Historic club on brink of going under
One of the oldest golf clubs in Scotland will be closed down unless it brings in revenue from new members and visitors, an existing member has stated.
Newton Stewart Golf Club, a parkland course in south-west Scotland that was established in 1896, has been so badly hit by the recession and the general malaise at Scottish golf clubs that it no longer makes a profit.
The club was nearly declared bankrupt a few years ago, but was given a lifeline when local authorities allowed it to sell some of the land it owned for development.
Baird Matthews, who has been member since 1947, said: “Golf clubs in Scotland have been hit by the financial recession and some have, unfortunately, folded.
“Newton Stewart, in common with some other local clubs, is very concerned over the difficulty in balancing its books and coping with the recent annual defects.
“It is difficult to accept that Newton Stewart Golf Club is experiencing such serious financial difficulties but, in fact, its very existence is now threatened.
“The local community and the local authority are most supportive and encouraging, recognising that in Scotland the game of golf is responsible for considerable international tourist interest, but the club needs all the help and support it can get from more visitors, and, above all, new members.”