OB Sports to manage new course in Scotland

OB Sports Golf Management has added the first property to its portfolio outside of the Americas, with the addition of Dumbarnie Golf Links in Scotland. 

Dumbarnie Golf Links is a five-star links golf course on the eastern coastline of central Scotland that is in the beginning stages of construction. OB Sports will oversee the development, grow-in and operations.

"This is a passion project that is very personal to me, as words alone can’t begin to describe my joy in seeing Dumbarnie Golf Links come to life," said Orrin Vincent, Founder of OB Sports. "It’s a bucket list destination that we envision to become the latest in the line of first-class links golf courses, including the nearby Old Course at St. Andrews and Kingsbarns. 

Vincent founded OB Sports in 1972. It manages around 60 golf courses and country clubs, most on the West Coast of the U.S. It has one course in the Bahamas. 

Clive Clark designed Dumbarnie Links and helped pull together the investor group that owns it. The budget is $15 million for the project. Most of the investors are based in Palm Springs, Calif.

"Dumbarnie Golf Links is like a dream come true for a golf course architect like myself," Clark said. "It’s not every day you get to work with a mile and a half of pristine, ocean-front land that will form one of the best golf courses in the world. It is an exciting project to say the least."

Dumbarnie Links is part of the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate of Lord Anthony Balniel, located on the north shore of the Firth of Forth in a secluded corner of the East Neuk of Fife. It is a short 2-0-minute drive to St. Andrews. 

The site is out of view from the roadside and includes more than a mile of waterfront views. The 325-acre site was never actually advertised or up for sale. Clark learned about the availability of the property through a friend who knew about it. 

In addition to the mile and a half of beach and sea frontage, the natural topography will allow for the golf course to have water views from most of the eighteen holes. The clubhouse will be situated 100 feet above sea level with a spectacular panoramic view across the course and the Bay. And since the entire site is sand-based, Dumbarnie Golf Links will be categorized as the 247thauthentic links golf course in the world.

It received final approvals from local government officials in April. A soft opening is planned for 2019 with a full opening in 2020.

"Everything associated with Dumbarnie Golf Links is first class, from the ownership group down to the parcel of land on which it will be built," said Luke Beardmore, Senior Vice President of Agronomy and Construction at OB Sports. "This is a facility that will be talked about around the world for a very long time. The future is very bright and we can’t wait to see the many successes in store."

OB Sports Golf Management also recently announced that it was selected manage Charbonneau Golf Club.

Honored by the Oregon Golf Association as the 2017 Club of the Year for its work in helping grow the game, Charbonneau is a 27-hole public facility located 30 minutes south of Portland. 

“We are honored to have been selected by the Board of Directors at Charbonneau Golf Club to help raise the profile of what we already consider to be a fantastic facility,” said Ryan Whitney, Senior Vice President of Operations at OB Sports. “Everything about the club says it’s proud of its history, and is ready to further elevate the golf experience. OB Sports can’t wait to assist in these efforts.”

Designed and built in 1975 by Ted Robinson Sr., the golf course at Charbonneau is a 27-hole layout. Charbonneau recently upgraded The Turn, a centrally located restaurant that is a favorite of players looking for refreshments. A new event venue was recently added to allow the Club to host more non-golf related events, including weddings and other celebrations. 


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