Atlanta tech tycoon donates new bridge for Carnoustie Championship golf course

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CARNOUSTIE’S Championship golf course benefited this week from a new feature donated by a wealthy American benefactor, writes Johnston Ralston.

The attractive stone structure, which appears to be a homage to the famous Swilken Bridge on St Andrew’s Old Course, was officially opened on Monday.

The ceremony was attended by members of the Links Management Committee, golf links staff and Mr John Imlay, the donor.

The funding for the bridge was provided by Mr Imlay, a businessman from Atlanta, Georgia, who has been playing the course for the last 40 years.

Mr Imlay has been described by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the “closest thing Atlanta’s tech community has to a godfather” and is credited with the start-up of software and internet security industries in the city.

The funding came as part of a project which involved construction on a number of other Scottish courses including, North Berwick, Prestwick and Troon.

Mr Imlay was thanked for his generosity by Gordon Murray of Carnoustie Golf Links and praised the workmanship of the bridge, constructed by Perthshire firm, Dunkeld Builders.

Mr Imlay said: “I am delighted to be able to make a contribution to the golf course at Carnoustie where I have enjoyed coming for the last 40 years.

“I have made many friends at Carnoustie and look forward very much to returning to play later in the year.”