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Cabot Highlands lodges plans with Highland Council for expansion of Castle Stuart links clubhouse

By Philip Murray

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The Castle Stuart clubhouse, which boasts stunning views over the Moray Firth, will undergo a large expansion if the plans are approved.
The Castle Stuart clubhouse, which boasts stunning views over the Moray Firth, will undergo a large expansion if the plans are approved.

Multimillion-pound plans to expand a world-renowned golf course and create almost 200 new jobs have reached another milestone after an application for a major expansion of the clubhouse was lodged with Highland Council.

Cabot Highlands, which bought the Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2022, is currently working to transform the site.

It hopes to open a second 18-hole course by the end of 2024, and is looking to expand its existing facilities to accommodate these ambitions.

It recently won approval to repair and repurpose two agricultural buildings at nearby Scottack Farm in order to build a new business hub as part of its wider complex.

And now it has lodged proposals to expand the existing clubhouse to the north and south. This expansion would also result in the southern gable adding an entire new wing with open air roofed corridor linking it to the existing building.

This single-storey 'wing' would house a new, larger pro shop – replacing the one in the existing clubhouse – store and plant rooms, outdoor accessible bathrooms and changing rooms and a pantry.

If approved, the application would also see the car park to the east of the clubhouse upgraded and landscaped, and a cart barn, infrastructure and storage building erected on land immediately to the south-east of that.

The existing clubhouse would also undergo interior layout changes, adding additional dining space, creating a snug bar where the current pro shop is, and more. The second floor lounge would also become a whisky bar, and the extension of lower levels to the north would create additional terrace space on this upper floor.

In all, it is thought the clubhouse extension would add around 11,000 square feet to the overall building.

It has been reported that the development of the new additional course, expanded clubhouse, and other new buildings – which would include 25 new cottages – could create up to 175 jobs.

Related: Go-ahead given for Cabot Highland plans at Castle Stuart golf course development

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