Gleneagles – Queens Course
We returned to Gleneagles for the SFTA Annual Golf Classic 2017, and played the magnificent Queens course.
Described as a “battle of wits for anyone in love with the great game” the Queens course is challenging enough for the low handicap golfer to be interesting yet manageable for those playing off double digits. Designed by James Braid, winner of five Open Championships between 1901 and 1910, the course is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.
The June weather was kind as the forecast showers where held at bay by a brisk South Westerly wind making for a challenging front nine for all groups. The weather changed on the back nine with the wind dropping and allowing the rain clouds to roll in over the Ochil hills, the front groups escaping the heaviest showers and those behind donning the waterproofs and breaking out the brollies.
Despite the changing weather the facilities and service provided by the golf and hospitality team at Gleneagles are first class and after being fed and watered the focus quickly turns to the hotly contested SFTA trophies.
This year the competition was tight across all three competitions but Stephen Vassie of Bells Food Group fought off competition from his playing partner Dave Southern to take the 1-10 Handicap Love Cup for the second year in a row with a score of 33.
The mid-handicap Coronation Cup for players off 11-18 was won by David Soutar of Highland Game playing off 15 with an impressive score of 42 to take the trophy.
The 19-28 handicap Healy Cup also went back to Shotts won by John Watson of Bells Food Group with a score of 35.
Best Team went to Bells Food group also with a score of 77 with Maclay Murray Spens and Nagel Langdons hot on their heels with a team score of 75.
Longest Drive went to George Stubbs who was a guest of Maclay Murray Spens and nearest the pin was taken by David Soutar, a guest of Nagel Langdons.
A special mention to Optimum PPS who played in a two-ball and posted a very respectable 53 and to Hamlyns of Scotland who sponsored the Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive competitions.
We hope to see all of this year’s players back next year to defend their titles and encourage all member companies to come along and try to take the glory.
Read more about the SFTA Annual Golf Classic here, including sponsorship opportunities.
For more information or to book for next year’s event please click here or call Mari McTear, SFTA Secretary Tel: 07931 173023
Image Credit: Gleneagles