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Furious Glasgow golfers have blasted city councillors over the potential closure of six public courses.

Glasgow Life is considering pulling down the shutters on the layouts due to “low usage” and a “substantial annual deficit”.

A public consultation on the matter
drew to a close on July 21, prompting a public meeting to be called in
Dennistoun last night by campaign groups lobbying to save the courses:
Littlehill, Lethamhill and Linn Park, as well as Knightswood, Ruchill
and Alexandra Park.

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Bailie Norman MacLeod, who is heading up a working party looking at
the future of golf in Glasgow, attended the meetings organised by
‘Friends of Alexandra Park’ and ‘Save Whitehill Pool’.

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He was joined by Labour MP Paul Sweeney and around 40 concerned golfers, who, according to the Evening Times,
“demanded more investment” in golf by Glasgow city council. Others
voiced fears that the land currently occupied by the courses has already
been earmarked for development.

However, Mr MacLeod refuted that suggestion. 

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“I have a huge personal commitment, a huge ambition to preserve all
six courses if we possibly can,” he said. There’s no hidden agenda of
selling off any of the council courses to developers.”

Mr MacLeod added that he had had started playing golf when he was
eight, to which one man shouted: “How’s an eight year old going to play
golf if you’re doing away with these courses?”

Feedback on the consultation is expected by the end of November.


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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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