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Saw this today and it broke my heart.

I loved the putting green, and WILL NEVER GO BOWLING in protest at its eviction! Don't even ask me.

Surely the Council should get the putting green reinstated somewhere? Join the campaign here.

And if the Golf Club had a public putting green it would be a great way of getting kids into the game, and help prevent them from drifting off into drugs, or bowling, or other sordid pastimes.

It's a poor Royal Burgh that has no putting green, I always say.
Picture added on 01 October 2009 at 23:21
See your councillor about it if you feel so strong!!!!!
Added by Willie Watters on 02 October 2009
I agree Steven,but if the City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall can't find a base for the Kirkwall City Pipe Band then we might end up the same way as the Putting Green. I always say- Its a poor Royal Burgh that can't find a home for its Pipe Band!
Added by Brian Findlay on 02 October 2009
I lived in the South end of Stromness, and my father bought me a cheap set of starter clubs. With his encouragement I was hooked on the game totally which certainly kept me out of trouble. Also without realizing it at the age of 12 I was mixing with the right people, whom would help and advise and send me on a career path that I am still on today.
Little things like a putting green or any form of sport can certainly have a positive effect on anyone.
Added by John Marwick on 02 October 2009
Think you should speak with your local councillor, and he or she should help bring this to the attenion of the OIC.

Added by Alastair on 02 October 2009
Hi Steven

I never had the pleasure of playing on the towns public putting green but in my youth enjoyed playing on the one in the Royal Burgh of North Berwick.

Only this week we cleared an area to extend our putting green to 9 holes. There will no charge for using this facility which should be in use next summer, weather dependent.

I am sure you are aware of the activities at the golf club which now has approx. 80 junior members including around 15 girls many of whom play every week and attend weekly coaching sessions.

We are very lucky to have HRH Princess Royal coming to the club on the 14th to formally open our indoor coaching facility and this will be a great occasion for all the juniors and those who have put so much into the project.

Again you will not have to be a member to use the indoor facility and hopefully this might be the push that you have been needing to get up to Grainbank.

If you would like a look around give me a shout.

Andrew Bonner, Captain, Orkney Golf Club

Added by Andrew Bonner on 02 October 2009
I'll get onto my councillors then. Pity I'm not lucky enough to live in Kirkwall East though!

Good points well made by Andrew, and I look forward to a good putt in 2010.
Added by Steven Heddle on 03 October 2009
Good points also made by Brian Findlay. What is happening to the Old library that the pipeband were unceremoniously dumped out of many moons ago?
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