Golf trust tees up £700k investment

Alistair MacGregor of Fife Golf Trust, and Councillor Neil Crooks welcome the new investment by Fife Council
Alistair MacGregor of Fife Golf Trust, and Councillor Neil Crooks welcome the new investment by Fife Council

a NUMBER of major improvements are to begin to all seven of the golf courses managed by the Fife Golf Trust.

Fife Council has confirmed a £700,000 investment will be made over the next two years which will enable the Trust to make the changes which will include; new signage and IT infrastructure for all seven golf courses, car park improvements at Kinghorn, better drainage at Dunnikier Park and Glenrothes, installation of an automatic irrigation system at Kinghorn and refurbishment of the golf shop and starter facilities at Dunnikier Park.

Alistair MacGregor, Chief Executive of Fife Golf Trust said the scheduled work was “great news”, adding: “Fife is known around the world as the ‘Home of Golf’ and we need to ensure that we’re doing our best to live up to such a lofty title across the whole of the Kingdom.

“Thanks to our close working relationship with Fife Council and their continued financial support, we’ve been able to agree an investment plan which will improve the quality of all of our golf courses.”

Councillor Neil Crooks, Chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, is also a director of the Fife Golf Trust and said that since taking responsibility for the management and operation of Fife Council’s seven directly-managed golf courses in April last year, one of the Trust’s priorities had been the further development and improvement of all courses. “This level of investment by Fife Council will make a big difference to the quality of both the golf courses and some of the ancillary facilities,” he said.

“At a time when securing new investment is a major challenge, I’m sure that all of our customers will be delighted to see that the partnership working between Fife Council and Fife Golf Trust is starting to deliver some very real improvements in the quality of the golfing offer in Fife.”

Councillor David Ross, Executive Spokesperson for Housing, Communities & Local Services, said: “We’re delighted to be able to make this investment in Fife’s golf courses even at a time of exceptional pressure on Council budgets.

“Investment in sport of all kinds brings many benefits such as contributing to health and well-being. Keeping up the standards of Fife’s golf courses is also important in maintaining Fife’s reputation and attracting visitors.”