Uphall is staging an Open Day on Saturday to showcase an improvement programme at the forward-thinking West Lothian club.
“We’ve continued our programme with the support of our main sponsor, Gordon Bow Plant Hire,” reported Gordon Law, the club’s long-serving club pro and doubling up these days as course manager. “It means we have now completed the USGA drainage works on all our greens, alongside other initiatives to combat the increasingly wet climate, plus modernising some of our bunkering.
“We’ve hardly had to resort to temporary greens this winter and even when we’ve had long periods of rain, the surfaces have cleared very quickly when the weather improved.” The club has also acquired new specialist on-course machinery, refurbished areas of the clubhouse and are just finishing off a major project to replace the paving outside the pro-shop and locker rooms.
It has remained focused on the future, too, with a thriving Junior Section now numbering more than 120, with initiatives in place to increase the number of kids playing “mini medals” supervised by a team of adult helpers to provide coaching, guidance on the rules and etiquette and to make sure they enjoy their golf.
“It’s great to see so many youngsters out on the course, as they’re our future and we must make sure that a high percentage of them stay with us and grow to love the game,” added Law, who has led a team that has recently provided all 600 pupils in primaries 5, 6 and 7 in the local area schools with Junior Golf packs to encourage participation.
This weekend’s Open event has been organised in co-operation with Iain Evans, the SGU’s Area Development Officer.