MIKE KEISER AND COUL LINKS IN SCOTLAND

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Bandon Dunes a Mike Keiser property.

MIKE KEISER a golf course builder who says he loves to build fun golf courses, is ready to build another “across the pond” as they say in Scotland.

Keiser along with Todd Warnock, land owner Edward Abel Smith and the Embo Trust. Urras Euraboil have announced that a document was submitted yesterday regarding the development of the proposed Coul Links- an 18 hole golf course on the coast of Scotland north of Embo-Sutherland.

The design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw will create the links golf course, their first design in the country of Scotland.

Designer Bill Coore looks over the Coul Links proposed site in Scotland. Photo courtesy of Kemper Sports Management.

The planning document was submitted with an outline of the economic and the environmental considerations, and done only after carefully planned input from community leaders and public officials.

“We have worked meticulously with the Scottish authorities and the local community to refine our layout such this 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 Warnock.

Coul Links overview. Photo from KSM.

“Coul Links is a special site that will inspire two of the best course architects in the world to design a classic true links,” said Keiser. “It’s location, less than 1.5 miles from the legendary Royal Dornach Golf Club and several others a short drive away, will likely establish a third major destination of Scottish golf.”

Coore and Crenshaw are thrilled to have such an opportunity to design a links course on the Coul Links site.

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

The team has also announced that that Chris Haspell, the former Course Manager at Castle Stuart will be the project manager.

There will be more public consultation events in the next couple of months, and should the Highland Council approve the plan, construction will start in spring of 2018.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.