of Scotland's Golf Courses
has more golf holes per head of population than almost anywhere else in the world.
the game is to continue to grow, however, and meet the demand for high quality
facilities and the needs of specific groups like youngsters being introduced to
the game, people increasingly able to play golf into old age, and visitors choosing
the ‘Home of Golf’ for their golfing holidays, then sportscotland believes that
the golf courses and related facilities must be sustainable and capable of being
maintained at reasonable cost while meeting high environmental and safety standards.
identifying what needs to be done, and what it will cost to achieve this, the
national facilities audit announced by sportscotland will help to ensure that
longer term planning for golf in Scotland is successful.
this end, sportscotland have commissioned Edinburgh based golf consultants MW
Associates, to carry out a detailed assessment of the condition of Scotland's
Dempster, Chairman of sportscotland said: "Golf facilities is the second in a
series of national audits we are commissioning. The purpose of the audits is to
identify how far the country's sports facilities are meeting the needs of all
those who use them and how much money needs to be spent on them over the next
20 years or so to ensure that they continue to meet the ever changing needs."
"We are working closely with
the Scottish Golf Union and others involved with programmes like the Scottish
Junior Golf Partnership to ensure that Scotland's golf courses, practice facilities
and par 3 and pitch and putt courses will be able to cater for new golfers coming
into the game as well as the hundreds of thousands of Scots who already play."
Grey, Chief Executive, Scottish Golf Union said: "Scotland is lucky to have such
fantastic golf facilities, however we must constantly review the situation if
we are to maintain and grow our position. We welcome this timely study."
MW Associates team includes Mike Williamson (director), Paul Campbell (consultant
agronomist), Ken Oliver (senior partner, Oliver and Robb architects), and Robert
Price (golf researcher).
to Mike Williamson: "As well as collating a lot of existing material, we will
be issuing a questionnaire in January to the clubs, local authorities and commercial
operators who run Scotland's 540 or so golf courses and 70 golf ranges. A good
response to that survey will help us plan a series of follow-up site visits to
a cross-section of facilities, with the emphasis on those open to all golfers."
report will be presented to sportscotland in the autumn of 2002.