Annan Golf Club
Annan Golf Club. Founded 1894. A 9 hole course at the Distillery Holms. Moved to a 9 hole course at Whinnyrigg in 1895. Returned to a 12 hole course at the Distillery Holms in 1897.
Edinburgh Evening Dispatch November 7th, 1896
The links are situated on the east bank of the Annan, about fifteen minutes walk from the town. The natural features throughout the green are good, and there is a great variety in the holes, the course being sufficiently undulating to do away with anything like monotony, which is so often experienced on inland greens. The hazards which consist principally of hedges and fences, are so placed to trap the erretic driver, and are sufficient in number to win the golfer’s admiration. From several points on the higher land of the course one in confronted with many fine views of the beautifully wooded scenery along the vale of the Annan. The land is old and the turf is admirably suited for good brassie lies. The greens are at present rather against accurate putting, but with a little attention should play well. The names and distances of the holes are: 1. Long Hole 409 yds; 2. Tree Hole 390 yds; 3. Hedge Hole 255 yds; 4. Mount Annan Hole 206 yds; 5. Quarry Hole 135 yds; 6. Millenbie Hole 340 yds; 7. River Hole 158 yds; 8. Northfield Hole 304 yds; 9. Home Hole 270 yds. Total distance 2467 yds or nearly one mile and a half.
The club last year called in the services of Renouf, the Silloth professional, with the object of increasing the old nine-hole course to one of twelve holes; and a capital course has been laid out. No difficulty presents itself at the first hole, although care must be exercised in approaching, as a badly judged stroke may land on the other side of the fence at the farmhouse, which is out of bounds. The "Bogey" for this hole is 5. Once the fence is negotiated, it is plain sailing to No. 2, and should be holed out in 5. The third hole is the longest in the round. There is a fence midway between tee and green, but the rest is good going; "Bogey" 6. A cleek stroke from the top to the bottom of the slope should, if well-judged, land one almost within holing distance at No. 4, although it is apt to be overrun; three for this hole is good. A tall hedge just in front of No. 5 confronts the player, who, if he does not manage to come to grief at this point, should run down in 5. There is no difficulty of any kind going to "Mount Annan", and it should be holed out in 4. The road to "Osoecee" is anything but what the name indicates, and this hole might very appropriately be called "Death or Glory", as the slightest deviation from the straight road means a practically unplayable ball on the right in the plantation, whilst an even worse fate is the consequence of a pulled ball into the river; accurate play should procure a 4 at this hole. A hedge, 80 yards from the tee to No. 8, is an obstacle which proves a stumbling-block to many; but the steady golfer should have no difficulty in clearing this with the drive, and holing out in 5. If one can land into "The Crater" from the tee, it is an easy matter holing out in 3. A raking drive down the slope, and the hedge surmounted, the tenth hole should be done in 5. A clay hole, about 150 yards from the tee at No. 11, often proves an enticing bunker to a well-hit ball, and the best policy is to keep to the left of the hazard; the hole is "Bogey" 6. The direct line to the home hole is just across the tail of the wood, and an otherwise good round is often spoilt by trying to cut it too fine at this point. A 5 at this hole makes the "Bogey" score for the round 56. The club-house has also been improved, and, in fact, the club is in a very healthy condition, both financially and otherwise.
Pres. Rev. Dr Crichton, the Manse; capt. C. S. Calver, Hicklegirth; hon. sec. Robert R. Latimer, 10 Cumberland Terrace. Mem. 30 gentlemen and 24 ladies. Professional record, 58 for twelve holes, G. Cummings, Dumfries, 29th January 1898; amateur record, 57, R. R. Latimer, 8th February 1898; record score in a club competition, 87 for eighteen holes, A. Brown, 25th December 1897. (GGA 1898)