Experienced Head PGA Professional Michael Kinloch has been appointed the new Director of Golf at Aboyne Golf Club in Scotland.
Kinloch joins the Deeside-based venue from Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, where he has been a pivotal member of the resort’s management team for the past 12 years. He takes up his new appointment on January 11.
Born and raised in St Andrews, Kinloch’s professional career started at the Old Course Hotel, where, among his achievements, he was awarded the 2003 Scottish PGA Trainee of the Year. Keen to gain international experience, he ventured overseas to help establish the first grass golf course and resort in Kuwait. Thereafte, a season as a professional at The Dukes Course St Andrews was followed by a winter teaching at Dubai Creek,which sparked his interest in the country.
The 2008 season was spent back at St Andrews Links Golf Academy before his permanent move out to Dubai. As Head Professional for the past four years, Kincloch has been accountable for the complete operational leadership of the golf academy, driving range, Top Tracer and par 3 course.
Speaking of the appointment, Aboyne’s club president Nigel Bradburn said: “Mike offers over 21 years’ experience driving customer and service excellence at prestigious golf clubs and resorts in both the UK and Middle East. Given his first-rate qualities, we are confident that Mike is the person to lead and promote our club and golf as a modern, safe and all-inclusive sport attracting more players as we come out of the coronavirus pandemic. We are absolutely thrilled he has chosen to join us, and he will add substantial value to our service offering to members and guests.”
Commenting on his appointment, Kincloch said: “I have been looking for the next challenge in my career back in Scotland and the role at Aboyne really excites me. I have been impressed with the vision and strategic intent of the council at Aboyne and the exceptionally professional way they have conducted this recruitment campaign. It is great to see such a forward-thinking and progressive club in these testing times for the sport as we start the recovery from Covid-19.
“Aboyne is a first-rate golf course maintained in pristine condition. The recent clubhouse refurbishment has clearly further enhanced the customer experience. It is a club with a substantial track record of success growing the game at both junior and novice level and I look forward to further increasing the club’s profile and national standing.“