By Peter Owen
What began more than 20 years ago with a few golfers playing 18 holes for a bottle of Scotch whisky has turned into one of Noosa Springs’ most colourful golf days.
A field of more than 90 whisky-loving golfers teed it up on Saturday for this year’s Glenfiddich Day, when everything Scottish is celebrated in style.
The winner was Mike Mason, who was also successful in 2014. He scored 41 points to beat Ross Gillies on a countback.
Mike was well rewarded, with a bottle of 21-year-old Glenfiddich, worth about $270, presented by William Grant & Sons, producer of Glenfiddich, the world’s leading single malt whisky. Ross’ runner-up prize was a bottle of 18-year-old Glenfiddich.
More bottles of whisky went to the third and fourth, for nearest the pin shots on the par threes, longest drive and to Simon Reeves’ team for being the best dressed.
After golf, the players sat down to a lunch which boasted grilled salmon, smoked mash potato, dill with horse radish and Glenfiddich 12-year-old butter sauce, or perhaps chicken Howtowdie, Rumblethump potato, Drappit egg and Glenfiddich 12-year-old creamed spinach.
Fittingly, the menu was prepared by executive chef Graham Waddell, himself a Scotsman from Troon, near Glasgow.
Two days later, William Grant and Sons also sponsored the Hendricks Day for Noosa Springs’ ladies Day with similar prizes on offer.