Work begins on two new ‘eco’ courses26th September, 2012 by Emma Williams
Construction work has begun on two new ‘eco’ 18-hole golf courses on a former colliery in Scotland, which will be part of a major new project.
The Heartlands Development in West Lothian is a £650m business, retail, residential and leisure project, which includes its own motorway junction – the first in Scotland to be entirely privately funded.
The 610 hectare estate will see 2,000 homes built along with a 1.5 million square feet business park, which is set to be the employment location of about 4,000 people.
It will also include an environmentally friendly golfing complex of 36 holes, including a driving range, practice areas and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. The courses will be designed by PGA Design Consulting.
“When complete, the courses will vie for the title of the ‘greenest’ courses in the world, thanks to the extensive use of recycled materials in the creation of its fairways, bunkers and greens,” said a spokesman.
“Each course is being built using a new technique which combines screened inert colliery waste shale from the coal bings with high quality locally produced compost. This avoids importing tonnes of new topsoil, reducing costs and helping the environment.
“The organic green compost layer on top of the recycled colliery waste is made from tree and shrub prunings and grass trimmings.
“The east course has been designed to be a wooded parkland, like a Scottish Pinehurst, which is very in keeping with the surroundings. The west course will be the more difficult of the two and has been designed like a traditional Scottish heathland challenge.”
Two holes have already been shaped, seeded and grassed, while a further five have seen processed material laid down.
“Within the development there will be a beautiful, state-of-the-art clubhouse along with a 350-bedroom hotel,” added the spokesman. “A ‘history of golf museum’ is also being considered.”
Overall construction of the golf courses is expected to take at least another two years, with a further year for the grass to bed in. As yet no decision has been made regarding fees or membership.