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Playing Golf at Milngavie – A Senior’s Perspective from Derek Hunter

I have to admit that probably for the first 2 or 3 years after I retired in 2009 I missed my work. There was a loss of friendship and companionship, a feeling that somehow I was no longer making a worthwhile contribution to society. Not even frequent visits to exotic places – the fruit and veg aisle in my local ‘Asda’ could make up for what I had lost.

But things and attitudes gradually began to change. And much of that was down to one thing – the friendship, companionship and opportunity I found in the seniors section of Milngavie Golf Club. Suffice to say, nothing noteworthy has happened to my handicap but, for the last 9 years, I have been fortunate to have enjoyed the considerable benefits of being one of Milngavie’s Senior Citizens:-

  • An opportunity to play regular social golf. Yes, people still play with their friends, but I assure you, everyone will always find a warm welcome at Milngavie.
  • A chance to play other courses. Last year, for example, with different groups of friends, I played golf in Northern Ireland, Rothesay, Balfron and Millport. Next week under the 1895 Association, where members can play FREE golf at other clubs founded in that year, 12 of us will be heading off to play Edzell and Alyth. Over the years I have enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of a whole range of 1895 courses- Paisley, Duddingston, Cathcart Castle, Edzell and Cardross.
  • You can play a large number of James Braid courses throughout Scotland for the cost of what a visitor would pay if introduced by a member – a considerable saving. Nearer to home, Reciprocal Golf is a local scheme which allows Milngavie members to play a number of courses for prices between £10 and £15.
  • For the more competitive, there are the team matches to enjoy. George Robinson runs a most successful and enthusiastic McIntyre League team that will allow you to sharpen your competitive skills and realise the folly of conceding a 6’’ putt to your opponents.
  • Throughout the colder months you can enjoy the delights of the Winter League and, once summer arrives (?), there are senior’s singles and 4 ball matches to enjoy.

Ok. So senior golf doesn’t quite make up for not having to take the bottom 3rd year class for last period on a wet Friday afternoon but it does give it a run for its money!!!!


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