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A hugely popular Scottish golf course could be closed as part of a cost-saving exercise.

Elmwood, near Cupar, has been identified as one of the primary causes for the “significant deficit” facing Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

The Courier is reporting that the operating the 18-hole track, along with the student residences, is responsible for spiralling costs.

Consequently, SRUC senior management has started a consultation process, along with the student association and trade unions, that will ultimately determine its fate.

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At present Elmwood is operating at a significant deficit which is caused, in particular, by two areas of campus: the golf course and the student residences.

In a statement, the Fife college said: “SRUC is experiencing a time of great change as we develop and enhance our institution and, given the current financial climate, we must give careful consideration to ensuring budget is spent where it will be most beneficial to the institution.”

“Updates following the consultation will be made available in due course.”

SRUC’s Elmwood campus is recognised as a national and international centre for golf-related specialisms, offering courses in Professional Golf and Golf Course Management.

It is particularly acknowledged as a leader in development of greenkeepers and agronomists.

In addition to its 18-hole course, it also offers a driving range, clubhouse and other golf amenities.

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Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) was established in 2012 through the merger of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) with the Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges.

In a statement, the SRUC student association said: “We are shocked and saddened by the proposals and are aware that many students will be adversely affected.

“It is important that students understand that a consultation is a way to formally collect the thoughts and opinions from people that will inform students and help with decision making.

“This means that students thoughts and opinions matter.”

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