THE PRINCIPAL focus of Letham Grange Golf Club is to ensure the survival of the golf courses, stated club captain Gardiner Arthur at the recent opening event of the season.
Last Saturday, the club held the annual Captain’s Drive-In, which was sponsored by Tristar Oilfield Solutions and Training. Mr Arthur who took over from Nick Jackson at the annual general meeting in March, stated that securing this valuable sponsorship was no doubt a key reason that a full complement of 36 teams played in the Texas Scramble competition.
This event also provided the golf club with the opportunity to raise some funds for charity, with £112 being raised for Parkinson’s UK by the golfers attempting to predict where the lady captain and club captain would hit their first drives.
Club funds also got a boost through a prize draw for a Powakaddy electric trolley which was kindly donated by Auchterlonies of St Andrews.
This successful event was closely followed by the Four Ball Better Ball open competition last Sunday. Again this event was fully booked, with teams teeing off from 8 a.m. until after 3 p.m.
The teams came from all over Scotland, many of them making an annual return, because they enjoy the challenge of playing at Letham Grange so much. One golfer from Forrester Park Golf Club near Dunfermline was so impressed with the course when he played last year, that he persuaded 39 of his friends to join him this year!
Mr Arthur said: “Despite the very difficult start to 2011, we had a fantastic year. The support we received from our 512 members, local residents, Angus Council, local businesses and the SGU, was incredible.
“Word obviously got out to the local community and beyond that the golf club was doing a good job at running the courses because we had lots of visiting parties coming to play and, with the extra money that this brought in, we were able to fund some much needed improvements to the drainage on several areas of the courses.”
He continued: “Local businesses have obviously also been keeping an eye on how we were doing and we have secured individual hole sponsorships, with the sponsors details being prominently displayed on new tee markers. A lot of business gets conducted on the golf course, so this type of sponsorship can prove to be a great investment.
“We have collectively learned a huge amount about what it takes to maintain and operate the golf courses in the past 12 months and we plan for more of the same in 2012.
“Our focus remains very much on the survival of the golf courses. However, we do have plans to ensure that our members, guests and visitors will have a very enjoyable golfing experience when they play at Letham Grange in 2012, and based on the feedback already received from the two events mentioned above we are off to a great start.”
Details of future open competitions, memberships, sponsorship opportunities and visitor green fees can be obtained from the golf club’s remodelled website at www.lethamgrangegolfclub.co.uk.