Hoorah! Our lucky winner is Jenny McCombie of Dundee!
Jenny and three of her friends will be playing one of Carnoustie country's premier golf courses in June thanks to our Facebook competition. Jenny was one of Simpsons best friends who commented and liked our post. She mentioned that Simpsons had a "Good choice of golfing gear at reasonable prices" and this was echoed by many of the other competitors.
We used a "list randomiser" (an online "true random number service") to pick the winner from those who "liked" and "commented" on our Facebook competition post. This was drawn on 27th May in accordance with our competition rules.
We are sure you will all want to add your congratulations to Jenny.
A few words about Edzell golf course........
Few people know that Bob Simpson and his brother Archie were not just great golfers and craftsmen but also famous throughout Scotland as golf architects.
The Dundee Courier of 14th January 1897 had an article about the Forfarshire elections when the candidate Mr Ramsay was asked a question about the problem experienced in Edzell with people playing golf on Edzell Muir. A Mr Duncan asked him if he approved of documents submitted by the Dalhousie Estates office seeking to ban the playing of golf on the Muir. Mr Ramsay wasn't sure if Mr Duncan was one of the people who had already approached hm about the "absolute" necessity of having a proper golf course at Edzell. In any case Mr Ramsay replied that there was a serious proposal to establish a golf course and that "they had got the best man possible in Forfarshire, Mr Robert Simpson, Carnoustie, to examine ground and find out where the most sutable course could be had." Everyone agreed this would prevent the situation with "balls flying about" on the Muir.
The rest is history and the Edzell Golf Club website http://www.edzellgolfclub.com/aboutus/ states that "the course was designed by top golfer architect Bob Simpson. The 18-hole par 71 course at The Edzell Golf Club was originally laid out in 1895 and amended some thirty-nine years later in line with recommendations from the legendary James Braid. With a virtually unchanged layout it is now complemented by a 9-hole West Water Course which was brought into play in 2001.
Bob and Archie were involved in the design and establishment of many courses in the North East of Scotland. Stonehaven is a "Simpsons" course which was laid out over a ten year period (1896 a 1906) and it proved to be a "tour de force" fitting in the eighteen holes amongst the rugged cliffside coastline. In 1898, With help from old Tom Morris and brother Bob, Archie laid out the the first rendition of Cruden Bay which he considered his “masterpiece”. Having also had a hand in the development of Royal Aberdeen (where he was the professional) it was clear that this point in time was seminal in golf course architecture.
When Bob Simpson was employed by the Dalhousie Club of Carnoustie in 1883, he was just 20 yrs old but already greatly accomplished as a club maker, ball maker, teacher and great golfer. He was joined by his brothers Archie and Jack. Later by his brother Charles. Together they began the Simpsons business which was the original official Carnoustie Golf Pro Shop. Many of the 300 golfers who left Carnoustie during 1890 to 1930 had learnt their trade employed by Bob Simpson.
Bob was in charge of the Carnoustie links which became the home of 7 Opens and which is the host venue for the Carnoustie 2018 Open.
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