During the First World War, the Lord Provost's Committee of Edinburgh Corporation made important recommendations about using the public golf courses in the city as an aid to food production. A survey of the extent to which the courses might be made available for cultivation showed that public parks and recreation grounds, including golf courses, extended to 680 acres of which only 14 were incapable of cultivation.
One of the courses referred to, Braid Hills, had an extension covering 45.72 acres of ground, forming part of the lands of Tower Mains, and including about 30 acres capable of cultivation. The survey reported that this area could easily be fenced off from the original course, which could be laid out as it was prior to the extension. While this arrangement would involve some sacrifice by the members, it would still allow the course to be used to a limited degree and would go a long way to promote the Corporation’s objectives.