I have been the professional at Montrose links now for 13 years, I can’t believe how quickly the years have passed.
Now as we approach the new season in 2014 this will be one of the biggest years for golf in Scotland. I’m sure you will know by now the Ryder Cup comes to Gleneagles. The cup really has become a global phenomenon and it’s a fantastic honour to host it here in Scotland.
Season ticket time is upon us and we have introduced some new categories this year at very competitive prices, we also as ever have finance available from fairway credit to spread the costs if you wish. Introduced last year, we had added value deals attached and I am happy to say all the companies involved are continuing their support, giving our season ticket holders fantastic value for money.
It’s been a busy winter on the Links and with the weather not being unkind plenty of golfers have been gracing the Links and readying themselves for a busy season ahead.
The green-keepers have worked hard on new bunkers, refurbishing bunkers, whin management and maintaining our grand old links to the highest of standards.
As always, we are going to have a packed season with Europro returning in April, the ever popular Carnoustie Classic, our long running ProAm and of course our Open Week.
Open Week has been revamped and has two new events and a seniors element to the medal course for the first time, a fantastic week of golf and socialising that has to be looked forward to.
We have also installed a new online tee booking system, which is easy to use and is a great marketing tool that will help manage the golf courses.
The last weekend in March will see the traditional Captain v Vice Captains team matches being played and is a gentle way to get started for the year if you have not been out over the winter.
As mentioned above, the Ryder Cup will carry many legacies, one of which will be to introduce as many people to our wonderful game of golf, with this in mind my staff and I will be running many coaching courses for all, group coaching for our seniors has already started, even if some of them are only coming for the free soup!
We will have many junior and ladies group coaching sessions too, and working closely with the primary schools in Montrose we will ensure we grow the game.
The weather has not been too unkind, the dunes have taken a bit of a battering and I’m sure many will have read our plight in the press or have seen our chairman Alan Crow interviewed on the BBC and STV. This has put our plight very much in the public eye and you can be assured we are all working together to find a solution to protect our Links.
I also have a new member of staff, in Mark Penny, who hails from Ashington in Northumberland and he is very much looking forward to meeting many of you, starting his PGA Diploma and competing in Tartan Tour events. His other interests include following Newcastle. Oh well!
To sum up, over the next few months I will be keeping you all updated on the day to day events in and around our classic Links and as the golf season starts I will be giving some tips and advice on how to get that handicap coming down.
It is only 40 days until the Masters, the traditional start to the season and I for one can’t wait. August always hosts a fantastic tournament and rumour had it this years champions dinner is a traditional Aussie barbie.
Next time I’ll be talking new stock, new lesson plans, new ideas.