Letham Grange golf courses back in business

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LETHAM Grange golf courses will be open for the start of the season on Friday, April 1. They shut suddenly at the same time as Letham Grange Hotel and Resort on Friday, January 21, when a closure notice was pinned to the front door of the establishment by Letham Grange directors Neil Rimmer and Paul Rodgers.

On Monday night, over 200 members of Letham Grange Golf Club attended an extraordinary general meeting called by the club committee at the Meadowbank Inn, to hear details behind proposals developed by the committee to operate the golf courses in 2011.

Club captain Nick Jackson explained the work that the committee had completed over the last seven weeks following the disappointing news that the hotel and resort had ceased trading.

This, he said, has mainly involved seeking advice from a large list of sources, Angus Council in particular, who have been a tremendous source of support, the Scottish Golf Union, Elmwood College and many individual contributors who have had a working knowledge of how the golf courses operated in the past, and, of course, from members who shared their professional experience in accounting, legal and other matters.

The proposal offers two annual adult membership options, combined membership for both the challenging par 73 Old Course and the enjoyable par 68 Glens Course for £350, or membership of the Glens Course only for £280.

Also to continue the efforts started last year to promote junior golfers at the club, under 13s can join the Glens Course for a £20 annual membership fee, £40 for over-13s and £60 for membership of both courses

The presentation ended with Mr Jackson inviting questions from the company and several were answered to the best extent possible.

A show of hands was requested, which identified the vast majority of those present were in support, so those members were asked to provide their contact details so they can be advised of further progress.

In total, including those who had indicated support by e-mail having read the advance information shared via the club website, www.lethamgrangegolfclub.co.uk and also via the club’s e-mail distribution list, almost 300 members have indicated their support which, the club captain said, is surely good news for everyone who has enjoyed playing golf at Letham Grange.

Now the management team, formed from a sub-section of the club committee, will start planning to open the golf courses as soon as possible, and certainly in time for the start of the season on April 1.

Any individual, or any company interested in a corporate membership should contact the club secretary Gardiner Arthur by e-mail at secretarylggc@aol.com for further details.