Obviously this had me choking on my cornflakes this morning http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1091842007
Jack Nicklaus plans new golf resort on Stonehaven estate
A NEW golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus would form the centrepiece of a £40 million hotel and resort development unveiled yesterday.
The proposal comes on the back of Donald Trump's plans for a £1 billion development at Menie in Aberdeenshire and reinforces hopes of establishing the North-east of Scotland as a golfing Mecca.
Edinburgh-based FM Developments announced that Ury Estate in Stonehaven is to become home to only the second Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Scotland.
The "Golden Bear's" PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles, which opened in 1993, has already been recognised as a modern classic. It has also been chosen as the venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Separate proposals by the Trump Organisation to build what the billionaire tycoon has hailed as "the world's greatest golf resort" on a spectacular stretch of links land near Balmedie are still awaiting planning permission.
Mr Nicklaus last night said: "Ury Estate is a fantastic landscape that commands great views across the surrounding countryside and out to the North Sea, offering us a wonderful opportunity to design a memorable golf experience.
"The area is immersed in Scottish history and we are honoured to be a part of its golf future. We look forward to the challenge of blending the golf course design with its surroundings, and hope to create a beautiful course that will highlight the incredible Scottish scenery."
The 18-hole Nicklaus championship course will be the flagship of FM Developments' plans to transform the 1,500-acre Ury Estate on the outskirts of Stonehaven into a massive leisure complex with a hotel, shooting range, tennis courts and equestrian and fishing facilities.
Last December, Aberdeenshire councillors threw out plans by the company to restore Ury House, the B-listed derelict Elizabethan-style mansion at the centre of the estate, as part of an earlier application. The company wanted to transform the roofless mansion into nine townhouses and build 138 homes in the grounds.
But the planning authority ruled the scheme would have an "unacceptable impact" on the landscape.
FM Developments was granted planning approval last year to create the golf course. Its revised plan includes proposals to restore Ury House as the clubhouse, complete with function and conference facilities. A series of four hamlets across the periphery of the estate is also included in the plans.
Richard Milne, director of FM Developments, said: "It is a great honour for someone with such stature as Jack Nicklaus to put his name to Ury Estate.
"It reinforces our faith in the potential of the estate to become a golf resort with an abundance of leisure facilities for the local community and to attract visitors to Stonehaven and surrounding areas."