North east Fife has been making its mark in the awards world in the last week.
At the inaugural Scottish Golf Tourism Awards, Kingsbarns Golf Links won the prestigious accolade of ‘Scotland’s Best Golf Experience’ and the Fairmont St Andrews was named as the ‘Best Large Hotel’.
Meanwhile, Graham Guthrie, mine host at the Golf Hotel in Crail, picked up the title of Licensee of the Year at the Scottish Licensed Trade News annual awards.
Kingsbarns, which was recently confirmed as the host of the 2017 RICOH Women’s British Open, received the top prize at a glittering occasion at the Old Course Hotel on Friday evening.
The award, voted for by Scottish golfers in an exclusive online poll, celebrate the crème-de-la-crème of the Scottish golf tourism industry.
A delighted Alan Hogg, chief executive of Kingsbarns Golf Links, commenting on accepting the award, said: “I have to say a massive thanks to everyone who voted for us and well done to all of my staff for all of their efforts. What we do isn’t rocket science: we just try to look after our customers to the very best of our abilities, so I’m very proud to accept this award on behalf of everybody at Kingsbarns Golf Links.”
Kingsbarns was praised by the director of the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards, Tom Lovering, who said it was a fully deserving winner and epitomised everything that made the experience of playing golf in Scotland truly great.
The Fairmont was equally delighted to have won in a category which included other notable hotels such as The Old Course and Gleneagles.
Director of sales & marketing Jane McGee said: “The whole team at Fairmont St Andrews will be delighted to receive such a prestigious award. This is great recognition for all the hard work we go to throughout the season in ensuring we deliver excellent service and accommodation for all our guests.”
Organised in conjunction with VisitScotland, bunkeredmagazine, the PGA in Scotland and the Scottish Golf Union, the evening was the culmination of a summer-long campaign which attracted over 21,000 votes.
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “We have our history to thank for our position as Scotland, the Home of Golf, but it is the hard work and dedication of the entire golf tourism industry which helps to maintain this reputation across the world.”
For Graham Guthrie, the Licensee of the Year title is the culmination of a run of awards for the hotel but also vindication for the business’s determination, in the face of tough times in the industry, to invest to maintain its high standards, innovate with new developments, support the local community and shape its services round customers’ needs.
Up against thousands of establishments, Graham, celebrating 25 years at the Golf, was delighted that the small five-bedroom hotel had put Crail on the map.