THE future of one of Northumberland’s most popular golf courses is being threatened by a warning directed against some 40 bungalows and bathing huts built among the sand dunes bordering the seaward side of the course.
Embleton villagers were discussing yesterday the implications of the warning, which, if put into effect, will close the nearby 18-hole course to golfers and shut down the 76-strong Dunstanburgh Castle Club.
It’s just over two years ago that the course was presented to the National Trust by its owner, Sir Ivan Sutherland, along with more than three miles of sand dunes, stretching from Newton-by-the-Sea to the fishing village of Craster.
They were also asking: “Who was responsible for the proposal?”
Mr B J S Proud, the National Trust agent, denied it came from his office.
Speaking from his office in Cambo, he told the Northumberland Gazette this week: “It’s quite out of order and entirely unauthorised.”
The announcement at the weekend to Embleton golfers about to play on Sunday morning had the effect of immediately bringing into being a tenants’ association formed by some of the bungalow owners, who are to request a meeting with Sir Ivan to try to clarify the position.
Mr Donald Campbell, Sir Ivan’s agent, who made the announcement, stated: “The National Trust is contemplating demolishing all the bungalows and bathing huts on the Embleton links and needless to say Sir Ivan objects very strongly to their proposal which would seriously affect the Embleton course.”
Sir Ivan’s view was also made known.
In a written statement, he said: “If, as the National Trust now proposes, all the bungalows and huts are to be demolished and totally removed from Embleton and Newton links, the golf course will not continue to be maintained and for the first time in 40 years there will be neither golf nor bathing at Embleton.”