Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Licence number 0100031673

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Licence number 0100031673

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Ardfin Golf Course

Jura, Ardfin Lodge Limited

OPEN was asked to produce a landscape and visual appraisal for an 18 hole golf course on the southern edge of the island of Jura, located off the west coast of Scotland. The site for the proposed course formed part of the Ardfin Estate which lies midway between the ferry terminal at Feolin and Craighouse. The appraisal followed best practice guidance produced by the Landscape Institute in its Guidance for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (3rd Edition 2013) and also had regard to the guidance contained within Landscape Guidelines for Golf Course Development, published by the Scottish Golf Environment Group.

This was a sensitive site situated within the Jura National Scenic Area. A leading golf course designer has been engaged to develop a world class course and had liaised with SNH to form a sensitive proposal with mitigation. The golf course was designed around Jura House and had been designed to cause the minimal disturbance to landscape features. The majority of the site area had been utilised for agricultural purposes in the past and included rough grazing areas, areas of managed vegetation, feeding stations, sheep dips and other agricultural structures.

The appraisal concluded that the course design was sensitive to the location and had been achieved without loss of key elements and features within the landscape.

Of particular importance to Jura and the site is its location within a nationally important designation, the Jura NSA. The appraisal showed that the golf course would not undermine or compromise the special qualities of the designation, either individually or when taken together, and that the golf course at Ardfin Estate would be an acceptable development within the NSA which will have only localised effects on the landscape and visual resource of the island.