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Ladies’ Committee Outing – Thursday 13 August 2015

IMG_4233 edit 2The Ladies’ Committee outing this season was to Largs Golf Club.   24 players took part in a team stableford with the 2 best scores counting at each hole.  One addition to the format was that each player got “2 Mulligans” to use wherever and whenever during their round.  The day was much enjoyed by all who took part.  The course  was in excellent condition, the catering was very good and the weather was fantastic –  in fact probably the best day of the summer!  It was lovely to play in sunshine and warmth and then enjoy a cooling drink afterwards on the patio. The results were:
Winning team:  Sally MacFarlane, Barbara Aitchison, Edith Monachan, Joyce Ferguson
Runners Up:  Lynda Smith, Jinty Halley, Sarah Dorward, Elaine McEwen
Longest drive – Silver – Lindsay McLean
Longest drive – Bronze – Sarah Dorward
Nearest the pin – Silver –  Lindsay McLean
Please  CLICK HERE  to see an album of photographs taken on the day.
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Defibrillator Located at Douglas Park

You may have noticed a fit and healthy Bernard Gallacher on television this year at the British Open in Hoylake and more recently at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles on media duty for BBC Radio as he followed and commented on outstanding play.

You may or may not be aware that Bernard suffered a near fatal cardiac arrest while doing a speech in an Aberdeen hotel in August 2013. Only swift medical intervention and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) saved his life. Bernard is on record as saying he was medically dead and that his heart had stopped and been revived three times by an AED.

Earlier this year the Bernard Gallacher Defibrillator Campaign was brought to the attention of the Committee. The main focus of this campaign is to install life saving defibrillators in every golf club in the UK.

The Committee has purchased an AED machine and this defibrillator is now located on the wall within the main clubhouse entrance vestibule.

It is recommended that upon the symptoms of a cardiac arrest the following steps are taken:-

  • Call 999 – commence CPR – locate and use an AED
  • Locate the AED in a 24/7 accessible area, i.e. on the wall inside the entrance vestibule.
  • No training is required to be able to use an AED
  • The AED will guide the user through the process
  • The AED will analyse the heart’s rhythm and will only deliver a shock if needed.

The Committee recognise that awareness for members on the practicalities of how to use the AED machine will be necessary and the following steps should maximise our understanding:-

  • There is a DVD, which can be borrowed from Lisa and returned.
  • All members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the location.
  • If on a P.C. and you want to see a video showing how easy it is to use the AED click

In order to raise awareness more, there is a new poster on the wall of the lounge and signage will also be improved to highlight the location of the device.

We sincerely hope that this is the one piece of equipment at the club that we never have to use, but, as was the case for Bernard Gallacher, it may also turn out to be the most important piece of equipment that we have ever purchased.

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the AED –  it could be a lifesaver!

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As at 20th NOVEMBER 2014

Contractors – FAIRWAYS LIMITED * – are well into their anticipated 5 week contract to create new pathways and access points for the use of our new buggies and club machinery and vehicles around the golf course.

Contractors – JH CIVIL ENGINEERS * – have completed the resurfacing works on the driveway.

* Red stone chips on hard shoulder of drive – to be purchased and laid by Course Staff.

Contractor – THOMAS WALKER *  – has completed the thinning of overhanging branches from the entrance pillars to the clubhouse. 

Contractors – HUGH STIRLING LIMITED * – have completed a two phase repair to the cracking on the front/side/rear of the clubhouse building in advance of  early Spring Works by McCOLL DECORATORS to repaint the entire building.

Contractors – PREMIER FACILITIES * –  have completed the first phase of a power washing of the front & side of the clubhouse building and the jet washing of our entrance wall & pillars.

Contractors – McCOLL DECORATORS * – have been appointed to undertake the complete re-painting of the exterior of the clubhouse.  However, due to temperature & moisture concerns, the works will not commence until the Spring 2015 in advance of the new season.

Contractor – FORREST CONTRACTS * – has been appointed to complete the fencing and new gate at rear of clubhouse to be carried out on completion of the re-painting.

* New practice nets, mats and surfacing to be installed following completion of the above.


The works highlighted thus * are being carried out under the terms of the John Watson Foundation gift to the club. 

Other, complementary, works are being funded by the club: such as providing wider car parking spaces (of 2.7 m) in same orientation plus new speed limit signs and SLOW warning strip at end of driveway.


Brian Thistle

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Dear Member,


Douglas Park Golf Club has always made an effort to raise funds for worthy causes. However even so, our Professional Robert Irvine was overawed by the level of support and generosity which he received from you all on his recent 72 hole challenge. To date he has raised over £2700 which is going to The Beatson. One of the things which he feels contributed to the success of this venture was the proximity of the charity and also the fact that so many people at the club have an affiliation there, either through work, as a patient or as a relative of a patient.

Robert was doing this off his own back due to a friend being treated there but due to the positive response, the Pro-Am Committee have decided that they want to support this cause too. To that end we have decided that this year’s Pro-Am will be run to benefit The Beatson. We are hopeful that the staging of this event will raise a substantial amount of money for what I am sure you will agree is a very worthwhile cause.

There are a variety of ways in which you can become involved:

We are happy to accept donations of prizes for the raffle – we hope this year’s event will give the opportunity to win some really incredible prizes.

We are always actively looking for sponsor’s teams as this event is a terrific way to network and potentially host some of your prominent business clients. The entry fee includes food and unlimited drinks throughout the day.

Members teams and Members and Guests teams are always popular and we need as many of these as possible to make the event a success. If you want to enter, we will make sure there is a place for you. This year we are opening up more afternoon tee times for Members as this was requested after last years event.

This event is a great chance to play with some of the best players on the Tartan Tour and have some of the best coaches in the Country have a look at your swing. All in all it’s a fantastic event and one which Douglas Park Golf Club is proud to host.

If you wish to enter a team or to donate a prize then please get in touch, either with Robert and his team in the Pro Shop or with the Pro-Am convenor Janet Dow.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Kind regards,

Roddy Gillespie

Club Captain

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1 in 60 Chance to Win Ryder Cup tickets !

Ryder Cup 2014

The Club has been allocated 2 general admission tickets to the 2014 Ryder Cup, for Saturday 27th September This is through the Ryder Cup Official Charity – Quarriers.

A prize draw has been organised. Entry to the draw will cost £10. THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES WILL BE LIMITED TO 60, so a 1 in 60 chance of winning for each entry.

Members should place their £10 in one of the pre-numbered Ryder Cup envelopes, available at the bar from Friday 13th June, write their name on the envelope, and place it in the Competition Fees box at the bar.

Entries can only be made at the bar, from Friday 13th June. Members can enter more than once.

The draw will take place on Sunday 29th June.

Members should ensure we have their up to date contact information as we require to pass the winner’s details to Quarriers by Monday 1st July, for them to complete the necessary security arrangements.

Good luck to the 60 who take part !

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Ladies’ Day Saturday 24th May

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The entry sheet for the Ladies’ Day mixed invitational, played for the Sheila Connacher Trophy, is now on the board in the main Lounge. Saturday 24th May, times from 9am.

Please enter names of couples, or fours, in timeslots available, and make your payment at the bar.

Cost is £23 per couple to include light lunch.

An evening buffet is available separately at £11 per head.

Good luck to all competitors.

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Scottish Golf Show – Complimentary Pass

The Scottish Golf Show takes place this year on Friday 28th March – Sunday 30th March  at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston

The Club has 6 Complimentary Passes for this, which are available to members on a first come, first served basis.

The pass is for one person, Show Admission Only, can be used on any day, but does not include any of the offers or discounts available with a full ticket.

Concessions and children go free on all three days.

Please contact the Secretary if you wish to receive one of these passes.


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Sports Quiz and Supper, Friday 28th March


Following on from the Quiz that takes place after the Night-time Golf every year, we are having a Sports Quiz in the Clubhouse Lounge on Friday 28 March (7.30 pm start).


As many sports as possible will be covered, so bring your family and friends!


The entry fee of £6 per person includes a Fish ‘n’ Chips Supper and the number of competitors per team is limited to 4.


Please insert your names on the sheet provided on the Lounge Notice Board as soon as possible.

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Trophy Winners 2013

Congratulations to all our 2013 Trophy Winners. Please see attached list.

Trophy Winners 2013

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Club Prize Giving – Change of Date



The Annual Prize Giving and Cheese and Wine will take place on the evening of Friday 15th November.

All members, family and friends are invited to come along to congratulate the prize winners , and celebrate with them.

This is a change to the date in the Club Fixture Diary.

Full details, and times, to be confirmed soon.

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DP Eagle

Disappointingly, as we have barely achieved 50% of the entries required to make this year’s tournament viable, our Open Mixed Foursomes for the Douglas Park Eagle has been cancelled.

It is important to us that this well-established tournament lives on but, given the circumstances of this year and in an effort to re-energise this event, consideration will be given to a change in the playing format for 2014.

 To those who have entered this year we thank you for your support and share your obvious disappointment.

 Jim Fergusson

Tournament Organiser

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Gow Glen Shield Result

Forrest Putter 2013

It was another succesful Gow Glen outing for Douglas Park on Saturday 1st June. In the annual match against Bearsden Golf Club, played since 1901, the score was 8-4 to the Douglas Park gents.

Bearsden went on to win the Forrest Putter in the evening competition – some would say the more difficult of the 2 matches played that day. Captain David Sharpe is seen presenting the Putter to Bearsden Captain Douglas McBride.


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Open Competitions


Douglas Park Golf Club

The following annual open competitions are held at Douglas Park Golf Club with the 2019 dates:

The Ladies’ Open  Triam at Douglas Park Golf Club is on Friday 21st June 2019

Tee Off Times 8am – 4pm

Entry Fee per Team   £24

Contact Secretary for details on

2019DPGCLadiesOpenNotice        2019LadiesOpen Triam EntryForm


DP Seniors Open Competition – Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Entry fee £12

Contact Secretary for details on


There are a number of open competitions throughout Scotland to get the up to date info and entry forms

go to or


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Last year's winners Calum Cooper and Isla Watson

Last year’s winners Calum Cooper and Isla Watson


The entries sheets for the Mixed Greensome Trophy are now in the Locker Rooms, Lounge and Professional’s Shop.

Tee Priority 10.00am – 12.00 noon

Go on – join in and have some fun.

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Finals’ Day Consultation – Committee Decision

Please enter the password below. If you have not yet received or been informed of this password please contact the Club Secretary at or on 0141-942-0985.

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Some Douglas Park history

Club Archivist Harry MacAnespie has kindly produced this note on one of the  long term family connections at Douglas Park. 

The Family of Adams at the Douglas Park Golf Club.

This was a notable golfing family in Douglas Park Golf Club over a period of many years from 1910 until possibly the 1960s.  David Adams Snr. was a professional golfer and clubmaker and owned a successful sports shop in Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow.  He provided professional golf services to Riddrie Golf Club in the east end ofGlasgowfrom 1899 till 1910 and to Douglas Park Golf Club from 1910 till 1938.

There were three sons – David Jnr., Jimmy, and Herbert.  Jimmy was apparently the most successful player, winning the Club Championship at Douglas Park on no less than seven occasions:-  1929, 1931, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1946, and 1948.  In the early 1950s he was also in a three way tie for the Dunbartonshire County Championship over 36 holes, played at Douglas Park.  He tied with John W. Mill and Dr. Tom Gordon, both of whom were also members of Douglas Park.  The play-off the following week over 18 holes was won by John W. Mill so Jimmy was unfortunately not crowned champion on that occasion.  Jimmy is remembered as a tall slim, bespectacled man with a lazy, repetitive swing which was very effective as his record bears out.  He not only had abundant talent as a golfer but was also an accomplished and successful badminton player who representedScotlandin international badminton matches on 16 occasions from 1933 to 1949.

David Snr. and his sons were invaluable to the club providing golf services and sports equipment to the members from their sports shop.  This would appear to have been a part time service to the Club, and the arrangement came to an end when a full time professional was appointed in 1938, namely James Kilroy, who before obtaining the post at Douglas Park was Assistant to Willie Spark at Lanark Golf Club.  Jimmy Kilroy was killed in WW2 in 1945 whilst on active service with the RAF inItaly.

David Snr. was a respected Scottish golf professional and clubmaker whose career spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries and who had a very happy association with Douglas Park for a period of 28 years.  He was made an honorary member of the Club in 1931.  He died in 1945.

Herbert was killed in 1941 on active service with the RAF inNorth Africain WW2.  As a Club, we have very little knowledge of Herbert and his time at Douglas Park.  He is commemorated on the War Memorial Plaque in the clubhouse as are James Kilroy and others. 

 H. MacAnespie 


Douglas Park Golf Club

30th November 2012

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A history of Douglas Park you didn’t know!

A history of Douglas Park you didn’t know!
Joe Louis, “The Brown Bomber” Visits Douglas Park
American Joe Louis was arguably the greatest boxer of all time.  His professional career spanned a period of seventeen years from 1934 to 1951.  His record is impressive, 68 professional fights, 65 wins (51 by knockout), and only three losses.  His other sporting love was golf at which he was a fair performer.  He was instrumental in the colour bar, which existed in the American golfing scene at that time, being lifted, when in 1952, he was invited to play in the San Diego Open on a sponsors exemption, the first African-American to play in an American PGA event.   In 1942 he enlisted in the United States army and became a touring celebrity giving exhibition bouts and helping to improve the morale of the troops in various parts of the world.
Closer to home, a fondly remembered member of Douglas Park was Bruce Swadel, at that time the Sports Editor of the Scottish Daily Express.  Bruce wrote much of the early draft of the book “A History of Douglas Park Golf Club.”  In the course of his work he was in contact with visiting celebrities in the world of sport and often brought them out to play at Douglas Park as his guest.
From 9th to 13th July 1944, Joe Louis was in Glasgow to give some exhibition bouts in St. Andrews Halls which were situated next to the Mitchell Library.  Confused by the name of the venue, Joe concluded that there might be time for a little golf as they were in St. Andrews, ‘The Home of Golf’, and his ambition was to play the Old Course.  Disappointment came when he eventually realised that the ‘Home of Golf’ was 75 miles away in Fife.  Bruce, when he heard this, came to the rescue and arranged for Joe to come for a round at Douglas Park.  Bruce could not play that day but he told Joe that he had arranged for him to play with the Douglas Park Clubmaster, Jimmy Luke.  Joe duly arrived and reported to Jimmy in our upstairs lounge, conversing through a hatch in the wall measuring about one square metre which in those days represented the bar counter.  One can imagine that Joe was wondering what he had let himself in for, especially when Jimmy slid back the hatch, greeted the guest, the reigning world heavyweight boxing champion, and sent him off saying, “on you go then lad, I’ll just shut up the hatch and I’ll see you on the first tee.”  Jimmy eventually joined the entourage on the tee, which consisted of Joe plus his large black Master Sergeant caddie, and numerous army personnel resplendent in their uniforms.  One can only guess what Joe was thinking when Jimmy appeared on the tee clutching a small pencil bag containing a few whippy shafted clubs.  Some members recall that they were hickory shafted although accounts differ on this point.  What is agreed is that they were nothing like as grand as Joe’s state of the art American sticks, and they were very whippy indeed.  By all accounts, Joe quickly came to realise that this was not just an ordinary Clubmaster he was playing with.  In fact, Jimmy had a notable career as a professional golfer and he was a long hitter with his whippy shafts.  He had been the Professional at Windyhill Golf Club before coming to Douglas Park as Clubmaster.
Sadly, no detailed account of this memorable match survives, except for what happened at the 4th.  The story goes that Joe hit a nice drive down to the corner.  In those days there were no trees on the right.  In reply, Jimmy whipped his drive across the corner near to the green, pitched close, and holed for a birdie three.
A day or so after this memorable visit, Past House Convener Bill Mackinlay, who was a junior member at the time, was playing at Douglas Park when he found a golf ball.  It was a Spalding and had the words “Bomber” stamped on it.  Was this a ball specially produced by Spalding for Joe Louis or was it just a variety with the name of a type of war plane ?  A recent enquiry to Spalding at their HQ in Chicopee, USA, produced the answer “we don’t know” in reply.  We will therefore probably never know for sure, but the ball can be seen in the golf memorabilia display cabinet in the hallway.
Joe never did get to play golf at St. Andrews, although he probably could have had the time to do so.  To his great credit he chose to spend his remaining time in Glasgow visiting war wounded troops being treated in Glasgow hospitals.
H. MacAnespie
14th March 2010
I am grateful to Past Captain Nicol McLean and Past House Convener Bill Mackinlay for their help in preparing this account, and for Bill’s donation of the ball to our collection of historical items.
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A history of one of our members – Willie Tulloch

A history of one of our members – Willie Tulloch
(article courtesy of Past Captain Harry MacAnespie)
William Tulloch 1898-1980

 Willie Tulloch, as he was known, was a member of Douglas Park Golf Club in early days of the club.
There is a reference to him in the book of Douglas Park’s history, but few nowadays will know of him and his remarkable achievements.
He joined Douglas Park as a junior member along with his twin brother Robert on 7th May 1914 at the age of 15 years.
The Tullochs were obviously a golfing family. Father John T. Tulloch was possibly a founder member of the club, eldest brother John F. Tulloch was good enough to play for the Club team in the 1920s, but it is not known if Willie’s mother Catherine or his sister Catherine played golf.
The family business was concerned with the manufacture of sausages and seemed to provide a good living, for Willie was able to live the life of a sportsman without the need to earn his living, being what we would call nowadays a full time amateur.
He was a scratch handicap player at Douglas Park but on the wider stage his endeavours took him to national and international achievements mainly in the 1920s and 1930s and his record of trophies won is highly impressive.
With the outbreak of World War I his pursuit of golf was interrupted when he and his twin brother Robert joined up.
We know that Robert joined the 2nd Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, so it is likely that this was Willie’s regiment also. Willie survived the war, but brother Robert, like so many other young men, was sadly killed in action on 11th September 1918, aged 19 years.
Back in civvy street, Willie lost no time in resuming his golf. He won our club championship in 1920 and 1924, but the paucity of his wins here is probably explained firstly by his talents increasingly taking him to national and international events, and secondly by the fact that he became a member of three other golf clubs, notably Cathkin Braes (which eventually became his home club), Prestwick St Nicholas, and Western Gailes.
The family lived for many years in St Vincent Street in the centre of Glasgow but later moved to a villa in Prestwick very near to Prestwick St. Nicholas Golf Club. Willie never married, but by all accounts he retained his interest in golf as he grew older, and was involved in passing on his skills and advice to the younger generation of golfers at the St. Nicholas Club. Always the traditionalist, he is reported to have continued to play with hickory shafted clubs until the 1960s.
He died in 1980 aged 83.

Among his many golfing achievements are the following :


British Amateur Championship

  • Semifinalist     1928 and 1931

Scottish Amateur Championship

  • Runner-up        1924
  • Semi-finalist     1926 and1932

The Open Championship

  • Qualified          1926
  • Qualified          1932
  • 2nd Best Amateur

Tennant Cup*

  • Winner              1926 and 1927

Edward Trophy*

  • Winner              1924, 1925, 1926, 1929, and 1931

Glasgow Championship*

  • Winner              1929

Cameron-Corbett Vase*

  • Winner              1932

Arrol Cup*

  • Winner              1924, 1926, and 1934

The Post and Telegraph Cup

  • Runner-up        1922


Glasgow and West of Scotland

Alliance Championship*

  • Winner             1936

Western Union Team Trophy

  • Team Winner   1938

Member Scottish International Team

  • v England       1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932
  • v Ireland         1930, 1931, and 1932
  • v Wales           1931 and 1932

Scottish International Team

  • Captain            1932

Willie also took part in exhibition matches in various parts of the country along with players such as Henry Cotton.

Douglas Park Club Championship

  • Winner            1920 and 1924

[* these were and are prestigious amateur events which attracted, and continue to attract, many of the top amateurs from all parts of Scotland and beyond.]

Thanks are due to the golf clubs of Cathkin Braes and Prestwick St. Nicholas for help in this research.

There may be other achievements of W. Tulloch which have not been elicited.

Douglas Park Golf Club is indebted to Mr. Nevin McGhee, member, historian, and archivist of Glasgow Golf Club for his generous gift of items of memorabilia relating to William Tulloch, prominent amateur golfer and member of Douglas Park Golf Club from 1914 until the 1930s.

The items consist of :-

  • Replica, Douglas Park Golf Club Championship Winner’s Cup,   1920
  • Replica, Douglas Park Golf Club Championship Winner’s Cup,   1924
  • Replica, Glasgow and Lanarkshire Alliance Open
  • Championship Winner’s Cup, 1936

Also, a collection of photographs and press cuttings featuring Willie Tulloch and some of his contemporaries.  This gift has had the effect of stimulating research into the life and times of William Tulloch, prominent member and eminent golfer at Douglas Park and other golf clubs.

In addition to the Willie Tulloch items, Mr. McGhee has gifted a copy of a book, of which he is the author, entitled “The Home of the Glasgow Golf Club”, published in 2003 to celebrate the centenary of the Glasgow Club’s move to Killermont.  This volume is No. 1,434 of a limited edition of 1,500.

Douglas Park Golf Club is extremely grateful to Mr. McGhee for these gifts, which are currently displayed in our hallway display cabinet.

H. MacAnespie
12th July 2010.


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