Alan is up for the job

DIDSBURY Golf Club’s new Captain Alan Collins, a keen photographer, has been a proud member of his club for 33 years and is delighted to take on his new role for the next 12 months.

Alan (pictured at his Drive-In) said: “Didsbury is a magnificent par 70 golf club which was formed in 1891 and redesigned by Peter Allis and Dave Thomas in the 1970’s.

“It is a challenging, mature parkland course and since day one for me I have enjoyed the friendly welcoming atmosphere at the club which encourages both high and low handicappers and the friendly ambience continues into the clubhouse and I have never had any regrets about joining this wonderful golf club.

“My best handicap was 12, now 15, and my other favourite course is Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre which has been redesigned at different times by Tom Morris and JH Taylor.

“Back at Didsbury my favourite hole is the 3rd, a wonderful sweeping dog leg par five protected by the River Mersey on the left and trees all the way down the right-get your drive away and long and a birdie or even better is a real possibility.

“I normally play twice a week but now the sky’s the limit!

Alan Collins


“My hobbies other than golf are photography, art, music, travel and supporting Manchester United (done this since the glory days of 1963).

“My own golfing highlight is achieving 36 points at Royal Dornoch- a magnificent links course with no bunkers and my chosen charity is Mind.

“If I could choose three people to join me in a four ball they would be 1 Seve Ballesteros – to watch him escape from the most difficult places on the golf course and see his smile of pure enjoyment (what trees!) 2 Joan Miro (Surrealist painter) – I would love to discuss his dream art works and automatic drawing techniques as I dabbled in it in art classes encouraged by a very progressive art teacher. 3 Rick Stein as he literally fed my appetite for sea food and visiting Cornwall when watching his TV show many years ago and it is something that my wife and myself have continued to enjoy for many years.


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