On the Fairways

The ladies of Girvan Golf Club have been making the best of this good weather and on 29th August they competed for the Past Captain’s Prize in a Stableford competition over fourteen holes.

A good turnout of past captains were present including Anne Smith and Barbara Aird both of whom had travelled some distance to take part. The ladies may have started in poor weather, but finished in sunshine with Barbara Aird being the winner. The golf was followed by a sociable evening with thanks due to everyone who attended whether they played or not and of course a big thanks to Maggie’s Pantry for the refreshments. No doubt the conversation would be enlightening as it is every Tuesday morning during the ladies coffee morning.

On 2nd September the ladies played their monthly medal which was won by Anne Bush with an excellent score of nett 69 followed by Isobel Connor. I am led to believe that Anne’s excellent score has cost her two shots off her handicap.

The Girvan gents played the September medal last Sunday which was won by D. Gordon (14)57 followed by Stuart White (3)57, K. Smith (23)60, S. Hopkins (16)62 and J. McKie (17)62. This coming Saturday the Bon Accord will be held which is a Texas Scramble made up of teams of three which can consist of gents, ladies and juniors in any combination. The handicap will be 1/8th. of the combined handicap.

The following Saturday 19th September the Heneage medal will be held competed for by the medal winners and runners-up over the past twelve months. A list of qualifiers is on the club notice board. Just an advance warning of the very popular George Sprunt Memorial Invitation Sweepstake which will be held over the 4th and 11th October with the final on 18th October.


‘Golf is a game where you yell four, shoot six, and write down five’. An announcement by a golf commentator back in 1979.

George Plimpton wrote ‘One of the troubles of a very high handicap is that the owner is either looked upon as a poor golfer or a possible cheat’. Two cynical approaches to the art of golf.


The Girvan Golf Club gents’ annual championship is not attracting the numbers it should and the Committee would like suggestions from members as to how it can become mpre attractive. Could it become match-play over several weeks? Could the competitors be chosen from the top four, say, in specific competitions to compete over a final round on a set date or has anyone a better idea. Think on it and either post suggestions in the Suggestion Box next to the computer or hand them to any member of the gents committee. The rough is still poor on the Girvan course, I nearly lost a ball the other day and it took three hacks to get it out.

I came across an article in a golf paper regarding a company Ecobunker Ltd. who are offering to revett bunker faces and edges with synthetic turf. The main obstacle to steep faced revetted bunkers has been the cost.

Apparently some well known American courses have shown an interest. I do not mind the odd revetted bunker around the green but I always consider a fairway bunker as a challenge to get out as far as possible without having to resort to a sand wedge which cost a full stroke. ust think on it, but do not let it spoil your enjoyment of golf.