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Golf bosses bid to save historic Scottish golf course from being lost to the sea

Golf bosses have backed efforts to save an historic golf course from being lost to the sea.

The picturesque Montrose Golf Links in Angus on Scotland’s east coast has already been forced to move its 2nd, 3rd, and 6th holes – and is also being eroded at a rate of two metres per year.

However, now the chief executive of the PGA EuroPro Tour has given his backing to efforts to save Montrose Medal golf course, which has regularly hosted the PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters. The course risks losing a chunk of its holes if it cannot hold back the raging tides.

For more than 450 years golf has been played on the links of Montrose but changing seas and coastal erosion is threatening to destroy part of the course. The links management committee is now looking at funding options to install £5 million worth of rock armour along seaside holes one, two and three. Failure to find a solution would mean a “massive realignment exercise” inland – amalgamating the existing championship and Broomfield courses into one.

Daniel Godding, chief executive of the PGA EuroPro Tour, said: “Montrose has a strong and long-standing partnership with the PGA EuroPro Tour and is one of the most popular courses on the tour. It is a part of golf’s history and one of the best links golf courses not only on Scotland’s east coast but across the UK. It provides a great but fair test for our players. It would be devastating for the town of Montrose and the sport of golf if this historic course was to be lost to the elements and the EuroPro Tour is fully supportive of all the efforts to save the course from costal erosion.”




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