£4.5m deal for course

Investment planned by new owner of Dundonald Links

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Dundonald Links is a venue for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (pic: Terry Murden)


One of the Scotland’s top golf courses has been sold for £4.5 million to a leisure operator which is promising to invest in new facilities.

Dundonald Links, venue for the men’s and ladies’ Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Opens in 2017, has been acquired by Darwin Leisure from Loch Lomond Golf Club.

The new owner says it intends to invest in a new clubhouse and, potentially, new homes and lodges.

Under the deal, Loch Lomond members will continue to have playing rights at the Ayrshire course, which was designed by Kyle Phillips and was originally called Southern Gailes.

Bill Donald, general manager at Loch Lomond, said: “Part of the agreement is that Loch Lomond members have the right to play at Dundonald Links, which was an important part of the deal.

“It is a very positive story. Dundonald Links has been a huge success for us, hosting three Ladies Scottish Opens and the Scottish Open once.

“It is profitable, having been turned around since we bought it. It is a viable, attractive purchase and that is a huge credit to all the staff both there and also here at Loch Lomond.”

A number of leisure operators have been snapping up golf clubs in recent months. In 2017 Darwin purchased The KP Club, a 180-acre luxury holiday and golf resort in Yorkshire for an undisclosed fee. Hotel brand Hilton has bought its first golf resort in Scotland – The Westerwood. Cherry Burton Golf Club in Yorkshire has been sold to Aureus Leisure, Warner Leisure Hotels has acquired the Heythrop Park Resort, on the edge of the Cotswolds,

A spokesman for Darwin Leisure said: “Dundonald Links will now join the Darwin Escapes Golf portfolio of golf courses, which also includes The Springs in Oxfordshire and The KP Club in Yorkshire.

“Darwin Escapes has recently made a multi-million pound investment to upgrade the clubhouse facilities and course at The Springs and has ambitious plans to transform the clubhouse at Dundonald Links in order to create a state-of-the art facility with high quality leisure and dining options and a market-leading indoor performance centre.”

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