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Through the years the Dunvegan Hotel has been given a few accolades to be proud of and we have a excerpts of some below to let you see what other people think of us:

Industry Gold Recognised at GTS Awards Dinner - and the winner is the Dunvegan Hotel

Dunvegan HotelTHE Scottish golf tourism industry's top achievers have been recognised at a dazzling awards ceremony held in Edinburgh. The annual event from leading industry organisation Golf Tourism Scotland is widely regarded as the 'Oscars of the golfing world' and welcomes attendees from the US and Europe.

Hosted by Marriott Dalmahoy, this year a record 16 awards were handed out including for the first time The Gold Standard Award for outstanding work promoting golf tourism received by Allan Minto from Golf East Lothian. This year's Young Industry Person Award winner was Kirsty Martin from The Village at Machrihanish Dunes who really impressed the GTS awards interview panel with her enthusiasm and dedication to her role within the industry. Recognising the recent accolades received by two GTS members, the organising committee this year honoured Fairmont St Andrews Golf Resort and Dundonald Links Ayrshire for their tireless work towards sustainable golf and carbon reduction.

"This year's awards reflect a busy year for Scottish Golf which whilst facing up to the most challenging weather conditions in over 100 years has not had its spirits dampened. Tonight's awards are a very fitting culmination to an outstanding year of sport throughout the UK. From Tour de France victory, the triumphs of our Olympians, a very Scottish tennis Grand Slam and the culmination of it all in the most amazing Ryder Cup result in many years; the people in Scotland's Golf industry tonight showcase the breadth and depth of its talent and unique products" noted GTS chairman Lee Derrick. The award recipients listed below represent all areas of the golf tourism industry.


"Golf.com - What the numbers say"

Golf Magazine published the facts on our very own Dunvegan Hotel - see how we stack up


"St Andrews hotel is favourite 19th hole"

19th holeAs all eyes turned to Scotland for the Open at Carnoustie, last week golf legend Sam Torrance scored top marks with a family-run St Andrews hotel.
The VisitScotland golf ambassador unveiled his top things to do and see in Scotland as part of a new national tourism campaign and much to the delight of Jack and Sheena Willoughby, hosts at the Dunvegan Hotel in St Andrews, only yards away from the 18th green of the Old Course.
When the Citizen told them that the popular golfer has flagged up their hotel as: "the perfect 19th hole" the couple were obviously very proud ....

St Andrews Citizen July 2007

"A marriage made in Golf Heaven"

Jack & Sheena - a marriage made in golf heaven As you might expect from a good Scottish pub, there is a wide variety of Scotch whiskey on the shelves behind the bar at the Dunvegan Hotel. But on the top row, down the line from the bottles in a section labelled "Very Fine," the keen observer will notice two small urns that share space with the single malts. They contain the remains of "Sleepy" from Tallahasee and Tim from Chicago. Avid golfers in life, those gentlemen requested that in death their ashes be spread over the Old Course.

Ashes to ashes is one thing, dust to dust is quite another. The Dunvegan it seems, was as much a part of Sleepy's and Tim's St.Andrews experience as the Swilken Bridge. So they also specified that their final resting place be a spot where they could eternally eavesdrop on the post-round banter at their favourite 19th hole.

Sheena and Jack Willoughby, proprietors of the Dunvegan, obliged without question. more....

Golfweek October 2005

"Sinking Putts, sinking pints"

Steve Carr finds the best view of the Championship is 150 yards from the 18th green - inside a St Andrews watering hole called the Dunvegan Hotel

Thirty-nine thousand spectators poured into the scorched links on Thursday to crane their necks over the ten-deep galleries.. The atmosphere alone may have been worth the £30 entry fee, but the only real way to keep track of the golf is to watch the goings-on in a St Andrews tavern.

I find a perch in the Dunvegan, on the corner of Golf Place and North Street - a haunt of caddies and anyone else remotely connected with golf....Pictures of owners Sheena and Jack with the likes of Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Payne Stewart and George Bush line the walls, and the lager count is on a par with the birdies being sunk on the course.

Golf World September 2000


"Postcard from St Andrews, Scotland"

So we visited graveyards and golf shops and the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse. In St Andrews, there were really only a couple of things left, churches and pubs, and the Dunvegan Hotel and Bar essentially serves as both. It is the chapel for all of the pilgrims who have come to worship the golf gods at the Home of Golf.

The Dunvegan is owned and operated by an American from Houston, Jack Willoughby, who made it good in the oil business here, married Scottish lass, Sheena, and has made his pub The Place to Be.

During the Open, the players, caddies and fans mix all day and into the night at the Dunvegan, which is about 100 steps from the back of the Old Course's 18th green. They come for the beer, the "Half Monty" business and the burgers Jack personally barbecues n the Dunvegan porch.

Tuesday night, Fred Couples sat at a corner table, clearly enjoying himself, his hat tipped slightly askew. Later Pat Perez got into a lively "debate" with a handful of scribes. Three hours and quite a few pints later, everybody went home happy.

The walls are packed with photographs of Dunvegan customers, famous or not. Payne Stewart posed for a photo with Sheena a couple of weeks before he died. On the shelf behind the bar, Willoughby shows off the urns containing the ashes of Tim from Chicago and "sleepy" of Tallahassee, Fla. The two requested that their ashes be sprinkled on the Old Course, with some saved for the Dunvegan. And you though Norm loved Cheers.

Tod Leonard


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