Now that we are reaching the close of the season, I’d like to start by thanking those on the Committee who have been involved in the use of VMS, to provide all the competition. There was little time for the newly elected members to adjust before we had entered into the first of the season’s Competitions. There have been many lessons learned and now that VHS has been with us for the summer, I appreciate we can do better going forward.
Voluntary time is valuable and we depend heavily on volunteers giving up their own time behind the scenes operations regarding club competitions. I agree that communication can improve. We need to be specific on competition rules and formats, publish results in a suitable format and allocate winnings so that everyone has a full picture of what is going on within club competitions. The competitions, now set up within the competition VMS data base, are established and can be lifted directly on to the 2022 competition calendar if agreed as only dates need changed. Other competition formats may need reviewed along with the feedback we have received this year.
We were fortunate to receive sponsorship for many of the seasons’ events, which swelled the prize fund and voucher payouts. In addition, hopefully for many of you, handicap indexes and course handicaps are slightly clearer. Some of the issues raised with VMS are not unique to IOSGC but common across many golf clubs in Scotland who collectively have lobbied the SG, at various times, with their discontent about the VMS system. Small clubs or large clubs, the issues have been the same. We have found issues with the World Handicap System that wouldn’t allow communication between Scotland and England, which caused problems for several players who entered our Open competitions from English clubs. Likewise, Scottish golfers entering the same Open competitions who could not enter via the App or where we had to find workarounds to record the scores faced similar problems. The booking system needs to be better for visitors seeking to play 9 holes rather than 18, an issue raised by many 9 hole courses. These are some of the topics to be addressed over the winter months.
Kids Kidney Charity
Many thanks to all who contributed to our donation of £400 to this Scottish based charity.
IOSGC submitted several good scores, none better than the 50 points score by Chris MacKinnon and Mick Coe. Several scores from other Clubs equalled the 50 pts total from Chris and Mick. I am pleased to advise that their score was good enough to received one of the fourball vouchers; in this case the prize to play Golspie GC, valid through next season, Well Done Lads !!
Southerness GC boasted the top score of 54 pts.
John Finlayson and Willie Urquhart were second in our local scores, which was also recognised by the Charity, along with the fact that we contributed £400 In recognition John and Willie received the voucher choice to play some smaller provincial clubs in the central belt. John and Willie both agreed to donate their voucher to the charity pot for the 2022 fundraiser which was very generous and appreciated by the charity. For IOSGC, we remain thankful to William Wilson who contributed to our event, their local staff and Marketing Manager Dave Reid based in Aberdeen.
Throughout the season we often receive requests for charity vouchers. The Club donated vouchers in 2021 to Alzheimer, Blythswood Trust and Kids Kidney for 2022 and for ‘Shinty Memories’ which is an organisation promoted by Shinty stalwart Hugh Dan MacLennan. It consists of a network of groups set up in shinty-playing communities, using archives and other resources to help people with dementia and other mental health issues such as isolation, depression and loneliness.
Return of Trophies – Reminder
Could any Gent who still holds a trophy from the 2020 season please return it with immediate effect to the Clubhouse or arrange for a collection by any Committee member. You can also return these via Robert at Relish in Portree
Thanks to the 18 participants who came and played the event this year on Saturday 25th Sept.
18 competitors took part in a 3 team scramble with Hamish Philp, Duncan MacRae and Becky Hanley running out as winners. The occasion raised £100 which was added to the entry fees for the weekend of the Highland Hospice stable-ford. Thanks go to local businessman Billy MasAskill who donated generously in his sponsorship of the event.
John Cunningham requested that the Green-keepers Revenge weekend be cancelled to allow him to commence earlier on his winter schedule. John’s primary focus will be improving the drainage around the 7th fairway and surrounding ditch works.
John is also aware of the foot traffic on certain smaller tees around the course and hopes to develop some relief Tees which includes an additional tee at the 16th.
This issue of the newsletter is an opportunity to thank John for his commitment to the Club and the work undertaken on the course over the season. Some of you will be aware of the Social Media posts that John ‘Tweets’ which always adds to the ethos of the Club, in promoting the course and the attraction to ‘social media Geeks’.
Illustrating fairway works and drainage proposals
Winter Rules will come into force with winter tee mats in place, lift and drop or the use of fairway mats from Monday 25th October. Greens will remain in place as and when suitable, or winter greens in use when allocated.
With effect from 25th October for all play, winter league and casual play
1. A ball coming to rest on any fairway must be lifted and placed at least one club length from the nearest edge of the fairway or nearest point of relief from any obstruction not nearer the hole, or played from a mat from where it lies.
2. A ball coming to rest in the rough within one club length from the fairway edge must be lifted and dropped beyond one club length, not nearer the hole.
3. A ball coming to rest beyond the marked line across the fairway, on front of the ‘main’ greens, may be played as it lies.
4. A ball coming to rest on any winter green not in use or at any areas currently being constructed e.g. 7th Fairway can be lifted and dropped under rule 16, relief from from abnormal ground conditions (GUR)
5. When winter greens are in use, a putter may be played from any part of the course.
6. All club winter league competition matches with winter greens in play shall remain as such throughout the day.
Continue to repair pitch-marks and any others which may be visible to you
The Committee would like to add their thanks to this years winter league sponsor
‘Black Rock Coal‘ for their generous support.
The Black Rock Winter League will commence from 23rd October with details of the competition to follow soon.
The Club house shop/cafe and seated area will close from Friday 29th October. Thanks to our Stewards George, Dave and David who came forward and enabled us to open the facility for weekdays this year. Thanks also to Jill as acting Club House Convenor, who assisted in getting the club house open after the relaxation of Covid rules. It was refreshing to see the minor changes that were implemented by Committee members and those volunteers who helped June freshen up the interiors and fabrics.
It was also encouraging to see visitors return, especially those from the USA, who had taken advantage of the relaxation in Covid travel rules through September and October, along with those not only from within the UK but also European travellers.We look forward in 2022 to welcoming some of our overseas members …………. at least two travellers from the USA!!
When the shop is closed, please contact a committee member should you require any goods. We now have an account with Glenmuir and lodged our club logo with the company, with club shirts available from stock or order. Members can view shirts at the Clubhouse.
Old Golf Bags
The Club would welcome any ‘oldgolf bags’ in reasonable condition which are no longer used. Feel free to leave your old bag at the club house, where it may be of use by visitors, in association with hired sets.
A small ceremony recently took place at the Isle of Skye Golf Club to unveil a memorial stone and plaque in memory of Dr Frank Deighton who designed the nine-hole golf course in the mid-1960s. My thanks to John Marshall who took an active part in seeing this project through. Nicky Deightion, I’m pleased to add , attended the event in memory of her late father, travelling from her home in Bath.
Dr Deighton was one of the leading Scottish Amateur Golfers of the 1950s winning the Scottish Amateur Championship in 1956 and again in 1959.He was also selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland versus the USA in the Walker Cup in 1951 and 1957.
Joining the ceremony was George Gibson, 93-year old founder member of Sconser GC who attended the inaugural meeting in 1964. George was captain of the club in 1982 and remembers partnering Dr Deighton as part of a friendly four-ball during one of the early site visits to Sconser.
The club is very grateful to George for making the huge effort to travel back to Skye to be present for the ceremony.
Also in attendance were Catriona Coghill, nee Campbell, daughter of Ian Campbell, Sconser, John Cunningham, greenkeeper, who assisted with the project, David Jamieson, manager at Sconser Quarry who sourced, selected and donated the 250kg quartz stone on behalf of Highland Council, Ian Marr, ex-captain, IOSGC who on behalf of the club invited Dr Deighton back to Skye to open the new clubhouse in 1988 and John Marshall, ex-captain IOSGC who negotiated the purchase of the land from Ian Campbell, Sconser, on behalf of the golf club in 1984, former Captain George Neil and myself.
Our club membership currently stands at 181 comprising –
Full 64 Beginners 31 Senior 47 Student / Youth 5 Country 16 Juniors 18.
Finally please see (Annex) with proposals for fixtures for the 2022 season from Scottish Golf North. The SG North recently conducted a series of zoom meetings with its member clubs and expect to discuss the findings with the SGN Executive soon.
Ladies Scottish Golf North 2022 Fixture List proposals (TBC)
|Day / Date||Competition||Venue|
|Fri 29th May||Ladies Open (10am – 1pm)||Invergordon|
|Mon 2nd May||NoS Junior Championship HR Spence Trophy||Golspie|
|7th May / 8th May||Ladies Northern County Champs||Forres|
|Fri 27th May||Ladies 3 Team Event (10am – 1pm)||Alness|
|11th / 13th June||Ladies Jamboree||Kings|
|Sun 26th June||County Foursomes & Commonwealth Spoon||Boat of Garten|
|Wed 20th July||Ladies Open (S/Ford)||Grantown on Spey|
|July ??||Ladies NoS Chmpionship||Newmachar|
|Fri 5th Aug||North Dist. Junior Championship RPB Bain Trophy||Maverston Elgin|
|Wed 17th Aug||Ladies 3 Team Event||Reay|
|Mon 29th Aug||Commonwealth Spoon||Crieff|
|Fri 2nd Sept||NoS Senior Championship Macallan Trophy||Nairn Dunbar|
|10th / 13th Oct||NoS Junior Matchplay||Forres|
Gents Scottish Golf North 2022 Fixture Lists proposals
|Day / Date||Competition||Venue|
|Mon 2nd May||NoS Junior Championship HR Spence Trophy||Golspie|
|Sun 29th May||N District Championship & N District Team Championships||Inverness|
|Fri 6th Aug||N District Junior Championships RPB Bain Trophy||Maverston Elgin|
|Sat / Sun 21 22 August||NoS Open Amateur Championship (72 holes) David Blair Trophy||Elgin|
|Fri 2nd Sept||NoS District Sen. Championship Macallan Trophy||Nairn Dunbar|
|3rd / 5th Sept||Mens Area Team Championship||SGL|
|12th Sept||Boys Area Team Championship||SGL|
|11th – 14th Oct||NoS Junior Matchplay||Forres|
Rules & Entry forms via www.sg-north.com under Ladies / Gents Entries after 1st March 2022.