Forgotten Golfing Greens Of Scotland
 Forgotten Golfing Greens Of Scotland

Straiton.

Straiton Golf Club. “Straiton was a 9-hole course located on Glebe ground behind the old manse in the village of Straiton, Ayrshire. The course existed between the years of 1930 and 1939, according to local man Duncan Watson.  The course was opened by Sir Edward Hunter Blair who drove off the first ball.”

So far, nothing more has been heard of this revived club. Straiton Golf Club, Instituted 1929. “Straiton has been showing commendable foresight, which well may be copied by some of its neighbours. To add to the attraction of the village as an inland holiday resort, a nine-hole golf course has been laid out, and will be formally opened on Saturday, 18th May. The course is laid out at the foot of Craigengower on part of the Manse Glebe, plus the field known as McColl’s Park, kindly granted by Mr Mitchell, Bennane, with the consent of the owner, Sir James Hunter Blair, 7th Bt of Dunskey. Work has been proceeding on the course for some time, and the turf is expected to be in good order for the opening.” (AA 9.5.1929)

      “The opening ceremony of the golf course at Straiton took place in brilliant weather on Saturday. There was a full turnout of villagers and friends and the opening of the course marked another milestone in the life of the village. While not of great length, the course is yet very tricky, and has to be played with care. The greens are in splendid condition, considering the state of the ground on which they are laid. What is lost in length is easily made up by the hilly nature of the course, and a duffed shot is heavily punished. The total length is 1430 yards, and the individual lengths are: 1, 180 yds; 2, 120 yds; 3, 235 yds; 4, 140 yds; 5, 200 yds; 6, 220 yds; 7, 150 yds; 8, 100 yds; 9, 135 yds. The course was declared open by Captain Edward Hunter Blair, Milton. Before the ball was driven, Mr Calderwood said that when the ball was hit everyone was to try and get it, and whoever got the ball would get it to keep. The coveted ball was retrieved by John Dewar, a young Boy Scout, who with other members of the troop were assisting at the opening.” (AA 23.5.1929)

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