The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort joins Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

THE world renowned Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort, host of the Open Golf Championship this year, has become the latest new member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort's Director of Sales & Marketing Stephen Walker commented: “Turnberry is one of Ayrshire’s true icons, recognised globally as a haven for world-class golf and hospitality.

“Our role as both a major employer and local community player is one we take very seriously.

“Working with initiatives like the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle supports this objective ideally.”

[Pictured left to right: Norman Geddes, executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and senior partner at Frazer Coogans Solicitors; and Murdoch MacDonald, managing director of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and proprietor of Fame Publicity Services.]

And in a joint statement, Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes and managing director Murdoch MacDonald (pictured above) said: “We are delighted to welcome Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort’s accession to membership of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

“Turnberry will complement admirably our existing member companies and businesses, and we look forward to working in partnership with Stephen Walker, Tracey Smith and their colleagues to create further worldwide publicity both for Turnberry and for Ayrshire business as a whole.”

Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort

Opened in 1906, Turnberry was originally known as the Station Hotel.

In the mid-20th century, when it was owned by British Transport Hotels (BTH), there was a national concern that the upkeep of this established, luxurious hotel would not be maintained. After a number of disappointing years of low occupancy, BTH placed Turnberry on the market. Over the next few decades, a number of different proprietors made significant investments in guest rooms, conference amenities and spa facilities that raised Turnberry’s profile. In particular, Turnberry’s dedicated centre for health and relaxation was extremely innovative when it was introduced in the 1980s—and put the resort on the modern-day map.

The new millennium brought a new owner: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Starwood’s vision for Turnberry included a variety of improvements. The red-roofed houses by the roadside, originally built as staff accommodation, have been converted into guest lodges, offering space and seclusion to large groups. The state-of-the-art Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy and the newly built Kintyre course have commenced operations. And the Outdoor Activity Centre—which allows guests to make the most of Turnberry’s 800 acres and the Ayrshire countryside beyond—has completed Turnberry’s transformation from a largely seasonal, golf-focused resort to a year-round destination with an abundance of activities that appeal to a wide audience.

Leisurecorp, a division of Dubai World that is one of the world’s most innovative and renowned golf development entities, took ownership of Turnberry in October 2008 and closed the hotel immediately for a dramatic refurbishment ahead of the 138th Open Championship that took place in July 2009. Internationally renowned interior designer Mary Fox Linton was appointed to lead the renovation, which, with the help of a heritage consultant, saw the 103-year-old hotel restored to the vision of its original architect while accommodating the needs of the modern guest. The property is now a member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection® portfolio.

It is the intention of Leisurecorp, with the contributions of its partners, to make Turnberry the top golf and resort experience in the world.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle was formed in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire. Its mission statement is to publicise its members, to celebrate and report the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that flourishes here in Ayrshire, and to raise still further Ayrshire‘s profile throughout the world as an ideal place to live, work and visit.

A further selection of Turnberry images is on Flickr: CLICK HERE



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