Kemnay Golf Club

A DECISION taken in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of Kemnay Golf Club has come to fruition after more than two years.

As a result, the official opening of the Club’s renewable energy facilities will take place on Friday (tomorrow) at 3pm in the presence of Sir Robert Smith.

Sir Robert is a member of the Climate Change and Environment Select Committee at Westminster and, therefore very knowledgeable about the Renewables Sector.

Also attending will be representatives from the organisations and companies the Club has worked with to deliver the projects and the funding as well as people from the SGU Renewable Energy Group who have featured as a best practice case study for others to follow.

House Representative, David Fyffe said: “The decision to invest in our carbon footprint and deliver long-term energy cost reductions for the Golf Club was one of two, taken to celebrate the Club’s centenary back in 2008.

It has taken nearly two years to research, plan and fund the renewable energy projects. The facilities came on stream almost exactly a year ago which means there is a year’s real “hard data” to announce at the Official Opening. The results have been quite tremendous.

“We believe that Kemnay is the first golf club in the North-east, and one of the first across the country to invest in excess of £100K to place them in the top echelons of Scottish Golf Clubs, in terms of their Green Credentials.

“The other decision taken to celebrate our centenary was to invest in the course. Not only have we purchased more land and created a new six-hole practice course, principally aimed at the development of our growing youth section, but we have also invested heavily in a new irrigation system for all the greens and approaches. The club received lottery funding towards the cost of the new six-hole facility. This is proving very popular and was opened last year by Paul Lawrie.