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Wednesday, 25/Mar/2009

Islay Golf With Ron Goudie

Picture of a group of children being taught by a golf teacher

Another very long day at work, but as I've promised the entry about golf on Islay here it is. After the recent mention of Karen Siddall's Islay on Foot I've now got the second ‘new’ business on Islay to mention: Ron Goudie's Islay Golf Teacher. He moved to Islay (lives at Laphroaig now) last August to be the resident PGA golf professional at The Machrie Golf Links. Following a very successful Junior Open Day held recently they started Junior coaching last weekend:

Picture of a group of children practising golf swings under the watchful eyes of a coach

Supported by the Islay Golf Club members who have trained to become volunteer level 1 coaches Ron kicked off the lessons last Sunday. As you can see from the pictures it was a grey and cold March day (the previous day had been like summer...), but at least it remained dry. The 20 children who turned up very much enjoyed the day, mainly practising putting and chipping. This was the first lesson of a six week course, the first of its kind at the club.

Picture of a group of children practising golf putts under the watchful eyes of a coach

In addition to the junior courses Ron also offers other services including golf tuition, club repairs and Islay Golf Club clothing. Over the winter he has mainly been teaching local Islay residents, but now that the tourist season is kicking off he's also coaching visitors to The Machrie. Hopefully Ron will be able to send further updates about golf on Islay and at The Machrie. Watch this space, for previous entries try the Golf at the Machrie collection.

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