Scotland Round-up: Web surfers invited inside St Andrews clubhouse

Our round-up of the latest club news from Scotland

St Andrews Links Trust is welcoming web viewers around the world inside its newest clubhouse with the aid of Google Maps.

Google Street View technology allows potential guests to ‘walk in’ through the front door and take a tour of the clubhouse.

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St Andrews Links commercial director Danny Campbell said: “The virtual tour of the Castle Course Clubhouse is the next step in our commitment to increasing our digital offering to customers around the world. The virtual tour is a fantastic interactive resource to fully explore the Clubhouse’s offerings and whet the appetite ahead of a visit to the Castle Course.”

Golfer beats odds of 183 trillion-to-one to score six aces on five courses in a year

A St Andrews golfer has had an annus mirabil-ACE after scoring six holes-in-one on five different course in just one year.
‘It’s a bit like playing the Old Course for the first time’ Drew Lumsden, 58, is a member at St Andrews and St Andrews Thistle and said he had played for decades without ever scoring an ace, but has now holed out from the tee six times, on two different continents.

“Getting a hole-in-one is a mixture of emotions,” he said. “It’s a bit like playing the Old Course for the first time. The adrenalin was pumping and I think it took about four holes to settle down afterwards.”

Lumsden credited his “aggressive” tee shots with helping to build the record, which he scored on the Eden, Jubilee and Strathtyrum courses at St Andrews, Cullen in Moray, and the Disney Magnolia course in Florida.

Bolton wins Argyll and Bute matchplay title

Bute’s Graham Bolton won his seventh Argyll and Bute matchplay championship and 16th overall Argyll and Bute title in the opening event of the 2015 season at Machrihanish.

Three successive pars between the 14th and 16th holes were enough to give Bolton his first victory in the event in five years, defeating Greg Watson of Dunaverty 3&2.

‘Horrors’ blasted for Monifieth vandalism

A gang of youths has been branded ‘horrors’ after terrorising members and staff at Monifieth.

The victims claimed they were prevented from leaving when the front door was blocked and also alleged the men were carrying a knife, used to cut the halyard on the flagpole.

Club manager Ray Moir told the The Courier” “First they appeared at the windows and gave me the fright of my life. Then they started to lob stones that made a huge amount of noise on the roof and the windows.

“They’re horrors, they really are.”

The damage to flagpole was discovered the following day.

Moir added: “Why would someone be carrying a knife in normal society? It’s quite threatening to think people are armed on our streets like this. I think it’s very scary.”

North Inch deal will protect historic course

North Inch, one of the world’s oldest courses, is to be rejuvenated after a deal was struck to protect the course.

ISS Facility Services Landscaping has been awarded a contract by Perth and Kinross Council to maintain the Perth course, which dates back to the 1500s, when King James IV was said to have enjoyed a round.

The one-year contract has seen the greenkeeping team transfer to ISS.

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