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Scottish Hydro Challenge 2011.

Edouard Dubois wins the Scottish hydro Challenge 2011. See photos of the Scottish Hydro Challenge Here

See photos of the 2010 Scottish Hydro Challenge Spey Valley Golf Course Aviemore Here: Final Day | Pro Am

Jamie Mcleary wins the Scottish Hydro at the Spey Valley Golf Course Aviemore PGA European tour leg. Watch the video of Jamie storming to victory below!

Visit Jamie Mcleary’s website at www.jamiemcleary.com

Torvean golf course information

Address and contact: Glenurquhart Road,
Inverness, Inverness-Shire N3 6JN
Tel : (01463) 711434 Fax : (01463) 225651
About:  Torvean Golf Club is a small club with membership of 400. One of our main aims is promoting junior golf in Inverness and although our junior membership stands only at 42, this is a 50% increase on 1997. The club was founded in 1962, and our present clubhouse which comprises of a lounge bar with pool area, and toilet / locker facilities was opened in 1988. It is intended to extend the clubhouse again in 1999. Bar meals weekends only at present.Directions 
On the A82 Ft William Rd approx. 1 mile from Inverness town centre
Further Information
Information herein providedxby the club 10 Aug 1998. Public course.

Course Details

Course Name: Torvean Course Holes: 18 Yardage: 5784 SSS: 68
A municipal parkland course run by the Highland Council. The course was extended in 1988 and includes one of the longest par 5 in the north of Scotland at 565 yds. The course has 3 ponds, one to the left of the 8th fairway, one to the right of the 15th green, and one in front of the 17th green (163yds carry). A challenging course for any golfer.

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face The hitting area or surface of the club head

fade A term used to describe the slight turning of the ball from left to right (by a right-handed player) at the end of its flight. From right to left for a left-handed player.

fairway The area of the course between the tee and the green that is well-maintained allowing a good lie for the ball

fairway wood Any other wooden club other than a driver.

fan To miss the ball completely

fat shot When the club hits the ground behind the ball. This results in high or low shots with a loss of distance

featherie An old leather ball stuffed with compressed feathers. Replaced by the gutta percha after 1848. Also spelled feathery.

fescue Grass of the genus Festuca, widely used on for rough on golf courses>

field The players in a tournament

five-iron An iron club used for distances between 145-180 yards for men’s clubs. Also known as a mashie.

five-wood A wooden club used for distances between 190-210 yards for men’s clubs.

flag The marker attached to the flagstick.

flag competition A stroke play game in which each player has a flag. When the player has played the number of strokes equal to the par of the course plus his handicap, he places a flag in the course at that point. The winner is the player who goes farthest around the course with the alotted number of strokes.

flagstick A movable marker to show the location of the hole

flange The additional surface of the club head which protrudes at the sole

flash trap A shallow and small sand bunker

flat swing The type of swing that occurs when the club head is carried back in a flat manner – usually inside-out

flex The amount of bend or the degree of stiffness of the club shaft.

flier A ball is hit without spin and goes for a greater distance than normal

flier lie A good lie in the rough

flight In tournament play, the division of players with players of equal ability being placed in the same flight. Sixteen is usually the number of players in a flight however any number of players may be placed in a flight.

flip shot A short shot played with a high trajectory with a highly lofted iron such as an eight or nine.

flub A poorly hit shot usually caused by hitting the ground before the ball

fluffy A ball that is sitting up in grass.

follow-through The continuation of the swing after the ball has been hit.

fore A warning shouted out to warn anyone who may be in danger from the flight of the ball.

forecaddie Someone employed by the course or tournament committee to mark the position of a player’s ball

form A golfer’s standard of play based on past performance.

four ball A match in which the better ball of two players is played against the better ball of their opponents

four-iron An iron club used for distances of between 155-190 yards for men’s clubs. Also known as a mashie iron.

four-wood A wooden club used for a distance of between 200-230 yards – for men’ clubs. Also called a spoon.

foursome A term given to four players playing together. Also a match in which two players play against another two players with each side playing one ball.

free drop A drop where no penalty stroke is incurred.

fried-egg A ball half-buried in the sand.

fringe The area surrounding the putting green which is sometimes cut to a height lower than the fairway but not as short as the green itself. Same as “apron”

frog hair The short grass that borders the edge of the putting surface

front side The first nine holes of an 18 hole course.

full house A game in which a player is set a points target calculated by deducting his handicap from 36. The winner is the one who surpasses his target by the most points. Scoring is 8 points for an eagle, 4 for a birdie, two for a par and 1 for bogey.



back door The rear of the hole.

back lip The edge of the bunker that is farthest from the green.

back nine The last 9 holes of an 18 hole course

backspin A reverse spin placed on the ball to make in stop short on the putting surface

backswing The backward part of the swing starting from the ground and going back over the head

baff An obsolete term, Scottish in origin, meaning to hit or graze the ground behind the ball.

baffle Previous name given to a 5 wood.

baffy A lofted wooden club developed from the baffling-spoon no longer in use. Also the alternate name given to the 4 wood.

bail out To avoid trouble, such as a water hazard, in one area by hitting the ball well into another area.

balata A hard, resilient sap-like substance from the South American Balata tree that is used to make a cover for rubber-cored golf balls.

ball The round object which we attempt to hit into the hole. Prior to the 17th century it was made of wood or wool in a leather cover. After the 17th century feathers were boiled and compressed, then sewn in a leather cover. It continued to evolve to a solid gutta percha (or a mixture with gutta percha other substances) in the 1850’s and strip rubber wound around a core in the 1900’s. Presently made of solid compressed synthetic rubber with hundreds of surface indentations which aid in the flight of the ball.

ball at rest The ball has come to a complete stop on the fairway or green

ball embedded A techinical term for a plugged ball

ball holed A ball is holed when it is entirely below the level of the lip of the hole

ball in play A ball is in play as soon as the player has made a stroke in the tee off area. It remains in play until it is holed out except when it is out of bounds, lost, lifted or when another ball is substituted in accordance with the rules.

ball marker A token or a small coin used to spot the balls position on the green prior to lifting it

ball retriever A long pole with a scoop on the end which is used to collect balls from water hazards and other areas.

ball washer A device found on many tees for cleaning golf balls

bandit See hustler

banana ball A slice that curves to the right in the shape of a banana. An extreme slice.

baseball grip Holding the club with all ten fingers on the grip.

beach A sand hazard on the course

bend The curve on a shot created by sidespin.

bend one To hook or slice a shot by using sidespin.

bent grass Type of grass seen for the most part on Northern courses. It is of the genus Agrostis, native to North America and Eurasia. It is a hardy and resilient type of grass that can be cut very short.

bermuda Type of grass seen mostly on Southern courses in North America. Of the type Cynodon dactylon. Originally native to southern Europe. It was introduced to warmer areas of the world to be used on courses where bent grass will not grow.

best ball A match in which one player plays against the better of two balls or the best ball of three players. Also the better score of two partners in a four-ball or best-ball match.

better ball A match play or stroke play gamewhen two players on a side each play their own ball score the better of their two scores at each hole against the other side.

birdie One stroke under par for a hole. Also possibly derived from the term “It flew like a bird” to indicate a good shot.

bird’s nest A lie in which the ball is cupped in deep grass.

bite The backspin imparted on the ball that makes the ball stop dead, or almost so, with little or no roll.

blade 1) The hitting part of an iron clubhead, not including the hosel. 2) To hit the ball with the leading edge of the blade of an iron.

blade Putter A type of putter with an iron head with the basic form the same as other standard numbered irons.

blast A shot that takes a large amount of sand with it when hitting out of a sand trap. An explosion shot. An aggressive shot. A powerful drive.

blind Bogey A type of competition in which each player tries to come the closest to a score that has been drawn out of a hat.

blind hole If the putting green cannot be seen by the player as he approaches, the hole is called blind.

block To play a shot by delaying the rotation of the wrists during a swing. This causes the clubface not to be square at the point of impact resulting in a sliced ball.

bogey A score of one over par for the hole. To play a hole in one stroke over par.

bogey competition A form of stroke play in which players play against a fixed score at each hole. Scored as in match play with the winner being the most holes.

bold A firmly played approach to a well -protected pin. Also, too strong or long a shot.

borrow To play to one side of the hole or the other to compensate for the slope of the green.

boundary The edge of the golf course that defines the area of play.

bowker This refers to a shot that appears to be horrible and then hits a tree, a rock, a spectator, etc. and bounces back into play. Sample usage: “I would have bogeyed the fourth hole but I got a bowker.” Pronounced “boughkur”.

bramble A small molded bump on some types of golf balls (gutta purcha and rubber core). Intended to give aerodynamic properties like the dimples on present day balls.

brassie Former name given to a 2 wood. A wooden club with a brass sole plate with more loft than a driver and less than the than the spoon.

break To make less than a specified score. Such as when you finally broke 90.

break The way in which the ball will roll or bounce. Also the sideways slope on the green.

break the Wrists To bend the wrists back during a swing.

British Ball The type of golf ball specified by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Diameter is not less than 1.620 inches and the weight is not more than 1.620 ounces. Now used mainly in amateur play.

British Open “The Open” – the first one ever held. The National Championship put on by the Royal And Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland.

bulge The curve across the face of a wooden club.

bulger A wooden club with a slightly convex face. Mainly a driver.

bull dog Former name for a 4 or 5 wood.

bump and run A chip shot including the run of the ball after landing. Also known as ‘chip and run’

bunker A depression in bare ground that is usually covered with sand. Also called a “sand trap”. It is considered a hazard under the Rules of Golf.

bunt To hit an intentional short shot

burn The Scottish term for a creek or stream

burried ball A ball partially buried beneath the sand in a bunker

buzzard A score of two strokes over par for a hole.

bye A term used in tournaments. The player who draws a “bye” is allowed to advance to the next round without playing an opponent. In match play, it is the hole or holes still left to play if the match is won before the 18th hole.

Golf jokes by Aviemoregolf.com

Almost perfect:

George walks into the locker room about to play a round and meets his pal Fred, who’s just finished.
‘Hello mate, how did you play?’ he asks.
Fred says: ‘I started eight, eight, eight, eight, nine.’
‘Nine?’ says George, with surprise.
‘Well’, says Fred: ‘I’m not a bloody machine.’

Anonymous golf sayings:

Drive for show, Putt for dough, Shank for comic relief.

Golf is a game where the ball lies poorly, and the players well.

Real golfers know how to count over five, when they have a bad hole.

Real golfers don’t miss putts, they get robbed.

In golf as in life, it’s the follow through that makes the difference.

Golf is an easy game… it’s just hard to play.

Real golfers don’t cry when they line up their fourth putt.

If there is any larceny in man, golf will bring it out.


Ben Hogan

I play with friends, but we don’t play friendly games.

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club don’t you?

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

Bob Allen

The fun you get from golf is in direct ratio to the effort you don’t put into it.

Bobby Jones

Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.

Bob Hope

Golf is a game that needlessly prolongs the lives of some of our most useless citizens.’

If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.

Byron Nelson

The only shots you can be dead sure of are those you’ve had already.

Dave Hill

The golf swing is like sex. You can’t be thinking about the mechanics of the act while you are performing.

Golf is the hardest game in the world to play, and the easiest to cheat at.

Gary Player

The harder you work, the luckier you get.

Harry Tofcano

I’m hitting the woods just great, but I’m having a terrible time getting out of them.

Jack Nicklaus

Golf is not and has never has been a fair game.

I think I fail just a bit less than everyone else.

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Golf games Online

Play a game of golf online. Its not Highland Golf, but its virtual golf. Youre not in the Highlands of Scotland (Or you may be) but you can still play golf, allbeit virtually. You will only smell the heather and pine, and only hear the running water of the Spey, when you come to Aviemore.