Hand in glove

AS pairings go, it might not have the pizazz of Morecambe and Wise, but whisky and golf do tend to go hand in glove. Or should that be hand in golf glove?

Glengoyne, the single Highland malt brand, continued the long tradition of whisky sponsoring the sport by returning to back the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open for a second year.

It maintains a tradition your humble correspondent is old enough to know goes back as far as the old Suntory World Matchplay at Wentworth, and doubtless even further into the annals of the game.

Glengoyne, which is part of the Ian Macleod Distillers stable, will once again be the “official spirit” of the Scottish Open, which takes place at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick from today until Sunday.

Chances are it won’t just be golf balls rolling down the fairways…

Water of life

ALISTAIR Ross had a long career in the whisky industry before his equally extensive involvement with the ferry business. And it is fair to say he relished it.

Speaking recently to The Herald, as he revealed the news of his retirement as chairman of Western Ferries, Mr Ross said: “I had 35 years of making whisky, that is long enough, and consumed a fair bit at the same time. It was most enjoyable!”

Volte-face

SOMETIMES you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s (nearly) gone.

The owner of The Overlee pub in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, recently flirted with the idea of changing its name to The Clarkston Tap as it prepared to undertake a major refurbishment of the outlet.

But it seems the prospect did not go down too well with the locals.

So much so, in fact, that the proposal has been unceremoniously dumped.

In a post on the pub’s Facebook page, staff professed that they weren’t too happy with the proposed name either.

In this case it would appear that the old retail adage still carries weight. Namely, that the customer is always right, especially when it concerns their local pub.