Welcome to the Coul Links Blog

Mike Keiser, Bill Coore and Todd Warnock have decided to write a blog on the Coul Links golf course development in Sutherland, Scotland.  Coul Links is located beautifully 3 miles north of Royal Dornoch Golf along the Dornoch Firth at Loch Fleet. Periodically we will update things here regarding our progress. Thank you for following us.

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We are thankful for those who came to our first 2 Public Consultation Events tonight in Dornoch and Embo. You can view the materials we presented Here. Our next Public Consultation event will be the week of August 28, again in Dornoch and Embo.

Mike, Todd, Bill and Ben

Positive Steps and Public Meetings for Coul Links


Our efforts toward building a world-class golf course at Coul Links, 2 miles from Royal Dornoch are advancing nicely.  Our full consulting team is working diligently on numerous elements of the project.  We have just completed a series of highly constructive update meetings with the relevant regulatory bodies including Highland Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.  Further, we have held meetings with the Embo Community Trust regarding our sincere desire to provide landscaping and a public park near the football pitch in Embo adjacent to Coul Links.  These discussions also covered our desire to develop and enhance the existing walking trails on Coul Links and integrate them into the project. Finally, Bill Coore has just completed his fourth extensive visit to the site and is tremendously excited about his preliminary layout.

Further, in a genuine effort to keep the local community as fully informed as possible during the course design process, various actions are scheduled over the next few months.  First, the Coul Links Golf Course development was introduced to Dornoch Community Council at its meeting in Dornoch on 15 June.  This meeting provided a high-level introduction to the golf course and its ancillary elements, and the opportunity to initiate dialog with the community.  Second, a Proposal of Application Notice is being prepared and will shortly be lodged with The Highland Council – this will signal the project teams’ intention to work toward submission of a detailed planning application for the proposals later this year, and allows the progression of the pre-application consultation activity and dialogue with all key stakeholders on the emerging proposals. The first stage in this consultation activity will be an initial public consultation event which is planned for mid-July at which some of the emerging detail will be available to share, and to gather initial views fromthe community. Third, a second public consultation event is being  scheduled for the end of August where Mike Keiser, Todd Warnock, and Bill Coore will provide more detailed information on the course design and site plan.  Details of these events will besuitably advertised through a variety of methods including local media and information points, to ensure that all those that have an interest in the proposals can come and find out more details and meet members of the project team.

So that is the June update.  We are hard at work, pleased with the progress we are making, thankful for all the support we have recieved and very excited about the prospect on Coul Links.  
Mike, Todd, Bill and Ben

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Spring is in the Highlands!  Flowers have blossomed, the smell of rapeseed is in the air and the whins are blooming brighter everyday.  Golfers are beginning to travel north, this year particularly for the 400th year celebrations at Royal Dornoch.

We have had a busy Winter at Coul Links with migrating bird, hydrology and several other ecological studies underway.  Bill has completed his third visit and is narrowing in on a spectacular routing.  Excitement is in the air.

We recently met with the Captains and Committee members at Tain, Golspie, Brora, Castle Stuart, Carnegie Club at Skibo and Royal Dornoch about our plans at Coul Links. We discussed a shared vision of prosperity for East Sutherland and the opportunity for Coul Links to be transformative to the area. We are very pleased all the Clubs are supportive of the project.  We have also asked members of the Embo Community to meet with us and present their thoughts on a potential recreation area at the south end of Coul Links.

Read the Northern Times article on these developments here…. NT13_05_16P01.