As an organisation that has unsuccessfully opposed the Scottish Government‘s Energy Policy aka wind farms and their proliferation in Scotland I took a run up last week to Trump International Golf Links at Menie near Aberdeen to see what the impact of the AREG wind farm is likely to be on the golfing experience.
There were three turbines out of eleven proposed erected. By the time they are all in place the northern most one will be opposite the 14th green and the change in the visual amenity will be immense. I am sure people will still want to play the course for its quality and challenge but many will find their enjoyment of the experience diminished by the turbines. The atmosphere with turbines will be very different from without. With a predominantly west wind they will be full on to the shore.
In the publicity material describing the course it proudly states “the course rises to find panoramic views of the sea and plunges into secluded valleys with each hole boasting distinct characteristics and unique features.”
The view above is to the south east from the private approach road to the course. When the wind farm is complete it will be a new, unavoidable and unwelcome feature from all parts of the course. Scarcely the panoramic views of the sea anticipated when the course was conceived.
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