Strong desire to secure future of Maybole golf

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A strong desire has emerged among golfers in Maybole to do all they can to secure a future for the town’s Golf Club.

At recent meetings the Maybole Golf Club Ladies, The Pontoon Golf Club and The Carrick Speakers Golf Club have agreed to resurrect the Maybole Gents Section as a SGU/AGU registered club.

There will be a limited fixture of six competitions to be played during the week from May-August; three mixed Texas scramble events in June, July and August with a member from each club forming teams.

The Maybole open will be played on Sunday, May 29 and local sponsors will be sought to support the tournament. All monies raised from the open will be donated to local groups/charities.

Membership of Maybole Golf Club will be £20 to cover registration expenses. If you would like to register for the Maybole Golf Club membership please see contact details below.

In addition to the planned fixtures, members of Maybole Golf Club will be able to play handicap rounds with the Speakers Club and The Pontoon Club by giving notice to the Maybole captain to ensure additional tee times are booked if required.

Maybole Golf Club has been in existence since 1905 and at the Memorial Park since 1924.

Over the years, the club has produced some incredible talent such as Alistair Kidd, Tony McEwan and Laurence Hearton, all of whom achieved professional status; Derek McCulloch, Kirk Campbell, Scott McCahill, Harry McEwan, Winnie McCulloch, Ann McDowall, who all achieved success in Ayrshire competitions; junior teams have won the Ayrshire Championships on numerous occasions; Derek McCulloch won the Ayrshire Champion of Champions while Scott McCahill and David Wallace won the Ayrshire Doubles.

And currently Jack Broun and Ewan Fergusson who are representing golf at national level, both initially cut their golfing teeth on the Maybole course.

The clubgolf junior golf initiative has been very successful in Maybole and it is hoped that this can be continued as the short term future of the golf course has been agreed by South Ayrshire Council. Further information about Club golf will be published in the local South Ayrshire Office and on the Maybole Facebook site.

As with many nine hole courses, Maybole has struggled to retain members and with illustrious neighbours such as Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick and additionally many private clubs offering favourable rates for members, membership at Maybole has steadily declined over the years.

With limited facilities and a lack of investment over the years from South Ayrshire Council the future of Maybole Golf Course and club will constantly be under scrutiny as a viable facility.

It is essential that all golfers who play at Maybole, whether on a casual basis or in the competitions, register for play at the Maybole Swimming Pool before commencing their round.

Golfers need to do this to provide South Ayrshire Council with evidence that Maybole Golf Course is still being used, as season ticket sales do not provide that evidence at present. The Swimming Pool opening hours are 7am-10pm, Monday-Friday.

The Maybole Ladies Section are also holding a Golf Taster Night for all ladies and girls (14 an over) golfers and beginners at Maybole Golf Clubhouse on Friday, April 1 at 6pm.

All current and new members are welcome to attend. Richard Gordon, the professional at Belleisle Golf Course, will be there on the night to support the event.

If interested please contact lauramcsorley@hotmail.co.uk or lynrodge@aol.com

The Carrick Speakers Golf Club will also be holding their open oompetition at Girvan Golf Club on Sunday, April 24.

This is an excellent open competition with numerous prizes on offer. Again support of local golfers is encouraged.

The Carrick Speakers Golf Club holds its regular fixtures at Girvan Golf Club on Sunday mornings, new members are welcome.

If you would like more information in respect of any of the above details, golf club membership for Maybole, open competitions or taster evenings please contact: Robert Green on 07411242061 or email at robertgreen2809@gmail.com