COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead for the Buddon Course at Carnoustie to be expanded to create two new holes.
On Tuesday, members of the development standards committee agreed that the work will be carried out along with the provision of a drainage system and turf nursery.
The creation of the new pro centre at Carnoustie Links meant there has been a significant reduction to the length of the Buddon course with the partial loss of the first hole.
And it is hoped the expansion of the course will make up for the reduction in length.
A number of objections were raised about the plans regarding wildlife and the environment, but the planners say all will be done to try and avoid any damage.
And Carnoustie councillor Brian Boyd welcomed the fact that the plans had been given the green light.
He said: “I have read the report in length taking into account the officers’ comments about getting the balance of improving the existing sports facility with due regard to the ecology, natural habitat and biodiversity of the area.
“Of course there is always potential conflict between man and his environment but I am confident, due to the in-depth content of this report, we are getting this right.”
Demand to play on Carnoustie Links is high and Councillor Boyd says it is an important asset in bringing money and jobs to the town.
He added: “We have world famous golf courses in Carnoustie that we are all very proud of and, it seems, there is such demand to play the courses that we need to expand our golf links.
“The Buddon Course seems to be the logical one to expand. This is great news for Carnoustie, bringing a financial boost to the area.
“With the lack of a business park and many businesses being forced to leave our town, the Links Management is now the town’s largest employer: a sad reflection I know, but expansion that will bring employment opportunities to our town cannot be dismissed so long as the effect to the environment is kept to a minimum.”