Monday, April 23, 2018

 Pictured with the High 9s bag tag are (left to right) Willie MacKay (Scottish Golf), John Gunn (Lybster Golf Club), June Sanderson (Isle of Skye),  Neil Hampton (chairman, Golf Highland), Phil Masheter (Aigas golf course), John Swinden (Abernethy) kneeling), Allan Perris (Gairloch), Barney Mackie (Portmahomack, Tarbat), Mike Turner (Ullapool) back, Susan Swinden (Abernethy), Lucy Mackay (Durness) and Albert Tonge (Bonar Bridge and Ardgay) 


High9s Golf Tour of the West is launched

By ROBIN WILSON
All plans to travel the NC500 must include a camera and binoculars for the marvellous scenery and  growing reputation of the North Scottish West Coast Route but, have you thought of leaving space for golf clubs?
On its Eastern coastline the North has many fabulous 18-hole golf courses including Castle Stuart, Nairn, Royal Dornoch, Tain, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Brora and Golspie, but a day can be set aside to play these, so now consider setting aside a couple of hours to play the High 9s Tour of the West.
Backed by Scottish Golf, who are encouraging the nine-hole concept, and Golf Highland, the body promoting all of the North's golfing gems, nine of the lesser known clubs have linked forces to launch the High9s Tour.
Officials from the nine participating nine-hole golf clubs, either on or in close proximity to the NC500 route from Abernethy, at the entrance to the Highlands, to the Isle of Skye, and on the NC500 route, Aigas, Bonar Bridge-Ardgay, Gairloch, Ullapool, Durness and Lybster (Caithness) (it's on the A9 south of Wick), drew up the idea to attract passing golfers to their “hidden gems.” 
In attendance was Neil Hampton, chairman of Golf Highland, and Scottish Golf Development Officer Willie Mackay and both agreed: “The High 9s concept is a fantastic idea, which will satisfy all groups, and has become a reality due to the hard work of those clubs. We are delighted that this has come to fruition and when you see the geographical spread of the courses, those who take part will not only have a great golfing experience but will get to drive through some of the most amazing scenery the world has to offer”.
To join the tour and win prizes is easy.
Stop off at any one of the participating clubs, buy a £5 High9s bag tag, only one purchase does all nine courses.  Register on an entry form and pay the club visitors' nine hole green fee. 
When you have played your nine holes and kept a Stableford score using half handicap, send the card with photographic proof that you have played the course to the project administrator, June Sanderson at Isle of Skye Golf Club.
When she receives three or more cards from different courses played, she will amalgamate the best three and declare winners and add a winning name to a “Hall of Fame”. Prizes will also be awarded. The competition is open to all, including junior golfers under 18 years   

For more information contact 
John Ross
System 2
01463 714403/ 07730 099617
johnross@system2.eu

or John Ross
Head of Media Content
System 2
Suite 1, Lyle House,
Fairways Business Park,
Inverness IV2 6AA

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