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As always this was a massively enjoyable outing, greatly attributable to the highly-tuned administrative skills of our shy and quiet Vice–President, Jock Fraser, to whom we owe a big debt of thanks.

Sixteen members of the Society took part: John Bach, Raymond Clynick, John Drysdale, Stephen Fontes, Jock Fraser, David Graham, John Hendry, Nick Hills, Keith Irwin, Richard Jones, Colin MacInnes, Peter Mason, Clive Pickerill, Rob Prior, Harry Turcan and Tim Watts.

Early arrivals, Watts, Prior, Pickerill & Hills enjoyed lunch on Thursday at Luffness restrained a little by the draconian drink/drive laws in force north of the border; and then proceeded to engage in a tremendous match which Watts and Hills won with the very last putt.

Eight members then forgathered for dinner in the Old Clubhouse in Gullane, the early arrivals being joined by Fraser, Mason, Jones and Clynick. Heavy investment having been made in the Gullane taxi service earlier restraints were foregone and a very genial evening ensued, with a record-breaking bill for wine (£20 per head up on 2015).

Friday dawned wet and became wetter as we battled with our old friends, the members of Luffness, in our annual match. If the weather was damp, the golf and the competition was not and the match was halved, a highlight being the game-halving 5 iron hit by the ever self-effacing Vice-President which finished under a foot from the flag on the 18th.  His happiness was hard to disguise.

This was followed by a very convivial lunch with the home team, which was enjoyed to the full with torrential rain falling outside. The effect of this was that the formal proceedings for our Scottish prizes were suspended until Saturday. Nonetheless six brave (or mad) men (Bach, Clynick, Fraser, Irwin, Jones & Watts) played 3-ball sixsome, which, it is understood, was won in style by the Hon Secretary (Watts) and Irwin.

Enormous thanks are due to Luffness who are the most hospitable and friendly hosts. Luffness is an exceptional club with a great golf course.

Dinner (unrestrained, of course) proceeded in the Open Arms at Dirleton although the absence of Richard Lloyd (the curator of the text) precluded the usual singing of the Floreat. It would have been pointless anyway because we were in a private dining room with nobody else to disturb.

This brought us to Saturday – when summer arrived. Muirfield was under-populated and devoid of wind – perfection for the likes of us. Two rounds of foursomes were played, fast and competently, by the assembled company. Senior ORGS members have little difficulty with the second shot to the 12th; in the morning Jones hit his to within an inch or two and in the afternoon Mason holed his.

A variety of competitions took place. The Howard Thompson Plate was won by Mason, which will (happily) ensure that he has to return next year to defend it; the Coborn Osborn Cup (age & handicap) was won by John Bach and the (new) holes-up match play competition was won by Harry Turcan. Various people may or may not have been runners-up but the ORGS is not about statistics or records.   The match between the Vice President’s selected team and the Captain’s selected team was won by the V-P’s team, because the Captain’s team was utterly out-lunched, having finished the morning round with an overwhelming lead. How are the mighty fallen.  Team Vice-President therefore won the inaugural Captain’s Privilege, even though the Captain had left the salver (unpolished) in the car park.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to play this meeting on two of the very finest courses in the world. The whole weekend was testimony to why the ORGS is a very special society, which provides not only the highest quality of golf but also undiluted fun.

In the meantime, we look forward to a big turnout for the Autumn Meeting at Rye.

Nick Hills


February 2022

Saturday 19th
27 hole foursome
Royal Worlington & Newmarket

March 2022

Friday 4th & Saturday 5th
Match v Rye Golf Club
Rye Golf Club

Tuesday 8th March
Match v The School
Woking Golf Club

Monday 14th March
South West v The Rest
Burnham & Berrow

Friday 18th
Match v London Solicitors
The New Zealand Golf Club

April 2022

Friday 8th
Halford Hewitt
Round 1: 08:55
Royal St. George's

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th
Match v Royal North Devon
Royal North Devon Golf Club

May 2022

Thursday 5th
Spring Meeting
Huntercombe Golf Club

Sunday 8th
Grafton Morrish Qualify
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Thursday 19th (PM)
Golf & Dinner
Edgbaston Golf Club

Friday 20th (AM)
Match v Blackwell
Blackwell Golf Club

June 2022

Monday 6th
Public Schools Putting
Royal Wimbledon Golf Club

Tue & Wed 14th - 15th June
Senior / Veteran Darwin
Woking Golf Club

Tuesday 14th June
Match v Goswick GC

Wednesday 15th
Scottish Meeting

Thursday 16th
Match v Luffness New
Followed by Black Tie Dinner
Luffness New

Wednesday 22nd
Public Schools Meeting
Little Aston Golf Club

Thursday 30th
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

July 2022

Friday 1st
Bernard Darwin Trophy
Woking Golf Club

August 2022

Wednesday 10th
Northern Meeting
Hollinwell Golf Club

Wednesday 17th
Match v OUGS
Luffenham Heath

Sunday 21st
Match v Malvern
The Berkshire

September 2022

Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th
Match v Royal Porthcawl
Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th
Autumn Meeting & AGM
Rye Golf Club

October 2022

Wednesday 5th
Match v LVGA
Burhill Golf Club

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th
Grafton Morrish Finals
Hunstanton & Royal West Norfolk

November 2022

Tues 15th & Wed 16th
Match v Porthcawl
Rye & Royal St. George's

December 2022

Monday 5th
Advent Meeting
Burnham & Berrow

Scottish Meeting 2016