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Coul Links

Where: Embo, Highlands
Designer: TBC

An extraordinary saga, this. Plans to transform a 32-acre site at Coul Links, near Dornoch, into a new world-class golf development appeared to be dead in the water last year when Scottish Government ministers threw out previously approved plans for the Coore-Crenshaw course.

Highland councillors had approved the project – led by American duo Mike Keiser and Todd Warnock – in June 2019 before ministers called in the planning application for further inspection.

Following a public inquiry, government ministers retracted the permission, saying the course would have a “significant” impact on rare plantlife, wintering and breeding birds, and even the dunes themselves.

And that was that… or so it seemed.

Earlier this year, local supporters of the proposed course formed a group called ‘Communities For Coul’, a not-for-profit organisation designed to breathe life back into the development.

Interestingly, a number of other nearby golf clubs, including Brora, Golspie and Tain, have pledged support to the resurrected plans.

Whether or not ‘Communities For Coul’ can succeed where the original proposal failed remains to be seen but, certainly, there appears to be a flicker of life in these presumed-dead plans.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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