Drawings and details of The R&A’s Glasgow golf concept are released

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir August 16, 2022 10:45

The R&A has revealed the name of its new ‘golf concept’ that will open in Glasgow next summer, along with artistic drawings and other details.

In 2020 The R&A acquired Lethamhill Golf Course and said it would be turned into a ‘blueprint for how golf can be offered’.

Last year it announced that that development will include the creation of a nine-hole course, putting greens, a short-game area, adventure golf and a 55-bay floodlit double-decker driving range that makes use of the latest technology, and that Russell Smith will be the facility’s first general manager.

Now The R&A has revealed that the golf concept will be called ‘Golf It!’.

The new facility will feature a range of introductory golf formats including a twist on pitch and putt, adventure golf and community putting greens plus the double decker driving range and a new look nine-hole course for all the family to play. These will sit alongside other attractions and activities such as padel tennis courts, nature trails, bike hire and street food-style dining and drinks area.

The state-of-the-art development is set to create more than 100 jobs and offer a range of apprenticeships that will boost employment opportunities for those living locally.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said, “Golf It! is an ambitious project and fantastic opportunity for residents of Glasgow and visitors to the city to be introduced to the sport in a welcoming, inclusive and enjoyable environment. The range of features at Golf It! makes this a destination like no other. We want this to be a place where everyone from this great city and further afield can feel at home.

“Golf It! will enable people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to be a part of a community-driven facility that levels the playing field and provides new pathways into golf. It marks a significant commitment by The R&A to re-establish the sport’s roots in the heart of Scotland and take golf into communities that may never have seen it as a viable, family-friendly activity before. In that regard, we want Golf It! to be an exemplar format for working hand in hand with the communities it serves. We are excited about getting the facility ready for its opening next summer.”

The new nine-hole golf course will incorporate four sets of tees and an integrated ‘Go Golf It!’ par three tee position on each hole to encourage people of all abilities to play.

Other features include:

• A short game area with three adventure golf courses, Park Golf pitch and putt and a family putting green for people of all ages to enjoy.

• A 55-bay floodlit double-decker Toptracer driving range, including bespoke family bays and simulators.

• A golf equipment library with easy access to hire equipment for anyone who wants to try before they buy.

• The Seven Lochs Visitor Centre with nature trails that link to Scotland’s largest urban nature park.

• Street food by The Big Feed.

• A Fit, Build, Play retail area by Scottsdale Golf.

• Three padel tennis courts by Game4Padel.

• An early years nursery operated by Lullaby Lane

• A long-term education programme across Glasgow with the aim of providing in-curriculum golf experiences to 42,000 children across the city.

• A community orchard and gardens.

• Free bike access in partnership with St Paul’s Youth Forum.

Community partner St Paul’s Youth Forum is a youth project that aims to provide opportunities for young people across the east end of Glasgow. Young people from the project and local schools have planted a community orchard within the golf course and will be running On Bikes, a youth-focused bike charity which delivers free bike access on site.

Neil Young, youth team leader at St Paul’s Youth Forum, commended the move by The R&A to include opportunities that bring young people in the area closer together as part of Golf It!, “This isn’t just a centre for golf, it will become the beating heart of this part of Glasgow, pumping investment into the community and creating opportunities for young people.

“With training opportunities and an exciting education pathway at St Paul’s Youth Forum, we’re confident that Golf It! is going to be a facility the whole community can access and feel very proud of.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir August 16, 2022 10:45
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  1. Langdon Hills August 14, 15:03

    Great concept and initiative will encourage individuals of all abilities to take up the game.
    #inclusive #family

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  2. Wilson Golf August 13, 10:26

    What a fantastic looking concept, what the game is crying out for

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  3. Gaunt August 12, 10:52

    amusing,simplistic masterplan

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  4. JD August 11, 15:07

    Still think Golf Plus or Golf + would have been better?

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  5. greenkeeper August 11, 13:28

    Lacking comfort on the seating I feel

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