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Dundonald Links further enhances reputation with new best-of honors

Achieves acclaim from International Association of Golf Tour Operators

(AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND; March 16, 2023) – Dundonald Links continues to ascend on the world golf stage following a trio of notable industry achievements it recently garnered from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). 

After being named on the elite list of IAGTO’s Outstanding Service Awards 2023, it was announced that the resort had earned top-30 placements in two of Golf World’s Top 100 highly respected lists.

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The news is testament to extensive investment in recent years, which has transformed one of Scotland’s most popular golf courses into a world-class resort with an array of luxury facilities and accommodation options. 

IAGTO, the global trade organization of the golf tourism industry, presented its annual Outstanding Service Award to fewer than 50 of the world’s finest golf resorts, courses and hotels. The honor was voted for by IAGTO members and recognized destinations that consistently delivered an outstanding customer experience in 2022. 

Published by Today’s Golfer, the eagerly anticipated Golf World Top 100 rankings remain one of the most respected resources for golfers who are looking to find the best courses the sport has to offer. Dundonald Links moves up to 30th in the latest edition of the ‘Top 100 Courses Scotland’ list, with the layout awarded an impressive 76 points out of 100. Meanwhile, the resort’s recent transformation has seen it enter the ‘Top 100 Resorts Great Britain and Ireland’ for the first time, ranking an impressive 29th place. 

“Every member of our team works hard to ensure that every guest at Dundonald Links leaves having had a truly memorable experience,” said Ian Ferguson, General Manager, Dundonald Links. “It is pleasing to be recognized among the best venues to stay and play in Scotland so soon after completing our transition into a fully-fledged resort.”

Driven by new owners Darwin Escapes, Dundonald Links transformation was spearheaded by the opening of a new clubhouse in 2021. The contemporary building includes the resort’s fine-dining experience, the Canny Crow Restaurant, as well as a state-of-the-art gym, pro shop and bar. Guests can stay in either the elegant hotel or a collection of luxury lodges just a short distance from all the resort’s amenities. 

Dundonald Links par-72 course has been one of Scotland’s most popular layouts since a 2003 redesign, which was orchestrated by American architect Kyle Phillips, who has overseen the development of a number of modern-day classics such as Kingsbarns in Fife and The Grove in Hertfordshire. After successfully staging the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open in 2022, the event has been confirmed to return to the resort in 2023, along with Final Qualifying for The Open Championship. 

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