Coul Links developers defend plans

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• Coul Links developers defend plans for Highlands course
• "Our team is ensuring complete sensitivity to the land"
• Wildlife groups are strongly opposed to the development

COUL LINKS | SCOTTISH GOLF

American developers have defended their plans to build the multi-million pound Coul Links golf course, north of Royal Dornoch, after receiving widespread criticism.


Mike Keiser, owner of famed US course Bandon Dunes, and Todd Warnock, spoke out after holding public events in Dornoch and Embo to explain the economic benefits the development, at Coul, can give to the region.
"Our team is ensuring complete sensitivity to the land" - Mike Keiser

Conservation groups including the RSPB, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Buglife Scotland and Plantlife Scotland are vehemently opposed to the plans, which they say will destroy the natural environment, while a rare fly – called the Fonseca’s seed fly – breeds in the dunes where the course is set to be created and nowhere else in the world.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to deliver a spectacular championship links golf course which represents all that is natural about golf, in the home of golf,” Mr Keiser told the Press & Journal. “Our golf course developments aim for minimal intrusion on the landscape and the utmost care and respect for the environment.

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“Our team of environmental advisors is ensuring complete sensitivity to the land, and its location.”

The Coul Links developers have said most of the feedback they’ve received about the course has been positive – with 297 people signing a petition in its support – however, a similar one against the plans has drawn 622 signatures.

A website, called notcoul.com, has also been set-up against the proposal, which highlights concern at the developers involved in the project and the fact that the course will be built on an area that has an abundance of wildlife.

• Main picture courtesy of Ruairidh Macdonald.



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