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Carrbridge G.C. 1.

Carrbridge Golf Club

 

Overview from Website

 

   The origins of Carrbridge Golf Club are shrouded in the mists of time. At one end of the scale lies an unsubstantial theory that the Club was actually formed in 1880 and at the other a definite record of the re-forming of the Club in 1980. As The National Golf Museum holds records of the Club dating from 1905 we can be reasonably sure that 2005 gives rise to a Centenary Celebration and a 25th Anniversary – the latter definitely being celebrated! Could the 1880 – 1980 be proven then a third Celebration would be ‘on the cards’! The reason for the inexactitude is that, apparently, club secretaries were somewhat lax in those days and did not keep copious records – especially in small Highland courses like Carrbridge!

   Having been formed and enjoyed as a course, the game of golf did not flourish. Hence, at some stage the Club fell into the wilderness and the course with it! During the 1970’s a couple of local enthusiasts from the Carrbridge Hotel did their best to resurrect the course and visitors were charged the princely sum of 50p a round! The fact that the Club survived in some measure has led to its’ re-forming in 1980 – already mentioned. Since this date the Club has made steady progress, particularly in recent years, with improvements to both Clubhouse and course. The Carrbridge Golf Club now provides non-discriminatory facilities and clubhouse at this small Highland course, for members and visitors alike to enjoy.

Golf Club Formed

 

   "Several of the young men of the village met at Stewart’s store the other night with the object of forming a golf club. Rev. D. McCalman occupied the chair, and Mr D.C. Stewart acted as secretary. The chairman suggested that the club be called the  

Carrbridge Golf Club” which was agreed to.

   The following office bearers were elected :- President, Mr Peter Grant; Vice President, Mr J. Macra ; Captain, Mr D,C. Stewart; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr J. Macdonald; Acting Committee – Rev. D. McCalman, Messrs D.C. Stewart, J. McLaren, J. Macdonald, A.W. Calder, J. Fraser, A. Laing, G. Sim, T. Ross.

   On the motion of Mr Calder, it was agreed that the annual subscription should be 2s 6d. The meeting was entertained to a few stories regarding “ Long Drives,” &c., before dispersing." (SH 24.10.1907)

   "A largely attended meeting in connection with this club was held in the public hall on Tuesday of last week. Mr P. Grant, President, who occupied the chair, stated that the club was in a flourishing condition with the membership increasing.Mr Stewart read letters from Mr Low and Mrs Crawford, Edinburgh, offering two prizes to be competed for, the former being a silver cup. It was agreed to play for Mrs Crawford’s prize on New Years Day and 12th January. Arrangements were also made for the extension of the course, and a committee was appointed to to deal with the same. On the motion of Mr McCalman a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the chairman for presiding." 

(SH 5 12.1907)

  "A handsome prize has been presented to this club by Mrs Crawford, Edinburgh, an annual visitor to Carrbridge. The prize will be competed for at an early date. 

 

The course is at present being enlarged by three holes." (SH 20.2.1908)

 

   "Following up the success of their spring meeting competition, members of the golf club played another very interesting match over the local course this week for handsome prizes presented by Mr James Grant. Great rivalry and enthusiasm prevailed amongst the contestants, and keen interest was taken in the various ties. After several good games had been played the final in the gentlemens competition of 18 holes match resulted as follows :- 1. W. Calder, 14 ; 2. G. Sim 9.

   In the nine hole stroke amongst the ladies the best scores were:- 1. Miss Lizzie Grant 70 less 3 – 67; 2. Miss Lucy Grant 74 less 6 – 68; Mrs D.C. Stewart ( Scratch ) and Miss Mary Grant (3) tied for third place with a 69. On Friday evening Mr W. Calder and Miss Lizzie Grant were presented with gold medal and gold necklet gifted by Mr Grant. The second prizes presented by Mr D.C. Stewart went to Mr G. Sim and Miss Lucy Grant, while the consolation prize for the highest score in the match was won by Miss Meg Cameron. These competitions are arousing much interest in the game in this district, and the club are to be congratulated on having such generous patrons to support it.

   Good progress is being made with the new course, and the members are eagerly looking forward to some keen tussles over it." (SH 18.6.1908)

   "That the golf course at Carrbridge is not all that could be desired is admitted by the management. Visiting players have the assurance, however, that considerable improvements will be affected next year, and they are giving every help and encouragement to the club. Carrbridge rely on the co-operation of its public spirited visitors, whose zeal for its welfare is worthy of hearty recognition. 

   The concert in the Public Hall on Friday evening in aid of the clubs funds was promoted and carried through by visitors, there being only one local performer. At eight o’clock – there was the customary stamping of feet by occupants of the back benches, the residents signal that the curtain should rise – the hall was filled. Sir John N. Grahm, Bart., who presided, expressed his pleasure in occupying the chair.

   Every health resort like Carrbridge had a golf course, or it required one if it had not got it. The Carrbridge course must be improved, and to provide the funds that concert had been organised. The visitors were very glad to help, because they appreciated the course, such as it was, and hoped that it would be considerably improved next year." (SH 15.9.1910)

   "A match between teams representing Carrbridge and Boat Of Garten, played on Friday over the course of the former, resulted as follows :-

 

                           Carrbridge                                      Boat Of Garten

 

A. McNeill  …………………….    1         John Hall  ……………………….   0

T. McNeill  ……………………..   1        A. Stewart  ………………………     0

Geo. Moncreiff  ………………… 0       W.J. Darling  ……………………    0

Taylor  ………………………….     0         John Fraser  ……………………..  1

Salmon  …………………………    1          W.A. Muir  ……………………..    0

Walter Ainslie  …………………. 1        D. Macintosh  …………………..     0

J.S. Ferrier  ……………………..   1        J.H. Hall  ………………………..     0

McBean  …………………………   1           John Stewart  …………………… 0

Gordon Douglas …………………0        George Stewart  …………………   0

J.S. Mackenzie  …………………  1          W.H. Stevenson  ……………….  0

Dr G.D. Mathewson  …………   1           R.B. Duncan  ………………….   0. 

                                                 

                                                  8                                                            1

(SH 24.8.1911)

   "Patrons of summer concerts here are always impressed by the inadequacy of the accommodation in the Public Hall. The hall is a very comfortable and inviting place, but it was not commodious enough for the audience at the concert given on Wednesday evening. With all its drawbacks, the golf course is one of the most popular resorts in the village, and visitors are not slow to help the club to maintain and improve the course. A substantial sum was raised at the concert last week." (SH 22.8.1912)

 

   "There was a large entry for the August golf competitions, which concluded last week, with the following results :-

Gentlemens singles 1. Mr Moncreiff. 2. Rev. Mr McLuskie.

Ladies singles 1. Miss Margaret Couper. 2. Miss K. Couper. 3. Miss Taylor and Mrs Ainslie, equal.

Mixed Doubles – 1. Miss Iris Wood and Mr Ainslie. 2. Miss May Crawford and Mr Dudley De’ath.

Flag Competition – 1. Miss Satchel and Mr Taylor. 2. Miss Eleanor Couper and Mr De’ath.

Approaching and Putting – Ladies 1. Miss Gordon Douglas. 2. Miss May Crawford ; Gentlemen 1. Mr Moncreiff. 2. Mr Harold Hoskier. Children – 1. Master Harold Robinson. 2. Miss Margo Crawford.

   Through the kindness of Mrs Gurney, Delrachney House, tea was served to the company on Thursday, when the winners were presented with their prizes. Mr Gordon Douglas, who occupied the chair, thanked Mrs Gurney for annually providing the “ Golf Tea” Her numerous guests had greatly enjoyed themselves. Mr Eneas Macbean also eulogised Mrs Gurney, and a vote of thanks was heartily accorded." (SH 5.9.1912)

   "A public meeting was held in the hall on Saturday 6th inst., to consider means and methods of improving and extending the golf course. On the motion of Mr Taylor, Erskine, Mr Hugonin, who is at present residing at Dalbuiack, took the chair. Mr Macrae, Headmaster, acted as secretary. 

   Mr Hugonin explained how the course at present unsatisfactory, could be made the finest course on Speyside. This would involve some expenditure, but it would be comparatively small when consideration was given to the vast improvement that would be effected. Mr Taylor remarked that it would be to the interest of residents to give financial support, as it would soon become a most valuable asset to the district. Mr Peter Grant, the hotel, said that at present there was really no club. He made himself responsible for the expenditure of the funds raised at concerts.

   He welcomed the formation of a club to take full responsibility and stated that for the first year beginning in October he would charge no rent for the ground, as it would take this time to bring the extended course into order, but in subsequent years a reant would be charged which they would consider to be very moderate. He further stated that he was agreeable to re-make tees and have the grass cut before handing over the course to the club.

   The following committee was appointed:- Messrs Grant, Dalbuiack; Mackenzie, Merchant ; Macrae, Schoolhouse; Hugonin, Dalbuiac ; J. Mackenzie, Kischyle; Taylor, Erskine; Robertson, Tullochgribban; Allan, Duthil; Macgillivray, Auchterblair; Calder, Macdonald, A. Cameron and D. Cameron, Carrbridge. Mr Grant, Dalbuiack was appointed convenor ; Mr G. Sim, Secretary.

   A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded a most harmonious meeting."

(SH 18.9.1913)

   "The extension of the course is being carried out with all possible dispatch, and the greens should be in good playing order before the season opens. The committee of the club are taking a keen interest in the work, which is being done under the capable supervision of Mr Donald Fraser." (SH 2.4.1914)

It seems highly likely that the club/course becme inactive with the onset of WW1.

   "A concert in aid of the golf course funds was held in the public hall on Friday, Mr John McKenzie presiding over a fairly large audience of visitors and residents. A lengthy and varied programme was submitted, concluding with an attractive sketch by Mrs Grant, Beananach ; Miss Grant, Dalbuiack and Miss Macgregor, Duthil."

(SH 30.9.1920)

   "On Wednesday evening last week, Mr McIntyre entertained the members of this club in the hotel, the occasion being the presentation of prizes. Ladies Cup – Mrs Rattray; Glencharnoch Cup – Mr J. Rattray; Cunningham Medal – Mr J. Rattray; Captains Prize – Mr A. Ross. 

   Thanks were expressed to Mr Mackay, Balnastraid; Mr Allan, Duthil, and Mr icolson, Anstruther, who provided prizes for competition later in the year.

   The course having been extended and improved, it is confidently expected that the coming season will be a prosperous one for the club. The members appreciate the hospitality of Mr McIntyre, who is keenly interested in the club’s welfare.

Strathspey Herald June 27th 1930

Golf

 

   "The Carr Bridge golfers are quite pleased with themselves having on Monday defeated a more experienced team from Grantown.

 

Grantown

 

A. Lawrence and J.B. Burgess  …….     ……            0

H. Macpherson and M. McKenzie  ……………..       1

T.B. Blaney and J. Templeton  …………………..       1

W. Lawrence and T. Templeton  ……………………   0

M. Jeffrey and W. Hepburn  ………………………      0

A.T. Clark and W. Beange  ………………………..       0

J.S. Grant and A. McIntosh  ………………………       0

A. McKenzie and D. Mackay  …………………….        1

 

                                                               Total          3

 

Carr Bridge

Rattray and McGowan  ……………………………         1

McDonald and McIntyre ………………………….        0

Campbell and Mackay  ……………………………         0

A. McKenzie and W. Mann ………………………         0

D. McKenzie and A. Ross  ……………………….          1

Dr McKenzie and H. Mann ……………………..          1

Ian Grant and Fraser  ……………………………..          1

Inglis and Campbell  ……………………………….          0

 

                                                                    Total      4

 

The return match takes place at Grantown on Tuesday."      (SH 2.6.1930)

   "On their own territory last week, Carr bridge was an easy winner. A very different tale had to be told when the return match was played on Monday at Grantown, all the visitors losing their matches. Grantown won by 9 matches to nil.

   Replying to the welcome extended by Mr J.S. Grant, Mr McIntyre thanked the Grantown team for their hospitality. The visitors, he said, envied Grantown its excellent course." (SH 4.7.1930)

The club fell into disuse in the 1970s, and was resuscitated in 1980 on much the same ground. 

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