North East club unveils plans of innovative bid to raise a quarter of a million pounds of investment
By Chris Johnston
Murcar Links has adopted a fundraising approach with a difference, after launching its ‘Friends of Murcar’ crowd-funding campaign to drive the club forward.
The Aberdeen-based club is looking to raise £250,000 to fund the first phase of a new irrigation system to enhance its championship course and ensure it remains one of Scotland’s best for generations to come.
The continued development of Murcar as a venue is expected to have a positive effect on the wider golfing community and, in keeping with Murcar’s keen support for youth development, 10% of the final amount raised by the campaign will be donated to the Paul Lawrie Foundation, which provides opportunities for juniors of any age and background to take part in golf.
Launched by Aberdeen FC legends, John Hewitt and Russell Anderson, , the ‘Friends of Murcar’ campaign offers numerous fundraising entry points and rewards and, as extra incentive for ‘Dons’ fans, anyone donating a minimum £20 will be entered into a prize draw to win a fourball with a friend to play alongside the Pittodrie heroes.
Club captain Malcolm Gunnyeon explained: “We are constantly looking at ways to innovate and improve on and off the course and, following years of supporting local, national and European golf as a venue and partner, we felt this was an ideal time to try something a little bit different to support the next stage of the development of Murcar Links.
“We are proud of the role we have always played in supporting the development of golf within the North East and we hope the Friends of Murcar campaign will enable us to take the courses to another level for the benefit of not only members, but the range of visitors, competitors and partners who use it on a regular basis.
“The grassroots of the game are so important to a club like ours so it was an easy decision to donate 10% of the money raised to the Paul Lawrie Foundation. It does a fantastic job introducing youngsters to the game who, ultimately, will be the lifeblood of golf in the future. Support of the Foundation sits very well with our decision to make junior golf free at Murcar in 2016.”
Hewitt, a member of the club and a star of the Aberdeen side that won the 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup, added: “I’ve been a member at Murcar for nearly 20 years and have seen the course develop over that time. At its best, it’s right up there with the top Scottish courses and if it is able to raise the necessary funds, it will be fantastic for both members and the wider golfing community.”
Former League Cup-winning captain Anderson echoed those sentiments. “The North East has great facilities across all sports and it is important those within the sporting community continue to offer opportunities for participation at all levels,” he said.
“Murcar Links is a fantastic golf club and the proposed works will help it continue supporting golf development in the region for many years to come.”
Full details of the ‘Friends of Murcar’ campaign, including fundraising rewards and donations, can be found at murcarlinks.hubbub.net