The Fairways Group comprises of diverse yet complimentary companies operating in a variety of sports amenity markets.
Within the Group, Sportsgrounds Ltd has roots stretching back to 1919, when John R Stutt established his landscape and sportsground construction business in Barrhead, Glasgow. Stutt worked with the acclaimed James Braid on numerous golf courses, including Carnoustie, Royal Dornoch and Dalmahoy.
Alistair Rae, the Chairman of The Fairways Group, joined John R Stutt Ltd as Contracts Manager in 1968 and took over as manager in 1969. Following a management buy-out in 1981, the business was re-branded as Sportsgrounds Ltd and continued to build its reputation as one of the UK's leading designers and constructors of outdoor sports facilities including golf courses, tennis courts, playing fields and bowling greens.
In the late 1980s, the Rae family launched Wiedenmann (UK) Ltd as the UK and Ireland importer for the highly regarded range of Wiedenmann machinery. Through an expanding network of distributors, the business became well known and respected across the machinery industry, leading to an introduction to Ransomes Jacobsen and the opportunity to take their Scottish dealership.
The dealership was established in 2004 as Fairways GM and has quickly become a byword for excellence of both product and service. As the supplier of choice for many customers within the grounds care industry, Fairways GM plays a key role within the Fairways Group portfolio and the company continues to go from strength to strength.
With Alistair Rae now Group Chairman, his son David has taken up the reins of the business as Managing Director. The Fairways Group remains a family firm, rooted in principles of integrity, quality, innovation and an overriding commitment to customer service.