Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has acquired a golf centre located on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
Lawrie, who is sitting in sixth place on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings and third on the official points list for the Ryder Cup team, has taken over Aspire Golf Centre on South Deeside Road.
The facility, which currently boasts a 9-hole course, a driving range and short game practice areas, will be renamed the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.
The new centre will become a base for the Paul Lawrie Foundation, launched by Lawrie in 2001, which has provided coaching for thousands of youngsters across the north-east.
There will also be a dedicated Paul Lawrie Academy to help develop the talents of young Scottish golfers.
Lawrie said: “It has been a wee while in the planning. The foundation will be based here and we will do coaching and events here. It may take us a little bit of time to get it the way we want it but we are looking forward to the long haul.
“We have been trying to buy Aspire for a while so it’s fantastic that we are over the line.
“We have been looking for a facility for quite a while, especially with the foundation getting to the size it is and we have a lot of coaching and tournaments for the kids now.
“I have always wanted my own facility in the city that I live so it is great to have taken over Aspire Golf Centre.
“It lets us start the Paul Lawrie Academy which is something I wanted to start a long time ago but we didn’t have our own place. We have everything we need here and we think this is the ideal place.”
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