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Fresh start for Gleneagles trio

Experienced Blackadder heads up 30-strong team at Perthshire venue

By Craig Dennett

Three new professionals have been appointed at Gleneagles as it looks to strengthen its golf offering to visitors and members.

The resort hopes the three new recruits - including golf operations manager David Blackadder who previously looked after golf operations at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai - will boost its golf team’s delivery of ‘exceptional customer service and bespoke golf tuition’.

Blackadder will head up a 30-strong team and brings with him great knowledge of the luxury golfing market having worked at Loch Lomond Golf Club and Kingsbarns Golf Links in the past.


He said: ìGleneagles has everything - close proximity to Scotland’s airports, five-star accommodation and facilities, Michelin-starred dining, pursuits and activities - and then, of course, there’s the breathtaking rural scenery. All of this makes Gleneagles unique and delivers that sought-after feeling of escapism that all golfers want to feel when they play.î

PGA pro Calum Lawson and PGA assistant pro Nicola Taylor join Blackadder in taking up new roles. Lawson, whose main responsibilities will include coaching and custom fitting within the PGA National Golf Academy, has previously held teaching positions at Blairgowrie, Wellsgreen and Elmwood.

ìThese are exciting times for the academy, with the recent investment in the new pro shop and custom fitting room - developments which have attracted a range of new suppliers and led to a big spike in tuition bookings,î said Lawson.
ìI hope my passion for the delivery of exceptional service and bespoke tuition will strengthen this golf offering and echo the first-class service Gleneagles provides.î

Taylor, meanwhile, joins Gleneagles from Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi where she managed golf retail.

ìWorking in golf tuition is a great opportunity because it will enable me to build on my coaching experience to gain my PGA degree. ìIt’s also great to be joining the team at such an important time, with preparations to host two major competitions - the 2018 European Championships and the 2019 Solheim Cup - already in progress.

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