Whitburn receives £14,000 FairWays Foundation grant

Whitburn Golf Club has been handed a £14,000 grant from the FairWays Foundation to further enhance its course.

Building on the work being undertaken on the course – including bunker renovations and a rerouting of the closing holes – the grant will go towards the replanting of heather and gorse bushes.

Club officials recently held a site meeting with Charlie Greasley, the golf course constructor, and architect Jonathan Gaunt to review the planting programme.

Meanwhile, work has begun on five bunkers on the coastal side of the course, with club volunteers working alongside the greenstaff.

Mark Newton, Whitburn’s treasurer, said: “This grant assists us in maintaining our attractiveness to both members and visitors alike – which will be vital to our future in the current economic climate. We have also embraced solar power on our clubhouse and would like to further investigate wind power to achieve our aim of carbon zero and having zero energy costs in the future.”

The FairWays Foundation is a not for profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding the environment and supporting conservation-based projects and educational events for professionals and newcomers to industry.