Will the beach be affected by the development of the Coul Links golf course?
The beach will not be affected by the project in any way. The golf course will not be built on, or even near, the beach.
Will any sand be removed from the Big Dune and, if so, how much?
The plans for this area of the course do not include the removal or addition of any sand, but rather, what is already available on site to sculpt the green.
Will a boulder wall be built on site to stop coastal erosion?
No. There are no plans to construct any beach defences at Coul Links.
How will the development at Coul Links compare to that at Menie?
The development of the Coul Links golf course is a very progressive, environmentally conscious project. The site will be carefully maintained through the removal of invasive species, habitat enhancements and close collaboration with Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that the land is protected at all times.
The symbiotic relationship between the golf course and the environment put in place for this project is trailblazing - and something that can be used as a template for future developments. This will help to ensure that the environment is not only protected, but improved.
How will birds such as Oyster Catchers, Curlews and Cuckoos benefit from the Coul Links development?
Thanks to the development, birds will enjoy a better level of protection, as shooting on the SSSI will cease with the implementation of the golf course. The area will also see a large reduction in disturbance from footfall traffic once the course is built – particularly in winter months when the course is closed.
Bird habitats will be improved in other ways as well through actions such as grass management… all of which will actually lead to local bird populations increasing.
How will the site be improved with the development of the Coul Links golf course?
This site is being developed in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage to include a robust management plan for the 800 hectares within the SSSI. Presently, there is no funding allocated to protecting this site, which is already in ecological decline. Under the supervision of Coul Links, private funding will be ring-fenced annually to maintain the ecological integrity of the site, preserving it at no extra cost to the taxpayer in perpetuity.