Plans to scrap Ayr golf course
Revealed: Council’s plan to scrap Ayr golf course
A secret plan to axe one of South Ayrshire’s eight council golf courses can be revealed by the Post.
It’s believed officials are plotting to scrap Dalmilling – replacing it with houses and a park.
The shock proposal has been branded a “scandal” by golfing chiefs, who are pledging to fight any closure bid. Leaked plans show the municipal course making way for an “urban park” beside the A77 bypass.
A large swathe of land is earmarked for “residential/ community” use boasting a massive new neighbourhood.
The shock layout forms part of the council’s revamped Local Development Plan, currently at design stage.
Officials could present their plans to all 28 councillors next month.
One senior source said: “This is driven by a desire to give the people of North Ayr a park facility resembling Belleisle and Rozelle. But the council has been here before regarding the closure of Dalmilling and it was not pretty. There will be exactly the same fallout this time and people won’t give it up without a fight.”
Council chiefs backed down on plans to shut the 5686- yard course in 2009 following a huge public backlash.
Dalmilling, a par 69 which opened in 1961, is one of eight municipal South Ayrshire courses.
Alasdair Malcolm, secretary of Ayrshire Golf Association, said any closure would be “hugely detrimental”. He insisted: “This would totally fly in the face of the message being promoted by Golf South Ayrshire. We don’t have the capacity across other courses to deal with the number of players this closure would displace.
“You have eight clubs playing out of Dalmilling and retention is vital.
“Once a golf course has gone, it’s gone.”
Ayr MSP John Scott warned against any progression of the project.
He said: “If plans are brought forward by the council to close Dalmilling golf course then I would be completely opposed to them. Along with other local golf courses, Dalmilling makes a valuable contribution to the provision of leisure services in South Ayrshire and its loss would be a very heavy blow”
Ayr North councillor, Ian Davis, said: “I’d be strongly opposed to any such development.”
A spokesman for South Ayrshire Council said: “There are no active plans to redevelop Dalmilling Golf Course, which will continue to operate as normal. Any change of use would be subject to public consultation, and would require approval from councillors.”
Out to grass Course is under threat and ( above) the proposed new layout
Scandal Golf chief Alasdair Malcolm