Golf news – 22 Dec 2020

Golf news – 22 Dec 2020

Santa Scramble

Huge congratulation to the winners of the latest event in our Winter Swing series, the Santa Scramble Dash.

The winning team of Colin Welsh, Roy Welsh and Ryan Mather, walked away with vouchers and a dozen golf balls from our sponsor Forum Technologies.

We also managed to raise £600 for Montrose Community Trust Mission Christmas appeal with a collection at the first tee in Buttie’s Bucket.

You can find out more about Sunday’s goings-on – including who had the best Christmas jumper –  here.

Winter practice tips

Question: How do I get better at putting at home?

One of the best ways to practise putting at home is simply working on your control of the putter face.

Set up a golf tee so that it’s upside down. Starting three feet away, putt a ball to the tee trying to knock it over. Then move back to four feet, five feet, and so on.

Controlling the putter face is vital to holing those clutch putts.

Ladies Get into Golf

We are delighted to announce the dates for the new Ladies Get into Golf classes.

As an aside, might we suggest it’s a terrific last-minute Christmas gift?

The classes are on:

  • Wednesdays between 11am and 12noon, on 17 & 24 February, and 3 & 10 March
  • Fridays between 12noon and 1pm, on 5, 12, 19, 26 February
  • Sundays between 10am and 11am, on 7,14,21 & 28 March

There are eight spaces available for each group session and we need at least four in each session to make them viable.

All the equipment you need is supplied free of charge, allowing you to learn in a fun and relaxed environment.

More details are available at the pro shop or at

50 for 50

Our marvellous professional Jason Boyd celebrated turning 50 by offering £50 worth of tuition vouchers to use in 2021.

To be in with a chance to win the vouchers, you had to answer the question:

In what years did the Open Championship Final Qualifying take place here at Montrose Golf Links?

There were 70 correct entries that went into Saturday’s draw, so well done to all of you who answered 1999 and 2007.

The winner of the tuition vouchers – drawn in inimitable style here by Jason himself – is Ian Robertson.

Youngsters get chance to learn more about golf

Picking up again in 2021 is our Golf Trail Education Programme for primary 4 children in conjunction with Montrose Community Trust.

This programme has the backing and support of all the head teachers in Montrose and makes sure golf is introduced to every 8 & 9 year-old in the primary school cluster.

It is unique to Montrose and has been picked up by Scottish Golf and the R&A to use as a best practice model.

The three interactive sessions include:

  • P4 from each school has their own day at the golf club with their teacher
  • Teacher CPD (continuing professional development) course prior to sessions starting
  • an interactive session, then lunch and an afternoon of golf
  • learn to golf
  • learning about course design
  • learning about course care
  • ecology (bug hotel building)
  • integrity, respect and team building

Reciprocal golf

2020 saw two prestigious clubs agree reciprocal deals with Montrose Links. The offers from Downfield and Ladybank were outstanding and added great value to your season tickets.

We also saw a good uptake from Downfield members on the Links with over 120 golfers making the trip from Dundee.

As we move into 2021, we are working on furthering our reciprocal deals with other venues and we’ll let you know details very soon.

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