‘Exciting and ambitious’ Feddinch golf project proposals unveiled

GPH Engineering has unveiled proposals to progress the development of a multi-million-pound golf resort at Feddinch Mains, St Andrews.

The investment consultants said the plans for the leisure-led development include a clubhouse, golf accommodation featuring up to 39 luxury suites, a spa and restaurant.

Lying 2.5 km south west of St Andrews, the 97.58-hectare site already has consent dating from 2004 for the development of a championship golf course. Designed by 1973 Open champion Tom Weiskopf, work is currently underway on the course.

The site includes the farm steading known as Feddinch Mains, which currently lies vacant and will form the focus for new facilities. All existing buildings at Feddinch Mains, with the exception of the farmhouse, are to be demolished, regenerating and re-using previously developed land. Conservation of the existing listed farmhouse will allow for an additional apartment to be formed.

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 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 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 dedicated project website has been set-up at www.feddinchgolfresort.com. A web-based consultation will occur on May 20 between 3pm and 8pm, adhering to Scottish Government guidance on consultation during Covid-19.

A spokesperson for GPH Engineering said, “This exciting and ambitious scheme will deliver unrivalled standards of golf, accommodation and service at St Andrews, the home of golf, 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 2.5 km from the beautiful town of St. Andrews, the home of golf, and 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.”