Jack Nicklaus launches first European residential and golf development at Stonehaven

Nicklaus Companies and Edinburgh property developer FM Group have launched the first Jack Nicklaus-branded residential golf community in Europe, at Stonehaven. The luxury homes at Ury Estate are built around an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which is currently under construction, beside the historic Ury Castle. While Nicklaus Companies has designed over 435 golf courses in 46 countries worldwide, fewer than 10 have been selected for the brand's property offering.

The first phase of the 1,600 acre, multi-million pound development is launched today, comprising fully-serviced, self-build plots and five-bedroom luxury homes for sale within The Nicklaus Village. The village is the first of three phases of development that will be released, including Golden Bear Homes and The Jack Nicklaus Retreat. Located between the countryside and coastline of Aberdeenshire, the harbour town of Stonehaven is nearby, while Aberdeen International Airport is half an hour away via the A90 bypass.

The Nicklaus Village development

Known worldwide as the 'Golden Bear', Nicklaus is an 18-time major championship winner, including the Opens he won on Scottish soil, twice at St Andrews (1970 and 1978) and at Muirfield (1966).

A love of Scotland was acknowledged in 2005 when he became the only living non-UK national to feature on British currency. He was recently made an honorary citizen of St Andrews. Nicklaus said: "I'm proud to be launching my first branded real estate development in Europe in Scotland, the home of golf, which holds a very special place in my heart.

"The Nicklaus Village at Ury Estate offers a luxury lifestyle experience, with family homes situated in a country setting affording a spectacular panorama of the Aberdeenshire countryside and coastline."

Jack Nicklaus overseeing the development

Jonathan Milne, founder of site owner and developer the FM Group, commented: "We couldn't be more excited to be launching The Nicklaus Village, a luxury lifestyle community that will be unique in Scotland's north east. "With a limited number of plots available, we're expecting considerable demand from interested buyers both locally and internationally." Prices range from GBP600,000 for the self-build plots and from GBP950,000 for the luxury homes.

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