Investment consultants GPH Engineering has announced that the development of the multi-million-pound golf resort at Feddinch Mains in St Andrews is making solid progress.
The proposals for the leisure-led development include a clubhouse, golf accommodation including up to 39 luxury suites, a spa and restaurant.
Located two miles south west of St Andrews, the 100-hectare site already has consent for the development of an 18-hole championship golf course. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, work is currently under way on the course.
The site includes the farmstead known as Feddinch Mains, which currently lies vacant and derelict and will form the focus for new facilities.
All existing buildings, with the exception of the farmhouse, are to be demolished as part of the proposed development, regenerating and re-using previously developed land. The applicants understand the benefits of embracing heritage; in a considered approach, the conservation of the existing listed farmhouse will permit an additional apartment to be formed.
If approved, the resort 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.
A previous planning consent for the clubhouse, including 41 apartments, for the St Andrews International Golf Club by Scotia Investment group was renewed in January 2017. This was on the strict condition that it would lapse in three years if construction had not begun by then. The permission expired in January 2020. GPH Engineering purchased the site in early 2020 and is now looking to progress the clubhouse’s development and associated developments
A Proposal of Application Notice has been submitted to Fife Council to develop the clubhouse and associated works, including minor alterations to the golf course layout. A web-based consultation is scheduled to take place on May 20.
A spokesperson for GPH Engineering, said: “This exciting and ambitious scheme will deliver unrivalled standards of golf, accommodation and service at St Andrews, 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.”
Tom Weiskopf commented: “The uniqueness of Feddinch is two-fold: it is in a superb location, just 2.5km from St Andrews, and it 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.”
For more details, visit www.feddinchgolfresort.com