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Councillors in Dundee have backed a proposal to close Camperdown Golf Course by the narrowest of margins.

They voted 14-13 in favour of shutting the popular municipal course next year.

In its place, a new nine-hole course and driving range will be built at Caird Park golf course, creating what has been described as a ‘Regional Performance Centre for Sport’.

Dwindling usage and rising costs were presented as the two main reasons for closing the course, which has been a fixture in the city since 1959.

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One of the “magnificent seven” courses that comprise “Carnoustie Country”, the numbers of rounds played at Camperdown has fallen from 23,968 in 2009/10 to 17,369 in 2018/19. Currently, it has less than 100 members.  

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According to a report in The Courier, All SNP councillors and
independent councillor Gregor Murray voted to accept the recommendation
to close.

Ahead of the vote, council leader John Alexander said that he was the
last person who wanted to see the course close but urged members to be
realists.

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“We have to recognise the real financial situation the council is
in,” he said. “Too many in this chamber put their head in the sand.”

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The decision to close the course at the end of 2019/20 season has already prompted a furious backlash on social media.

Local football reporter Jim Spence also chimed in.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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