Kingsbarns Golf Links (Cambo)
Issues Of Concern
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The Golf Course has been built very close to the well used
beaches and coastal path. Visitors have been commenting on this fact.
The developer had promised, publicly, that he would improve
and maintain the original coastal path but already parts of that path have been
re-located onto the foreshore. One way or another, the safety of walkers and
beach users could be said to have been compromised thanks to recent 'revisions'
to the approved scheme.
The council appears to have allowed several 'revisions' to
the approved scheme - the repositioning of tees and lines of play, the lowering
of safety specifications for protective dunes, the already mentioned re-routing
of parts of the coastal path.
The Ramblers' Association maintain their objection to this
scheme, and they foresee problems - where members of the public, choosing to
exercise their right to recreation on the foreshore, refuse to move. At holes
where the lines of play clearly cross over the foreshore, golfers may simply
have to stop playing.
The 'pay as you play' option available to golfers might not
always exist. Comments made by the promoters suggest that KGL may wish to
remove this option. Conditions have been written so as to safeguard this option
for five years.
There have been concerns raised in the village regarding
traffic on the Sea Road. KGL were required to create a new access road for all
golf traffic, but they have yet to find a way to encourage all golf traffic to
use that new access.
Given this background, it is possible that several issues
will attract press attention once the golf course is up and running. We will
place relevant news articles here.
A price too far more
Malcolm Campbell, The Scotsman, 13 January 2001
Two totally unrelated stories caught my eye this week. The
first came in a rather intriguing press release, which emanated from that
stretch of Irish coastline just south of Dublin where the delightful golf club
known as The European lies.
St Andrews could turn into Costa del
Auslan Cramb, The Telegraph, 17 July 2000
The Open returns to St Andrews this week amid claims that
the town is becoming part of a bland, over-developed "Costa del Golf".
Keep resort glitz out of St
Golf Week, 1 May 1999
Anyone who doubts the sacred nature of golf at St. Andrews
need only stand at the first tee of the Old Course, awaiting word from the
starter to play away, please.more
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