Coul Links looking North towards Ben Bhraggie February 2016 Coul Links looking North towards Ben Bhraggie February 2016 (© copyright Ian Horsfield 2018, all rights reserved)

Coul Links (golf or not)

This website aims to collect and provide links to items appearing on the internet that concern Coul Links just to the north of Embo, Dornoch on the east coast of Sutherland in Scotland and the proposal to site a golf course on that dune land. There is no editorial input other than this brief description and our efficiency, or otherwise, in locating and correctly labelling relevant links. We hope that this website serves to help people make an informed decision on support for or opposition to a golf course on Coul Links.

 

The golf course plan has, regrettably but understandably, created deep divisions in local opinion with a quantity of questionable rhetoric reported in the local press, ("Cars and cats kill more birds than golfers." councillor McGillivray, The Press & Journal 13th November 2017). The planning submission, consultee responses and public comment that can be found on The Highland Council planning website very possibly constitute a more reliable source of facts than does the media coverage listed in the lower part of this page.

 

Coul Links is an area of mature coastal sand dunes, with internationally important wetland features, bordered to the east by Embo beach and the North Sea and to the north by the mouth of Loch Fleet. Immediately to the west lies improved farmland and to the south the village of Embo. The centre of the links is positioned at approximately 57.9°N, 4°W, grid ref. NH814939. The land forms part of Coul Farm. The Highland Council Impact Assessment form accompanying the initial planning submission states that "The proposed development has the potential to affect nature conservation interests on and around the site that are designated as being of international and national importance (Ramsar, Special Protection Area, Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest). In addition, there are recorded archaeological remains and the archaeological potential of the site is high".

 

Drone's-eye fly-overs of the southern section of Coul Links with views towards the northern section that show the dune slacks in their Winter flooded condition can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13nh1l5LTCk and dry in early September at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-hjFAyc_IE 

 

A planning application reference 17/04601/FUL for "Development of 18 hole golf course, erection of clubhouse, renovation of existing buildings for maintenance facility, pro-shop, caddy hut, workshop, administration building, information booth, formation of new private access from C1026" was lodged with The Highland Council on 29th September 2017 by Coul Links Ltd. The application has a determination deadline of 28th January 2018. Supporting documents can be viewed at http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OX1OGYIHH0I00 The press release of 29th September heralding the application stated that "The golf course will be constructed in and outside the Loch Fleet Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which currently extends to 1,232 hectares. After significant layout revisions as a result of public comment, the golf course will incorporate a total footprint of 22.7 hectares. As a result of careful planning, the course will include only a 14.0 hectare footprint inside the SSSI (1.1% of the total SSSI area) and 8.7 hectares outside".

 

The applicant, Coul Links Limited, was incorporated on 28th July 2016 with the company number SC541313, the nature of the business being "Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC541313/filing-history The certificate of incorporation lists the directors as Todd Warnock and Michael Keiser, all shares being held by Coul Links Holding Company LLC with a Delaware address. Mike Keiser is a golf resort developer (http://theworldlink.com/news/south-coast-strong/entrepreneurial-philanthropy-giving-with-purpose/article_085629c2-f968-5ff0-a416-0d1f9e99e92a.html), Todd Warnock has local hotel interests. The applicant's agent is STRI (Richard Stuttard, St. Ives Estate, Bingley, England, BD16 1AU, tel: 07912 578967, Richard.stuttard@stri.co.uk). The initial planning application reference 16/00053/SCRE dated 22nd December 2015 was submitted by Mike Keiser's Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (see http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=O0SCXUIH0EW00). A September 2015 fortune.com article profiling Mike Keiser characterised his blueprint for the development of golf resorts at Bandon Dunes, Oregon and Cabot Links, Novia Scotia as "transform wooly, under-utilized land in a picturesque and remote location into a bucket list golf destination that revitalizes a woebegone community". (http://fortune.com/2015/09/26/donald-trump-golf-keiser/The architects appointed to design the course are Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw http://www.cooreandcrenshaw.com

 

Mike Keiser, Bill Coore and Todd Warnock started a blog dedicated to the project in May 2016 at https://coullinks.wordpress.com This blog has been dormant since 23rd July 2016. On 28th November 2017 their original website for the project www.coullinks.com was finally replaced having been idle for many months. Their live replacement (with blog) can be found at https://www.coullinks.co.uk The developers have consistently been more active in their communication via the golf media and local press, placing news of the impending revised planning application along with sympathetic quotes from local politicians and business interests. At the foot of this page we will seek to include any information that we can source, be it press releases or data, published by the developers or their agents.

 

The potential developers first publicised their outline plans for building a golf course on Coul Links in late October 2015. On 6th July 2016 Bandon Dunes Golf Resort announced it had submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to The Highland Council. The PAN is formal notification of intention to submit a planning application, in this case for the development of an 18 hole championship links golf course, practice area, access arrangements, club house and ancillary facilities. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort hosted public consultation events presenting preliminary information on the proposed development in Dornoch and Embo on 13th July 2016. The support material presented at those meetings can be viewed at https://coullinks.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/coul-pullup-panels-final.pdf At that point the developers indicated their intention to submit a detailed planning application in December 2016/January 2017.

 

A second round of public consultation events took place at Dornoch on 30th August and Embo on 31st August 2016. The support material from these meetings is again available at the link above. A third round of public consultation events took place on 22nd/23rd October 2017. The developers reported that across the two October events 88% of attendee surveys returned were in favour of the proposals. In an interview with GolfAdvisor.com's Morning Drive spot on 28th September 2017 Bill Coore reported that the planning application would be lodged "in the next few days" after "two years of scientific studies". GolfAdvisor reported Mr Coore as saying that he wouldn't ... "have gone this far if he didn't know every public body, politician and local citizen was solidly behind the project".

 

At 16th January 2018 the 38degrees petition opposing the golf course had attracted 86,999 signatures, that supporting the golf course had  606 signatures when it closed in early January. The Care2 petition opposing the golf course had 1,676 signatures. Of public comments lodged with The Highland Council (prior to the revised 22nd December 2017 deadline), those objecting to the golf course planning application outnumbered supportive comments by a ratio of almost 3.5 to 1. Objections were submitted by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; both bodies had made recommendations to the developers over the months prior to the application.

 

A group of local citizens has launched a site dedicated to stopping the development on the protected dune area at www.notcoul.com presenting detailed and researched arguments against the submitted golf course plan. The NotCoul group position is one of opposition to a golf course within the SSSI protected dune area, not opposition to a golf course at Coul Farm. A pamphlet distributed locally by NotCoul prior to the second round of public events can be found at the foot of this page. The highly detailed NotCoul objection submitted to The Highland Council can be found at http://www.notcoul.com/objections.html. The developers have sought to discredit NotCoul and its Chair, dedicating a prominent page of their website to finding fault in the NotCoul comment document https://www.coullinks.co.uk/not-coul-not-correct. NotCoul has, in turn, published a forensic riposte at http://notcoul.com/rebuttals.html.

 

The Coul Links press release of 29th September 2017 states that "Importantly, the developers believe the Coul Links site will be environmentally enhanced, not degraded, as a result of the project" and that it will result in "significant economic benefit to the East Sutherland and national Scottish economy". (See press release below.) With parallels having been drawn, unfairly or otherwise, between Coul Links and Trump International Golf Links, the chronic drip of negative news coverage concerning the modification of environmental commitments and scope of development at the Aberdeenshire golf resort cannot be helpful to golf proposals at Coul Links. Mr Warnock, via blog and press, has sought to deflect any narrative of similarity to the Trump development with the claim that opposition to his proposals is fuelled by anti-American sentiment.

 

Online petitions for and against the Coul Links golf course can be found at:

Petition l Support for Coul Links golf course

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/support-for-coul-links-golf-course?source=twitter-share-button#

Petition l Save protected nature at Loch Fleet from golf development vandalism

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/conserve-coul-links-for-nature-not-golf-1

Petition l Tell Highland Council to refuse permission for a golf course on Coul Links, Embo

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/596/928/961/demand-that-todd-warnock-cancels-his-plans-to-build-a-golf-course-on-coul-links/

 

On 11th May 2017 representatives of a partnership of wildlife organisations hosted an event in Dornoch that examined the ecological implications of a golf course on Coul Links. The free event saw experts from RSPB Scotland, Butterfly Conservation Scotland and Buglife giving their organisations' perspectives on the irreparable damage to habitat and species that a golf course on the site would cause. Some dissent was voiced from the floor with the view expressed that the expertise of the specialists representing wildlife organisations was less credible than that of some of the local residents supporting the project. Todd Warnock attended the event in a private capacity.

 

Some of these issues are discussed in Dr Tom Dargie's letter to The Northern Times, dated 19th August 2016, (which can be found towards the foot of this page). Dr Dargie is responsible for The Sand Dune Vegetation Survey of Scotland published by Scottish Natural Heritage and is involved in the NotCoul group. His far from favourable working audit (19th October 2017) of Annex B: Ecology of the Environmental Statement submitted in support of the planning application can be found at http://nebula.wsimg.com/8735d9e855581da0c1543e50a7f97466?AccessKeyId=EDC827D8AD8BC3E385FC&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 and is expanded upon in the NotCoul comment to The Highland Council.

 

On 1st September 2016 John Finnie (msp Highlands and Islands) lodged three questions regarding Coul Links with The Scottish Parliament. These received answers from Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing on 20th September 2016.  http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&MSPId=4947&SearchFor=AllQuestions&DateChoice=3&SortBy=DateSubmitted On 3rd November 2017 Mr Finnie lodged a motion with The Scottish Parliament (Motion S5M-08620 Coul Links) the final sentence of which closes, "... at a time when Brexit has caused considerable anxiety regarding environmental protections, granting permission for this development could send a dangerous message to developers that Scotland's highly protected sites are open to development at the expense of the environment."  http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5M-08620&ResultsPerPage=10 On 17 November 2017 The Northern Times reported local councillor Jim McGillivray (East Sutherland and Edderton ward, also Director of Embo Trust which has a stake in the proposed golf course) as saying that "Mr Finnie is showing total disrespect to the point of contempt for the democratic planning system in the Highlands". His ward colleague councillor Deirdre Mackay is reported as saying "I take a pretty dim view of this high-handed attempt to circumvent the planning process" and describing the four signatories to the motion as "Green List MSPs located in the central belt with no locus whatsoever in our area".

 

The primacy of local opinion is a common theme in statements supportive of the golf course. On 16 November 2017, Andy Stewart, President of Brora Golf Club, wrote to all members of the club urging them to "visit the Highland Council website, as the opponents to Coul Links, most of whom are not from the area and in some cases, not even Scotland, have committed many signatures and we need to have our say on this matter". It might be noted that the developers are "not from the area", "not even from Scotland" and their prospects for gaining planning consent would be enhanced by a convincing argument that their scheme is of national not purely local benefit.

 

Planning applications to The Highland Council

 

Reference: 17/04601/FUL

Application received: 29 September 2017

Proposal: Development of 18 hole golf course, erection of clubhouse, renovation of existing buildings for maintenance facility, pro-shop, caddy hut, workshop, administration building, information booth, formation of new private access from C1026

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OX1OGYIHH0I00

Reference: 17/04404/FUL

Application received: 20 September 2017

Proposal: Drilling of two boreholes and construction of water storage reservoir (maximum capacity 20000cu.m) for irrigation of (future) golf course

http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OWKTCLIHG4S00

 

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Site Management Statement

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB0QFjAAahUKEwjUs9Di6ojJAhUGthoKHYQkC24&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgateway.snh.gov.uk%2Fsitelink%2Fdocumentview.jsp%3Bjsessionid%3D0d9c260708c6632e2dad4ab847f4bb000c17af4178a65ecfb153d0c2ee37b94e.e38KahaMax4Rai0Oax8Sb3mMa3z0%3Fp_pa_code%3D984%26p_Doc_Type_ID%3D3&usg=AFQjCNHoxIq_tSbeMhJQXtO1Ojmr_ZMJ_Q

 

Coul Links / Loch Fleet species data

https://regions.nbnatlas.org/feature/1099#group=ALL_SPECIES&subgroup=&from=1850&to=2017&tab=speciesTab

 

The Management Plan for Loch Fleet NNR - Scottish Natural Heritage

http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A1622682.pdf

 

Sand Dune Vegetation Survey Of Scotland: Moray Firth

www.snh.org.uk/pdfs/publications/research/181_3.pdf

 

Flora Of East Sutherland - BSBI (pages 37, 39)

bsbi.org.uk/vc107_flora_2013.pdf

 

Survey & Assessment of Lowland Heathland Lichen Habitats (pages 14, 16, 44)

http://www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/sites/www.britishlichensociety.org.uk/files/about-lichens-downloads/Lichen%20Habitats%20-%20Lowland%20Heath,%20Dune%20And%20Machair-pp1to58.pdf

 

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Coul Links golf development

http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-campaigns/coul-links/

 

RSPB
Casework Coul Links
 

 

18 January 2018

The Scotsman

Controversial Highland dunes golf course moves a step closer

https://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/controversial-highland-dunes-golf-course-moves-a-step-closer-1-4665258

 

16 January 2018

theverge.com

The billionaire vs, the fly

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/16/16892904/not-coul-links-scotland-golf-course-mike-keiser-conservation

 

6 January 2018

Press & Journal

Coul Link opponents accused of issuing “mish-mash of inaccuracies”

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1387055/coul-link-opponents-accused-of-issuing-mish-mash-of-inaccuracies/

 

31 December 2017

heraldscotland.com

2018: the shape of things to come: Climate change front and centre

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15800360.2018__the_shape_of_things_to_come_Climate_change_front_and_centre/

 

24 December 2017

heraldscotland.com

2017 The year in review: Our blue planet at risk from climate pollution

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15791801.2017_The_year_in_review__Our_blue_planet_at_risk_from_climate_pollution/

 

24 December 2017

podchaser.com

Coul Links, will it happen? Mins. 19.10 - 33.00

https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/scottish-golf-travel-6830/episodes/ep116-coul-links-will-it-happe-2425999

 

22 December 2017

scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk

Last chance to save Coul Links

https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/news/last-chance-save-coul-links/

 

22 December 2017

The Northern Times

Coul row hots up

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Coul-row-hots-up-22122017.htm

 

22 December 2017

thenational.scot

Coul Links battle hots up as objectors attack golf course plan

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15788229.Coul_Links_battle_hots_up_as_objectors_attack_golf_course_plan/

 

21 December 2017

thenational.scot

Letters: Warnock was not serious about discussing Coul Links, says Finnie

http://thenational.scot/news/15788174.Letters__Warnock_was_not_serious_about_discussing_Coul_Links__says_Finnie/

 

21 December 2017

thenational.scot

Todd Warnock: It’s not fair to bring Trump into Coul Links debate

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15785019.Todd_Warnock__It___s_not_fair_to_bring_Trump_into_Coul_Links_debate/

 

20 December 2017

Press & Journal

Golf course developers scathing over ‘scare tactics’ by eco group

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1378979/developers-warn-of-scaremongering-from-environmental-groups-over-coul-links-plans/

 

19 December 2017

Inside Ecology

Over 900 objections speak out against Coul Links golf course plans

https://insideecology.com/2017/12/19/over-900-objections-speak-out-against-coul-links-golf-course-plans/

 

19 December 2017

geoffshackleford.com

Coul Links Co-Developer: "How I discovered Trump is fueling anti_US feeling"

http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2017/12/19/coul-links-co-developer-how-i-discovered-trump-is-fueling-an.html

 

19 December 2017

The Scotsman

US golf developer accuses opponents of anti-American bias

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1377550/conservation-groups-back-sepa-objection-to-coul-links-plans/

 

19 December 2017

The Scotsman

Todd Warnock: How I discovered Trump is fueling anti-US feeling

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/todd-warnock-how-i-discovered-trump-is-fueling-anti-us-feeling-1-4642586

 

18 December 2017

Press & Journal

Conservation groups back SEPA objection to Coul Links plans

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1377550/conservation-groups-back-sepa-objection-to-coul-links-plans/

 

15 December 2017

birdguides.com

Golf course risk to Coul Links

https://www.birdguides.com/news/golf-course-risk-to-coul-links/

 

15 December 2017

finegolf.co.uk

Coul Links welcomed?

http://www.finegolf.co.uk/2017/12/15/coul-links-welcomed/

 

15 December 2017

golfpunkhq.com

Coul Links responds to RSPB statement

http://www.golfpunkhq.com/news/article/coul-links-responds-to-rspb-statement

 

14 December 2017

The Press & Journal

Bird charity claims golf links threat to ‘amazing’ rare habitat

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1375580/bird-groups-are-latest-to-protest-against-coul-links-golf-course/

 

14 December 2017

bunkered.com

Coul Links team accuse RSPB of 'spreading misinformation'

http://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/coul-links-team-accuse-rspb-of-spreading-misinformation?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bunkered+%28Bunkered+Golf+Magazine%29

 

14 December 2017

thenational

RSPB warn that golf course plan at Coul Links could hit wildlife

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15771424.RSPB_warn_that_golf_course_plan_at_Coul_Links_could_hit_wildlife/

 

9 December 2017

golfpunkhq.com

The battle against Coul Links goes global

http://www.golfpunkhq.com/news/article/the-battle-against-coul-links-goes-global

 

8 December 2017

thenational

John Finnie: The possible threat to the Coul Links must not be sidelined

http://www.thenational.scot/politics/15709364.John_Finnie__The_possible_threat_to_the_Coul_Links_must_not_be_sidelined/

 

6 December 2017

cablemagazine.scot

Not Coul: the golf development question, revisited

https://www.cablemagazine.scot/croal-not-coul/

 

4 December 2017

The Press & Journal

Golf course backers shrug off burgeoning opposition

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1369732/golf-course-backers-shrug-off-burgeoning-opposition/

 

1 December 2017

The Northern Times

Battle to prevent Coul Links golf course development going ahead goes viral

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Battle-to-prevent-Coul-Links-golf-course-development-going-ahead-goes-viral-30112017.htm

 

1 December 2017

The Northern Times - letters

Not Coul rests on the quality of our arguments

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/Opinion/Letters/Not-Coul-rests-on-the-quality-of-our-arguments-30112017.htm

The letters to which Dr Dargie is responding can be found in pdf format at the foot of this page

 

29 November 2017

rspb.org.uk - our work - Scottish nature notes

Coul Links: A blow to the development and a surprise invite

http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/scotland/archive/2017/11/29/coul-links-a-blow-to-the-development-and-a-surprise-invite.aspx

 

29 November 2017

bunkered.co.uk

Coul Links project takes ‘big step forward’

http://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/coul-links-project-takes-big-step-forward

 

28 November 2017

BBC Scotland

Coul Links developers remain positive in face of objections

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-42143171

 

27 November 2017

The Northern Times

Coul Links developers welcome SNH objection

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Coul-Links-developers-welcome-SNH-objection-27112017.htm

heraldscotland.com published the same press release from the developers verbatim pasted in as a news story on 28 November 

 

27 November 2017

The Northern Times

SNH object to Coul Links golf course proposal

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/SNH-object-to-Coul-Links-golf-course-proposal-27112017.htm

 

27 November 2017

rspb.org.uk - community - Scottish nature notes

Save Coul Links: conservation partnership appeals to Ramsar

https://www.rspb.org.uk/community/ourwork/b/scotland/archive/2017/11/27/conservation-partnership-appeals-to-international-convention-to-help-save-coul-links.aspx

 

25 November 2017

heraldscotland.com

Scottish Natural Heritage opposes plan for new golf course at Coul Links

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/15683255.Golf_course_plan_suffers_new_blow/

 

24 November 2017

thenational.scot

Trump rival's planned site for Highland golf course should 'be protected for the nation', says National Trust for Scotland

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15680980.Trump_rival___s_planned_site_for_Highland_golf_course_should__be_protected_for_the_nation___says_National_Trust_for_Scotland/

 

24 November 2017

The Press & Journal

Hotel to expand as it cheers new golf course plan

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1364312/hotel-beside-royal-dornoch-backs-coul-links-plans-while-announcing-1-million-extension/

 

24 November 2017

The Times

Golfers will destroy dunes ecosystem at Coul Links, says National Trust for Scotland

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/golfers-will-destroy-dunes-ecosystem-at-coul-links-says-national-trust-for-scotland-92h7q2dxj

 

24 November 2017

The Northern Times

Confidence in Coul Links project prompts Royal Golf expansion

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Confidence-in-Coul-Links-golf-project-prompts-Royal-Golf-expansion-plans-23112017.htm

 

24 November 2017

Scotsman.com

Protest grows over dunes golf course planned by Trump rival

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/protest-grows-over-dunes-golf-course-planned-by-trump-rival-1-4621769

 

24 November 2017

The Northern Times - Letters

Can we not have a sensible debate about Coul Links golf?

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/Opinion/Letters/Can-we-not-have-a-sensible-debate-about-Coul-Links-golf-23112017.htm

This letter is a response to one published in The Northern Times of 17 November 2017 a copy of which can be found at the foot of this page.

 

23 November 2017

inews.co.uk

Trump-style golf row as National Trust objects to £10m course

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/uk/trump-style-golf-row-national-trust-objects-new-10m-course/

 
20 November 2017
The Press & Journal
RSPB 'ignoring' wildlife strategy for Coul Links
 
17 November 2017
The Northern Times
Fury over MSP's motion to stop Coul Links golf course development
 
13 November 2017
The Press & Journal
Coul Links objectors 'exaggerating' impact on bird life claims councillor
 
10November 2017
The Northern Times
Coul Links is 'just another Trump fiasco in the making'
 
9 November 2017
The Golf Business
US billionaire submits plan to build new Highlands golf course
 
7 November 2017
BBC Scotland News
Objection submitted to planned Coul Links golf course
 
7 November 2017
The Press & Journal
Conservation groups lodge joint objection to Coul Links golf course plans
 
7 November 2017
The Scotsman
Conservationists object to luxury Highland golf course
 
7 November 2017
The National
Conservation groups battle US golf course ban at wildlife site
 
4 November 2017
The Press & Journal
Sutherland golf plan will be "catastrophic" says Green MSP
 
29 October 2017
heraldscotland.com
Golf plan in wildlife area 'riddled with flaws'
 
26 October 2017
rspb - Scottish nature notes
A year of nature at Coul Links
 
26 October 2017
golfweek.com
Coul Links could add sizzle to Northern Scotland's golf landscape
 
26 October 2016
golfcoursearchitecture.net
Golf architects and the pursuit of width
 
25 October 2017
The Press & Journal
Golf course developer claims public supporting links plan
 
20 October 2017
The Press & Journal
Expert behind Trump course claims Coul Links plans 'not fit for purpose'
 
17 October 2017
golfpunkhq.com
Coul Links plannng is in
 
13 October 2017
The Gazette: Official public record
Notice (ID 2884928) environmental protection
 
13 October 2017
The Edinburgh Reporter
Letter from Scotland
 
12 October 2017
RSPB Nature's Heroes
Save the triple-protected Coul Links from becoming a golf course
 
12 October 2017
feedtheball.com
podcast interview with Bill Coore: Coul Links content between 00:28:40 and 00:34:00
 
12 October 2017
The Press & Journal
New golf course would be 'up among world's top 50'
 
12 October 2017
The Times
Conservationists join forces to take swipe at US billionaire's Coul Links golf course
 
12 October 2017
heraldscotland.com
A new round tees off on golf versus nature debate
 
11 October 2017
The Scotsman
Call to block US billionaire's golf plan for Highland dunes
 
11 October 2017
BBC News
Conservation groups unite over Coul Links golf course plans
 
11 October 2017
DCT sundaypost.com
Conservation alliance asks for public support to prevent American billionaire destructing Coul Links for golf course
 
8 October 2017
Forbes.com Golf Biz
Mike Keiser's Coul Links in Scotland closer to reality
 
4 October 2017
Golf Course Architecture
Planning submission for new Coul Links project to be presented this week
 
3 October 2017
golf.com
The next great Scottish links course is inching closer to reality
 
3 October 2017
Golf Business News
Coul Links announces golf course planning submission
 
29 September 2017
Global Golf Post
Keiser's Coul Links project is progressing
 
29 September 2017
BBC
Plan to be submitted for Coul Links near Embo
 
29 September 2017
The Northern Times
Developers put in for planning permission for Coul Links Golf Course
 
29 September 2017
The Press & Journal
New "world class" golf course set to bring 450 jobs and £850 million economic boost
 
29 September 2017
The Press & Journal
Why not all are in favour of the development
 
 
28 September 2017
GolfAdvisor.com
Cool news for Coul Links: Keiser, Coore & Crenshaw set to take their show to the birthplace of golf
 
1 August 2017
Golf Course Architecture
Planning application for Coul Links set to be submitted in coming weeks
 
1 August 2017
The Press & Journal
Major plans for world class golf (sic) Highland golf course poised to be unveiled
 
1 May 2017
The Press & Journal
Special event to showcase ecological importance of dune complex at heart of golf course plans
 
28 April 2017
www.rspb.org
Conservation partnership to showcase importance of Coul Links for nature at special event
 
27 March 2017
The Press & Journal
 
24 March 2017
The Scotsman
Campaigners call for Trump golf rival to rethink Highland course
 
 
16 December 2016
Haversham & Baker
7 Things to Watch in 2017
 
12 December 2016
The Ferret
Sturgeon cautions Trump for scrapping environmental deal
 
11 December 2016
Sunday Herald
Trump's snub to Scotland cannot stand
 
11 December 2016
Sunday Herald
Donald Trump's two fingers to Scotland. President-Elect rips up legal agreement on environmental protection at Aberdeenshire golf course
 
7 October 2016
oneupgolf.co.uk
Golf course attracts conservation group concerns
 
3 October 2016
Ecologist
Tourism vs Ecology - which in this case boils down to SSSI Sand Dunes vs a new Scottish Golf Course
 
30 September 2016
The Press and Journal
American developer behind controversial Highland golf course dismisses Donald Trump comparison
 
29 September 2016
pressreader.com l scottish-daily-mail
The US tycoon and a links golf course row (er, sound familiar?)
 
23 September 2016
Herald Scotland
Conservationists criticise Donald Trump-style sand dune golf course plan
 
23 September 2016
RSPB l News
Marine Conservation Society joins campaign to protect Coul Links from development
 
23 September 2016
The Northern Times
Debate continues over Coul Links golf development
 
23 September 2016
BBC l News
Fifth conservation group opposes Coul golf course plan
 
18 September 2016
Herald Scotland
Dynamic dunes pose problem at Trump links
 
9 September 2016
The Northern Times l News
MSP seeks assurances on golf course proposal
 
9 September 2016
The Northern Times l Letters l Ann B Purton MBE
A sixth course is not needed near Dornoch
 
September 2016
nebula.wsimg.com
Coul habitats and locations to be destroyed
 
ongoing
GolfClubAtlas l Golf course architecture l Forum
Keiser's Coul Links Project (Embo/Dornoch)
 
8 September 2016
surfbirds.com
Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune habitat in Sutherland from development
 
8 September 2016
38degrees.org.uk
Petition l Protect Coul Links for nature not permit destruction for golf
 
5 September 2016
Bunkered
Coul Links developers defend plans
 
3 September 2016
The Northern Times l News
Nature groups band together against Coul Links
 
3 September 2016
The Northern Times l Letters l Duncan Allan
New course would be a boon for Dornoch
 
2 September 2016
The Press and Journal
Developers behind multimillion-pound golf course break their silence - insisting it will be "sensitive" to the environment
 
1 September 2016
BBC l News
Coul Links course developers 'sensitive' to environment
 
31 August 2016
Buglife
Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune habitat in Sutherland from development
 
30 August 2016
Mark Avery
Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune habitat in Sutherland from development
 
30 August 2016
BBC l News
Conservation groups oppose Coul golf course plans
 
30 August 2016
Third Force News
Conservationists unite to campaign against golf course plans
 
30 August 2016
The National
Conservationists object to plans for golf course in Sutherland
 
30 August 2016
Golf Punk
Coul Links development faces conservation campaigners
 
30 August 2016
Birdwatch
Sutherland dunes under threat
 
30 August 2016
RSPB l News
Conservation partnership unites to protect precious dune Habitat in Sutherland from development
 
29 August 2016
The Northern Times l News
Four conservation groups write objetcion letter to Coul Links golf course developers
 
29 August 2016
Highland Environment Forum
Shock at proposal to turn Coul Links into a golf course
 
28 August 2016
Fine Golf
A feast of history at Royal Dornoch
 
23 August 2016
Press and Journal
Campaign group launched to fight Highland golf course plans
 
22 August 2016
higlandbiodiversity.com
Shock at proposal to turn Coul Links into a golf course
 
21 August 2016
heraldscotland.com
Trump Mk ll: now his business rival plans golf course which threatens Scottish environment
 
21 August 2016
World golf report
Blogspot
 
20 August 2016
Press and Journal
Public get second chance to view Coul Links golf course plans
 
05 August 2016
The Northern Times l Letters l Andrew Weston
Links display neglected the ecological issues
 
02 August 2016
North Planning Applications Committee
Report by Area Planning Manager - North
 
29 July 2016
The Northern Times
Meeting will take Coul Links golf course proposals a step forward
 
21 July 2016
The Northern Times
Golf plan faces double threat
 
19 July 2016
Press and Journal
Scottish Natural Heritage denied access to survey proposed golf course site for rare fly
 
19 July 2016
Press and Journal
One tiny little fly could stop plans for world-class Highland golf course going ahead
 
18 July 2016
The Scotsman
Highland golf course plan could be scrapped - because of a rare fly
 
July 2016
38degrees.org.uk
Petition l Save Fonseca's seed fly
 
13 July 2016
buglife.org.uk
Golf course could push one of Scotland's rarest species close to extinction
 
July 2016
thepetitionsite.com
Petition l Demand that Todd Warnock cancels his plans to build a golf course on Coul Links
 
July 2016
38degrees.org.uk
Petition l Support for Coul Links golf course
 
6 July 2016
www.dornoch.org.uk
Public Consutation on Proposed Coul Links Golf Course
 
24 June 2016
The Northern Times | Sport
Coul Links golf course taking shape
 
May/June 2016
Golfincmagazinemonthly
Battling the waves
 
20 May 2016
The Northern Times | Letters
Golf course would ruin a vital area
 
13 May 2016
The Northern Times | News
Clubs backing drive for new championship course
 
15 April 2016
The Northern Times I News
Target date of 2017 for Embo golf course planning application
 
28 March 2016
Golf Club Atlas
Keiser's Coul Links Project (Embo/Dornoch)
 

January 2016

Links Magazine

Next On the Tee for Coore & Crenshaw

 

26 December 2015

Coul Links Kan De Schotse Nummer Een Worden

http://www.golf.be/nl/nieuws/p/detail/coul-links-kan-de-schotse-nummer-een-worden

 

Autumn/Winter 2015

Travelling The Fairways Newsletter

http://www.ttfgolf.com/locations/news/winter-newsletter-2015/

 

26 November 2015

Links House blog

Potential New Golf Course at Coul Links, Embo – 3 miles from Links House

http://www.linkshousedornoch.com/blog/?p=267

 

06 November 2015

www.golf.com

Bandon Dunes Owner Mike Keiser To Build Course Near ...

http://www.golf.com/courses-and-travel/bandon-dunes-owner-mike-keiser-build-course-near-royal-dornoch?xid=google_news

 

06 November 2015

The Northern Times | News

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/Mixed-opinion-over-proposed-golf-course-at-Embo-05112015.htm

 

01 November 2015

World Golf Report

http://worldgolfreport.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-week-that-was-november-1-2015.html

 

31 October 2015

Press and Journal

Hotel Owner Considers Building New Golf Course In Sutherland

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/738277/hotel-owner-considers-building-new-golf-course-in-sutherland/

 

30 October 2015

Bunkered

Dornoch Area In Line For New Course | Golf Magazine News

http://www.bunkered.co.uk/golf-news/dornoch-area-in-line-for-new-course

 

30 October 2015

Coul Links Beach - Golf Advisor

http://www.golfadvisor.com/articles/coul-links-golf-course-scottish-highlands-15511.htm

 

30 October 2015

The Northern Times | News

http://www.northern-times.co.uk/News/New-world-class-golf-course-for-east-Sutherland-29102015.htm

 

29 October 2015

Unplayable Lies: All Hail Keiser

http://scottbsimpson.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/all-hail-keiser.html

 

28 October 2015

Coore & Crenshaw To Build Keiser's Course In Scotland ...

http://scottishgolfpodcast.com/coore-crenshaw-coul-links-update/

 

28 October 2015

Forum

http://www.606v2.com/t61070-mike-keiser-of-bandon-fame-possibly-building-scottish-course-in-dornoch

 

29 July 2015

Bandon Dunes Developer Shrugs Off Donald Trump's Attacks On His Oregon Golf Resort

http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/07/bandon_dunes_developer_shrugs.html

 

July 2006

Brainstormnw.com

http://www.brainstormnw.com/Entertainment/IfYouBuildItTheyWillGolf.html

 

 

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