New golf course opens in the UK
A major new golf course has opened in the United Kingdom.
Maverston Golf Course in Scotland, featuring an 18-hole course and a nine-hole facility, opened last month and has already generated 100 members.
Since it has opened it has seen over 1,500 rounds of golf played, with approximately a third by visitors.
General manager Richard Sharp said he was delighted with the start to the new golf club.
“It’s wonderful to finally see Maverston being played and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The course is looking well and will only improve as we head into the summer months,” he said.
“During April we saw over 1,500 rounds of the course being played with almost 500 visitor rounds.”
The club offers full membership for less than £300 and even sells ten-year packages for less than £2,000, while green fees are £20 per round. Maverston, located near Aberdeen, also provides unlimited golf days for £30 and flexible memberships for members of the military.
The course, which was designed by former Scottish international golfer Euan McIntosh, was seeded in 2007. Its golf manager, Kieron Gallagher, previously worked at The Castle Course, St Andrews.
He said: “Maverston has a fantastic setting which makes great use of the natural terrain with wonderful woodland and wildlife. Its location also has excellent links to both Inverness and Aberdeen, making it ideal for a good day out. Moray has a great reputation for first class golf courses and I am sure that Maverston will further enhance this status with some classic golfing holes on offer.”
The new golf course opens as Scotland will host the Ryder Cup this year amid a tough time for its golf clubs. Last year the historic Lothianburn Golf Club closed down after its membership dropped from more than 820 to 270 between 2004 and 2013, leading Hamish Grey, the Scottish Golf Union’s (SGU) chief executive to reveal that “we have more courses than we need for the current playing numbers.” In 2011 the SGU called for no more 18-hole golf clubs to be built in Scotland.