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Councillor wants houses built on golf course

Fri, 14 Oct 2016

The clubhouse at Douglas Golf Club [picture from Visit IOM]
The clubhouse at Douglas Golf Club [picture from Visit IOM]

A Douglas Councillor wants the local authority to close Douglas Golf Course and use the land to build new houses.

Falk Horning brought the motion in this month's meeting of the Council, suggesting that the club house and equipment should be sold to pay off loans.

The Councillor is asking for a third of the land to be used for a development of single family homes, with the rest remaining available for recreational purposes.

During the 2014-15 financial year, the golf course cost £335,000 of rate payers' money to run, and made a net loss of £170,000.

The golf course was designed in 1926 by Alister MacKenzie, who was also the architect responsible for Augusta National - the home of The Masters.

The news will come as another blow to local golfers after Glen Truan Links was placed on the market for development earlier this year.

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