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Work could soon begin on a long awaited Angus golf resort after an American investment stumped up the cash to fund it.

The Forbes of Kingennie development – to include a championship course designed by former Open champion Darren Clarke, below – was first approved back in 2010.

It has been mired in hold-ups and red tape ever since as its owner, Mike Forbes, tried to secure the right investment partner.

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Two bids from China were rejected whilst the Kohler Group, which owns the Old Course Hotel, is also thought to have considered investing.

However, according to a report in The Courier, funding from New York-based First Capital Real Estate has now been signed off on, allowing the project to move forward.

Darren Clarke

“This has left us in the situation where we are now applying to vary conditions on consent to allow for an extension of time so that the purchasers can satisfy the conditions and progress towards commencement of development,” Forbes told The Courier.

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It is expected that, when complete, the resort could create more than 130 full-time jobs and generate as much as £16m in direct annual tourism expenditure to the local economy.

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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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