This week will see another momentous day in the short but eventful history of Castle Stuart Golf Links.
On Thursday morning, the legendary Arnold Palmer will touch down at Inverness Airport and make the short journey to Castle Stuart to visit the site of what will be his first golf course in Scotland.
Mr Palmer will view the existing championship links, which will again be home to the Scottish Open next year, before walking the area where the new course will be built.
In the week of The Open at St Andrews, the visit will bring international attention again to Castle Stuart and undoubtedly help the Highlands cement its reputation as a must-play golf destination.
The Arnold Palmer Group recognises the potential of the site, with its scenic beauty, exceptional topography, as well as the backdrop of the Moray Firth and of course the 400-year-old castle. That is why they are investing in the current partnership at Castle Stuart and the Arnold Palmer Design Company are collaborating with us on designing a memorable new links.
Work on the final routing is going well and we intend having detailed plans submitted sometime in August, with the aim of cutting the first turf next spring.
The new course is planned to be called The Tribute in recognition of the great man’s love of Scotland and its links courses. He of course has strong connections to the Home of Golf, having first played here in 1960 at St Andrews and one of his two Open championships came at Troon in 1962.
We are proud to be associated with such an iconic golfing figure and a company that has a truly worldwide reach in so many fields. It will enhance our reputation and our partnership will create a lasting legacy for a sporting legend but also give the Highlands a new platform on which to develop golfing tourism.
It will be spectacular and will be aligned to the philosophies of both Mr Palmer and Mark Parsinen, Castle Stuart’s managing partner and co-designer, that golf courses should be visual experiences and fun to play.
You could say this wonderful opportunity has been over 50 years in the making since Mr Palmer first set foot in Scotland. This week’s visit brings it another step closer