R&A pitch Seven Lochs hub to broaden the appeal of golf
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February 11 2021
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.
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