New owner pledges to put Scots club "back on the map"

Polmont Golf

The new owner of Polmont GC has predicted a bright future for the club after completing his purchase of the club.

Local businessman Steve Matthews, the owner of Ordhead Limited, stepped in to save the club at the eleventh hour last month after it was going out of business

His rescue package was unanimously approved by members at a swiftly-convened extraordinary general meeting, with the sale subsequently completed earlier this week. 

All staff have been retained and all suppliers to the club are being looked after. 

• Open venue wins Scotland's Best Golf Experience

• Mickelson: I've played terribly this year

Matthews, whose main business interests are through his Caledonian Plant company in Fife, said he sees "huge potential" in Polmont

"It has for long been a local community cornerstone and it will be again with the right investment and a fair wind," he said.

"I was amazed at the huge number of comments on Facebook when the first announcement was made. There clearly is a lot of local ‘heritage’ and affection in the community. We just need to make it happen.


"There’s so much to do, and we need to get our priorities right, but I really believe we will put the club back on the map."

Polmont, situated between Falkirk and Linlithgow, dates back 118 years. 

News of its rescue comes towards the end of what has been a difficult year for many clubs in the home of golf. 

At the end of September, it was announced that Letham Grange in Angus was to be dissolved, following Mount Ellen in Glasgow and Camperdown in Dundee in going to the wall.

Meanwhile, the six council-run courses in Glasgow face an uncertain future, with a decision on whether or not they will continue to operate expected some time this month.

Earlier today, we reported on the latest KPMG Golf Participation Survey for Europe that shows the number of registered golfers in Scotland has fallen by over 7,500 in just 12 months.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
WHO WOULD USE THIS GOLF CLUB? | TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver review
play button
Andrew Jowett
play button
BUDDIES TRIP | Does Adare Manor live up to the hype?
Adare Manor
play button
£519 DRIVER vs £150 DRIVER | What's the difference?
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Three matches, zero points - what the hell has happened to Rory McIlroy?
Ryder Cup: USA on brink of victory at Whistling Straits
Former Ryder Cup captain hits out at Bryson DeChambeau for "gimme" strop
Ryder Cup: Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger SWEAR at officials after ruling
7 contenders to be the next European Ryder Cup captain

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to transition your weight with Peter Barber
play button
Increase your speed through the ball
play button
Good balance is key to more consistency
play button
Fix your grip with Denis Pugh
See all videos right arrow