In September 2005 the Westray Golf Course came up for sale, and Westray Development Trust was approached to assist the Westray Golf Club to secure the land for the community. WDT secured 95% funding from the Scottish Land Fund and the Community Land Unit. WGC had previously agreed if the bid was successful they could afford to fund the 5% shortfall in recognition of a long term lease.
Community ownership finally allowed a partnership between the Westray Golf Club and WDT to access funds for upgrading the facilities, and plans for dealing with coastal erosion, development of the course, and provision of community and club facilities could proceed.
- The construction of the car park and machinery shed.
- The redevelopment of the nine hole golf course.
- Restoration and management of coastal erosion
Funding was obtained for phases 2 and 3, and in the middle of 2013 these are nearing completion. Plans for the building have developed further as the need for a facility that can be used the wider community was recognised. The final design and uses are still being worked on, and funding is still required for this.
The course will provide golf recreational benefits for young and old as well adding a social area with picnic benches and joining in with already existing pathways for walking routes. The Westray Golf Club will also be encouraging non-playing members and community use of facilities.
The links course will provide an all year option for all of Orkney’s golfers, and also add to the tourism interest on Westray.