Thursday, 22 March 2012

Senior Open Golf Championship Turnberry 2012

The Senior Open Championship will return to the spectacular setting of Turnberry on the Ayrshire coastline from July 26-29, 2012, continuing the Scottish resort’s rich history with the prestigious Championship which began with the inaugural staging in 1987.

It will be the seventh occasion that Turnberry’s Ailsa Course has hosted The Senior Open Championship, the most of any venue on the roster, surpassing the six editions played at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.
The classic links hosted the first four Senior Open Championships, with Neil Coles wining the inaugural Championship in 1987, Gary Player capturing the title in 1988 and 1990 and Bob Charles lifting the trophy in 1989.

Tom Watson, whose own career is so closely aligned with Turnberry’s proud heritage, then held off the European Senior Tour’s leading career money winner Carl Mason in a play-off when the Championship returned to the Ayrshire Coast in 2003, before fellow American Loren Roberts captured his first Senior Open title in 2006.

Turnberry has also hosted The Open Championship on four occasions with Watson featuring prominently in 1977, when he memorably defeated Jack Nicklaus in what became known as ‘The Duel in the Sun’, and in 2009 when he lost in a play-off to Stewart Cink at the age of 59.

David Hill, Director of Championships for The R&A, said on behalf of the Championship: “We are delighted to announce the return of The Senior Open Championship to Turnberry in 2012, a venue that is steeped in the history of both The Senior Open and The Open.

“The Ailsa Course has provided some of golf’s most memorable moments over the years and hopefully we will once again experience the magnificent support of the Scottish golf fans, just as we did the last time The Senior Open Championship visited the Ayrshire coast in 2008 when we had record crowds at Royal Troon.”

Stewart Selbie, General Manager of Turnberry, said: “Turnberry is delighted to welcome The Senior Open Championship back to the Ailsa course in 2012. Following the success of The 2009 Open, it is entirely fitting that our next Major should be the Senior Open, a tournament which has such a strong connection with the Ailsa course over the years. This announcement confirms Turnberry’s position as a great venue for major Open Championships”

Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said: "Turnberry is an iconic golf location and I am thrilled The Senior Open Championship is returning to South Ayrshire next year. We are, of course, the birthplace and home of Open Golf and we are also well-known for hosting major international events, so it’s going to be a fabulous sporting occasion.

“I look forward to welcoming players, staff, fans, family and friends to South Ayrshire for this wonderful event and will ensure a great time is had by all here on Scotland’s very own golf coast.”

EventScotland, the national events agency, has supported the staging of The Senior Open Championship since 2005 and the 2012 event will be the marquee event on Scotland’s golfing calendar that year.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The Senior Open Championship is one of Scotland’s most prestigious regular golf tournaments. We are delighted to see it return next year with significant benefits for Turnberry, South Ayrshire and the wider ‘Home of Golf’ expected. It is important for Scotland to maintain its support of these major events as we prepare to host The Ryder Cup in 2014 and to ensure the ongoing development of the sport on our shores.”

The Senior Open last visited Scotland in 2010 when Carnoustie hosted the Championship for the first time. Germany’s Bernhard Langer claimed his first Senior Major Championship and will defend the title from July 21-24 when Walton Heath Golf Club, in Surrey, England, is the host venue for the Championship’s 25th edition.

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased online, with season tickets now available at £60 for a season pass and any one day passes at £16.50. They can be booked online at, where other discounts and offers can also be found.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Enjoy Spring with some delicious food and drink from Ayrshire Food Network Members

Wishing you a happy spring time - always a suitable time for delicious food and drink.
We will be in a position next week with  a revamped web site format to confirm the full details of our 4 new members who we are delighted to welcome. They include a cheesemaker of wonderful unpasteurised cheese; a whisky interpretation centre; a chilli relish producer; and an exciting new deli - all established and now thriving in Ayrshire.

The next  farmers' market in Ayrshire is scheduled Saturday 17th March in Kilmarnock at the Cross. We will  be having a relaunch day programme with Nethergate Larder as the new rare breeds meat supplier &   Craufurdland estate as an exciting craft stallholder promoting their activities & supplying seasoned logs. There will be 17 other local food businesses represented.

Postcode-location KA11HZ - HTCU there. Timing 09.00-13.00  You may also get a leaflet delivered through door linking back to this web site! There is a rumour going round there may be some strolling musicians also. Come along and enjoy the Spring event timed to coincide with the relaunched indoor Craft market.

On Saturday 10th March many members will be at either Paisley County Square and / or Glasgow Partick farmers markets - timing  09.00-13.00; and 10.00-14.00 respectively.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Robbie's Drams Whisky An' A' That IX 2012 Whisky Festival Ayr

Robbie's Drams Whisky Specialists are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for Whisky An' A' That IX, Ayrshire's annual whisky festival.

The event is held on Saturday 9th June 2pm-6pm Ayr Town Hall

This years festival will be our biggest to date with more than 30 major whisky companies exhibiting a fantastic array of whiskies, including limited editions and rare, hard to find bottlings along with new releases. You will be spoiled for choice as to which whiskies you would like to sample.

Also attending on the day will be celebrity faces and guests from the whisky world, with various talks and displays being held along with whisky master classes.

So whether you are a connoisseur or novice you are guaranteed to be educated and entertained whilst being fully immersed in the world of whisky.

Tickets are £20 each

and are available from

Robbie's Drams, 3 Sandgate, Ayr

Ticket Hotline Number: 01292 284279

You can also order your ticket from our on-line shop where you will find more information on what is guaranteed to be a"dram guid day oot".


Contact Information

Robbie's Drams
3 Sandgate

Tel: 01292 284279
Booking Information

Ticket Price £20 each

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A Review of 2011 Ayrshire Food Network Activity

On  22nd December 2011 AFN members were present at the very successful Paisley  Christmas farmers' market 09.00-13.00  at County Square    ...with relatively mild,  be  it ,windy  weather forecast and a very wide range of  produce including seasonal offerings  available ,a visit  was very enjoyable  ... thanks for coming  and buying the wonderful food excellent opportunity to obtain seasonal, and  Christmas produce.

On Tuesday  29th  November  2011 Petrie Fine foods gained national recognition having been shortlisted in two categories of the VIBES Awards  for environmental sustainability During the previous  week  several  Ayrshire  food network producers were involved in the high profile opening of the Wholefoods Store in Giffnock...We hope the venture is  a great success with subsequent ripple effects  of reorders to their  chosen local suppliers. Dunlop Dairy  have been featured  on  one  of their supplier  profile.

Saturday 5th  november saw  a special celebration farmers' market at Ayr  with several new stallholders, including the impressive hot food to go  + guest craft,fair trade and charity stalls selling Christmas gifts  Thanks to everyone for coming ,in  particular our first time visitors  who came  and joined the fun and  took advantage to buy  fresh, local , quality,value for money food from the  stallholders  present .We hope you enjoyed your visit ,and look forward to welcoming you again on  February 3rd  

Here are two links with the story:

Warmest  congratulations  to two  AFN  members ,Braidwoods and Glenapp Castle for their  outstanding Michelin Star success for 2011. A  Real Inspiration to us all.  The   weekend  21/22/23 October saw many members at  various  significant events  The BBC Good Food show + the very popular  quarterly Kilwinning farmers market  on Saturday 22nd  + the inaugural  apple tastic day  at West Kilbride  community centre : for  the  latter see

AFN  were well presented at the Recipe for Success workshop   run  by Scottish Land & Estates at Dalduff  farm  ,Crosshill September 28th  ,and were  delighted to be involved in the inaugural  WSW Heritage meeting at Dumfries House on October 4th .   Flavoursome Produce from  Nethergate ,Afton Glen  and GC Growers were served  at the  artisan  Scottish food  lunches at the  very well attended Nourish national conference at Govan  on October 1st Earlier AFN were  represented  at the Nourish Sustainable food day at Catrine  on September 9th ,making contributions to the debate on  public procurement  and encouraging local food availability , see

Recently 6 stallholders  from  AFN/AFM  were  trading at the Global Market  at  Kilmarnock  from the  1st-4th  September which presented  them with  a great opportunity to reach  a wider market  and  hence potential customer base  for locally provisioned  Ayrshire  food  3 other members  were represented  at the inaugural Whitelees Wind  Farm    farmers' market which was blessed by near perfect weather ....certainly a very  interesting  and worthwhile experiment  see

AFN  member,  Chisholms  of Ayr  has reinforced its   position as  a leading delicatessen   in south west Scotland  having been invited by Iain  Mellis the  renowned speciality cheese wholesaler to stock  some outstanding interesting  Scottish   cheeses  from their acclaimed range .Kevin Wadsworth ,the proprietor, is naturally delighted and invites potential customers  to visit his premises at 17 Carrick street  Ayr.- KA7 1NS. More details can be found at or by calling him on 01292 269555.  

Have you heard of ,or visited the hidden gem in  Kilmaurs?. We are talking  about the exciting slightly decadent   cake/chocolate  and  tea  shop  which  has  recently  been opened by Divine Inspirations owner  Maxine Gough.Quietly  endulge yourself  with friends  or even children! It is located  at 4, Townend, Kilmaurs. Check out details at

 If you are looking for that amazing special break  then look no further than our  most southerly  member the outstanding award wining Glenapp Castle ,ideally situated  if you  looking for  a  very  high quality   experience . see On June 8th a direct link was created from  a leading  German travel web portal to the AFN site see the link at:  this follows meetings at Tourism Expo in April.

On  Thursday 22nd  September several members  again  supported the  small and attractive  community market at Uplawmoor church hall. 10.00-12.00.produce available includes rare breeds meat,home baking,vegetarian and gluten free food,hand  made butter, local farmhouse cheeses ,farm sourced ice cream ,flowers plants  & herbs always  they   also  provide   a  great  cup of tea!

Very  exciting  also  was the  bold  and  innovative event which was   held in George  Square Glasgow   on  the 14th may  when you could achieve "Island Time in no Time "  as Arrran with  a very full array of  activities  ranging from  cookery demonstrtions ,tastings ,music,massage,art,  and even  rock climbing  came  to town   big style !!    At Hamleys Easter time  farmers market adventure  Fresh local  Produce from  Corrie Mains,GC Growers, and  Dowhill  was on  display ,whilst tasting samples of milk and cheese  were supplied by Dunlop Dairy,and cakes from Petrie Fine Foods .Watch out for news of the event  plus a  web site video  at  AFN were delighted to exhibit again at Tourism Expo April 13-14th 2011 in Aberdeen. We were on stand A1-A3 Ayrshire & Arran right beside the main Visit Scotland  reception. We met many trade buyers, exhibitors and tourism trade professionals ..there was an appointments system in place via

During the two days we had  meetings with 35 trade buyers  from as far afield as Hawaii, Toronto, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, India, as well as 10 from the UK They all are interested in varying aspects of food& activity tourism. We have been following up these leads proactively  and promptly,and  some of them are following us avidly on Twitter On Wednesday 16TH March 2011 AFN presented at the ASVA seminar in Alloway regarding the realities /advantages of local food supply to visitor attraction establishments. February 14th 2011 saw  food  or ingredients  from several  AFN /AFM  members used at the NFUS annual conference dinner in St andrews .500 guests enjoyed an amazing  5 course dinner .We were delighted to be involved  in the sourcing project .

During the AFN seminar tour  live fromTartu Hotel ,Voru,Viljandi & Rakvere in Estonia we had V3 international link ups during the last week of January2011. A considerable number of participants have visited the website subsequently. The 2011 version of our leaflet  was  published  electronically with enhanced layout  ,the planned  inclusion of the vibrant new pan Ayrshire branding, a new  map, an overview of aims and objectives, plus 8 advertising slots.