- Course Conditions
- Greens Report
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 that this is YOUR COURSE and it should be looked after. If you see any of your playing partners not raking a bunker or failing to repair pitchmarks then please remind them of the etiquette of the game.
Winter League 2016 - 2017
Evening Express Champion of Champions matchplay
It's been a great event this year for Newmachar players - we were represented in the Scratch and Handicap finals. Congratulations to Christopher Lamb for winning the Scratch competition, defeating Fraserburgh's Neil Thomson 2&1. Hard luck to Andrew Chan, who lost in the Handicap Final to Craibstone's Gary Mutch.
Well done to Hayley Thomson for winning the Ladies Handicap Championship.
Gents Club Championship
Well done to this year's Gents Club Champion, Calvin Cheyne, on winning the Championship for the first time. Calvin beat Christopher Lamb on the 2nd hole of a sudden death play off after tying at 1+ after the 18-hole play-off.
Senior Club Championships
Well done to former Club Champion, George Wood, for winning the Club's first Senior Championship. Alan Waugh came out top in the Handicap Championship.
Well done to former Ladies Captain, Alison Hope, for winning the first ladies Senior Championship. Mary Robinson won the Ladies Handicap Championship.
Journal Cup Victory
Congratulations to the Newmachar team of Mike Lynch, Chris Lamb and Calvin Cheyne for winning the Journal Cup on Saturday 7th May at Aboyne defeating Fraserburgh and Meldrum House into 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Chris Lamb also qualified for the Jaffray Cup as one of the top scratch player after the two rounds. Chris was knocked out in the semi final by eventual winner, and Aboyne player, Craig Stephen. The trio will now represent the North East in the Scottish Club Championship, to be played at Stranraer in September.
COURSE UPDATE - JANUARY 2016
Whilst the weather has not been to kind to us of late we are in a much better position than many clubs in the area. Since the start of our winter programme on the courses good progress was made up to the Christmas holidays.
On Hawkshill, drainage work has been carried out on the 2nd,3rd, 17th and 18th fairways with additional drainage in the greenside bunker on the 2nd. Other than turfing, the new ladies tee on the 15th and the Gents medal tee are completed. The small mounds between the bunkers and greens on the 6th and 15th have been softened and now provide a better view of the greens from the tees. Areas adjacent to some of the bunkers have been adjusted to throw the surface water away from the bunkers. Following the recent winds and subsequent damage to trees, these areas have been tidied and fallen trees removed.
On Swailend, the 15th tee has been levelled and turfed. Investigation work has been carried out on some of the wet areas. The process of tree limb pruning is well in hand and a number of the windblown trees and branches have been removed. Many of the bunkers have had the faces cut and work is in progress improving the greenside bunker on the 2nd. The continuing greens work of slitting, spiking and trimming is still being carried out in order to keep the course as playable as possible.
Finally, a check of the Course Manager's blog on the Useful Links page shows photographs of the winter works.
COURSE UPDATE - OCTOBER 2015
Once again and all too quickly we have come to the end of another season. I think that you will all agree that our green staff have done a great job in getting the courses to the standard they have attained. I should say that our Committee has been busy preparing a listing of our winter works for 2015/2016.
The list of works is attached here and hopefully with reasonable winter weather we will be able to complete these works. Some of the work has already started with the scarifying of fairways, coring of greens and overseeding of tees.
I would ask all members to be aware of our green staff working on the courses. It may be that they will not instantly hear you as a result of them wearing ear protection for the noise from the machines they are operating. Your patience would be appreciated. The listing provided is for this winter only but further information will be provided at a later date of works for the next two years.
COURSE UPDATE - JULY 2015
The weather could be a bit kinder than of late and on the whole the drainage on both courses has been working well. There are still areas which require attention and we will be investigating this for some of our winter work.
The courses have been given some very good comments and this is very pleasing for the green staff, in what has been a testing year so far.
Some of you might have noticed that work has started to cut back on the rough areas. This might not go as far as some might wish but I can assure you all that we will still be monitoring the situation.
On another matter for those members who have been repairing pitch marks, raking bunkers and replacing divots we thank you and should say that there is no need for you to read any further. For those who still forget to apply the above please help the green staff and other members by helping in this matter.
It's a bit early to think of winter work for both courses but time is marching on. We will be looking at this in the near future and further information will be issued at a later date.
COURSE UPDATE - APRIL 2015
Spring is now here and hopefully we will now see a sustained period of favourable weather to help us to get the course in the best condition possible.
The winter has not been kind to us with respect to some of the greens. All greens have now been overseeded and dressed. We are now waiting for some rain and heat to get some growth.
All bunkers have been tidied and fresh sand has been applied to most of the bunkers.
New rakes have been purchased and it is hoped that these will assist in members and visitors helping to do their bit to keep the bunkers tidy after play.
All tees have to be scarified and will then be overseeded. This is being done to provide suitable grass coverage with a view to levelling in the future.
You may have noticed that some weeds have appeared in the cleared ponds. This matter is being monitored.
The greenside rough on the 18th hole has now been cut and other areas are now being looked at.
Presentation is all part of the set up of a golf club and to this extent we have arranged for some post and plastic chain linkage to surround some of our tees. We have also had the offer of white low-level fencing to surround the putting green.
The drainage channel at the 11th and 18th has been filled in and the drainage appears to be working well. Therefore, all of the winter work has now been completed. All of the preparation work for Spring has also been completed and the normal summer work has started. Overseeding of some of the tees will be carried out soon.
Despite the short nature of the Swailend report, please be assured that the Swailend course is not being ignored in terms of maintenance and on-going work. Hawkshill is more of a high-maintenance course and is therefore requiring more attention.
As for both courses, it would be appreciated if members could rake bunkers after use and also repair pitchmarks. We all know how good the greens here are and want to keep them that way. Apply the rule of repair your own pitchmark plus one other and the greens staff should have no complaints about the condition of the greens. A picture of the 17th green is attached here after one of the recent Gents competitions. This is only one green as an example, but other greens were also affected by unrepaired pitchmarks. Please ensure you look after your courses throughout the season.
- Member Benefits
Mothers Day 2017
Please click here for the Mothers Day menu and call the bar on 01651 863002 to book a table.
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.
September and October Opening Hours
Please click here for the September opening hours for the Bar, Kitchen, Pro Shop and Driving Range and here for October.
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