Clubhouse Official Opening
EAST KILBRIDE Golf Club’s new clubhouse is now officially opened.
In a ceremony attended by local politicians, dignitaries and representatives of
national and local golf associations, East Kilbride captain Tom Keir performed the
opening ceremony and proudly welcomed the latest addition to East Kilbride’s sporting
Recalling the grim night of January 12 of last year when the previous clubhouse in
Nerston was destroyed by fire, the captain officially unveiled the bright modern
facility which now stands in its place.
Highlighting the resilience of the club’s members who had endured an unsettled two
seasons during the clubhouse re-build, Tom Keir also had praise for the way all
involved in the project had delivered ahead of schedule.
Tom also expressed his grateful thanks for the way East Kilbride rallied round the
club in those early difficult days just after the fire.
“Other sporting clubs in East Kilbride, plus other golf clubs in the area, immediately
offered us the use of premises to have meetings and planning sessions in those early
days – and that assistance was much appreciated."
“It got the rebuild project off to a good start and we maintained that momentum to
“We had some good, positive early meetings with insurers which were re-assuring and
got us moving in the right direction. It helped, too, that some of the Council
members had in-depth knowledge of the building and construction sector so we had some
“Although we had some very difficult times – and a lot of stress, it was all worthwhile.
As well as a fantastic course, we now have a brand new clubhouse which will stand us in
good stead for years to come."
“Standing here now – looking at the new facility and thinking about the strong foundations
the club has and how well positioned we are for the future, I can feel an enormous sense of
pride and achievement.”
In praising the look of the new clubhouse, Guest of honour Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of
the Scottish Golf Union congratulated Tom and the club members for bouncing back so quickly
and strongly after the setback of the fire.
“It is very pleasing to see such a splendid modern facility,” said Hamish, “And
hugely encouraging to hear that East Kilbride Golf Club’s membership actually
increased during those difficult times."
“It shows the club is on a very strong footing and I wish you well for the future.”
(Images courtesy of East Kilbride News)
At your service at East Kilbride Golf Club
East Kilbride golfers, their guests and visitors will have a new face welcoming them to the club.
Laura Carruth has been appointed Clubhouse Manager in place of Duncan McSporran, who is fulfilling a lifetime’s
ambition by emigrating to South Africa. Laura joins the golf club after years of experience in the licensed trade
and hospitality business in the East Kilbride area.
Her arrival follows hot on the heels of the appointment of the club’s new Head of Catering Brian Graham, whose
daily menus and speciality nights are proving extremely popular with all who frequent our new clubhouse.
In welcoming both Brian and Laura to the club, captain Tom Keir looked forward to members and their guests enjoying
the best of hospitality when they come to East Kilbride Golf Club. “We now have a magnificent new clubhouse“ said Tom,
"and we look to Laura and Brian to make sure that the level of service and quality of food matches our surroundings. In
welcoming both to the club, I would like to pay official thanks to outgoing steward Duncan McSporran for all his hard work for
the club and wish he and his wife June every success in their new life in South Africa.”