Fife club unveils ambitious plans to 'reinstate original features' as it celebrates 200th anniversary
By Chris Johnston
One of Scotland’s most respected golf clubs has unveiled plans to undergo a major renovation. Scotscraig is set to reinstate many of the original features to its famous links and heathland course in celebration of the club’s 200th anniversary.
“With changes happening on the course and a full diary of events planned for the 200th, this is an exciting year for the club,” explained Scotscraig captain John Rankin.
“The bicentenary project has taken more than two years to plan and deliver and is the most extensive ever to be undertaken at Scotscraig.
“It illustrates the club’s commitment to continually improving our golf, offering and re-establishing many of the features that made the course special in the first place.”
There has already been a number of significant changes to the course. Most noticeably the fourth, 12th and 16thholes which have all contributed to one of the most important developments in the proud 200-year history of the club.
The greenkeeping team at Scotscraig has been at the forefront of the project, which has been completed in time for the club’s 200th year.
Chris Barnard, who has planned, managed and implemented over 1,000 hours of work in order to release the project, explained some of the changes.
“The fairway bunkers have all changed – we have taken away all the revetting by hand,” he said. “The new bunkers are all contoured and rough-edged and are now more visually appealing.
“The fairways were cut at the same width from start to finish, so there was no real shape to them. Where we can, we’ve made them wider in the first 150 yards. This means higher handicap golfers will find the course fairer.”
The club is currently putting the
finishing touches to a series of events planned for its bicentennial festivities in 2017. These events range from special tournaments and open days, to grand matches and opportunities to play the course itself.