Tuesday, December 02, 2014


TAIN - Tony Watson's golfing history of 

people, places and past times


Written by former Tain Golf Club Captain, Tony Watson (pictured) to celebrate in 2015 the 125th year of the modern club, this book looks at the very early days of the game, both nationally and locally. 
Particular attention has been made in identifying the positioning of the original Old Tom Morris designed course although his additional researches show that local golf considerably pre-dated the present course.
 Find out how a photograph of a young lady, named Ruby, playing golf on the course in 1894, unlocked the mystery. 
A further combination of old maps and course descriptions, together with modern GPS mapping systems, has enabled him to establish that the original course was indeed very much different to what had been previously assumed and these researches have contradicted all other previous publications about the early Morris course.
 In other chapters the author describes the early problems associated with playing golf on poor courses with indifferent equipment, the development of tourism in  Victorian society, the impact of the military and naval exercises on club membership and potted family histories of some of some of the “early movers and shakers” associated with the club.

Copies are initially available at £10 from Tain Golf Club (plus £2 package and postage) with all sale proceeds donated to the club.
Magi Vass (tel 01862 892314) is the secretary of Tain GC and the postal address is:
 Chapel Road, Tain, IV19 1JE
The golf club's E-mail address is:



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