(Note: This article was originally published in 2013. Ron Margeson is now the Assistant Pro and General Manager at Ould Newbury.)
When Ron started playing at Ould Newbury in 2006, his handicap index was around a 9; today it is 2. It is clear that Ron takes his golf seriously. In fact, he is on his way to becoming a PGA teaching professional.
He credits his progress to playing and practicing at Ould Newbury with like players in a fairly competitive setting. Ron noted, “If you can play well here, you can play anywhere. The course has particularly small greens, many which are raised, that call for accurate approach shots. Recently I played at two wonderful venues, Vesper and Brae Burn. Compared to Ould Newbury the greens were huge, which made hitting them a lot easier. From playing at Ould Newbury, my iron game has become more accurate.”
“When I am not playing serious golf, I love to come and play in the Grub and Grogs, where my wife and I get to play together in a fun setting,” said Ron. Grub and Grogs are monthly scramble tournaments where all levels of players play together, with fun as the main goal. Nine holes of golf are followed by a nice dinner, all for a bargain price (and guests are always welcome).
“I have played a lot of places and love this place best of all,” says Ron. “My wife has become a good golfer and loves it too. Whether you have a 0 or a 30 handicap, there is always someone to play with and have a good time.”
Ron recently passed the Playing Ability Test (PAT), one step towards his goal of becoming a PGA teaching professional. Not only did he win low gross for the two round playing test, he also passed it on his first try.