***Sunday Sweep***

Another great turn out for the string competition have to say hats off to Robert and his team the greens are in excellent condition👏👏👏
1st Alan Ward 42 £6 and Graeme McCubbin 42 £6 and string left!!!!!

3rd Allan McGregor 45 £4 and Matt Quinn 45

Closest to pin
8th Matt Quinn
19th Graeme Telfer

£6 to prize pot £20 in pot so far for final Sunday.

Thanks to Paul Duffy for his 2 complementary tickets to see Status Quo on Tuesday night winner was Matt Quinn for his score and closest to the pin.
Next weeks format will be Texas scramble from yellow tees times are book from 8.40-9.10am meet from 8am everyone is welcome

2017 Scottish Golf Limited Handicap Stat and Buffer Zone Information

Recently Scottish Golf Limited have released a some of statistics regarding handicaps for the 2017 season. In this document we have compared the national statistics vs Rowallan Castle for medal play in 2017 – plus a couple more bits of useful information.
Handicap Adjustment:
How do you judge a good day on the Course? Are you only ever happy when you walk off the 18th green after reducing your handicap? Scottish Golf Limited have analyzed the 1,317,422 qualifying competition scores from the 2017 season.
It shows that 2017 has been a testing year for all golfers with only 12% of qualifying rounds result in a handicap reduction. So, the next time you narrowly miss out on the Buffer Zone, don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re far from alone. Please see Appendix 1 for Buffer Zone calculation.
Handicap Adjustment

Rowallan Castle Golf Club

Reduction in Hcp 15% Buffer Zone & Equal 24%

Increase in Hcp 61%

Rowallan Castle is almost level with competition rounds over the CSS (0.1 increase to handicap) but better than average regarding handicap reductions. Meanwhile our Buffer Zone is 4% below national average. The national average handicap for male golfers (18 and above) is 14.9 compared to the average handicap for Rowallan members of 12.4.
Easiest and Toughest Holes at RCGC:
The below information was taken from medal results played on the Blue, White, Yellow and Red tees from the 2017 playing season.
Blue Tees

Blue Tees

Easiest Hole Average Over Par Toughest Hole Average Over Par
8 3.55 16 6.89

Easiest Par 3 = 8   Easiest Par 4 = 7   Easiest Par 5 = 13

Toughest Par 3 = 10   Toughest Par 4 = 11   Toughest Par 5 = 16

White Tees

Easiest Hole

Average Over Par Toughest Hole Average Over Par
8 3.76 16


Easiest Par 3 = 8  Easiest Par 4 = 12 Easiest Par 5 = 13

Toughest Par 3 = 10  Toughest Par 4 = 11  Toughest Par 5 = 16

Yellow Tees

Easiest Hole

Average Over Par Toughest Hole Average Over Par
8 3.79 16


Easiest Par 3 = 8   Easiest Par 4 = 7   Easiest Par 5 = 13

Toughest Par 3 = 10   Toughest Par 4 = 11   Toughest Par 5 = 16

Red Tees

Easiest Hole Average Over Par Toughest Hole Average Over Par
10 3.64 16


Easiest Par 3 = 10  Easiest Par 4 = 12 Easiest Par 5 = 16*

Toughest Par 3 = 2   Toughest Par 4 = 9  Toughest Par 5 = 16*

*Only par 5 on the card
For every tee position the par 3’s played the easiest holes on the course and par 5’s played the toughest.
Player Performance:
In 2017 46 members have improved on their handicap by 0.1 or more. Colin Murray is the most improved golfer this year with a starting handicap of 13.0 and reducing it to 8.6.
Player Starting Handicap Current Handicap Difference
Colin Murray 13.0 8.6 1.2136
William Stewart 27.1 20.8 1.1921
Gavin Wilson 20.8 15.6 1.1884
David Rooney 17.6 13.1 1.1793
Allan McGregor 21.6 17.1 1.1546

Difference = (Start Hcp + 12) / (Current Hcp + 12) (This method gives a statistically correct representation of ‘improvement’ over the period)

With the medal data we can also calculate what would be called “Exceptional Players Report” which is a list of players who have been returning scores on or below the CSS.
Player Handicap Rounds On or Below CSS
Neil Black 3 13
Ruari McMillan 9 10
Kevin Hamilton 12 9
Grant Wilson 3 9
Allan McGregor 17 8
John Rushbury 2 8
Robbie MacInnes 5 8
And finally, we can also calculate the player frequency for medal rounds. This calculates the total number of medals (Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday) played by members who hold a registered handicap.
Name Medal Rounds
Alan Ward 31
Neil Black 29
Stewart Reid 27
Average Medal Rounds per player: 18
This is slightly lower than last year in terms of medal rounds played by the top player, but our average medal rounds have increased by 4 compared to 2016. Furthermore, medal participation has also increase in 2017 compared to 2016.
Appendix 1
How the buffer zone is calculated:
In simple terms, the Buffer Zone is a cushion that enables each player’s net score to exceed the Competition Scratch Score (CSS) without resulting in an increase to their handicap. The number of strokes depends on the player’s handicap category. The Buffer Zone varies for each handicap category as follows:
Category Handicap CSS
1 Up to 5 +1
2 6 to 12 +2
3 13 to 20 +3
4 21 to 28 +4
If a player’s net score (after applying any net double bogey adjustment) lies:
• Above the buffer zone, their handicap is increased by 0.1
• Between the CSS and the Buffer Zone, their handicap remains unchanged
• Below the CSS, their handicap is reduced
Why is the Buffer Zone different for each handicap category?
The different Buffer Zones reflect the different scoring patterns/expectations of golfers of varying ability. The Buffer Zone for each Handicap Category has been created to ensure golfers across all handicap categories have the same likelihood of playing to their Buffer Zone or better.How does this work?
Example 1
A golfer with a handicap of 9 (Category 2) scores a gross 83, resulting in a net 74. No net double bogey adjustments are to be made to the player’s scorecard and the CSS for the day was calculated at 72. The Buffer Zone for a category 2 golfer is CSS + 2 strokes = 74.
Handicap Adjustment: In this instance there is no adjustment to the player’s handicap as their net scores lies within the Buffer Zone.
Example 2
A golfer with a handicap of 5 (Category 1) scores a gross 77, resulting in a net 72. No net double bogey adjustments are to be made to the player’s scorecard and the CSS for the day was calculated at 70. The Buffer Zone for a category 1 golfer is CSS +1 stroke = 71.
Handicap Adjustment: In this instance the player’s net score lies outside the buffer zone therefore their handicap is increased 0.1
Key points
The Buffer Zone is a cushion added to the CSS which varies (as above) according to a player’s Handicap Category.
Any nett score returned between the CSS and the Buffer Zone will result in a player’s handicap remaining unchanged.
Only nett scores that are above the Buffer Zone result in handicap increases.




Sunday Sweep

Winter golf!! It certainly was today and thanks to all who braved the conditions.

Next week we are going to be doing the string competition from red tees. If you’ve not played it before come and have a go – the piece of string is your handicap(10 handicap = 10 feet of string) use it wisely!!!!!

Thanks to Robert Johnston bottle donation for closest to pin

Todays results

1st Graeme Telfer nett 37 £6
2nd Matt Quinn nett 43 £3
= Darren McCutcheon nett 43 £3

Closest to the pin

2nd and 8th Graeme Telfer

£2 to prize pot for final Sunday

Rowallan Castle Annual Prize Giving

On Friday the 17th of November Rowallan Castle hosted Rowallan Castle Golf Clubs annual prize giving. This was in the fantastic setting of the ballroom within Rowallan Castle and a great night was had by all. Special thanks to The Glasshouse restaurant for supplying the meal on the night, guest speak Niven Rennie, photographer Graeme McCubbin and to all the members and guests who attended. Congratulations to all prize winners who are listed below as well as some photographs from the night:

Saturday Monthly Meetings:

April: Kevin Bell

May: Paul Millar

June: Grant Wilson

July: David Addison

August: Ruari McMillan

September: Colin Ward

Spring Meeting: Gerry Brannigan

Summer Meeting: Mark Gallagher

Autumn Meeting: Stewart Reid

Medal Winners Final: Colin Ward

Wednesday Aggregate: Neil Black

Highlander Cup: Barry Wilson

Queens Own Highlanders Dirk: Gavin Wilson

Charity Shield: Iain Greer

Captains Day: Stewart Brown

Cats Whiskers: Drew Parsons

Wilson Staff Trophy: Mark Harrison

Blue Monster Cup: Neil Black

Presidents Trophy: Past Captain Andrew Macleod

House Flag: Lorimer House captained by Andrew Macleod

Rowallan Singles Shield: Allan McGregor

Rowallan Singles Shield Runner Up: Stephen Skilling

Rowallan Pairs Shield: David Macleod & Euan Campbell

Rowallan Pairs Shield Runners Up: David Addison & Phillip Rooney

Seniors Club Champion: Ricky Gray

Club Handicap Champion: Stewart Reid

Club Handicap Runner Up: Kevin Hamilton

Club Champion: John Rushbury

Club Champion Runner Up: Neil Black

Sunday Sweep

Great turn out for yesterdays green some pairs from the yellow tees with a new member to the club joining us along with a guest and some old faces.

1st Graeme McCubbin and John Tully nett 44 £4 each
= Allan McGregor and John Orr nett 44 £4 each
3rd Will Brown and Alan Ward sleeve of Wilson Staff balls each

Closest to pin prize
2nd Paul Duffy (new member)
8th Alan Ward
19th John Tully

Thanks to Will Brown for his 2nd hole challenge he wanted to put bottle up at hole of his choice.

£4 to prize pot with £12 and counting for final Sunday

This weeks winners decided they wanted a 5 club challenge from the red tees for next week tee times are booked from 8.30-9am everybody welcome along and bring a guest for £5.

 Winter Series Qualifier #4

1st Mark Mckelvie 29 points

2nd David Cameron 28 points (best last 3)

Two’s Winners (£4 per Two):

Mark Mckelvie 17th & 19th
Alan Ward 8th
Kevin Bell 5th
David MacLeod 5th
Steven Roper 8th
Craig Hutchinson 19th
Scott McIver 17th

Well done to everyone who played on Saturday!

Handicap Adjustments:
Mark McKelvie 8 to 7
David Cameron 17 to 16.5
Allan McGregor 11 to 11.5

An updated handicap list will be next to the entry sheet for Qualifier #4. Please click on the following link for Qualifier 3 Scores.

Sunday Fun Sweep

Thanks to all for turning up to last Sundays Sweep which was a stableford format from red tees. It was a cold start on what turned out to be a cracking day and all scores pretty close.

1st Colin Murray 25 points £3
= Graeme Telfer 25 points £3
3rd John Orr 22 points £2
= Alan Ward 22 points £2
= John Tully 22 points £2

Closest to pin prizes
8th Alan Ward
19th Graeme Telfer

Prize pot £4 contribution with £8 in pot for final Sunday.

Next week will be Greensome format we have tee times booked from 8.30-9am. If you want to bring a friend along the club have agreed £5 for a visitor to play our 12 hole Fun Sweep. Look forward to seeing everybody next week.

 Winter Series Qualifier #2 

Please see below for the Winter Series Q2 results.

1st  Kevin Hamilton 34 points
2nd  Alan Ward 29 points

Two’s Winners (£5 per Two):

Euan Campbell 17th
Robbie MacInnes 5th
Stuart McKelvie 17th
Robert Cairney 5th
Alan Ward 5th
Kevin Hamilton 2nd & 19th

Well done to everyone who played and congratulations to Kevin in scoring the highest points total recorded in the Winter Series to date.

Handicap Adjustments:
Kevin Hamilton 8 to 7
Alan Ward 4.5 to 4
Scott McCluskey 13 to 13.5

An updated handicap list will be next to the entry sheet for Qualifier #3. The Winter Series qualifier this coming Saturday will run as normal with the Cats Whiskers also being played.

Please click on the following link for the Qualifier 2 Scores and updated Winter Series Handicap list. 

Sunday Fun Sweep


Over the coming winter months there will be a Sunday Sweep arranged by members, with the idea of fun golf on Sunday mornings. The sweep is open to all members and will meet in The Glasshouse for 8am for an 8.30 start. The format of the competition will be decided on the day of play amongst the players and will be played over 9, 12, or 18 holes. There will be closest to the pin prizes on holes 8 and 19 each week.

Entry is £2 sweep with the winner getting kitty but keeping about 20% back to put into a prize pot(voucher to spend in pro shop) which we will play for over 18 holes in format to be decided. But you need to have played at least 6 Sundays to have a chance to win on the final Sunday showdown.

George has agreed that the winner of the final Sunday showdown will get a complimentary steak sundae deal for 2 but also to encourage us back each week the winner of each week will receive a complimentary hot roll and drink the following week.

First Meeting

Well done to all for the 1st Sunday sweep played over 12 holes stroke play from red tees with 2/3 handicap .

1st Graeme Telfer nett 39 £6
2nd Colin Murray nett 41 £4
3rd John Tully nett 43 £1
3rd Darren McCutcheon) nett 43 £1

Closest to pin prizes
8th Colin Murray
19th Graeme Telfer (Hole in 1)

In Prize pot for final Sunday £4.

Tee times have been booked for next Sunday from 8.30am stableford format. Everybody is welcome along we meet in the Glasshouse from 8am £2 sweep money. The Glasshouse has also done a deal for £3 hot roll and as much tea or coffee you can consume.

Course Update from Robert:

No change with the weather then!

October was the wettest month of the year so far with over 6 inches of rain and the 1st of November is continuing the trend with another 9mm recorded this morning.

The coring through mid October went as planned and the greens have been overseeded through the autumn. A sand dressing went out last week and another is planned when the weather plays ball.

Some drainage work has been started on holes 4 & 9. We discovered a blocked outlet from the main through the 4th fairway and this has been rectified which will improve matters.

A new drain has been pulled from the right rough on 9 approximately 30 yards short of the green. The intention here is to run this parallel to the fairway with laterals then running across the fairway at 10m intervals. Two other wet spots at the swale have been picked up and tied into the existing drainage system.

The irrigation system has been drained down for the winter and maintenance is also planned for the coming weeks.

We have 2 new additions to the staff.

Malcolm MacLeod and Calum Kane both started through October and are settling in well.