VIDEO: Hotel group backs £60 million development

A £60 MILLION hotel golf development at Kingennie has secured backing from a prestigious international hotel brand as well as a former Open champion.

MAP Property & Leisure Developments (mapplld) has signed a deal with Wyndham Hotel Group to create the company’s first Wyndham-branded hotel in Scotland to be called Wyndham Grand The Angus.

The luxury resort, near Monifieth, will feature a five-star hotel with spa, leisure facilities and lodges, alongside a signature Darren Clarke 18-hole championship golf course, designed directly by the reigning Open champion with one of the country’s most high profile golf course architects.

The hotel will be constructed on a prime elevated position adjacent to Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, owned by local entrepreneur Mike Forbes who has worked with Angus Council for two years to develop the vision.

Construction work is expected to begin in spring 2013, with completion estimated in 2015.

Donald Paterson, Group Managing Director of mappld, said: “We are thrilled to be finally developing this vision to create an outstanding resort in Angus which will bring enormous benefits to the area for many years to come. From the construction and development phase, this project will provide hundreds of employment opportunities.

“With the backing of an Open champion and set in such a prime location, Wyndham Grand The Angus, with its world-class course will be a premier destination which will attract visitors from around the globe and, in turn, boost tourism to Angus and the surrounding area.”

Joel Goldman, Wyndham Hotel Group Vice President of Development for the UK and Western Europe, commented: “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 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.”

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

Economic reports estimate the resort will increase tourism in the area by 50 per cent and bring in around £30 million worth of tourism to Scotland.

Wyndham Grand The Angus will include 187 guest bedrooms, spa and leisure facilities, gourmet restaurant, private dining and bars, along with conference and banqueting suites. There will also be two 10-bed luxury lodges.