It is with much sadness that we must report the death of our chairman, the Rev Johnny Paton. Johnny had been at the “helm” and kept us on an even keel (he loved a good analogy!) for more than 4 years. He always had a clear vision for the club – he was instrumental in navigating us through the recent clubhouse refurbishment, and in plotting our route to a brighter future.
Johnny loved his golf, playing off a very respectable 14 handicap, and he could often be seen on the course competing in club events – so long as they didn’t interfere with his Sunday “day job”. He was justifiably proud of becoming club champion last September.
Johnny will be a huge loss to the golf club, and indeed across the whole island community. Our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and the rest of the family.
The rules of golf changed on January 1st this year. The R&A have put together a short video explaining 20 of the most important changes:
You can download a summary of these 20 “must know” changes, or members can pick up a new rules booklet from the clubhouse. Alternatively refer to the R&A website for more detailed information. You can even download the R&A Rules of Golf App onto your phone, so you have a copy of the rules with you at all times!
We are running a series of 9-hole medal competitions on a Wednesday evening. These will be open to all members, and will start this Wednesday – 18th April. If you submit a card, this can be used towards gaining/maintaining your handicap.
Be there for 6pm. (this could well start a bit later as the summer nights lengthen)
We understand that some members struggle to compete in our Monthly Medal competitions because Saturday is typically “changeover day”. So this year we have rescheduled the monthly medals to alternate between Saturday and Sunday. April’s Medal, the opening round of the Club Championship, will take place this Saturday (14th) – but the May, July and September Medals will take place on a Sunday.
Thanks to the very generous support of TSL, The Scottish Hydro-Electric Community Trust and The Waterfall Fund we expect work to commence shortly on the installation of mains water and electricity to the Club House in Craignure.
The work will cause disruption in the car park area and we ask members and visitors to bear with us whilst these connections are undertaken.
As part of our ongoing improvement program many of our drainage ditches around the course have been cleared this week, and water is now flowing freely again. Most notably this includes the ditches running across the 1st/6th fairway, and alongside the 7th/9th. This is an important step towards making the course more attractive to members and visitors alike.
The groundworks alongside the ditches should be treated as “Ground Under Repair” temporarily in order to allow those areas to recover.
Many thanks to Ian (TSL) for his sterling efforts with the digger.
Further to my previous note about SkyCaddie, I wanted to add that there are a few alternatives for those who don’t own a SkyCaddie device, or would rather not pay an annual license fee for the app.
One of these is GolfPadGPS. It is a free app for either iPhone or Android, and I have used it with some success at my previous club in Northampton. I was disappointed to discover that Craignure was not included in its list of courses – and so I sat down at my computer screen last week and mapped the course myself! This turned out to be a fairly simple process, and whilst maybe not quite as accurate as actually walking the course, I think it is good enough for most purposes. My handiwork was approved and appeared in the app 2 days later.
I tried the system out on Friday morning. It is necessary to have a mobile data signal in order to start your round, but this doesn’t seem to be a big issue any more at Craignure. Once you get going, I believe that a GPS signal only is sufficient.
The system will give you a yardage to the centre, front, and back of the green. This itself is a great help with club selection, particularly for someone like me who is still learning his way around. In addition you can register the location of each and every shot, optionally with details of the club used – and this information is recorded and can be saved at the end of the round. Penalty strokes (I had plenty) and putts (ditto) can also be recorded.
Once the data is saved it can then be viewed by logging in via the website. By way of example, this is how I played the 4th hole on Friday morning (obviously I picked this hole because it went fairly well – aside from the putting).
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.