New pro joins the team, new £50,000 shop and GM gets prestigious new role
THE Carrick on Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s premier five-star golf resorts, has underlined its on-going commitment to delivering first-class guest experiences by unveiling several significant investments.
The resort has spent over £50,000 developing its retail offering in conjunction with TaylorMade-adidas Golf; employed
up-and-coming PGA professional Andrew McIntyre; and is celebrating the election of general manager Ross Whitfield to the prestigious board of Golf Tourism Scotland ahead of next year’s Ryder Cup. Through its world-class facilities, expertly maintained course, and unrivalled level of service, The Carrick is playing a prominent role in the wider success of De Vere Golf.
“The Carrick has invested significant time and effort identifying areas for improvement, as we strive to continue improving our guest services,” said Whitfield.
“I am delighted that we have been able to invest in a number of areas and recruit new personnel which further enhances our offering to members and visitors alike. The golf shop offers a great variety of products and golf wear, with all of the latest equipment from the leading manufacturers.
“Meanwhile, Andrew, as new golf professional, will work closely with head professional Gavin Abson as part of the instruction team at our Golf Academy to offer lessons and advice. Andrew brings a new dynamic to the coaching staff and is available to help members and guests of all levels to gain the most from their games in the season ahead.”
McIntyre, pictured below, left, with Abson, has a strong coaching resumé since turning professional in 2006, when he embarked upon his PGA training at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club in Bridge of Weir. He was also instrumental in developing a club-wide coaching infrastructure, which led to many successes for the club, including being crowned ‘National Junior Club of the Year’ in 2009. After graduating from the PGA National Training Academy in 2011, McIntyre continued to pursue his passion for coaching, whilst regularly competing on
the Tartan Tour. At The Carrick, he will continue to embrace modern coaching technologies to help provide the very best up-front coaching to golfers across the area.
Further highlighting the success of the resort is the announcement that Whitfield has recently been elected to serve on the board of Golf Tourism Scotland. With the Ryder Cup heading to Scotland next year, Whitfield will be involved in ensuring the event brings success to Scottish resorts and the wider golf tourism industry.
Meanwhile, some of the world’s most powerful business leaders will descend on the Carrick after it was named as host venue of the prestigious World Corporate Golf Challenge World Final. The exclusive event takes place in early May. “This is the world’s leading corporate golf tournament and attracts business people from some of the most powerful corporations and brands. Appropriately for the first-time, on the 20th anniversary of the event, the World Final will be held in Scotland, the home of golf - and we’re delighted to be involved,” said Whitfield. “Hosting such a prestigious global event gives us the perfect platform to showcase the resort to a global audience and underlines why it is rightly considered as one of the leading luxurious golf resorts in Scotland and across Europe.”