What's on in December...

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It's a busy month at Peebles Golf Club in December so whether you're bringing the family up for a Christmas Lunch, watching the big game on Sky Sports or taking part in the Winter Saturday Stablefords, we have something for everyone.

A few tickets still remain for the Hogmannay Party while we also have the hugely popular Kids Christmas Party on Saturday 16 December. The driving range is open and we have a great selection of hot drinks available from the bar to warm yourself up!

Make the most of your membership during the Festive season...

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125th Anniversary – Men’s Dinner

Gents Dinner Update

To all gentlemen members. The details for Saturday’s 125th Anniversary Gents dinner have now been finalised.


Things to note:

·         We still have some spaces. We have an excellent range of speakers and a great menu; fantastic value at £30. If you want to attend, please contact the office or the bar prior to the close of business Friday.

·         We start at 7.00 for 7.30 but the formalities will not commence until the end of the Scotland v All Blacks game which will be on the screens in the Bar.

·         If you have booked a group - please provide all names to the office as soon as possible.

·         The itinerary and menu can be seen below with the table plan to follow. Please pre-order if possible and advise the office of any specific dietary requirements. This will help to speed things up on the night.

Any queries, please contact me or Bill in the office.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday night.

Kind regards

Niall Watson
Club Manager

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itinerary and menu

Gent's dinner table plan

Gent's dinner table plan

Honorary Membership Awarded to Sheila Cuthbertson

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In our 125th year it is appropriate to recognise the contribution of one of our longest standing members.

Sheila Cuthbertson was born in Peebles and brought up on Jedderfield Farm. In her early years she played the holes next to the farm and joined the club 61 years ago whilst still at school.

Sheila has dominated ladies golf in Peebles and the Borders, winning countless trophies and championships locally and nationally including the Daily Mail Mixed Foursomes in which she partnered another club stalwart – Kenny Allan.

Sheila enjoyed a remarkable 20th Ladies Club Championship win this season, winning in every decade from the 1960’s and has won the South of Scotland Ladies Champion on three occasions. Sheila’s most recent success was in a four man team with her grandson Gregor Wells, and two other junior members, Eden and Braden Collins. They “lapped the field” in the Odd Shaped Ball Texas Scramble with an incredible net 55…possibly a sign of things to come!

Sheila with her young partners from the victorious Odd Shaped Ball team

Sheila with her young partners from the victorious Odd Shaped Ball team

Sheila’s playing achievements are unparalleled locally, but this is not the limit of her commitment to the club. She was also Ladies Captain in 2002-03 and maintains her broader involvement in the club as a member of the volunteer gardening team who keep the clubhouse surrounds looking so smart.

Club committees have always reserved honorary membership of the club for those who have contributed at the highest level. In this case the level of success and contribution over the years is undoubted and we're delighted to announce the award of Honorary Membership of Peebles Golf Club to Sheila Cuthbertson.

Congratulations Sheila...a very well deserved achievement!
 

Peebles GC Club V1 app now available to members

We are delighted to announce that members now have access to a Peebles Golf Club V1 app.

You can access the members area by:
Downloading the android or Apple IOS app from the appstore. Search for 'ClubV1 Members Hub' or click the relevant link below:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clubsystems.clubv1hub
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/clubv1-members-hub/id1247886260?mt=8

To use the APP, members must login using there existing HowDidiDo details, or they can register for an account if haven't used HowDidiDo before.

In order to verify that you are a registered member of the Golf Club, you will be prompted to verify the membership information. The email address you log in with must match what the club has on record. On 1st launch you will be asked to scan for your club. You will also be asked to verify the 1st line of the address (The address stored in ClubV1)

You will also be sent an email to confirm the validity of the email address. Once activated, you can login.

Within the Members area you can make tee bookings via HowDidiDo or BRS Golf, view your bar balance and recent till transactions, as well as having access to the members list, and the ability to edit your own privacy settings. The club can also keep the members up to date with club news.

Any members that don’t want their infomation shared on the hub please let the office know and we will withhold from publishing to the ClubV1 Hub.

While I hope you agree this is will be a very useful tool, please bear in mind this is a very new product and issues may arise. In the first instance please contact Club V1, if problems persist please contact the office.

Enjoy your golf

Niall Watson
Club Manager

Members Forum Feedback and Actions

Dear Member

The Captain and Committee would like to thank those members who attended last week's meeting.

Following the meeting I captured the keys points which were put forward by members - what they would like to see more of at the club and also what they would like to see less of. Please see below the summary of the points and the actions that we will be undertaking over the coming weeks and months.

We continue to welcome feedback and we will use this information to form the next phase of the club business plan.

Any questions please contact me directly.

Kind regards

Niall Watson
Club Manager

 

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League Title Glory for Men's and Women's Teams

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Peebles were celebrating victory in the Borders Summer League after an emphatic win over rivals Torwoodlee at Macdonald Cardrona last Saturday, adding to the title success enjoyed by our Ladies Team the previous week in the Tinto League.

A strong Peebles team lined up for the match with Scottish Boys Order of Merit winner Darren Howie returning, partnering Coin Fraser to a win in the morning foursomes. Club champion Jamie Morris teamed up with Allan Turnbull to take another point, while Kris Hopkirk and Steven Waldie earned a half point in their match to move Peebles into a 2.5 – 0.5 lead at the halfway stage.

Waldie was matched against Torwoodlee’s number one Simon Fairburn in the top match and he extended Peebles lead with a hard fought win on the last green. Jamie Morris made it two wins, and despite losses from Turnbull and Fraser, Kris Hopkirk and Darren Howie earned comfortable singles win to give Peebles a 6.5 – 2.5 result. Well done to the team, superbly marshalled by non-playing captain Darren Davidson.

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Non-playing captain Darren Davidson

Peebles Ladies came out on top after a successful 2017 Tinto League campaign, beating West Linton into 2nd place. The other participating clubs were Biggar and Carnwath. Congratulations to all team members.

And as if a win in the Borders Summer League wasn’t enough, Darren Howie received a call-up to the play in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week, teeing up alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Ernie Els, as well as stars from the world of sport and entertainment including Jamie Dornan, Shane Warne, Ian Botham and Jamie Redknapp. Get along to St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie to cheer Darren on!

Ladies Results

Only three ladies entered the Saturday Stableford but relatively new member Susan Nelson scored 38points in the Bronze Division, reducing her handicap by two to 27, an excellent result considering the course is playing very long after all the wet weather. Moira Brown scored 31 points in the Silver Division.

This week sees the start of the ladies' Winter League which runs for the next ten weeks. There is a terrific entry this year with 33 ladies taking part. Many thanks again to Val McKean for organising this very successful winter format.

Gents Results

The course was in superb condition for Saturday’s stableford, with the greens running smoothly and the sun shining for most of the day. Vic Roberts took full advantage to rack up an impressive 41 points, edging out Simon Dryden to top spot by a single point. A strong back none gave Sam Anderson third place on 38 points, pipping Rab Howie on the better inward half.

Earlier in the week, Philip Staples won Wednesday’s Stroke Competition with a nett 68 (14), with Fearghas Lowther in second place on 70 (6). A reminder that this Saturday is the last chance to get your handicap cut or put in that final card, with the Stroke Competition running alongside the Scotsdale Medals Final, as the season’s medal winner battle it out for the prestigious title.

Juniors

Another win for Braden Collins on Sunday as he took top spot in the YMCA Trophy with a nett 70 (33) in tricky conditions. A big thanks to pro Steve Johnston, who took the 18 Steps Group to Cardrona for a 7-hole Texas Scramble and coaching clinic on Sunday as reward for their hard work throughout the season. Well done to the winning trio of Oliver Furness, Fraser Brock and Jack Gordon-Duff. The final ClubGolf coaching session of the season will take place on Sunday 15 October.

Match Play Competitions

Congratulations to Steven Waldie who is this year’s Captain’s & Vice-Captain’s championship winner, beating Ian Pemberton by one hole in an excellent final. Well done also to Fearghas Lowther and Scott MacKay who combined to win the Balfour Beatty Four-Ball match play championship, while there was a superb win on Friday night for Norry Forsyth and Simon Dryden in the Ballot Foursomes.

Men’s 125th Anniversary Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Men’s Dinner, taking place Saturday 18 November, priced at £30 per person. Guest speaker is refereeing legend Willie Young, one of the best raconteurs on the sporting circuit, and he is joined by former Scottish PGA captain, Campbell Elliot, head pro at Haggs Castle. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a great evening.

125th Anniversary – Men’s Dinner

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We are delighted to announce that the Men’s Dinner will be making a welcome return, bringing the curtain down on our 125th anniversary celebrations.  The event will take place in the clubhouse on Saturday 18 November with tickets now on sale at £30 per person.

Our star guest speaker on the night will be former Grade 1 FIFA and UEFA referee Willie Young.  One of the most popular and talented figures on the Scottish after-dinner circuit, the Ayrshireman is a retired lawyer and a keen golfer.  Having handled many Old Firm games, Scottish Cup finals and European matches, he is looking forward to the challenge of handling the Peebles members!

Joining Willie is a former captain of the Scottish PGA, Campbell Elliot, the resident pro at Haggs Castle Golf Club in Glasgow.  Campbell also worked as the pro at the famous Dubai Creek and Yacht Club and in Doha, Qatar.  A renowned golf club speaker, he is sure to provide us with some great tales.

Our guests will be interspersed with two local speakers as we reflect on 125 years of golf in Peebles.

Tickets can be purchased from the bar and there will be an opportunity to bring non-members and guests for what promises to be a great evening of entertainment, wonderful food, a drink or two and golfing camaraderie.

I look forward to your support of the Men’s Dinner.  Should you have any questions on this event, please contact Niall in the office.

Kind regards

Graham Lowther

Members Forum - Tuesday 3 October

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All members are invited to attend our Members Forum evening taking place on Tuesday 3 October in the clubhouse. The event starts at 6.30pm, facilitated by our Scottish Golf Club Development Officer, Lesley Nicholson.

The forum gives members the chance to review outcomes from the recent members' survey as well as the committee actions to address some of the key feedback, withe the opportunity to speak to members of the committee about their respective areas of the club. 

Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available. We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Seniors Gent's Open 4BBB Stroke Competition

Tuesday 5th September 2017

1st Prize. Les Biscomb (Peebles GC) & Alastair McDonald (Craigmillar Park GC) - 63 nett

2nd Prize. Victor Roberts (Peebles GC) & Tom Litster (Peebles GC) - 64 nett

3rd Prize. Gerry Curran (Mortonhall GC) & Brian Reid (Dunbar GC) - 64 nett

4th Prize. Les Shortreed (Peebles GC) & Donald Alexander (Peebles GC) - 65 nett

5th Prize. David Howden (Minto GC) & Brian Porteous (Langholm GC) - 65 nett

Nearest the pin on the 7th hole - Jim Lyle (Peebles GC)

Nearest the pin on the 12th hole - Brian Reid (Dunbar GC)

Vouchers are available from the bar or will be posted to visitors clubs

Howie Set to Star for Team GB

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Peebles ace Darren Howie will cap an outstanding final year in the junior ranks when he lines for the Great Britain and Ireland boys side which takes on the Continent of Europe in this weekend’s Jacques Léglise Trophy.

The 17-year-old was the only Scot selected by The R&A for the nine-player team, who take on Europe’s finest in the match which gets underway at Ballybunion in Ireland today (Friday 1 September).

The match is the junior equivalent of the Walker Cup, with Darren joining the cream of boys talent from England, Ireland and Wales for the two-day event comprising of foursomes and singles on both Friday and Saturday. He follows in the footsteps of players such as Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald who have competed for Europe and GB&I in the past, while Renato Panatore who played in the event just three years ago was a winner on the European Tour this season.

Howie has enjoyed a superb season and is the runaway leader of the Scottish Boys Order of Merit. He finished top of the qualifying for last month’s British Boys Amateur Championship at Nairn, having also led the stroke play qualifying for the Scottish Boys Championship earlier in the summer. Howie was a winner of the Scottish Junior Tour in April, runner-up in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters and finished third in the Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship as well as reaching the last-16 of the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship.

Club captain Graham Lowther said: “We congratulate Darren on yet another fantastic achievement in being selected for the Great Britain and Ireland side. It is a huge honour for the club to have one of our members in the side for such a prestigious event and he and his brother Craig continue to be superb ambassadors for Peebles on the national and international stage. We wish him all the best for the next two days of competition.”

You can follow Darren’s progress on Friday and Saturday via the R&A website on this link.

Odd Shaped Ball Golf Day - Results & Prize List

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The winning team!

A record total of 47 teams and 188 competitors took part in our annual Odd Shaped Ball Golf Day on Saturday 19 August, with a mix of young and old, men and women, members and guests supporting the event.

Congratulations to the winning team of Sheila Cuthbertson, Eden Collins, Braden Collins and Gregor Wells who took top spot with a superb score of 55, playing with a handicap of 18. They win a £30 voucher each and a 4-ball at Crail Golfing Society's Craighead Links, as well as the coveted Odd Shaped Ball silver shades.

Runners-up were Darren Massey, Gary Muir, James Morrison and Fraser Richards on 57.1 while Ross Duncan Hugh Harvie, Grant Foster and Mark Hosker were 3rd on 58.55. Prizes were awarded to the top 7 teams.

> Click here to see all the scores and prize winners

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who took part, helping to raise a total of nearly £2,000! Proceeds go towards the Odd Shaped Ball junior sports development fund.

Well done to the ClubGolf coaching team who organised the day and thanks to Ally McGrath for providing the BBQ. A big thanks also to our hole sponsors and our prize sponsors - Belhaven Brewery, ShotScope Performance Technology, How-Did-I-Do & Club Systems, Duddingston GC and Crail Golfing Society.

Individual Prizes

Nearest the Pin 1st – Sponsored by Maureen Haig: Bunker Mentality Cap & Putter Cover & Bottle of Rose Wine

NIALL WATSON

Nearest the Pin in 2 at the 5th – Sponsored by Davie Tait: Bottle of Moet Champagne

MARK HOSKER

Nearest the Pin in 2 at the 6th – Sponsored by Ross Duncan: Bottle of Loch Lomond Inchmoan Whisky

BRIAN MORRIS                  

 

Nearest the Pin at the 7th – Sponsored by Stephen Matthews: Nike Golf Holdall

DONALD NISBET JNR

 

Straightest Drive at the 10th – Bunker Mentality Cap & Putter Cover

MURRAY AIKEN

Nearest the Pin at the 12th – Sponsored by How-Did-I-Do: One dozen Titleist Pro V1s

JAMIE FENTON

Nearest the Pin in 2 at the 15th – Sponsored by Steve Johnston: 4-Ball at Greenburn GC

JAMES BLACKLAW

Nearest the Pin at the 16th – Sponsored by Belhaven Brewery: Bottle of Champagne

GORDON BEVERIDGE (HOLE IN ONE!)

Nearest the Pin in 2 at the 17th – Sponsored by Graham Lowther:  Case of Belhaven Best

JAMIE ALLAN

Longest Drive at the 18th with a Persimmon 3 wood: Bottle of Smirnoff Vodka

JAMIE FENTON

Longest Drive at the 9th (Ladies): Bottle of Ryder Cup Wine

LORNA RUTHERFORD

RAFFLE PRIZES

1.       Golf Bag – Cameron McBride

2.       Tom Tom GPS watch – Ian Connor

3.       ShotScope device – Pink 261 - 265

4.       One Dozen Titleist Pro V1s – George Rankin

5.       Bottle of Famous Grouse – Lillian Smith

6.       4-ball at Hawick – Alan Aiken

7.       4-Ball at Winterfield plus Lunch – Elie Martin

Mixed Fortunes for Howies at the Scottish Amateur Championship | Latest News

Craig and Darren Howie were both in action on the national stage at last week’s Scottish Amateur Championship at Prestwick, flying the flag for Peebles. With the top-64 from a field of 260 players qualifying for the match play stages after two rounds, both Peebles stars made it through safely on three-over par in a share of 29th place.

After a thumping 6&4 win in his first round match, Craig drew number one seed Sandy Scott from Nairn in the last-32 but after a thrilling game, he went down by one hole at the final green. Younger brother Darren enjoyed a superb 3&2 win in his first round match against Scotland Boys team-mate Rory Franssen then reached the last 16 with a win against Benjamin Henderson from Deeside. However, he came unstuck with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs against the impressive Stuart Easton from Irvine, going down 5&4, but can be pleased with his week’s performance going into the Boys Home Internationals at St Anne’s this week as Scotland’s number one ranked junior golfer.

Davie at the Double

Fresh from teaming up with his son Sam to win last week’s Pro’s Day, form man Davie Tait made it two-in-a-row with an excellent performance on Saturday to win the Holmes Bowl. The six-handicapper posted an impressive two-over 72, with included birdies at the 6th, 9th and 13th for a nett 66, finishing one clear of Ian Stewart. Who would bet against the Eddleston man claiming the hatrick in this weekend’s Thorburn Cup, an event he has won before?

Another former Thorburn Cup champion Colin Fraser continued his fine form to score his second five-under 65 in recent weeks during the last the third round of the Holiday Tankard, posting an impressive six birdies. But it was not quite good enough to take top spot on the night, with Colin Brown edging ‘Frase’ on nett 65 thanks to his excellent one-under scratch 69. Brown reached the 14th hole in three-under thanks to three birdies in a row from the 11th, but dropped shots at the 16th and 17th. Great golf from both players!

Ladies Round-Up

Impressive scoring also in the ladies section with Lorna Rutherford winning the Seniors' Trophy thanks to a 69(18) and Martha Shortreed scoring 38 points to lift the Veitch Cup. Next up is the Autumn Meeting on Monday 14 August, with the latest SGA Medal taking place the following Monday, 21 August.

Aiken Brothers One-Two

Testing conditions greeted the players for Sunday’s Junior Monthly Medal, which proved to be a battle of the ever-improving Aiken brothers. Elder brother Ross just came out on top with a nett 70 (21), one shot clear of Murray, with Kerr Sutherland on third also on 71 and Fearghas Lowther fourth a shot further back. Credit to all the players who took part on Sunday, with only three shots separating the top five players. ClubGolf coaching made its return and congratulations go to Sam Lees and Lewis George who were last Sunday’s Players of the Week.

Odd Shaped Ball Golf Day

We’ve had a great response to our forthcoming Odd Shaped Ball Golf Day, taking place next Saturday 19 August, with more than 40 teams already entered. A few team spaces are still available however, so let’s try and get the day completely full! A team of four costs £20 with some fantastic prizes up for grabs in the competition and the raffle and a few surprises in store on the course. Ally McGrath will be on hand at the 10th with a selection of tasty BBQ food to set you on your way for the back nine. Enter online or call the Pro Shop to book your spot.

Seniors Open Results

Senior Open Results 3rd August 2017

Standard Scratch  Members 72 Visitors 72

Overall Net Winner     A Bryson

Overall Scratch Winner   Graham Low

Category A (55-59)

1st Prize Graham Low 68

2nd Prize Colin Sinclair 70

3rd Prize Kerr Scott 70

4th Prize R Gilchrist 72

5th Prize A Pearson 72

Category B (60 – 64)

1st Prize Alex Bryson 68

2nd Prize I Kerr 69

3rd Prize M Whiteford 71

4th Prize Kenny Harrison 73

Scratch R Finlay 77

Category C (65 – 69)

1st Prize G Black 72

2nd Prize Cameron Thomson 73

3rd Prize John Logan 73

4th Prize John Elliot 73

5th Prize K McCredie  73

Category D (70 AND OVER)

1st Prize G McInnes 70

2nd Prize J Notman 72

3rd Prize C Thomson 72

4th Prize V Roberts 72

Scratch Alister Grieve 79

Nearest the Pin Hole 1 Kevin Lochrie  Melrose

Nearest the Pin Hole 7 J Coppard  West Linton

Nearest the Pin Hole 12 Tom Litster  Peebles

Nearest the Pin Hole 16 J Cobb  Walsend

Longest Drive Hole 9  Kevin Lochrie  Melrose

Straightest Drive Hole 10  Keith McCredie  Hawick

Peebles Seniors Open "2"s Winners

J MacDonald                 Mortonhall               

J Cobb                           Walsend

J Coppard                     West Linton

Alfred Buchan               Dundas Park

J Logan                         Peebles

T Bouglas                      Hawick

R Gilchrist X 2              Carluke

E Young                       Broomieknowe

£20 per two

 

 

 

Peebles Golf Club endorse “Ready Golf”

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“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play. When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are:

·         Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options

·         Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait

·         Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play

·         Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball

·         Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line

·         Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker

·         When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot

·         Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off

Increased benefits of being a member at Peebles Golf Club

As we strive to add value to our club membership at Peebles Golf Club, we are delighted to announce that we have signed reciprocal playing agreements with two wonderful Golf Clubs.

Bray Golf Club in County Wicklow, Ireland: www.braygolfclub.com

This agreement allows members from each club to play each other’s courses for the rate of £14 per person.

Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club in Renfrewshire: www.oldranfurly.com

This agreement allows members from each club to play Monday to Friday, free golf up to a maximum of 4 players on any one day.

We hope to welcome members from both Bray and Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club to Peebles in the near future. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to enable our members to develop friendships built on the game of Golf.

The following Terms of Reference shall apply to this Agreement:

  1. The intent of this agreement is to permit Club Members in good standing to have full playing and clubhouse privileges at the reciprocal club, subject to the respective host clubs local rules, bye-laws, regulations policies and this agreement. 
  2. Reciprocal Members are not required to play with or be accompanied by a Member of the host Club.
  3. No signing privileges are allowed.  Reciprocal Members are to pay for all purchases by cash or credit card.
  4. Tee times must be reserved by contacting the host club in advance.  Proof of Membership (Membership card) plus a letter of introduction from the Secretary/General Manager must be produced on arrival. 
  5. A Reciprocal Member shall be entitled to play up to twelve (12) rounds of golf per calendar year at the host club.
  6. Reciprocal Members are not permitted to introduce guests.

Enjoy your golf

Niall Watson

Club Manager