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Inverallochy

“Regular challenge matches were played throughout the 1800s against local rivals Inverallochy/Cairnbulg and inter club matches are documented between Fraserburgh and Peterhead in the 1850s.” (FGC History)

 

“There has been a proper golf course at Inverallochy since 1888 but there was almost certainly a few holes of sorts on the site of the current course in existance by the 1850s. Cairnbulg also had a couple of holes at this time that lay in the area that lies behind their harbour.” (IGC Website)

Inverallochy golf club

 

Before the formation

 

Aberdeen Journal March 26th, 1883.

Fraserburgh

 

A match was played on Friday between a portion of the Fraserburgh golf club and a number of Inverallochy golfers, resulting in a decided victory for the former. Thirteen couples started, and after playing 18 holes and comparing cards, it was found that Fraserburgh had won by 47 holes, the score being – Fraserburgh 55, Inverallochy 8.

Aberdeen Peoples Journal November 15th, 1884

 

Formation Of Club

 

A golf club has been formed here under the name of the White Link Golf Club. Office bearers have been appointed, and the match days fixed are – Handicap Medal, second Saturday of each month ; Scratch Medal – Last Saturday of each month.

Fraserburgh Herald February 18th, 1896

Inverallochy Golf Club

 

Exhibition Match

 

Robbie Mearns, one of the professionals of the Aberdeen club, visited Inverallochy on Saturday, and gave an exhibition game under the auspices of the local club. In the forenoon Mearns was a partner in a foursome, and was accompanied by a very large following. In the afternoon he played the best of the two balls of two local cracks, and won by three holes. His playing was much admired by all. Especially his deadly iron play, which was the theme of general admiration. His score was 75, which, of course, forms the record for the course.

Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties Advertiser March 3rd, 1896

Golf Match

 

Inverallochy G.C. Beats Fraserburgh G.C.

 

A match took place over the course on Wednesday between representatives of the Fraserburgh and Inverallochy clubs. The day was good, and an excellent game resulted. The match was entered upon with much enthusiasm, and in the villages much interest was taken in the contest. The course, which has only recently been laid off, is a most excellent one. The turf is remarkably fine, and many of the greens are beautifully true. The game was keenly contested, and greatly enjoyed, the strangers especially enjoying the new course. The match resulted in a win for Inverallochy by 19 holes. The best cards handed in were – Mr Ross and Mr William Smith, 82 ; Mr Wm. Stephen, 83 ; and Mr Cranns, 84. The strangers were, after the match, most hospitably entertained by Mrs Dundas, Schoolhouse, and Mrs Alex Whyte, Frederick Street. The following are the scores :-

 

                         Inverallochy                                                          Fraserburgh

                                         Holes                                                                     Holes

  1. Whyte …..   ……  ……   5                         Methven Ritchie …….   …..  ..   0

W. Stephen ….    …….    …. 1                         R. Mutch  ……..   ……  ……..   0

W. Smith  …………  ….  ….0                         J.A. Ross  …….  …….  …  …..  1

A. Stephen  ………..  ……..  1                        A. Mitchell  ……..  ….. ……….. 0

R. Stephen  …………  …. …2                        J. Milne ……..  ……. ….  …….. 0

J. Cranna  ……..  ….  ……    4                        W. MacKenzie  …….  …..  …… 0

A. Ritchie   ………….  ……  1                        Rev. Mr Williamson  ….  ….   ..  0

J. Whyte  ……  ….  ……..     4                        J. Dunn  ………   ……  ………   0

A. Ritchie  …….. ….  ……..  3                        Dr Dingwall  ……  …………      0

W. Whyte   ………………… 0                        C. Stevenson  ………..  ………   0

A. Strachan  ………  …..  … 0                         L. R. McAllan  …….   …….. ..   6

A. Ritchie  …….. .. …… ….  0                        P. Davidson  ….. …… ………..  2

W. Ritchie   ………..  ……..  7                        A. Sinclair  ……..  ……..  ….. .. 0

C. Duthie  ………  ……  …   0                        J. Buchan   ……….  ….. ….. ..    2

A. Buchan  ……….  ……….  2                       S. Batchman  ….. ………   …..    4

J. Strachan   …….. ….. ……. 0                        W. Grant  …….  …. …………..  1

                                         ____                                                                     __

                                          30                                                                          15

 

Fraserburgh Herald March 17th, 1896

Golf

 

Fraserburgh V Inverallochy

 

The return match between these clubs was played on the Corbiehill greens on Saturday afternoon when Fraserburgh managed to reverse the result of the first encounter between the teams. In the match at Inverallochy Fraserburgh was 19 down ; on this occasion, Fraserburgh was 49 up. The weather was seasonable, although very cold, and in every way conducive to good play. Some good cards were handed in, the best of which being those produced :- R. Mutch, 84 ; Wm. Stephen, Inverallochy, 85 ; Rev. G. Wauchope Stewart, 86 ; and Dr Dingwall, 86. After the match the teams dined in the Fraserburgh Café, the strangers being the guests of the Fraserburgh club. Dr Dingwall presided and proposed prosperity to the Inverallochy golf club. Mr Dundas replied. A pleasant hour was spent. The details of the scores are as follows :-

 

                      Fraserburgh                                                         Inverallochy

  1. Mitchell  …………………  0                    A. Stephen  ……………………  0

R. Mutch  ………….  ………   2                    W. Stephen  ………………  …..  0

Jas. Milne  …….  ………  …..  0                    R. Stephen  ………..  ….  ……..  0

Rev. M. Williamson  ……..  ..   5                    A. Whyte  ….  ……..  …..   ….    0

Dr Dingwall  ………  ……….. 9                    A. Ritchie  …………………….   0

Peter Noble  ……..   ………      0                   Jas. Whyte  …………  ……..       1

Chas. Stevenson  …………  ..   0                    Wm. Whyte  ………..  ….  ……  7

Rev. G.W. Stewart  ………….. 14                  A. Buchan  …………  …..  …..    0

  1. Sinclair  ………..  ……..     0                    D.C. Dundas …. …………..  ..     0

      P. Davidson  ……….  ….  …..   6                   W. Ritchie  …….  ….  ………     0

      Geo. Milne  ……  ……………. 6                    A. Buchan  ………………….      0

       L. McAllan  ………………  ..  0                    John Duthie  …..  ………..  …..   5

      W. Noble Jnr  ……………..      7                     And. Ritchie  ……………….     0

      Jas. Buchan  ………..  ………  6                     Geo. Buchan  ……..  … …….    0

      Wm. Grant  ……………..  ….  7                     Jas. Strachan  ……….  … ……  0

                                             ____                                                                    ____

                                                     62                                                                13

Aberdeen Press and Journal May 1st, 1899

 

Inverallochy golf club

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Presentation of cup by Mrs

Mackenzie Fraser

 

This club has just been presented by Mrs Mackenzie Fraser of Castle Fraser and Inverallochy with a massive and valuable silver challenge cup for competition amongst the members.

The cup has been named the “ Mackenzie Fraser Golf Challenge Cup,” in memory of the late Col. F. Mackenzie Fraser, who was the Hon. Captain and liberal patron of the club. The cup will be played for annually under handicap conditions.

Mrs Mackenzie Fraser is Hon. Patroness of the club. The handsome trophy is now on view at Mr Whyte’s, general merchant, Inverallochy.

Fraserburgh Herald March 26th, 1901

Inverallochy

 

Golf Exhibition Game

 

On Saturday last the links had a most animated appearance, the occasion being a visit of the Balgownie professional, Archie Simpson. The weather was idea and the course in capital condition. In the forenoon Archie tackled the best ball of Messrs Alex Ritchie ( Skeel ) and W. Whyte. The “ Pro” began in sensational style by pocketing the first hole in 2, and by dashing play covered the first nine holes in 35. Up to this time the amateurs had not taken a hole, but halving four. Coming in, Archie fell away somewhat, having seven 5s and two 4s, taking 43 home. His 78 was made up as follows :- Out 2,5,4,4,5,4,3,4,4 ; In, 5,5,5,5,5,4,4,5,5. Mr Ritchie gave a capital account of himself being only one hole down at the end with Archie. Coming home Ritchie, by really fine golf, took 5 holes from the pro, and finished with a very good 80. Mr Whyte also played well, especially in the home coming, covering the last nine holes in 39, and totalling a good 82. The result was a drawn game. In the afternoon Archie again faced the best ball of Messrs Alex Whyte and J.C. Buchan. The pro again went off in good form. Covering the first half in 37 and leading the amateurs by two holes.

He unfortunately took 6 to the short hole which is 2 or 3 above par play. Mr Whyte was at his best and had 38 for the same half. Archie maintained his good form in the second half and had 38, giving him 75 for the round.

Mr Whyte got into difficulties at the last two holes, getting 6 at each, and had 42 for the half this giving him a total of 80 for the round. Mr Buchan had 89, and was somewhat off his usual good form. The pro finished 3 holes up. Archies play was much admired, his driving being very dashing. The natural greens puzzled him a good deal and he missed a good many short putts. There was an immense crowd, several hundreds following on both occasions.

The Victoria, Aberdeen, play the local club at Inverallochy on Saturday next the concluding stage of a home and home match.

Aberdeen Press and Journal February 26th, 1902

 

Mr Maconachie M.P. Has presented the Inverallochy golf club with a very handsome silver cup, to be competed for among the members.

Peterhead Sentinel January 26th, 1907

 

Mr James Murray, M.P., Recently presented a handsome silver cup to be competed for by the members of the Inverallochy golf club, and Mr W.J. Brown, Liberal organiser, who is presently residing in that district has presented two handsome medals for the winner of the cup and the runner-up.

Aberdeen Journal April 5th, 1938

 

Golf Again At Inverallochy

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Wild Course To Be

“Re-claimed”

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Famous Match With M.P.s Recalled

 

Efforts are to be made to resuscitate the Inverallochy golf club, which has been defunct for about fifteen or sixteen years.

At a meeting held recently, a committee was formed, and various schemes have been considered for providing funds to restore the course to playing condition again. The club closed down about sixteen years ago, mainly owing to the depression in the fishing industry at the time. The majority of its members were fishermen.

In the early part of this century, when Mr A.W. McConochie was M.P. for East Aberdeenshire, he took a team of Inverallochy fishermen golfers to London to play a team representing the House Of Commons. The Parliamentary team won by a narrow margin.

Mr George Buchan ( “ Eddie’s Joe” ), who is taking a leading part in the efforts to revive the club, was a member of that team. His opponent was the late Mr A.J. Balfour, afterwards Lord Balfour. Each member of the Inverallochy team received from his opponent a golf club with the M.P.s name inscribed on it. These club’s can be seen in several of the fishermen’s houses to-day.

At the meeting held in the Inverallochy Hall, Mr Geo. Buchan, Captain for many years, presided. The following were elected office bearers :- Patroness, Mrs Mackenzie Fraser ; President, The Rev. M. Hughes ; Captain, Geo. Buchan ; Secretary and Treasurer, Robert Stephen, 16 Charles Street, Inverallochy ; Committee, Gilbert Buchan, Andrew Masson, Andrew Whyte, Alex Ritchie, Jas Ritchie, Geo. Buchan, 20 Mid Street.

Considerable funds will be required, as the greater part of the existing course is like a wilderness, but the committee are losing no time. A sale of work, which it is intended, to hold at the end of April, should, together with a concert or two, raise enough money to put at least nine holes in playing condition. The course can then be extended as funds are available.

Aberdeen Journal, March 22nd,1939.

 

Inverallochy Course Re-opened

 

After extensive repairs Inverallochy golf course was opened by Mr George Buchan

 ( “ Eddie’s Geo.” ) Captain of the club, who drove off the first ball with a club presented to him by the late Earl Balfour in the year 1906.

An exhibition game was then played by Jack Pressley, Fraserburgh champion, and James Gibb, the professional, against James A. Ritchie and Gilbert Strachan, Inverallochy.

There was a large gathering of spectators, and despite the boisterous weather conditions playing was of a very high standard. At the end of the first nine holes the match was all square, then the Fraserburgh couple forged ahead, and won by 4 and 3.

Aberdeen Evening Express October 24th, 1951

 

A committee elected at a public meeting to represent the Inverallochy golf club and the inhabitants of Inverallochy, have purchased from Monsignor Fraser, the links of Cairndinnity, Hallmoss, and Bankhead.

The transaction was carried out on behalf of Inverallochy golf club and Inverallochy general public. The links will be used as a golf course and a recreation ground for the village,

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