Over a number of years we’ve discussed having a room dedicated to the achievements of members both within the club, as societies and on the wider representative stages. Almost 50 years separate these two cheery chappies, winners of the Scottish Boys trophy.
A room where members new to the club can see the rich history, while visitors can take photos alongside some of the Prestonfield greats.
We’ve a superb selection of champions, internationalists, course record holders, great golfing careers that deserve celebration.
There are stories to tell and somewhere to tell them is another fundamental reason for the museum.
Our champions and their legacy to our club, and the game of golf, should rightly be celebrated.
This year sees the 50th anniversary of the Sivewright trophy and it would be a fitting tribute to have more publicly available information on one of our celebrated members. This year also sees the 50th anniversary of the Prestonfield Ladies inter club win at Ingliston.
As we move towards our centenary it seems appropriate timing to change the committee room into a place celebrating our members and their achievements.
We dont just want the pictures though, we want the stories that go with them, the putts under pressure, the baying crowds, the cream teas. In days gone by when the amateur game was more celebrated, we’d see crowds of 1000’s watching national matchplay events, when all the genteel talk about Scottish golf supporters being respectful to opposing players was a pipe dream. Ask a few of the competitors, like our President, Findlay Black. He’ll tell you a few stories. Just kidding of course, Scottish supporters have always been very quiet, educated, respectful supporters of golf, but its not so easy if a rowdy bus load arrive from Caldwell.
The idea of tracing the course through the years as it changed as well as the players from different eras has worked well in many such museums not least at St Andrews where the home of Golf clearly have a rich history to describe. The walk through time with the way the course has been shaped by the history of the landscape, as well as the World War II, will provide an excellent role for our curator, as will managing the huge stock of pictures. If you are a keen historian and fancy the role of curator or just want to get involved then an opportunity will present itself soon. We’ll hold an evening in early May, once the snow has gone, and by then we’ll have assembled a full assortment of photographs and stories to sift. If you want to get involved in the initial phases by providing information, pictures, stories or anecdotes please email email@example.com.
Our history, our heritage, is not quite as grand as St Andrews, consequentially, our museum may be a little smaller, and with only 98 years we dont have as many centuries to cover,
but in those 98 years there are many glittering examples of golfing achievements.
Creating an annual event where we inducted members of Prestonfield Golf Club into the hall of fame might prove popular with the golf club historians as well as the younger more inquisitive minds.
Who knows we might even encourage some of those great golfers of the past to rejoin the club, certainly we’re missing a few from the class of 1991!
There has been a lot of time to reflect over which players have been the greatest, which generation produced the best team performances, the best team pictures, and whether your a junior from 1979, a lady from 1987 or a gent from 1958 it all appears to me as if cleaning the lense on the camera at the 19th hole was folly, or possibly that’s just the current photographer.
We’ve had a few Lothian Champions. Where we’ve often excelled is in the inter club or the Morison Millar. Some of our juniors have pushed on to greater things as life’s ambitions take them to University and beyond. They sometimes return to Edinburgh and the Hall of Fame will be a great excuse for us to invite them to drop in for a cup of tea. Another reason why club museums are important is for subsequent generations, both in life and in golf. There’s been much talk about it having an inspirational effect on the current teams. For some of our juniors to look back at the achievements of past champions can only be beneficial as they set their own goals for what they wish to achieve from golf.
The camaraderie of the teams come through the strongest for me and I’ll be casting my vote for the teams to be given their own place once the room starts taking shape. We also have a number of trophies that are either crammed into our current trophy cabinets or worse still, aren’t even on display. We have the minute book from the inception of the club which is a treasure trove of history itself and of course the Robert H K Browning book from which so many of the recent archive pictures have come from.
A very rich seam from which to mine the information we seek.