PGA chief executive amongst those paying tribute to iconic North East facility’s milestone
The sustained success over the past 25 years of Scotland’s largest independent golf centre has been recognised by the head of the PGA.
Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA, presented Douglas Craig of Craig Group, the owners of Kings Links Golf Centre in Aberdeen, with a commemorative plaque to mark the organisation’s sterling achievement in reaching its silver jubilee.
“The Kings Links is well known across the country for its outstanding facilities and centre of excellence,” said Jones. “There have been many success stories from the North-East of Scotland over the years and I know the Kings Links has played an important role in supporting many golfers, from novices through to elite players, to make the most of their skills.
“To be a leader for 25 years means the team behind Kings Links have been getting it right for a long time and their contribution to golf in the UK deserves to be recognised. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in achieving such a significant milestone and I am sure the centre’s success will continue for many years to come.”
More than 30 PGA professionals have honed their skills at the Kings Links over the years including Paul Lawrie, Richie Ramsay, Scott Henderson and David Thomson, as well as Kenny Walker, Peter Smith, Craig Cassells and Paul Girvan.
Douglas Craig, chairman and managing director of Craig Group which operates the Kings Links, said: “I would like to thank all our customers and staff who have made the Kings Links the success it is. We aim to provide the highest standard of advice and equipment for all golfers to ensure they enjoy and develop their game.
“It is wonderful to have reached our 25th anniversary and I’m grateful to Sandy for taking the time to visit us and recognise the work we do here. We will continue to provide the highest levels of service available to ensure the next 25 years are just as successful as the first 25.”
After opening in 1990, the Kings Links quickly attracted a loyal customer base and, to date, more than 150 million golf balls have been hit at its driving range since it opened, with over 25,000 drivers having also been sold there.
Paul Girvan, now the facility’s director of golf, has worked there since day one.
“It was an historic day when the Kings Links opened its doors,” he said. “We were the first centre of excellence in Scotland with the largest driving range and retail superstore. We set the benchmark for service and coaching and provided some of the best teaching and tournament professional staff in Scotland. We set the standards high and I’m pleased that we have been able to maintain and raise them over the period.”