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Thurso Golf Club gets support for new greens mower


By Alan Hendry

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From left: David Shearer of Caithness and North Sutherland Fund; Alan Simmonite, Thurso Golf Club greens convener (holding the Stroupster Community Fund board); Frazer Sparling, Thurso's head greenkeeper; Paul Budden and Peter MacDonald of Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
From left: David Shearer of Caithness and North Sutherland Fund; Alan Simmonite, Thurso Golf Club greens convener (holding the Stroupster Community Fund board); Frazer Sparling, Thurso's head greenkeeper; Paul Budden and Peter MacDonald of Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

Thurso Golf Club has taken delivery of a £31,254 greens mower thanks to a series of fundraising activities as well as support from local grant programmes.

The greens at Thurso have long been recognised as among the best in the far north, due to the dedication of head greenkeeper Frazer Sparling and his team. However, the club's 15-year-old greens mower was causing problems and breaking down with increasing regularity.

The committee members organised various fundraising events and, with the additional support of Caithness and North Sutherland Fund, Greencoat's Stroupster Community Fund and Baillie Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, were able to secure the purchase of a new machine from Highland company MacGregor Industrial Supplies.

Eilidh Coll, Foundation Scotland’s Caithness-based representative, said: “The Greencoat Stroupster panel was pleased to support Thurso Golf Club replace its 15-year-old mower which was no longer fit for purpose and was becoming difficult to maintain.

"The panel felt that, with people not travelling and taking holidays at the moment, they would be seeking new ways to spend time outdoors. Having the golf course maintained to a high standard is an important part of people’s enjoyment of the sport.”

Club captain Alan Coghill said: “Without the incredible support from these community funds, volunteer-run clubs such as Thurso Golf Club would struggle to replace such expensive but necessary machinery.

"The committee and the members are extremely grateful for the advice and support in obtaining the grants which will enable the club to continue to maintain its greens to the highest levels for the enjoyment of both members and visitors.”


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