Tuesday, 18 December 2018

All I want for Christmas is...

With the countdown to Christmas moving along this week and Mariah Carey's 1994 Christmas hit playing on repeat, we surveyed the office to find out what the gang would want for Christmas this year. This is what they said.

All I want for Christmas is...

"To improve those pesky four-foot putts."

"To get my fifth hole in one. Yes, fifth. One of them was a par 4, 289 yards at the 13th hole at Auchterarder Golf Club."

“A private lesson from Natalie Gulbis. I was fortunate enough to be a referee for her at the 2006 Women's Open and it was a delight meeting her."

"To play abroad somewhere exotic like the Maldives and then rest my head at one of those water villas to relax in after."

"A new pair of tailor-made clubs. It's really hard to move to new clubs, but I am ready."

"Four tickets to the US Masters. I would bring three of my best pals to Augusta followed by a week in Florida to golf some of their finest courses."

"To find the perfect pro. After working with EG&L, I am determined to learn to golf."

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Meet Cameron: The newest member of the Executive Golf and Leisure Team

When asked to describe his mantra in three words, Cameron Long, an expert in events management in the hospitality, golf and leisure industry for 26 years, said "try anything once" and it appears as if he has. Between his experience facing a near-death experience skiing through the Swiss Alps and braving his way through a (successful) shark cage diving expedition in New Zealand, Cameron is not the type to turn any exciting opportunity down.

His experience working at Gleneagles, the 5-star luxury hotel, spa and golf resort as the Events Manager has exposed him to additional highlights in his life. During his career, he has managed hundreds of corporate golf events including being the event manager for the US team during the Ryder Cup in 2014 and leading daily meetings with Tom Watson and his team. Yet, the journey to becoming the high-end resort's Event Manager had a number of stops along the way.

Cameron spent the early part of his life working as a tailor in London for 6 months. Not totally convinced of the city slicker lifestyle, the country boy from New Lanarkshire made his moves back home to Scotland after a few years where he ended up working his way through various roles at Gleneagles including bartending at "The American Bar" to joining the valet and even housekeeping teams. It was not until the director of golf took notice of his impassioned golf talent and love for the game until Cameron started his journey working in golf and leisure management.

In our interview, he revealed that he has spent the last 41 years trying to master golf and is only beginning to realise that he may have wasted a lot of time. Nevertheless, when asked how to describe himself in a hashtag it has to be #golfmad. He has been a member of the Auchterarder Golf Club for over 40 years, currently playing off a 5 handicap. Now, he looks forward to learning something new every day as our newest Corporate and Events Specialist where he can apply his problem-solving skills, and calm demeanour to his new role with us. He told us that he is an avid juggler in secret, another fantastic skill to have when working in this industry. We look forward to working with Cameron on a number of corporate and private events through the years.

What to do when visiting St. Andrews in 2019

Visitors to St. Andrews are spoiled for choice when it comes to discovering things to do when they visit the historic town. Here are just a few of the things a visitor can sample during their time in the “Auld Grey Toun":

1. Soak up the rich and diverse history of the town itself:

Take a tour of the St. Andrews Cathedral, dating back to 1158, or breathe in the majesty of the 13th century St. Andrews Castle.

2. Explore the Town’s Museums:

Learn the history and origins of the game of golf, with over 500 years of golfing history during a tour of The British Golf Museum, or immerse yourself in the historic academic history of St. Andrews as you wander through the Museum of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest University – founded in 1413.

St Andrews Cathedral

3. A Haven for Beer,  Whisky & Gin Lovers:

Why not sample the delights of the Kingsbarns Distillery or Eden Mill and treat yourself to a well deserved tipple…

4. Take in the beauty of St. Andrews:

Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic West Sands, watch the boats come and go in St. Andrews Harbour, or witness the vibrant smells and colours of the Botanic Gardens.

Why not do all of this whilst on go golfing break, playing some of the world’s most famous golf courses?

2019 International Pairs Championship, St Andrews

International Pairs Championship, St. Andrews

This October you can come to St. Andrews and play the host venue of last year’s Open Championship - Carnoustie Championship Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links – host venue of the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open, and the home of golf itself – The Old Course, St. Andrews, as a participant in the inaugural Executive Golf & Leisure International Pairs Championship.

Full details are available on the Executive Golf & Leisure website, please click the link below:
International Pairs Championship Details

Come and play in in a fun and exciting Pairs Championship and see everything that St. Andrews has to offer…