Allan MacKinnon

A message from the club secretary:

Members will be saddened to learn of the death of long standing member Allan MacKinnon at the weekend.

Allan was a real gentleman and on or off the course was always terrific company.

A past Captain of the Club and Honorary President, Allan’s commitment to the golf club was incredible and in over 30 years of membership he played in close on 250 outings which is a remarkable achievement.

Allan really did have a lifetime of love for golf and our club and he will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.

The golf club extends its condolences to all his family and friends at this sad time.

Season Winners 2019

Congratulations to all concerned and thanks to everyone who was able to attend this year’s outings and to those who helped put together some of the great deals on offer to members.

Hopefully you enjoyed playing what I thought were some terrific venues and hope to see you all again at next year’s events.

Details of the AGM and Annual dinner and presentation of awards will follow closer to the time.

At the moment we have the Centenary Course at Gleneagles confirmed for Thursday 30th April 2020 (1pm start), please feel free to contact a member of the council with suggestions for other venues for next season.


Season’s Winners 2019

Competition Playing for Winner Runner-up
April Outing – Gullane 3 David Bryce Trophy Phil Millar Norman Baikie
May Outing – Queens Course (Gleneagles) Jubilee Vase Alan Gray Colin Mackie
June Outing – Aberdour RHGC Quaich Jim Gordon Greig Mitchell
July Outing – Deer Park Jim Meldrum Cup Cameron Boath Richard Torrance
August Outing – Mortonhall Majority Cup Thomas Grant Dave Simpson
September Outing – Mar Hall Centenary Trophy Stevie Lugton Jim Gordon
October Outing – Dunbar Keeper’s Tankard Phil Millar James McCormack
Order of Merit Duncan Rae Jim Gordon
The Medal Phil Millar Duncan Rae
Wood Cup Thomas Grant Colin Mackie
Club Championship Jim Gordon Richard Torrance
Hole & Hole Championship Robin Graham Jim Gordon

October Outing Report – Dunbar

The October outing was held at Dunbar Golf Club on Friday 11th October 2019.

For the first time since the early nineties RHGC returned to Dunbar Golf Club for our final outing of the year.  Having hosted open qualifying events, the course was found to be in terrific condition and the stiff test of golf was more than matched by the stiff near Gale force wind on the day.

An excellent turnout of 24 players attended and the golf club was delighted to welcome along 3 new members in David Bryant, Kyle Wands and Alan Rees.

Playing a stableford competition and having won our first outing of the year at Gullane, Phil Millar continued his liking for Links courses by winning the Keeper’s Tankard with a fine total of 35pts. Runners up on the day with 31pts was James McCormack.

The ball nearest the holes winners were: – :

3rd – David Northcott (Guest)

5th – Jeffrey Bowles

10th – Thomas Grant

16th – Robin Graham

There were two 2’s recorded on the day courtesy of Jim Gordon at the 7th (an eagle) and Graeme Laurie at the 16th.

Closest to the hole in 2 at the 17th hole was won by James McCormack

The team competition was won by Jim Gordon, Brian Gillespie, James McCormack and Norman Maclachlan with 43pts.

As this is our last outing of the year, many thanks to all who attended each of the events. Information with regard to the presentation dinner and the AGM will be forthcoming in due course. If anybody has any suggestions of venues to visit in 2020 please get in touch with any member of the council.

October Outing – Dunbar

Dear RHGC Members,

Our final outing of the year will be held on Friday 11th October at Dunbar where we will be playing for the Keepers Tankard. This will be a one round afternoon outing, with tee off times being between 13:15 and 14:00pm.

The open championship qualifying course at Dunbar is regularly voted as one of the best in the country and a challenging links course, stunning scenery and friendly clubhouse all add up to make the perfect golfing experience.


We have managed to secure a fantastic deal to play at Dunbar, as a result the cost for golf and sweeps is £20pp.

Catering is not included in the price, but is available from Dunbar on the day should you wish to have lunch/dinner and a drink.

Golf Buggies

Golf buggies are available to hire, please indicate if you would like a buggy within your response.

Please reply directly to Brian Gillespie or Graeme Laurie by 4pm Thursday 3rd October


RHGC Committee

September Outing Report – Mar Hall

The September outing was held at Mar Hall on Friday 6th September 2019.

The Earl of Mar Championship Course and the A listed Mar Hall provided the stunning backdrop for the golf clubs prestigious outing of the year, where members were playing for the Centenary Trophy.

This was the first time that the golf club had visited Mar Hall and the challenging course combined with at times wet and blustery conditions provided a tough test of golf for all.

Playing a stroke play format Stevie Lugton mastered the course and conditions best of all and was the winner of the Centenary Trophy with an 87 less 12 for a net 75. The runner up was Jim Gordon with an 84 less 8 for a net 76.

Jim Gordon’s 84 also turned out to be the best scratch score on the day.

The tri-am competition was won by Alan Gray, Thomas Grant and Brian Gillespie with a net 68.

The ball nearest the holes winners were: – :

2nd – Alan Gray

10th – Jeffrey Bowles

17th – Duncan Rae

By way of an indication of the the tough scoring conditions, or an idication of the standard of golf on the day, no one hit the greem on the par 3 5th, no two’s were recorded on the day and no one hit the green in 2 on the 18th…. much to the delight of our treasurer who saved a  fortune on golf balls as prizes!

Our next and final outing of the year will be held at Dunbar Golf Club on Friday 11th October and is a one round pm competition.

August Outing Report – Mortonhall

For the first time since 1994 RHGC returned to Mortonhall Golf Club for its August outing. On a warm, humid day the course was found to be in excellent condition with many complimentary comments being made by the members at the 19th afterwards and several being keen for the golf club to return to the venue sooner rather than later.

Playing a stableford format local member Thomas Grant was the winner of the Majority Cup with a fantastic score of 39 pts. The runner on the day with an equally impressive 38pts being Dave Simpson.

The ball nearest the holes winners were: – :

3rd – Peter Whitecross

7th – Thomas Grant

10th – Stevie Lugton

17th – James McCormack

Five 2’s on the day were recorded – Thomas Grant at the 7th, Stevie Lugton on the 10th, Norman Maclachlan on the 17th and James McCormack on the 10th & 17th holes.

Closest to the hole in 2 at the 18th hole was won by Dave Simpson.

The tri-am competition was won by Steve Lugton and Alan Gray with a score of 45

The next outing will be held at Mar Hall on Friday 6th September and is a one round pm competition however prior to that the golf club will be having its annual challenge match against Leven Golfing Society on Sunday 1st September.

July Outing Report – Deer Park

The July outing was held at Deer Park on Friday 5th July 2019.

After a gap of 16 years RHGC returned to Deer Golf and Country Club for its July outing. Having hosted a number of Tartan Tour events, the Peter Allis and Dave Thomas designed Deer Park proved a stiff test of Golf in the blustery and at times wet conditions and this was reflected in the scoring on the day.

Cameron Boath won the Jim Meldrum Cup courtesy of a better inward half score, with a 92 less 17 for a net 75. Richard Torrance finished 2nd with an 89 less 14 also for a net 75.

Best Scratch score on the day was Jim Gordon with an 86 beating Colin Mackie and Duncan Rae also courtesy of a better inward half score.

The ball nearest the holes winners were: – :

3rd – Cameron Boath

7th – Jim Gordon

10th – William Francis

16th – Kevin Stewart

No 2’s on the day were recorded

Closest to the hole in 2 at the 18th hole was won by Jim Gordon.

The tri-am competition was won by Cameron Boath, Jim Gordon & Colin Mackie with a score of 68

The next outing will be held at Mortonhall Golf Club on Friday 2nd August and is a one round afternoon competition.

The Golf club was delighted to welcome new member William Francis to the outing. If anyone wishes to join the office golf club, please speak to a member of the Golf Club Council.