£2m premises opens to rave reviews
By Chris Johnston
South Ayrshire Council has reopened Troon Links’ clubhouse following the complete renovation of the historic building.
Almost £2m was spent by the council on a comprehensive refurbishment, which has seen the front of the building completely transformed with new paving, steps and accessible ramps. The roof has also been replaced and there is new glazing throughout.
The changes continue inside the facility, with an expanded cafe and restaurant, as well as relaxing lounge areas, modern changing facilities and a fully accessible golf pro shop.
The work underlines the council’s commitment to Golf in South Ayrshire, with £3.5m spent on this project, Girvan clubhouse and a new clubhouse at Belleisle Park in Ayr.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, the leader of South Ayrshire Council said: “The end results are quite remarkable and I’m glad the refurbishment has done justice to the historic character of the building.
“Our commitment to invest in golf, particularly in the current economic climate, is testimony to South Ayrshire’s proud golfing heritage. Each year, golf generates over £4m for the local economy and our welcoming and versatile clubhouses are crucial if we are to continue to grow the game and nurture the next generation of golfers.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in the project, and also those who use the clubhouse and the course for their patience during the work.”
Barry Scaife, 75, has been playing at Troon Links for the past 14 years and is impressed by the new building. “The updated clubhouse has made a big difference,” he said. “Like the courses, it is accessible and top class.” Andrew Gordon, 18, added: “The new clubhouse is really nice and has a friendly atmosphere. Everything is modern and finished to a high standard and it’s great it can be enjoyed by non golfers, too.”