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.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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