Feb 17 2012 by Edwin Lawrence, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A LIQUIDATOR is finally in place at troubled Brunston Castle Golf Course.
And he has reached an agreement which allows club members to play.
Members will also have access to the changing facilities and locker room on the lower level of the clubhouse.
The liquidator is Stewart MacDonald, corporate and consulting services partner with accountants and business advisers Scott-Moncrieff.
And he is trying to find someone to take over from DMH Leisure Ltd, the company which owns the clubhouse at Brunston Castle, near Dailly.
The course itself is owned by Bargany Estate, and DMH had a lease from landlord John Dalrymple Hamilton.
Mr MacDonald said: “I had a constructive meeting with the committee of Brunston Castle Golf Club and have reached an agreement to allow them to continue to play golf at the course.
“At the same time, the committee have agreed to levy their members to enable payment of essential services such as utilities, including electricity and water, and seek the services of a greenkeeper.
“The greenkeeping staff, along with the clubhouse staff, were all employees of DMH Leisure Ltd and were made redundant as a result of the provisional liquidation.”
Mr MacDonald added: “I commend the committee and the members of the club for their attitude and I will do all I can to try and find a purchaser for the clubhouse.
“This is an essential element of any golf course, not least because of the revenue that can be raised through sales of food and drinks.
“Obviously, with the current economic climate, it will be a challenge.
“But the fact that the members want to keep playing the course is a positive move.
“It’s a good golf course with a challenging layout and an attractive part of the sports and tourism facilities of South Ayrshire.”
Brunston Castle was once hailed as the bright new future for former mining village Dailly.
The course is set in a stunningly beautiful valley of the River Girvan and its creation in 1992 fulfilled the dream of Belgian diamond dealer Bob Low.
Mr Low is said to have spent £4million on the course, which went into receivership in 1994.
He bought the course back to try and make a go of it again, but that also ended in failure.
DMH, run by Enniskillen-based brothers, later took on the project. But it still failed to achieve the turnover or membership it needed.