Concern over Dumbarnie Links golf course plans

Dumbarnie Links looking towards Largo Law
Dumbarnie Links looking towards Largo Law

RESIDENTS remain unconvinced about a £10 million new golf course proposal for east of Largo and are demanding to know who exactly is behind it.

At a recent meeting of Largo Area Community Council, lead planning consultant Robin Matthews said he could not divulge any identities other than to say it was not Donald Trump, although they did have experience of developing other golf courses.

However, a press release issued on behalf of the developers named local golf writer Malcolm Campbell as one of the people behind the plan for Dumbarnie Links and the designer as former Ryder Cup and European Tour player Clive Clark.

The proposal for the 132-hectare project site, which is owned by Lord Balniel, of Balcarres Estate, is for an 18-hole links course run on a pay-per-play basis – estimated at £100 a round – with clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop and changing rooms, and would be expected to attract up to 23,500 visitors a year within five years. The developers predict it could generate £2 million per year for the local economy, creating up to 30 permanent jobs.

Mr Campbell said it was an exciting opportunity for Fife to build on its status as a world-class destination for golfers looking to enjoy traditional links golf.

Local people have expressed fears the plans could wreak havoc with a sensitive area of the East Neuk but Mr Campbell said everyone involved was committed to minimising the impact on environmentally sensitive areas in the vicinity of the site. The press release also stated there would no requirement for housing to support the development. Before submitting a planning application in the autumn, the developers plan to carry out consultation with the local community, including public exhibitions and briefings.