Other than Goodale, how many people here have been on the ground at Coul Links?
I ask because my wife and I were doing our laundry at Grannie's Hielan Hame yesterday and I took a bike ride around Embo that included a look at Coul Links from the Embo side. Later we rode from David's flat out to Embo and I took her over to have a look as well.
I know Rich said he has no doubt a great course could be built there, but looking at the routing map for the holes in the area I cannot figure out how they'll build a course that's playable while moving the small amount of sand they say they will.
I've played a fair number of the better links courses, including Royal Dornoch; Old, New, Jubilee and Eden at St. Andrews; North Berwick,; Gullane 2 and 3; Moray Old; Nairn and Nairn Dunbar; well, you get the idea.
Here's the thing none of them look remotely like Coul Links. The closest might be a couple of the most crazily undulating holes at Fraserburgh and Tain.
I don't suppose a knucklehead like me has much of a position to question Coor and Crenshaw, but just because some folks want to do something and they say they will do it without ruining what's already there doesn't mean they're right.
Bicycle riding around some of the places I've been in Scotland has taken me past several pieces of linksland that look like golf courses before being touched by the hand of man. I remember thinking that about the sandhills of Nebraska as I drove through them a decade or more before C&C got out there to "discover" the holes that ultimately became Sandhills GC.
At Coul, I just don't see it... without the application of bulldozers.
Edit -- while out on the links we ran into a guy who's been an RDC member for 30+ years and lived in Embo for 20. He, along with a bunch of other folks, was walking a dog in the links. He said some Embo residents thought the project was a good idea, but there were plenty who weren't wild about it.