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Unfinished golf course in St Andrews comes to market

3.14pm 21st April 2020 - Property

An opportunity to buy a partially-designed golf course overlooking St Andrews has arisen with the sale of 240 acres of land at Feddinch Mains, which is just two miles from the centre of the Home of Golf.

The site, which also includes the beginnings of an 18-hole course and a semi-derelict farmhouse, is on the market for an undisclosed price through Scottish independent property consultancy Galbraith.

The golf course at Feddinch Mains first came to public attention in 2000, when permission for a golf course on the site was granted. Former Open champion Tom Weiskopf drew up the designs for the 18-hole course for owners Scotia Investments, but the venture has been stop-start ever since, with local councillors refusing to grant planning permission for a new clubhouse in 2016, after which the project stalled and was largely abandoned, despite the course being routed and the first stages of drainage installed. It has since been left to rewild. 

The first company formed to pursue the Feddinch course, St Andrews International Golf Club, was dissolved in 2016 following concerns over the right to use the town’s name in the title. A new company was established, The Feddinch Club plc, which hoped to trade as the Feddinch Club, St Andrews.

Galbraith’s George Lorimer, who is handling the sale, said: “This is an outstanding proposition, just minutes from the centre of St Andrews. The original planning permission for the site included an 18-hole golf course, a clubhouse with 41 bedrooms and a shop, storage buildings, car parking and the establishment of a renewable energy source. Subject to planning, there is potentially scope for a purchaser to continue with the development and create a superb new course with some lovely coastal views with the benefit of a fantastic unrivalled location.”

He added: “The demand for championship-standard golf courses increases year-on-year in Scotland. Notwithstanding the impact that Covid-19 will certainly have, golf tourism was expected to generate £325m for the Scottish economy this year. Interest in golf continues to show stellar growth, with the best courses attracting national and international visitors.

“The site also has excellent potential for a variety of other commercial uses and is only ten minutes by car to St Andrews and the Fife coast. The purchaser could potentially put their own stamp on the property and take advantage of its excellent location to create a premium tourism-related business.”

The land is gently sloping and has an attractive north easterly aspect with some good views over the town of St Andrews and the Tay estuary beyond. Principally classified as Grade 3:1 by the James Hutton Institute, the land therefore has the potential to be used to produce a wide range of crops, as was the case in the past.

For more details call George Lorimer at Galbraith on 07920 724958 or email George.Lorimer@galbraithgroup.com.

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