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Tiger Woods Not Rich Enough to Join Scotland Golf Club, Says Its Developer



There's a new, private resort planned for Scotland golf vacations, but only billionaires need apply.

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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  1. ihk888

    September 22, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    It is amazing when someone with IQ of below 80 can make a buck. Billionaire with same IQ level can apply and this is one rare occasion that I do not regret to be eligible to be a member of this place.

  2. Craig Better

    September 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    We can’t speak to Mr. James’ IQ, but he does seem determined saying, “I have spent millions to date on this and I am not throwing that out of the window. I know this concept will work beyond my expectations.”

  3. jim dickert

    September 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Mr. James,
    The game doesn’t need your contribution or your arrogance.
    Good luck

  4. Kevin

    September 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Melema, ANCY President in SA, he will join. Low IQ and failed woodwork, got bad results in every subject. He will have the money to join, another Mad BOB Zimbabwean in the Making in SA. 2012, Melema is President of SA
    god help us, will have the money from SA taxpayers to join this golf club .

  5. William Monaghan

    September 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I will not spend one cent of my money in Scotland because of what they did when they released that murdering pig.

  6. David Forde

    September 23, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I wish him the best of luck as the people he seeks are diminishing in numbers.

  7. Craig Better

    September 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Yes, it would seem that a project like this is somewhat ill-timed. If nothing else, “excess” is out of fashion right now.

  8. alfred stalker

    September 23, 2009 at 11:51 am

    After reviewing the details, such as they are, of Scotland’s release of the Pan Am 103 bomber, I have cancelled plans for a family gathering in Scotland. This action by the local government involved in this cowardly act, has also prompted me to cancel all planned purchases of Scottish products, including Scotch whiskey, woolens and CDs orDVDs featuring Scottish artists. Treachery begets treachery.

  9. Owen K.

    September 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

    It is what it is. A billionaires country club. Do all of you actually think that these places don’t exist in other parts of the world? Ask yourselves this question: How does knowing this affect me or my lifestyle, goals, etc.? As for me, it is an interesting article, but does not affect my goals, nor does it affect me. Billionaires exist. One can argue how these billionaires have “taken” their money from the masses and caused excessive world misery, and so on and so on ad nauseum. (As a footnote, if one wants to know the real cause of world misery, look to governments.) But, billionaires exist for whatever reason. If one wants to argue the “morality” of being a billionaire, then ok, whatever. But in my opinion, that argument is a waste of time.

  10. Craig Better

    September 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I think what many object to is the exclusionary nature of Mr. James’ project, especially since there are people working very hard to help golf shed this part of its reputation.

  11. Jeffrey Prest

    September 23, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I take Owen’s point about billionaires: what really rubs me the wrong way about this project is its location. This kind of ultra-exclusivity goes against everything that Scottish golf represents. Yes, it has its Muirfield and Gleneagles and Turnberry don’t come cheap but Joe Public can still dream about the latter two, should his ship ever come in.

    That apart, however, golf in Scotland is a game for the people – the social strata aspect is far more an English creation.

    Mr James’ plans would, sadly, be right at home in the Home Counties around London. In Scotland, however, they are crass to the point of vulgarity. I have to say I wish him the worst luck in the world with this whole exercise.

  12. Craig Better

    September 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Harumpf! Excellent point, Jeffrey. Thank you.

  13. steve harris

    September 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    i would gladly join this course as a caddy if it paid a mere 25,000 pounds. I hope there will also be a tip on top of this. Surely this cannot be too pricey for the membership.

  14. Craig Better

    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Another article I read said that, “top staff will be paid £250,000 a year….”

  15. RRB

    September 24, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Already in the January 2000 issue of Golf Digest the cause for developments such as Mr. James’ project was identified correctly. Frank Hannigan, former USGA Executive Director and GD Contributing Editor, wrote in his article entitled “The ‘Affordable Golf’ Sham” that the excesses started when businessmen such as Donald Trump discovered golf as their business.

  16. JOE SZ.

    November 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm


  17. Dan C

    January 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Members of this club (if Mr. James were to actually find any Billionaires gullable enough to join) would be saved the annoying aspect of having mere Millionaires take them to the cleaners and will therefore have enough money saved to pay Mr. Malcomb James’ annual laundering fee of $3MM.

    Good Grief what an idotic concept.

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