Ellon club opens its doors

McDonald Golf Club, Ellon, 18th green.
McDonald Golf Club, Ellon, 18th green.

ONE of the North-east’s most progressive golf clubs will be holding an open day to which they will be inviting all age groups in a bid to increase membership.

McDonald Golf Club, Ellon, will be throwing open its doors to the public on Sunday, June 23.

From noon until 4pm offers of discounted membership will be up for grabs with no joining fee, while prospective members can sample the joys of the course for half-price.

Club captain Bill Moir said: “We have held open days in the past, and been staggered at the response, but then that should not really be a surprise, as we have a splendid product of which we are very
proud.”

The Ellon course has won rave notices over the years, not least from the professionals from the Tartan Tour who come to the club every year for the much-acclaimed
pro-am.

Mr Moir said: “They usually have kind words for the condition of our course, and in particular our manicured greens.”

Visitors apart, the members continue to make good use of the inland, parkland course, including the juniors who over the years under a succession of dedicated junior conveners have come through the ranks to play in top amateur competitions.

Mr Moir added: “We are very proud of our youngsters who continue to thrive at all levels in the
game.

“There is a great tradition in the juniors going back to the days when Maurice Moir won the Scottish Boys Championship in 1954,’’

The captain was, however, unable to claim any relationship with his namesake of nearly 60 years
ago.

The McDonald club was one of the first to have a junior convener in the form of Frank Duguid who enabled young Moir to win at Dunbar before turning professional.

Mr Moir said: “Perhaps we will get a youngster coming along on June 23 who might just emulate young Maurice. You never know.”