It has been revealed that Mount Ellen Golf Club is to close after 115 years in business this Sunday.
According to a report in the Evening Times, the Lanarkshire course will shut its doors for the final time this weekend, leaving member devastated.
A spokesperson said: “We've had the same problem as a number of golf clubs. Membership numbers have fallen over the years and it has come harder and harder.
"Basically, we are not bringing in enough money to cover our costs to be able to continue.
"In total, the membership was aound about 300, but, out of that, we only had 196 paying full fees.”
The spokesman added that he was in the golf club today as the news reverberated around the shocked membership.
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“It’s like being at a funeral," he added. "The place is really busy and everybody is in a state of shock.”
It was only ten years ago that former Open champion Paul Lawrie opened a new clubhouse at the Gartcosh club.
The news is a further blow to golf in Scotland’s biggest city, with news that Williamwood Golf Club is applying for planning permission to build a new residential flatted development to help it generate “much needed revenue”.
The city’s six council-run courses are also facing the threat of closure following the conclusion of a public consultation into their future last month.