The Carnoustie GC fears for its existence

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 11, 2016 14:46

The managing secretary of The Carnoustie Golf Club, one of the world’s most famous and historic golf venues, has said he is worried about the future existence of the club.

In November Angus Council granted planning permission to Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee for a £3 million project that will see a new building being built that will overlook the The Carnoustie Golf Club’s opening and closing holes, and will include a bar and restaurant.

However, Alex MacKenzie believes that the new facility will significantly damage the 174-year-old venue’s existing income streams.



‘The threat to our already stressed revenue streams, and therefore our very existence, that would result from the proposed bar and restaurant facility is significant and with far reaching conclusions, and we believe this has not been given the correct level of investigation, analysis, consideration or debate,’ he is reported by to have written to the council.

The new-look centre, which will replace Carnoustie’s starter’s box, will have a balcony with an ‘inspiring view’ over the first and last holes of The Carnoustie Golf Club, and will be coupled with a significant upgrade to food and drink available. A cylindrical tower with conical roof will be one of the main features of the new building, which will include two wings with ground-floor caddy facilities and storage included below the new restaurant, bar, heritage area and viewing balconies.

Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee’s agent Maria Francke disagreed with Alex MacKenzie and believes the development will keep the venue on the lucrative Open Championship rota.

“Carnoustie operates at the highest level of world golf — it has hosted seven Open Championships,” she said.

“At this level the competition is fierce – many course would like to be Open venues,” she added.

She said the proposal was a “sustainable and sensitively designed extension providing world-class facilities to match the experience provided by the golf course.”

“The trustees see this as being a benefit for the whole town,” she stated.

“One of the main comments made to the links is that the visiting golfer does not stay following their round, but prefers to return to St Andrews.

“This will encourage them to stay, which can only benefit the wider community.”

“All the trustees are seeking to achieve is to bring Carnoustie up to the same level as its competitors. Both history and future expectation demands that Carnoustie offers an experience as good as anywhere in the world.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim January 11, 2016 14:46
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