Simpsons Golf Shop goes up for sale

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WITH its brightly coloured cupola, Simpsons Golf Shop is an instantly recognisable Carnoustie landmark.

And if you have the money, that landmark building, and the accompanying golf outfitting business could be yours.

Last week prospective buyers were invited to make offers to property agent J. & E. Shepherd, and already there have been some inquiries.

Gavin Russell, surveyor from the commercial department of Shepherds dealing with the sale, said: “We’ve had a lot of initial interest.

“It’s one of these positive stories. It’s a unique property and a business. We’re expecting interest from local businesses and golfing enthusiasts.”

However, with the property market currently in a poor way, Gavin was unwilling to make any assumptions about how quickly the business would be snapped up.

Simpsons is positioned at a prime trading spot, directly opposite the 18th hole of the Championship golf course, and has been a golfing icon since the shop opened there in 1920.

The business was started by club-maker Robert Simpson in 1883. One of six brothers, Robert came from a very golf-orientated family.

His brother Archie is credited with the development of the ‘Carnoustie Swing’, from which modern techniques can trace their lineage, and along with his other brothers had several good showings in Scottish tournaments.

Robert was just 20 when in 1883 he was appointed head professional, club and ball maker, instructor and greens keeper for the Dalhousie Golf Club.

Robert Simpson worked with Old Tom Morris in the redesign of the Carnoustie links and is also credited with having a hand in the designs of Royal Aberdeen, Crieff, Edzell, Oban, Linlithgow, Alyth and Blair Atholl.

The Simpsons were also renowned as world class golf instructors and many of their proteges moved to the United States where they in turn made an impact as golfers and teachers.

In 1920 the shop as it exists today was opened on the corner of Links Parade, and started trading as Simpsons Golf Shop, whereas before it had been known as Charles Brand Clubmakers.

The shop was fully refurbished in 2009, however, the sale does not include stock or fixtures and fittings.

Simpsons will be sold as a going concern and the shop will continue trading in the meantime, Gavin Russell added: “The sale represents a unique opportunity to acquire and expand a well-established business, rich with golfing folklore, with a well-established client base and tremendous potential.”