- Course Conditions
- Greens Report
Preferred Lies on Both Courses
Preferred lies will be in operation on both courses as of Saturday 1st October.
Temporary Local Rules for Hawkshill
Click here for local rules introduced on Hawkshill until further notice for Abnormal Ground Conditions and Embedded Balls, due to the recent heavy rainfall.
Out of Bounds on Hawkshill
Please note the out of bounds between the 7th and 8th holes (when playing the 8th hole) and the area to the right of the 10th green are no longer out of bounds.
Pin Position System on Both Courses
With immediate effect a new pin position system is in place on both courses. RED flag - pin at front of green, YELLOW flag - middle of green, BLUE flag - back of green. This will allow the greenkeepers more flexibility on pin positions on windy or rainy days and hopefully make it easier for players on club selection.
Driving Range - Outdoor Hitting Area Open
The Driving Range outdoor hitting area is now in use.
Please return baskets to the ball-vending machine after use and put any litter into the bin to keep the Driving Range tidy.
Temporary Dropping Zone on Hawkshill
Please click here for details on a temporary dropping zone which has been introduced beside the practice putting green.
Bunkers - PLEASE RAKE - and Pitchmarks - PLEASE REPAIR
Please remember to rake bunkers after play and leave them in a condition that you would expect them to be left for you. Please also repair pitchmarks (and if you have time repair more than one) on the green.
Please remember these are YOUR COURSES. Look after them.
Winter League 2016 - 2017
Congratulations to Paul Urquhart and Chris Simpson who are the winners of the 2016-17 Winter League, beating Mark Illingworth and Colin Hay on the 21st hole.
Captain v Vice Captain Season Opener - Saturday 25th March
Super day on Saturday for the season opener which ended in a 10.5 - 10.5 draw between the two teams, who were led out by Captain, Ian Grimmer and Pro, Andrew Cooper playing against Junior Convener, Gordon Forbes and the Champion of Champions matchplay winner, Chris Lamb. Thanks to all for supporing the start of the season.
The first Gents midweek competition is on Wednesday 29th March with a Gents Hawkshill Medal. The first weekend competition takes place on Saturday 1st April with a Swailend Medal.
Junior Captain v Vice Captain Day - Sunday 26th March
Another excellent day was had on Sunday for the 1st Junior season-opener with 20 adult/Junior pairings facing off in a 9-Hole Greensomes event. Thanks to all for attending and getting the season off to a good start.
Well done to Mike Leaper and Fraser Dow for taking the honours.
2017 fixture lists
The 2017 fixture lists and stickers have been sent out. Please contact the office on 01651 863002 (ext.1) if you have not received yours.
Matchplay sign-up sheets
The sign-up sheets for the following Gents matchplay competitions have been posted in the Gents locker room:
Rae C Brown trophy (singles)
Range & Vision trophy (Swailend singles)
Jim & June Keith trophy (Greensomes)
Ewan Neilson trophy (Swailend Foursomes)
The deadline for entries is Sunday 2nd April. Only enter your name if you have a valid handicap. Non-valid entries will not be included.
The sign-up sheet for the McIntosh Mixed Foursomes has been posted in the hallway to the left of the Ladies locker room door.
The sign-up sheets for the Juniors matchplay competitions are on the Junior board to the right of the Ladies locker room door.
COURSE UPDATE - March 2017
We have reshaped some bunkers and the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 18th holes (7 bunkers in total) and added new sand into them.
The 4 box tees at the 9th have been re-levelled and are looking much better. The 12th tee has been reshaped, had drains installed and has been moved slightly over to create a more open tee shot.
There has been some drainage work done at the start of the 3nd hole just before the first bunker as this has now become fairway. We have also installed laterals that are connected to the main drain at the 12th hole just over the rise of fairway to the left.
We have also removed some invasive fir trees at the 14th and 15th holes and done some thinning out of other areas on the course to help air movement and allow more sunlight through.
The 4th tee has been rebuilt and now has a raised back tee. This will not be in play at the start of the season, but hopefully it will be in play towards the end of May.
The 10th greenside bunker has been drained and also has a new revetted face and new sand put in.
Some major drainage works have been carried out on the 11th hole. The area closer to the green has been a problem for numerous years.
Lower branches on the pine trees throughout the course have been removed to get a deck mower underneath to cut the rough. This will help make these areas more playable, make it easier to find your golf balls and speed up play.
On both courses
Extensive aeration has been carried out on the greens, tees, approaches and fairways. This will help to imprive drainage and promote better root development of grasses.
A liquid turf hardener has been applied throughout the Winter. This is to help the grasses withstand diseases, keep a good colour and promote a quicker response in Spring.
All bunkers have been checked for sand levels and appropriate amounts of sand have been added.
We have been fortunate enough to purchase new machinery to add to our existing fleet, as well as purchasing two new grinders to keep the machine blades sharp.
On behalf of your hardworking greens staff, we would like to wish all of our members are very successful golfing season.
George Mitchell - Head Greenkeeper (Hawkshill) and Patrick Wood Head Greenkeeper (Swailend)
The winter mats on Hawkshill will no longer be in use as of Saturday 25th March.
For latest photos please visit the Head Greenkeepers' blog on the Useful Links tab.
- Member Benefits
Mothers Day 2017
Thanks to everyone who supported Mother's Day at the Club. Every table was sold out!
Interactive Touchscreen in Clubhouse
The interactive touchscreen in the big lounge of the clubhouse is available for all members to use. Please feel free to take a few moments to browse through the various photos, newspaper clippings and stories from the Club's 25-Year history. If any member has memorabilia which could be included in the display please pass it on to the office. It would also be great if any photos from team matches or annual events could be passed on to continue documenting the Club's history as it progresses.
Hole In One Club
We are trying to gather information on holes in one at the Club. If you have ever had a hole in one on either of the courses at Newmachar prior to 2015 please let us know by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
Name, approx date, course, hole, club used, playing partners. The details will then be uploaded on to the interactive touchscreen situated in the big lounge of the clubhouse.
March Opening Hours
25-Year Anniversary Ball Markers
As part of the Club's 25-Year Anniversary this year, every playing member will be presented with a specially-commissioned ball marker to mark the occasion. These can be collected from the office.
Click here for the 25-Year Anniversary on the ball marker and here for the image of Dave Thomas.
A limited amount of special sterling silver markers have also been made. Please click here for the sterling silver ball marker and here for the scroll, inscribed with words by Club Captain, Alistair Clark. These are available at cost price of £65. Please contact the office to enquire.
The Golf Club are running reciprocal agreements with several clubs, the details of which are below:
Click here for details of a reciprocal arrangement with Panmure Golf Club and here for the reciprocal agreement with Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.
Click here for the details of the arrangement with Gordon District Golf Clubs. Please book directly with each club.
There is also 50% discount on green fees in place with Fraserburgh Golf Club. Please contact Fraserburgh directly to book your tee time.
*The reciprocal cards for the Gordon District clubs and Fraserburgh MUST be collected from the office prior to play.
Players must be fully paid members of Newmachar to take advantage of the discounts on offer.
Please also remember to check the SGU website for special deals using your SGU membership card. If you have not already collected your card, please arrange to collect from the office.
Head Greenkeepers' Blog
Members wishing to keep up to date with the latest developments on the golf courses should check the new Head Greenkeepers' online blog, here