Former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie MBE, opened a new facility at Lumphanan Golf Club last weekend.
Lumphanan, a nine hole course, reopened in 2000 having been forced to close in the 1960s.
Its road to recovery began with an extensive refurbishment eleven years ago and a shared vision amongst its new membership that it would be inclusive, encouraging everyone, particularly juniors, to join and enjoy golf.
Now, the club has an active membership of nearly 200.
Teaming up six years ago with the national junior golf programme, clubgolf, a legacy for Scotland’s staging of the 2014 Ryder Cup, has helped the club to attract more youngsters.
The new facility, a putting green and driving net, was funded by a £3000 Awards for All Grant and by contributions from members through various fundraising efforts.
A band of dedicated members have worked with the club’s greens keeper to turn a piece of underused ground into the much needed facility which will be available for all at the club, but particularly juniors.
“We are delighted to have Paul Lawrie opening this new facility today,” said club captain Ken Rankin.
“Paul is a great role model and does a tremendous amount for children in the North-east.
“We are proud of this practice area which will serve a variety of purposes.
One of the greatest advantages is that our clubgolf youngsters now have a dedicated, safe area for coaching and practice away from the main course which, until now, we have had to close to members when clubgolf coaching is taking place.”
Paul Lawrie, an ambassador for junior golf in Scotland, said: “I am delighted to be opening this excellent facility.
The club has clearly worked hard to re-establish itself since re-opening in 2000 and members have achieved a great deal in a relatively short space of time.
“They have a strong and growing junior section, a great clubgolf coaching set up and through this new facility a dedicated area where youngsters can develop and refine their skills.
I wish them every success for the future and look forward to seeing Lumphanan juniors coming through the ranks and playing in major events in the near future.”