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PHOTOS: Keiser’s Coul Links Project Is Progressing

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Coul Links in Scotland's Highlands is the next golf course being planned by Mike Keiser.

Golf course developer Mike Keiser is revered for his work at Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links and Sand Valley. His next project is in Scotland.

Keiser, along with business entrepreneur Todd Warnock, land owner Edward Abel Smith and the Embo Trust (Urras Euraboil) announced Friday their intent to submit a planning document as the next step in their new venture. From the press release:

After several years of thoughtful consideration, a thoroughly vetted planning document will be submitted to Highland Council on September 29, 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.

“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‘s projects in Bandon and Cabot,“ said Todd 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,” Keiser said. “It’s 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 well-known 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 will be the duo’s first course built in Scotland.

The team is also pleased to announce Chris Haspell, formerly Course Manager at Castle Stuart, has joined as project manager.

“I’m not sure I’ve seen a more spectacular site for golf,” Coore said. “It’s a humbling honor to build a golf course in the home of links golf.”

If the plan is approved by the council, construction could be begin as early as spring of 2018.

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