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The implication that simply building a second high profile golf course would keep wealthy American's up in the town for longer frustrates me. I bet most people would be stunned at the number of golfers who travel up to play Dornoch but skip Castle Stuart. If golfers are not all playing a World Top 100 Course that is hard not to drive past, then would they stay to play Coul Links?I'm not saying it wouldn't help but they need to significantly upgrade the lodging for that demographic. There is not enough good quality accommodation in Inverness, let alone Dornoch, to keep the wealthy American's up there for longer.I absolutely adore Dornoch; the town, the course and the club, but the well-healed guy needs more. Hopefully Castle Stuart can push ahead with their second course and proposed lodging that will keep people up there for longer. For the foreseeable future St Andrews and Gleneagles will remain the places wealthy US golfers want to stay for longer than 2 nights.
Simon,I do not follow how you think that a second course at Dornoch will not attract golfers to stay in the area longer but the same at Castle Stuart will or did I misunderstand?I do think that a second course would be a positive thing and that it would encourage more golfers to stay in the area longer.
....In that case the planning process worked perfectly and it was political interference that scuppered the system.Jon
Rich - Agree on the budget nature of lodgings. Would love to see a "Marriott/Hilton/Hyatt Suites" or something buy the Dornoch Bay Hotel.The bar in the hotel has great bones and a nice view. Would make a wonderful 19th hole.[/quoteAs you may or may not know, in the 1920's when the good and great (Wethereds, Holdernesses, etc.) visited Dornoch, they took the train from Golspie and stayed at was then the Dornoch Hotel. It does have great "bones" but its intestines are 100 years old. Trust me. I've stayed there with my wife and sprogs a few times and its has potential but need LOTS of money to become attractive to people who live in the 21st century.
Quote from: Jon Wiggett on August 21, 2016, 06:47:24 AM....In that case the planning process worked perfectly and it was political interference that scuppered the system.JonI'd suggest that political interference didn't scupper the system, it is the system. A Deputy Minister I knew liked to pre-emptively silence those likely to complain about politicians interfering with the civil service by saying: "I'm glad that elected officials get to trump bureaucrats -- otherwise we'd all be living in the Soviet Union!"A "humorous" and none-too-subtle way to tell his underlings that he expected them to play the game; when politicians said "jump", the only right response was to ask "how high?"If the "Yes, Minister" view of senior public servants was accurate once, it certainly isn't any longer. In my experience, the only type of official who now rises to the upper echelons of the bureaucracy is the one who thinks himself/herself savvy enough to simply and always ask "how high"....though not in those exact words of course. Peter