course planned for St Andrews
A L shortlist of half-a-dozen architects
has been drawn up to design the proposed new seventh links at the home of golf
to be run by the St Andrews Links Trust. It is hoped negotiations to purchase
a suitable piece of land will be concluded shortly, but golfers keen to tee up
on the new course may have to wait as long as four years to play the links because
of expected planning difficulties.
Although the Trust will not divulge
details about where the links will be sited, it is understood the course is likely
to be built on land to the east of St Andrews, somewhere between the caravan park
and the St Andrews Bay courses.
This would be a stand-alone project, completely
separate from the ancient linksland which accommodates the six courses already
run by the Links Trust: namely, the Old Course, the New, the Jubilee, the Eden,
the Strathtyrum and the nine-hole Balgove.
Demand to play these courses,
particularly from residents of St Andrews, has forced the Links Trust to prepare
the way for a seventh public links. While the new site is not thought to offer
the prospect of pure links golf, the successful architects will be expected to
make the course as close to the classic links experience as possible.
links will also be more flexible in length than the existing courses with tees
which make the track stretch anywhere from 5,500 yards to 7,300.
the Links Trust is prepared for a lengthy planning approval process which may
even involve a public inquiry. The issue of all land use around St Andrews is
a sensitive one and the Trust knows it will have to satisfy many constraints before
the project is completed.
A number of golf developments have been completed
in the St Andrews area in recent years including the aforementioned St Andrews
Bay complex, which includes two courses and a hotel; the highly praised Kingsbarns
links and the Peter Thomson-designed Dukes Course.
Where the Links
Trust hopes it will have an edge over other developers is that it is only looking
to build a golf course and has no interest in constructing hotels or houses.
that renowned designers such as Nick Faldo and Donald Steel are among the aforementioned
list of possible architects, though, remains pure speculation since the Trust
intend to keep their options confidential.
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