Bute Golf Club members tee off into a season of celebration on Easter Monday when the annual Easter Medal marks the start of a historic year at the seaside course.
The occasion is the 125th anniversary of golf at Kingarth – and, in a busy commemorative schedule, members will also take time to toast the progress made since gaining sole occupancy of the land following the removal of livestock in November 2009.
Following the removal of livestock – and fencing – the committee of management has worked hard over the past three years to achieve a dramatic improvement in playing conditions, thanks mainly to extensive additional drainage, while substantial greenkeepers’ shed has been erected to replace temporary units and new equipment purchased.
Much progress has also been made in other areas, including new signage and achieving vehicle access to the course - a properly surfaced road now replaces the former pedestrian farm track and leads to a spacious car park close to the clubhouse.
The celebrations at the island’s oldest club will begin in earnest on Saturday, April 6, when members tee off in the 125th Anniversary Medal following a special flag-raising ceremony.