Mon 5 Nov 18
Fairmont St Andrews, host venue for Scottish Golf Tourism Week 2018, was crowned best hotel over 50 rooms whilst Kingsbarns Links was declared golfers’ favourite course at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.
The focus stayed firmly on Fife’s east coast throughout the ceremony, with the award for best clubhouse going to St Andrews Links Castle Course and the Dukes Course in St Andrews winning the value for money £50-£100 category. Crail Balcome Links took the prize for best course £50 to £100.
Tom Lovering, director of Scottish Golf Tourism Week, said: “Enormous congratulations to Kingsbarns Golf Links, which has once again demonstrated its ability to deliver a consistently exceptional golf experience and has taken our top award for the fourth time.”
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “I’m delighted to see award winners from right across the country, which goes to underline how outstanding the outstanding strength in depth of the Scottish golf tourism product.
“With golf tourism playing a vital part of Scotland’s visitor economy it is vital that our tourism businesses continue to strive to deliver excellent customer service and keep these visitors coming back to Scotland, the Home of Golf, year after year.”
The winners were as follows: Best Hotel (under 20 rooms) – The Old Loans Inn; Best Hotel (21 – 50 rooms) – Murrayshall Country House Hotel; Best Hotel (over 50 rooms) – Fairmont St Andrews; Best Customer Service – Kingsbarns Golf Links; Best Pro Shop – Trump Turnberry; Best Club House – St Andrews Links Castle Course; Best Catering – Gleneagles; Value for Money (under £50) – Fortrose and Rosemarkie; Value for Money (£50-£100) – The Duke’s, St Andrews; Value for Money (over £100) – Trump International Golf Links; Best Course (under £50) – Pitlochry; Best Course (£50-£100) – Crail Balcomie Links; Best Course (over £100) – Carnoustie Golf Links; Best Experience winner – Kingsbarns Golf Links; Special Recognition Award – Pat Sawers, Carnoustie Golf Links.