I have some fond memories of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, as I played for GB&I versus Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, where I faced the likes of Mikko Ilonen in match that included Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. It was great taking Sergio and the rest of the teams out socially in my own back yard.

There has been a great deal of discussion recently on the social networks about “pikeys” (gypsies) using the overflow car park at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club six weeks in advance of the 2014 Scottish Open at the famous Balgownie Links. The club are not having much luck these days with a very large wind turbine monstrosity also casting an unsightly shadow over the first tee, which has been heavily criticized by Donald Trump, the owner of nearby Trump Scotland.

It has still to be established if the “pikeys” are getting to the course early for the 2014 Scottish Open, if they are thinking about applying for membership or if this would be “out of bounds”. Perhaps they are unaware that the Brig o’ Balgownie Club are perhaps still living in the days of the sleeping dinosaurs with both the ladies and gents having their own separate clubhouses. This is during times when the SGU and SLGA are trying to amalgamate. Controversy these days seems to be following the club around.

I’d like to know who steered the “pikeys” in the direction of this famous links, which may have awakened one or two sleeping in the clubhouse; caused the odd G&T to go down the wrong way; and perhaps got some tweed jackets in a flap?! Any ideas?

Graham J Gordon, Owner and Editor of GolfblogspotUK

Calm before the storm:

photo 2

That sign is not sitting right:

photo 1

Need to be more helpful, that’s more like it:

photo 1 (2)

That’s more like it, no need to say thanks!:

photo 2 (1)


Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>