There are two major golf construction projects underway in Scotland – one is the creation of a modern driving range facility and the other is the refurbishment of an existing golf club after both were delayed by Covid.
The new top golf course should open at the beginning of this year, but the project started just days before the first coronavirus lockdown in early 2020.
However, after a 16-month hiatus due to the pandemic, officials have announced that work resumed in July and major construction work has now begun.
Steven McGarva, Development Director at Ashfield Land real estate company, said, “We are excited to be back and making progress on the construction of Scotland’s first top golf attraction in Glasgow. After a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we started on site again in July and started the main construction work in mid-August.
“Topgolf is a truly unique attraction and we are proud to present the first in Scotland, the home of golf. It will be very popular with Glasgow residents and will be a great addition to Clyde Gateway. The opening will create around 300 full-time and part-time positions, with recruiting to be concentrated in the region.
“We will provide another update with further information on the opening at the beginning of the new year.”
In the meantime, construction of a new resort-like facility at Inverness Golf Club is expected to begin soon, which will add paddle and pickleball courts, indoor golf simulators, a sports bar, dining room and business lounge in what will be a complete overhaul of the existing clubhouse.
The project was also approved – on March 17, 2020 – just before the first lockdown, which significantly delayed progress.
Club President Kerry Lavelle said, “It’s been an incredible year, but our board and our members have remained loyal to this project. We look forward to the future of Inverness Golf Club and what this new facility will add.
“Inverness Golf Club has always welcomed everyone with a real family atmosphere. This new facility with its ultra-casual dining room offers families another way to enjoy Inverness Golf Club. ”
He added that the new sports facilities and golf simulators will make the club a 12-month travel destination, creating a resort-like atmosphere for the whole family and adding significantly to the value of the memberships, which have grown in recent months.
The club has set itself the goal of opening the new facility in early 2022.