Tain - Wednesday 17th August

Today we were at the start of THE NC500 MGPT TOUR 2022.
First Stop:
Located on the Chanonry Peninsula in the ‘Black Isle’ our Scottish links golf course enjoys breathtaking views over the Moray Firth, only 20 minutes from the City of Inverness. Our Championship links course is the 15th Oldest Recorded Club in the World (1793). The course was re-designed by the five time Open Champion James Braid in 1932.
Tain has matured into an extremely attractive golf course receiving great praise from visiting golfers for it’s immaculate condition, beautiful environment and above all it’s ability to test
golfers without being unfair.
Over the decades, as equipment and especially the golf ball improved immeasurably, many of the original holes became too short for the “modern game” and further adjustments were made to the course until today, few holes can be said to be original.
The short fairways wind their way through the sixty acres of links and heather, which the course is designed around.
Some may huff at the lack of originality of the course although tremendous views of the are still afforded on various parts of the course.
Water is not in play, but the sea shore follows on several holes including the long par 5 called “the lighthouse” where this is placed as the hardest hole on the course, where a good drive might be in the fairway but the slightest deviation will lead to a dropped shot from the shoreline.
On the whole the course design welcomes the driver with most fairways open enough to tempt the ambitious. However, the ever present threat of heather will catch out the reckless.
The opening nine is marginally harder than the back nine where the testing 4th hole and 2nd hole can be a challenge to your card just as your concentration is beginning.
A test for even the most established player. Thankfully, four more teeing options make this utterly stunning and uniquely situated course enjoyable for every level of golfer.
Best shot was Callum whiting who rocketed a driver off the 5th hole to put it down the centre off the white pots for the win on that hole!!
Well done to Ian Gregson who put it to 3ft on the 16th and 17th par 3, from 210 yards with a 5 iron!! Very impressive!!

WHS Leaderboard:
1st - Ian Gregson + Andy Bennett (Golf Escapes Holiday)
2nd - Ican Clingan + Martyn Roe (4-ball Voucher)
3rd - Kurtis Stewart + Lyle Mackay (£200 MGPT Voucher)
4th - Alan + Elizabeth Murdoch (£100 MGPT Voucher)
5th - Donald Murray + John Macauley (£50 MGPT Voucher)

Longest Drive:
Shaun Innes (£30 MGPT Voucher)
Elizabath Murdoch (£30 MGPT Voucher)

Nearest The Pins:
5th - John Bell (£30 MGPT Voucher)
8th - Michael Webster (£30 MGPT Voucher)
16th / 17th - Ian Gregson (£60 MGPT Voucher)

To see the full results from our event at Tain please click this link

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