Medal Course at Montrose Golf Links could see changes to combat erosion

A large chunk of land is missing at the golf course. Natural erosion at work.
A large chunk of land is missing at the golf course. Natural erosion at work.

Montrose Golf Links have held an extraordinary meeting to show season ticket holders their proposals for the Classic Medal Golf Course.

The world’s fifth oldest golf course has suffered badly in recent years from coastal erosion which has eaten into approximately 50 to 60 yards of the existing land.

The proposals were shown to around 100 season ticket holders at the Links Hotel last Wednesday, November 19, to inform them of the ideas that may help alleviate the problems.

The erosion has somewhat stabilised recently but there are fears that, with bad winter weather on the way, even more land will be swallowed up by nature. Angus Council say the hard rock defences that had been used to stabilise the edge of the golf course have stopped working, prompting the committee to plan alternative measures.

Andy Boyd, chairman, said: “The golf course will be in line for some major changes to cope with the land loss, however we are in the very early stages of the proposals. Angus Council are involved already because the scale of the planning application will be the biggest since Glaxo.

“Hole number one will potentially be significantly changed, possibly in a dog leg layout, but it will be holes six, seven and eight that will receive the most radical changes.

‘‘The application is not yet in and the long time scale means it is likely to be 2019 before anything happens.

‘‘There will be a long consultation period. We are being advised by council officers and John Crawford Architectural Services at the moment.”

Areas of established gorse cover will have to be removed to make way for new greens and realignment of the existing tees.

Changes are to be made to several of the holes and should allow the course to continue to provide top golfing opportunities for decades to come despite the land loss.

Claire Penman, secretary of Montrose Golf Links, said: “The Classic Medal Golf Course is famous for its Links frontage and the course is probably one of the longer courses to play.

‘‘It takes approximately four hours to complete the 18 holes, this is longer than some busy players can afford to spend as they prefer a quick course to play in a couple of hours.”