Village golfers swing into action

Martin O’Keeffe and Angus MacGillivray socially distancing on the first tee and Dalmally Golf Club.

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Angus MacGillivray tests his driving skills over the Orchy Splash at Dalmally Golf Club.

Golfers around the region have been making a beeline for the fairways since Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s lockdown lifting plan came into play.

Courses reopened on Friday May 29, with Dalmally and Taynuilt among the many smaller golf clubs who made the most of the new found freedoms.
Founded in 1987, Dalmally is one of the newest clubs in the region and boasts a beautiful and peaceful nine-hole course set in some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery.

Happy golfers, Martin O’Keeffe and Angus MacGillivray were first to take to the tees, in a socially distanced manner, with both enjoying a much anticipated round in the most glorious weather.

Following the issue of guidelines from the sport’s governing body, Scottish Golf, play resumed at Scotland’s 570 golf courses at the end of May and while the season has seen a very late start, Dalmally’s captain, Graeme MacKechnie welcomed the move.

‘Members are out in force and we’ve seen a substantial boost to membership from local people who now see golf as a much-needed source of exercise and recreation after weeks of lockdown,’ he said.

Despite the restrictions the club has been able to carry out course maintenance, led by Jim and Alison Livingstone, and have managed to ensure, helped by the good weather, that the course is playing beautifully.

‘We all thank them for everything they have done over these past weeks,’ added Graeme.

At present, the clubhouse is closed but it will be open once the Scottish Government announces further easing measures, with members and guests being able to take advantage of the new external patio area overlooking the 9/18th fairway and green.

The club’s competition programme and coaching are also on hold at the moment, but organisers will be reviewing these in the coming weeks.

At present, play is restricted to members of the club. That said, there is currently a half price introductory offer to new members.

Anyone interested should contact membership secretary Catriona O’Keeffe, emailing: dalmallygcmembership@gmail.com

Just 12 miles up the road, Taynuilt Golf Club committee were also delighted to reopen and to welcome back members.

Moira MacVicar, Taynuilt Golf Club secretary, told us: ‘The course is in great condition and many golfers have been taking advantage of the great weather to practice their game again.’

Located close to the base of Ben Cruachan, and also founded in 1987, Taynuilt Golf Club offers a stunning nine-hole parkland course.

As well as ensuring that the course was in tip-top condition for the return of its members, there has also been some redecorating going on, with the addition of new flags on the greens in support of the NHS. Taynuilt is also running a members-only policy at the moment and tee times must be booked.

‘We are hoping competitions can resume soon,’ added Moira.
Membership applications can be made by visiting www.taynuiltgolfclub.co.uk