PGA of Great Britain Master Professional to lead all operations at Scotland’s newest links gem
FIFE, Scotland – OB Sports is proud to announce the appointment of David Scott as General Manager of Dumbarnie Links, Scotland’s newest true links golf course set to open in May of 2020. A Master Professional of the PGA of Great Britain, Scott will lead all operations of the Clive Clark design located on Scotland’s East Coast in the Kingdom of Fife, along the north shore of the Firth of Forth just 20 minutes from St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
“I am hugely privileged and excited about the journey ahead,” said Scott, a native of St Andrews. “I have been most fortunate to have played or worked at some wonderful venues that have been highly regarded in the world of golf. I truly believe that what Clive Clark has produced at Dumbarnie Links will also be thought of most highly.”
“We are so excited to have David to lead the team at Dumbarnie Links,” said Matt Molloy, Senior Vice President of OB Sports. “It is no small undertaking to open a golf course, let alone a links course neighboring the home of golf, but we know David will do an amazing job.
“He brings a wealth of experience in all facets of operations in the golf and the hospitality industries, as well as intimate knowledge of golf in the St. Andrews area growing up and spending his career there. We can’t wait to share Dumbarnie Links with the world.”
Scott comes to Dumbarnie Links from The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa at St Andrews, where he served as Director of Golf, Leuchars and Estates. Scott spent the past 11 years in a variety of roles at the facility, including Director of Operations and General Manager of Golf. Prior to The Old Course Hotel, Scott was the Director of Golf at nearby Kingsbarns Golf Links. He built the operations team for the opening of the golf course in July 2000, creating the end-to-end customer experience that helped Kingsbarns to a Top-50 world ranking in its inaugural year.
“My immediate focus is to get all elements ready to deliver a seamless golfing experience when we open our doors to the golfing world on the 16th of May, 2020,” said Scott. “A key to our success will be getting a fine team in place that have the positive mindset to deliver exceptional service.”
Playing as a 6,905-yard Par 72, Dumbarnie Links is built upon land that is part of the historic Balcarres Estate. Its 345 acres of genuine sandy links land offer unobstructed views over the Firth of Forth, a 10-mile wide stretch of water, offering views of Muirfield, North Berwick and Edinburgh.
The routing is a departure from the usual. Instead of the traditional out-and-back layout, Clark explained that the Dumbarnie Links is a “mix of two big loops with elevated tees facing into the Firth of Forth.” The bunkering, however, does follow convention with a half-and-half mixture of traditional sod-stacked pot bunkers along with what Clark described as “natural bunkers surrounded by tall fescue grasses waving in the wind.”
“I believe Dumbarnie Links will quickly become a ‘must play’ course when in the St Andrews area,” Scott said, “and rather than take business away from other courses, I’m confident that many golfers will stay an extra night in the area – and so be most beneficial to the local economy.”
For more information on Dumbarnie Links, or to book your starting time starting May 16, 2020, visit the all-new course website at https://dumbarnielinks.com.
About Clive Clark Design
Golf course designer and former Ryder Cup player, Clive Clark, has been dedicated to designing high-quality golf courses for more than 30 years. He has an eye for detail and is known for consistently producing award-winning courses and remodels that have proven extremely successful for golfers, clients and developers alike. Clive Clark is the visionary behind this exciting new project – from securing this rare piece of genuine links land, to forming a team of 24 mostly local consultants to assist in the permitting process, through to putting together a small group of private investors to fund the entire project. As the designer of 35 golf courses in Europe and the United States, Clark began his work in the golf course design industry with a highly successful partnership with Peter Alliss before setting up his own firm after moving to the U.S. Following his move to America, Golf World magazine ranked Clark No.1 in their list “America’s 25 Hottest Golf Architects”, as well as Clark’s courses being rated No.1 in State by such magazines as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. Visit www.cliveclarkdesign.com for more information.
About OB Sports
Dumbarnie Links is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports, led by Senior Vice President of Agronomy and Construction, Luke Beardmore, has been an integral part of the Dumbarnie project since its inception. Acquired by Troon in April 2019 and currently managing around 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, OB Sports has expanded its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Links in Fife, Scotland. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. Named a Top 100 Business in Golf by the National Golf Foundation in 2018, visit obsports.com to get more information, or call (480) 948-1300. Become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.
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