The Scottish No. 1 pro golfer is now the first official brand ambassador for Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa.
8th August 2023: Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, has announced a ground-breaking partnership, supporting Gemma Dryburgh’s continued ascent in the game as she breaks into the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings top 50 for the first time. The iconic Old Course Hotel overlooks the Old Course, where the AIG Women’s Open will take place in 2024, and through this partnership they look to inspire the next generation of Scottish golfing talent.
Gemma won the Japan Classic at the end of 2022, becoming just the fourth Scot to win on the LPGA Tour. The five-time champion has played consistently well since and recently finished in the top-ten in a Major Championship for the first time at the Amundi Evian Championship (24th – 30th July) and won the Jock MacVicar award for the top-ranked Scot (T44th) at the Freed Group Women’s Scottish Open (31st July – 6th August) with Old Course Hotel as her new sponsor.
“We are thrilled to have Gemma as our new Brand Ambassador and to have the opportunity to support her on and off the fairway. As the first professional golfer we have sponsored, this partnership recognises Gemma’s contribution to the game and we’re hugely excited to be working with her to help promote women’s golf and inspire the next generation.” – Phyllis Wilkie, General Manager at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa.
“I have great memories of coming down to St Andrews as a kid and watching golf on the Old Course is one of the reasons I was inspired to play. We would sometimes stay at Old Course Hotel and to now be sponsored by them is such an honour. I’m delighted to have their support at this moment in my career and I’m very excited for our partnership.” – Gemma Dryburgh, Professional Golfer, LPGA & LET Player.
Old Course Hotel’s logo will feature on the front of her hat until the end of 2024. The hotel will work with Gemma to launch an invitational event at The Duke’s Course prior to the Women’s Open in 2024 where up and coming junior and amateur golfers will get to join Gemma for the day and hear about what it takes to make it to the top of the game.
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About Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews
Owned by Kohler Co, Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa St Andrews is a luxury five-star property, with 175 bedrooms including 34 suites, offering breath-taking views of the Fife coastline. St Andrews is renowned for golf worldwide, the hotel is set on Championship 18-hole golf course - The Old Course, which is the oldest course in the world. The Old Course Hotel also offers guests access to the Kohler championship Duke’s Course, the only Scottish Heathland venue in the ‘Home of Golf’. The luxury resort also features Kohler Waters Spa and fitness centre, eight restaurants and bars, as well as wedding and events spaces. Following a multi-million renovation in 2018, Kohler Waters Spa has extended to 2,300 sq m and features 13 treatment rooms, a 20m pool, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and plunge pool, as well as a gym and fitness centre. The hotel is also situated next to neighbouring Hamilton Grand, which comprises of 27 private residences and apartments, managed by Old Course Hotel. For further information visit: https://www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/
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Gemma Dryburgh – bio
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Gemma Dryburgh is the number one ranked Scottish female professional golfer; currently ranked 50th in the Rolex Women's World Rankings.
Gemma turned professional in 2015 after a strong Amateur Career which featured a Curtis Cup appearance in 2014 and being inducted into the Tulane University Hall of Fame. Since then, she has won five times with her latest victory coming at the Japan Classic on the LPGA Tour in November 2022; becoming only the fourth Scottish pro to win on the LPGA Tour.
Away from the Course, Gemma has recently been voted by her peers to be one of six Player Directors that sit on the board of the LPGA Tour in 2023/24 and also names as a Sports United Against Dementia Champion thanks to her work with the Alzheimer’s Societ