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Tobermory Golf Club, Argyll & Bute.

Founded in 1899.

The first course at Erray was short lived and the club moved to Sgriobruadh in 1901; this club had ceased to exist by 1907. A group of locals were keen on a quick re-instatement of the club and they succeeded in finding land between Sgriobruadh and Achafraoich about one mile from Tobermory.

A committee meeting was held in the public reading room in the late 1890s to discuss the proposal of a 9 hole golf course at Tobermory. The following is a local press report of the meeting. “The provisional committee elected at a previous meeting to prospect, make terms, and if need be employ an expert, reported their diligence on the matter. Bailie Fletcher presided, and both Colonel Caldewell of Mishnish, the proprietor, and Mr Graham, who holds the extensive farm of Erray, the tenant, within whose bounds the proposed golf course is to be formed, expressed their willingness to grant every facility. The ground decided upon is situated on the outskirts of the sheep farm of Erray, starting from the wood skirting the farmhouse and extending for about three quarters of a mile in a northerly direction. At a point overlooking Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse, it turns south along the high ground (chiefly moorland) commanding at various points a magnificent view of the Sound of Mull, Loch Sunart and the surrounding heights. The distance round the course is about a mile and three-quarters, and there are several natural hazards and bunkers” The following officers were elected; Colonel Caldwell of Mishnish, president; Bailie Fletcher, captain; Mr Berry, vice-captain; Mr Robert Brown, treasurer; D S MacColl and R Simpson were the joint secretaries. Subs were to be 10/6 for gentlemen and 5/- for ladies.

Thanks to Melvin Morrow for providing the above information on the Erray course.

 

Tobermory Golf Club, Argyll & Bute. Location of the Erray course in the 1900s.

Grid reference for the Eraay course NM50245,56270, co-ordinates 150245,756270. Current course bottom right.

 

 

Tobermory Golf Club, Argyll & Bute. Location of the golf course 1920s.

Location of the second course.Grid reference NM49150,54650, co-ordinates 149150,754650.

 

 

In 1935 it moved to a site owned by the Western Isles Hotel and the name was changed to the Western Isles Golf Club; it reverted to “Tobermory Golf Club” in 1987.