The plans involve expanding the Inchmarlo Golf Centre, which is already a four-star resort with two courses (one which of championship standard).
According to the Scottish newspaper the The Press & Journal, the proposals include a 75-bed hotel that would include a leisure centre, a spa, a swimming pool and conferencing facilities. A new restaurant would link the golf club and the hotel.
The plans are the brainchild of Frank Burnett and his business partner Colin Wilson, who bought a controlling stake in the Inchmarlo club last year.
There are also plans for housing, an all-weather sports pitch and a Nick Nairn Cook School, which would be a tourist attraction.
Despite its proximity to the £750m golf resort planned by Donald Trump, Sarah Malone, senior vice-president of Trump International – Scotland, welcomed the news.
She said: “This is welcome news. Alongside Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, developments such as this will help the north-east to become established as a world-class golf tourism destination where visitors want to stay longer to experience top-quality courses on offer.”
It is hoped that Aberdeenshire City Council will reach a decision by November.