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Jack Nicklaus designed golf course wins approval at Ury

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April 29 2016

Jack Nicklaus designed golf course wins approval at Ury
An £80m golf-led development of the Ury Estate, Aberdeenshire, supported by Jack Nicklaus has won the backing of planners including new housing and conversion of the historic Ury House to form a five-star hotel and clubhouse.

Masterminded by the FM Group and William Cowie Partnership work to renovate the crumbling mansion is already well underway with a roof now in place for the first time in at least 50 years.

Nicklaus said: “We hope the golf course will be an enormous source of pride for the community, and provide a golf experience at Ury Estate that will only enhance tourism and strategic growth, but will absolutely protect and even enhance the existing environment.”

Built in 1855 to designs by John Baird Ury House has its roof removed in 1959 in order to avoid taxes and has lain derelict ever since.

FM Group are also behind plans to develop a supermarket and hotel on the Ury Estate which has also been recommended for approval.
Concerns have been raised at the felling of historic woodland to make way for an associated residential development
Concerns have been raised at the felling of historic woodland to make way for an associated residential development
With just six bedrooms at most Ury House is considered too small to operate as a boutique hotel
With just six bedrooms at most Ury House is considered too small to operate as a boutique hotel

7 Comments

Nice shot
#1 Posted by Nice shot on 29 Apr 2016 at 13:43 PM
It would be great to hear what Nicholas Siem and Martin Kaymer thought of the course.
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 2 May 2016 at 13:16 PM
Lovely!

Nice tae see that the folk involved huvvnae given in tae the temptation tae add on "unapologetically modern" concrete and gless boxes. And tae the haterz on here, I (and mast ae the wurld) will take this 'pastiche' and 'disneyesque' stuff any day ae the week oor whit u lot propose.

Traditional aesthetics for tha win.
Yaldy
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 2 May 2016 at 15:34 PM
Got to disagree this time Big Chantelle, #1 is some colonial nightmare
j
#4 Posted by j on 2 May 2016 at 16:18 PM
@#2

Hi Big C, its the "disneyesque" commenter here. Nothing pastiche or disneyesque about this, quite like it actually. A tasteful renovation of an existing building is great to see, doesn't need any modern extensions. Its only a case for derision when there is a bit of tacky fakery. Do share concerns with planners, why does that central space for the houses need to be so vast? Looks like several football fields could fit on this...
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 3 May 2016 at 01:29 AM
I'm with Big Chantelle on this. Lovely indeed. Maybe they could add more trees and greenery to make it just right.
Bernhard Langer
#6 Posted by Bernhard Langer on 4 May 2016 at 14:39 PM
#1 'Marcel' Siem?
Don Diamante
#7 Posted by Don Diamante on 5 May 2016 at 11:46 AM
Fabulous news! Not sure if was old Barnacle Bill or Wee Doogs who composed the renovation, but a top class job regardless.
I like the space at the front of the housing, personally I might have preferred the roadways to the rear and a pedestrian 'green' to the front.
Nonetheless, fantastic news for a region somewhat under the kosh at the moment.
Lovely job.
cheers
DD

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