The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

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Friday, 2 October 2009

Save the Children annual tournament at Brunston Castle Golf Club

THE Maybole & District branch of Save the Children held their annual golf tournament recently at Brunston Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire.

The event has been running for over 10 years and has always been a great fundraiser for Save the Children. This year was no exception, and a grand total of £2,500 was raised by the event through entry fees, sponsorship by local firms, a raffle and donations.

A special auction item was a golf cap autographed by players at the Open in July - Fredrik Andersson Hed, Stuart Appleby, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, and Justin Rose. The cap was donated by Stuart McConnell, the Ayrshire Weekly News group journalist, and successfully bid for and won by Brunston Castle Golf Club.

[Pictured left to right: John Scott MSP, Brunston Castle Golf Course general manager Cheryl Steven and Save the Children Maybole Branch chair Rebecca Cadie with the autographed golf cap.]

The Save the Children golf tournament comprises players in teams of three playing a Texas Scramble.

[Pictured: Tournament winners Duncan Watson, Colin Thomson and David McCulloch.]

Duncan Watson, David McCulloch and Colin Thomson took the Quaich for the winning team, and the Charity Scott Trophy for the best placed of the higher handicapped teams went to Elliott, Ann and Robert Glen-Esk (pictured below).

[Pictured: John Scott MSP, Anne Glenesk, Elliott Glenesk, Rebecca Cadie, Robert Glenesk.]

Save the Children branch chair Rebecca Cadie said: “We had a great day with glorious sunshine for the 40 players teeing off.

“Our annual golf tournament is a most enjoyable event, which once again this year raised a worthwhile amount for Save the Children.

“I would like to thank everybody who took part, including our by now regular players as well as the new teams and sponsors who joined us for the first time this year, and particularly John Scott MSP for his continued and much valued support for our cause.”

John Scott MSP for Ayr concluded: “Once again I applaud the effort of the Save The Children Maybole Committee who have been running this hugely successful competition at Brunston Castle Golf Course for many years now. During that time they have raised many thousands of pounds for this very worthwhile cause, and I recommend the competition and the day out to Elite Ayrshire Business Circle members as a way of supporting this notable charity.”


Rebecca Cadie
ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN

Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896

Save the Children

Brunston Castle Golf Course

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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Glasgow Prestwick Airport distribution depot available for let

Acting jointly on behalf of Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Currie European Network Distribution, J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors and Andrew Reilly Associates are marketing a modern distribution depot within the airport complex for let.

Located within the perimeter of the airport, the 57,000 sq ft depot is set within a large site extending in total to almost three acres, fully bound by steel fencing and with a security gate.

Kevin Bell of Shepherd’s said: “The building would lend itself to subdivision, and our clients would be willing to consider a proposal in respect of part of the unit only.”

The depot is formed around a steel frame with high eaves and profile metal finish to walls and roof. It benefits from five dock loaders and three steel roller shutter doorways.

Staff facilities include office and WC facilities, the majority of which are contained within an adjacent building. The current passing rental is £243,000 per annum.

This is one of a number of properties currently available to lease at Prestwick Airport, more details of which can be found on their website at

For further information please contact Kevin Bell tel 01292 267987 or Andrew Reilly tel 0131 229 9885.

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South Ayrshire Council wins funding for new Ayr Academy campus

South Ayrshire Council is delighted with this week’s announcement from the Scottish Government offering funding support for the construction cost of a replacement Ayr Academy.

The news is a boost to the Council school estates programme, which already has a successful track record in the Public Private Partnership process of refurbishing and re-developing its school buildings.

The funding is part of the Government’s £1.25 billion school building programme, and will offer two-thirds of the total replacement cost of Ayr Academy.

Councillor Hywel Davies, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder at South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) said: “This is a very timely announcement, coming less than a fortnight after we posted some of the best exam and attendance results this authority has enjoyed.

“South Ayrshire Council has a firm and positive commitment to the improvement of the school estate, and to the provision of a complete educational experience for our young people. This was clearly demonstrated earlier this year, with a hugely successful Curriculum for Excellence event, that drew plaudits nationally and featured in the Times Educational Supplement.

“This commitment and approach is clearly bearing fruit, and our share of this funding will go towards the re-development of Ayr Academy, building on the redevelopment of Belmont and Prestwick Academies. To now have the opportunity to develop a third flagship school is extremely exciting, and bodes well for the future of academic excellence in South Ayrshire.”

The council will now consider all options for Ayr Academy, but at this early stage it can confirm that, despite speculation in the local media, Dalmilling Golf Course is not the preferred site for the new building.

A full programme of consultation will be undertaken as options for the school are developed.

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Christmas pantomime Cinderella at the Citadel in Ayr

South Ayrshire Council has worked its magic to ensure that local people and visitors will be able to enjoy a pantomime extravaganza this year in Ayr.

[Pictured: the cast of Ayr’s 2008 pantomime “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.]

Between 3 and 26 December 2009 the Citadel will be transformed when the romantic, funny and entertaining pantomime "Cinderella" is performed there.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Depute Leader of the Council and Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder (pictured above) said: “Going to the pantomime is an annual highlight for a lot of people, including me. There is something very special about a pantomime, the atmosphere is always electric, with something for everyone. Cinderella at the Citadel is a ‘must see’ attraction as part of this year’s festive celebrations.”

The Council has engaged Robert C Kelly Limited to deliver the pantomime on their behalf.

Tickets can be purchased from the Citadel telephone number 01292 269793.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Top property professionals come to Irvine Bay

LEADING property investors and developers have visited Irvine Bay to see for themselves the huge potential of the area.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company was behind the visit, after holding two successful events for the property industry in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The visit to Irvine Bay attracted 25 top property professionals – and in fact demand was so strong that a second visit with more than 20 other key industry people took place on 24 September.

The event was a detailed briefing followed by a tour of key regeneration sites – including Ardrossan Marina, the Jack Miller site, Stevenston Business Centre, Bridgegate, Irvine Harbourside, NACCO, and The Ayrshire golf development.

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company chief executive Patrick Wiggins said: “The events we held for investors and developers in Glasgow and Edinburgh were fully subscribed. People in the industry were keen to hear about the work we are doing in Irvine Bay, and how working with a regeneration company can be of benefit to them.

“Following on from those successes, we felt it would be a good time to bring some key players to Irvine Bay to see for themselves the potential that exists in this fantastic location. The day was a terrific success, and by the end of the month we will have shown almost 50 key players in development the opportunity that exists in Irvine Bay.”

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company

Irvine Bay Regeneration Company seeks to develop and revitalise the five towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Stevenston, Kilwinning and Irvine in North Ayrshire through a £100 million, ten year programme to boost the local economy and make the area an attractive and prosperous place to live, work and to visit. Irvine Bay Regeneration Company’s partners are North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Brunston Castle Golf Course announces special offer in October

Brunston Castle Golf Course in Dailly, South Ayrshire has announced a special “Twilight Round” offer for the autumn.

[Brunston Castle Golf Course general manager Cheryl Steven.]

Golfers can reserve a tee-time on any mid-week day (Monday to Friday) between 12 noon and 3pm during the month of October and play 18 holes over the stunning Burns Course for only £20 if they choose to walk or £27.50 if they reserve a buggy (subject to availability).

For tee-time reservations contact the Brunston Castle Golf Course Professional Shop by telephone on +44 (0)1465 811825, or by e-mail at and quote the reference “OCTOBER TWILIGHT” to take advantage of this great offer.

At the same time, Brunston Castle Golf Course has also announced its Golf Club membership fees for the year 2010.

The full adult membership fee is a competitive £450, for a senior £340, and for a spouse £340.

For a senior spouse the annual fee is £300, for a country member £290 and for an overseas member £230.

There are further reduced fees for adult beginners, young adults, juniors and non-playing members, a £50 cashback for the introduction of new members (full adult membership only) and a monthly payment option by standing order.

There is no joining fee.

Telephone 01465 811471 for further details.


Only one hour from Glasgow and twenty minutes from Ayr, Brunston Castle Golf Course is situated in the most scenic part of Ayrshire. Located in the naturally sheltered valley of the Water of Girvan and overlooked by the rolling South Carrick hills, this championship length, par 72 parkland course is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Designed by renowned architect, Donald Steel, the course is a testing 6,700 yards from the white tees. Clever use of the natural contours of the land and the creation of a number of strategically placed ponds have created some spectacular holes. Bisected by the River Girvan, dotted with mature trees and surrounded by the picturesque landscape of the Bargany Estate, each of the holes has features that will remain memorable long after the round has finished. The greens, too, have been constructed to a particularly high standard and provide excellent putting surfaces throughout the year. Again, great thought has gone into the contouring of these and some are notoriously difficult to read.

The undulating nature of the well groomed fairways and the elevation of some of the greens can make the estimation of yardages a risky business. Accurate knowledge of a distance will be of great assistance to those looking for a chance to score well on this excellent course.

Brunston Castle Golf Course general manager Cheryl Steven says: “I am very proud to be part of Brunston Castle Golf Course.

“I have a fantastic team of employees and an excellent golf professional in Stuart Smith, and together we aim to put Brunston Castle Golf Course back on the map as the best parkland golf course in South Ayrshire.”

Hardly anywhere else in the world is there such an abundance of fine courses as those found in Ayrshire - the world-renowned championship links layouts like Prestwick, Turnberry and Royal Troon all spring to mind.

However, Ayrshire boasts some real hidden gems, one of which being Brunston Castle Golf Course, designed by the legendary golf course architect Donald Steel. Split by the Water of Girvan and sheltered by the rolling South Carrick Hills, our scenic course is speckled with mature trees and roundels.

Having only opened for play in 1991, Brunston Castle has quickly established itself as a true and fair test of golf for players of all standards, not to mention a refreshing alternative to the numerous links courses that are found in its vicinity. The course’s blossoming reputation was underlined when chosen to host the Scottish Youths Amateur Championships in 2004 and the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships in 2007.

Brunston Castle can offer tee-time availability seven days a week, and its clubhouse facilities extend to the provision of formal dining in the restaurant, the more relaxed environment of the lounge where you can enjoy an excellent bar meals whilst taking in the stunning views of the golf course and the impressive scenery beyond, or simply take in a refreshment whilst viewing the current sporting events on the widescreen television following a great day’s golf.

Brunston Castle Golf Course
Golf Course Road
KA26 9GD

Telephone: 01465 811471
Fax: 01465 811545

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