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A historic Edinburgh golf club has launched a crowdfunding campaign as it fights for survival.

Thistle Golf Club, one of four clubs that plays out of the capital’s
popular Braid Hills course (pictured), dates back more than 150 years and once
counted the legendary
three-time major champion Tommy Armour amongst its members.

it is struggling to stay afloat as a result of losses incurred during
the pandemic and a lack of support from younger golfers.

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In response to the challenges it’s facing, the non-profit organisation has opened a GoFundMe page where it hopes to raise £5,000 in a bid to stay afloat. 

Thistle Golf Club has existed for over 150yr with our heritage being
deeply entwined with that of the Braid hills in Edinburgh,” reads the

a result of COVID-19 and other external factors, we are facing the
imminent event of closure meaning our close group of passionate golfers
will no longer have a club to call theirs.

are looking for contributions to help keep our doors open, members
playing and to give us the help needed to overcome the challenges of the
past two years.

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are a club built on passion and steeped in history and we are in need
of help to continue adding to the already rich heritage.”

At the time of writing, the page is more than 30% of the way towards meeting its target.  

You can donate to Edinburgh Thistle Golf Club’s fight for survival here.

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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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