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A dry forecast for finals day on Sunday , why not come down and support all the finalists.

Tee off times below

Championship Finals times 2018 (5)

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2017 Pro-Am

On a rare dry day, sandwiched between two downpours on the Wednesday and the Thursday evening, our 32nd Pro-Am took place with an excellent field of 40 teams.

The event was in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland and our Headline Sponsor on the day was Just Employment Law.  Many thanks to both of them for their commitment to our event and their hard work on the run-up and on the day itself.  (Note the weather conditions which the last four groups had to endure after 7 pm)

Photos below from the day and the Prize-Giving.  We were pleased that Janet Dow was able to attend as our guest of honour to present the prizes.

The winning amateur team was from The Killie Trust and the winning Pros (who shared a 68 on the day) were South African Gareth Hardy (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Scot Paul O’Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure)

Watch your email inboxes early in September for your views on the future of our Pro-Am.

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Gents Seniors Open 2017 Results

Congratulations to past Captain Ian Letford who won the Douglas Park Trophy at the Seniors Open on Tuesday 4th July.  Rain started at 4am and continued unceasingly until 1pm resulting in a number of late withdrawals and a reduced field of 72 players.  Surface rain appeared on some greens about 10am but thanks to the efforts of Drew and his staff the course remained eminently playable throughout.  Many of our visitors commented on the excellent condition of the course.  Scores were unusually high and Ian’s excellent nett 68 achieved in the first group of the day was never challenged.  The Quaich for the best scratch score was also retained in the club by past club champion, Danny Ward with a gross score of 80.


Handicap                                            Douglas Park Trophy               Ian Letford                  68

Scratch                                                The Quaich                              Danny Ward                80 (gross)

Group A (60-64)

1st                                            Brian Henry Thistle     72

2nd                                            Tom Adams                 74

3rd                                            David Bruce               75 (bih)

Group B (65-69)

1st                                            Fraser Brown              77

2nd                                            Archie Clark                78

3rd                                            Gordon Fraser             79 (bih)

Group C

1st                                            Norman MacLeod       72

2nd                                            Hamish Somerville      73

3rd                                            Jim Henderson            74


Nearest the hole (handicap 0-11)

Norman MacLeod

Nearest the hole (handicap 12-24)

David Cambridge


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Watson Foundation Course Works now Complete

We are pleased to advise that Ground Water Dynamics have completed their installation of a unique and state of the art vertical drainage system at the following areas on the course (which many of you will have noticed over the past few days)

  • Centenary Copse
  • 9th Fairway (at foot of the hill)
  • 10th Tee & approaches to the 9th Green

Our grateful thanks once again to John Watson OBE and the trustees of the Watson Foundation for enabling these works to be undertaken.

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Season Opening Shotgun Event(s)

On what turned out to be a glorious day of weather, we held our Opening Shotgun events on Saturday 22nd April.

The morning Camel Trophy Shotgun, was won with 45 Stableford points (3 pairs achieved this score) by Scott Wallace & Adam Bisset.

The afternoon event, The Captain v. Past Captain challenge, was won by Past Captain Brian Henry Thistle’s team, by the impressive score of 10.5 to 4.5     Many thanks to all who participated.  Some memorable golf was on display, such as Steven Skelly’s Hole In One at the 12th (his first ever) and Champ Ally Thomson’s chip in for an Eagle 2 at the 18th to win the headline match 1 up.


The dinner, speeches and presentation of Past Captain’s badge and tie were well attended and thanks to all, of all generations, who came along, some photos attached of the event.

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April Course News




There has been good growth on all greens and 40 tons of top dressing sand has been applied to all greens. The staff will continue to top dress over the next two weeks and over seed the fusarium patches with fescue seed as this is the quickest to germinate.


All mats have been removed from tees apart from the newly laid tees and par 3s to allow them to grown in a bit more. All mats will be removed by the 22nd of the month. The old tee area on the 16th will soon be reseeded.


1st bunker is now complete. All other bunkers have been edged and sand moved around to keep the depth uniform.

STRI Report

The report on the course from the Sports Turf Research Institute is now on the club website and copies will be placed in the lounge.

2nd Fairway

Staff will begin to dig out wet areas on 2nd down to gravel layer and back fill with fresh gravel.

Putting Green

As a result of the grant from John Watson Foundation, Souters have completed extending and levelling the putting green.

Scottish Water

The contractors are currently returfing the 1st fairway and relaying the path at the 1st tee.


Gary Harkin resigned at the beginning of April. A new qualified greenkeeper, Craig Littlejohn from Bearsden Golf Club, will be joining us on the 2nd May.


The course was struck again by vandals over the Easter weekend. They set fire to the pump house beside the 8th tee and destroyed two of our benches by setting fire to them and throwing them into the Allander. Rakes from nearby bunkers have also been removed. Drew managed to get the pump operating again and a new door has been ordered for the pump house. The police are investigating the incident.





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March Course News

Redevelopment of Practice Putting Green

We are delighted to announce that the Watson Foundation will be funding the redevelopment of the Putting green in front of the clubhouse. The contractors will expand and level the putting surface. We are hoping that this work will get underway before the end of the month.

Scottish Water Works

Works to replace the main sewer are continuing. We are still hopeful that the work will be completed before the end of the month. Thank you again for your patience.

Drainage Work on 4th Fairway

Souters are currently working on renewing the drainage at the elbow of the 4th Fairway. Unfortunately this will mean a shortened 4th hole when works are underway with a temporary tee beyond the work location.

Trial 5th Tee

As previously mentioned, we are continuing with a trial tee located in the rough to the left of the fairway. The green staff will be endeavouring to level this tee to make it more playable. Please try it out if you are playing a bounce game.

Graden Sand Injection of Greens

Work has started on sand injecting all the greens to ensure that they are ready for the new season. While this extensive exercise is underway, a number of temporary greens may be on. This work is weather dependent.

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Test Drainage Works

Thanks to funding from the Watson Foundation, Ground Water Dynamics, have just  carried out limited work beside the 9th green and behind the 7th green to show the club how effective their drainage solutions are.



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Scottish Water Works

Somewhat belatedly Scottish Water will be starting work on replacing their sewer on Monday 20th February. The work is due to last 6 weeks but the contractors, George Leslie, have assured us that they will attempt to complete the work as quickly as possible. The work will mean disruption to the first tee and loss of some car parking places. The Course Manager will arrange for an alternative route to a temporary first tee which is likely to be round the back of the 18th green. We apologise for the disruption.

New Bunker

A new bunker is planned on the first hole approximately 196 yards from the medal tee in the left semi rough. It has been marked out in yellow paint. The reason for this is to discourage golfers from hitting shots into the adjacent work yard on the other side of the railway. This development, along with a new cut line for the semi, will hopefully reduce complaints from our neighbour and prevent us from having to erect an expensive high fence. All golfers are reminded to shout ‘fore’ if they hit a wayward shot. Please note that, in line with STRI recommendations, a bunker on the 10th fairway will be filled in to ensure we do not add to the number of bunkers on the course.


Weather permitting it is hoped to have all the bunkers back in play by 17th February. This will allow all players to hone their bunker skills well before the start of the new season. Thank you for your patience with the bunkers being out of play over the winter which has allowed the green keeping staff to concentrate on other vital work around the course.


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The 2017 Burns Supper kicks off the year in style

A good crowd attended the Burns Supper in the clubhouse on Friday evening (20th January) hosted by Vice Captain Alistair Forrest and enjoyed the music of Margaret and Andy Morris and the performances of Graham Hill, Yvonne Waring and Immortal Memory by one of last year’s stars, Jim Nicol accompanied by Linda Ormiston and topped off with a rendition of Holy Willie’s prayer performed by Forbes Dunlop.

Here are some photos from the evening.

Grateful thanks to Margaret Morris and Colin McEwen for their efforts in arranging and participating in our Social functions for many years as they take a well earned break.








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Stag Dinner 2016 – with Video Link

A superb evening’s entertainment was had on the evening of 2nd December.

Captain Brian Thistle and Vice Captain Alistair Forrest hosted Headline Speaker Eric Davidson of Newtongrange who was more than ably matched by oor ain Bob Marshall in amusing an enthusiastic audience.

Some photos below of the participants and an edited video Presentation of Bob’s “act” will be hosted on YouTube soon.

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Mild weather continues into December

Photos taken today by our Course Manager.

Yes, we have been cutting Greens on 1st December.

We’ve made sure the boys are protected with FACTOR 20.   Just in case.


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STRI Certification for Greenkeepers

Fresh from last week’s STRI Training Courses held at Haggs Castle GC are our Greenkeepers Simon Murray and Andrew Clarke.

Pictured below receiving their STRI Certificates from Captain Brian Thistle.




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Junior Prize Giving : 27th November 2016

This year’s Prize Giving at Douglas Park was held on Sunday 27/11 where Junior Convener Angus Watson gave his review of the year.

Below are photographs of the Prize Winners for 2016.

Further details to follow :


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Poor Under Foot Conditions : November 2016

Updated : 24.11.16 By Captain Brian Henry Thistle


As a consequence of the recent heavy rains and for the protection of the grounds the Course Manager has requested that unless absolutely necessary, motor trolleys should NOT be used on the course.

We are endeavouring to keep the course open for play as much as possible and without this course of action, the course may have to be closed, to protect the surfaces for future play.   Your co-operation and understanding of this situation is appreciated.

The coming week is looking to be relatively dry so, hopefully, if ground conditions continue to improve motor trolleys can be again be used more widely.

Notices will be posted on the First Tee indicating any specific holes which will be out of play while conditions remain poor. (see image below)    In the meantime please follow any roped off areas to protect the surfaces around the golf course and your own safe passage.

Confirmation once again that a combination of an influx of funds from the Watson Foundation and Club Development Fund means that the club is in a position to improve practice facilities in an extended Pro Shop facility, providing a new disabled lift installation from the lobby to the Pay Phone box, which has been a redundant space for many years, and investment in Course facilities over the Winter Months so that at the start of the 2017 Summer Season we have a fantastic facility, inside and out at Douglas Park.

Please help to spread the word.



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Another Champion Golfer at Douglas Park

Pictured here receiving his trophy at the BIGGA AGM today (26th October 2016) is our Course Manager, Drew McKechnie.

The competition was over two rounds at the start and finish of the season and Drew emerged top of the pile.

Congratulations from all of us at the club !



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2016 Poppy Appeal & Battle of the Somme Commemoration

This year, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, we have taken delivery of a suitably adorned flag to fly on our “16th” green.

Please give generously to this year’s poppy appeal.

Some photos attached of our flag flying proudly.


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Some Autumn Tidy Ups at the 1st & 18th

Course looking spic and span as a result of good working conditions during this fantastic dry spell in October 2016 (that’s torn it).

Please note that Fairway Mats will be in use from 1st November and Tee Mats will be put in place on selected tees during this week.

In the meantime, please do your bit to replace any divots (on fairway or tees) to leave the course in good shape in advance of the Winter season.


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The Mosshead Trophy, for Ladies & Gents sections, was played for over the Hilton Course at Hilton Park Golf Club, on Sunday 9th October.

The Ladies section were Runners-Up (on a BiH) to the hosts, Hilton Park GC and missed winning the trophy by 13 Stableford Points.

The best I can report about the Gents section was that they too (just) missed winning the trophy by 13 Stableford Points, but came 5th.

Here is the Result Table


HILTON PARK	   90       	CLOBER	              82
MILNGAVIE	   78	        BEARSDEN	      78
BALMORE	           77	        BALMORE               77
CLOBER	           76           DOUGLAS PARK          70
BUCHANAN CASTLE    75	        HILTON PARK	      69
BEARSDEN	   63		

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