By Alistair Dunsmuir
An alarming report from the UK’s leading environmental organisation charity has found that every links golf course in the UK is in danger of disappearing in less than a century due to climate change.
The Climate Coalition says golf faces an ‘unexpected threat’ from even a slight rise in sea levels, and Open Championship venues such as St Andrews and Royal Troon could be under water by 2100.
The report, which adds that six of the UK’s seven wettest years on record have occurred since 2000, predicts that ‘golf courses will crumble into the sea’.
‘Climate change is already impacting our ability to play and watch the sports we love,’ said the report, adding that extreme weather is a factor in declining participation and lost revenue.
Last year we reported on the 455-year-old Montrose Golf Links, which was investigating the possibility of a crowdfunding campaign to raise &po