The Developers and their Consultants
A heavy hitting team of global corporates has been brought together to make the development of the Coul Links Golf Course, on one of Scotland's precious SSSI's, happen.
Despite all their firepower we will try to fight these huge companies with our passion, real analysis of the facts, close investigation of the economics of golf in the Highlands especially the analysis and outcome of similar business plans and by working with local environmental groups and scientists.
Mike Keiser - Developer
Keiser is a self made American billionaire and owner of the massive Bandon Dunes Golf resort in Oregon, USA with green fees up to $300. He also owns similar courses in Canada and Australia both of which are 36 hole luxury hotels and resorts. He now has his sights set on Scotland. He is widely reported as the main competitor of Donald Trump as they seek to out do each other in the monied world of American golf.
From The Oregonian
"We're the obvious target," Keiser says with a chuckle, explaining that he and the Republican presidential candidate are among a small group of developers of high-end golf courses.
Todd Warnock - Developer
As well as owning Links House and the Carnegie Court House in Dornoch, and leading the efforts to purchase the Royal Golf Hotel, Warnock is also an extremely wealthy man following his long career in investment banking.
"If it were developed the essence would change" - Todd Warnock
Unfortunately Warnock is talking about the dune system opposite his own home near Lake Michigan and NOT Loch Fleet
He recently donated $1.1M to save the nature reserve and preserve the tranquility. READ THIS
Below is Warnock's profile from Bloomberg.com
Mr. Todd E. Warnock is a Senior Advisor at RoundTable Healthcare Management, LLC. He was a Founding Partner at the firm. He has been a Senior Advisor since July 2010 and was a Founding Partner and Transaction Partner from February 2001 to July 2010. From the inception of the firm in 2001 until his transition to Senior Advisor began in 2006, Mr. Warnock was responsible for leading the firm’s transaction team. Prior to this, Mr. Warnock was the Managing Director and Head of U.S. Health CareInvestment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation from 1999 till 2001. At the firm, he also served as the Managing Director of the Investment Banking Group from 1997 to 2001; as a Director of Investment Banking from 1995 till 1997; and various other positions from 1988 till 1995. Mr. Warnock worked at the firm for more than 12 years, the majority of which was spent in senior roles in sourcing and executing healthcare merger and acquisition and financing transactions. At the firm, he advised in excess of 90 completed transactions valued in excess of $75 billion. Mr. Warnock was also a Research Assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington D.C., 1983 to 1986. He serves on the Board of Sabex, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and Oxbow School of Art (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Mr. Warnock has extensive strategic and financial experience in all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, spin-outs, carve-outs, and divestitures. He has substantial experience covering a wide spectrum of securities offerings including IPO’s, secondary common, preferred stock, convertible preferred stock, convertible debt, high yield bonds, senior bonds, bridge loans, and bank credit facilities, as well as non-U.S. based financings. He has more than 13 years of mergers and acquisition and financing experience in the healthcare industry.
Coore & Crenshaw - Golf Course Designers
There is no doubt that Coore & Crenshaw is a world class American golf course design and development business. They have completed almost FIFTY enormous projects to date. Although mostly in North America they have also worked in China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.
Golder Associates - Project Lead and EIA Manager
A global organisation providing consulting, design and construction services. The line below is taken from their website.
"Today, our clients represent the world's major industries and drivers of development: Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Power, and Urban Development and Infrastructure."
Jones Lang LaSalle - Planning and Consultation Advisor
JLL is a $5BN public company with 60 000 employees in 280 offices and 80 countries worldwide. They specialise in large corporate investment, property and portfolio development and have over $50BN of assets under management.
JMP Consultants - Transport & Access
JMP is part of the SYSTRA GROUP, jointly owned by two major French public transit operators (RATP and SNCF). SYSTRA has conducted projects in more than 150 countries and 350 cities making mass transport more sustainable and more accessible.
Optimised Environments - Landscape and Visual Amenity
An Edinburgh based multidisciplinary design company specialising in masterplanning, urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and environmental planning.
Alba Ecology - Ecology & Ornithology
Alba Ecology is a consultancy company based in Scotland. The company provides public, private and voluntary sector clients with ecological surveys, advice and guidance. They are specialists in the renewables sector providing ecological impact assessments, habitat surveys, ornithological surveys, mammal surveys and bat surveys. They are also the leading UK consultancy on freshwater pearl mussel surveys.
BiGGAR Economics - Economic Analysis
The company offers a range of services for central and local government, economic development agencies, universities, colleges, social economy organisations and private sector firms across Europe.
Northlight Heritage - Cultural Heritage Specialists
These photographs show Mike Keiser, Todd Warnock and the development of golf courses