Grangemouth Golf Club ties up with Falkirk Community Trust for new golf season
Grangemouth Golf Club has gone through some rough patches recently but a new partnership has gone a fair way towards long term sustainability and success.
Falkirk Community Trust has confirmed it will be partnering up with the club entire 2021/22 season.
The joint agreement will see the club itself take on responsibility for the day-to-day operational management of the site from April 1, while the Trust will continue to support the maintenance of the course under the auspices of the head greenkeeper, Mike Love.
It is hoped this new approach will encourage the local community to become more directly involved in the delivery of community facing services such as those at the golf club.
Russell Wilson, club captain, said: “We are excited with the progress made on our long-term plan to assume complete control of the course culminating in a full asset transfer.
"This is a significant step towards that goal and we very much appreciate and value the ongoing support of Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council in this transition period.
They have both been hugely supportive in this process and are passionate about our vision for golf. We look forward to welcoming many more golfers to join us on this exciting journey.”
The club is currently seeking charitable status so it can aspire to provide a sustainable non-profit making golf facility, which is of a high quality, accessible and affordable for players from the local community as well as visitors.
Rightly proud of the heritage of the Falkirk Council owned course, the club wish to protect the original FW Hawtree design, while offering excellent golf facilities that aim to improve the wider health and well-being related benefits to the community.
David White, Falkirk Community Trust chairman, said: “Falkirk Community Trust has improved the level of participation at this facility in each of our 10 years of operation and we are pleased to hear of Grangemouth Golf Club’s plans to continue this level of success.
"They have made significant progress with their business plan and we are committed to supporting them in developing the course as a community club, so they can achieve their goal of managing this wonderful venue.
"Golf is a fantastic social sport, accessible to a wide range of people and the club is well placed to deliver a much-valued venue, which supports a wide range of mental and physical health benefits to its community.”
Both organisations hope the local golfing community will continue to support them through this process, and new members or Pay and Play customers are
always very welcome at Grangemouth Golf Club.
Together Falkirk Community Trust and Grangemouth Golf Club have steered golf through a difficult year of pandemic restrictions, working tirelessly to continue to provide golfing opportunities for members and Pay and Play customers alike.
Adhering to Scottish Government regulations and Scottish Golf guidance, over 20,000 rounds of golf have been enjoyed at the course since it reopened at the end of May 2021 following a short period of COVID related closure.