Blog 2023

Scottish Gas Away Day

28th August 2023

Huge thanks go to Ian Shaw and the rest of the SGN boys for having their annual golf day out at our club. With lads from all over the West of Scotland taking to the course. The course was in stunning condition considering the “unfavourable” weather to say the least. With a team scrabble in the morning in what can only be described as torrential rain, and a single stable-ford in the afternoon. The guys were treated to breakfast first thing, with bowls of soup and sandwiches for lunch and a lovely home cooked 2 course dinner in the evening with a few drinks thrown in for good measure.

The results on the day were as follows;
Morning Scramble;
Runners up on 33.4 were Alan Hosie, Kevin Kelly, Chris Moyes and Matthew Barker.
Winners on 33 were Ian Shaw, Chris Kelly and Sean Ramsey
Nearest the pin at the 1st in 2 shots, Tesm Shaw
Nearest the pin at the 10th, Team Crawford
Afternoon singles results ;
3rd Chris Kelly with 21 points
Runner up Kevin Moyes 26 points
Winner Ian Shaw with 27 points, thanks to a two at the last.
Nearest the pin at the 10th Hugh Crawford
Nearest the pin at the 18th, Chris Kelly
Huge thanks to the guys for coming over, looking forward to next year.
Comments from the boys about the course were superb, congratulations goes to Duncan Lyon and Graham Dunn on keeping the course not only playable but immaculate.
Money was raised on the day from a raffle, which will be donated to Calum’s Cabin.


8th August 2023

Standaloft Greensomes

Another busy weekend up the Port, with the Standaloft Greensomes taking place on Sunday. With a lot to live up to from the previous weeks Jimmy Whitelaw Memorial trophy, the ever popular Standaloft Heating and Plumbing day delivered. Over 30 golfers took to the course which as usual was in incredible condition thanks to Duncan Lyon and Graham Dunn. Huge thanks must go to Donald, Michelle and family for their continued support to the club.
Winners on the day were;
1st Jack Standaloft & Thomas Morrison
2nd John Black & Graham Dunn
3rd James Standaloft & Donald Standaloft
4th Robert Jardine & Ian McFarlane (BIH)
5th Roddie Leitch & Colin Muir
Ladies Winners
1st Zoey Whitelaw & Anita Rutherford
Longest Drive
Scott Dunn
Nearest Pin in 2 @ 1st
Carl Kelly & Chrissy Lawrence
Nearest Pin in 2 @ 3rd
Jack Standaloft & Thomas Morrison
Nearest Pin @ 4th
Matthew & Scott Dunn
Nearest Pin @ 10th
John Black & Graham Dunn
Nearest Pin @ 18th
Robert Jardine & Ian McFarlane
A raffle was ran on the day with 12 fantastic prizes up for grabs including 4 balls at Skelmorlie, Millport and Rothesay, golf bags, spirits and so on. And with an auction for a 4 ball at Prestwick St Nicholas going for £290 we raised a healthy sum of money for another seating and practice area. Special thanks to Ian McFarlane for sorting out all the cards and handicaps in the absence of the match secretary.

25th July 2023

Sweep Results for the Open

Thank you Hector for all the time and effort you have put in for this great fundraiser.

18th July 2023

Biggest week of the year for the club last week with the conclusion of the Championship, the Arthur Slack and the Jimmy Whitelaw Memorial all taking place. With Matthew Dunn & John McBride making it through to the clubs premier major it was going to be a first class final. John took  advantage of a few loose shots in the morning round going 4 up at one point, but Matthew fought back to be just one behind going into the afternoon round. Matthew took control with both players playing well and it was nip and tuck until Matthew knuckled down and played some superb golf to win it on the 16th, 3&2. Well done Matthew, winning his first ever major, commiserations to John who I’m sure will win one soon.
The Arthur Slack was just as tight an affair with finalists Leighton Thomas taking on Colin Renfrew. It was a close tie all the way through, players trading blows on the front nine until Leighton took command late on. Holding his nerve on 17 he knocked in a nervy 6 footer to keep his one shot lead going down the last. Colin tried his best to win the 18th to force a playoff but with his eye in now, Leighton sunk another beauty to win 2up. Well done to Leighton and commiserations to Colin.

Sunday saw the 25th Anniversary of the ever popular Jimmy Whitelaw Memorial trophy, with around 30 golfers on the course and nearly 70 in the clubhouse for the “after party” this was the busiest the clubhouse has been in years.
Huge thanks go to Margaret and Hector Whitelaw with the rest of the family for their continued support to the Golf Club. List of prize winners are as follows;
Longest drive & nearest the pin in 2 @ 3rd Donald Standaloft
Nearest the pin in 2 @ 8th Graham Dunn
Nearest the pin at 10th Joe Livingstone
Nearest pin at 18th Scott Dunn
Best AM score Scott Dunn 40.7
Best PM score Ian Mcfarlane 40.4
Ladies prize
1st Elaine Thom 91.8
2nd Zoey Whitelaw 109
Well done ladies
Men’s prize
1st Alan Stewart 86
2nd Graham Fisher 86.4 (bih)
3rd Davie Kilpatrick 86.4
4th Robert McArthur 86.4
Well done gents.
Congratulations to Alan Stewart for taking home the trophy.

5th July 2023

Bute Island Foods Open

A busy day at the club on Saturday 1st July with the annual Bute Island Foods open. This competition is a 2 x 12 hole pairs competition with the morning round a scramble and the afternoon the more difficult greensomes. 
Great sponsorship from our local Sheese factory meant there were lots of prizes up for grabs.
In what can only be described as winter weather the course held up great and the team of Roddie Leitch and Colin Muir lead the way after the first round with a net 37.7. The afternoon round was another story and they were unable to capitalise on their lead. The second round sweep money went to Bute Golf Club pairing of Stuart Wilson and Richie Smith with a fantastic net 38.9 in the harder of the two formats.
Taking the title home though was the steady pairing of Joe Livingstone and Lewis Poole who finished the day on 79.5. Well played boys. Good shooting.
A huge thanks to Mark and Francois for their continued support. Full list of prize winners below:
Winners - Joe Livingstone and Lewis Poole - 79.5
Second - Jim Thom and Stewart Izat - 82.2
Third - John McBride and Chrissy Lawrence - 82.8 (Best second round)
Scratch winners - Matthew Dunn and Scott Dunn 90
Nearest the pins:
@4th - Matthew Dunn 
@10th - Matthew Dunn 
@18th - Mike Ivory 
Nearest the pin in 2:
@1st - John McBride and Chrissy Lawrence 
@3rd - John McBride and Chrissy Lawrence 
Longest drive @2nd - Sam Jamieson 
Pictured below are the winners with Francois Lintermans of BIF



This weekend is the Championship Qualifiers with the first round on Saturday and the second round on Sunday. Top 8 Scratch players and Top 8 Handicap players qualifying for the quarter finals on Tuesday night, winners then go onto the semi-finals on Thursday with the finals being played on Saturday 15th July. Good luck all.

26 June 2023

McFadyen trophy

It was another busy weekend at Port Bannatyne Golf Club this week albeit a wet one.
Friday night was the ever popular McFadyen trophy which sees teams of two men and a lady battle it out over 12 holes in a scramble format. This competition has been running for years and is very popular with members and guests. 
As you all know Friday night was horrendous but that didn't stop 21 hardy souls taking to the course.
Winners on the night were host Billy McFadyen, Donald Standaloft and newcomer Gillian Dougall who managed to hold off Hector Whitelaw,  Jim Thom and Zoey Whitelaw. 
Scratch prize went to Roddie Leitch, Tommy Wilkinson and Helen MacLeod. 

The Grouse Open, Sponsored by The Bike Shed

Sunday was another wet one for The Grouse Open kindly sponsored by The Bike Shed Inc Bute Signs and Graphics. A hardy 28 players donned the waterproofs to take on the 2 x 12 hole competition. Surprisingly the course held up very well in the weather which is testament to the work that Duncan Lyon is doing on the course. Leader after the first round was Scott Mcdonald with an excellent level par round of 45 which gave him a net 40 closely followed by Carl Kelly,  Sam Jamieson and Leighton Thomas all on 41. The second round took some prisoners with some players deciding that one soaking was enough for the day. The rain certainly did not hinder eventual winner Leighton Thomas who shot an excellent 5 over par 50, net 39, to take home the prestigious trophy.
Scott McDonald will be investing in some waterproofs I think as he played both rounds in shorts and t-shirt but still managed a second round of 2 over par to take home the winning scratch prize.
A huge array of prizes were available due to the generous sponsorship.
Full list of prize winners below:
Winner - Leighton Thomas (net 80)
Second - Sam Jamieson  (net 86)
Third - Davie Greer (net 90)
Fourth - John Whitelaw (net 91)
Fifth - Hector Whitelaw (net 93)
Scratch winners
First - Scott Mcdonald 92
Second - Carl Kelly 97
Third - S Dunn 99
Fourth - John McBride 102
Fifth - Matthew Dunn 105 (bih)
Ladies winner - Elaine Thom
Second - Janet McAlister 
Third - Zoey Whitelaw 
Nearest the pins
@4th - Davie Greer 
@10th - John McBride 
@18th - Scott Mcdonald 
Nearest the pin in 2
@3rd - Hector Whitelaw 
@7th - Carl Kelly 
Longest drives
@2nd - John McBride 
@7th - Sam Jamieson 
Only two 2' today
Sam Jamieson @11th
Scott Mcdonald @18th

A massive thanks to our sponsors for their continued support.
Pictured above  are the winners for The Grouse Open. The winners from Friday night were too wet for a picture

20th June 2023

Wessex roller mower adds even more sunshine to Port Bannatyne GC’s summer


The Isle of Bute is having one of its best starts to the summer in years. Recent wall-to-wall sunshine has helped hasten tourists.

Fairways GM’s, Stuart Cameron was himself a welcome visitor to the island in early June, when he installed a Wessex International RMX -180 roller mower at Port Bannatyne Golf Club.

Renowned for its family atmosphere, the club is also famous for its rather unique layout – it has 13 holes, with the first five holes being played again before a separate 18th.

Head Greenkeeper, Duncan Lyon, works alone, with support from Greens Convenor, Graham Dunn, and some regular volunteer helpers.

Graham Dunn said:

“Stuart helped us identify the RMX-180 as a mower that would closely follow the contours of our roughs and semi-roughs.  We also wanted to provide cutting cover for our fairways, because in the growing season, the grass can take off at pace and a back-up plan is essential. In effect it is a 3-in-1 machine…”

“Already Duncan’s been out across the roughs and semis with great results. Several holes are predominantly rig and furrow and the contour following there has been first class, everything is cut precisely with no scalping.”

Stuart Cameron said:

“Aside from me getting to visit one of the most scenic locations, I knew the 1.8 m width of the Wessex perfectly covers out Duncan’s tyres on his compact tractor. The full width rollers, front and back leave an impressive finish.  Importantly, the quality cut is consistent in all weathers, and while we don’t want this great weather to end, the Wessex will also perform well for the club in the damp.”


Caption: (L-r) Duncan Lyon, Stuart Cameron and Graham Dunn with puppy, Meg.

For more information, please contact Val Graham on 0141 586 6789 or 07504 704407 or

19th June 2023

MacLeod Construction Port Open

A good turn out of 37 golfers took to the course today in our first major of the year, The Port Open, kindly sponsored once again by MacLeod Constuction. A huge thanks to the sponsors who ensure a vast array of prizes up for grabs.
The weather was kind and the course was in, what can only be des ribed as, excellent condition despite the hot weather we have been having the past month. A huge thanks to Duncan Lyon  for his continued efforts on the course.
Winner on the day was club captain Donald Standaloft with a superb scratch 65 which included 3 5's. Well played Donald.
Pipped to second place, once again, was John McBride with a 71 which included him finishing double bogey, bogey. Your time will come John. Keep at it.
Taking the handicap prize home was Robert Jardine with a superb nett 63. Full prize list below

Port Open Champion- Donald Standaloft 65
Runner Up- John McBride 71
3rd - Iain Simpson 72
4th - Matthew Dunn 73
5th - John Murray 75 (BIH)
Handicap winner- Robert Jardine 63
Runner Up- Colin Renfrew 64 (BIH)
3rd - Stuart Brady 64
4th - Jim Thom 65
5th -Richie Smith 66
Nearest the pins
@4th/16th - Roddie Leitch
@10th - Leighton Thomas
@18th - Sam Jamieson 
Twos were scored by
Sam Jamieson @16th
Robert Jardine @18th
Well done all. Pictured are all the winners along with The Champion golfer of the year 
This Friday is the McFadyen Trophy. This is a mixed night in teams of 3 and is always a great night. Then on Sunday we have the second Major of the year with The Grouse Open which is 2 x 12 hole competition kindly sponsored by David Kilpatrick and family from The Bike Shed inc Bute Signs & Graphics. Anyone wishing a tee time for the first round of 12 please contact Sam Jamieson or Donald Standaloft.

13th June 2023

JMF Tankard 25th Anniversry

A great day was had by all on Saturday for the 25th running of the JMF Tankard. This event is sponsored each year by the Fergus family in memory of their father.
A hugevthanks to Alastair Fergus David Fergus and Fiona Ilsley for their continued generosity each year. 
With the course in excellent but tricky condition 40 golfers took on the challenge in the best weather the competition has had in its 25 years.
Winner on the day with a fantastic nett 56 (83) was Alastair Fergus jnr who gets to take the tankard overseas for the first time in 25 years.Great scoring mate.
A vast array of prizes were on offer. Full prize list below:
Winner - Alastair Fergus jnr (56)
Second - Kenny Watson (60)
Third - Mike Ivory (61)
Fourth- Jordan Leitch (62)
Scratch - Donald Standaloft (67)
First lady - Anita Rutherford 
Second - Zoey Whitelaw 
Third- Janet McAlister 
Best overseas- David Fergus 
Best newcomer- Steven Dalton
Wooden spoon - John Black
Nearest the pin@4th/16th -Roddie Leitch 
Nearest the pin @10th - Sam Jamieson 
Longest drive - Donald Standaloft
Twos were scored by Leighton Thomas,  Roddie Leitch Kenny Watson and Steven Dalton 
Sammy the scaffle award - Matthew Dunn Scott Dunn and Jack Standaloft 
Pictured are the winners in front of the pavilion which was erected in the memory of the Fergus families father Jim.

Millennium Trophy

Port Bannatyne Golf Club hosted the prestigious Millennium Trophy on Sunday with 17 ladies taking to the course in this 18 hole stableford competition.  Course condition is the best ever with many positive comments being made. The ladies then retired to the clubhouse to enjoy a fabulous meal and prize giving. 
Prize winners:-
Winner: Helen MacLeod
Runner Up: Jean Thompson
Straightest Drive @ 5th: Elaine Thom 
Nearest Pin @ 10th: Nicola Speirs
Congratulations Helen MacLeod who won the day by 2 points from Jean.
This Sunday 18th June is The MacLeod Construction Port Open. Tee times available from 8am until 1pm. Please contact Sam Jamieson or Donald Standaloft to enter.

29 May 2023

It was a busy weekend for The Port Boys last weekend.

First up was the annual social match against Bute Golf Club at Bute. It was a tight affair in all the matches with Bute Golf Club coming out winners with a 3-2 victory. It was down to Kingarth Hotel for refreshments and food after the golf. A great day was had by all and a huge thanks to Bute Golf Club for their hospitality on the day. We kook forward to the return match next year.

Sunday was the Hector Linden Trophy which was well represented on the day. Matt McLean was the early leader in the clubhouse with a nett 66 and remained there for most of the day until Donald Standaloft took to the course in the early evening and came in with a gross 65 for nett 65 to take home the trophy. Well done Donald.

Two`s were scored by Sam Jamieson @9th, Donald Standaloft @16th and Jim Thom @18th.

This weekend is the Firth of Clyde Trophy which is a 5 man team event for all clubs in the Firth of Clyde so the course will be closed to members until 14:00.

Sunday is the June Medal

A reminder to all that the Open Sweepstake raffle tickets will be available from all committee members from this week.

Another date to have in your calendar is the JMF Tankard Open which is to be played on 10th June. This is the 25th anniversary of the tournament and is kindly sponsored by The Fergus family. A great day to be had by all and entry can be done via the app or by contacting Sam Jamieson, Iain McFarlane or Donald Standaloft.

23 May 2023

Beer Garden

The opening night of Port Bannatyne Golf Clubs new “19th Hole Beer Garden” took place last week with club Captain Donald Standaloft and all our Sponsors there. This has been an ongoing job over the past few weeks and will be a great addition to the clubhouse. Social convenor Roddie Leitch has built the new terrace with help from Sam Jamieson, Graham Dunn and Duncan Lyon. It’s amazing what such a small island can achieve, with slabs from local builders merchants Cowal Builders and new signage from Bute Signs.
Our lovely sturdy benches were kindly sponsored by Margaret and Hector Whitelaw and family (R and H Slaters), Howats Housekeeping and property services,( Tricia Howat and Family), Bute Property (Fiona Cameron) and Murray Mulholland and Family in memory of much loved Husband , Dad and Papa Tom Mulholland. This area can be used by anyone, member or not, to encourage families to use the area.


Our hopefully first of many, Non-member/Member, 12 hole stableford competitions on Friday night was a huge success. 27 golfers from all over the island took to the course to compete for the sweep money. With the course in great condition, it made for some superb scores. 

Closest to the pin at the 4th was won by Neil McKay, closest at the 10th by Malky McGregor. Both winning a nice bottle of wine. 4th place (on countback) was Neil McKay, 3rd place (on countback) was Sean Lawrence, runner up was Davie Reid and the winner on the night was Port Boy Neil Whitelaw winning the sweep money. 

Great to see so many non-members using the course and the Clubhouse afterwards. Well done to Sam, Roddie and Hazel for scoring and hospitality. Keep your eyes peeled on the page for our next event.

Argyll & Bute Spring Handicap


Golfers from all over Argyll and Bute descended on Port Bannatyne Golf Course on Sunday 21st for the annual Argyll and Bute Spring Handicap meeting.
50 golfers took to the course in what turned out to be excellent conditions, after the midges decided to retire for the day.
Graham Bolton was on hand to ensure everyone got started on time.
With a huge range of prizes available and the course in excellent condition all golfers were raring to go. John McBride posted a great early score to put the pressure on with a gross level par 68 but, first timer to the Port, Jonathan Turner from Cowal Golf Club came in with a fantastic net 61 to take home the Trophy, medal and voucher.
Donald Standaloft took home the scratch prize with a 69 (only taking it from John McBride due to the prize money for second place in the handicap being better)
A huge thanks to Graham for organising and to Roddie, Hazel and Jean for keeping us all fed and watered.
Full list of prize winners below
Winner - Jonathan Turner (61)
Second - John McBride (64)
Third - Joe Livingstone (65)
Fourth - Graham Fisher (65)
Fifth - David Greer (66)
Sixth - Sam Jamieson (67)
Seventh - Iain McFarlane (68)
Eighth - Carl Kelly (68)
Winner - Donald Standaloft (69)
Second - Jack Reynolds (71)
Third - Ryan McKirdy (73)

Pictured is the opening of the new beer garden and winner on Sunday Jonathan Turner

9th May 2023

A decent turn out today(07th May) for the May Medal. Played in glorious weather with the course in excellent condition dfor this time of year. Winner on the day was inform Gordon Gmac MacIntyre with a superb gross 78 giving him an eight shot lead with a net 56. Well done Gordon your handicap is now down to 18 after some decent scores. Bumped into second place was John McBride with an excellent 1 over par 69 for a net 64. No twos today so a rollover to next week.
First class - John McBride 
Second Class - Graham Fisher 
Third class and overall - Gordon McIntyre 
Scratch - Matthew Dunn

This weekend is the two round Hector Scott Quaich played over Saturday and Sunday with the best net score over the two days winning the Quaich. A couple of big tournaments coming up so keep an eye out for entry sheets

28th March 2023

Rothesay Motor Service Winter League

The final day of the Rothesay Motor Service Winter League took place on Sunday 26th March with the major places and wooden spoon prize all to play for.

Graham Fisher and Sean Lawrence managed to claim first place with a 1 up victory over Matthew Dunn and John Black in a very tight contest. Well done Graham and Sean. At the other end of the standings newly formed partnership of Gordon MacIntyre and Matt McLean couldn’t claw back enough points to get out of the wooden spoon position and took home the prize for this.

With excellent sponsorship there were prizes for the top 8 pairs and the wooden spoon. A massive thanks to David Reid and family for their continued support of our flagship winter competition.

This weekend, 2nd April, is the opening medal of the season, The Peggy Adam Trophy, which is kindly sponsored by I L McLeod. Entry will be via the Scottish Golf App. Fees for the upcoming season are due before play on Sunday or Direct Debits can be set up by contacting the Treasurer

Our New Defibrillator

A huge thank you to Bute Island Foods, ForBute, The Bike Shed and everyone who made a donation to make this possible. You may have helped to save lives.

9th March 2023

Tables are now on sale for the Quiz  Night on the 1st April. 7.30 fo 8 pm start. Table of 4, £20. Cash prizes and Pizzas and Garlic bread included. Late bar.

Contact Roddie

Captain's Day

Due to an adverse weather forecast for Saturday, the Captain's day will now be on Sunday 12th March.

New Captain

Congratulations to Donald Standaloft our new captain for 2023-24. A huge thanks to Mike Ivory, the out going captain. Janet McAlister has been confirmed as the ladies captain. Well done Janet.

Following on from the club AGM there will be no increase in fees this coming season.

Thank you to Bute Island Foods, ForBute charity , the BikeShed and everyone who made a donation towards buying a life saving Defibrillator for the club. Lets hope we never get to use it in anger.