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Outing to Hill of Tarvit  - 11th July 2015


As we travelled to the course, we could not help but wonder what we would find, now that our great friends David and Michelle have retired from the course management. A glance at the course as we drove along the driveway to the car park allayed any concerns we had, as from that distance the course looked in excellent condition and was clearly being well maintained.


We were welcomed by Andrew Bentley, PGA Professional, who had been recruited by NTS to manage the facility. Andrew talked us through some of their history and once we started out on our rounds, out initial impression of the course was confirmed.

The format was stableford over 9 holes. The rough was VERY long and this caused scores to be on the high side, shall we say. The exception to this was Alastair Chalmers, who had his best round ever on the course, managed to keep out of the long grass - "Excellent course management" he said, "sheer luck" said some others!

Alastair shot a gross 39 with the 1898 ball, 2 over par, for 21 points and was the clear winner.

Our thanks go to Andrew for his hospitality, it was a pity there were fewer players than usual. Final comment to Andrew was "course looking great, but take an industrial-strength scythe to the rough!" 




The advice printed on the ball is not just for fun, it is essential for playing the course. Taken from Bobby Jones' maxim - "Slow down and complete your backswing. More hands and wrists and less upper body". But do us mere mortals really listen to one of the all-time greats? Of course not!

Our champion for 2015, Alastair Chalmers