FIFE Council will continue to support eight local authority managed golf courses, including Dunnikier and Kinghorn and all clubs will get a share in £750,000 to improve facilities over the next five years. However, senior Council officials have not ruled out selling them in future, if this becomes a viable financial option.
A major review of Council-managed golf was carried out over the past year in a bid to address funding and maintenance issues with options including selling clubs or leasing them out.
However, councillors at Tuesday's housing and communities committee unanimously agreed to continue providing affordable, accessible, good quality golf courses.
The Council has consulted extensively with a range of individuals and groups, including the local golf clubs, season ticket holders and 'pay and play' golfers."We will maintain this dialogue as we review our golf pricing and investment policies and further consider the use of a trust to manage and operate the golf courses in the future".
Council-managed golf clubs in Fife are - Auchterderran, Dora, Dunnikier, Glenrothes, Kinghorn, Lochore Meadows and Scoonie. The Council also owns the golf courses at Leven Links and Tulliallan which are leased to the in-situ clubs and the St Andrews Links which is managed by the St Andrews Links Trust. The golf courses at Falkland and Anstruther are held under Common Good arrangements.
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