CHANGES To Golf Centre Plan Include Doubling Size Of Driving Range

4 November, 2021 | Arts, Leisure, Entertainment and Sport

REVISED plans have been submitted for a ‘family golf destination’ in north east Glasgow

The R&A (Royal and Ancient) have lodged a new planning application which proposes enhancements for the design and construction of the facility at Lethamhill.

The organisation says the updated proposals have been informed by the results of additional market research conducted with local audiences and continuing discussions with facility architects, contractors and leading sustainability experts.

An earlier planning application was submitted and approved by Glasgow City Council earlier this year.

The revised proposal includes a 52-bay floodlit double-decker driving range that makes use of the latest technology, as well as a nine-hole course, short game area and adventure golf.

A café, retail space, nursery and golf equipment-fitting are also included in the proposals.

Additional features such as padel tennis courts, nature trails and public space for pop-up events and activities are being planned.

The earlier plan, pictured, had a 25-bay driving range.

It’s expected the development, on Cumbernauld Road, near Hogganfield Loch, will open in the spring of 2023.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “Our aim is to create a destination for golf that is welcoming and attractive to all members of the family and so it was important for us to listen to the feedback being provided about our initial plans in order to refine them and make improvements that will make the venue even more appealing.

“We believe that the updated proposals meet the needs of our intended target audience and will generate real interest and anticipation among people living locally in the north east of Glasgow. We look forward to continuing the development of the facility with our partners over the coming months and to bringing these exciting plans to life.”

The R&A is aiming to tie the facility in with the nearby Seven Lochs Wetlands Park by creating a network of nature trails that join existing public walking routes.

Also being planned is the planting of a community orchard, which will allow local residents and groups to grow and harvest a range of foods including fruit and vegetables.

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