Mike Keiser’s involvement at Coul Links came after many pilgrimages to Royal Dornoch in the past. He is a real advocate of minimal disturbance, fast-running, firm and fun golf courses. No stranger to golf course development, Mike and his team have developed some of the most environmentally conscious yet financially successful golf courses in the world. He has invested time and effort all over the world from Australia, through North America to Nova Scotia, and even in Scotland at Askernish in the outer Hebrides.
Mike’s love of the game, coupled with his friendship with some of the world’s best architects and his uncanny knack of finding great natural sites, is the recipe for his success.
Said Mike: “We would dearly love to fit Coul Links into the landscape. It would be a great honour to work once more in the home of golf. I really enjoyed helping the team at Askernish and raising awareness for the golf club and local community. We are acutely aware of the sensitive nature of this site and will strive to enhance it, just as we did at Askernish, On this occasion we will take that one step further having Embo Community trust on our board of directors as an investor. The team feel this will bring continuity and a strong feeling of ownership of the project for generations to come.
“My philanthropy has been shaped by two pieces of advice. The first was from my dad, a former Eagle Scout. He'd instruct me and my three brothers to always leave a campsite nicer than we found it. While it took some time before I became a conservationist, my father's rule made me aware at a young age of the land around me (not to mention taught me to be neat and tidy). In fact, my father had helped create the vistas of my childhood. A stockbroker living on two acres outside of Buffalo, he'd tell us that he had always dreamed of being a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest, and he planted pine trees all over our property.
“Years later, my father's philosophy was reflected in our approach to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort's development, which was very much a restoration project. The three courses on the ocean were largely covered in non-native plants such as gorse, Scotch broom, and European beachgrass. We removed those plants, and the courses are now primarily covered in native red fescue—we left the land better than we found it.”
Mike has offered to help Embo Community trust to have a bigger share of the Could Links Project by pledging that anything they can raise for shares, he will personally multiply that number by 5 which is a boost for the village.