SKYE GOLF CLUB HISTORY

 

Skye Golf Club was established in 1964 when the Portree Golf Club lost access to their course (situated beside the Struan road near Pairc nan Laoich) due to the land being bought by a new owner who wanted the land for grazing his sheep. The late Mr. Ian Campbell, Sconser, offered to lease the ground on which the present course is situated to the club for a nominal rent. This offer was eagerly accepted and the Sconser Golf Club was established.

 

Dr. Frank Deighton, a Scottish international and Walker Cup player was a guest of the Campbell family at the time and he surveyed the land and suggested the positions for tees and greens, which are substantially where they are to this day. The club house was a small room on the ground floor of what is now Mr. Coghill's house and the first tee was what is now the 16th.

 

Mr. Alastair MacDonald, Sconser, was employed as a part-time greenkeeper, his biggest problem being the sheep which traditionally grazed on the land. Electric fences were eventually erected round the greens to give protection from the sheep. Mr. MacDonald's son, Donnie, eventually became our full time greenkeeper up until the early 2000's.

 

In 1984 the land was eventually purchased from the Campbell family and was fenced, thus ending the problem of the sheep. Shortly afterwards the present club house was built with the help of MacFarlane Builders, Portree – most of the manual labour being done by club members. At the official opening of the new club house in 1988, Dr. Frank Deighton was invited back to do the honours, which he did by hitting a magnificent drive off the new 1st tee in front of the club house (Now the 10th).

 

In 1987 Mr. Murdo Beaton, who was then Secretary, proposed that the name of the club be changed from Sconser Golf Club to The Isle of Skye Golf Club. This proposal was approved at the AGM and the present club officially came into existence. Mr. Beaton also became the first member of the new club.

 

The club is also unique in that all the holes have Gaelic names to reflect the culture and history of the area, the first Golf Club to ever do so. An ancient cemetery lies just outside the boundary fence adjacent to the 15th tee, and the remains of the dwelling houses in the ancient settlement of Tormichaig can be seen from the 4th/13th tee.

 

With many thanks to Murdo Beaton