History of Stonehaven Golf Club at Rotary

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Did you know that the Stonehaven Golf Club was formed in 1888? Stonehaven Rotarian Donald Mitchell obviously did a lot of research into his talk to fellow Rotarians.

The club’s first captain was W.D.Innes and the course started off with ten holes. The first clubhouse opened in 1889 and was described as being rustic with a thatched roof. The first competitions were held in August 1888 and a marquee was erected on Skaty shore for the event.

The layout of the course was changed in 1896 and a new clubhouse was erected in 1897 for the grand cost of £326.18/3d.

The daily rate to play was 6d and the annual subscription was 15/-.

Over the years the course has had nine professional golfers and in 1923 the club employed caddys for the first time, mainly young boys wishing to make a little money.

In 1940 a bomb fell on the course, there is in fact to this day a bunker called Hitler’s bunker.

There have been a few more changes over the years to improve the course though I expect some wish the prices were still as they were in 1897!

The vote of thanks was given by Rotarian George Forrester.

Assistant Governor Alan Pirie presented President Jennifer Macdonald with a cheque for £1,199.40. For the past few years Rotary have helped sell raffle tickets for CLAN, the prize being a car. The bulk of the money raised from the raffle goes to CLAN but they return a percentage of the money raised to participating Rotary Clubs for them to help other good causes either locally or internationally.