It is still unclear what the new owner of part of the land originally earmarked for an ambitious £100m golf resort and spa complex near Bushmills will do with his acquisition.
However, Peter Fitzgerald who made his fortune with his medical diagnostics company, Randox, is a big fan of polo, leading to intriguing speculation that this sport of kings and celebrities could be played on the north coast. While the golfing fraternity may mourn the passing of the original plan, the possibility of the jet set tramping down the sods after a chukka would be an inviting alternative. The royal family are big fans of the game and it attracts a glamorous in-crowd whose wealth and prestige rivals that of any other sport's fan base, even golf. Polo would really put the area on the global map.