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Brian_Ewen

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Southern Gailes
« on: February 26, 2003, 10:27:35 PM »
Loch Lomond buys links course

MIKE AITKEN


THE possibility of the Scottish Open being staged on a links in the not too distant future increased yesterday when the owners of Loch Lomond golf club bought Southern Gailes in Ayrshire for an undisclosed sum.

Lyle Anderson, the president of Loch Lomond, plans to re-name the links designed by Kyle Phillips, the man behind Kingsbarns, and will bring to the course the same attention to detail which transformed Tom Weiskopfís masterpiece into one of the best inland golf courses in the world.

Itís also on the cards that the links club attached to Loch Lomond will be available for tournament use when the course matures. The connection between the bonnie banks and the Barclays Scottish Open also raises the possibility that the prestigious tournament which precedes the Open, may return one day to a links for the first time since the championship was contested at Carnoustie in the mid-Nineties.

There would be optimism of attracting Tiger Woods to play in those circumstances, since the world No1 has previously indicated he would only include the £2.2million Scottish Open on his schedule if it was played on a links. In recent years, Woods has spent the week before the Open practising links golf in Ireland.

Keith Williams, the clubís vice-president, explained Loch Lomond had purchased the seaside course from the Castle 2000 Property Development Company Ltd in order to enhance the facilities available to their members, particularly those who live overseas and in America.
 
 
"We wanted our members to be able to experience a true links when they visit Scotland, and our decision to acquire Southern Gailes will keep us ahead of the market and maintain our position as one of golfís premier international clubs," he said. "We would hope to open the course for play in July this year."

Interestingly, public access to Southern Gailes under Loch Lomondís ownership will not be as restricted as it is for the Weiskopf course. Although primarily a course for members and their guests, the expectation is that some tee times will be available to everyone. "Itís fair to say the course will be more accessible to the general public," added Williams.

Still not fully complete after three years in the pipeline - the course is 99 per cent finished, but the club house only half built - the links will also give Loch Lomond members who live in Scotland the opportunity to play all year round since the inland course is closed in the winter. There is no existing membership at Southern Gailes, hence Loch Lomondís expectation to have the course open for play so soon.

Lyle Anderson said: "We are truly excited about the acquisition of Southern Gailes. There is not one hole on the entire course that isnít superbly designed. I really believe it has the potential to become recognised as one of the great links courses anywhere."

The acquisition was funded with the assistance of the Bank of Scotland, Loch Lomondís bankers.

The addition of the links doesnít mean, mark you, that Loch Lomondís plans to build a new course designed by Jack Nicklaus have been scrapped. The club have outline planning permission for the venture and expect to proceed in due course.
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BCrosby

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Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2003, 06:02:03 AM »
Is Southern Gailes now open?

What do people think about it?

Bob
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ForkaB

Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2003, 06:15:45 AM »
Brian

Very interesting!

Last time I looked into the Southern Gailes website they were trying to flog condos associated with the site.  Obviously aimed at people far to the West of "Southern" Gailes.........

Anderson resurrected Loch Lomond from the dead.  From all I hear it is a great course, as, I am sure is (will be?) Southern Gailes given Kyle P's pedigree.

I sorta hate to say it but there are so many opportunities for the Anderson's of the (western) world to acquire golfing properties over here in Britain for a fraction of what they would spend in the US, that I think that we will see many more "can I take your clubs from the boot, Sir" sort of facilities over here than I, for one, would wish.......
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Jeff_Lewis

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Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2003, 10:34:38 AM »
I  am a Loch Lomond member and this is news to me. We haven't been informed about this yet. Very exciting for us, though. I couldn't find the Southern Gailes website. Anybody have the address?
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John Bernhardt

Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2003, 12:27:48 PM »
I went by Southern Gailes in Sept 2001. I cannot believe it is not finished yet. It was not very impressive looking from the road either. I am not sure any of the holes are on the water either. hmm I am curious about this story
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BCrosby

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Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2003, 12:52:07 PM »
I drove by it in August of '02 and it was still under construction then. My B&B across the street from Prestwick had lots of promotional materials for it. I would have thought it had opened by now.  
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Jeff_Lewis

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Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2003, 01:05:08 PM »
southern-gailes.com  
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Joel_Stewart

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Re: Southern Gailes
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2003, 05:58:05 PM »
What was the price paid for Southern Gailes?
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