The money required to become a member of a planned, two-course Scotland golf resort will be too much even for Tiger Woods, says Malcom James, its developer.
According to a recent article in Scotland’s Press & Journal newspaper, “[James] boasted that while Tiger Woods will be welcome to play at the championship courses as a guest, the world’s wealthiest sporting superstar won’t be rich enough to secure membership.”
James, a Cornwall, England native who derived his wealth from investing in real estate, says he’ll only consider billionaires with at least £100 million (currently about $162 million) in available cash as members for his Highland Perthshire resort, which calls for two golf courses by architect Calum Todd, a boutique hotel, and a series of private homes priced from £100 million. The membership fee itself won’t cost that much, however. It’s only a tad more than $3 million per year.
If this plan sounds similar to Donald Trump’s Scotland golf course project we’ve been updating you about, the verbal bravado is where most of the similarities end.
For one thing, Trump’s project is on the Northeast coast in Aberdeen, this one is smack dab in the center of the country. And while Trump seeks the spotlight, James avoids it, at least outside of the printed word. He refuses to be photographed and he is very vague about his business dealings (he’ll only say he is “a speculator and an entrepreneur”).
Most importantly, James’ project will not be available to just anyone taking Scotland golf vacations. Rather, it’s designed to be a utopia for the ultra rich, free of those bothersome people from lower socioeconomic levels. You know, like millionaires.
“Billionaires can go to any hotel and they are the target of the beautiful, greedy people in the world who try and move in their circles and then, 12 months or so down the line, they take them to cleaners,” James was quoted as saying. “They are coming here because they can make friends with people who aren’t after their goodies.”
Unfortunately for James, there is one glaring similarity between his project and Trump’s: opposition from Scotland’s leading environmental group, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, which called his plan, “ludicrous.” The SWT filed a formal objection (along with 300 others) with the local town council, which has until November 22 to approve or deny the project.
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