Golf in the Wild – First full review – Killin News

“Golf in the Wild – A journey through time and place” by Robin J. Down

“This book exists because of Killin. It was here in 2005 that the idea of solitary golf in wild places was first born.” ( Chapter 4 Killin)

This is a newly published book and as a non-golfer I found it a surprisingly enjoyable and easy read. Written with humour and candour, it should appeal to a much wider audience than just the golfing fraternity. With descriptions of wonderful ‘wild’ courses, on which the golfer can test his or her skills (or lack of them!), the book encourages you to take the journey and to step off the well publicised golfing route map. It could even tempt the non-golfing household to enjoy the delights of a touring holiday in north Northumberland and Scotland and may just persuade others to abandon the hassle of airports and their annual golfing jaunt to Turkey, Portugal or other such popular destinations.

This book is much more than about playing golf. It takes you on a journey through time, wonderful landscapes, the fascinating history of the places where the courses are located, the author’s life and the various characters in his family, and his passion for fast cars and those who were lucky (or unlucky) enough to race them. The golfing journey begins at Allendale, Northumberland and ends at Durness, in Sutherland, having taken you on a route north via courses such as Selkirk, Bishopshire,  Killin – to which a whole chapter is devoted, Craignure, Traigh and Gairloch. A great tour to undertake even without the golf clubs and the book will, hopefully, encourage new visitors to all the destinations that are mentioned.

It is a book you can dip in and out of and should inspire every reader to do a bit of exploring. Copies, priced at £8.99, are available in Killin at The Old Mill and at Killin Golf Club or may be bought directly from

Gillean Ford

Golf in the Wild

Allendale Golf Club takes centre stage in this golfing odyssey which starts in the hills of Northumberland and heads north through Border Reiver country towards Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. The route meanders along the high road to Mull, Skye and heads further north along the sharp edges of Scotland’s Atlantic coast. A journey through time and place, it comes highly recommended by your Treasurer and The Times (Norman Harris). Available from the clubhouse, Cogito Books, Hexham and FORUM Books, Corbridge at £8.99.

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This is a “must read” for anyone connected with AGC, and makes a super present for those members of our community who have had contact with us in the past – Colin Wraith (Chairman)

After last night, it is good to know that you can still undertake the journey described in this book without a passport.


Without wishing to take sides, this extract from the wisdom of the Likely Lads (Series 1, Episode 7) has some relevance 🙂

Bob: I bet we could go right round the world and you’d have a pat response ready.

Terry: I’ve travelled man, I’ve seen a bit of the world now you know.

Bob: What do you think of Koreans, for instance?

Terry: Not to be trusted. Cruel people. Much the same as all Orientals.

Bob: That’s a third of the world’s population dismissed in a phrase. Russians?

Terry: Sinister.

Bob: Egyptians?

Terry: Cowardly.

Bob: Oh? I thought you might have saved that for Italians.

Terry: No, no, they’re greasy aren’t they? Not as greasy as the French mind.

Bob: Germans?

Terry: Arrogant.

Bob: Spaniards?

Terry: Lazy.

Bob: Danes?

Terry: Pornographic.

Bob: Well that’s just about everyone. Oh, Americans?

Terry: Well, they’re flash aren’t they?

Bob: So it’s just down to the British is it?

Terry: Well, I haven’t got much time for the Irish or the Welsh, and the Scots are worse than the Koreans.

Bob: And you never could stand Southerners.

Terry: To tell you the truth I don’t like anybody much outside this town.

Terry: And there’s a lot of families in our street I can’t stand either. Come to think of it I don’t even like the people next door.

Bob: I see, so from the distant blue Pacific through the barren wastes of Manchuria, to 127 Inkerman Terrace, you can’t abide anyone.

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Allendale Sports Club OPEN – STOP PRESS

STOP PRESS – a prize has been donated for the Sports Club Open of a free 2 ball at Close House!

THIS Saturday, the 20th there is the Allendale Sports Club “OPEN” event. This comprises individual Stableford competitions for Golfers and Non Golfers alike. As members you will only have to pay a £2 entry fee and there are various prizes (including a new annual trophy) Let’s rally around our friends from the Sports Club and turn up to make this event a success –TEE OFF From 08.30.

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