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February 11 2021

R&A pitch Seven Lochs hub to broaden the appeal of golf

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is on a mission to broaden the nation's love affair with golf via a family-friendly facility at Lethamhill, Glasgow, designed explicitly to draw new audiences and participants to the game.

Scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2022 the family-friendly venue has been designed by Holmes Miller to provide access to a nine-hole course as well as putting greens, adventure golf and a driving range.

Situated near Hogganfield Loch within the Seven Lochs wetland park the venture will also accommodate a cafe, fitness studio, theatre, simulator and retail.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, commented: “We want to make golf more welcoming and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds and so we need to appeal to them by offering a variety of fun and affordable activities that entice more families and young people into the sport."

A network of nature trails will embed the facility into the broader park to promote health and wellbeing as well as biodiversity.

An estimated £10m will be spent on improved facilities
An estimated £10m will be spent on improved facilities
Budget cuts and declining participation have seen Glasgow City Council approve the disposal or repurposing of four other courses at Littlehill, Linn Park, Alexandra Park and Ruchill
Budget cuts and declining participation have seen Glasgow City Council approve the disposal or repurposing of four other courses at Littlehill, Linn Park, Alexandra Park and Ruchill

Glasgow Life will work with the R&A to encourage the participation of local schools
Glasgow Life will work with the R&A to encourage the participation of local schools
Lethamhill, a former municipal golf course, was sold to the R&A for a reported £200k in September
Lethamhill, a former municipal golf course, was sold to the R&A for a reported £200k in September

The ambitious plan will be the centrepiece of the R&A's 'grow the game' initiative
The ambitious plan will be the centrepiece of the R&A's 'grow the game' initiative

1 Comment

TheFakeArchitect
#1 Posted by TheFakeArchitect on 12 Feb 2021 at 09:30 AM
Ok I'm a golfer, but this is a really good idea and refreshing to see the golfing hierarchy adopting a fresh approach to bringing in the younger generation, something it has struggled with. Golf is a huge part of this country and while we have courses splattered here there and everywhere, they are hardly the most enticing of places for youngsters. This will hopefully give the opportunity for others to gain an interest in the game, not just those who's Dad happens to play at the local golf club. Images look great as well.

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