The official opening of our course was on Sunday 5th May, 1963 and was marked by a special exhibition game between two of Britain’s top amateurs Ronnie Shade and Sandy Saddler playing against professionals Fred Bullock and Bobby Walker. Around 2000 people watched the match and amazingly Ronnie Shade had shared first place in the English Amateur Championship at Southport the previous day and missed the play off to honour this engagement. Fred Bullock was runner up in the Open Championship in 1969 and Bobby Walker the Scottish Professional Champion.
The amateurs were behind most of the day and were two down at the turn but they fought back to level the game at the sixteenth and halved the remaining two holes. The scoring was remarkable, Shade scored an approximate 72, Saddler 76, Bullock 75 and Walker 75. All four players were very impressed by the course and considered it to have great possibilities.
In his closing speech Councilor Nicholson said “ If we maintain it properly and spread the good report around, it may well be considered one of the best inland courses in the whole of the United Kingdom”, enough said!
The golf club attached to the course has continued to prosper and has recently added a £300,000 extension as well as refurbishing the dining room enhancing the facilities on offer to both visitors and members. The golf club offers a vibrant social scene and a high standard of catering resulting in the club being one of the busiest in Scotland.
The stunning and challenging parkland course and friendly golf club combine to provide an excellent golfing package to suit all golfers
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