Pro-Am now only 3 weeks away

The Douglas Park Pro-Am, headlined by Just Employment Law and in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland is now only 3 weeks away.

We have been running a raffle, with tickets on sale in the lounge (see photo below) and in the ProShop.

You could win a place in one of the teams to win valuable prizes, enjoy a meal and a drink after the event, and participate in the celebrity hosted (Des McKeown) Auction.

The draw will be made at the end of July and Winners’ Names will be posted on the Locker Room Noticeboards and here on the website.

Please contribute what you can for this good cause.

Cost is £ 2 for a ticket or only £ 5 for a strip of five tickets.  (so you can buddy-up)

Thank you for your support.Raffle advert amended





This is your opportunity to buy a place in the club Pro-Am team for the big event on 17th August in aid of our Headline Charity, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland.

Using an imaginative “Lowest Unique Bid” method, you can bid as little as a penny to play in the Club Team on the day of the ProAm. (bear in mind though, if half a dozen others decide to bid a penny, then it won’t be unique!!)

So, if you fancy a great day out, the opportunity to play in a team made up of your fellow members and the chance on the day to win £10,000 for a hole-in-one (at the 5th hole) plus other superb cash hole-in-one prizes at the other 4 par 3s, then all you have to do is pledge £2 plus your unique bid.

You can make as many unique bids as you wish…..each one covered by the £2 entry charge.

IMPORTANT BIT : To bid, simply “Reply” using the COMMENT tab below to pledge, but make your unique bid(s) privately to Brian Henry Thistle, at :     :    State clearly, “I bid £ xx.xx”

Thanks for making a bid…’s in a good cause.

Support the charity….Support the club.

This SPECIAL UNIQUE OFFER is being extended until 31st July.

Remember its the LOWEST bid that wins, NOT the highest.

Douglas Park ProAm 2017

ProAm PR Release

SBH Scotland tees up golf fundraising event

Douglas Park Golf Club is calling on keen golfers to help them raise funds for a specialist charity, by signing up to their annual ProAm tournament.

Sponsored by employment law specialists, Just Employment Law and teeing off on 17th August, it is hoped the event will raise up to £10,000 for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland, a charity providing personalised home and hospital support to families with children who have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.

The ProAm tournament is open to teams of three.  Those three amateur players will then be partnered with a Tartan Tour Professional.  The PGA will match professionals with teams based on the average handicap and experience of the players.  Last year’s winning Pro, Chris Currie, smashed the course record with a fantastic round of 61.

Prior to the event, teams will have breakfast with their PGA Professional before gearing up for the competition.  Participants will also enjoy a free hospitality bar throughout the day, as well as a four-coursee dinner in the evening.  Those not lucky enough to take home the trophy will not necessarily leave empty handed with raffle and auction prizes up for grabs.

2016 Captain at Douglas Park Golf Club and 2017 tournament convener, Brian Henry Thistle, said;  “Our ProAm tournament is always popular with our regular participants however we wish to increase interest from those who do not necessarily have an affiliation with the club.  Thanks to support from our tournament sponsors, Just Employment Law, we have managed to reduce the cost of entry for this year’s competition, something which will hopefully encourage more teams to take part.”

Managing Director of Just Employment Law, David McRae had this to say – “We are delighted to assume the main sponsor role for the ProAm tournament at Douglas Park Golf Club in support of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland – a very worthy charity.  The tournament is sure to be a fantastic spectacle although given that the course record was smashed last year, the participants have a hard act to follow!”

“SBH Scotland is a fantastic organisation, providing lifetime support to families who need it most.  As organisers, we are committed to raising as much as possible for the charity, so we  can help to support the invaluable work they do.  Donations to our raffle and auction are welcomed if participation in the event itself is not possible.”

Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said “In order to provide sufficient care to families with lifelong, complex disabilities, we need to raise £1 million each year and with little satutory funding, we rely on donations from fundraisers and events.  We are hugely grateful to Douglas Park Golf Club for naming us as their official charity partner and wish all those taking part the very best of luck.”

This year, it will cost just £495 + VAT to enter a team in to the Douglas Park Golf Club ProAm tournament.

Those who are unable to take part in the competition can still support the event, through donation of raffle and auction prizes.

If you would like to nominate SBH Scotland as your official charity partner at your event please contact their Fundraising Team directly on 03455 211 600 or email

Further information on their activity can be found at  :


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




Douglas Park Seniors’ Open   4th July 2017

Starting Times

8.10 am      
8.20 am Alistair Macpherson Colin McEwen Raymond Bruce
8.30 am Robert Easton Ian Letford  
8.40 am Alex Cordiner Gordon McGregor Tony Watt
8.50 am Hugh MacIntyre Francis McCann John McQueeney
9.00 am Alan Dunipace Harry Brown Alan McAlister
9.10 am Jim Henderson Joe Rennie Joe Bruce
9.20 am Robert Wilson Stephen HK Miller David Cambridge
9.30 am Charles Strong Duncan Adam Robert Burns
9.40 am Drew McQueen Tom Adams Norman McLeod
9.50 am      
10.00 am Iain MacDougall Archie Clark John Semple
10.10 am Henry Elliott Ian Whyte Andrew Morris
10.20 am Alistair Logan James Paterson James Burns
10.30 am Gordon Ferguson Raymond MacDonald Jim Craig
10.40 am John McKinnon Greg Semple Jim Brown
10.50 am Gordon Fraser Gordon Blackadder  
11.00 am Roy Nesbitt Michael McGuigan Colin Arrol
11.10 am Angus McConnochie Iain Hope Fraser Brown
11.20 am Keith Riley George Stevenson James Busby
11.30 am      
11.40 am Iain McKenzie George Roberts Robert Gray
11.50 pm Ian McWhirter Kenneth McLachlan Hugh McGhee
12 noon Mike Robinson J L Stuart Robert Wight
12.10 pm Andy Stevenson Edward Tonner Gordon Gray
12.20 pm Hamish Somerville Ray Jones Garry McNulty
12.30 pm Gordon Fell Brian Henry Thistle Archibald Mitchell
12.40 pm Alex Forbes Ian Fraser  
12.50 pm Hugh Dempster Hugh Galloway William Creevy
1.00 pm Danny Ward David Bruce  
1.10 pm      
1.20 pm Joe McDonald Robert Roach  
1.30 pm Robert Boag David Leitch  
1.40 pm William McMahon Iain Brodie John Tait
1.50 pm      
2.00 pm      




Despite a slightly dampish start to the day most players enjoyed a lovely dry, albeit breezy, game of golf!  68 couples took part in the competition during this the 24th year of the Open Greensomes Competition.

A lot of effort goes into organising events like this, very many thanks to Anne Fergusson and her team of helpers – Helen Robertson, Jinty Halley and Sally MacFarlane.  Thanks too, to the gentlemen starters at the tee, who valiantly kept the ladies on time.

Two well deserving charities will benefit in excess of £250 each from the proceeds of the raffle – Riding for the Disabled and Mary’s Meals.  Thank you to the very generous donations from the members and to the helpers at the raffle table on the day.

It was good to see a large number of competitors enjoying excellent catering and staying for the prizegiving in the evening.

CLICK HERE to view the list of prize winners.

2017 Championship Presentation


Cut/Paste this link to keep tabs on today’s finals.

or Click on the FaceBook link to the Master Leaderboard at foot of this page.



Despite the early morning rain not a single couple pulled out of Ladies’ Day which speaks volumes about our supportive and optimistic members!  Although the afternoon players had unexpected sunshine the winners of the Sheila Conacher Memorial Trophy came from the morning players, Hugh and Aileen MacIntyre with 37 points.  Our congratulations to them for winning this very fine trophy presented to the Club in 1953 and of course to all the prize winners who are listed in the link below.

CLICK HERE to view the complete list of prizewinners.

Thanks to everyone who played and to the Gents and Ladies on both Committees for all their help on the day. Particular thanks to Drew and his staff for setting up the course for every eventuality and to Robert and Andrew and last but not least to Lisa and her staff for the excellent buffet in the evening which was a perfect end to a most enjoyable day.


88 players teed off for the annual Douglas Park Invitation Day.   All was going well (one could even say “swimmingly”) – the weather was beautiful, the course conditions excellent and high stableford points scores were being returned. Then, in late afternoon, the skies darkened, the heavens opened and within a short time the course and some of the greens were waterlogged. From swimmingly to nearly swimming.   A very ‘Scottish’ day of golf! Despite this the competition was completed and thanks go to Drew who managed to keep the greens clear and, also, to the groups of players who struggled to complete their rounds and who were absolutely drenched.

The weather wasn’t the only drama of the day.   There was a police incident, not golf related, with helicopter overhead and police officers on the ground.   Never a dull moment on Ladies’ Invitation Day!!

The evening prizegiving rounded off a very successful day and included the presentation of a cheque for £900 to Drena O’Malley, Liaison Officer of Deaf Blind Scotland’s Guide Communication programme.   The excellent total was raised from both the Invitation Day and the Bridge Drive  Thanks were then made to the ladies’ committee for their help with the organisation and the superb baking in the gazebo;  to the raffle helpers and to Lisa, Drew, Robert and their teams for their invaluable support.

Click here to view the results for the day.

Mary McLean (Past Captain)

Ladies GetIntoGolf Evening Success


Following major publicity on social media and the delivery of 5000 flyers and 120 posters by 57 Douglas Park Ladies locally and further afield, 57 Ladies (yes honestly!) turned up at our Ladies Open Evening on Wednesday.

Our guests spent a happy evening testing their golf skills on various fun activities set up by Robert, had guided tours of the Golf Club, an information session followed by an excellent buffet. The highlight, however was definitely the Safari Tour of the course by Drew, suitably attired in his Safari hat and accompanied by assorted jungle beasts.

So Far Sixteen Ladies have taken out the Get into Golf Membership and lots of application forms have been requested.

Many thanks to all the ladies who helped with the distribution of the flyers, to the 24 ladies who worked so hard on the evening at registration and as guides, all of whom were praised to the hilt in the feedback survey for their friendliness and helpfulness, to Ann Scott for her fantastic help, Robert, Lisa and Drew and particular thanks to Carol Fell who was a major force behind all the publicity before, during and after the event.

To see some Photos from the Evening — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell and Alex Mennie

Also a Video from the evening Event — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell

A Slideshow of past photographs from the ladies Section was shown to the visitors on the evening — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell

Christina Graham (Ladies Captain)


Ladies Open Evening - 10th May


The Ladies are holding an Open Evening at Douglas Park Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May 6pm –  8:30pm

Great new packages to support all levels of golfers.

  • Tour the Facilities
  • Fun Golf Activities
  • Course Safari on integrated 9 hole course
  • Refreshments
  • Meet the Members
  • Coaching Tips from the Pro


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.

Ladies’ Easter Bonnet Stableford

Fiona and Alex win the County Winter Foursomes Final

D&A County Winter Foursomes Winners Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park)
Photo courtesy of Christopher Mennie

The D&A County Winter Foursomes Final was played yesterday at Cardross Golf Club between the Douglas Park Golf Club pairing of Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray against Mandy Allan (Milngavie) and Lindsay McCubbin (Hilton Park).
Fiona and Alex had to give 8 shots and with the conditions being awful and no mats allowed it was a difficult day for all the players.

Both couples led by one hole, turn by turn. However, Lindsay and Mandy led by 2 up at one point.

Fiona & Alex eventually were 1 up after 17 and as they said they could not have made it any harder for themselves. —-
Alex drove into trees, Fiona got it out, Alex hit a poor third and with the pin in a really tough position at the back of the green Fiona then narrowly missed the clubhouse windows landing about 10cms form the Out of Bounds!
Alex chipped on with a great shot for a gimme which was not given.

Meantime Mandy hit a good drive down the middle, Leslie hit a good shot which landed in a huge puddle and stopped in it right at the front of the green. Mandy chipped to the very back, Lindsay whose putting had been brilliant, was short.
Fiona putted in for 6, Mandy putted to take the match on to the 19th and missed and Fiona and Alex were the winners! — Despite the horrible weather the spectators had really enjoyed what was an exciting match!


Thanks go to Christina Graham (Ladies Captain)  for the report

Douglas Park Bridge Drive – Wednesday 8 March 2017

A hugely successful Bridge Drive was enjoyed by 88 players this afternoon.  The overall winner was Iain Lockhart with a fantastic score of 3700 points.  Second prize went to Helen Faulds, and the slam prize, which was achieved in the opening games, was won by Katie McAuley and Anne Reid.

Many thanks to Lisa and her staff, and to the Ladies’ committee for their delicious baking and help throughout the afternoon.  Also thanks to Joan Gemmell for once again taking on the role of Tournament Director.

The Raffle raised £528 and was in aid of a special project of Deaf Blind Scotland.  The proceeds today will go towards providing Guide Communicators for the deaf blind community to visit and take advantage of all the facilities set up for their use in the new Field of Dreams Building, a state of the art centre for the Deaf Blind community which opens in June this year.

Thanks to all the players and members who so generously bought tickets or gave donations and to all the club members for their contributions to the Bottle Stall.  Finally thanks to all the ladies and gentlemen who came to play for making this occasion such a success.

Christina Graham

Ladies’ Captain

Hawaiian Evening Success

Top Table

Douglas Park Ladies certainly know how to enjoy themselves! On Friday, 24 February, on a dreich, cold night, 92 ladies turned out in force for their Annual Dinner, Hawaiian Style. While sipping Blue Lagoons, the Ladies were entertained by three young guitarists from the High School. This was followed by an outstanding meal with an Hawaiian theme. The Douglas Park Ladies’ Choir, dressed to kill and suitably fortified, entertained us to songs from South Pacific. Our speaker for the evening, Marilyn Orcharton, well known entrepreneur and raconteur gave us a most amusing speech on her exploits and travels and totally coincidentally, on her many trips to Hawaii. The Ladies continued to enjoy themselves until late. A memorable night was had by one and all!

My sincere thanks to Lisa, Pauline and all the catering staff, Olive MacKay, our cocktail expert, Jeanie Sutherland and Elaine McEwan for their beautiful Hawaiian inspired flower arrangements, June Lockhart for her alternative Grace, Maggie Rutherford, our secret artist, Carol Fell and Ann Fisher for photography. Particular thanks to the Douglas Park Ladies’ Choir, conducted by Eileen Hunter and accompanied by Margaret Morris, our speaker, Marilyn Orcharton and the wonderful Ladies’ Committee and Lesley Irvine for all their advice and help, and to Ladies’ Vice-Captain, Anne Reid for her vote of thanks. Last but not least my thanks to all the Lady Members who totally embraced the Hawaiian theme and made the night such a success.

To see some photos from Carol Fell  — CLICK HERE
Also, to view a brief video of the Douglas Park ladies Choir performance, please click on the following link.

Christina Graham
Ladies’ Captain

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.

Ladies Christmas Lunch 2016

To hear the Choir Singing CLICK HERE