IMPROVEMENTS to the course and the clubhouse are to be embarked upon by the Glen Golf Club, in East Lothian.
Club captain, Alasdair Kerr, used the club’s AGM to announce the improvements, insodoing telling members at the North Berwick club that it had come through 2009 in a much better financial position than expected.
The captain said that the further improvements would ensure a better course for members and visitors.
He said the Glen Golf Club had rallied well in difficult circumstances for golf in 2009 to stabilise its membership and to attract more visitors to the course and he said the Glen is confident that it can approach 2010 in a healthy financial state.
Improvements to course
The club also announced further investment in improvements to the course and clubhouse.
The club has now incorporated land acquired adjacent to the sixth and seventh holes into the course and this will come fully into play during the 2010 season.
The par-five sixth hole has also been redesigned with new bunkering on the fairway and around the green. This will ensure that the hole continues as the stroke index one hole on the course. The club has also invested heavily in its junior section with expenditure on tuition and the introduction of new forward ‘blue tees’ for juniors which will be playable in the new season.
This is part of the policy of making golf accessible to all children in Scotland. The club’s junior section performed very strongly last year with club member, Rebecca Edgar, winning the Dunfermline Masters South qualifying event at Lothianburn and playing in the finals at Gleneagles in October.
The club house’s Belhaven lounge has also been improved and is now a wonderful location for visiting societies as well as club members.
At its AGM, the club also honoured long-time members, Jimmy Jack and Gordon Wardrop, with honorary life membership in recognition of their fifty years of membership of the club.
The club also recognised the achievements of club treasurer, Derek Carmichael, by awarding him honorary life membership.
Club captain, Alasdair Kerr, said: “The Glen is a wonderful course and clubhouse which has seen major investment over the last three years. That period has been difficult for us but we are now beginning to see the benefits of our investment. This is good news for our members and for visitors to the Glen.
“In particular, I am pleased that we have invested in our junior section which is the future of the club.
“The Glen has always been a major course for visitors and we attracted many more than we expected in 2009 and already our bookings are looking good for 2010. We are predicting that this will continue. And of course we are praying for a good summer. But the message to visiting societies is that if you want to come to the Glen next season get your bookings in now.”
The Glen Golf Club is in East Lothian and is part of Scotland’s Golf Coast.
The Glen is one of the most scenic course in Scotland.
The Glen Golf Club was initially laid out in 1894 as a nine hole course by the legendary Ben Sayers. In 1906, arguably the most famous of golf course architects, James Braid, extended the Glen to an 18-hole course.
The club celebrated its centenary in 2006 with the opening of a new clubhouse which has all of the facilities a modern golfer needs.
The club has over 1,000 members and attracts around 12,000 visitors a year.
To mark its centenary in 2006, the club built a state of the art clubhouse which has everything the modern golfer and golf visitor needs.
The club has a very well stocked golf shop attached to the club house.
The course is in a spectacular location to the east of North Berwick. It sits on a cliff top position with every hole having a view of the sea and the Bass Rock. To the east, the course has views of the ruins of Tantallon Castle.
The course has been undergoing improvements over the past few years and has new greens, improved bunkering and two of the holes have been extended to create par fives.
The Glen has also recently introduced new forward tees to encourage junior players to take up the game. The Glen has one of the best junior coaching set-ups in Scotland.
The Glen has been featured in many television golf shows and magazine articles.
This year, the USPGA told 3.2 million readers on its website: “The Glen is… as welcoming an institution as you will ever come across. Barely a century old, The Glen may lack the seniority of its more famous neighbor, the West Links, but any comparative youth is more than made up for by buckets full of charm, personality and the genuine Scottish golf experience it bestows on each and every visitor… anyone who fails to enjoy their round here, doesn’t really enjoy golf at all ….but for true drama, few holes in Scotland can match the 13th, the Sea Hole. An attention grabbing par-three which, aided by the incessant though ever changing wind, might call for a pitching wedge one day and a three-iron the next. The green lies almost surrounded by the sea, among rocks and sand — shades of the seventh at Pebble Beach…
“… For sheer character and personality, few courses can match The Glen.”
Sandy Ross, Glen committee marketing
07803 970 107
Glen club manager
01620 89 2726
GLEN GOLF CLUB, EAST LINKS, TANTALLON TERRACE,
NORTH BERWICK, EAST LOTHIAN, EH39 4LE
PHONE: 01620 892726 FAX:01620 895447
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