Eyemouth Golf Club give up clubhouse

Eyemouth Golf Club's well situated club house
Eyemouth Golf Club's well situated club house

Eyemouth Golf Club is relinquishing its clubhouse that stands on the clifftop at Gunsgreen, handing the building back to its owners Scottish Borders Council.

The building has been leased by the club from the council who said: “The council is working with all interested parties and through the identification of a preferred bidder is looking to secure an operator for the clubhouse.

“This is in order to secure a sustainable solution for the long-term future of the golf course and clubhouse, for the benefit of the club and the wider community.”

It is believed that the clubhouse will no longer be under the control of the golf club by later this month and an interested party who is willing to take over the whole building told The Berwickshire that they had already signed the lease.

The new leaseholders expect to take over by the end of May, although at this stage they were unwilling to be named publicly.

The clubhouse has spectacular views out to sea and looking down onto Eyemouth, and stands in a very prominent position on Gunsgreen Hill, its Bayview Restaurant taking full advantage of those views.

Until last year, when the catering was taken in-house, the meals at the Bayview restaurant were provided by George Aitchison, who now has the lease for the Heathers Restaurant at Scoutscroft Carvan Park in Coldingham, and this year took over the catering at Hirsel Golf Club.

The council are keen to keep the building operational if possible and it is understood that the party interested in taking over the building has agreed to do the catering, run the bar and hopes to sub-let the downstairs facilities, used by golfers, to Eyemouth Golf Club.

It is understood that council officials met golf club representatives on Tuesday to finalise details and an EGM of club members will take place later this month to decide on whether or not the club will lease the players’ facilities area of the building from the new leaseholder.

No one from the golf club was available for comment prior to going to press.

A post on a facebook page earlier this week talks about the clubhouse and reads: “We can only open the doors and hope people come in and support us, the same as any other business in Eyemouth, but we certainly need golfers’ support to make this project work for us and the long term future of EGC.”

Eyemouth Golf Club has been in existence since 1894 and was converted to an 18 hole course in 1997. It features ‘Britain’s most Extraordinary Golf Hole’, the 6th played across a vast gully with the North Sea waves crashing below.