East Lothian club unveils innovative new comps for ‘time poor’ golfers
By Craig Dennett
Everybody wants to play more competitive golf but might not have the time - but one East Lothian club perhaps has the answer.
Craigielaw Golf Club, pictured right, which sits just a few miles outside Gullane, has come up with an innovative Super Six Series to help its members make the most of the light evenings during the summer months.
The Stableford event is running every month until September, giving members
of the popular links the chance
to play competitively after work over a short period of time.
Craigielaw’s director of golf Jonathan Porteous said the move was introduced to try and encourage members to make the most out of their golf club fees, taking advantage of the light nights.
“We are keen to bring people down to the golf club in the evenings, after work,” said Porteous.
“It’s not going to consume the whole of their evening, so they can come along and enjoy six holes. If they want to carry on and play more holes, then no problem at all.
“We want to see golfers using their golf club as much as they can so there is value in their membership. They will be more likely to rejoin if they see the value in it.”
Contested over the first four holes at Craigielaw and then the eighth and ninth, tee times start at 5:30pm for the six-hole events with weekly sweeps and the best three aggregate scores winning the series.
The club has even put forward a £150 voucher for both the handicap and scratch winner.
“Our course lends itself to shorter forms of the game and the format of golf has to evolve to mix things up and keep people interested,” Porteous added.
“It will be the players’ three best aggregate scores that count, overall, so it really encourages members to play in each event, with prizes for the handicap and scratch winners.”