Todd has a special place in his heart for Dornoch, having fallen deeply in love with the bounty of Sutherland. A golfer, angler, stalker and cyclist with a strong interest in history and architecture, he visited the town many years ago while on a golfing trip. Originally from Chicago, he spent his career in the investment business, founding his own firm.
Said Todd: “The Highlands and East Sutherland are astounding in so many ways. Any time I am away, I cannot wait to return. There is a magic to living here. It starts for many with the golf but the closer you look, the more you scratch, the more emerges. Coul Links is based solidly in that notion. The golfing tourists want a reason to stay in the area and with Coul Links they will. And when they stay the night, all the magic will become more noticeable. I believe this will make them return more frequently and stay longer, just as I did. I’m convinced that this will bring great benefits to the local economy.”
Todd believes in communities and has enjoyed playing his part in assisting both Dornoch and Embo. He led the successful fight to keep the Dornoch Service Point which was set to be closed by Highland Council in 2015. He also bought and renovated the derelict Dornoch Courthouse in the centre of town, which has now become a community hub for both locals and visitors. Named after the great industrialist, the Carnegie Courthouse also has a highly successful bespoke cafe, whisky shop, spa and, in partnership with the Dornoch Area Community Interest Company, the Dornoch Visitor's Centre.
Todd also developed Links House at Royal Dornoch, a former Free Church manse built in 1843, into 5 star luxury accommodation and restaurant located at the 1st tee of Royal Dornoch, supplying valuable jobs to the town.
Todd's love of history, golf and Royal Dornoch prompted him to conduct extensive primary research into the life of Royal Dornoch's John Sutherland, 58 year Secretary of the Club (1883--1941) and Town Clerk (1924-1941). Todd's passionate research in conjunction with friend and golf writer, Robin Bargmann resulted in the first major study of John Sutherland's life: a book titled Golf Causerie published in 2016. Golf Causerie profiles Sutherland's extraordinary life as well as reprints for the first time his articles published weekly in the London Daily News from 1906 to 1912. Todd has also played at leadership role in the launch of the First Annual John Sutherland Legacy Pro-Am PGA in Scotland Order of Merit tournament to be played over Brora, Golspie and Tain golf courses starting 2018.
His latest project, Coul Links, in partnership with golf development legend Mike Keiser, is again focused on strengthening communities. Located next to the beautiful town of Embo (an equity partner in the project, which was proposed by the townspeople), Coul Links seeks to be a world class links course. It’s fair to say that when Todd does something it’s done very well, with great attention to detail and sympathy for the local environment.
Said Todd: “Coul links is a fantastic opportunity to keep people in Sutherland to stay the night, rather than departing after their round on The Royal. And if they stay, there will be tremendous positive effects on all the nearby communities. This will also produce meaningful employment both on and off site. Finally, as an environmentalist myself, it is essential Coul Links is sympathetically created to strengthen, not weaken the environmental habitat.”