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Tomintoul.

Tomintoul Golf Club.  Instituted 1897.  A 9-hole course on the Haughs of the Keppoch, about a quarter of a mile from the village, on the banks of the River Conglass. The land was on the estate of Sir Seton Wills, who presented it to the village for the club.

      "The hazards are wire fences and a very small burn, with natural sand bunkers.  A golf house is about to be erected." (NGYB1907)  Membership 60.

      “This has the distinct feature of being the highest golf course in Scotland. It is rather flat but possesses good fairways. 2,500 yards, Par 33, SSS 31. Amateur record 31. Activities suspended owing to shortage of labour, and then land taken over for wartime agricultural needs at the beginning of WW2. New course near the village being contemplated.” (SGC Mar 1947) Although negotiations took place, the club was never revived. 

"The golf club committee are determined that their course at Keppoch shall be of the best. Last year it was well patronised, and proved a great success. The greens are now being thoroughly top dressed, and considerable improvements are being made on the fairway. Mr Donald Lindsay, who secured the contract, has made splendid progress with the work, and has more than liberally carried out the contract specifications." SH 27.2.1908

"On Tuesday a friendly match was played over the Grantown course against a team from Tomintoul – 11 men a-side. The Tomintoulians has some outstanding golfers in their ranks, notably, Mr A. Gordon Simpson, the Scottish Internationalist, and Mr J.H. McGregor, a gold medallist of the Edinburgh Burgess Club, both of whom placed victories to the credit of their side – the former by virtue of a highly creditable round of 75. The visitors were entertained to luncheon and tea in the club-house, and expressed themselves in the warmest terms as to the excellence of Mrs Maclean’s purveyance. The contest resulted in a win for the home team by 8 matches to 3. Details :-

 

                               Tomintoul                                        Grantown

 

A. Gordon Simpson  ……………..  1        A.M. Shaw  ………………………..  0

J.H. McGregor  …………………....  1        W.W.K. Duncan  ………………..   0

Gordon Simpson Snr  ……………. 1         R. Burgess  ……………………….. 0

McLelland  ……………………….....  0        T. McCall  ………………………....  1

Martin  …………………………….....  0        W.C.M. Grant  ……………………  1

McIver  …………………………........  0        H.T. Grant  ………………………... 1

McPherson  ………………………....  0         J.S. Grant  ………………………..  1

Soltan  ……………………………......  0         W. Templeton  ………………….. 1

Tough  ……………………………......  0         Jas. Grant …………………………. 1

Barclay  …………………………........  0         A. Fyfie  …………………………...  1

Jeffrey  ……………………………....... 0         J.C. Surtees  ……………………..  1                                                                                                                                                                                                               ........................................................  3         ....................................................  8

(SH 27.8.1908)

 

 

"On Saturday Mr J.G. Simpson, Tayport, the Scottish Internationalist golfer, playing over the Tomintoul course, broke the Professional and Amatuer records with a score of 71. The Professional record of 72 was established two years ago by Charles Neaves, Lossiemouth, and the lowest return by an amateur was also made then by Mr J.G. McPherson, who recorded a score of 78" (SH 3.9.1908) 

"The annual general meeting of the club was held in the library, Tomintoul, on Saturday evening – Mr J.G. Macpherson in the chair. Mr Macpherson was re-elected a schairman of committee and Captain of the club, and Mr D. Cameron was re-elected secretary and Mr Talylor, Treasurer. The latter submitted his annual financial statement, which showed the club to be steadily growing in popular favour, as the receipts continue to increase year by year. A large credit balance was declared. Mr Donald Cumming, who has so efficiently kept the greens and fairway in former years, was again unanimously appointed greenkeeper for the season, and the chairman was authorised to employ labour to keep down the grass between certain of the holes. A most successful season is anticipated." (SH 9.6.1910)

"The golf course is being largely taken advantage of by the many visitors now staying in Tomintoul. The fairway has been greatly improved, and if the weather would only improve, the greens would soon become quite fast and true. Dr Mackie, of Nottingham, who has taken the Bank House for the season, has offered a handsome contribution to secure a silver cup for competition among the members this season" (SH 28.7.1910)

 

 

 

                                 

 

 

 

 

 

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