Struggling Newton Stewart turned around by necessary changes
A private members’ golf club that was on the brink of being closed down less than two years ago is now posting good results following a series of changes.
The club, which has worked with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the business community, brought in a ‘couples’ membership category whereby partners of existing members could join for a combined fee of £600 per year, new or returning members have been given £95 off their annual subscription for their first year, a direct debit scheme that allows subscriptions to be paid in monthly instalments has been set up and a new Scottish Golf Union funded coaching programme that teaches the game to beginners has been brought in.
A spokesman for the club said it made a surplus last year. The money will be invested predominantly in course machinery.
He added that future growth is still dependent on voluntary assistance in all areas of the club activities, however.