New £60 million resort moves closer

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THE £60 million vision for a new luxury five-star hotel and an 18-hole championship golf course near Forbes of Kingennie has moved a step closer to reality.

On Thursday it was announced that the hotel developer had signed a deal with American brand the Wyndham Hotel Group to create the company’s first hotel in Scotland.

Joel Goldman Wyndham Hotel Group vice president of Development fo the UK and Western Europe, Donald Paterson group managing director and Mike Forbes owner Forbes of Kingennie.

Joel Goldman Wyndham Hotel Group vice president of Development fo the UK and Western Europe, Donald Paterson group managing director and Mike Forbes owner Forbes of Kingennie.

The resort, to be known as Wyndham Grand The Angus, will also feature a spa, leisure facilities and lodges.

It had already been revealed that the golf course would be endorsed by 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke and the plans also include a golf club, golf academy and some private residential housing.

MAP property and leisure developments (mappld) has also fully invested in the project and their aim is to start construction in spring, 2013, with the resort to be completed by 2015.

And estimates suggest the development could be worth £30 million to the Scottish economy and provide hundreds of jobs.

Forbes of Kingennie owner Mike Forbes has been working on the project for many years now and is pleased by the latest developments.

He said: “I am delighted to have secured the input of this exceptional team who will now take Wyndham Grand The Angus forward through the final planning stage and detailed design and turn our vision into a reality.

“These are exciting times for Dundee and Angus, which is enjoying unparalleled investment and redevelopment. The addition of a luxury five-star resort and championship golf course can only enhance our region’s reputation and put us firmly on the tourism map.”

The hotel is expected to feature 187 guest bedrooms as well as a gourmet restaurant, private dining and bars and conference and banqueting facilities.

And Joel Goldman, Wyndham Hotel Group vice-president of development in the UK, said: “Scotland is a world renowned golfing destination and this new resort will sit at the epicentre of Scottish golf, just a few miles from Carnoustie and near St Andrews and Gleneagles.

“We believe that the five-star Wyndham Grand The Angus will offer unrivalled accommodation and service for the area, with excellent leisure and business facilities for golfers and non-golfers alike.”

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