It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the loss of our ex- President and Captain, and current Greens Convenor, Alan Bankier. It is also with sadness and a very heavy heart that the club would like to announce the details of Alan’s funeral. The church service will take place at the Anderson Church at 12.30 this Friday the 6th May. After that at Kilsyth Cemetery. All are welcome at Kilsyth Lennox Golf Club thereafter.
From everyone at Kilsyth Lennox Golf Club we would like to offer our heart felt condolences to Alan’s family and friends,he was a larger than life character and will be sorely missed by all.
Alan was a forty years plus member of the Club and served on the Committee of the Club, in various positions, for many years. His dedication and commitment to the club was extraordinary, and his enthusiasm in promoting the club in the best light was legendary. It was not unknown for his playing partners’ bags to be filled with empty cans which Alan had picked up while playing the course, because his bag was already full of discarded bottles, cans and other assorted detritus.
Alan embraced the game of golf, and its competitive spirit, in equal measure. He was instrumental in promoting the Thomson McCrone team within the club, and also introduced numerous golfers to the team dynamic, welcoming all the newcomers with his typical enthusiasm. It was not unusual to be sitting in the Clubhouse after a McCrone team match to hear Alan holding court, the team around him and Alan’s hearty laugh echoing through from the lounge to the bar.
When our course was being re-built, Alan was given the onerous task of Development Convenor, which he threw himself into with his usual gusto. He worked closely with the Course architect, Rocky Roquemore and the Course Builder, Phil Reeve from Contour Golf. It is a testament to Alans’ attention to detail, his work ethic and his ability to communicate his ideas and thoughts that we now have such a great course to play. In his many years as Greens Convenor, the afore mentioned qualities shone through when it came to any new Course developments to enhance the playing experience for members and visitors alike. We have much to thank him for.
Alan was also the driving force behind the building of our halfway house, in memorium to Graham Bartlett, and was immensely proud of the end result. In fact, it was not untypical to see him sitting on the decking of a Saturday, welcoming and chatting to all the golfers as they passed, before ambling up to the Clubhouse for his own tee-time.
Alan was a big character within the club, and will be sorely missed by the Committee for his experience and guidance. His playing partners and team colleagues will miss his humour and friendship.
But above all, Alan was a family man, and the hearts of the whole club go out to his beloved wife Elaine and his cherished daughters Holly and Abby, his parents Sam and Margaret, and his siblings Frances and Douglas.
As a Club member, Captain, President and Greens Convenor, Alan stamped his personality on the Club. His drive and enthusiasm, coupled with his love of the game and the Club, shone through all he did. He will be sorely missed, but the course which he did so much to develop will remain as a testimony to this remarkable man.
Next time you find yourself in the Greenside bunker at the tenth, don’t be surprised to hear a wee chuckle – Alan will still be with us in spirit.
Welcome to Kilsyth Lennox Golf Club
Located in Central Scotland, and nestling at the foot of Kilsyth Hills, this is one of the most stunning and picturesque courses you will ever play in Scotland.
The course provides you will a challenging variety of holes, and some wonderful views…from Goat Fell on the Island of Arran in the West, to the view over the Forth Bridges in the East.
This course was founded in 1899. It originally played as a 9 hole course, and over the years locations were changed, holes were added until it finally became an 18 hole course in 1992. The subsequent layout of the course has changed on numerous occasions over the years. Many features of the current course were designed by Rocky Roquemore and opened in 2002.
Over the following years a number of improvements have been made, and additional features have been introduced. We are immensely proud of the fact that we are the only course in Scotland to have the unique feature of 2 dry stane bridges, the most recent of which was completed in 2014.
With a wonderful variety of holes, the course requires some good shot making, and provides a good challenge for golfers of any handicap.
Kilsyth Lennox is known for the friendliness of its members, and a warm welcome awaits any visitors to our course.
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