City golf club succeeds in drive for expansion

A GOLF club has won its battle to open a driving range and new clubhouse in the shadow of Edinburgh Airport.

Turnhouse Golf Club's 1 million plans have received the backing of councillors just 18 months after the city council told members the proposal would be too damaging to the surrounding countryside to go ahead.

Since then the golf club has made a number of concessions to make the bid more acceptable.

The car park is set to be smaller than originally planned, there will only be one greenkeeper's building, instead of two, and the club has offered to carry out landscaping to improve the look of the surrounding area.

Five new homes will also be built on the site.

The club, which has 750 members, was established in 1897 and is desperate to replace its century-old clubhouse, which has become expensive to run.

It also has more than 100 junior members and wants to launch a new golf academy and driving range to try to attract youngsters in the build-up to the Ryder Cup being held in Scotland in 2014.