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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.

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“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.

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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.


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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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