Aberdeen’s championship golf course set to open this week … before shutting again for drainage work

A popular championship golf course in Aberdeen will reopen this week, it can be revealed.

However, the MacKenzie Championship Course in Hazlehead will close in July when it is due to undergo £200,000 drainage works following heavy rainfall last year.

The course, which is named after famed designer Dr Alister McKenzie, will reopen on Friday ahead of the drainage works which will see it closed for the rest of the year.

Alistair Robertson, Sport Aberdeen’s managing director, said: “During the winter we have been doing all we can to prepare all the courses in the city for the golfing season.

“We have not been helped by the weather, however conditions are improving and we are pleased that the MacKenzie course will again be open for play.”

Sport Aberdeen has been in talks with experts regarding the course and the best way to tackle the long standing issue of drainage.

Mr Robertson added: “In recent months our top priority has been the MacKenzie Championship course and we have been working with Hazlehead Golf Club, our golf committee and golfers to plan a way forward.

“We have also engaged professional advisers, renowned industry experts and specialist drainage consultants to help find the best value for money solution.

“After careful consideration, we can confirm that we are committed to a detailed programme of drainage and improvement works that will commence in July this year.

“This is when the weather is drier and ground conditions are much more favourable which will necessitate the course being closed to give the contractor maximum ease of access and avoid health and safety risks. We are also going to leave the course closed for the remainder of 2018.

“This will also provide our maintenance contractor with the opportunity to do other essential works. Our partners at Aberdeen City Council will also undertake a strategic tree management programme.”