South Ayrshire Council is assuring golfers, residents and visitors that work on the new Belleisle Park golf clubhouse is progressing and will be completed by the Autumn.
Further structural work to prepare the ground, additional utilities installations and storm damage to the existing stable block which had to be removed to protect the construction site as well as the stone which was taken down and will be sorted for possible re-use, has hampered recent progress on site.
The Council wants the clubhouse to be available to golfers as soon as possible to ensure the standard of off-course facilities at Belleisle matches the superb quality of the course itself. The temporary clubhouse facility will still be available until the new building is ready for use.
The new clubhouse, which will be available to golfers playing Belleisle as well as its 'sister' course, Seafield, will include: modern changing accommodation, a new golf professional shop, a large modern cafe bar, new starter facilities, club rooms, lounge area, and a golf simulator room.
Donald Gillies, Head of Property and Risk, said: "There have been some unforeseen delays to this project – and we are dealing with these with the contractor – but work has been moving on, although much of this is unseen, such as the installation of utility supplies.
"We know this is far from ideal and we're monitoring the situation closely and keeping the pressure on our contractor to deliver this hugely important project as quickly as possible. We're at a vital stage at the moment with construction of the walls and roof about to get underway, so we'll soon see a big difference on site.
"Our thanks to our golfers and everyone who visits Belleisle for their patience and co-operation while this work continues. I can promise that the end result will definitely be worth it and we'll be doing everything we can to ensure the wait for that result is as minimal as possible."
The championship course of Belleisle, designed by James Braid in 1927, is one of the most popular – and highly regarded – golf courses in Scotland, viewed by many as the best public inland course in the country.