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LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia among those who signed on to help save a historic Scottish muni course

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The only public golf course in the council area of West Dunbartonshire, Scotland — which sits just 20 miles northwest of Glasgow —  will not be closed or downsized, it has been confirmed. This news came following a signature campaign to preserve the course that included a note from LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia.

The decision was announced at West Dunbartonshire Council’s (WDC) budget meeting last week.

Proposals to downsize Dalmuir Municipal Golf Course from 18 holes to 12 or to shut it permanently were presented to councilors.

Councilor Martin Rooney, leader of the council, confirmed the proposals had been rejected.

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These proposals were included in a list of more than 50 money-saving options being considered by the council in an effort to plug its £8.3m budget gap.

Closure of the golf course would have meant there were no publicly accessible golf facilities within the region. The parkland-style golf course opened in 1928.

Prior to the meeting, which is currently being held at WDC’s headquarters on Church Street in Dumbarton, golfers at Overtoun Golf Club launched a petition to save the landmark course.

It has since received more than 7,500 signatures and backing from famous sporting figures including soccer star John McGinn, award-winning caddie Craig Connelly, and Spanish professional golfer Garcia.

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