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Auchtergavin Golf Club, New Inn Golf Course.

Auchtergavin Golf Club. Instituted 1937. Played over the New Inn Course at Bankfoot.

Evening Telegraph, May 28th, 1936


Golf course for



To be laid out by Hotel


Mr Roderick Macrae, proprietor of the recently modernised New Inn  Hotel at Bankfoot, is to lay out a golf course on adjacent land.

The course will be a nine-hole one, it is stated. Situated in secluded surroundings, the course will be near the main Perth – Inverness road.

Although work has commenced on the scheme, it will be some time before its completion.

Perthshire Advertiser June 30th, 1937


Golf Course Inaugurated

Formation Of Club


      “The ideal weather experienced lately has drawn good crowds to the new nine-hole golf course at New Inn, Bankfoot, which is now open for play. Players express their appreciation of the excellent lay-out, designed by Mr Joe Anderson, Perth, and Mr McRae, the proprietor, welcomes visitors, while the course is open for play on Sundays. At a meeting convened by Mr J.C. Nicoll, Westview, secretary and Treasurer, it was unanimously agreed to form a club to be designated The Auchtergavin Golf Club.      

   The following appointments were made : President, Mr Charles Heron-Watson, Airleywight House: Chairman, Mr J.C. Nicoll, Westview: Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Harry Nancorrow, Kilbatne :Committee – Miss Jessie Brown, Main Street, and Messrs Jas. Fairweather, The Schoolhouse; J. Carle, Tullybelton; Alex Aitken, Homeleigh; and Wm. Kerr, Nairne Villa.

 Mr Nicoll was also appointed Captain with Mr Fairweather as Vice Captain.”    

Joe Anderson ( Course Architect ) with his famous golfing daughter ( Jessie Valentine )

 "New Inn Golf Course was the venue of Auchterarder golf clubs first monthly medal competition, The results were : - 1 ( Equal ) J.C Nicholl and A.R. Cook ; 2, Wm Irvine ; 3, James Rennie."   (Perthshire Advertiser 30.4.1938)

Evening Telegraph, May 9th, 1938


Auchtergavin golfers win

fist match


The recently formed Auchtergavin golf club won their first match when they played Dewars of Perth on New Inn golf course, Bankfoot. The visitors won three matches to the home sides four.

Perthshire Advertiser, May 25th, 1938 


 "Perth & Kinross teachers won handsomely against Auchtergavin in a friendly game on the New Inn course at Bankfoot, Detail : -


                             Auchtergavin                                         Teachers


J Scott & D. Duguid                                 0             Dr Sellar & A.P. McIntosh              1

Wm Irvine & J McRae                             0             T B Dickson & C A Lunan               1

Jas Fairweather & John Fairweather   0             J McLaren & D McKay                    1

J C Nicholl & Jas Stewart                       ½            R T Aitken & Dr Chambers            ½

J Rennie & J R Douglas                          0             A K Lunan & A Dewar                     1

A R Cook & J Stewart                              0             J A Mackenzie & W B Buchanan   1

F Bennet & Ian Docherty                        0              P Scott & A V Gordon                     1


                                                                      ½                                                                      6


Perthshire Advertiser, June 4th, 1938


   "In a friendly match, the Auchtergavin club met Perth Co-operative club on the New Inn golf course, A drawn game was the result. Details ;-


                               Auchtergavin                                    Co-operative


J Scott & D Duguid                    0                       R Elder & A Millar                       1

W Irvine & J McRae                  1                       T Wallace & J Fenton                  0

J A Stewart & J Rennie             0                       D Mrrison & D Simpson             1

J C Nicholl & J Fairweather     1                       J Hood & J McLaren                   0

A Cook & Jas Law                      0                      P Brown & D McDougall              1

Ian Douglas & Ian Docherty    1                       G Ford & A Duff                            0

R Bennet & Jas Scott                 ½                     T Tosh & J Duncan                      ½


                                                        3 ½                                                                       3 ½


Perthshire Advertiser, June 18th, 1938


   "On the New Inn course, Strathtay defeated Auchtergavin by 3 ½ matches to 2 ½ matches. Details ;-


                          Auchtergavin                                              Strathtay


Wm Irvine & D McRae                    0         J McLaren & G A Watson                          1

J Scott & J Rennie                           ½        J Wittet & D Gallatley                               ½

J C Nicholl & J Fairweather          ½       A R McNaughton & W C Cameron          ½

A Cook & J Stewart                         ½       R Hunter & A McKenzie                            ½

Ian Docherty & Ian Douglas          0        H Robertson & D A Archibald                    1

F Bennet & D Bell                             1         E Anderson & A McFarlane                       0


                                                            2 ½                                                                          2 ½)

Young Bankfoot Golfer’s Record.


   "A new record was created by Mr John Fairweather, a youthful Bankfoot golfer, when taking part in the Auchtergavin clubs competiton for the Nicoll trophy over the New Inn course. He completed the second nine holes in 33.  A member of the staff of Messrs Dewars Ltd, Perth. John is a son of Mr James Fairweather, the Schoolhouse, Bankfoot, a popular personality in all sporting circles throughout Perthshire and Headmaster of Auchtergavin Public School."   (Perthshire Advertiser ( 25.6.1938)


“On the New Inn course, Strathtay defeated Auchtergavin by 3 matches to 2 matches.”    (Perthshire Advertiser 18.6.1939)

Perth Advertiser, June 28th, 1939



Perthshire a mecca of the golfer

Variety of courses in city and county


The members of Auchtergavin golf club are enjoying another successful session.

Mr R. MacRae, proprietor of the New Inn Hotel golf course, and his staff were busy on the greens during the winter with the result that a definite improvement has been made. Several interesting matches have been arranged including a home game with the Black Watch Association. Mr J.R. Douglas had the distinction of holing out in one, while Mr John Fairweather created a record in a competition for the Nicoll Cup. For one round of nine holes he had the magnificent score of 33, and incidentally, won the trophy. Another trophy winner, Mr Alex. Fitzpatrick, is now residing in the Kendal district of England. The course is ideally situated on the Main Perth- Dunkeld road and during the summer months is much patronised by visitors, many of whom have expressed their gratification of the facilities offered.

 The course was ploughed up for agriculture in 1940.

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