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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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”


“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:

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:

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

Enter a Team in the Odd Shaped Ball Golf Fundraising Day

One of the most popular additions to the fixture list last year was the Odd Shaped Ball Golf Day and we are delighted to advise you that the event will be taking place again soon, being held on Saturday 19 August.

The Odd Shaped Ball has raised £18,000 for junior sport in Peebles over the past four years with Peebles Golf Club members making a great contribution to the cause, with our junior section also benefitting from the proceeds. Fundraising from this year’s Golf Day will go towards junior golf and supporting young golfers in Peebles and we would be hugely grateful if you could support our event next month.

Run by the ClubGolf coaching team, the competition is a Team Scramble format with a few twists and sporting themes, open to all members with a handicap (men, women and juniors), as well as guests from other clubs. All you need to take part is a team of four, which can also be mixed and can include guests from other clubs. If you don’t have a team of four, you can also put your name on the online entry and we’ll encourage other individuals to make up the team.

Entry costs £20 per team (payable on the day) with some fantastic prizes up for grabs, including the leading four teams and nearest the pin at each of the four short holes. Some great raffle prizes will also be on offer on the day, in addition to drinks and a BBQ on the 10th tee. Like last year, the odd obstacle may appear on the course, there may be a few suspect pin positions and alternative equipment will be provided on one of the tees!

Online entry is now available via the link below. We encourage you to take part and share this with your golfing friends – great fun is guaranteed! Individual hole sponsorship opportunities are also available – ask in the office for details.

> Book your team's tee-time

Fraser Fires Superb Score to Win Centenary Trophy | Round-Up

Centenary Trophy champion Colin Fraser (right)

Centenary Trophy champion Colin Fraser (right)

Twenty-five years on from its first playing when Jim McAuslin donned the famous ‘Red Jersey’ by winning the inaugural Centenary Trophy, Colin Fraser etched his name on Peebles’ own Claret Jug after firing a superb five-under par 65 on Saturday.

He scorched to the turn in just 31 helped by four consecutive threes from the sixth hole including an eagle at the ninth. A further birdie followed at the 13th and Fraser bounced back from a bogey at the 17th hole to seal victory with an excellent birdie at the last. He finished a shot clear of Tommy Wynn junior, who edged out Blair Cormack for the runner-up spot thanks to his better inward half.

The previous weekend saw joyous celebrations on the balcony after Stuart ‘Loose’ Boak won his first ever competition, shooting a nett 66 (28) to clinch the Scotsdale July Medal. Declan Hegarty finished second with a fine 67 (5), with Ewen Leggatt third on the same score.

PING Scottish Mixed Championship Qualifier

The last of the season's major Mixed Foursomes events was the PING Scottish Championship Qualifier, with the top 40 Scottish club qualifiers earning a spot at the finals at Gleneagles later in the year. Susan and John Brown came out on top with 39 points, with Patricia and Sandy Wood finishing runners-up on 36 points. Lorna Rutherford and Steven Waldie scored 66.4 in the Charity Mixed Foursomes competition, edging out Marny Waddell & John Elliot (67).

Ladies Round-Up

There was a great turnout of 30 competitors for the Centenary Trophy. Five ladies played below par (CSS 71) with Glynis Reid winning her second trophy in a fortnight with a fine 68(26), edging out Moira Boocock 69(22). Meanwhile, on a day of high scoring, Betty Scott won the Boocock Trophy with a score of 73(23) with Patricia Wood and Mary MacIntyre winning their respective divisions in last Monday;s Stableford competition, both with scores of 32 points.

Junior Results

Fast improving youngster Murray Aiken blew the rest of the field away to win the Cuddy Cup and Tweeddale Qualifier thanks to an incredible nett 59 (35), with Jamie Clark and Michael Smith second and third both with good scores of nett 68. Despite his handicap tumbling to 28, Aiken went onto finish second in the following week’s Junior Monthly Medal and Rotary Club Competition with a nett 72, but it was another promising youngster, Rueben Sterricks who came out on top, three shots ahead on nett 69 (27).

South of Scotland Ladies Jamboree

Peebles Golf Club were honoured to host the recent South of Scotland, a qualifier for the Scottish County finals which will be held at Glenbervie Golf Club in Stirlingshire later this year. Teams from Dumfriesshire County, Galloway County and Borders played three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon.

With some of the country’s leading ladies on show, the standard of golf was amazing to watch, a lesson in “how to strike a ball” and a barrage of birdies. The course was in fantastic order and our guests gave great feedback on the high standards of the course and the clubhouse. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Border Ladies missed out on a place in the final by just a single point, with Dumfriesshire County winning a place in the Scottish finals. Good luck to the ladies!


Magic Morris Fires a 63 to Win Peebles Open

Peebles Open Champion Jamie Morris

Peebles Open Champion Jamie Morris

Magical Morris Storms to Championship and Open Double

It was a weekend to remember for local golfing star Jamie Morris as he made it nine Club Championship wins on Saturday followed by a remarkable win number ten on Sunday in the Peebles Open.

Having celebrated Championship win number nine, he turned his attention to the Peebles Open on Sunday, with the event enjoying a packed field of 187 golfers from across the country. Despite starting with a double-bogey five, Jamie reached the turn in 33, thanks to a spectacular eagle two at the fourth, and finished with three consecutive birdies to romp home in just 30, for a superb 7-under par 63. It was his lowest ever round at Peebles, two shots outside Darren Howie’s course record set last year, matching the previous record held jointly by Colin Fraser and Norrie Forsyth.

Meanwhile, Eric Mapp and Jim Edgar junior took the glory in the Second Class section of the Peebles Open on Sunday. Mapp produced an fine nett 65 (19) to win the handicap section by three shots from Alan Sinclair, while Edgar’s score of 78 gave him the scratch prize, beating B Championship semi-finalist Keith McIntosh on the better inward half.

A great turnout for the club’s biggest event of the season with great feedback from members and visitors on the condition of the course. A huge thanks to Stevie Borthwick and his greenkeeping staff, as well as Competitions Convenor Mary McIntyre and her team of volunteers, who worked tirelessly throughout the day from 7.30am through to 9.30pm!

A Division - Scratch

1. J Morris (Peebles): 63

2. C Fraser (Peebles): 69

3. S Fairbairn (Torwoodlee): 70

4. J Berry (Torwoodlee) 71

B Division - Scratch

1. J Edgar (Peebles) 78 (BIH)

2. K McIntosh (Peebles) 78

3. D Gray 79 (BIH)

4. D Brotherstone (Peebles) 79

A Division - Nett

1. G Henderson (Glencorse) 68 (BIH)

2. G Porteous (Kilspindie) 68

3. G Lowther (Peebles) 69 (BIH)

4. C Young (Peebles) 69

B Division - Nett

1. E Mapp (Peebles) 65

2. Allan Sinclair (Peebles) 68 (BIH)

3. C Ronaldi (Glencorse) 68

4. M Livingstone 68

CSS: Members: 70, Visitors: 71

Club Championship Final Results

Sheila cuthbertson won the ladies club championship for the 20th time

Sheila cuthbertson won the ladies club championship for the 20th time

Win Number 20 for Champion Cuthbertson

Attention all you ladies out there who think golf is only for the younger generation. Both the Ladies Championship and the Laverock Cup (Bronze Division Championship) were won by septuagenarians!

Fairways veteran Sheila Cuthbertson overcame the challenge of Denise Richards, playing in her first final, by a margin of 5&4, to lift her 20th title. In the semi-finals, Sheila defeated Patricia Wood 5&3 and Denise overcame June-Anne Clark's challenge by two holes.

A truly inspirational Lilian Smith defeated Julie Oram, a second-time finalist, 5&3, to win the Laverock Cup for the first time. Lilian was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and only completed her treatment in February last year. In the semi-finals, Lilian beat Iris French and Julie defeated Katie Brackenridge. Congratulations to both ladies.

Morris Makes it Nine



Jamie Morris etched his name on the Club Championship board for a ninth time on Saturday evening as he moved closer to TT Sanderson's record of 15 wins.

Morris, who won his first Club Championship twenty years ago, swept aside Colin Fraser in Saturday morning’s semi-final to set up a mouth-watering clash against former Scotland international Allan Turnbull, who defeated defending champion Steven Waldie in the other last four tie.

The final was a high quality match although neither player was able to get the putter working to great effect, with Morris edging clear early on before a Turnbull eagle levelled the match at the ninth. Morris got his nose in front after the turn and never relinquished his lead, holing a tricky putt down the hill at the 17th for a half, before a half in pars on the final green sealed victory with a one-hole advantage.

In the B Championship Final, Ryan Forsyth came from behind to beat Jamie Fenton 3&1, recovering from a three-hole deficit after six holes. Forsyth battled back with birdies on 8 and 9 to level the match. Fenton edged ahead with a conceded birdie at the 10th, but the turning point proved to be a Fenton three-putt at the 13th which levelled things again, as Forsyth pulled clear with wins at 14 and 15. He had a chance to win the match on the 16th but the putt slipped by, before producing a stunning sand save par to clinch it on the 17th.



The C Championship proved a more one-sided affair as Keith McDonald overcame Allan Davidson in the final to secure his first title. Fearghas Lowther fought back to beat Fraser Imlah by two holes in an excellent Junior Championship Final, with both players producing excellent golf throughout the round. Imlah raced to an early lead, but Lowther finished strongly with pars at the closing five holes.

2017 Club Championship Finals | Results

Men's A: Jamie Morris beat Allan Turnbull

Semi-Finals: J Morris beat C Fraser; A Turnbull beat S Waldie

Ladies A: Sheila Cuthbertson beat Denise Richards

Semi-Finals: S. Cuthbertson beat P Wood; D Richards beat J Clark

Junior: Fearghas Lowther beat Fraser Imlah

Men's B: Ryan Forsyth beat Jamie Fenton

Ladies B: Lilian Smith beat Julie Oram

Men's C: Keith McDonald beat Allan Davidson

Congratulations to all our champions!


> To view all the photographs from Saturday's finals day, visit the Peebles GC facebook page


Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy comes to Peebles Golf Club

We're delighted to announce that the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy, held by a famous list of winners including Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler, will be on show at the club this Sunday 2nd July for the Peebles Gents Open as part of its tour around the country

Members, juniors and visitors will have the chance to get their photo taken with the trophy throughout the day, which will be on display around the 1st tee from 7.30am when the first group tees off, to late afternoon You don't have to be taking part in Sunday's event to see the trophy, so if you want a photo please come along to the clubhouse.

The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open takes place at Dundonald Links near Troon from 13 - 16 July (kids under-16 go free!) with one of the best line-ups in Europe this season including Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Andrew 'Beeeeeeef' Johnston and Jason Dufner, as well as Scottish stars Stephen Gallacher, Marc Warren and Richie Ramsay. Tickets can be purchased via the website at the link below, with concessions at £25 per day or £65 for a season ticket and standard adults tickets at £30 per day or £75 for a season ticket.

Rickie Fowler and the AAM trophy

Rickie Fowler and the AAM trophy

Thursday 29th June - Club Championship

We were hoping to be able to give you some good news about tonight’s fixtures however the weather has taken its toll and we will have to cancel tonight’s Club Championship matches. Since the course closing this morning, the rain has not stopped and the course is heavily water logged. With that in mind, please see below for the amended schedule:

Club Championship fixtures

Club Championship fixtures

Howies at the Double as Brothers Celebrate Number One Status

You wait for one Scotland number one to come along and suddenly two appear! That was the case this week when the latest Scottish Golf rankings came out, with Craig Howie surging to the top of the national Men’s Order of Merit, while young brother Darren’s excellent runner-up finish at the Henry Cooper Junior Masters in Kent cemented his place at the summit of the Scottish Boys Order of Merit.

After five events, Craig is more than 100 points clear of second placed Liam Johnston, having reached the last-32 of The Amateur Championship last week at Royal St George’s. Howie suffered a heart-breaking exit at the 20th hole to Norway’s Kristoffer Ventura, having qualified as the leading Scot after excellent rounds of 69 and 68 in the stroke play stages.

Younger sibling Darren was also in Kent last week and led the prestigious Henry Cooper Junior Masters after a first round 68. He slipped back in rounds two and three, a superb six-under par final round of 66 gave him an aggregate of 280, eight-under par, to finish ahead of many of England’s leading junior on second place, in an event won by his elder brother in 2012.

> View Scottish Golf Rankings

As a result of their number one standings, both players were celebrating automatic selections for their respective Scotland teams at next month’s European Amateur Team Championships (11 – 15 July). Darren will represent Scotland Boys at the famous La Manga resort in Spain, while Craig will travel to the Diamond Country Club in Austria, with Scotland’s men defending the title they won last year and aiming to become the first team to secure a hatrick of title since England achieved the feat back in 1973. Howie played a pivotal role in Scotland’s win in France last year and was undefeated in six foursomes and singles matches.

> View European Amateur Team Championships website

Draws Made for the Club Championship

The draws have now been made for the match-play stages of the Club Championship across each category, with ties played from Monday 26 June through to the finals day on Saturday 1 July. Come and enjoy all the action and cheer on your friends throughout the week..some great matches in store.

> Club Championship

1st round ties - Wednesday 28 June

> Ladies Championship

QF tie - Wednesday 28 June

> B Championship

1st round ties - Tuesday 27 June

> Ladies B Championship

1st round ties - Monday 26 June

> C Championship

1st round ties - Monday 26 June

Practice Makes Perfect as Peebles Opens New Driving Range

Peebles Golf Club’s reputation as one of the country’s most progressive clubs has been further enhanced with the official opening of its new driving range and swing studio last Friday.

Following the completion of a major clubhouse refurbishment earlier this year, club captain Graham Lowther cut the ribbon on its impressive new practice facilities which have been developed thanks to funding from sportscotland, Clubsport Tweeddale, Scottish Borders Community Grant Scheme, Scottish Golf and the Peebles Common Good Fund.

The new building was completed last month, featuring three covered bays, a state-of-the-art indoor PGA swing studio, with a further two outdoor Huxley all-weather bays next to the adjoining short game practice area. Floodlighting will be installed later in the season to allow winter practice, with the facility open to existing members and the local community.

Since embarking on Scottish Golf’s business planning programme four years ago, the club has grown its membership for each of the last four years, adding more than 150 new members during that period. The club also boasts a flourishing junior programme as part of the national ClubGolf initiative, winning the title of Scotland’s Junior Club of the Year in 2015, attracting an average of over 60 children every Sunday across its three coaching sessions, with junior membership also in the ascendancy.

PGA professional Steve Johnston was recruited two years ago as a key part of the business plan, introducing ‘Get into Golf’ for beginners which has helped attract a number of new female members, while the club also boasts two of Scotland’s rising young talents in brothers Craig and Darren Howie, both of whom are now competing at the top level of the amateur game on the national and international stage.

The new driving range features a swing studio, 3 additional indoor bays and 2 outdoor bays

The new driving range features a swing studio, 3 additional indoor bays and 2 outdoor bays

“We are delighted to formally open our driving facilities which will offer a fantastic experience for our members, visitors and beginner golfers alike. The club has made great strides in recent years and we have built on our success by investing in the course, clubhouse and practice facilities. We are keen to support our most talented players such as Craig and Darren to give them the best opportunity to succeed, but also grow our membership by attracting more newcomers to the game through the driving range.” said Lowther.

“The club has worked hard to develop one of the best junior programmes in the country and the new facilities will help make our coaching better and our pro Steve Johnston and his assistant Jamie Allan will also benefit hugely from the improvements. Steve has quickly developed a great reputation as a coach and I’m sure he’ll get even busier as a result of the changes.” he added.

The club’s own investment has been matched with funding from its various supporting partners, with sportscotland’s Awards for All grant making a significant contribution.

Recently appointed club manager Niall Watson, who at 34 is one of the youngest golf club managers in the country, thanked sponsors and members:  “We are indebted to all our funders for helping make the driving range a reality and also to our members who continue to support us. We are striving to put Peebles Golf Club at the heart of the local community and we want everyone in the local area to benefit from using our facilities.”

The range is open to members and non-members, with tokens for 30 balls costing £2 each available to buy from the professional shop, while a new season ticket scheme will also be in operation, featuring discounts for juniors.