Golf’s governing body is planning to assume control of Lethamhill Golf Course in the north east of Glasgow while also investing £10million in the ‘Swing Zone’ – the vehicle by which the R&A works collaboratively to make golf more accessible.
The report claims the R&A intends to design a pitch and putt course, floodlit driving range and also a golf simulator. Plans are also in place to spend £25,000 to secure the purchase of Littlehill golf course within the next three years. Councillors will meet with R&A Group Services to discuss the proposed £200,000 sale of Lethamhill.
“The focus will be on short form golf, increased family orientation and accessibility,” reads a council report.
Glasgow City Council has a total of six public courses but is now seeking alternative solutions for each of them due to “declining participation” and the “financial climate.”
An R&A spokesperson said: “We are exploring the possibility of acquiring the public golf course at Lethamhill and are currently involved in on-going discussions of our proposals with Glasgow Life. We continue to follow the process outlined by the local authority with the aim of reaching an agreement for the site.
“We believe that this is an opportunity to create and establish a popular blueprint for how golf can be offered in many appealing ways to be enjoyed by men, women, young people and families of all ages and backgrounds. It reflects our wider strategy to ensure golf is thriving 50 years from now.”
SNP councillor David McDonald, the chair of Glasgow Life, added that the deal would “secure a positive future for golf” in Scotland’s largest city.
“It will help develop a whole new way to play and access the sport for a wider audience including local groups and schools,” he tweeted. “During our golf review, we promised to deliver a sustainable future for golf. This agreement represents just that.”