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Local funding bodies support programme of improvements at Reay Golf Club

By Alan Hendry

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The latest project at Reay has brought improvements to the clubhouse building.
The latest project at Reay has brought improvements to the clubhouse building.

Since Reay Golf Club completed the purchase of the course in 2017, the membership has initiated several projects associated with the ongoing improvement of its facilities and equipment.

These projects have been supported by local funding bodies including the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund (CNSF), Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund (BWFCBF) and the SSE Strathy North Wind Farm Community Fund.

The most recent project, backed by money from CNSF and BWFCBF, has been associated with improvements to the clubhouse building.

The first phase included the replacement of all the clubhouse windows and external doors and was undertaken by Norscot Joinery. Completion of this work has brought several benefits including improved weatherproofing and insulation of the clubhouse, bringing notable savings to the club in terms of energy consumption.

The second phase of work, completed in July, involved refurbishment of the clubhouse walls. This was carried out by builder Grant Maxwell and Steven Joiners and, as well as affording greater protection to the clubhouse structure, the work has also greatly improved the visual appearance of the building.

CNSF chairperson Gillian Coghill said: “One of the objectives of the CNSF is to support community projects to deliver long-term improvements. Reay Golf Club is a valued recreational facility for both residents and visitors to enjoy and we are pleased to have been able to support the club to achieve their aim.”

BWFCBF chairman Peter Macdonald said: “Reay Golf Club has been serving the west Caithness community and visitors for many decades. The fund is delighted that it has been able to support the club with these vital improvements as it enters into an exciting new chapter in its history.”

The club has further projects planned to improve the facilities and the course for members and visitors.

Club captain Andy Bain said: “Since the purchase of the course, the club has embarked on a programme of improvements to enhance the golfing experience for all.

“Without the help of local funding bodies, these projects would be much more challenging for voluntary organisations such as ourselves to progress. We are extremely grateful for the financial support provided by the funders to allow us to complete the recent clubhouse refurbishments.”

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