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



The Club’s annual prize giving took place on Friday 18th November.  There was a packed lounge and some trophy winners still celebrating at closing time!  Match Convener Stephen  Wightman was ably assisted by Christina Graham, Ladies’ Vice Captain, Laura Macdougall Ladies’ Match Convener and Handicap Convenor Craig Turner.  Lady Captain Mary McLean presented the prizes and congratulated all the winners and runners up on their achievements. Captain Brian Thistle thanked all those who contributed to a splendid evening.  .

Ladies’ Annual Meeting – 19th November 2016

Around 70 ladies attended this year’s Annual meeting, during which Lady Captain and key speakers, Match Secretary Laura MacDougall, Treasurer Denise Macnaughton and Junior Girls’ Convenor Susan Rattray gave a summary of their year.  Lady Captain Mary thanked her committee and all members for their support over the season and for helping to raise over £2000 for the chosen charities this year.  She also made special mention of Fiona Rattray’s outstanding achievements both in club and county/national competitions and congratulated the Patrick Trophy team on comprehensively winning the trophy for the second time in 3 years.

Three new committee members, Joyce Hope, Janice Cullens and Margaret Brodie were welcomed.  The retiring members, Past Captain Elaine McEwen, Sarah Dorward, Yvonne Currie and Laura MacDougall were thanked for their commitment and hard work to committee and club over the last three years.

Ladies’ Vice Captain Christina Graham introduced proposed new Vice Captain elect Ann Reid.

The new ladies’ champion, Sandra Goldie concluded the annual meeting with a witty speech.

Mary McLean
Lady Captain


Runner-up Lady Champion Fiona Rattray pictured alongside the Lady Champion Sandra Goldie


Some of the ladies in the winning Patrick Trophy team


Some of the ladies enjoying coffee after the Ladies’ Annual Meeting


£700 cheque presented to Cancer Support Scotland

Captain Mary Mclean hands over cheque

 £700 cheque was handed over to Karen Harrower for Cancer Support Scotland on Friday 18th November by the Douglas Park Ladies Captain Mary McLean and Ladies Treasurer Denise MacNaughton
The money was raised in 2 hours at the coffee morning on Saturday 5th November,

Scottish Junior Champion of Champions Event












Fiona Rattray was invited to the above event and was delighted as it is a prestigious tournament held in St Andrews.  The Scottish Boys & Girls Junior Champion of Champions is a scratch event decided over 18 holes of stroke play in both boys and girls sections.  The event sees the leading young players from across the country compete.  Entry into this event is by invitation only.  There were 39 girls and 48 boys  taking part.  Fiona came 9th with a gross 80, only 7 strokes behind the winner.  Great performance in poor weather conditions.  Well done Fiona!


Social Events : October , November and December


Tues. 25th October     Ladies Choir starts                 5.30 in the lounge

Frid. 28th October      Night Time Golf / Quiz          Team sheets on the main notice Board

Tues. 22 November   2nd Pub Style Quiz (8.00)       Be good to have a few more teams

Frid. 25th November  “Gatsby Jazz Night”               Table Plan up on Sat 22 October

Frid. 2nd December     Stag Night                              Table Plan up on Tues 1 November

Sun. 18th December   Children’s Christmas Party   Details to follow

Now that the “nights have fair drawn in” why don’t you come along and support the Pre Christmas social festivities offered by the Club. All have been great evenings in the past but let’s make them even better this year.

Look forward to seeing you there.


The interview with Douglas Park Golf Club Secretary Ann Scott  is about 27 Minutes into the program


Please come along to Douglas Parks Knockout Finals Day and support your  friends or family.

The draw can be seen via the link   finals-day-2016

Captain v Vice Captain Match – 2016

The Captains v Vice Captains annual match was played on Sunday 4th September with 10 couples taking part. Greensomes matchplay was the format and this worked really well with every match being closely contested. The overall result reflected the competitive but friendly play – Captain’s team 3pts against Vice Captain’s 2pts and everyone, whether they were a winner or loser, enjoyed the day.

Lady Captain's team

Lady Captain’s team

Vice Captain's team

Vice Captain’s team


Junior Girls’ Event

On Saturday 3rd September  junior girl members who don’t have a handicap were invited to come and play a 6 hole competition.   Three girls signed up and were accompanied round the course by  the Girls junior convenor and the Lady Captain. The aim was to have some competitive golf but make it enjoyable and not too serious. Sometimes the girls were given a little bit of advice!! On completing the round each girl was given a small gift and the winner presented with trophy.  The idea is to use the same format of 6 holes and meet up every 2/3 months for a game. The trophy will then get passed on to the next winner.

The winner of the first event was Charlotte Beattie.  Well done Charlotte.

Mary McLean, Lady Captain

Charlotte Beattie

Charlotte Beattie





Charitable Donation to On Call Africa after the DM Hall / Douglas Park Golf Club ProAm.

Accepting a cheque on behalf of Dr. Gavin McColl, who is presently preparing to return to Zambia, is his brother Dr. Craig McColl seen here with Club Captain Brian Henry Thistle.

We had a great event on the day, and we are very pleased to help On Call Africa with their praiseworthy works and we thank all the sponsors and teams who took part in the ProAm.

The Camel Trophy Mixed Greensomes – 2016

This Trophy competition took place on Sunday 28th August.  In the last of this year’s mixed competitions 16 couples played in warm and humid weather and great course conditions.  The winners were:  Ann Fisher and Colin McEwen with a total of 39 points and the runners-up were Alison Miller and Roddie Gillespie with 38 points (BIH).

Grateful thanks to Anne Fergusson, Lindsay McLean and George Simmons for all their hard work in organising these competitions throughout the season, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017 – ALL WELCOME.   Dates will be intimated in next year’s diary and notices posted in the locker rooms and lounge.

Winners – Colin McEwen & Ann Fisher

Runners-up – Roddie Gillespie & Alison Miller



John Watson, Belle Robertson, Carol Fell, Kylie Walker, and Helen Faulds
1st on the Tee

David Carrick (Overall Winner) and Belle Robertson

The John Watson International Invitation Day that has been running since the 1980’s was played yesterday (Friday 26th August) 
Belle Robertson was the main guest with Professional Kylie Walker who played with every group in the competition.
The overall winner was Past Walker Cup Player David Carrick.

Click Here to see photos from the day— or click through the photos below.

Thanks go to Lisa and her team for adding to such an enjoyable event and providing such wonderful catering over the day.

The JW World Invitational
Belle Robertson, John Watson (OBE) and Kylie Walker


The Ladies v Gents match at Douglas Park Golf Club was held on the Sunday 21st August. Early rain, disappeared mid-afternoon to leave us playing in pleasant, breezy conditions.

Result, Ladies 2, Gents 3.





Christopher Currie (Caldwell), picture above with Club Captains wife Mrs Pauline Thistle, scored an amazing eight-under-par 61 to set a new course record in winning the D M Hall Douglas Park pro-am

Currie won the £1,250 prize by four shots from Paul O’Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) with Greg McBain (Newmachar) third on 65.
Currie, , had birdies at the first, second, sixth, seventh, long 10th, short 12th, long 13th, short 17th and 18th in halves 31 (three under) and 30 (five under), He had one bogey, at the eighth.
O’Hara had six birdies and two bogeys in halves of 34 and 31 to earn £1,000.
McBain had three bogeys before the turn in his 66. He too came home in 31 to earn £750.
Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo), who tied for fourth place with Michael Patterson (Kilmacolm), added a £150 bonus to his £506 payslip by leading the D M Hall trio of Alan Gordon (10), Graeme Todd (15) and Graeme Anderson (6) to a three-stroke victory in the pro-am team event with a net score of 20-under-par 118.



GENTS INVITATIONExcellent scoring on the day with a superb 61 to win.

Congratulations to Gordon McNaughton and M. Fallow and to all connected with the arrangements, prizes and catering on the day.