Major overhaul creates exciting future for Angus club as it looks to attract more golfers.
THE FUTURE of Piperdam Golf Club has been given a major boost by its owners after they spent over a quarter of a million pounds renovating the popular Osprey Golf Course.
Owners of the Angus facility commissioned Graeme Webster and his company, Team Niblick, to carry out a host of improvements to the 18-hole layout that they hope will make the course one of the most popular places to play in the Dundee area.
Speaking of the huge overhaul of the layout, Webster says it has been a fantastic challenge for him and his team.
“I have been working with PGA professional Owen Leslie and head greenkeeper Shaun Anderson on the Piperdam redevelopment for a number of years now, with a series of off-season upgrades and improvements. These consisted of mainly repositioning and reshaping of bunkers and drain age work.
“Last Autumn, however, saw us embark on the most ambitious project of course changes. The owners Phil and Lynda Mulholland have shown great faith and ambition, investing around £250,000 to support our plans.”
Many forced long carries and ‘severe’ hill climbs had been identified by the club as particularly off-putting to ladies, seniors, juniors and high-handicappers, leading Webster and his team to set about making a number of ambitious changes.
These include the creation of two new par-3s at the 15th and 17th holes, with several new tees also constructed. Some of the more ‘bland’ holes have also been shortened and reimagined during the upgrade.
Named The New Course – Piperdam, it is expected to be ready to play by spring and head pro Leslie is thrilled by the progress the club is making with the introudction of these updates.
He said: “I have been delighted with how things have progressed and seeing our plans come to fruition is really exciting. Anyone heading to Piperdam this spring will be truly amazed at its transformation, and delighted with what will be on offer.”
CHANGED LANDSCAPE An artist’s impression of how the changes will make the course look, offering a fantastic opportunity for local people to take advantage of the new layout and enjoy playing golf in the area