Isle of Skye Golf Club are pleased to introduce MacLeod & MacCallum (Portree) as new sponsors.
Macleod and MacCallum have been serving clients across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for over 50 years.
During this time they have developed a full range of legal and property services enabling them to effectively and efficiently deal with and respond to all of their clients needs whether they are an individual or a business.
They are the largest local legal practice in the Highlands of Scotland, and with offices in Inverness and Portree located in Somerled Square, Isle of Skye they are able to bring services closer to the communities throughout the Highlands. The sponsorship will bring the opportunity for the club to host several events over the next few seasons as well as enhanced signeage at the Clubhouse thanks to the sponsors generosity. Our thanks to go Evelyn Crate at the Portree Office for her contributions in arranging the sponsorship and to the management team at M&M.
Craig Lee – Roving Pro
Craig Lee will be returning to the course on Friday the 6th May with coaching available to ALL members throughout the two day period. We again extend our thanks to Compass Building & Construction who have supported IOSGC for a second year in bringing a former European tour player to the club. This has enabled members throughout the Skye and Lochalsh area of all standards to receive coaching and advice from Craig. The Club has also benefited from his knowledge and advice as have beginners and new members.
For any new members or members seeking to find a playing partner, the SG App is the best place to look for a playing partner. Through the App you can text members and enquire about playing together. Where you see a single player entered with a tee time, please feel free to join with them. They may also be looking for a playing partner.
The new season got underway with a charity fundraiser for Kyleakin Connections and congratulations to Chris Hanley who picked up the first of the Gents silverware on offer for the new season, a fitting reward for Chris’s efforts in running the Black Rock winter league. All the fixtures and scores are available via this website or through the SG App. The fixtures committee has also taken the opportunity to add some mixed events, some competitive, some non qualifiers amongst them as well as a return on some days to a members draw. Weekends now mostly host two separate events.
The Committee have established sponsors for all the Monthly Medals both Ladies and Gents with MacGregor Industrial Supplies, North 57 Gins, Scottish Co-op Broadford, JCM Plumbing, JR Gilles Groundworks Sartle all new medal sponsors. The Club wishes to thank them for their generosity. We also have two ‘Memorial’ Medals thanks to Nicky Deighton in memory of her late father Dr Frank Deighton most involved in establishing the course and Heather McGlone and family in memory of their late father , whom you will recall we remember through the seat at the 10th Tee.
We have retained all our sponsors for 2022 including those that have supported our fundraising and charity events as well as our three main Opens namely Isle of Skye Distillers, Hebridean Distillers – Raasay Distillery and Craig Campbell Opticals Ltd. Our Club Championship events will again be sponsored by the Gaelic Whiskies & Gaelic Gins of Eilean Iarmain.
The Club recently purchased 5 sets of better quality golf clubs in a bid to enhance the visitor experience at the course. These match up with the hire trolleys that became available to us from Royal Dornoch GC mid Covid. Our thanks to Neil Hampton and the Dornoch club for their generosity.
The first of the clubhouse windows have been installed by local joiner and club member Andrew Long with further improvements to follow soon across all the windows. The introduction of stewards namely Jim, Duncan and George has enabled us to open the clubhouse on an almost 6 day basis per week. Any members wishing to add to the numbers are most welcome. Simply get in touch with the club for more information.
Finally the Club received a small grant which will allow better marketing of the course and our facilities. We intend to put the funding award towards the opportunity to have a professional photographer attend who will spend some time on presenting a portfolio of IOSGC.
Around the Greens
From the start/middle of March we moved onto the main greens. Mid March all greens were double scarified, blown, over seeded, top dressed, brushed, rolled and pre/post seeded applied. Towards the end of April Greens were cut three times a week and due to the low level of rainfall in April hand watered by John Cunningham regularly. The 3rd green and practice green have both suffered from leatherbacks over the winter. Leatherbacks are the larvae of daddy long legs. The larvae cause damage to the greens by feeding on the roots of the grass over the winter months.
Fairways are all slit again start of April. Thanks again to Calum Beaton who has started cutting the semi rough which is appreciated. The drier spell brought a reward to John Cunningham who has worked relentlessly through an extremely wet winter, though the dry spell brings a new challenge in ensuring that the greens receive watering on an almost daily basis for their growth.
Dates for your Diary
Note: Gents changing room closed Thurs 5th May – Polling Station
Fri 6th May Sat 7th May – Craig Lee at IOSGC (Contact Craig – 07725 360583 email email@example.com)
8th May 1st Round Ladies Championship
8th May RNLI Stableford with Organic Sea Harvest
21st May David Murray 36 Hole Gents
All members are asked to collect their annual bag sticker and membership card from the clubhouse
A word of thanks………………
I’d like to than Danny Steele for his time on the Committee at IOSGC and wish the soon to be, Mr & Mrs Steele all the best for their big day.
And final word of thanks goes to those that helped throughout the winter at the ‘Members Shed’ days. Though the weather was often challenging it was rewarding to see those that volunteered.