Kintyre Development Company (KDC), established in 2012, is part of Southworth Incorporated, an American-based developer and operator of golf resorts, with the majority of its interests in mainland America and the Caribbean. The Kintyre development comprises The Royal Hotel, the Ugadale Hotel, a golf village with five-star fractional ownership self-catering golf cottages.
The Old Clubhouse pub, the Serenity Health Spa, a pro-shop and the Kintyre Dining Club. Central to the development is the Machrahanish Dunes Golf Course, which is not far from the Machrahanish Golf Course, one of the top 100 in the UK, and a repeated winner of the Top No 1 Hole in the World award. KDC employs c.60 people, with an emphasis on seasonal work.
The company is pursuing a number of defined objectives based on increasing turnover from both national and international travel markets.
With core markets in North America and Northern Europe, the company is working with MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing & Exhibitions) to develop the lucrative incentivised travel market.
As a result of the investment, Campbeltown Airport has improved air links to include regular weekend flights; young people have been encouraged to stay in the area; productivity has increased to meet increased demand from higher visitor numbers, and the marketing activity for such a centre of golfing excellence has brought Kintyre to the world.
The High level of investment has put confidence back into the local economy, as well as the direct benefits of employment opportunities during the building and subsequent running of the facility.
Several opportunities came together simultaneously to draw a positive response from the investors. Creating a new golf course close to the Machrahanish Course, which already enjoyed a worldwide reputation, was a key marketing driver. Two hotels also came on the market, one derelict and the other rundown, making them excellent prospects for redevelopment. There was also land available that could be developed as the golf village.
The project commenced in 2008. In November 2009, HIE made a targeted investment of £1.86m, followed by a supplementary investment of £418,000 in 2011, against a total project cost of £9.2m.
HIE also assisted with developing an international marketing strategyto accelerating marketing activity.
Kintyre Development Company is also working with Scottish Development International (SDI) to help achieve its international ambitions.
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