Latest news from Brunston Castle

¡Hola a todo! I am writing this on the plane to Barcelona and as you read this I will be somewhere in Catalunya. I hope the weather will be as good at Brunston for you.

It was a busy week at Brunston last week – everyone was working hard getting ready for the gents’ open which was on Saturday the 12th. A big thank you to everyone involved in organising the competition, the greens staff for coping with a challenging few weeks (even more so than normal!), everyone who donated prizes, and to Scott and Maureen in the shop. Everyone who played had a great day (even if their golf wasn’t great) so hats off to all involved.

John Shanks (Irvine) was this years winner with a scratch 73. The wind and firm conditions made for tough scoring conditions this year. Despite the swirling and gusting winds, John hit 17 greens in regulation – I’m sure it would have been a superb display of ball striking to watch.

The first class winner with a nett 68 was B Jamieson (Brunston Castle), second place with 70 was A Breadon (Rowallan Castle).

The second class was won by K McSorley (Brunston Castle) with a nett 72 and second place was taken by W Simpson with a nett 73.

Congratulations and well played to all the winners, we look forward to seeing you all next year (or even in our remaining opens this year).

We still had our regular midweek competitions with some great scoring in all three.

Dad’s Army on Monday the 7th was won by Allan McWilliam with a fantastic nett score of 32. I think I will need to get the same shoulder injury as Allan if it leads to scores like that!

The ladies’ medal on Wednesday the 9th was won by Norma Sadler with a superb nett 70. The men’s medal on the same day was won by Bill Hearton with the low score of the week – 67.

I hope all this good golf continues while I am away and I look forward to the senior’s 55 and over open on the 22nd of July when I get back. If anyone wants to play in this or any of our other gents’, ladies’ or juniors’ opens then please call (01465) 811471 or email ( and we will be delighted to find you a time.

Lastly, enjoy the BBC’s fantastic coverage of The Open this week - it is my favourite Major of the year (I am sad I am missing that) and I hope it encourages everyone out onto the course. ¡Hasta pronto!