TORPHIN HILL GOLF COURSE
The sun was out for the Torphin Gents Open held last month. The winner for the day, with a very impressive last 9 holes was Michael Davies who plays off a handicap of 20. His overall score was an impressive 64. Wayne Fleming won the prize for the best scratch golfer with a very respectable score of 68.
The club was also pleased to receive a letter of thanks from David McLetchie MSP who recently led a team in the annual Federation Shield competition. When he was playing the course, he remarked how much the landscaping of the course had changed. Twenty five years ago the course only had two trees, both Rowans, one at the 13Th tee and the other at the 17Th. Now, thanks to the Scottish Woodland Trust and contributions from members the club now has a whopping 20,000 trees!
The planting of the trees has transformed the course, previously the fairways were wide open, bounded only by rough and gorse, but now the well tended grass is clearly defined by trees that have been introduced over the years ensuring the changes have blended in well.
The new landscaping has also helped change the layout of many of the holes enabling a practise area to be formed close to the clubhouse. Many of the members take advantage of this area, especially when they may not have time
for a full round of golf. One notable change to the course is at the 4Th, previously regarded as one the trickiest par 3 holes. Now, with the help of reclaimed soil from Murrayfield Rugby Stadium the hole has been transformed in to a par 4, featuring a much gentler hill.
In fact there have been so many changes we can’t mention them all. The members tell us that its not only the look of the course that has improved but also the standard of the course making it a very enjoyable round of golf. And the members are not alone in appreciating the changes. Torphin Hill Golf Club has also the first golf course in Scotland to be awarded the prestigious Scottish Wild Life Trust award for caring for the environment and wildlife.
PGA City Golf have chosen Torphin Hill Golf Course to represent Edinburgh in theirbrochure. As Jim Wallace, the former deputy First Minister, said “Torphin is Edinburgh’s hidden gem.” With the award and coverage in the PGA City Golf brochure it looks like Torphin Hill Golf Club won’t be a hidden gem for too much longer.
If you’d like to play a round of golf at the club or would like to become a member telephone the club on 0131 441 7166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.torphingolfclub.co.uk