WHITEKIRK members have been assured it is “business as usual” despite the East Lothian course no longer being in the hands of its original owners.
George Tuer, who has been the driving force behind the facility since it opened in 1995, has relinquished the day-to-day running to Whitekirk Consortium Limited and Prestige Hotels, describing the development as an “exciting time for Whitekirk”.
Future plans include a 100-bedroom hotel extension to support the existing facilities, while, as exclusively revealed by The Scotsman, Paul Lawrie has been lined up for a possible redesign of the course after he paid a visit there last month.
Richard Spanner, Scott Weatherby and Stewart Smith are the directors listed for Whitekirk Consortium Limited, the latter having been the director of golf at The Carrick on Loch Lomond when it first opened before holding a similar position at The Renaissance Club.
“George Tuer, chairman of Whitekirk Golf & Country Club, and the directors of Whitekirk Developments Ltd have entered into a strategic relationship with Whitekirk Consortium Limited and Prestige Hotel management Ltd,” said a statement issued on behalf of all the parties. “With immediate effect and in a seamless manner, Prestige will be taking over the running of the existing golf course, clubhouse and leisure complex. The existing members will be contacted direct by Prestige, but, in the meantime, it is business as usual.”
Tuer, a life member of the club, added: “We have been very impressed with the approach and attitude of Prestige.”