For the second time during a few days, there are reports that a Scottish agency wants to shut down five of its golf courses.
A few days ago the days reported that Glasgow Life is considering closing down five of the local council’s six municipal golf courses thanks to low usage, and now the Ayrshire Post has revealed that South Ayrshire Council is considering closing five clubs also, so as to seek out £9 million to balance its books.
A public consultation into a raft of cost-cutting measures, featuring the closure of community centers and swimming pools, has been launched on the South Ayrshire Council website; however, it is understood that an inventory of closure targets has been involved.
The clubs earmarked for closure are Maybole golf courses, Belleisle golf courses, Girvan golf courses, Seafield golf courses, and Dalmilling golf courses.
The Belleisle and Seafield courses sit side by side and opened in 1927.
The facilities benefited from the addition of a fresh £1.5 million clubhouse in 2016.
Girvan may be a nother James Braid design and is a part-links, part-parkland layout that enjoys an equivalent stunning views of the Ailsa Craig as Trump Turnberry.
The three other courses operated by South Ayrshire Council – Lochgreen, Darley, and Fullarton, which all use an equivalent Troon Links clubhouse – aren’t believed to be suffering from the proposed cuts.
This comes at a dreadful time for Scotland’s municipal golf courses. In Dundee, Camperdown GC is thanks to close at the top of this month after a last-ditch plan to reserve it fell through, and David Doig, of the Lothians Golf Association, recently said that Edinburgh could follow Glasgow’s lead because it must find up to £40 million in savings from it allow 2021-22, and one golf courses has lost nine of its holes.
However, a Merseyside council is to take a position quite half 1,000,000 pounds in its golf offerings, because it believes that golf courses that don’t suffer from under-investment achieve a big return on the investment.