Crusoe on course for award

The Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo
The Crusoe Hotel in Lower Largo
  • Crusoe award win
  • Among golf’s best
  • Small is beautiful

One of Levenmouth’s best-known hostelries, the Crusoe Hotel, has holed a top accolade at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

The Lower Largo outlet has gone a fair way to boosting its reputation even further by being named the best small hotel with 20 rooms or less, helping to enrich the visiting golfers’ experience as much as possible.

We do know golf, and I am a golfer myself.

Stewart Dykes

The ceremony took place on Friday at the Fairmont St Andrews – which itself won an award – and also resulted in a hat-trick of wins for Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Golf enthusiasts, and visitors to this year’s Scottish Golf Show, were asked to nominate their choices in a variety of categories .

Stewart Dykes, owner of the 16-room Crusoe, said it was “fantastic” and “totally out of the blue”.

“It’s a reflection of all the staff at the hotel, from the housekeepers to the cleaners, to front of house, to the bar staff,” added Mr Dykes.

He also had theories about why the Crusoe had proved an ace with golfers.

“We are in the heart of golf country, near St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Leven and Lundin Links.

“We do know golf, and I am a golfer myself.”

Mr Dykes, who has been in charge for nearly 14 years, added: “We have a comfortable, informal setting by the sea, a good bar, and we like to think we produce very good food.”

The Crusoe also helped golf parties if they needed bookings, transport, or to speak to club professionals.

It was a memorable night also for Kingsbarns Golf Links, which retained the prestigious honour it captured last year of ‘Scotland’s Best Golf Experience’.

It also collected the prizes for best value for money club (over £100) and best customer service. Host Fairmont St Andrews resort was named best large hotel with 50 rooms or more.