The team’s Project Manager is Chris Haspell. He brings a substantial knowledge of golf course construction and management. Chris has a proven track record of development in the Highlands at Castle Stuart Golf Links, where he developed the course over the last 12 years. An advocate of low input/low output golf course management, Chris has himself designed and developed golf courses In Europe. This has given him wide experience in constructing golf courses that sit naturally in their environment.
Chris also spent 11 years in Denmark, which is one of the most environment focused countries in the world. Chris feels Coul links can be developed very well in a sensitive area with minimal impact.
Said Chris: “Coul Links is a very special place and we have a special team with an incredible wealth of experience that is vital to the project. We are all focused on making the development into a world class golf landscape experience for everyone to access and enjoy, certainly not just golfers. Not only that but our goal is to measurably enhance the wildlife flora and fauna on the links.
“We understand that we are only custodians of the land for a relatively short space of time as land managers and that it’s important for us to maintain and enhance the biodiversity of the site. I am truly honoured to have been considered for this position and if we get the green light it is up to me to make sure we get a positive outcome, that’s a challenge I relish. On top of that, imagine if Coul Links does for Embo what the championship course has done for Royal Dornoch, that would be an amazing legacy to deliver.”
Chris was involved at Castle Stuart Golf Links from its very first day and has had a fruitful working relationship with many statutory bodies which he is determined to continue.