Lamlash Golf Club – May 2015 Gordon Moir, the Director of Greenkeeping at St Andrews told me that if I was going to the Isle of Arran I had to play at Lamlash so I was determined to do exactly that. The course was closed the day I went to speak to someone but as I had seen a car in the car park, I tried every door I could find and eventually found a few people enjoying an afternoon beverage at the bar.
I spoke with Smithy and Dan for a bit before the current captain, Ian arrived. I arranged to meet Ian at 6am the following morning and play an early round before he went to work and I did my Twenty Questions with Tiff interview that Sunday afternoon with all the boys.
It was a beautiful still morning and while Ian had initially intended for us to go hit for hit on each others ball, after my first drive he said we could just play our own balls. I think he thought I would be worse that I am. While my handicap is just over 31 I can do some good things and getting pars and a birdie here and there is part of my game.
It had been very wet the day before and we were in a buggy (cart) going slow around and up and down the undulating course. We only got bogged once and I got sprayed with mud pushing the cart out, much to Ian’s horror and my amusement.
The track is beautiful with rolling hills and tricky holes and I loved the challenge. My driving and putting was quite good this morning although i was only getting on to some of my irons and hybrids, I donated a spider (my marked ball) to the course and found two in the gorse.
We had the course completely to ourselves and on the back nine saw our first people of the day and waved to the ground staff as they arrived for work.
The morning was very still with the birds flitting through the trees and I was very thankful that Gordon suggested I play here. Not only did I have a wonderful morning of golf but I had a great afternoon the day prior making some new golfing buddies and having lots of laughs.