31 Mar 2021

 

Multiple news agencies in the United Kingdom are reporting that plans for a private Tom Weiskopf golf course on the outskirts of St Andrews have been resubmitted to Fife Council.

Known as the Feddinch Club, the project includes an exclusive Weiskopf layout bordering the Peter Thomson / Mike Wolveridge designed Dukes Course, along with a clubhouse, spa, restaurant and around 40 luxury hotel suites. Weiskopf has been involved in the project for close to twenty years, and his team actually started clearing the near 100-hectare site and building golf holes back in 2014, prior to the previous developer halting construction.

The original plan was for the club to be known as the St Andrews International Golf Club, and the name change to Feddinch Club is in acknowledgement of the heritage listed farmhouse known as Feddinch Mains, which will be restored and become part of the club amenity.

Although planning consent existed for the previous venture, that approval lapsed and the new landowner, GPH Engineering, have had to resubmit plans to Fife Council for the golf course as well as associated buildings. They are planning to run an online forum in May for locals to voice their opinion on the development.

A spokesman for GPH Engineering told the UK’s Courier News website that, “If approved, the resort will provide golf club members and their guests with unrivalled standards."

They will have access to a stunning clubhouse that combines outstanding quality in accommodation, dining and leisure. There will also be options available for community access. The Feddinch development will deliver considerable employment opportunities along with increased investment in the local Fife community. This includes jobs created through the construction process and direct onsite jobs including clubhouse staff, greenkeepers, marketing and sales staff and administrative positions."

“Off-site employment will also be supported through the spending of new members and their guests visiting local attractions.”

“This exciting and ambitious scheme will deliver unrivalled standards of golf, accommodation and service at St Andrews, the Home of Golf, benefiting both members and the local community. The new course and clubhouse facilities will deliver some lovely coastal views in a fantastic unrivalled location, supporting a growing interest in golf, with the best courses attracting national and international visitors. It is our clear desire to deliver a project with lasting economic benefits to the town, Fife and Scotland.

Schemes such as this provide a vital means to support the recovery of the tourism sector from Covid-19, delivering considerable employment opportunities – both during construction and onsite once complete. We’re looking forward to consulting widely with the community and key stakeholders over the coming months on our proposals, which will include a digital consultation event in May.”

Designer Tom Weiskopf added the following comments about the site and his relief at being able to resume the project. “The uniqueness of Feddinch is two-fold” said Weiskopf, “it is in a superb location, just 2.5 km from the beautiful town of St. Andrews, the home of golf, and will offer superb facilities, including a stunning clubhouse and golf course."

“The new owners are committed to providing the most comprehensive golfing experience in the British lsles and I am incredibly excited to finally see this dream project come to fruition.

Given its location and the significance of the town of St Andrews to the game of golf, we will watch development of this project closely - as will the international golf community.

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