A group headed by the Bandon Dunes developer is submitting a “thoroughly vetted planning document” to the Highland Council regarding the proposed development of the 18-hole course on the coast just north of Embo, Sutherland, Scotland. Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore have been retained to design the course, which would be located just 1.5 miles from Royal Dornach GC.
Golf course developer Mike Keiser, business entrepreneur Todd Warnock, land owner Edward Abel Smith and the Embo Trust, Urras Euraboil, announced that, after several years of thoughtful consideration, a thoroughly vetted planning document was scheduled to be submitted to the Highland Council on September 29th, regarding the proposed development of Coul Links, an 18-hole golf course on the coast just north of Embo, Sutherland, Scotland.
The planning documents, which will outline all economic and environmental considerations and plans, were prepared after thoughtful input from local community leaders and public officials, the development group said.
“We have worked meticulously with the Scottish authorities and local community to refine our layout such that this special site is protected and enhanced environmentally, and also serves as an economic catalyst similar to Mike [Keiser]‘s projects [at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia],“ said Warnock.
“Coul Links is a special site that will inspire two of the best course architects in the world to design a classic true links,” said Keiser. “Its location, less than 1.5 miles from legendary Royal Dornoch Golf Club and several others a short drive away, will likely establish a third major destination of Scottish golf.”
Designed by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, who collaborated with Keiser at Bandon Trails in Bandon, Ore., Cabot Cliffs in Inverness, Nova Scotia, and Sand Valley in Rome, Wis., Coul Links would be the duo’s first course built in Scotland.
“I’m not sure I’ve seen a more spectacular site for golf,” said Coore. “It’s a humbling honor to build a golf course in the home of links golf.”
The developers also announced the addition of Chris Haspell, formerly Course Manager at Castle Stuart, as a project manager.
The development team said the next round of public-consultation events for the Coul Links project would take place in mid-October. Should Highland Council approve the plan over the next few months, the developers hoped to begin construction in the spring of 2018.
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