Arnold Palmer: ‘I am honoured to be building a golf course in Scotland’

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 12, 2015 13:36

Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer has said he is honoured to be building a golf course – the second at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

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The 85-year-old’s company, the Arnold Palmer Group, is designing and building the course.

Palmer, who won seven majors including back-to-back Open Championships in 1961 and 1962, said: “From the day I first travelled to Scotland in 1960 to play in the Open Championship, I have been enamoured with the country and its people. The landscape and the history of the game all combine to make it such a special place in golf.

“To have an opportunity to design and build a great golf course in Scotland is an honour.”

Construction on the new course is expected to begin next March and the 18-hole venue should be open within four years.

A spokesman for his company added: “This is why we go to study golf courses all over the world, to have opportunities like this. To be able to create something that is fun and creative on such a naturally beautiful piece of property is every golf course architect’s dream.

“We hope people walk off the 18th green and immediately want to go back to the first tee to play again.

“We are always looking for great sites to work on and sophisticated clients to work with. That is what this opportunity provides.”

Castle Stuart Golf Links opened in 2009 and has already hosted the Scottish Open.

Its course manager, Chris Haspell, said: “I will take on the role as construction supervisor and shaper, along with keeping an eye on Castle Stuart and the Scottish Open. The team here are good so I know the course is in safe hands while I am using time on the next 18. It’s a chance also for individuals to grow and take on new roles.

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Chris Haspell

“I am really looking forward to working with the Palmer team, I have already spent time with Thad and Brandon, the lead designs who will co-design the tribute course, and Mr Palmer himself was here in July. In the short time I have spent with the Palmer Group I know we will have some fun and hopefully produce a very good golf course.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 12, 2015 13:36
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