Golf course putting plans in place to add range of ser­vices

Leisure: Royal Dornoch Club’s pro­pos­als have been rec­om­mended for ap­proval

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News Highlands & Islands - BY CALUM ROSS

Aworld-fa­mous golf course in the High­lands is ex­pected to be given per­mis­sion next week to build a new driv­ing range, ten­nis court and shop.

Royal Dornoch Golf Club’s pro­pos­als for the town’s busi­ness park and former abat­toir site have been rec­om­mended for ap­proval by plan­ning of­fi­cials.

Coun­cil­lors will dis­cuss the scheme on Tues­day, and work could get un­der way at the site soon after, if the de­vel­op­ment is ap­proved.

Ato­tal of 40 new­stu­dent flats are also be­ing built at the site, con­nected to the North High­land Col­lege, part of theUniver­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands (UHI).

Royal Dornoch’s de­vel­op­ment would in­clude a 10-bay driv­ing range cov­er­ing nine acres, as well as an as­so­ci­ated “class­room”, a gen­eral prac­tice area, putting green, a ten­nis court, a pro-golf shop, pub­lic toi­lets and car parking.

Club gen­eral man­ager Neil Hamp­ton said: “The club is al­ways look­ing to rein­vest in the fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices that it pro­vides to it mem­bers and vis­i­tors so the driv­ing range is a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of that de­sire.

“We hope that it will be looked on favourably as an as­set to the town as well as the club and will be used by ev­ery­one who plays golf in Dornoch and the sur­round­ing area.

“It will be es­pe­cially use­ful for all the stu­dents who are study­ing golf at North High­land Col­lege UHI as it is well sit­u­ated just a few yards from the new­stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion that is un­der con­struc­tion.”

Ac­cess to the site would be from Shore Road, with 49 car parking spa­ces and four ar­eas for coaches to be pro­vided.

The main shop build­ing would “com­bine a blend of tra­di­tion and con­tem­po­rary de­sign with a palet­teof ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate con­trast”.

The build­ing would have a slate roof and ex­ter­nal walls con­sist­ing of sand­stone, white ren­der and zinc cladding, and there would be a small link con­nect­ing the it to the driv­ing range.

The scheme’s progress emerged in the same week that the lo­cal author­ity lodged a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a £3mil­lion com­mu­nity sports cen­tre at Dornoch Academy.

Rec­om­mend­ing ap­proval of the driv­ing range ap­pli­ca­tion, a re­port by High­land Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cials said: “There are no con­cerns with re­gards sit­ing or de­sign and it is con­sid­ered that the de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the area.”

HAPPY MAN: Neil Hamp­ton, gen­eral man­ager of Royal Dornoch Golf Club, hopes the plans will be viewed as a pos­i­tive for the area

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