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A retired Bearsden businessman has donated a whopping £100,000 to the club he has been a member of for more than half a century.

John Watson (66), who sold his Glasgow based printing business to an American giant this summer, wanted to repay the golf club which has given him so much enjoyment over the last 55 years.

He said: “My father played there and my four sons still do. You work hard and play hard, and I wanted to give something back.

“I managed to exit my company successfully this year and the club needed the dosh so this was a fast track way of getting the big ticket things done that all clubs are faced with.”

Mr Watson asked the Bearsden club’s committee to draw up a wish list of what they could spend the money on.

Among the more expensive items are re-tarmacing the paths and renovating the Art Deco clubhouse built in 1938. It is estimated the clubhouse alone will cost in the region of £30,000.

Club captain Roddy Gillespie, said: “This wonderful donation is the biggest we’ve ever had and will go along way to helping us. We’re extremely grateful to John for his outstanding kindness. Like all golf clubs, Douglas Park takes great pride in the facilities we offer but we are also very concious that we need to make continuous improvements.”