Inverallochy golfers seek practice bay

Jimmy Ritchie, one of the coaches at Inverallochy Golf Course.
Jimmy Ritchie, one of the coaches at Inverallochy Golf Course.

Inverallochy Golf Course is seeking planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council for the construction of a three-bay practice enclosure.

The plans, which were submitted at the end of last month, have been submitted by Mr Jimmy Ritchie at the links course golf club.

The application for the course, which itself is believed to be over 120 years old, is described by Mr Ritchie, a level two coach at the club, in his application to planners as being a “golf practice bay on the existing practice area of the golf course.”

Should the proposal prove successful, it would add to an expansive practice area already featuring a practice putting green, chipping green, target driving greens, fairway and driving practice nets. Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, applicant Mr Ritchie said: “We’re just hoping it goes through as quickly as possible in time for coaching in April.”

He added that the course, which is used for coaching anywhere from nine to 13-year-olds, currently provided little protection from the coastal winds.

“With the weather we get here, there’s no protection at all.

“We’ve had to curtail and cancel sessions because of it,” he commented.

The application can be viewed at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.