DUNBAR Golf Club has received glowing praise from the All Blacks who played on the historic course ahead of their game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.
All Blacks’ captain Richie McCaw, who has 113 caps, thanked their Scottish hosts, writing in the visitors’ book: “An exceptional course and wonderful hospitality from all at the club.” And the club was delighted to play host to the New Zealand rugby stars.
The visit came about after Dunbar member Douglas Mill, director of professional practice at the School of Law, University of Glasgow, met Conrad Smith, a member of the All Blacks’ with 63 caps and solicitor, who was speaking at an event at the university. The New Zealand player wanted to arrange a round of golf on a Scottish course and opted for Dunbar after looking at a number of venues.
The squad arrived in Edinburgh after a 28 hour journey from New Zealand and a day later eight players, along with four Scots, were teeing off at Dunbar’s famous links which are a qualifier for the British Open.
They played their match as a three way tie North Island verses South Island verses their Scottish hosts. Included in the Scottish hosts’ team was Tom Craig, chairman of the Scottish Golf Union. It proved to be a convincing win for the All Blacks with the South Island on top and the North Island in second place.