Golfers having to ‘rough it’ at Girvan course

A ball played by reporter Ewan McQueen buried in the rough at Girvan Golf course.
A ball played by reporter Ewan McQueen buried in the rough at Girvan Golf course.

Irate golfers at Girvan Golf Club have won a battle with South Ayrshire Council over the state of their course.

Members and visitors to the course complained that the rough had been allowed to grow to such an extent that the course had become unplayable.

Balls were also lost on a regular basis in areas of the course where they weren’t previously.

There were many reports of golf groups cancelling visits to the course for next year after playing on it this year and the clubhouse was losing income.

However, the council’s greenkeeping team have now started work on returning the course to its original design.

Lesley Bloomer, Executive Director Development and Environment for the Council said: “Our greenkeeping team work very hard to continually improve our golf courses. Various alterations were made to the layout of the course and the length of the rough grass in an effort to improve the shape and definition of the golf course at Girvan and improve the golfers experience. Following feedback from the golfers we have made a decision to return to the original layout and cut the rough grass shorter again.”

Maggie Milligan, who runs the clubhouse, added: “At least now they’ve started work on it over the last couple of days.

“It was definitely having an effect on me as groups were saying they weren’t going to come back due to the state of the course.”