is well guarded by 2 bunkers. You don’t want to leave it short!

Are there any unusual facts about the course?
Our course has a land management agreement between the Durness golf club, NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) and one of the local farms. The course is situated within a SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) and SAC (Special Area of Conservation). As part of this agreement, between the months of October and May, we have sheep on the course to graze the land and thin the rough down to allow the wild flowers to grow freely in the summer months. Electric fences are erected around the greens during this time but apart from that the sheep are free to graze the entire course.

How is membership doing in these pandemic times?
Membership has increased this year, we had a little membership drive during lockdown which was very successful and saw us gain new members from all over but we have also seen an increase in local members either returning to the game or taking it up for the first time. This is great to see and hopefully will continue.

Are there any deals for visitors?
We feel our visitor green fees offer very good value for money, prices are 9 holes – £20 / 18 holes – £30  / weekly ticket – £75 /  Juniors – half price.

Has anyone famous played the course?
We haven’t had anyone famous recently as far as I know, although Peter Alliss did play it many years ago when we featured in his TV Programme ” Travels with Alliss”.

For more information, visit the club’s website: Durness GC website

Carrbridge Golf Club “Wow”- Offer

Are you a “seasoned pro” or never hit a ball but looking for a new challenge?

Then check out this view and consider this ….

*less than £40 for your first 6 months winter golf

*£14 membership fee per month

*Only £3.50 per game if you play once a week

Tempting isn’t it? And you can make it happen!

Sign up for our fantastic membership offer of £249, valid right through until end of March 2022 and you can on the best 9 holes in the Highlands (well we are biased)

Call 01479 841623 or visit www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk

Royal Dornoch Exclusive Offer – Play, Shop and Dine

For £195 play one round on the Championship Course then receive a £25 voucher to spend in the Pro Shop and £10 voucher for the bar and restaurant.

Play the Championship Course again on the same day for £115 or the Struie Course on the same or the following day for £25

Offer Valid until 31st October 2020

https://royaldornoch.com/play/exclusives

Golf Highland Q&A with Gus Gurney, Captain at Tain GC

The Alps at Tain GC
The Alps at Tain GC


Thanks to Gus Gurney, Captain at Tain GC, for providing the answers to our latest Golf Highland Q&A.

How long a member of Tain GC?
I joined Tain GC in 2013 when my wife and I moved in to the area. I had not been a member at a Golf Club since 1995, but played Tain once and knew I wanted to join.

What attracted you to become involved in the management of the Club?
I wouldn’t call it an attraction! Golf Clubs need active Committee members and like most golfers I have an opinion. I had time on my hands and felt that I had something to offer.

How long have you been on the committee?
I joined the Committee in 2015.

How long as Captain? 
I am 4 months away from completing my 2nd and final year in the role, and I wish I could have picked an easier year than this one has been.

What are the main challenges you face as Captain? 
Last year would have been similar to the challenges met by every other Captain at Tain GC. Try and balance the books at year end, keep and maintain a healthy membership, continue improving the Golf Course and increase visitor numbers. This year has been like no other. Surviving this year is the Club’s ultimate challenge. Visitor income at Tain GC is vital to the Club’s ability to survive and although we are starting to see some visitors, the loss of the American market is a real blow. The management of the Club’s finances is pivotal to that survival.

Where do you come from, what is your handicap?
Originally I come from a small town called Newent, on the Gloucestershire / Herefordshire border. My handicap is holding steady at 7. I have achieved Cat 1 status once and still hope to get back there one day.

What is your favourite hole on the course?
It’s hard to pick a favourite! Tain is blessed with many great holes and all so different. The 11th (Alps) is the signature hole and one everyone remembers but I think the view from the 12th tee (Glenmorangie) is one of the finest in golf – if I’ve not got a card in my hand, the sun is shining, the wind is not blowing and the tide is in!

Do you have any tips for playing the course?
You don’t have to be long but you have to keep it straight, the rough can be brutal. Have the confidence to use every club in the bag and play with imagination.

Are there any unusual facts or features?
The Course is an Old Tom Morris design and dates back to 1890 when the original course was laid out over 15 holes. The site of the original Clubhouse can still be seen at the rear of the 17th green. As mentioned before, the ‘Alps’ live long in the memory of many visitors.

Does the course have any deals for visitors?
We have always had a reduced rate on a Tues/Thurs afternoon. This has now been extended to include a Sunday. £30 per golfer or £100 for a 4ball teeing off between 2pm and 4pm on these days. Our normal Green fee has also been reduced to £50 for the month of August and September (normally £70).

What are the course records for men and ladies?
Men’s Course Record is 64 and is held by Munro Ferries and the Ladies is 69 and held by Roseanne Niven.

Has there been a lot of enthusiasm for playing now that lockdown has eased?
We have had a small increase in membership but we have seen a large jump in the number of people playing in competitions at the weekends. It’s great to see the course busy with golfers once again.

Do you have any upcoming events?
Our 4 Day Open at the start of August has been cancelled in line with current Scottish Golf guidelines, but we are holding a few fun members competitions that week instead. However, we are still scheduled to hold the North Of Scotland Open for the David Blair Trophy at the end of August and the Northern Counties Cup at the end of September.

 

Q&A with Neil Hampton, General Manager of Royal Dornoch Golf Club

Neil Hampton, General Manager of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, who plays golf off one, is the subject for our latest Q&A.

Tom Watson at Royal Dornoch.
Tom Watson at Royal Dornoch.

 

Where do you come from, how long have you been General Manager, what handicap do you play off? 
I was born in Fife but moved to the Highlands when I was just one and spent time in Stornoway, Fortrose (where I learned to play), Inverness and now Dornoch. I will be celebrating (if that is the right term in this business!) 10 years at Royal Dornoch on 1st September this year. Golf has always been in my family via parents, grandparents and uncles, with my father being the pro and greenkeeper at Burntisland, Stornoway, Fortrose & Rosemarkie, finishing his career as the pro at Pitlochry. Because of that my two brothers and I were always going to play the game and I am the one who ended up working in it. My best handicap was plus two and currently now playing off one.

Are both the Championship and Struie courses open to visitors – have they been busy since lockdown? 
We welcome golfers 7 days a week and 52 weeks of the year at Royal Dornoch. The club has always known that the town, due to its rural location and small population, could not support a golf club with the extra income that visitors bring and we see ourselves as following the Scottish mantra that golf is a game for, and accessible by, everyone.

Do you have any tips for playing each course? 
There are many things you could say to help people play each course. Two to begin with that are key would be a very good imagination and excellent short game. It always helps to have an attitude that the bounce of the ball is outwith your control so don’t let the bad ones, or the good, affect your psyche.

Many celebrities have played at Royal Dornoch, but do you have any personal favourites? 
Very much enjoyed meeting Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Both great gentlemen, and I would like to say that I am friends with Craig Stadler – who is now a member of the club. Hugh Grant also visited and was a very easy man to get on with and had time for everyone who wanted a photo.

Do you have a favourite hole and your reason for picking it? 
I don’t have a favourite hole but the one that grads your attention is the par 3 6th on the Championship Course as it appears in view from the moment you get to the 3rd tee and you see it every step of the way until you get to the tee and are faced with one of the hardest tee shots on the course. With just one swing you can make a hole in one, a tap in birdie or struggle to find a way to make a double bogey (or much worse).

What are the men and women course records?
Gents pro record is 62 and amateur is 64, women’s pro is 66 and amateur is 69.

Do you have any update on the clubhouse plans you are happy to share?
We were hoping to start construction in October of this year but with COVID-19 putting a serious dent in finances we have pushed that back to October 2022 at the earliest. There is great momentum amongst everyone at the club so we do want this to happen sooner rather than later.

What is the most common thing you hear from visitors about Royal Dornoch? 
What a great course it is with such stunning views (and how surprisingly good the Struie is) and how friendly and at home they were made to feel.

Discover the High9s hidden gems of the Highlands – Q&A with High 9s founder June Sanderson

2020 High 9s

We learn a bit more about the High 9s – Golf Highland members who offer great 9-hole courses. With High 9s founder June Sanderson.

Who came up with the idea of High 9s?
I wanted to find a way to attract and encourage visitors to play 9-hole courses in the Highlands.

There are some beautiful places to play golf here, and some of them get overlooked, especially if they’re quite remote.

High 9s became a joint initiative between 3 member clubs of Golf Highland: the Isle of Skye, Portmahomack and Bonar Bridge &  Ardgay, with a little help from Willie Mackay at Scottish Golf! We all recognised the need for collaboration amongst some of the most scenic  9 hole courses of the Scottish Highlands – mainly to encourage more visitors to have a  ‘few holes’’ while passing through at places they’d otherwise have missed.

How long has it been running?
We’ve been running since 2018.

What has the response been like?
The word has got around and it’s been fantastic to see more people playing some of Scotland’s hidden gems. Last year nine-hole visitor numbers were up on the year before. For football fans out there, Gairloch (part of the High9s) recently played host to Ryan Giggs who popped in for 9 holes.

And that’s what it’s all about. We know that if you’re on a golfing holiday, tourists in the Highlands are likely to be attracted to the big courses, but we want to reach those people who just want to have a quick 9 holes. Families; those travelling for hill climbing or the North Coast 500. All of these people have other reasons to be in Scotland, but would love the chance to play as well. Most clubs supply club & trolley hire (in non-covid times) so your boot doesn’t have to be stacked with clubs.

How does it work?
There are nine fantastic 9-hole golf courses in the Golf Highland region. That’s 81 holes of golf in beautiful highland scenery. We’ve roughly grouped them into 3 sections: West Coast, East and Central and would encourage touring golfers out there to play as many as they can on their trip.

The West Coast group ranges from the dramatic Northern coastline of Durness down through Ullapool and Gairloch to the scenic Isle of Skye. The Eastern group includes  Bonar Bridge & Ardgay and the links of Portmahomack. And finally, the Central group includes some hidden gems of Inverness and the Speyside, Cairngorm area: Aigas, Carrbridge and Abernethy.

Are there any offers?
All of these courses are fantastic value for money – ranging from £14-20 for 9 holes, with day rates available. All courses also offer club & trolley hire at superb rates (pre Covid).

How would you suggest players go – 2 courses in a day for instance?
There certainly is the possibility of playing 2 courses in a day. Playing them all in one holiday period is an option too!

But we definitely don’t want to prescribe how people want to play the High9s. That’s the beauty of it – just pick your date, book online and turn up! It’s a good idea to call ahead to check there are no competitions going on, but otherwise, you’ll be very welcome. All the clubs have an online booking system in place during Covid.

What are your favourite stories from the High 9s?
I think that’s probably the story of the grandfather, grandson tour, who completed all the High9s while travelling last year. The grandson was only 11 I think and the grandfather in his 60s and they had a great time. That’s what the High9s is all about – open to everyone of all ages – to come and see parts of Scotland which they perhaps wouldn’t otherwise visit or to play golf in areas they wouldn’t quite expect!

Any interesting unknown facts about any of the courses?
Durness – is the country’s most northern golf course. Isle of Skye is the only course in Scotland with Gaelic names for each hole – we think!. Each course has a long interesting history – just ask the members when you’re playing there next! Keep an eye on our GH website too!

 

Q&A with Caroline Munro, Greenkeeper for Bonar Bridge GC

Bonar Bridge GC
Bonar Bridge GC


Where are you from Caroline?

I’m from Bonar Bridge in the Highlands.

How did you become the greenkeeper at Bonar Bridge?
Well I had to do a week’s work experience at Golspie High School and I had a huge list of things to choose from and at the bottom was Greenkeeping. I got a placement at Royal Dornoch, enjoyed it and asked for a summer job. At the end of the 6 weeks I was offered a full time position but was only 15, so my Mam said I had to finish school. I eventually left school on a Friday and started on the following Monday on my 16th birthday.

Mam drove me to work every morning (I had to be there for 6am in the summer!). I worked at RDGC for 10yrs as Greenkeeper and did a short stint in charge of the Struie course there, before going back up to the Championship course.

After that I took a career break while I raised my 2 girls and returned to greenkeeping 10yrs ago when the job at Bonar Bridge/Ardgay became available. I took on the role as lone Greenkeeper at the club as they previously had 1 full time and 1 part time it’s challenging doing it alone but I’m very lucky to have a great bunch of volunteers who come in and help.

What do you love about the job?
Certainly I love being outside in the fresh air and enjoy getting the course set up, although this year has been a real challenge as I was furloughed for 6 weeks.

What do you dislike about the job?
As a lone worker it does sometimes get lonely so I got myself a dog, called Boots, that now keeps me company.

How would you sum up the Bonar Bridge course for someone who hasn’t played there?
Bonar Bridge is a great wee 9 hole heathland course with superb views where a warm highland welcome awaits

Do you play golf as well? If so, what handicap?
Playing golf is something I try. I play off 19 but really don’t get out much. I’ve only managed to play 27 holes so far this season.

Any tips for how to play the course?
It’s tight so if you’re not accurate with the driver, leave it in the bag!

Any unusual facts or stories about the course?
The course was opened by Mrs Andrew Carnegie, wife of the famous industrialist, and she played the first ever tee shot. We also have the remnants of a broch on the 9th fairway…the stone circle is clearly outlined.

www.bonarbridgegolf.co.uk

Q&A with John Forbes, Club Manager at Muir of Ord Golf Club

Q&A with John Forbes, Club Manager at Muir of Ord Golf Club

We asked John a few questions about the golf club and the interest in playing there as we ease out of lockdown restrictions. John is from Cabrich, near Kirkhill and has been club manager since 2014. He is a golfer himself and plays off +1.

13th hole at Muir of Ord
13th at Muir of Ord, is situated on an ancient Henge
  1. Have you seen an increase in memberships (can you put it in percentage terms)?
    Yes, we have seen an increase in membership since we returned at the end of May. We have had 60 new members join since then which is an increase of approximately 10%.
  2. Men, women, juniors – what is the members split like?
    There has been a mix of Gents, Juniors and Ladies although it is mainly gents and juniors who have joined us at the moment.
  3. Are the new members giving any feedback on why they’re joining?
    The majority of new members are joining mainly due to the fact that golf was one of the first sports allowed to restart. We have had quite a few new members who normally play sports such as football and shinty which for obvious reasons have not been allowed to restart yet.
  4. Does Muir of Ord have any joining deals?
    We do have some membership deals at the moment. As our membership year runs from 1st January – 31st December we pro-rata the membership fee for the remainder of the year. It works out at £230 for a full adult member for the remainder of the year. In September we will be advertising a 15 months membership for the price of 12 months as well.
  5. Do you have any tips for new members or visitors on how to play the course?
    The main tip I would have to play the course at present is that accuracy is more important than length of shots at the moment especially tee shots. Like most other courses with the type of weather we have had, this has resulted in our rough being slightly punishing in certain areas.
  6. Is there a fact about the golf course that not many people know about?
    Interesting fact about the course is probably that our 13th hole green is situated on an ancient Henge called ‘Castle Hill Henge’ which dates from 2500-2000 BC. (Neolithic/Bronze Age). More about this can be found on our website.
  7. What is the course record for men, ladies and juniors?
    We currently have a course record for Men and Ladies as per below. The Gents Par is 68 & Ladies is 70.
    Gents – Gross 62 shared by Graeme Mellis and Scott Dingwall
    Ladies – Gross 71 Anne Ryan & Kerry Harper
  8. Have any famous people played Muir of Ord?
    The only famous person that I am aware has visited Muir of Ord is the Golf Commentator Peter Allis. Renowned course architect and former Open Champion, James Braid visited the course in the 1920’s or 1930’s. He designed many of the holes that are in play at Muir of Ord today.

For more information, visit: https://muirofordgolfclub.co.uk

 

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