Seasonal Worker Required

As previously advised and those of you who were at the AGM will have heard, Jim Saunders, is now in post as the Club’s new Head Greenkeeper.  As we have done in previous years, we supplement the greenkeeping team through the spring, summer and autumn with seasonal resource.

The attached job advertisement sets out what we’re looking for.

If you would like to apply or perhaps know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with Gordon Law, Club Captain in the first instance.

Uphall Golf Club – Seasonal Operatives – Job Advert

4th Open Winter Stableford Result

Please find attached the result from Saturday’s Winter Open, in spite of the poor weather early on we had 103 players on the day including 49 visitors; 5 home players & 3 visitors took the prize vouchers with some impressive scoring on show in tough conditions. Vouchers for home players are now available for collection and visiting players’ vouchers will be posted to their clubs this evening.

4th Winter Stableford Open Result

Booking is now open for the final Winter Stableford Open, as is booking for all of our Open Competitions at:

Andy Stevenson

Match Secretary

Junior Section Presentation of Prizes 2017

A week past Friday saw the junior prize-giving being held in the newly refurbished lounge area, which also served as a mini-golf area for the evening.

It was great to see so many junior members and parents joining in what was a real fun evening, where putting and chipping skills were put to the test. The House Convenor will be glad to know that no remedial work is needed as rubber balls were in use!

On the presentation front, Jack Cummings was crowned junior champion for the second consecutive year, with Craig Tibbetts runner-up.

Scott McKinnon Jnr, Craig Tibbets and Euan Valentine performed consistently well throughout the season, with 4, 4 and 3 victories respectively, including for Euan the dubious honour of winning the Adult and Junior Trophy alongside Junior Convenor, Peter Macmillan – Euan must’ve played well!

Both Jack and Craig have now moved into the adult section, where we look forward to seeing them renewing their rivalry in the major competitions and no doubt pushing hard for places in the men’s representative teams.

Jack’s final act in the junior section was to hand over responsibility as junior club captain to Scott McKinnon Jnr, who we wish well in his new role, as we continue to build on previous achievements.

Club Captain, Gordon Law spoke about the junior coaching programme for the coming year and the new structure this will follow, which generated a lot of interest. It was really encouraging to have several parents signing up their youngsters on the night.

Lots of the younger members were successful in picking up some prizes at the Mini Golf events – here’s a few of the lads receiving their golf balls from Gordon.  Smiles all round – although don’t get used to getting free golf balls!

To finish off the evening, we all enjoyed a great buffet prepared by AP Catering – many thanks to Anne and her team.

These events don’t organise themselves, so grateful thanks to Sheila Cowie, Tom Flannigan and Anne and Anne Brotherstone, plus, as always, the junior support team who continue to show great enthusiasm to help our young golfers develop.

We look forward to another successful season for the junior section, both on and off the course.





Junior Squad edge to Victory in Century Cup

Uphall Junior Squad pairings of Scott McKinnon / Euan Valentine and Owen Abu-Baker / Connor Currie lifted the Century Cup at Linlithgow yesterday, beating the host club in extra holes in a very hard fought match.

Conditions were terrible with heavy rain throughout.

A hard fought game resulted in an all square aggregate after 18 holes, but Uphall squeezed through when both our pairings won the first extra hole.

Well done to all players from both Clubs, with special thanks to our supporters including PGA Professional, Gordon Law and past captains, Tom Flannigan and Joe McManus for braving the elements.

Hopefully, the squad will gain even more confidence from this year’s results – there’s lots of potential and opportunities to develop through our Junior initiatives.

A busy and successful week for Owen with 2 trophies

One of the Club’s young players, Owen Abu-Baker, has added another two trophies to his growing collection.

Last week saw Owen pick up the silverware at Dalmahoy, where he won the SG Foundation under 12 event with a scratch 71 from the red tees.  Here’s Owen being presented with the winner’s medal by Scott Knowles of the SG Foundation.


Then it was on to St Andrews for the New Club’s Juvenile Championship, which was played over the Strathtyrum Course – Owen came through 3 rounds against older players, all with lower handicaps than him, to win the Championship, so a great outcome at The Home of Golf. In true fashion at St Andrews, Owen had to change into his best gear to receive his well deserved prize.


Congratulations from all at Uphall Golf Club!

We have a great Junior Section running at the Club, so come along and get involved.

Trollies and Buggie’s now allowed, but still subject to daily review

Who’d have thought frost would be our friend!?

The frost has firmed up the course a bit and the Greens Team are content that trollies and buggies can be used with immediate effect.    Unfortunately, due to the frost and the “bone” in the ground, temporary greens are in use.   Whilst surface frost may not be visible, if there’s frozen ground not visible below the surface, walking or balls landing can separate the turf from the roots causing permanent damage.

Both matters are subject to daily review based on weather and ground conditions.

A couple of requests though please:

Please try and keep traffic away from areas which are obviously worn, muddy or wet, especially near tees and greens – that’ll minimise wear and aid the recovery process in the Spring.

If you are able to carry your bag, please continue to do so, as every little helps.  Alternatively, one of these might be the answer!

hovercraft golf buggy

We trust we can rely on your co-operation and understanding in this matter.




What a fundraising weekend that was for the Junior’s Spanish trip

A hectic weekend of fundraising kicked off with Friday’s race night, which was a massive success as the Juniors near the end of their fundraising efforts which have been non-stop since they qualified in October.  The magnificent total of £1,070 (after all costs) was raised throughout the evening, with funds boosted by a draw for 2 Manchester United tickets, a raffle and finally, donations on the night.

Many thanks to Ron Comber for the United tickets and everyone (too many to mention!) who contributed prizes and cash donations, including a number from somewhat flush members after their exploits on the GG’s and the final race, which involved racing pigs….!


Of course, these events wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for the members, guests, friends and family who came long and importantly dug deep into their pockets to support the Juniors – many thanks to you all – hopefully some of you came out ahead at the end (even after the extra donations)!

Then it was on to Asda for a bag-packing event on Saturday, with another £430 raised there – as always, the ladies section were to the fore in keeping things running smoothly, so thanks to Sheila Cowie, Margaret Meldrum and Alison Wilson for their continued sterling efforts.   Oh, and let’s not forget Tom Flannigan and Peter MacMillan fresh from playing at Bookie’s Runners the night before!

All in all, £1,500 raised over the two events over the weekend, which is quite simply, AMAZING.

We’re almost there and with only 4 weeks to the event, our planning for the trip is coming together nicely.

We’ll be bringing you more news as the big day gets closer.

Many thanks again to everyone involved.

Winter Maintenance Update & Invite to Course Forum

Please see below for a brief progress update on our (in relative terms compared to previous years!) reduced winter programme.

Many of you have expressed an interest in having the opportunity to pose questions direct to the team who set the the strategy and carry out the work for the course.

So that you can do just that, we’ve arranged for Peter Ormiston, Head Greenkeeper,  to attend a forum in the Clubhouse on Tuesday, 26 January at 7pm.  Peter will be joined by Jim Saunders and Gordon Law who will also be able to answer your questions.

In order that we can plan for the evening, it would be helpful if you could add your name to the sheet in the main lounge or email the office at:

[email protected]

It’s your chance to get your course questions answered, so don’t miss out.



Spain here we come – November Home-Nations Update

As we’re sure you’ll have gathered by now, the Club’s Junior Squad came through the final qualifying stage at Gleneagles to book their place at the final stage of the Home Nations Inter-Club Championship in Andalucia, Spain, in March 2016 where they will represent Scotland along with their counterparts from Murrayfield Golf Club, Edinburgh.

Some of the team ready to go at Gleneagles
Some of the team ready to go at Gleneagles

Other finalists are, Halamshire and Burhill (England), Green Meadow and Vale of Glamorgan (Wales) and Kilkenny (Eire) and Tandragee (Northern Ireland).

The tournament runs from 5th to 11th March 2016, with competition days being 7th to 10th March.
Our playing squad and designated support team are traveling on jet2 from Edinburgh to Malaga on Friday 4th March, returning on Friday 11th.

We have received further details from the organisers and these are to be found in the attached document. This gives details of location, etc and also a couple of options for specific hotels.

To try and keep things as co-ordinated as possible, Past Captain, Tom Flannigan, has kindly offered the support of his Secretary to coordinate supporters’ accommodation requirements with the organisers. Please liaise with Dorothy at Apex who can be emailed at:

[email protected]

The organisers have booked out the whole hotel, so rooms should be available in the team hotel or others nearby.

Flights are not included in supporters package and are likely to fill up quickly, so early booking is advised if you wish to come along – we’d be delighted to have your support!

As you can imagine, there is a cost attached to participating in as large an event at this and whilst some of the cost for the team is covered by the organisers and their Corporate Sponsors such as Cleveland / Srixon, there is a fairly significant amount to be contributed on our side.

Fund raising efforts are already underway, with the forthcoming Texas Scramble on 21 November and there will be other events and initiatives in the months ahead. Rest assured, the boys will be working hard to contribute and are already organising their own separate fund raising activities away from the Club, such as bag packing at local supermarkets.

At this stage, we’d like to record our appreciation to everyone who has supported the boys, whether that be by way of transport, sponsorship, contributions for fundraising, donations, playing in competitions or simply coming along to cheer the boys on, especially at a bitterly cold Gleneagles a couple of weeks back.

Past Captains Archie Mairs and Joe McManus all smiles at Gleneagles
Past Captains Archie Mairs and Joe McManus all smiles at Gleneagles

Thanks to Sandy Calder for contributing the photos in this bulletin – there are many, many more – we’re trying to find a way to post these centrally without crashing our website!

We’ll be providing updates as we get more information, but if you need any more information in the meantime, please email the office at

[email protected]