A brand new £20 million golf course and clubhouse will be built near St Andrews, following approval by the Scottish government.
The decision was taken after the St Andrews International Golf Club (SAIGC) appealed to the Government over the length of time Fife Council was taking to make a decision.
The construction of the Feddinch Mains golf course, which was designed by 1973 Open winner, Tom Weiskopf, will require demolishing farm buildings. The proposed clubhouse will include a restaurant, 41 accommodation rooms with a capacity to house 160 people, and a shop.
A spokesman for the SAIGC said the club was “delighted” that plans for the golf course and clubhouse have finally been approved.
The SAIGC had already submitted an application for the 244-acre Feddinch site, south of St Andrews, in December 2011. However, the club was later forced to appeal to the Scottish Government as it felt Fife Council was taking too long to make a decision.
The planning agreement was negotiated by Fife Council, planning agent Colliers International and solicitors Shepherd and Wedderburn.
Associate director at Colliers International, Neil Gray, said the development was a “significant milestone in the Feddinch project”.