handles issues relating to the planning, design and construction
of new golf courses. You will find summaries of guidance relating
to the issues surrounding the development of new golf courses. You
will also be able to download copies of any guidance you find useful,
free of charge.
of new golf facilities in Scotland has been steady since the boom
period of early 1980's to mid 1990's. This period saw the greatest
number of new developments in golf's history in Scotland. Not since
the development of the coastal links around resorts such as St Andrews,
Troon, East Lothian, East Neuk of Fife, Prestwick and Montrose had
we seen such a rapid increase in the number of courses.
Of course, the
development of the 1980's and 90's was more diverse than that of
the same period one hundred years earlier. With a hugely increased
capacity to shift earth and landscape courses, the potential to
transform unsuitable sites into golf courses was exploited. This
resulted in courses being developed on agricultural land, flood
plains, hillsides and even contaminated 'brownfield' sites. Development
continued to take place in coastal dunes, lowland heathland and
Historic Parklands as it had done in the past.
The period of
growth, has also seen an increasing emphasis on environmental concern
and protection. Increasing numbers of designations and
covering ever- wider issues has led golf course development to be
more closely scrutinised than ever before.
the application of new European Environmental Assessment Regulations
to new golf course development has resulted in the need or developers
to detail all environmental implications of their proposals.
We have researched
and prepared guidance on a range of the environmental issues to
affect golf course development. They are all available free of charge
from this web site.
We hope they
assist you in identifying what best practice is in terms of course
development, and increase your understanding of the mutual benefits
of taking an environmentally sound approach.