Brunston Castle tourism boost

The Brunston Castle clubhouse in Dailly has been purchased by new owners.

For the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund agreed a deal last month to purchase the building.

It has been a long process to get to this situation as the community benefit fund put in an offer to buy the clubhouse in December 2012.

This followed the Brunston Castle Golf Club itself falling into liquidation in January 2012 and it was only kept running thanks to the members who became responsible for the upkeep and development of the golf course.

And with members fees and visitors fees along with grants from the benefit fund and Carrick Futures, the members committee were able to safeguard the jobs of the staff, keep the course in good condition and pay off any bills. Support was also on hand from liquidator Stewart MacDonald and Girvan based social enterprise Ailsa Horizons.

However, due to much legal wrangling and unforseen delays on the part of liquidator Scott Moncrieff, the deal wasn’t signed until Valentine’s Day.

The news has been hugely welcomed throughout the community.

Charlie Welsh, director at the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund said: “The Board is delighted to have purchased the golf clubhouse not only as an asset which will appreciate in value and help ensure the benefits received from SSE are extended beyond the 25 years lifespan of the fund, but also to help in the retention of the golf club itself and of course the jobs that the club and course provides locally.

“We hope the golf club membership will now go on to expand and provide further opportunities for both local golfers and those from around the world to play this wonderful course.” 

Ailsa Horizons CEO Stuart Lindsay said: “This is a good news story for the area. It will provide a much needed jobs boost to an area that desperately needs them.”

Carrick politicians were also happy with the purchase news.

Councillor Alec Oattes said: “This to my mind is a good step forward in saving the facility for the community and for visitors to the area.”

Councillor Alec Clark said: “This is great news and a great boost to tourism in the area.”

And Carrick Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP Adam Ingram commented: “It gives me great pleasure that the future of such a critically important community facility and tourism attraction has been ensured.”

The golf club will now be run as a not for profit organisation with a new emphasis on developing social enterprise without any pressures of trying to make a profit.

The golf club will now be operating from the clubhouse building and membership and visitor numbers have steadily increased recently.

The upper floor of the Clubhouse building will again become a restaurant and bar offering a range of first class meals, snacks and drinks to both golfers and members of the local community who will also benefit from the spectacular views over dozens of miles of some of South Ayrshire’s finest scenery.