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Teeing off: Ryder Cup buggy business opens

European team winners at Medinah Country Club in 2012. Picture: Getty

European team winners at Medinah Country Club in 2012. Picture: Getty

  • by SCOTT REID
 

AN EQUIPMENT hire business that will supply more than 300 golf buggies to this year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles – where the European team defends the trophy won at Medinah Country Club in the US in 2012, pictured above – is opening its first base in Scotland.

MTS Nationwide’s golf and utilities division plans to have its depot at Cumbernauld open by late spring following an expansion of its partnership with Club Car, a manufacturer of small, zero emissions electric vehicles and official supplier to the 2014 Ryder Cup.

The equipment hire group is establishing its Scottish facility with the help of a £500,000 funding package from Clydesdale Bank’s sister organisation Yorkshire Bank.

Founded 30 years ago, MTS Nationwide, which trades as MTS Group, operates depots in County Durham, Lancashire and Yorkshire and employs 42 staff.

Peter Watson, managing director of MTS Group, said: “With the forthcoming Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, and Club Car’s long association with the event, it is particularly timely to be expanding our business in Scotland.

“We see great opportunities for growth.”

SCOTT REID

 

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