A leading hotel on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, has appointed a leading golf industry professional, Craig Waddell as its new director of golf & leisure. With the Hotel management describing his appointment as a ‘real coup’, Craig joins the senior management team with immediate effect.
Craig, an AA PGA Golf Professional, has moved from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and previously Trump International Golf Club, Dubai to take up residence at Dalmahoy’s renowned golf and leisure resort. He replaces Sam Oliver who has recently joined The Wisley Golf Club in Surrey.
Alistair Kinchin, general manager of Dalmahoy, an independently-branded hotel, said: “We’re delighted to welcome such a high calibre director to our management team, and we’re excited to see the path Craig will help take our resort.
“Attracting someone of Craig’s calibre from the golfing world is a real coup for us – his vision will help cement our reputation as one of Scotland’s leading leisure and golf destination resorts.”
PGA professional Craig, added: “Dalmahoy prides itself on being a welcoming and inclusive club and offers some of the best golf and leisure facilities in the country, so I jumped at the chance to join the team. Although I’ve travelled throughout my career, I’m Edinburgh born and bred and I grew up playing at Dalmahoy – it’s exciting to return to lead the hotel’s golf and leisure offering.”
Apart from an 18-month spell at home as the golf professional at The Duke’s Golf Club at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, Craig has spent the best part of the last 12 years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as golf director for some of the United Arab Emirates’ leading golf resorts – including Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. He was part of an executive team responsible for the pre-opening of Trump International Golf Club, Dubai. Craig recently relocated back to Scotland and lives in Dunfermline with his wife and daughter.
Combining the convenience of a city hotel with the beauty of a countryside retreat, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is set in 1,000 acres of Scottish countryside yet is only seven miles from Edinburgh city centre.
Built in 1725, what was once a grand baronial Manor House is now a welcoming four-star hotel. Blending rich history and first-class hospitality, each of its 215 rooms are the perfect mix of old and new. From exquisite dining at the Pentland Restaurant to more relaxed fare at the James Braid Bar and Brasserie, authentic Scottish cuisine is guaranteed. Afternoon Tea is served in the Douglas Lounge whilst the Cocktail Bar delivers the perfect serve.
With an array of attractions including two golf courses, a swimming pool, tennis courts as well as on-site walking and jogging routes, Dalmahoy is one of Scotland’s best leisure resorts.
As one of Scotland’s leading golf resorts, Dalmahoy was host to Scotland’s first ever Solheim Cup in 1992 and was proud to help shine a light on Scottish golf ahead of the tournament returning to Scotland last year.