Plans to create a world-class golf resort at the ‘Home of Golf’ in Scotland have been resurrected.

Investment consultants GPH Engineering has notified Fife Council they intend to resubmit a planning application to build a multi-million-pound leisure complex on the outskirts of St Andrews.

A previous application, granted in 2017, was given to Canadian firm Scotia Investment Group but permission expired after three years and the course was sold to GPH shortly afterwards.

The Feddinch Mains course itself was designed by former Open champion Tom Weiskopf in 2000 but has remained partially built while various plans, from a number of owners, to develop the 244-acre site have stalled.

A spokesperson for GPH Engineering said: “This exciting and ambitious scheme will deliver unrivalled standards of golf, accommodation and service at St Andrews, the home of golf, benefiting both members and the local community. 

“The new course and clubhouse facilities will deliver some lovely coastal views in a fantastic unrivalled location, supporting a growing interest in golf, with the best courses attracting national and international visitors.“It is our clear desire to deliver a project with lasting economic benefits to the town, Fife and Scotland. Schemes such as this provide a vital means to support the recovery of the tourism sector from COVID-19, delivering considerable employment opportunities – both during construction and onsite once complete.

“We’re looking forward to consulting widely with the community and key stakeholders over the coming months on our proposals, which will include a digital consultation event in May.”

Once again led by G1 Architects, the scheme include a new clubhouse, 39 suites, a spa and restaurant and all existing buildings, with the exception of the farmhouse, are to be demolished.

A Proposal of Application Notice – noting intent to submit a planning application in due course following community consultation – has been submitted to Fife Council to develop the clubhouse and associated works, including minor alterations to the golf course layout.