It is an honour to be patron of this charity and watch it grow from what was an informal discussion on how to promote the traditions of the game of golf with George Makey in 1995. George had been tirelessly raising money for powered mobility and presenting chairs at The Open every year since 1976.
As he was entering his 80th year he wanted to maintain and safeguard some sort of future in what had become a heartwarming tradition on the eve of every Championship.
I suggested forming a society and the name "Keepers of the Green" sprung to mind. The keeper of the green was the old title for the golf course supervisor and the most distinguished of them all was Tom Morris who, as a four times winner of The Open was also responsible for the upkeep and major changes that took place on the Old Course from 1864 to 1902 .
The R&A have been proud to be involved with Keepers of The Green, a Foundation committed to not only upholding the history and traditions of the game of golf but also to supporting and enhancing the lives of many through its charitable work.
From the vision and determination of its Founder, George Makey, to today’s committed individuals, “Keepers” continues to grow and make a difference to many.
The Open Championship will continue to provide a stage for the awarding of powered wheelchairs to worthy recipients and commend Keepers of the Green for their continued support of the game of golf.
St Andrews Links Trust
St Andrews Links Trust is a charitable organisation (Scottish charity number SC006161) responsible for the management and maintenance of the Links courses at the Home of Golf, including the famous Old Course, host of the 2010 Open Championship. The Trust was established by an Act of Parliament in 1974. It employs more than 300 permanent staff and seasonal workers during the high season. It manages a number of additional facilities including three clubhouses, a golf practice centre and golf academy and five shops. Around 200,000 rounds are played each year over the six public courses, which feature two additional championship courses (the New and the Jubilee), two 18-hole courses (the Eden and the Strathtyrum) and a nine-hole course (the Balgove). A seventh course, The Castle Course, opened for play in 2008 on a site to the south-east of St Andrews and has already won several international awards.
“Each year staff at the Links nominate various local charities and support them with fundraising activities and social events. Keepers of the Green is one of those excellent charities and it has also been generously supported by local golfers and golf clubs who use the Links.”
St Andrews Golf Company Ltd can trace its roots back to 1881 and is Scotland’s last traditional golf club manufacturing business still retaining the skills to hand craft fully playable period hickory golf clubs. The company has enjoyed a close relationship with Keepers of the Green since its foundation in 1995 and produces the 5 hickory clubs that members of Keepers of the Green can purchase. These clubs are modelled on clubs used by Old tom Morris around the 1880s. The clubs are crafted in our factory on the outskirts of St Andrews where members are welcome to visit at any time and witness the manufacturing processes first hand. The sets of clubs are used in events the Charity stages each year and members are also encouraged to stage their own challenge matches playing with the clubs.
Med-Ecosse is proud to be associated with KOTG and looks forward to supporting this very worthwhile charity in the future. Although we have only been closely associated with KOTG since last summer we have already supplied ten powered wheelchairs and repaired several wheelchairs that had already been donated to clients.
Med Ecosse Ltd, established in 1994 by Colin Struthers who has spent over 20 years in medical and mobility supply in Scotland, is now one of the primary suppliers of reputable brands of items for the elderly and disabled.
Med-Eccosse offers a wide range of support and services in the provision of Electrical Powered Wheelchairs incorporating the initial assessment and home demonstration to ensure that the powerchair meets with the client's needs, delivery and hand-over of the machine to the client and full after sales support for servicing, repairs and maintenance.
This well established family business offers a friendly and professional service to all their customers and operate throughout most of Scotland. Their spacious showroom offers easy parking, a wide variety of mobility products and experienced customer service staff.
Portland Hotels, as a group of privately owned and managed individual hotels located throughout Scotland, understands the importance of engaging with its local communities.
We are proud to be supportive of, and associated with, Keepers of the Green as a very grounded charity which connects so well with those in need of powered wheelchairs.
It is a real pleasure to see the smiles on the faces of people who are given a wheelchair for the first time and to know that their lives are about to change.
West Port Print and Design is proud to have a long relationship with this wonderful charity. The great mix of helping to maintain golfing traditions and great charity work is completely unique, the wheelchair handover ceremonies give everybody the chance to see the end result of all their hard work.
The Dunvegan Hotel is deemed “one of the best hangouts in the world of golf” by the Golf Channel. It is personally owned and operated by Jack and Sheena who are both committed members of “Keepers” since 1995 and enjoy welcoming golfers from throughout the world to enjoy keen hospitality, food and drink when making their pilgrimage to the hallowed links of St Andrews. The Dunvegan is also a regular meeting place for prospective Members and Friends of “Keepers” who can collect information and brochures from the hotel’s reception area.
THE SPORTSMAN'S CHARITY
The Sportsman's Charity was founded in 1983 and its objectives are to generate funds and to distribute them to charitable organisations operating in the areas of sport, children, disability and the disadvantaged, some £2.5 million having been distributed to date. These objectives sit easily with Keepers of the Green through the sport of golf and improving the quality of life through providing mobility for the needy. The Sportsman's Charity is proud to have been associated for over 10 years with the excellent work done by "Keepers" and wishes to continue this association for many years to come.
The Best Western Scores Hotel in St Andrews is the nearest hotel to the first tee of the Old Course. Its close relationship with "Keepers" is evident in the foyer where the Keepers of the Green trophies (for the Spring and Autumn Meetings) are displayed in a specially designed showcase. David Mann, the owner of this historic family run hotel, was one of the first members of "Keepers" and has been actively supportive of the charity's activities from that time.