CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save Glasgow’s golf courses from potential closure will hold a public meeting on Thursday.

Keen golfers are being urged to attend the event to make their voices heard after Glasgow Life, the cultural and sporting arm of Glasgow City Council, held consultation over the future of public courses in the city.

Organisers fear many golfers were unaware of the online consultation, which was previously branded “flawed” by opposition politicians.

The meeting, which has been arranged by Friends of Alexandra Park and the Save Whitehill Pool campaign group, will be held in Wood Street Social Club, Dennistoun, at 6.30pm.

It is advertised as an opportunity “to discuss the possible closure of all of Glasgow’s six public golf courses, including Alexandra Park”.

The other parks are Littlehill, Lethamhill, Linn Park, Knightswood and Ruchill.

“We encourage those who are passionate about keeping the golf course open to come to our meeting,” campaigners announced on Facebook.


Glasgow's public golf courses could be axed as consultation under way

“This is a perfect opportunity for those who have not been made aware of the consultation process to come along and give their views and for those who have contributed to the survey to express their thoughts too.

“We expect a big turn out and all golfers are most welcome to attend.”

The group says many golfers, who have spent decades using the courses, have been “very concerned” to hear about the consultation.

It was launched due to low usage and a “substantial annual deficit”, Glasgow Life said. Options being considered include reducing fees, restricting opening hours or axing the courses.

The city’s SNP authority did consider scrapping the courses when budget plans were being drawn up earlier this year. However, the option was not included in the final budget, agreed in February.

It is believed closures could bring savings of more than £1million.


Public consultation on future of Glasgow's golf courses extended

The consultation period was initially set to end on Sunday, July 7 but Glasgow Life extended it by two weeks due to high levels of interest. “The fact that almost 2000 people responded to the consultation runs contrary to claims it has not been well communicated,” a spokesman said when the extension was revealed.

He said consultation was distributed to all Glasgow club members, city councillors, Glasgow Life golf users and clubs and Glasgow Golf Union members as well as being published online.

Feedback on the completed consultation is due by the end of November this year.