Planning filed for Ayrshire links


Planning filed for Ayrshire links
Sean Dudley

The developer behind the proposed links golf course at Irvine Bay in west Scotland has filed an official planning application with North Ayrshire Council.

The Ayrshire resort is intended to incorporate an eighteen hole golf course, hotel and apartments. Only part of the site, which abuts Western Gailes Golf Club, is natural linksland. The plan call for the northern section of the site, part of which was a former landfill, and other parts of which were occupied by industrial units, to be capped with sand and reshaped as a dune environment. The first six holes will occupy this land, as will the hotel. The closing holes will be built on the primary dune, adjacent to the Irish Sea.

The course design work has been carried out by architects Niall Glen and Paul Kimber. If the course wins planning consent, the two designers expect to build the course jointly, as a collaboration. Developers hope the hotel will help regenerate the Irvine area, and attract business from golf tourists visiting the links courses of the Ayrshire coast. The project is being led by Brian Keating, the co-developer of the Machrihanish Dunes resort in Kintyre.