Business people from Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Berwick and across the Borders came together at the Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso on Thursday, not only to partake in a day of golf, clay shooting and fishing, but also to raise money for the local Borders Children’s Charity (BCC).
The powers that be must have known that the BCC is voluntary and that 100 per cent of the money raised on the day would go directly to helping Borders children, because the sun shone and the wind dropped after previous days of hefty gales.
This was a huge boon for the visitors, many of whom had never been to the Borders before, as they saw the Roxburghe and the surrounding area at its spectacular best.
The championship golf course was looking world class, which was reflected by the players’ enthusiasm about its condition, particular the greens.
Douglas Johnson from Inverness, who incidentally scored a hole-in-one on the 15th, commented: “I’ve played courses across the country this year, Castle Douglas and Royal Dornoch to name a couple, and the Roxburghe greens have been by far the best.”
Guests enjoyed a lunch produced by the hotel’s sous chef, Christopher Nurse, then tried clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and a golf clinic.
BCC chair, Clare de Bolle, said: “Many of the guests had arranged to leave after lunch as they had a distance to travel home, but they were having so much fun they decided to stay on for the afternoon activities.”
The Roxburghe’s director of marketing, Sandrine Contier-Lawrie said: “We chose the BCC to be our nominated charity this year and we’re delighted that we did. It has been so satisfying to know all of this hard work is going to help local children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate situations. The Roxburghe staff is very proud that 100 per cent of the £2,084 we raised will go directly to helping these children.”