| St Andrews Links Trust - Golf Course No 7
Remote non-links relief golf course and clubhouse
- planning approval granted March 2004
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St Andrews Links Trust claim that it is necessary to build
this remote, 'non-links', clifftop golf course and clubhouse in order to
accommodate local golfers. By displacing local golfers to this remote course,
and away from their favoured clubhouses, the Links Trust will be able to
accommodate more 'high spend' visiting golfers on the 'overrated' Old Course, and the other
existing true-links courses closer to town.
There seems to be an unwillingness among
certain people on the tourism side of this town to understand that were
not building a course for tourists. All the other courses built recently have
been set up for visitors, but thats not what were doing. Were
dealing with the extra demand we get from local golfers. .......... Nobody else
in the area provides for local golfers. If the proportion of local golfers
grows then visitors are pushed out and that affects everyone. The entire
product, the St Andrews golf experience, suffers too. - Peter Mason,
During the planning phase concerns were raised at both local
and national level. Newsnight Scotland broadcast a report covering some of
these concerns. The Dundee Courier kept us informed, as usual. The St Andrews
Citizen provided the occasional report - unaware, perhaps, of the healthy
debate ongoing in its letters column!
Concerns were raised by local businesses (worried about
economic impact, questioning viability), by local golfers (fearing displacement
from their favoured courses), by officials (possible policy issues), and by
local residents and conservation groups (environmental, traffic, access,
knock-on effects etc)
If it were a purely commercial course, I
dont see that it would survive in the current marketplace. Tourism is
down, especially from the US, and a new course will simply dilute things
further. We have to face facts: the cake hasnt got any bigger.
- Jonathan Stapleton, general manager of the Old Course Hotel
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This Kinkell News Archive contains a broad selection
of articles to date.
Go-ahead for new Fife golf
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 31 March 2004
Tens of millions of pounds worth of new investment could
soon be coming to St Andrews along with dozens of new jobs as a result of the
approval of major planning applications relating to golf and leisure.
Accused of acting in haste more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 30 March 2004
Controversy over a Fife Council recommendation for approval
of a major golf-related planning application at St Andrews continued yesterday
as the towns community council accused the local authority of acting with
haste in the decision-making process.
Trust explains decision on course more
The Courier, 30 March 2004
The reasons behind the thinking of the conservation pressure
group, St Andrews Preservation Trust, in not opposing the controversial plans
by the towns golf administrators to develop a seventh 18-hole course have
been fully outlined in its latest publication for members.
Council accused over green belt more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 29 March 2004
Fife Council has been accused of acting totally against
previous top-level and apparently cast-iron assurances about development
proposals for land which will form part of the long awaited green belt for St
Fife golf proposals set for
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 26 March 2004
St Andrews could soon have another two 18-hole golf courses
and a range of associated facilities.
Concerns of bias over course plan
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 22 March 2004
A St Andrews councillor confirmed yesterday that she will
participate in the decision-making process for St Andrews Links Trust's
proposed new seventh public golf course, dismissing suggestions her influence
on the vote might be biased by her having spent seven years as a member of the
links management committee.
Golf course study unlikely more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 6 March 2004
Requests from several different bodies for the provision of
an independent economic impact study relating to the proposed new seventh
public golf course in St Andrews appear to have been rejected by Fife Council
Group clarifies golf plan stance more
The Courier, 13 February 2004
St Andrews Community Council has suggested that an East Neuk
councillor may have got his wires crossed when discussing its views on the
proposed seventh public golf course planned by St Andrews Links Trust.
Trust under fire over plan to build seventh
Rosemary Dewar, The Citizen, 13 February 2004
St Andrews Links Trust came under fire at a special hearing
into its plans to build a seventh new golf course on the outskirts of the
Links trust defends seventh golf course
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 12 February 2004
St Andrews Links Trust is making a written submission to the
planning service at Fife Council after various questions were raised last week
over the bodys plans for creating a seventh public golf course on land
just outside the town.
Trust links bar councillors from course
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 11 February 2004
Three Fife councillors have taken steps to explain why they
cannot become involved in decision making or debate about St Andrews Links
Trusts proposed new seventh public golf course.
Plan for a seventh golf course raises
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 7 February 2004
Fife Council seems likely to seek further detailed
information from St Andrews Links Trust about three separate issues relating to
the bodys plans for creating a seventh public golf course on land just
outside the town.
Opinions on golf course to be
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 3 February 2004
Fife Council planners have confirmed that the planned
seventh public golf course for St Andrews is potentially prejudicial to the
forthcoming definition of the long-awaited green belt for the town.
Tourism operators query need for new golf
The Courier, 2 February 2004
Proposals by St Andrews Links Trust for the creation of a
seventh public golf course on land just outside the town have been questioned
by representatives of leading Fife golf tourism business operators who claimed
St Andrews is an increasingly expensive destination for
Traders express concern over proposed
The Courier, 31 January 2004
St Andrews traders have voiced concerns over the possible
impact on existing businesses in the university town if a new 18-hole golf
course proposed by St Andrews Links Trust is given the green light.
Opposition to plans for seventh
The Courier, 23 January 2004
Controversial plans by St Andrews Links Trust for a seventh
golf course on the edges of the town have been opposed by St Andrews Community
Council, amid claims that it is premature and is a threat to the towns
proposed green belt and its landscape setting.
Detailed objections to proposed golf
The Courier, 7 January 2004
Controversial proposals by St Andrews Links Trust to develop
a seventh golf course in the town have run Into opposition from St Andrews
Call for impact study of plan for new golf
The Courier, 6 January 2004
The Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board wants to see an
independent economic assessment of the likely impact of a seventh public golf
course for St Andrews before any planning consent is granted for the
Golf: Kingdom of strife more
Alasdair Reid, The Sunday Times, 21 December 2003
St Andrews is turning into a golfing Disneyland say angry
locals who claim a new course will be an ugly blot on the landscape.
Protesters swing into action over 'theme park' plan for
St Andrews more
Jeremy Watson, Scotland on Sunday, 21 December
It has brought jobs, prosperity and global recognition to a
small corner of the Kingdom of Fife. St Andrews is now known worldwide as the
traditional home of golf, but plans to transform 220 acres of prime farmland on
the cliffs above the famous town into a new golfing paradise are shattering the
calm of the sports historic playground.
Forum under fire over golf course
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 17 December 2003
St Andrews Green Belt Forum has not enhanced its
reputation by deciding not to object to plans from St Andrews Links Trust
for the creation of a seventh public golf course on the outskirts of the
'In principle' support sought for golf
Michael Alexander, The Courier, 15 December 2003
A new golf course at St Andrews may come a step nearer
Resignations after golf decision more
The Courier, 8 December 2003
Plans from St Andrews Links Trust for the creation of a
seventh public golf course have received a substantial but controversial boost
with news that the St Andrews Green Belt Forum has decided not to lodge a
formal planning objection.
Conservationists object to golf course
The Courier, 1 October 2003
A national conservation body has lodged a formal objection
with Fife Council over plans from St Andrews Links Trust for the creation of a
seventh public golf course in the area.
Brownhills site will meet golfing
The Courier, 30 September 2003
St Andrews Links Trust looked at two sites close to the
existing six public golf courses in the town ore choosing land on an elevated
site on the opposite side of the community in their bid to build a seventh
Locals' access to golf at St
Colin McAllister, Letter to Editor, Scotland on Sunday,
28 September 2003
As one of the irate St Andrews golfers Gerard de Groot
refers to in his article of September 21, I am amazed that the professor of
modem history at my alma mater should take so little trouble to check his
Less-than-swinging times as home of golf bunkers visitors
Gerard Degroot, Scotland on Sunday, 21 September
Every once in a while, its a good idea to turn away
from world events and take a look at the issues on ones doorstep. Where I
live, in St Andrews, it takes a really big story to push golf off the front
pages of our weekly newspaper, the Citizen. Im talking about something on
the order of Chicken Farm Planned for Strathkinness, a shocker
which merited two inch headlines a few years ago.
Golf plans must come before impact
The Courier, 30 August 2003
The possibility of Fife Council calling for additional
information on the economic impact of the proposed new seventh public golf
course for St Andrews will only be considered after the submission of a formal
Hoteliers call for inquiry into seventh
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 29 August 2003
Members of the St Andrews Hotel and Guest House Association
have lent their support to calls for a special economic impact study as part of
the planning process for the proposed new seventh public golf course in the
Golf course plan receives boost more
The Courier, 28 August 2003
Proposals by St Andrews Links Trust to develop a new
multi-million pound golf course on the edge of the town have received a
significant boost with the news that a leading conservation pressure group is
not planning to object to the initiative.
New golf course more
Letters to Editor, The Citizen, 22 August 2003
J. Michael Buchanan, London
Prompted by features and letters in the Press, I visited the
exhibition on the Links Trusts proposed Course Seven and
then, in a Sunday paper, read the headline Golf clubs face crisis from
lack of interest.
Colin McAllister, St Andrews more
It is interesting to note the lack of response from the
Links Trust to my letter of August 8. I take it this means that my
demonstration of the lack of need for a seventh golf course is substantially
correct, as I am sure that if the Links Trust had been able to refute my
argument, then they would have done so.
Golf gulf widens over new course more
The Courier, 15 August 2003
Differences in emphasis between the golf operations of St
Andrews Links Trust and other commercial ventures in the area have been
highlighted by the body as debate continues about the proposed new seventh
course for the town.
Backing for golf course study more
The Courier, 14 August 2003
A call for the provision of a special economic impact study
as part of the planning process or the new seventh golf course planned by St
Andrews Links Trust has been backed by a leading figure in the local golf
Seventh golf course faces delay to
The Courier, 11 August 2003
Plans for creation of St Andrews Links Trusts new
seventh golf course could be held up until 2006 as Fife Council prepares its
new local plan for the whole of north-east Fife.
New golf course more
Letter to Editor, The Citizen, 8 August 2003
Colin McAllister, St Andrews
Whom the gods would destroy they first make
mad. So the Links Trust want to spend £6.7m on a new golf course.
The designer of the golf course has already made his name in the USA, so no
doubt it will be a first class course. But do we in St Andrews really need it?
I think any rational examination of the facts must produce the answer
No. Where is the money coming from? As I do not know, let me
suppose two extremes, within which the answer must undoubtedly lie.
MSP cautions on over-provision of golf
The Courier, 6 August 2003
Care will have to be taken to ensure that the
traditional mix of attractions for St Andrews is not skewed by
over-provision of golf courses.
Call for study into new course more
Edward Black, The Scotsman, 6 August 2003
The manager of a prestigious hotel complex at the home of
golf has called for an impact study into the effects of building a new £7
million course amid fears that St Andrews is becoming
Golf course study urged more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 5 August 2003
The general manager of one of the biggest and most
prestigious hotel complexes in Scotland has called on Fife Council to seek a
special economic impact study as part of the planning process for the St
Andrews Links Trusts proposed new seventh course.
Proposed St Andrews golf course
The Courier, 23 July 2003
An exhibition mounted by St Andrews Links Trust will be
showing details of its proposed new golf course - it will be the seventh to
come under its administration if given the green light by Fife Council planners
- opened yesterday.
Bosses look into option of new golf
The Courier, 12 March 2003
Golf bosses in St Andrews have started preparation of the
detailed assessment of the potential environmental effects of their plans to
develop a seventh course on the outskirts of the town.
Heritage body not convinced by
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 21 February 2003
A leading conservation body has warned it will need to see
substantial evidence to be convinced of claims being made about the
proposed seventh golf course planned by St Andrews Links Trust.
Links Trust's golf course land
The Courier, 20 February 2003
After several months of negotiation, St Andrews Links Trust
announced yesterday that it has successfully concluded the deal to purchase
land for a seventh golf course.
Course plans to be put to public more
The Courier, 20 January 2003
Plans for the development of a new seventh golf course by St
Andrews Links Trust to meet demand from around the world are likely to go out
to public consultation in a matter of weeks.
Location for seventh golf course
The Courier, 12 November 2002
The location of land being targeted for the new
seventh golf course being planned by St Andrews Links Trust was
formally revealed yesterday.
Search for golf course takes leap
The Courier, 8 November 2002
The search by St Andrews Links Trust or its seventh golf
course in the town has taken a huge leap forward with confirmation that legal
discussions on land purchase are now well advanced.
Rumours of new golf course site more
Gordon Berry, The Courier, 31 July 2002
The search by St Andrews Links Trust for a new golf course
to supplement the existing links facilities has led to close examination of
land near the coast at the eastern edge of the town.
Search for new golf course site as pressure
The Courier, 21 May 2002
Golfing managers in St Andrews are stepping up their hunt
for more land to develop another 18-hole golf course in the town.
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