(Ayrshire, Scotland) – Dundonald Links earned distinction in two categories at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards last week, the new luxury resort collecting first-place prizes for Best Clubhouse and Best Sustainability Project.
The popular golf course was transformed into a full, opulent resort that had its first full season in 2022, spearheaded by an extensive overhaul of its clubhouse. The spacious facility has received much acclaim for its Highlands-inspired aesthetic and exceptional Canny Crow restaurant. A quintessentially Scottish whisky room offers tasting sessions, while the resort’s state-of-the-art gym boasts a wide range of equipment. Guests report that the refined, sumptuous clubhouse is the perfect place to relax in post round, with panoramic views over the 18th green and beyond.
Dundonald Links’ distinction in the Best Sustainability Project category is recognition of the resort’s work around the 2022 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, which it staged in July 2022, working with industry experts to create the #TGWSOOnTheGreen strategy. Throughout the build-up and event itself,
Dundonald Links used educational messaging, advanced waste processing and a site-wide ban of plastics among its methods to promote environmental wellness across the tournament. Meanwhile, official clothing supplier Reflo played its part by providing uniforms made of recycled plastics and coffee beans and committed to planting a tree for every birdie or better scored throughout the tournament – a number that eventually came to 1,583.
“We are extremely proud to win these awards, which are testament to both the success of our recent investments and the hard work of the whole team here,” said Ian Ferguson, General Manager at Dundonald Links. “These awards emphasize two key pillars of our strategy: world class facilities and meaningful, long-term actions toward sustainability. We look forward to what the future holds as we strive to keep improving.”
Dundonald Links has been one of Scotland’s most popular golf courses. The Kyle Phillips’ designed layout is known for its challenging bunkers and imaginative greens, earning a place among Ayrshire’s iconic, nearby courses that include Prestwick, Royal Troon, and Western Gailes. The resort is already confirmed to host the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open again in 2023, alongside Final Qualifying for The Open.
Under new owners Darwin Escapes, heavy investment has seen Dundonald Links evolve into a full-fledged resort. Guests can stay in either modern hotel rooms or a collection of luxurious, self-catering lodges, all just a wedge shot from the golf course and clubhouse. The Canny Crow restaurant and whisky room pay tribute to the resort’s heritage while maintaining a contemporary feel, crafting a one-of-a-kind golf venue that is only growing in reputation.