On an idyllic day more reminiscent of late Spring, the Car Hire Hebrides Winter League at Stornoway Golf Club commenced.
There was, however, plenty evidence of the approach of winter, most notably in the appearance of a 12 hole course that appears to be almost the same length as the full 18 holes.
With only one par 3 and three par 5 holes, there is ample opportunity for low scoring and, equally, for the kind of scores more appropriate to the 18 hole format.
Such a challenging set up means that any one of half a dozen holes can be ruinous for many of the 50 teams participating in the Winter League.
For a full report on the start of the Winter League see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out Now!