Led by the R&A, a new community-based golf and entertainment concept that is designed to make the sport more accessible and inclusive will form part of a new facility that is being delivered at Lethamhill Golf Course.
Located on the south of Hogganfield Loch, Golf It! will feature a range of introductory golf formats including a twist on pitch and putt, adventure golf and community putting greens plus a double-decker floodlit driving range and a new look 9-hole course for all the family to play. These will sit alongside other attractions and activities such as padel tennis courts, nature trails, bike hire and street food-style dining and drinks area.
Other features include a short game area with three adventure golf courses, Park Golf pitch and putt and a family putting green; simulators; a golf equipment library; retail by Scottsdale Golf; paddle tennis; an early years nursery and community a community orchard and gardens. A long-term education programme will also be undertaken across Glasgow with the aim of providing in-curriculum golf experiences to 42,000 children across the city.
The vast new indoor and outdoor attraction is a new innovation and marks a significant financial investment by The R&A whilst more than 100 jobs will also be created alongside a range of apprenticeships.
Designed by Holmes Miller, Arc-Tech is principally supporting the main contractor CCG (Scotland) in advance of a formal launch in summer-2023. The array of services that will be installed includes all lighting, fire, security, and data systems as well as heat recovery units, air conditioning, BMS, and sanitary ware.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said:
“Golf It! is an ambitious project and a fantastic opportunity for residents of Glasgow and visitors to the city to be introduced to the sport in a welcoming, inclusive and enjoyable environment. The range of features at Golf It! makes this a destination like no other. We want this to be a place where everyone from this great city and further afield can feel at home.
“Golf It! will enable people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to be a part of a community-driven facility that levels the playing field and provides new pathways into golf. It marks a significant commitment by The R&A to re-establish the sport’s roots in the heart of Scotland and take golf into communities that may never have seen it as a viable, family-friendly activity before. In that regard, we want Golf It! to be an exemplar format for working hand in hand with the communities it serves. We are excited about getting the facility ready for its opening next summer.”< back