Planning permission has been granted to allow the transformation of Dundonald Links golf course in Ayrshire, Scotland into a leading luxury golf and lodge resort.
Dundonald Links, which is one of Scotland’s leading championship links golf courses, was acquired by the Darwin Leisure Development Fund earlier in 2019. Darwin’s ambitious plans for Dundonald Links include building a two-storey state-of-the-art clubhouse to replace the current temporary structure and adding 97 luxury lodges to the site, offering a mix of self-catering and hotel style accommodation from 1 to 6 bedrooms in size, designed to suit individuals and groups of golfers. In addition, the plans include a new halfway house for the course, a swing studio and a new 120 space car park.
Commenting on the decision to grant planning permission, Anthony Esse, Chief Executive of Darwin Alternatives said: “I’m delighted that the Planning Committee of Ayrshire Council has granted approval for our plans. The lodges will bring a style of accommodation which is sorely lacking in the local area, and will, I’m sure, provide a real boost to tourism in Ayrshire, attracting both golfers and non-golfers. Our plans will ensure that Dundonald Links will soon have the facilities to match the high standards of its golf course and I have no doubt that Dundonald Links will become one of Scotland’s finest golf resorts.”
Dundonald Links has joined the ‘Darwin Escapes’ portfolio of golf courses and lodge resorts, sitting alongside 20 award-winning lodge resorts, holiday parks and golf courses around the UK. Darwin Escapes is recognised as a pioneering leader which has transformed the face of the UK leisure park industry and Dundonald Links will become its first golf and lodge resort in Scotland.
The team at Darwin will now finalise the plans for Dundonald Links in light of recommendations made by the Planning Committee, but it is hoped that work on the development will begin in 2020, as part of a phased development process.
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