New community pavilion gets thumbs up
Fife Golf Trust has taken over the running of a unique multi-sport facility for local golfers and footballers.
The council-owned facilities at Lochore Meadows Country Park have been transformed into a visitor centre and sports pavilion after it was agreed that a shared site would be the best way forward.
The project was largely funded by Fife Council but also attracted additional funding of £83,000 from sportscotland – who recognised the merit of investing in a shared pavilion for golfers, footballers and cyclists – £25,000 from Fife Golf Trust and £15,000 from Lochore Meadows Golf Club.
Councillor Judy Hamilton, Convener of the Council’s Community & Housing Services Committee, said: “We want everyone to have access to good quality public greenspace and these improvements certainly reinforce Lochore Meadows as a jewel in Fife’s crown. It’s very deserving of its newly appointed four-star visitor attraction status from VisitScotland.
“We’re also looking forward to further extend the outdoor pursuits offering in the area when we open Scotland’s first cycle circuit at nearby Fife Cycle Park next month.
“Coupled with the walks, bike trails and other outdoor activities available at Lochore Meadows, the local area is building a reputation as a destination venue for cycling and other leisure pursuits.”
Convener of the Cowdenbeath Area Committee, councillor Linda Erskine, added: “The visitor centre was much-needed and has enjoyed a very positive reception from customers since opening earlier this year.”
Fife Golf Trust operates seven public courses owned by Fife Council. Prices to play unlimited golf on the seven courses range from £235 to £299, with direct debit options available. A single course 2018/19 season ticket for the nine-hole course at Lochore Meadows starts at £170, with a five-day option available at £155 for concessions. The golf club itself, meanwhile, has memberships available from £40-£80. For more information, visit lochoremeadows.org.