News from Doon Valley Golf Club this week causes grave concern over the future of the Doon Valley golf course in Patna, with indications being given by the club that the course has been earmarked for closure by 31st March next year.
The course, owned and maintained by the local authority, East Ayrshire Council, is the home of the Doon Valley Golf Club which provides a significant facility for local golfers in the dalmellington and Patna areas.
The club itself has enjoyed success in county events over the years, winning the Ayrshire Fourball Championship in 1997 and Division 5 of the Ayrshire Scratch leagues in 2013.
The club has also produced a number of fine golfers over the years, including the present Match Secretary John Sloan, who won the Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy final over Royal Troon in August and local girl Pamela Feggans who followed a fine amateur career by progressing to the professional ranks as both a tour player and coach.
According to information posted by the club on social media, the news broke in the past week about the closure of the Golf Course on March 31st 2017, with no more golf allowed from that date.
According to the statement from the club, the club itself have not been informed by the local authority of the closure of the course, although it is understood that the green keeping staff were informed of the decision on Thursday 24th November.
The club are questioning why the club committee were not informed first and indeed have apparently still not been informed by East Ayrshire Council as to the current position.
The club social media release indicate that since the news broke last week the club have contacted the local authority on numerous occasions but still await reply.
The statement goes on,
"This is a major talking point for the club as we still don't know what is actually happening to the club and still we await reply. Why?
The way East Ayrshire Council has treated this club in the last few years has been nothing short of ridiculous."
Golf facilities in East Ayrshire have seen a number of changes in recent years, with the most significant to date being the transfer of the local authority run Caprington course to full management by the Caprington Community Golf Club. For the Doon Valley club and course however, the timescale alluded to for the closure leaves little time for interested parties to consider the way forward for the club and course.
The loss of the Doon Valley course would be a major blow to exponents of the game in the Doon Valley and surrounding area, as well as the Ayrshire golf scene as a whole.