Scottish club receives funding to buy cleaner course machines

Scotland’s highest golf course is to receive tens of thousands of pounds to invest in cleaner course machinery from renewable energy projects.

The nine-hole Leadhills Golf Club in Lanarkshire, located 1,500ft above sea level, will receive £48,768 from Greencoat Capital Andershaw Windfarm, a contributor to South Lanarkshire’s Renewable Energy Fund (REF) Council. Clyde Wind Farm also approved the same amount for the golf club.

Clyde Wind Farm is a 522 megawatt wind farm located in Lanarkshire. There are 39 wind farms in the area which contribute nearly £1million a year to communities in South Lanarkshire.

The funding will help the club purchase new machinery, including two riding mowers, a walk-behind mower and a trailer to transport tools and equipment, to maintain golf course operations and opportunities.

Leadhills Golf Club. Picture from Facebook

Local Councilor Robert Brown said“This significant funding from the REF will make it possible to sustain the success of the club, to attract new members and visitors for the development of the whole village, to encourage a prosperous community.

“The club strives to enhance the vitality of Leadhills and the rural villages around it.

“It works with local businesses to improve tourism, attract more visitors and it works well with the primary school to encourage younger residents to enjoy golf.

“The award also ensures sustainability by switching to cleaner and more versatile machines, as well as protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

“I am delighted that the committee has accepted the REF funding and wish Leadhills Golf Club all the best for the future.”

Michael C. Ford