Golfers hope to run Letham Grange courses

MEMBERS of Letham Grange Golf Club are hoping to take over the running of the golf courses at the hotel which closed suddenly at the end of January.

And already the closure of the hotel and estate, which includes the golf courses, has dealt a major blow to the fragile Angus economy.

A booking which might have brought in £10,000 in revenue was lost after a group of golfers from Stavangar, Norway, had to alter their plans after learning that the facility had closed

Letham Grange had become popular with the Norwegian party but the closure meant they had to make alternative arrangements

Two weeks ago Melissa Jackson of The MacDonald Partnership plc (TMP) was appointed liquidator over the management company responsible for running the Letham Grange Golf Hotel and Country Club.

She said at the time: “Letham Grange is clearly an important local facility and its closure at this stage will have unavoidable consequences for the local communities.”

However, Letham Grange Golf Club committee has now invited all club members to attend an extraordinary general meeting at the Meadowbank Inn, Arbroath, at 7.30 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

At the meeting, details will be provided of the business plan proposal for the golf club to operate the golf courses.

A spokesman stated: “We will be looking for all members to indicate their support for the proposal on the night.

“In the last few weeks we have had great support from Angus Council, the Scottish Golf Union, and an array of others, that has allowed us to make this key step forward.”

Arbroath East and Lunan councillor Donald Morrison said: “The closure of Letham Grange Hotel and golf courses is a great loss to the Arbroath area and recent reports have proven how important the course is to the local economy with golfers from throughout the world having booked to play. 

“Angus Council has placed tourism as one of their priorities for economic growth in the county with golf tourism as a vital strand of this policy.   

“When the hotel and golf course closed I immediately contacted the head of economic development to express deep concerns to a further reduction of hotel provision for the town but also the loss of an important tourist attraction for the Arbroath area.

“The news that the golf club is looking to try and set up the running of the golf club should be encouraged and Angus Council has assured me that officers have been assigned to work with them in what will hopefully be a positive result.”