The cream of Scotland’s golfing sector has been rewarded for its efforts throughout 2001 in the annual awards for the industry.
The awards, presented by the membership of the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association, recognise the contribution made by the winners to the success and development of the Scottish golfing industry throughout the year. They also reward the strong links colleagues have with the golfing travel industry.
After what has been an extremely hard year for Scottish tourism, with the acts of terrorism in the USA back in September and the Foot & Mouth crisis earlier in the year, contributing to the already difficult trading conditions, it makes the awards all the more deserving.
Golf travel took a share of the downturn and was affected at both ends of its main season. Despite the difficulties, however, many sectors of the industry pulled together to minimise the impact as much as possible both on clients and themselves.
SIGTOA is representative of companies based in Scotland that provide an incoming golf tour management service. The member companies have enjoyed a close working relationship with a wide network of hotels, golf clubs and associated services for many years. At the end of each season six specific awards, voted on by the membership, are presented in recognition of the strong links with colleagues in the Scottish golf travel industry.
For 2001 the winners are:
- Resort Hotel of the Year – Turnberry Hotel, Ayrshire
- First Class Hotel of the Year – Greywalls, Gullane
- Small Hotel/Guest House of the Year – Hazelbank Hotel, St Andrews
- Golf Course of the Year – (tied) The Ailsa Course at Turnberry and Royal Dornoch
- Golf Club Administration of the Year – Royal Dornoch GC
- Caddie Master of the Year – Martin Roy, Carnoustie Golf Links