Trust swings into play

Pittenweem Fireworks. Start of the 2008 Pittenweem Fireworks
Pittenweem Fireworks. Start of the 2008 Pittenweem Fireworks

FIFE Golf Trust formally took over Fife Council’s seven directly-managed golf courses on April 1.

The specialist trust, which will also help co-ordinate the Council’s wider golfing interests, is led by a board of directors made up of people who bring a wealth of golfing expertise and business knowledge - including representation from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, St Andrews Links Trust, Elmwood College and BTS Solutions.

Local golf courses, which will now be managed by the new body, include those in Auchterderran, Cardenden, Kinghorn and Dunnikier. These facilities will remain in the ownership of the Council, but will be the subject of a long-term lease to the Trust.

Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services, said: “We’re looking forward to working with the Fife Golf Trust as they develop and implement their plans to improve the quality of public golf courses in the Kingdom.

“We’re all realistic about the size of the challenge ahead given both the pressure on public sector funding and similarly tough conditions in the golf market.

“That said, we’re confident that FGT will bring a focus and an expertise to growing and developing the business which will deliver real improvements and benefits for existing and future customers. “

Carol Borthwick, chairman of the Fife Golf Trust, added: “I am delighted we have achieved our target to have this set up and would like to thank the board of directors and our partners at Fife Council for the collective effort that got us to this point.

‘‘This is where the hard work really begins for the Trust.

“With the expertise of the board and the continued support of Fife Council, I am confident we will deliver an attractive golfing product not only for the golf clubs and season ticket holders using our golf courses, but also to the wider community.’’