DATES FOR WINTER TOUR 2013/14

GOLF DATES 2014/15

WINTER TOUR DATES

ALL DATES AND COURSES ARE PROVISIONAL

September 21st Elmwood GC- Summer Championship

October 12th Drumoig GC
October 26th Kittocks
November 9th Balcomie Links
November 30th Whitekirk GC
December 14th Torrance (Xmas outining)
January 25th Falkirk Tryst GC
February 8th St Andrews Links (Eden )
February 22nd Craighead/Lundin Links
March 14th Scotscraig GC
March 28th Ladybank GC






Wednesday, 20 August 2014

LATE SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP


SEPTEMBER 21ST
(TO BE CONFIRMED)


Elmwood Golf Ryder Cup Special Offer

18 holes of quality golf and meal in our clubhouse lounge for only £20.00
Tee times available from:
From: 12.10pm - Monday to Friday
From: 1.14pm - Saturday & Sunday
Please Note:
  • Offer subject to tee time availability
  •  Bookings essential

Choose from:
  • Clubhouse cold cuts mixed salad; honey roast ham, roast beef & turkey breast with coleslaw & mixed leaves
  • Macaroni Cheese made with mature Scottish Cheddar
  • Deep fried scampi with tartar sauce & a edge of lemon
  • Steak & ale pie; a casserole of beefsteak, button mushrooms, onions, tomato & herbs, braised in ale & topped with crisp butter pastry
  • Chilli beef burrito with hickory relish, mozzarella cheese & herb sour cream
  • Fairways Burger with bacon, iceberg mayonnaise, chilli relish & mozzarella cheese

All served with French fries



Driving Range Offer
Hit 100 high quality Srixon range balls in our newly refurbished indoor driving range and enjoy a bacon roll in the comfort of our clubhouse lounge for only £6.50

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

RALSTON BOWL WIN FOR WILLIAM

WELL DONE 

DECISIVE BIRDIE AT FIRST EXTRA HOLE

          Willie McMillan, the Ralston Rosebowl, and club captain's wife Jackie McCrea

McMILLAN BEATS GRANT IN PLAY-OFF 
FOR RALSTON BOWL
For the second year running there was a dramatic finish to the Ralston Rosebowl. 
William McMillan (Bonnyton) won it at the first  play-off hole against local favourite Fraser Grant with a magnificent birdie. 
Congratulations to both players who had both shot fantastic rounds of golf in extremely testing conditions.

Congratulations also go to three of the younger Ralston members, Fraser's younger brother Christopher, Jack Murphy and Stuart McLean   on winning first, second and third prizes in the handicap section.


See the prize winners below :-


Rosebowl Winner
139 William MacMillan (Bonnyton) 69 70 (after play-off)


Friday, 1 August 2014

HACKERS ON THE BEACH



CLEARWATER BEACH 
FLORIDA
JULY
2014


IAN, ME, DAVY AND DODI ON CLEARWATER BEACH WHICH WAS VOTED THE No 1BEACH THE USA LAST YEAR

After staying in Clearwater with us last October for our bi annual golf trip Dodi wanted to bring his wife Tina over to see just how good it is. So I arranged for George and Tina rent a friends condo and they had a great holiday on the beach in Sand Key.

Ian and Davy along with their wife's and Ian's son Mark came down to visits me and Dodi one day and we had a very nice day on the beach. Then in the evening we jumped on the trolley and over the bridge into Clearwater for dinner and to watch the sunset on Pier 60.

Ian and Davy headed back up the I4 later that night to Orlando for the rest of their holiday.

While Dodi was there we went out for 2 games of golf at Bardmoor and Bellview. I won't  upset Dodi by revealing the results of our match.

HERE COMES THE BUS FOR OUR 2 MILE TRIP OVER THE BRIDGE

DODI AND IAN ON THE PIER

DODI ON THE LAST AND THE GAME CERTAINLY DIDN'T GO UP THE LAST !!!!!

LOOKING UP THE LAST AT BELLVIEW GC ONLY 10MINS FROM THE BEACH
WE PLAYED ON "CRAZY TUESDAY"
$25 FOR 18 HOLES INCL A BUGGY!!!!!

A DODI BOMB OFF INTO THE DISTANCE

WHERE THE DODI BOMB ENDED UP - IN GATOR TERRITORY !!



Wednesday, 21 May 2014

BIG VG WINS LENZIE GOLF CLUB SECOND CLASS CHAMPS

JOINT WINTER 

TOUR  WINNER 

WINS 

CLASS CHAMPS




Davy won the Second Class Club Championship at Lenzie on Sunday. His opponent was Scott Wylie and I an led to believe both players played very well  with Davy wining  2-1.

Well done to Davy and Scott for reaching the final.

If any other Hacker has some news then let me know and I will post it on the site.

It doesn't need to be just the good scores. Send in the howlers as well. We all like to laugh at other peoples fuck ups.

A example of this is Smarty.

The other week I am told he was playing very well in a medal on the Wee course at Cawder.

Standing on the 18th tee he only needed a slap it up the fairway for a par or bogey and he was getting at a very good reduction in his handicap.

Well he did slap it up the fairway but twice into the water and 9 shots later he picked his ball out the hole. Yes a 9 down the last after playing great all the way round.

Easy done.

So if anyone else has been burning it up or doing a Smarty let us know.


Friday, 2 May 2014

SPOON BOYS FROM WINTER TOUR 2013/14

SPOONERS FROM
THIS
YEARS 
TOUR






FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

2 TIME WINNER DIV NIMMO , JIM CULLEN , ANDREW ALEXANDER , DAVIE REVIE , TOMMY NICHOLSON , IAN BAIRD , GARY McGILL , GORDON SINCLAIR.
MISSING FROM THE PHOTO WAS SCOTT WYLIE.



Thursday, 1 May 2014

A YOUNG HACKER ON A SPRING TOUR

450 
HOLES OF 
GOLF
 IN
APRIL



Craig in Peru 

On the 28th of March Craig left us and we didn't see him till the 28th of April as he was off on a succession of golf competitions around Britain and  overseas.

First up was a week at Lossiemouth for the Scottish University Championships. He had 72 holes over 2 days in the individual then another 3 days with 36 holes each day in the team championship since Strathclyde made the final.

He then headed straight down to Leven Golf Links the next day to play in the Scottish Champion of Champions opening SGU event for the season. He had got a phone call during the week with the offer of a place in the invitation only event. That was another 72 holes over 2 days meaning he had now played 252 holes of golf in just 8 days.

From Leven he then went straight to St Andrews for The R and A Scholars Championship played on the Old Course and the Eden over 54 holes in 2 days.

After that he had a few days at home (but we were away in Florida at this point).

His next trip took him away down to Wales for the British Uni Championship over 72 holes.

It was then straight up the road and out to Lima in Peru for a International comp that he had been selected for. He was playing in a 2 man team representing the R and A as he's a R and A scholar.
This was a great overseas trip and with it being World Ranking Event it meant points were up for grabs. It was a very good field with countries and universities sending 2 man teams.

Craig eventually finished 5th overall with a score of 3 over for the 72 holes and was happy with how he played. He said it was the tightest course he's ever played and 3 of the players that were ahead of him are currently in the top 100 in the World Rankings ( the boy from Chile that won is now ranked 13th). Craig and his partner Ryan McKinstry from Ireland finished 5th team which is the best the R and A team has ever finished in the 26 years this competition has been going.

In this years Uni season Craig has had 2 top 3 placings in British Order of Merit events along with his 7th place in the Championship. That put him in the top 5 overall in the Order of Merit and after the Final at Wales the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team was announced for the bi annual World University Championship. He was picked in the 4 man team and is off to Switzerland in June for 8-10 days to play in the individual and team competition. The event is played over the same course that the European Tour plays The Omega Masters on.

So a nice trip for him to look forward to later in the season.

I picked him and Ryan up 3 days ago at the airport and in the month since we had last seen him he had played 450 holes of competitive stroke play golf and that doesn't include 1 or 2 practice rounds at each event !!!!


Tightest course ever !!

Course was in immaculate condition 

Craig and Ryan at the opening ceremony in Peru

R and A team members 2014

Lima Golf Club in the centre of Lima

Surrounded by the city

Players from around the world


NEXT UP WORLD UNIVERSITY CHAMPS
IN
SWITZERLAND 

A mountain top course

Spectacular setting



Wednesday, 2 April 2014


HACKERS WINTER


TOUR
CHAMPIONS
2013/14



IAN AND DAVY 
WENT 

Once again the Championship was not decided until the very last putt on the final green and both players had a putt each to win the Tour outright but both failed to sink the pressure putt.

Ian and David had to get up and down from the green side bunkers and both hit nice shots out with Ian's being not far from going in out the bunker.

This year there has been 10 rounds of golf completed and many, many shots hit from mid October till the end of March and yet it came down to a single putt. Both players will be looking back at points dropped and Davy will kick himself having blobbed the last hole especially as he was stroking.

Simon also was in the hunt going down the last but he had a bad hole  and was only 1 point behind Ian and David as they walked off the 18th.

The decision was made to award the Championship to both players after a long hard winters golf.

A good finish to a very close Tour and once again the format kept the Championship open right to the end.

Congratulations to both Ian and David and both are now double Tour Championship winners.




Tuesday, 1 April 2014

HACKERS TOUR DONKEY 2014

ANDREW ALEXANDER 
HACKERS 
DONKEY 2014










Andrew won the Donkey this year by just 1 point from Neil Keir. Andrew had 151 points and Neil 152. Neil's Crow Wood partner Ian Baird was 3rd in the race for the Donkey.







Monday, 31 March 2014

ELITE 4 BALL


LADYBANK
2014
ELITE 
4
BALL


DAVY, SIMON, IAN, AND GERRY

BIG DAVY IS IN THE CRAP ON THE 18TH

STILL IN THE CRAP BUT GETS OUT AND INTO THE BUNKER IN 4 SHOTS

FOXY IS IN THE OTHER BUNKER IN 2

GERALDO IS ON HIS SECOND BALL FOR THIS HOLE

DAVY MISSES HIS PUTT FOR A POINT AND THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP  -A BLOB

DEFENDING CHAMPION FOXY LOOKS AT THE LINE AND GETS READY FOR A PUTT THAT WILL SEE HIM  RETAIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ANOTHER YEAR

IT SHAVES THE LEFT HAND SIDE AND GOES PAST

WHO IS THE TOUR WINNNER ??????






DONKEY 4 BALL




LADYBANK 
2014
DONKEY 
4
BALL 


MARK,TOMMY,NEIL AND IAN

BAIRDY LOOKS COOL AND CALM

MARK ABOUT TO KNIFE THE BALL OOT AND A BLOB

SHANKY "I'M THE DONKEY"
YOUR BOYS THE LADYBANK CHAMP
HE HAD MORE POINTS IN 9 HOLES THAN YOU'VE GOT FOR 18 -FUD

TOMMY PUTTS INTO THE HOLE



LADYBANK WINNERS


NEW 
HACKERS
RECORD HOLDER
JOHN 
NICHOLSON

44 POINTS



44 FANTASTIC POINTS FOR YOUNG JOHN

RUNNER UP WITH 39 POINTS PAUL JAMES

IN 3RD PLACE IAN FOX ALSO WITH 39 POINTS

NEAREST THE PIN JOHN NUGENT

NEAREST THE PIN DEREK MITCHELL

LADYBANK SPOON BOY GARY McGILL WITH 23 POINTS




Friday, 28 March 2014

THE BEST COURSE IN THE WORLD ????


IT IS 
CERTAINLY
RIGHT UP THERE

TRUMP
INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS

On Monday evening I read online in Scottish Golf View that Mr Trump was opening his course a week early after their winter closure and he was offering Scottish golfers the chance to play it for £200 a 4 ball.

For this week only it was £200 for 4 and from next Monday it was back to the normal £195 per player.

I went online but everything for the week was gone apart from the 8-8.30 times on Wednesday. After having spoke to Gordon I decided to leave it to the morning and I would phone the club house. They confirmed that they were full with nothing left but they would like us to come up and play so they would put us out after the last game at 12.30.

From the minute we arrived the staff couldn't do enough for us and our £50 included the following.

Food and drinks on arrival.
Unlimited range balls
Goody bag including a superb metal bag tag,water, score saver.
Trolleys
18holes of awesome golf.
Soup and filled roll after 

ALL FOR £50 !!!!!!

On the 1st tee we were told that the game in front was gone 25 mins and we had the course to ourselves as there was nobody going out behind us.

We played 18 holes on Trump International and hardly seen a soul the whole round. Every hole is separated from each other by huge sand dunes so I don't think you would see many people anyway.

The other nice touch is that they only put a game out every 15 mins. They don't cram people onto the course.

I am sure everyone has read all the reviews for the course and just how good it is meant to be with OOR Donald having stated " it's the best in the world". You need to play it to appreciate just how stunning it is. From start to finish it was awesome with not a bad hole on the course.

It has been carved out amongst the tallest dunes in the world and they have built it with not a piece of artificial surface anywhere on the course. There are paths everywhere for access to the  6 tees at each hole and it is created with grass like a fairway.

We played off the whites at 6329yds and the back tees measure 7428yds with a SS of 77 - 5 above par !!

This was the best golf deal I have ever got and I have had some crackers but this simply blow everything away- easily. 

The golf season rate jumps to £195 per player. 

Is it worth that ?

A lot of people seem to think so as last year in it's first year it was sold out.

Awesome, stunning, unbelievable, majestic it just doesn't get any better .

Roll on next March 

Eyes peeled for a wee £50 bargain of the century !!!!!!!!!

Click on pictures to enlarge.


THE 3RD GREEN NEXT TO THE BEACH

ME ,GORDON, ALEX AND DAVIE

THE 14TH FROM THE BLACK TEES 

SIMPLY AWESOME -THE 18TH FROM THE BLACK TEES 651 YDS PAR 5

ON THE FIRST TEE FROM THE WHITES

6 TEES FOR EVERY HOLE AND ALL IN  IMMACULATE CONDITION

LOOKING BACK UP THE 1ST

THE 2ND -PAR 5 OFF THE BACK TEES

CONDITION FOR MARCH WAS SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE

3RD A STUNNING WEE PAR 3 WITH THE GREEN RIGHT ON THE BEACH

3RD GREEN 

ALL THE GREENS WERE HUGE WITH THE 9TH BEING 54 YARDS FROM BACK TO FRONT

SMARTY PLANNING HIS ROUTE ONTO THE GREEN 

ME AND SINKY NOW BOTH OF US ARE IN OUR 50'S

THE LONG 4TH ANOTHER PAR 5 WITH BUNKERS EVERYWHERE


THE 5TH GREEN SURROUNDED BY BUNKERS

THE 6TH A CRACKING PAR 3

A WALK IN THE TRUMP DUNES UP TO THE 10TH

THE 10TH GREEN IS AROUND THE CORNER SURROUNDED BY THE DUNES 

THE 13TH -229YARDS PAR 3 OF THE BLACKS

13TH WITH WHITE TEES JUST IN FRONT

EVERY HOLE WAS AWESOME 

ALL PATHS WERE GRASSED LIKE A FAIRWAY 

SUPERB GREENS AND ALL THE COURSE WAS IN MINT CONDITION

SINKY WALKING DOWN TO THE 18TH WHITE TEES

THE 18TH OFF OUR TEES

 A STUNNING GOLF COURSE THAT WAS A JOY TO PLAY AND WAS BY FAR THE BEST I HAVE EVER PLAYED AND I PUT IT AHEAD OF ROYAL COUNTY DOWN, ROYAL PORTRUSH, KINGSBARNS AND ALL THE OTHER BRITISH OPEN COURSES I HAVE PLAYED. SINKY RATES IT AS THE BEST HE'S PLAYED AND IT BEATS PEEBLE BEACH AND SAWGRASS IN HIS OPINION.

DONALD TRUMP SAYS " IT'S THE BEST COURSE IN THE WORLD"

I'M NOT GOING TO ARGUE WITH THAT.