Lawrie banned from exclusive club

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Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has been barred from an exclusive club after reportedly criticising the course’s greens.

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has been barred from an exclusive club after reportedly criticising club staff over the state of the course’s greens.

The surprise winner of the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1999 has been told not to return to Meldrum House Golf Club in Aberdeenshire – although the club said that could change if an apology were made.

A club statement read: “Meldrum House has extended courtesy of its golf course and extensive practice facilities to Paul Lawrie for more than five years and in that time enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship.

“While the club recognises that any member, or qualified individual, has the right to offer constructive input into the course and facilities at Meldrum House, it finds Mr Lawrie’s recent conduct towards members of staff wholly unacceptable and certainly not befitting the status he has been granted at the club or as a professional golfer.

“As a result, the directors have asked Mr Lawrie not to return to Meldrum House. This situation would be reviewed if a full and unreserved apology was made to the club and staff.”

Lawrie is currently spearheading the development of a £115million golf resort on the outskirts of his native Aberdeen.

He is designing the course at Blairs, which has already been given the go-ahead by Scottish ministers.

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