Friday, November 14, 2008

The Annual Awards dinner for Golf Tourism Scotland took place at Cameron House on Loch Lomond last night. The prizewinners are listed below and a full release will be issued on the website with high resolution images.

Golf Course of the Year is awarded to the golf course that has provided the very best overall experience for visiting golfers.

Those nominated this year were:
  • Ailsa Course, Turnberry
  • Balcomie Links, Crail
  • Carnoustie Championship Course
  • Castle Course, St Andrews
  • Downfield, Dundee
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Nairn West
  • Royal Troon Old Course
  • West Links, North Berwick
  • Western Gailes
  • Old Course, St Andrews
The winner was...

The Ailsa Course, Turnberry

Golf Secretariat of the Year is awarded to the secretariat that has provided the most efficient, friendly and helpful reservations service over the course of the year. Needless to say, the job of the tour operator, or anyone else that books tee-times for clients and guests, would be much more difficult but for the professional staff now found at most golf courses.

Those nominated this year are:
  • Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Crail Golfing Society
  • Golspie Golf Club
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Nairn Golf Club
  • The North Berwick Golf Club
The Golf Secretariat of the Year award went to…

Kingsbarns Golf Links

The third award was given to the Caddie Master who has provided the best caddie service over the course of the year.

The following individuals had been nominated:
  • Stan Craig, Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sam Fox, North Berwick Golf Club
  • David Gilchrist, Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Martin Roy, Carnoustie Golf Links
The recipient for 2008 was...

Martin Roy

The Hotel of The Year in the Small Hotel/Guest House Category is awarded to the best small hotel or guest house. Nominations were open to properties with 20 or fewer bedrooms. This category specifically excludes country house hotels.

Those nominated this year were:
  • Ardgowan Hotel, St Andrews
  • Dunvegan Hotel, St Andrews
  • Highgrove House Hotel, Troon
  • Hotel Broughty Ferry
  • The Nether Abbey Hotel, North Berwick
  • Old Course Hotel, Prestwick
  • Open Arms, Dirleton
The winner was…

The Ardgowan Hotel

Hotel of the Year in the Country House Hotel Category is awarded to the best hotel or exclusive-use property, regardless of the number of rooms.

Those nominated this year were:
  • Culloden House, Inverness
  • Fenton Tower, near North Berwick
  • Glenmorangie House near Tain
  • Green Craig, Aberlady
  • Greywalls Hotel, Gullane
  • Lochgreen House, Troon
  • Rufflets Country House, St Andrews
The winner was...

Rufflets Country House

Hotel of The Year in the Large Hotel Category is awarded to the best large hotel, i.e. those with more than 20 rooms. This category specifically excludes Country House & Resort Hotels.

Nominated this year were:

  • Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • The Bonham, Edinburgh
  • Dornoch Castle Hotel, Dornoch
  • Golf View Hotel, Nairn
  • Inn at Lathones near St Andrews
  • Lundin Links Hotel
  • Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa, North Berwick
  • Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Brora
  • Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh
  • South Beach Hotel, Troon
  • Western House Hotel, Ayr

The winning hotel was...

The Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa

The Hotel of The Year in the Resort Hotel Category is awarded to the best Resort Hotel, regardless of number of rooms.

Nominated this year:

  • Fairmont St Andrews
  • The Gleneagles Hotel
  • The Green Hotel, Kinross
  • The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa
  • Turnberry Resort
Resort Hotel of the Year for 2008 was…

Fairmont St Andrews

Transport Operator of the Year is presented to the operator that has consistently provided the highest standards of operation within Scotland over the course of the year. Nominations for this category were open to any business providing transport services including rail, road, air and sea.

The 2008 nominees for this category were as follows:
  • Capercaillie Travel
  • Courtney Travel
  • First Class Travel
  • Kintyre Express
  • MacMur Tours
  • Prestwick International Airport
  • Ryanair
  • St Andrews Executive Travel
  • Woods Coaches

This year’s winner was...

Kintyre Express

Tour Operator of the Year – nominations for this category were open to any tour operator bringing golfers to Scotland who provided a quality support service for the visitor or travel trade.

Those nominated for the award this year:

  • Adventures In Golf
  • Carr Golf Travel
  • Golf Scotland
  • Haversham & Baker
  • Links Golf St Andrews
  • PerryGolf

Tour Operator of the Year was…

Haversham & Baker

And, last but absolutely not leastwas the Young Industry Person Award.

This award was first presented in 2006 and, once again, has been kindly sponsored by our host venue.

The individuals nominated required to be under 30 years of age, be connected through employment with a public tourism body or a Golf Tourism Scotland Member Company, and be actively involved in golf related tourism in Scotland. The award seeks to identify young people who are dynamic, who add vitality to the industry and who have the potential to play an important future role in the developing of Golf Tourism in Scotland.

The following individuals were nominated and interviewed:

  • Grant Cooper, Retail Supervisor, Kingsbarns Golf Links
  • Leanne Lawrie, Tour Co-ordinator, Links Golf St Andrews
  • Fraser Liston, Golf Retail & Operations Supervisor, Fairmont St Andrews
  • Alexander Macdonald, Head Greenkeeper at Golspie Golf Club
  • Caroline Price, Client Services Manager, Drumgolf

This Year’s Young Industry Person of the Year award went to…

Alexander Macdonald, Golspie Golf Club

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