Course planned for Glasgow

The mother of Andy Murray, the British tennis star, has teamed up with Colin Montgomerie to build a sports complex in suburban Glasgow, Scotland. 

“My aim,” Judy Murray told the Daily Record, “is to create a real community hub that links with local clubs and schools to grow both tennis and golf in the Stirling area and can deliver a pathway to excellence for the most promising players and coaches.”

The Park of Keir Centre will take shape on the Park of Keir estate, a historic, 270-acre spread. It’ll consist of a dozen tennis courts (half of them indoor courts), several sports fields covered with artificial turf, hiking trails and a nine-hole golf course. Montgomerie hasn’t been identified as the course’s architect, but he seems to be a likely candidate, as he’s designed 16 golf courses in Wales, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Bahrain, Kazakhstan and at least a half-dozen other nations.

Public hearings on the project have been scheduled. The sports complex has been warmly received, but some other expected development – houses and a hotel – has not, because the Park of Keir estate is part of a protected greenbelt.

Pending approval by local officials, the partners hope to break ground on the facility next year.

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