Tom Doak is working on a new course named; Tara-iti Golf Club in Mangawhai, New Zealand. From the image it appears to be built on sandy terrain adjacent to the coastline on the east coast of the North Island as you travel between Auckland and Kauri Cliffs on the Bay of Islands. Given the quality of golf course Doak builds, this should be a great addition to the golf scene in New Zealand as it breaks the 3 hour car journey from Auckland to the Bay of Islands.
David McLay Kidd is awaiting final planning approval for a new links course at Bushmills Dunes on the Northern Ireland coastline not far from Royal Portrush. If and when this course is constructed, it will add yet another terrific links courses in the midst of an extremely vibrant golf area, more than enough courses to keep you busy during a week’s stay.
I was recently made aware of a new development being proposed for central Scotland which has some very interesting story lines. The proposed development is in the same area as Gleneagles Hotel which has long been regarded as one of the finest country hotels in the world. Funded by money from Dubai, given the current economic climate it is filled with grand plans. The full article is available here. From a golfers perspective, one of the interesting stories is the possible inclusion of David McLay Kidd, who grew up as son of the Greenskeeper at nearby Gleneagles…something of a coming home. Stay tuned