National Honours for St Andrews Duke's

The Duke's Golf Club overlooking St Andrews has been ranked 'the best Club in Scotland' and scooped the Grand Prix award for 'Best Club in the UK' at an awards ceremony this week.

The Duke's, owned by the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, hosts the European Amateur Championship this summer and is the only heathland course in the home of golf.

The Golfers' Choice Golf Club Award is based on player ratings – from feedback on the quality of facilities, customer service and the value for money provided by each Club.

David Scott, Director of Operations at the resort, is "absolutely delighted" with the award, saying: "Accolades are always welcome, but what is valued most highly is the feedback from golfers themselves. This award is based on the players' own impressions of the Club – and that is wonderful."

Simon Brown, organiser of the awards, says: "We believe it is not just the quality of the course that makes a good golf club, its a combination of customer service, facilities and value for money which all combine to give a great golfing experience to every player. Getting it right requires hard work from staff and management alike." Simon adds: "The golf club market is changing in the UK. Clubs need to generate additional revenue beyond the traditional membership income. Doing well in these awards provides the ideal platform for clubs to market themselves to a wider audience."

Head greenskeeper at The Duke's, Derek Robson, explains the importance of the latest recognition: "We are keen to promote what we have to a wider audience. 2014 is a very special year for us as we host the International European Amateur Championship this August, so the club's profile is riding high." Derek adds: "This award comes hot on the heels of our improved ranking on the prestigious Top100GolfCourses website – 87th in the UK which is nine places higher against our previous position."

David Scott adds: "The entire Duke's team have done a fabulous job. The course is in the best condition it has ever been at this time of the season, we have an excellent staff looking after the course and Clubhouse – and the Golfers' Choice Golf Club Award is testament to everyone's efforts to deliver for members, guests and visitors – be they individuals, corporate clients or societies. To come top not only in Scotland but in the whole of the UK is just magnificent."

The course, designed by five times Open winner, Peter Thomson, is set in a spectacular location above St Andrews with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside to the sea. It underwent a major transformation in the last decade, re-opening following substantial changes by American golf course architect, Tim Liddy, protégé of Pete Dye. The International European Amateur Championship welcomes the best amateur golfers from around the world who will be playing for a place in the Open Championship in 2015. The tournament runs from the 6th to the 9th August. Entry for spectators is free.

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Information and Notes to Editors:
With its unique location on the world’s most famous golf course, the luxurious Kohler Waters Spa, decadent dining and the utmost attention to detail, Scotland’s award winning five red-star resort, the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, is the ultimate hotel experience.

The Old Course Hotel features 144 lavishly refurbished bedrooms and suites, many by designed with sumptuous interiors by star French designer Jacques Garcia. Think rich red divine opulence, silk lined walls, private balconies, Kohler bathroom products and picture-postcard views of The Old Course and St Andrews.

From a magnificent gourmet experience in the three AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant to an award-winning afternoon tea, the Old Course Hotel offers an outstanding collection of bars and restaurants to suit all including Sands Grill for relaxed dining and The Jigger Inn, fondly referred to as ‘the town’s best 19th hole’ and much loved by the many celebrities who visit.

Kohler Waters Spa is the first of its kind outside the USA and provides a truly world-class spa experience with the highest levels of personalised care and luxurious treatments, from the ‘Highland Fling’ signature treatment to the new ‘H2O Inspiration’ water treatment. With 20-metre swimming pool, relaxation area and rooftop hot tub, this is spa heaven.

There are 11 golf courses around the hotel, including its own championship course, The Duke’s, which is St Andrews’ only heathland course. Voted within the Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK by Golf World, The Duke's offers majestic greens, beautiful fairways, stunning views and picturesque surroundings - a visit is highly recommended.

St Andrews is one of Scotland’s most beautiful towns, successfully blending traditional character with a vibrant mix of outstanding recreational facilities, a burgeoning cultural scene as well as many exciting visitor attractions, excellent shopping and a fabulous collection of restaurants and bars.
The hotel is easily accessible by road, rail or air; an hour’s drive from Edinburgh Airport (regular flights from Heathrow and regional UK to Edinburgh), a 15-minute drive from Dundee Airport (daily flights from London City, Birmingham and Belfast airports) and Leuchars Station (daily connections from London Kings Cross via Edinburgh), and under a two-hour drive from Glasgow.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, has 144 luxurious rooms including 35 suites, and borders the 17th 'Road Hole' of the world-famous Old Course in St Andrews, the Home of Golf. The hotel has spectacular views across the links courses to the sea, the Grampians and St Andrews.
Kohler Co. acquired the award-winning Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in October 2004 and has since completed a comprehensive investment program, which includes new suites by star French designer Jacques Garcia and a brand-new, state-of-the-art conference wing. Kohler Waters Spa opened in March 2006 and is a member of the prestigious Leading Spas. The Duke's St Andrews is a magnificent heathland masterpiece with views over the Auld Grey Toon. It reopened in the summer of 2006 following a transformation by American golf-course architect Tim Liddy, protégé of Pete Dye. Recently positioned by Golf World magazine in the UK’s top 100 courses, The Duke’s is now on many golfers ‘must play’ lists.

The Old Course Hotel, Gold Resort & Spa’s sister property, The American Club Resort, is in a select group being one of only 36 hotels worldwide to be rated both Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond, while the Kohler Waters Spa is one of just 30 spas worldwide to earn the Five-Star. Additionally, the resort was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest magazine. The Championship golf venues, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – both created by the legendary Pete Dye – have hosted several Championships, including the U.S. Women’s Open at the Original Championship Course, Blackwolf Run in 2012. Whistling Straits will be the future home of the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup.

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