Hangover competition Wednesday 10th and Saturday 13th January this time in 2018 (excuses for last title with wrong year !)
Judging by the large turnout , fourteen on Wednesday and five on Saturday then lots of hangovers were enjoyed by many ,though not by me, cough, cough !
It was good to get the blood circulating after so much lying about eating and drinking -yes, we all agreed "I'm glad that's all over," until that is .... next Christmas, when we will do it all again !!
The course although looking easy enough because of the shortened fairways, due to temporary greens, proved more difficult than first thought. Balls that went whizzing through the air to land on the green after one or two shots then often took three or more shots to put in the hole !! Percy was having a field day amidst some heated expletives !!!
Hurray, no rain, we said as a group of us lady members arrived in various types of festive gear for our annual Christmas competition to be followed by some snacks.
Our ladies playtimes and competition always come in two halves. First of all there are the Wednesday ladies who are more numerous and mostly retirees with plenty of time on our hands ie if they are not playing bridge or painting or caring for grandchildren !!!! and then the younger business type mostly working Saturday Girls who are less in number but dutifully turn out in all sorts of weather, ready to enjoy a leisurely weekend ahead of them.
An enjoyable Christmas competition was enjoyed by both halves and some very interesting photos are to be seen in the Ladies Gallery !
On a cold and rainy night well over thirty of us arrived at the South Beach Hotel looking to enjoy receiving some prizes and tucking into an early Christmas dinner. Turkey and Christmas pudding were on the menu with a couple of other choices which we had chosen beforehand and kept a note of !!!!
On arrival we received a welcome drink and had a chance to admire our beautifully decorated surroundings especially the table which was laid out with beautifully wrapped prizes and glittering trophies.
We also had a secret santa table and dutifully in exchange for our gifts received a number which we eventually exchanged for a "gift from santa" Nobody was to go home empty handed !!!
After enjoying our dinner and copious amounts(those of us who weren't driving) of wine the prize giving started
Our captain alongside two esteemed male members distributed the many prizes.
Congratulations to those who have played so well throughout the year especially to Jean Tannock who was heralded as our club champion. Some of us won so many prizes(not me however) that they had to summon their other half to help them transport them home!!!
Our captain Anne Fraser along with some other helpers did a wonderfull job in the orgasisation of the prizes and laying everything out so beautifully.
A cheque was also presented from us to a representative for Alzheimer Research.
Another year ,another prizegiving maybe this year......
On the Wednesday of the 16th august and the Saturday of the 19th August we had one of our fun golf days which are staged four times in the year.
This year the above title certainly lived up to it's name!
The format was a Texas scramble-with a difference??!! A reverse Texas scramble to be sure, with four appointed holes being designated as the ones in which the format of playing from the best shot would be reversed.In other words on those holes we all had to play from the worst shot !!! Fun and games ensued when one of the ball landed in a bunker. Yes we all had to replay our ball from the ball from the bunker.
Safe to say this format was modified for the Saturday and balls in the bunker weren't counted as part of the play !!!
PS - Charlotte's ears are still burning !
On the evening of Thursday the 17th August about 26 of us enjoyed a cheese and wine in the clubhouse which would also give us a chance to say farewell to our very popular last years captain Elisabeth who, with her husband, was relocating down south.
Our present captain Anne Fraser kicked off the evening by presenting Elisabeth with an impressive framed photograph of the clubhouse(expertly taken by Douglas Fraser) This was signed by many of the lady members and I'm sure will be an apt reminder of happy times spent here with us.
We were then introduced to seven different wine by our wine expert Alan Caldow.
Each wine tasting was accompanied by a dish from that region. The first three were from Sicily and we savoured some Sicilian sausage accompanied by an aubergine based vegetable dish washed down by some excellent white and then red wine.
After more international cuisine and wines from around the world we ended with a dessert and a delicious pineapple cheesecake. Best 'cheese and wine' I've ever been too!
The money raised went to our charity Alzheimer Research UK.
Our thanks went to our lady captain Anne Fraser who organised the event,preparing and serving the dishes on nicely set tables. It was good to enjoy a social evening in our newly refurbrished clubhouse and a very extremely merry time was had by all.
On Thursday 10th august I awoke to blue skies and sunshine-wonderful-so different from last year when we were met with rain and a howling gale.
150 lady golfers would soon be arriving to be divided into 50 teams of 3. Some of whom were travelling many miles to take part in this popular event,
The first T-off was to be at 8.30 and the last at 3.20pm.
On arrival at the clubhouse I was met by a colourful display of flowers both inside and out. At the entrance and at the bottom of the stairs stood a golfbag bursting with flowers. Lining the stairs all the way up were golf shoes filled with flowers and at the top stood a large and beautiful flower arrangement. Many other flower arrangements were placed throughout even in the toilets where we also had real handtowels and perfumed toiletries .
In the clubhouse itself all along the window hung the 11 fourballs to be won and the raffle and tombola tables were stacked with prizes. On each of the tables in the restaurant stood a little jar filled with grass,agolf ball and a flag on which was written the number of the hole/table.
Many people worked very hard to make the day such a success. A heartfelt thankyou to many of our members for this and also to the men ball spotters who gave up a whole day to make our round a whole lot easier.
A special thank you goes to our inspiring lady captain Anne Fraser who worked so hard and then spent the whole day greeting the various teams with a smile and a word of welcome.
The winners of this years Triam were Helen Davidson,Morven M'Culloch and Carol Phelp.
The grand sum of just over £2.800 was raised for Alzheimer Research Uk. £900 of which was raised by the raffle and the Tombola. Thank you to those who gave generously in the provision of prizes and the purchasing of tickets and to those who took part in this extremely successful and charitable event.
See ladies gallery for some photos of the event.
On Thursday evening 22nd June twelve couples set out to enjoy our golf whilst raising money for our worthwhile charity.
It was quite exciting though a bit nerve wracking to be paired with someone whose skills and handicapp was much superior to one's own. The tense part is always getting that first drive in. Fortunately the men drove first on the odd holes so many of us were off to a winning start !
It is also quite daunting when one has to make the winning putt to complete a hole. However this excitement was part of the challenge and I'm sure that for many of us skill one over nerves !
We all then enjoyed a lovely supper in the clubhouse of pizzas salads and apple pie.
The winning pair was our very own Captain Anne Fraser and Hugh Mckenzie with an excellent score of 44 stableford points.Their score will be entered into the draw for the top 40 teams for the inaugural Ping Scottish Golf Final at Gleneagles in September
On Wednesday 28th fifteen of us turned up for this texas scramble duly attired with our summer fruit themed golf clothing.
The day before had poured but we were fortunate enough to have a dry day though not the intense sunshine of the year before.
We set off at 9.20 in five groups of three,the last group going out at 10.18.
What seemed like a fairly easy competition proved very challenging for some of us.
One group in particular,no names mentioned struggled, to even get a par between the three of them !!!
Our winning group was Margaret M.Flora and Marion S.
It was a fun match with lots of laughs amidst the highs and lows.
We then enjoyed a special lunch from ,our newly appointed bar/restaurant staff.
The strawberry tarts and the punch were a great success.
Many thanks go to our Captain Anne Fraser ,Reggie and Jean for their part in organising the event.
Photos can be seen in the Ladies Gallery.