Jamie Hepburn MSP has formally opened Cowglen Golf Club’s newly developed clubhouse in the southside of Glasgow. The Minister for Sport also had a lesson from resident Advanced PGA Professional Simon Payne.
The newly refurbished clubhouse marks the culmination of what has been a busy period for the club in which they have invested heavily in improving the golf course and developing their practice facilities.
This includes the new Cowglen Golf Academy, a new six-bay covered driving range and teaching centre to add to the existing short game area and putting green which is recognised as a Scottish Golf Development Centre.
These new facilities, coupled with a vigorous approach to challenging traditional golf club stereotypes, has also led to the club reporting membership growth for each of the last three years, one of only a handful of clubs nationwide to do so.
Club secretary and Advanced PGA Professional Simon Payne, said:
“It was a privilege to welcome the minister to Cowglen this morning, a reward for a lot of hard work that the members have done over the past few years to transform the club.
“We are rightly proud of the facilities we now have at our disposal but more so, of the positive family orientated culture which we have created which has been the catalyst for our fantastic year on year increase in members.
“For juniors taking up the game in particular, I honestly can’t think of a better place to start playing than Cowglen.”
Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “It was great to visit Cowglen and get some expert tuition from Simon Payne. The new clubhouse is looking fantastic, and the facilities are a real asset to the club.
“The 2014 Ryder Cup will leave a great legacy for Scottish golf, but it’s crucial that young people all over Scotland have a chance to be involved, at clubs just like Cowglen right throughout Scotland.
“Through Club Golf, over 350,000 children have been introduced to golf at school. The Scottish Government is fully committed to the development and implementation of Scotland's Junior Golf Strategy that will provide new opportunities for every child in Scotland to take up this great game.”
The aim of ClubGolf is to create a development pathway from entry level through to the highest levels of achievement, enabling increased access to golf, higher participation levels, improved standards of performance, and sustained growth in the future.