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'No touch' flag lifting device for local golf clubs in the north

By Jean Gunn

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The innovative ball lifting gadget.
The innovative ball lifting gadget.

With golf courses throughout Scotland poised to reopen on Friday, the new gadget means players will be able to reduce possible contamination by not having to touch the flagstick when retrieving golf balls at the end of each hole – one of the recommendations from the governing body Scottish Golf.

The devices were made by Hunter's Promotions, Wick, which specialises in the design and manufacture of bespoke golf products.

Business owner John Hunter explained that the original concept hit the market about two months ago and he then made his own improvisation.

"I came up with a design which will do the job – it works," he said.

"I'm just so delighted to do it for Durness, Wick, Thurso, Reay and Lybster golf clubs. I knew the local clubs were struggling at the moment and these would be quite expensive to buy.

"It is nice to give something back to them and help keep us safe."

The golf ball lifters have been delivered to the local clubs so that they can be installed ready for the planned reopening of the courses on May 29.

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