Ground has been broken at Dundonald Links Golf Course, as work begins on a new luxury clubhouse and lodge accommodation.
Set amongst the stunning Kyle Phillips designed course, the new clubhouse will be created from natural materials, blending seamlessly with the rugged Scottish landscape. The new two-story building will be finished with local Whinstone, with a sloping dune grass roof, designed by NBDA Architects to be sympathetic to the surroundings and the environment.
World-class panoramic views await from its first-floor balconies, all the way to the Isle of Arran, whilst planting will include an array of pollen and nectar-bearing plants that will contribute to the Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network, a project led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Around £1 million of improvements will also be made to the existing golf course, host of the 2017 EuropeanTour Scottish Open, in order to enhance the playing experience, which will be led by the original course designer Kyle Phillips and his team.
The new clubhouse is part of an ambitious £25m luxury golf lodge development, delivered over two phases. Phase one will see eighteen 6, 4 and 2 bed lodges developed, with three private practice putting greens on their doorstep. In addition, there will be 22 private rooms situated beside the clubhouse for easeof access to the restaurant and clubhouse facilities. Phase two will see further expansion of the lodge accommodation, with permission to build a further 79 lodges.
Ashley Pheasant, Head of Golf at Darwin Escapes said “To see ground broken on the new clubhouse is very exciting, and is just the start of a major investment plan at Dundonald Links. The clubhouse is only one of a number of developments we have planned, in order to deliver a first-class experience for our golfers and guests.”
With construction work now underway, Dundonald Links will re-open to golfers from 1st May 2021, with clubhouse and accommodation expected to be completed in early Autumn.
Dundonald Links, located less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow in Ayrshire in Scotland, is a Kyle Phillips designed links golf course which has hosted a wide range of prestigious golf- ing events, including the Scottish Open and Ladies Scottish Open. Dundonald Links is part
of the Darwin Escapes portfolio of UK lodge resorts and golf courses.
Dundonald Links is at the forefront of golf course sustainability in the UK and the redevel- opment project and improvements to the course will be carried out with this in mind. In par- ticular, new planting has been carefully selected to ensure continuity with the surrounding landscape, with an array of pollen and nectar bearing plants that will contribute to the Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network, a project led by Scottish Wildlife Trust alongside Dundonald Links to ensure the long-term survival of pollinating insects and endangered species such as the small blue butterfly in the area.
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