However, this isn’t the only issue to have had a negative impact recently, with the Scottish Golf Union warning of the dangerous state of golf clubs finances just last year. The warning came after figures showed a 20% drop in golf memberships over a ten year period. Castle Park Golf Club in Haddington also permanently closed down this year, making it one of three large Lothian clubs to have closed in the last two years.
The new drink drive law introduced in Scotland has seen the legal driving limit change from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol. In the run up to Christmas, a number of golf clubs reported that their alcohol sales had dropped by as much as 70%, causing them to lose hundreds of pounds. This was because players could no longer stay to have a drink after their games due to having to drive home.
Since the start of 2015, The Courier Newspaper has reported that the situation has worsened with numerous country golf clubs now fearing they will go out of business as a direct result of the new drink drive law.