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We can now announce our involvement in a new family-focused, community venue in Glasgow. This ambitious project, led by The R&A, will redevelop the public golf course at Lethamhill as part of a wider investment in the site to attract a broader player base for golf.

The R&A’s plans for Lethamhill feature three covered padel courts that Game4Padel will instal and operate, in addition to shorter form golf courses, adventure golf and a 52-bay double-decker floodlit driving range.

Plans submitted to Glasgow City Council, detailing The R&A’s vision to transform the site, include a café, retail space and nursery as part of a central hub that will offer views north over nearby Hogganfield Loch to the Campsie Fells and south to Glasgow. Additional attractions include nature trails, a new visitor centre for the Seven Lochs Wetlands Park, a community orchard, public space for pop-up events, and a dedicated space for padel.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “We have a very clear objective to make golf more accessible and inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds. To achieve that, we need to broaden our appeal by offering a wider variety of fun and affordable activities that appeal to our target audience and get more families and young people taking part. Padel fits the bill perfectly in those respects and we are delighted to be working with Game4Padel to incorporate three all-weather courts in the revised plans for Lethamhill.”

Our Game4Padel CEO, Michael Gradon commented: “We are in advanced stages of negotiation with several other golf clubs and The R&A’s endorsement of padel will encourage clubs all over the country to consider whether the game could be a great addition to their facilities given its potential to boost membership, income, family involvement, and attract a younger, more inclusive audience to golf.”

Game4Padel has committed to a long-term partnership with The R&A to work together to identify potential community golf sites where a similar, mutually beneficial model might be feasible.

Read the full article on The Herald here


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