Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Old Loans Inn named best small golf hotel in Scotland

The Old Loans Inn continues to fly the flag for Ayrshire after being named Small Hotel of the Year for the second successive year, while The Gailes Hotel was also shortlisted at the 2018 Scottish Golf Tourism awards in St Andrews.

The glittering awards ceremony took place at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews where renowned golf broadcaster Dougie Donnelly hosted the event supported by VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise and PSP Media Group. 

Over 90 tour operators and buyers worldwide arrived in Scotland to learn, experience and sample what Scotland has to offer by way of connecting with golf, accommodation 
and other providers within the industry.

A two-day series of networking events then took place, including golf’s equivalent of speed-dating with over 4,000 Business to Business (B2B) meetings between Scottish suppliers like SimpsInns and the Old Loans Inn plus Scottish and international tour operators, helping to drive business to Scotland and Ayrshire.



The week concluded with a black-tie gala dinner for almost 500 guests and when the lights went down it wasn’t long before the drama unfolded. In the first award to be announced, the Old Loans Inn was named Small Hotel of the Year for the second successive year.

“I can’t believe we’ve won again, this is a wonderful acknowledgement to all the hard work George (Paton) and his team put in at the Old Loans Inn to make sure all our guests are so well looked after,” explained SimpsInns owner Malcolm Simpson after receiving the award.

“We won this award 12 months ago and to win again makes it very special, especially as the votes came from the general public. We know we have a fantastic product and all of our hotels are so close to the many championship courses within Ayrshire. The Old Loans Inn is just minutes from the first tee at Royal Troon and we have a great working relationship with all the courses in the area.

“To come away with this prestigious award is very special, knowing that we were up against such strong competition.”

The Old Loans Inn’s sister property, The Gailes Hotel, was also shortlisted in the Hotel of the Year category that was won by Murrayshall Country House Hotel.

The Scottish golf tourism industry is looking to grow the sector from £286 million in 2016 to £300 million by 2020.

Malcolm Roughhead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “I’m delighted to see award winners right across the country, which goes to underline the outstanding strength in depth of the Scottish golf tourism product.” 

Thursday, 11 October 2018

From Turnberry to Dornoch

From Turnberry to Dornoch: cancer survivor Nick Edmund takes the Global Golf4 Cancer campaign to Scotland and starting his journey here in Ayrshire.

On May 4th this year, 57-year-old Nick Edmund – a golf writer, former Managing Director of Faldo Design and currently in remission for head and neck cancer, completed a marathon 2,000km trek around the west coast of Ireland. Carrying a golf bag on his shoulders, Nick walked the entire Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head in Co. Donegal to The Old Head of Kinsale in Co. Cork, visiting 40 golf courses along the route. The purpose of Nick’s herculean effort was to launch a worldwide campaign called Global Golf4 Cancer, an awareness and fundraising initiative that literally asks the golf community to ‘fly the flag’ for cancer sufferers worldwide.

At each golf course Nick visited, he played just the 4th hole and delivered a distinctive Global Golf4 Cancer awareness flag for the club to fly periodically on that hole in support of the campaign. It was always Nick’s intention to undertake a second golf-walk in Scotland this Autumn, during which he would call into 24 of the country’s finest championship links courses between Turnberry on the Ayrshire coast and Royal Dornoch, 50 miles north of Inverness. Again, the plan was to play the 4th hole and raise the Global Golf4 Cancer flag. However a new cancer diagnosis during the summer required extensive surgery with radiotherapy treatment to follow - and threatened to derail Nick’s plans.



“It’s not exactly been the easiest of times,” admitted Nick, “I seem to have spent much of the past two months in the company of surgeons, doctors and nurses; but I never doubted we would launch our Scottish campaign in October or that I would endeavour to complete the ‘Turnberry to Dornoch’ golf-walk before the end of the year. Frankly, and without wanting to sound ‘high and mighty’, we are on a mission here, and our aim is simple: to enlist the support of golfers in the fight against cancer. The game has enormous international reach, and if we can inspire the golfing community to fly the flag for cancer sufferers and support various cancer fighting initiatives worldwide, then I think we can make a real difference.” 

From now to December, pausing only to undergo radiotherapy treatment in London, Nick will walk approximately 400 miles with his golf clubs on his back and will raise the Global Golf4Cancer 4-Flag at some of Scotland’s most famous golfing venues. This week, after visiting Turnberry, he will call into Prestwick, Royal Troon, Western Gailes and Dundonald. Looking ahead, he believes his toughest challenge in Scotland could be the elements, but typically is thinking about the positives: “I suspect it may get a little chilly when I walk up the east coast in November, and by the time I reach Royal Dornoch, which golfers call ‘the star of the north’, the days will be quite short. But then again, I reckon the amazing links courses and scenery will more than compensate”.

William Townley, a head and neck cancer specialist and consultant plastic surgeon based at Guy’s Hospital in London, commented, “On 11th September Nick underwent his third operation in the space of just six weeks. On this most recent occasion we needed to perform some very sensitive surgery and reconstruction work on his forehead. What he has embarked upon just a month after coming out of hospital is truly extraordinary.” 

Peter Walton, CEO of global golf tourism industry organisation IAGTO, added: “This is an incredibly inspiring ‘good news golf story’. IAGTO is fully committed to supporting Global Golf4 Cancer and Nick in his remarkable effort to draw the attention of the golfing world, and more importantly attract its support, to this globally-significant cause.”

For further information about the ‘Turnberry to Dornoch’ 4-Flag Campaign, please visit www.globalgolf4cancer.org

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Eric Anders Lang wins world's best golf job!

Eric Anders Lang was the lucky winner of Scotland, Home of Golf World's best golf job.

Here is what he had to say 😂


Episode 1. The Cartbarnguys arrive Ayrshire

They are the hottest instagram golf page around and the Cartbarnguys touched down in Ayrshire last month to create amazing content for this famous golf destination in their unique fun way.

Episode 1


Stay tuned for more from this mini series and go check out Cartbarnguys over on Instagram

Monday, 23 July 2018

The Cartbarnguys are coming to Ayrshire

Golf Social media sensations The Cartbarnguys are visiting Ayrshire.....



Kyle and Bobby Nuggets are famous for their love and passion of the game of golf and they just so happen to have a massive online following across the globe. They will be bringing their fun filled content to Ayrshire this August.

Kyle had this to say: "If you love golf the way I do, you need to find ways to play as much as possible.  Working in cart barns over the years have given me access to the game on all levels.  I became a CBG to give myself an opportunity to become a better golfer.  And after working in 5 different cart barns over the years, I have put myself in a position to try and compete at the highest level. ​

I was born in California and grew up in Austin, TX.  Austin is where I fell in love with the game.  I moved to Arizona in 2014 and started working at Papago Golf Course shortly after that.  Instagram was gaining popularity so I started an account to document the real life struggle of balancing working in the cart barn and trying to make it on to the PGA Tour.​

The concept and community has started to grow beyond just me. The Cart Barn Guys social media presence has become a national platform for showcasing players that are documenting their own grind.  We are now sharing stories of Cart Barn Guys everywhere.  ​

Who knows where this will lead us in the future. But one thing is abundantly clear: WE ALL LOVE GOLF!"

Well Kyle it has lead you to Scotland, The Home of Golf and we cant wait to have you!

Stay tuned to their Ayrshire adventure by following them on INSTAGRAM and YOUTUBE 

Monday, 9 July 2018

The best golf 'job' in the world


Want the Best Golf ‘Job’ in the World?

Ever dreamt of a job where you just play golf?  You could be about to swing into that dream post.    We are offering one lucky individual a golf job with a difference, albeit it’s not an official job and only temporary for two weeks but who cares right?!



Scotland is ‘The Home of Golf; it’s where the game began and is one of the best, if not the best golfing destination on the planet.
We’re looking for the right candidate to play golf in all 7 golfing regions around Scotland in a golf extravaganza.  Playing some of the best courses, unearthing unique golf experiences, sampling our amazing Scottish hospitality, food, drink and lots more.
We are now accepting applications for this two week ‘job’ where you will travel the country playing golf along the way.  What’s the catch?  Just a small one - we have to make you work a little by creating amazing content on the courses, at the places you stay, where you eat out and areas you explore, all for you to put together a golfer’s dream come true Golf Guide to Scotland. 



The lucky winner will play a Ryder Cup Venue, a course where The Open began, the Number two course in the world as voted by Golf Digest plus many more.
To apply we need you to create a short video reviewing your own course or any course in the most fun way (video should be 60 - 90 seconds long) you can use drone footage, phones, cameras or whatever works best for you.
Let’s see your presenting skills by applying here www.visitscotlandgolf.com/bestgolfjob
Now go check out our short promo video above and get inspired!

The Job*:

  • ·         Play 2 rounds of golf in each of the 7 regions and bring your best golfing friend along. 14 rounds & 14 days in total.
  • ·         Visit other golf courses in area and find out some info for the interested golfing visitors.
  • ·         Explore some of the areas 19th hole offering for the best of food and drink.
  • ·         Create Vlogs for YouTube as well as Instagram posts and stories throughout each day and any other forms of media you can think of.
  • ·         Create a complete Golf Guide on completion of the trip; this will be through a blog as well as YouTube video of your adventure in Scotland Home of Golf.
  • ·         All golf tee times and lunch at the courses are provided for as will B&B accommodation and car hire/ travel to Scotland
  • ·         You will receive an allowance of £750.00GBP each for the duration off your trip


Timeline:

·         Goes live on July 9th
·         Applications close 27th July
·         Winner announced 3rd August
·         Two weeks in Scotland starts on Saturday 1st – Sunday 16th September


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Playing Out Sideways in Ayrshire

Golf Fanalysts Playing out sideways give their take on everything Ayrshire Golf in their latest podcast show. They talk great Golf, past Opens, the best par 3's and the best 19th holes in the area.
Go check it out....


http://playingoutsideways.libsyn.com/playing-out-sideways-three-scots-talk-about-ayrshire-golf