No stone bridge too far at Golf Links

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An Atlanta tech tycoon has left a lasting stone legacy which will further improve the iconic Carnoustie Golf Links..

John P. Imlay Jnr. from Georgia, funded the construction of attractive bridges on his favoured Scottish links courses - Carnoustie, North Berwick, Troon and Prestwick - using traditional Scots stone.

On subsequent visits to Carnoustie with golfing friends, Mr Imlay had commented how much he would like to construct further bridges over Barry Burn just short of the 18th green on the Championship Course.

In 2014, he made an approach to the Carnoustie Links committee and agreement was reached to replace the two existing flat concrete bridges with stone bridges of the Imlay design, akin to the famous Swilken Bridge on St Andrews Old Course.

Sadly, in March this year, John Imlay passed away at the age of 78.

His family wished to continue with the construction of the bridges and it is intended that they should be built this winter.

Graeme Duncan, general manager of Carnoustie Golf Links, said: “John Imlay was a great friend to Carnoustie Links, and a thoroughly decent man. The bridges will provide a wonderful addition to the iconic 18th hole and will, for many generations, stand as a tribute to a generous and humble golfer who loved the game and it’s traditions.”

Mr Imlay had been playing the course for the last 40 years and was described by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the “closest thing Atlanta’s tech community has to a godfather”. He was credited with the start-up of software and internet security industries in the city.

Gordon Murray, chairman of Carnoustie Golf Links, became a friend of Mr Imlay and attended his funeral in Atlanta in March.