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Outing to Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society - 24th September 2021

Our President, John Dixon, arranged for the Society to play this course on the west side of Edinburgh. The Bruntsfield Links Society was founded in 1761 and is the fourth oldest in the world. The course was laid out by Willie Park Jnr., one of the founders of golf course architecture and has since been reconstructed by Dr Alistair Mackenzie (1922), James Braid (1930) and Fred Hawtree (1974).

In 2019, after a major redevelopment
by world renowned course architect Tom Mackenzie, the 'new layout' was opened with 6 new holes, 8 new greens and all bunkering renewed.

For most of our players, it was the first time they had played the new layout, the consensus being that it was an excellent improvement to the previous layout. The comment on the club website regarding bunkering was recognised, as many of us took the opportunity to visit quire a few of them
!

 

The format of our outing was a Texas Scramble, the closeness of the result showing that everyone's WHS handicap was pretty accurate. The scores were:-

 

Alastair Chalmers, Llew Jenkins, Jim Scanlon:  Gross 74, Nett 68.2

Alison Macdonald, Chester Kruk, Robin Miller:  Gross 74, Nett 68.2

Brian Graham, David Clark, Bill Cairns, John Dixon:  Gross 73, Nett 68.3

   

Alastair, Llew and Jim took first place with a better inward half (35 against 38), but to achieve that they had to finish 2, 3, 4 - 2 under par - to pull back the 4 shot deficit they (unknowingly) faced on the 16th tee! (And Jim's putt on the 17th for the birdie - which may well grow longer in the telling over the years! - was at least 20 feet and fairly rattled into the cup!

 
But as always, the winner was the friendly rivalry that we experience at all our events. Our great thanks to John Dixon for his organising and hospitality on the day.