Judy Murray reveals Scottish golf complex8th August, 2013 by Emma Williams
Wimbledon champion’s Andy Murray’s mother, Judy Murray, has teamed up with golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, to announce that a purpose-built tennis and golf centre is to be built in Scotland.
It is believed to be the first of its kind.
The centre, to be located at Park of Keir between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, will be part of the Stirling Sports Campus, which takes in the University of Stirling’s sports facilities and the Forthbank sports complex.
It will provide six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course with a practice range, mini golf, multisport artificial grass courts along with changing facilities, coaching suites and a café. A hotel is also planned, along with other outdoor leisure facilities such as a children’s adventure park, woodland walks and mountain bike trails.
“The centre will make both sports more accessible and affordable for families, but especially for youngsters,” said Judy Murray.
“My aim is to create a real community hub that links with local clubs and schools to grow both tennis and golf in the Stirling area and can deliver a pathway to excellence for the most promising players and coaches.”
Colin Montgomerie, winner of over 40 international tournament titles, commented: “I think this is a fantastic project that will help nurture the next generation of Scottish golf and tennis stars. I am very excited to be part of the Park of Keir Centre and to work with Judy Murray going forward to make this centre a success.
“Scotland has a long rich history in producing golfers and now Andy Murray has single-handedly provided inspiration for a raft of future tennis stars. I think that creating a single venue in this central location where Scotland’s best golfers and tennis players can train together side by side, sharing know how in a bespoke environment can only benefit aspiring young Scottish sports stars and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve.”
Subject to planning approval, work is due to start during 2014.