Captain's v Vice-Captain's Team Challenge: Draw

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The draw has now been made for the Captain's v Vice-Captain's Team Challenge, taking place on the second day of our opening weekend on Sunday 25 March.

The matches will commence with a shotgun start at 11.30am following the official opening of the new season at the Millennium Cairn on the 9th tee at 11.00am. We would encourage all players and other members to join us for the opening ceremony.

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For those not taking part in the match, there is the option of the annual Jim Carruthers Memorial Walk, led by Gordon Sanderson and Davie Brown, which will make its way around their walking route before joining the golfers back at the clubhouse for food and drinks and the presentation of the trophy.

New Caterer Joins Peebles Golf Club


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Moore Catering Services as Peebles Golf Club's franchise caterers, who will join the club in a month's time on Friday 15 March.

A popular name in the Borders and North East of England, Gary is a hugely experienced chef with years of experience in the catering industry. He was Executive Chef at Burts restaurant in Melrose in the late 90s and early 2000s, while in recent years he has managed a thriving function and catering business across the region. He has provided catering at Traquair House, Melrose and Peebles Rugby Clubs and is famous for his Hog Roasts, which many of you may have experienced at local weddings or other functions.

Gary's team beat off stiff competition to be awarded the role at Peebles, having had significant interest since announcing the departure of Rathbone Restaurants, who will leave when the new team commences.

Gary and many of staff will be known to many of our members already and we hope that you will give him your support. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm and we are confident that he will deliver great food at the right price, flexibility to meet the needs of members and visitors and some excellent new ideas. 

We hope that many of you will come and sample Gary's new menus on their first weekend, or during the first official weekend of the season, which will take place on Saturday 24th (Opening Day Scramble) and Sunday 25th March (Captain's v Vice-Captain's Team Challenge). Thereafter, we look forward to the team providing an excellent 7-day a week service throughout the season.

If you would like to make an advance booking, or discuss booking a function at Peebles Golf Club this season, please do not hesitate to contact Niall Watson in the office on 01721 720197 or e-mail


AGM – Meet the new Captain and Vice-Captain Team

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The Peebles Golf Club AGM takes place this Tuesday 13 February, where current Captain Graham Lowther will hand over the reins to a new captain and vice-captain elect team, Ross Duncan and Gavin Carruthers, supported by fellow Board members David Wright (Membership), Jim Dickson (Greens) and Grant Foster (Finance).

We thought it would be helpful to give some background on Ross and Gavin ahead of the AGM…

Ross Duncan – Captain elect:

Ross has been a member of the club since joining as a junior in 1985. His first ever job was as a glass collector in the old clubhouse under the stewardship of Terry McIntosh and worked as greenkeeper at Peebles during his summer holidays whilst a student at the University of Strathclyde, where he studied Marketing. His finest golfing achievement was winning the Boys Championship in 1990, although his golfing highlight was partnering current US Open Champion Brooks Koepka in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Pro-Am at Gullane (finishing fourth!). Ross will take over as captain exactly 30 years after his dad Stuart served in the same role.

 Captain elect for the next two years, Ross Duncan

Captain elect for the next two years, Ross Duncan

Ross has been on the club committee for the past 10 years, supporting the club as Marketing Convenor where his role has covered website development, design, photography, Peeblesshire News reports, social media communication across Facebook and Twitter and all the Howie brothers updates! He is also one of the ClubGolf volunteer coaches involved in junior coaching on Sundays and is on the junior sub-committee. Ross is co-organiser of the Odd Shaped Ball, which has generated more than £28,000 for junior sport in Peebles, and also runs the Odd Shaped Golf Day, which has become one of the club’s most popular team events. Having previously worked at Sunderland Football Club, he is currently Marketing & Commercial Director for Scottish Golf, where he has worked since 2004.

What one thing would you like to see change in golf?

“On a local level, I would like to see our members enjoying themselves more! The golf club should be a place where you are relaxed, having fun and happy, not a place to moan and grumble. We have a fantastic golf course which has been in great condition for the last few years with amazing views, and there is no better place to be when the sun shines. We have a lovely clubhouse, a great practice facility and a diverse community of members. I speak to many other clubs across Scotland in my job and Peebles is very highly regarded across the country because of the work we’ve done and changes we’ve made over the past few years. We have a great team of volunteers at the club who put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes to make the club as good as it can possibly be. It’s never going to be perfect, but I think we all need to appreciate what we’ve got a little bit more.”

Gavin Carruthers - Vice Captain elect:

Gavin joined the club in 1980 as a fresh-faced 10-year-old and quickly became a regular in junior competitions, encouraged by his Dad Jim, who was a long standing member. A prolific performer on the competitive junior circuit, Gavin’s first major achievement was winning the Boys Championship in 1984. From 1985, he qualified for match play stages of Club Championship for no fewer than 25 consecutive years, reaching the final on 3 occasions, eventually becoming Club Champion in 1998, the proudest moment of his golfing career. Indeed Gavin and his late dad Jim are the only father and son combination to have both won the Championship. Gavin is also a twice winner of the Thorburn Cup. Other notable achievements include twice winning the Balfour Beattie with Colin Fraser and being a member of the winning Borders Summer League team on three occasions.

 Vice-captain elect Gavin Carruthers and wife at last year's 125 Anniversary Ball

Vice-captain elect Gavin Carruthers and wife at last year's 125 Anniversary Ball

His first spell on the Committee was from 1988 – 1994 where he was heavily involved with competitions and handicapping, then re-joined in 2014, taking on the challenging role of Junior Convenor. Gavin has been a driving force in the growth of the ClubGolf programme, taking junior membership from 60 to 130 kids and was on stage at the Scottish Golf Awards to receive the Junior Club of the Year award in 2015. He has restructured the junior sub-committee and is also a PGA Level 1 coach. Outwith golf, he has served as Treasurer of Peebles Football Club for many years, while his working life has all been with Standard Life, where he works in the role of Change Manager.

What one thing would you like to see change in golf?

“Golf is facing significant social and economic challenges: fewer people are joining Golf Clubs than ever before. Peebles Golf Club is not immune to this and I want to ensure we remain financially strong and a prize community asset for many years to come.  In order to achieve this, the club need to do things differently which might not always sit comfortably with all our members. I would ask every member to be an advocate for the club, promote positive messages to their friends and relatives and ask themselves - what can I do for Peebles Golf Club?”

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Annual General Meeting - Notice to Members

 Vice-captain Ross Duncan and Club Captain Graham Lowther

Vice-captain Ross Duncan and Club Captain Graham Lowther

At the Annual General Meeting of the Club, to be held on Tuesday 13th February 2018, the following positions on the Club Committee require to be confirmed by the meeting under the terms of the Articles of Association:


Election of two General Committee Members (Three year term)


Election of two General Committee Members (Three year term)

In line with the Articles of Association of the Club, the Committee is required to post, prior to the 31st December 2017, the names of those members whom it recommends to fill any of the above vacancies on Committee.

The Committee recommend that the following nominations be accepted.

  • General Committee - David Tait
  • General Committee - Donald Alexander
  • General Committee - James McQuaker

Any two Ordinary Members of the Club may nominate a member or members to fill any of the above places having previously obtained the consent in writing of such member or members. Notice of such nomination (together with the written consent of the nominee or nominees) shall be submitted to the office not later than the 19th January 2018.

Catering Franchise Opportunity at Peebles Golf Club


Peebles Golf Club is a vibrant and family-friendly club with a first class clubhouse facility to match its beautiful golf course. We operate at the heart of the local community with over 800 members across our various categories.

Bucking the national trend, our membership has grown in recent years, allowing us to invest in our facilities, including a major clubhouse refurbishment to the bar, lounge, restaurant and kitchen, as well as a new driving range, both of were completed last year. The club is located close to the town centre, making us a popular venue for food and drink, to complement our popular golf course.

We have an excellent reputation for customer service, delivering a good quality product for members, visitors and guests. We are proud of our reputation as one of the town’s best facilities and are a popular choice for other social functions and events.

 The recently refurbished lounge within the clubhouse

The recently refurbished lounge within the clubhouse

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for our Catering Franchise and we are seeking suitable candidates to work in partnership with the club to provide the following:

  • A full 7-day-a-week catering service to meet the needs of our members, visitors and other customers;
  • A range of good quality catering to include short order items, breakfasts, bar snacks, light meals and dinners, across our bar, lounge and restaurant;
  • A full catering service for member and non-member functions including: competition days, team matches,  visiting golf parties, club functions, birthday parties, theme nights and wakes;
  • A flexible and proactive approach to the club’s catering requirements.

The ideal candidate(s) should:

  • Have a proven track record in catering operations, preferably in a golf club or large restaurant environment;
  • Have the manpower to  deliver a consistently high standard of catering to meet the needs of our members and other customers;
  • Be innovative and creative to ensure the club thrives in a highly competitive environment;
  • Be commercially minded to grow clubhouse revenues in partnership with the club’s management team (club manager, bar staff, PGA professional, committee);
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Have a proven record of Food Hygiene and compliance to Safety Standards with working experience of all relevant regulations;
  • Have high personal and professional standards and be able to demonstrate excellent customer service;
  • Be compliant with all pertinent employment regulations relating to its staff and have a proven track record in the management of its staff.

To find out more or apply for the role, please contact Niall Watson, Club Manager, on 01721 720197 or e-mail Formal applications must be received by Monday 12 February and the preferred starting date for the new franchisee to commence the role is early April.



Rathbone restaurants

It is unfortunate that I have to announce the resignation of Rathbone Restaurants as the contract caterer at the club. Having provided an excellent service for the club, our members and visitors for the past year, it will be sad to see Ally McGrath and the team leave. They leave with our best wishes and on behalf of the club we would like to wish them well with their future endeavours. Their last day will be 4th April 2018, until then the catering will operate as normal.

The club has already started the process of finding new caterers and we are consulting with relevant parties in the golf industry and beyond. We will keep members updated with our progress. However, if any member has any suggestions or recommendations, we would gladly consider them.

I’m sure you will agree, it is vitally important for the club that we find the right catering partner who can continue to provide the best level of service for our members and visitors.

If any members have any queries regarding the catering situation, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Niall Watson
Club Manager

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


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:


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.

 Non-playing captain Darren Davidson

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.


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