Eyemouth golf club hands over lease on clubhouse

Eyemouth Golf Club is relinquishing its clubhouse that stands on the clifftop at Gunsgreen, handing the building back to its owners Scottish Borders Council.

Monday, 9th May 2016, 10:29 am
Updated Monday, 9th May 2016, 14:12 pm
The 3rd green pond and clubhouse.

The building has been leased by the club from the council which said: “The council is working with all interested parties and through the identification of a preferred bidder is looking to secure an operator for the clubhouse.

“This is in order to secure a sustainable solution for the long-term future of the golf course and clubhouse, for the benefit of the club and the wider community.”

It is believed that the clubhouse will no longer be under the control of the golf club by later this month and an interested party who is willing to take over the whole building said they had already signed the lease, although at this stage they were unwilling to be named publicly.

The clubhouse has spectacular views out to sea and looking down onto Eyemouth, and stands in a very prominent position on Gunsgreen Hill, its Bayview Restaurant taking full advantage of those views.

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Until last year, when the catering was taken in-house, the meals at the Bayview restaurant were provided by George Aitchison, who now has the lease for the Heathers Restaurant at Scoutscroft Caravan Park in Coldingham, and this year took over the catering at Hirsel Golf Club.

The council is keen to keep the building operational if possible and it is understood that the party interested in taking over the building has agreed to do the catering, run the bar and hopes to sub-let the downstairs facilities, used by golfers, to Eyemouth Golf Club.

It is understood that council officials met golf club representatives to finalise details and an EGM of club members will take place later this month to decide on whether or not the club will lease the players’ facilities area of the building from the new leaseholder.

No one from the golf club was available for comment.

A post on a Facebook page earlier this week talks about the clubhouse and reads: “We can only open the doors and hope people come in and support us, the same as any other business in Eyemouth, but we certainly need golfers’ support to make this project work for us and the long-term future of EGC.”

The club was converted to 18 holes in 1997.