Kilmarnock Barassie Links makes changes to clubhouse that give it a modern edge
MODERNISATION is not always an aspect that is embraced fully in golf, a game firmly embedded in tradition. However, Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club, has carried out an extensive two-year refurbishment of its clubhouse to coincide with the club’s 125th anniversary which was celebrated in 2012.
The renovation was designed to bring the club's facilities up to date while maintaining the character of the club that has been used as a final qualifying venue for both the Open Championship and Seniors’ Open Championship in the past.
“The focus for the design takes into account the great heritage of the club as well as the natural beauty of the golf course and surrounding areas,” explained Bob McKnight, the club captain. “It has been designed so that members, visitors and guests will be drawn to the beautiful views from the windows and not be distracted by bright or garnish furnishings.”
Kilmarnock Barassie Links is considered to be one of the most challenging layouts in Scotland, making the emphasis placed on the course during the re-design well founded. The refurbishment included stripping back several walls to the original brickwork and reinstating the original ceiling to maintain the warm and welcoming feel of the clubhouse.
The current clubhouse was built in 1903 at a cost of £1,428 but it needed to be upgraded to reduce ever increasing energy costs.
“It’s a total transformation,” said one of the members. “The clubhouse was always a very welcoming place, but now it looks the part. We’ve brought it into the 21st century, and we’re very proud of it.”