Updated plans submitted for £100m Angus golf resort

Image credit: 3DReid

UPDATED plans for a £100 million golf resort, hotel and spa have been submitted to Angus Council.  

Set within 300 acres of land on the Shank of Omachie, above the Forbes of Kingennie country resort near Broughty Ferry, The Angus has been tipped to contribute more than £40 million to the local economy annually and will boast the first five-star hotel in the Dundee and Angus region.  

Following a redesign of the original plans, which already have planning consent, the hotel now has 175 guest rooms, a rooftop sky bar and 1,900 sqm spa and leisure facility. It will be the anchor for a signature Darren Clarke golf course, clubhouse and golf academy with driving range.  

The plans also include provision for 160 houses and 10 luxury lodges.  

The project team includes 3DReid architects, Ryden, Morrison Construction, Balgair, Manson Architects, Team Niblick (golf course design) and CPC (project management).  

Forbes of Kingennie owner and Angus businessman, Mike Forbes, has already received planning permission in principle for The Angus, with construction due to begin on the golf course next summer if the latest designs are approved.

Mike Forbes. Image credit: Ron Cathro Photography

A section 42 order was granted by Angus Council in 2017 to allow a newly appointed project team to make alterations to the original designs, repositioning the development as a ‘best-in-class’ hotel.  

The redesign is described as creating a ‘sense of space and relaxation’ with an outlook that maximises views out to the Tay estuary and St Andrews, including a water feature in the entrance hall. 

Mr Forbes said, “The Angus is an unrivalled opportunity for Angus and Scotland. It is simply an iconic hotel and golf complex which will surpass anything on offer in the country. With a five-star hotel and spa offering, as well as the first signature golf course from legendary Ryder Cup winner and former Open champion Darren Clarke, The Angus will create jobs and opportunities, generating significant income and boosting Dundee and Angus as a world-class tourism and leisure destination.”

The full development is expected to generate more than 300 jobs, with a further 130 full-time equivalent posts and 285 additional employment positions during the construction and development phase. 

A hotel partner is expected to be announced in the coming months. 

Mr Forbes added, “This is a huge project and a labour of love for me, my family and our planning team who have worked tirelessly to ensure we have a resort that the people of Angus can be proud of for generations to come. We are committed to working collaboratively with the planning team at Angus Council to meet all the planning requirements to allow us to begin construction on this transformational development in 2022 so that it can be delivered by Morrison Construction.”

Leveraged & Equity Global Capital (L&EGC) has been appointed as financing partner for The Angus development.

It is expected that Angus Council will make a decision on the plans in early 2022 with The Angus due to open to the public in 2024.