More erosion fears for Montrose Links

Sand has been lost from the dunes as a result of the storms, leaving them exposed to the elements
Sand has been lost from the dunes as a result of the storms, leaving them exposed to the elements

Montrose Golf Links secretary fears if any more bad weather hits Angus more of the historic course could be lost into the North Sea.

No ground on the golf course has been lost during the recent storms, however the bad weather has meant the loss of sand build up on the dunes, leaving them exposed to the elements.

Claire Penman, secretary, said: “We haven’t lost any more ground.

“One thing I’m worried about is losing the sixth and second tees. We’ve been worried about the sixth for the last four or five years.

“The sand that had built up on the dunes over the summer and early winter has gone. There was a nice curve because of the sand build up but now it is just straight down.

“If we have anymore bad weather that could be a problem for us.

“We don’t know what is going to happen with the weather, so we’re going to have to watch and see.

“We’re going to have to do something. We can’t just do nothing. We don’t know how much more of our golf course could erode if we do nothing.”

Over the last 20 years, the 454-year-old course has been eaten away by a combination of wind and water.

Montrose Golf Links announced in November that it was proposing to change some of the holes to preserve the Medal Course, which was created by legendary Scottish golf course designer, ‘‘Old Tom’’ Morris, from St Andrews.

What is being proposed is that holes one, three, seven and 18 be reduced in yardage and holes two, six and eight be increased.

The biggest increase would be to hole six, which would be extended from 510 to 600 yards.

Montrose Councillor David May “It is clear we need to take action.

“In my view doing nothing isn’t an option.

“It is vital we do something not only for the members and season ticket holders but also for the visitors the golf course brings into the town.”

Overall layout plans and proposals are available in all the Montrose golf clubs, as well as the Montrose Golf Links office, until February 5.

Members and season ticket holders have until this date to submit their comments to Montrose Golf Links.