ST. ANDREWS, Fife, Scotland (October 23, 2018) – Ewan McKay, Chairman of The Feddinch Club—the first and only private, residential member’s club with its own course in St. Andrews—confirmed today that several special developments have taken place to boost the appeal of membership.


Construction of The Feddinch Club course progresses, with much of the rough shaping now complete. Current work is concentrated on improving site boundary walls and directing surface water into newly created culverts and wetlands in out-of-play areas to enhance bio-diversity. This will be followed by mid-2019 completion of the rough shaping and installation of additional drainage and irrigation. The formal opening of the club is scheduled for Spring 2021.

Founder Member enrollment has been extended to Nov. 30, 2018. Those wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to enroll now only pay a 2.5% deposit, which remains in escrow until six months prior to opening, when the balance will be payable.

Enrollees enjoy special benefits including annual credits to be spent at the club along with:

    • Complimentary transfers from and to airports in Scotland and courses in the locale
    • 7 nights guaranteed accommodation annually for family use
    • The right to reserve 10 suite nights annually for unaccompanied guests
    • Entitlement to enter a ballot for accommodation during the week of The Open
    • Unlimited and complimentary play for spouse/partner and immediate offspring under age 30
    • Playing rights daily for up to seven golfers
    • The right to host an annual event for up to 24 participants
    • A personalized concierge service to take care of all requests
    • A gated entrance to maximize privacy and security and ensure total relaxation
    • Access to numerous outdoor pursuits for families
    • Opportunities to participate in driven game shoots and fishing expeditions

Additional updates from The Feddinch Club include:

  • An agreement in principle has been reached with the local Kingsbarns Distillery for the production of a Feddinch-branded single malt whisky and a variety of gins that will be available in the clubhouse. Members of The Feddinch Club also will be able to purchase a consignment of the whisky in barrels and, upon maturation, have it personally labelled.
  • In homage to the great golf course designer Donald Ross, who studied under Old Tom Morris in St. Andrews before coming to America where he became one of the country’s foremost architects, a statue of Ross will be erected at The Feddinch Club and each of the 19 holes will be named after courses designed by him. To date, acceptances have been received from Seminole, Inverness, Scioto, Grosse Ile, Charlotte Country Club, and Wannamoisett.


New Golf Course At St. Andrews, Scotland Continues To Take Shape

New Golf Course At St. Andrews, Scotland Continues To Take Shape

Designer Tom Weiskopf Visits The Feddinch Club

ST. ANDREWS, Fife, Scotland (Aug. 21, 2018) – Embracing the natural balance and flow of the coastal landscape overlooking Scotland’s eastern shore and sculpted by 1973 Open Champion and internationally acclaimed golf course designer Tom Weiskopf, the course at The Feddinch Club is the first to be built in St. Andrews since 2008.

The course has already been routed and following Weiskopf’s recent inspection, various design changes will be made and the first stages of drainage installed.

According to Ewan McKay, Chairman of The Feddinch Club, “Tom has created a genuinely timeless design that will provide a pleasurable and memorable experience for players of all levels of expertise, who may walk, with or without caddies, or use carts, which is exceptional in this area.”

Weiskopf, whose expertise as a golf course designer has resulted in 65 golf courses – seven ranked among the Top 100 in the world – has fully applied his experience, creativity, commitment to detail, and philosophy to this golf course.

“This is not a links golf course, although the site has some characteristics of links golf,” explained Weiskopf. “There are blind and semi-blind shots, and open native grasses in the rough areas. It’s a parkland course with very good variation of elevation and a continual change of direction from hole to hole.”

To enhance enjoyment and reduce the time taken per round, distances between greens and succeeding tees are generally short, the fairways are wide and fast running, and each expansive green will present interesting challenges that will require a fair test of skill.

The Feddinch Club is the only private, member-owned, family-oriented club at St. Andrews with its own course. It lies just outside the town boundary to the south, enjoying an enviable location with views extending over the town of St. Andrews and across the sea to Carnoustie.

At par 72, the course will play to a full length of 7,373 yards from the back tees, 6,600 yards from the middle distance, and 5,484 yards from the forward markers.

Unusual features include a large double green for the 9th and 18th holes immediately in front of the clubhouse and a short 19th hole that allows unsettled competitions to be determined without returning to the first tee, and also decides who is to pay for the first round of beverages!

Complementing the golf course is a comprehensive, professional-quality practice facility that features a 400-yard driving range with a variety of targets and a dedicated short game area with a set of bunkers relevant to the course design. Additionally, an extensive and meticulously prepared practice putting green will reflect authentic on-course conditions.

The facilities are exclusively for the enjoyment of The Feddinch Club members and their guests, who will have the pleasure of many special benefits not available at other private clubs.  There will be three classes of membership.

Club Membership permits unlimited and complimentary play for spouse or partner and immediate offspring under 30 years of age and may be bequeathed, transferred, or sold, subject to Club Rules.

Founder Membership provides the same benefits as Club Membership, but also delivers rewards in the form of annual credits to be spent at the Club.

Corporate Membership allows the appointment of up to 10 nominees, who may be changed at the calendar year’s end, and provides guaranteed accommodations during the week of the Open Championship, as well as the possibility of financial benefits.

The luxurious clubhouse will combine private club and resort elements, resulting in the perfect lifestyle option for those who want to experience and enjoy all that St. Andrews offers, without the responsibilities or expense of maintaining a second residence.

“The Club will be, for all intents and purposes, a ‘home away from home’ for its members, who may call upon the concierge team to organize play on the many famous courses within easy reach, as well as trips to places of interest,” McKay said.

The clubhouse complex will comprise a mixture of 45 luxurious resort-type guest rooms of generous sizes with restaurant, bar, spa and wellness center, meeting rooms, fine dining rooms, and associated golf facilities, plus a gated entrance to maximize privacy and security.

The complex is designed by G1 Architects of Glasgow—the same firm that created the clubhouses at Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart—known for its innovative and intuitive design approach and unique solutions to maximize light and space.

Ugadale Hotel at The Village at Machrihanish Dunes Wins ‘Best Hotel’ Award at Scottish Golf Tourism Awards

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The Ugadale Hotel at The Village at Machrihanish Dunes Wins ‘Best Hotel’ Award at Scottish Golf Tourism Awards
Captures Top Pick For ‘21 to 50’ Rooms Category
(MACHRIHANISH, Scotland)Southworth Development – the internationally-renowned developer and manager of residential resort communities – congratulates its Ugadale Hotel at the Village at Machrihanish Dunes for winning “Best Hotel” recognition at the 2016 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.

This is the second-consecutive year it has won the Best Hotel (21 to 50 Rooms) category. In 2013, The Village at Machrianish Dunes won top honors for “Scotland’s Best Experience.”

“We are thrilled the Ugadale Hotel at The Village at Machrihanish Dunes has won this wonderful award for the second time running,” says David Southworth, President and CEO of Southworth Development. “The hotel is a historic landmark blessed with all the modern creature comforts one could want.”

Boasting a 4-star rating from the Scottish Tourism Board, the luxurious Ugadale Hotel features iconic elegance combined with contemporary amenities and historic charm. Located on Scotland’s Kintyre Peninsula, it boasts 22 guest rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hebridean Islands of Islay and Jura.  For dining options, The Ugadale has The Kintryre Club, an elegant pub and dining experience full of history and grandeur. For those looking to further unwind, the full-service Serenity Spa offers guests tranquility and relaxation.

Amenities and charm aside, the exceptional guest services at the Ugadale are part of what makes the hotel so special.

“The staff at Machrihanish Dunes always goes out of its way to extend the warmest of welcomes to all our guests,” continues Southworth. “There are any number of first-rate hotels of this size catering to golfers in Scotland, so for The Ugadale to win this award—and to win it two years in a row—serves as testimony to the high regard in which it is held.”

The cornerstone of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is the 18 hole, 7,175-yard Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club – a stunning Scottish-style links course set against the Atlantic Ocean, designed by world-renowned golf course architect David McLay Kidd. An environmentally-friendly course, Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club has won multiple accolades, including Golfweek’s 2016 “Top 100 Golf Courses in Britain & Ireland” and Golf World’s 2015 “Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland”.

The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is a majestic destination to experience the striking beauty of Scotland, enjoy premier links-style golf, dine and relax. For more information, or book a stay, visit

About Southworth Development

Southworth Development is a privately held company based in Newton, Mass., USA, specializing in the development of residential resort and hospitality-branded real estate communities. Through wholly owned subsidiaries, Southworth Golf and Southworth Europe, Southworth is a leader in the international golf community, having served as owner, manager, consultant or construction manager to dozens of properties throughout the United States, Scotland, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic. Southworth was founded in 1991 and currently owns and operates private clubs and residential communities including Willowbend on Cape Cod, Mass.; Renaissance located on Boston’s North Shore; Meredith Bay on New Hampshire’s famed Lake Winnipesaukee, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va. 35 minutes west of Washington, DC; The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, Argyll, Scotland; and The Abaco Club, Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas.  


machrihanishdunesArgyll, Scotland, January 22, 2016  —  The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 14 – 17 is one of the not-to-be-missed golf events of the season, and Machrihanish Dunes has luxurious VIP packages that allow guests to stay just 20 minutes from the action yet miles away from the crowds.

Play our great seaside links, and enjoy a luxurious holiday far from the maddening crowds while enjoying our on-site amenities including spa, fitness and restaurants close at hand.  With the Machrihanish Dunes’ Ultimate Open Championship Experience, you can take a chartered helicopter from the GB&I Top-100 course and four-star luxury of the resort to The Open Championship at Troon.

Machrihanish Dunes is offering this package so that the true golf lover can enjoy The Open in style while enjoying a luxury golf retreat at the same time.

The Ultimate Open Championship Experience package is £4,920 per person and is limited in quantity.  It includes*:
•    Meet & greet at Glasgow airport and ground transportation to Machrihanish Dunes
•    Four nights in four-star accommodations
•    Transport to/from helipads
•    VIP Helicopter transport to/from Machrihanish Dunes to The Open (up to 4 people), on July 15 and July 17
•    Access to the Champions Club at The Open on Friday and Sunday (options for all four days are available)
•    Daily full Scottish breakfast
•    Golf at Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club
•    24-hour concierge service during your trip
*Based on availability, and based on double occupancy and full foursome traveling in a Eurocopter Twin Squirrel.  Package as above is priced at £4,920.  Other options may increase or decrease the cost of the package.

The Campbeltown Airport is only 10 minutes from Machrihanish Dunes and is accustomed to private charters and planes.  Flybe also offers daily service from Glasgow to Campbeltown.

Mach Dunes offers other custom Open Championship packages that let guests combine stay and play packages at Mach Dunes with CalMac ferry service to the Open.  These can include:
•    Royal Hotel Suite or Room in Campbeltown, a suite or room at The Ugadale Hotel, or a two-bedroom
Ugadale Cottage
•    CalMac Ferry Service to/from Ardrossan
•    Transfers to/from Troon
•    Daily tickets to the Open – Standard Admission, Champions Club VIP Admission, or Top-level hospitality venue Club 1860
•    Springbank Distillery Tour

For more information on the Ultimate Open Championship Experience being offered by Machrihanish Dunes or to book reservations, please visit or call Outside UK: +44 1586 810000 or within UK at 0800 151 3701 or email
Media Contact:  Cindy Lawrence @ +1 617-630-4906 or

About The Village at Machrihanish Dunes
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, voted “Scotland’s Best Resort Experience”, “Best Hotel” and Best Catering” by Golf Tourism Scotland, is a world-class seaside resort featuring a U.K. Top-100 links golf course, four-star accommodations, casual and fine dining options, a boutique spa, plus a host of other resort amenities, all located in one of Scotland’s most beautiful regions.  The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages in Machrihanish offer 22 rooms and suites plus 8 luxurious two-bedroom cottages. The Royal Hotel, with 23 rooms all overlooking Campbeltown Harbour, is located in downtown Campbeltown, a mere 5 miles away.  The resort is ideally suited for golfers; non-golf visitors; golf group visits; family reunions; corporate meetings, events, and retreats; weddings and other social functions; and more.  The course, the first 18-hole course in the U.K. to earn certification from the Golf Environmental Organization, is consistently ranked as one of the most ecologically-friendly courses in the world.  Designed by David McLay-Kidd, it opened in 2009 on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the first course ever to be built on such a site and also the first to be built on the west coast of Scotland in over 100 years.  For more information on The Village at Machrihanish Dunes or to book reservations, visit

The Renaissance Club announces new “Winter Renaissance Experience”

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The Renaissance Club

Following the success of The Renaissance Club’s “One Time Experience”, which offers the opportunity for non-members to experience what this exclusive club has to offer during the golfing season, the club looks to further extend this opportunity into the winter months with the announcement of their new “Winter Renaissance Experience”.

The “Winter Renaissance Experience” affords non-members the chance to relax and enjoy the luxury accommodation and world class facilities at the club over long weekends during the Autumn/Winter months (Thurs – Sun, 15 Oct 2015 – 31 March 2016). Non golfers will be lured by the luxury and comforts of this five-star resort with its on-site leisure facilities, situated in peaceful countryside about a 35-minute drive from Edinburgh airport, offering the ideal base for enjoying the miles of stunning coastline on its doorstep.

For recreational golfers who would like to brush up on their swing during the winter months, The Renaissance Club, a year round golfing facility, offers a round of golf as part of this enticing package.

Emerging on the East Lothian landscape in 2008, with its breathtaking, windswept links and stunning landscape, The Renaissance Club was the vision of its dedicated and passionate founders and acclaimed course architect Tom Doak.

Locals call the area “Scotland’s Golf Coast” with three of the most historical courses in the world – Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick – within a five mile stretch of land. The Renaissance Club has proved to be a fabulous addition to this coastline, the East Lothian golf community and Scotland as a whole and attracts incredibly positive reviews from everyone who has been lucky enough to play on it.

Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival Dates Announced

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The Renaissance Club


Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival Dates Announced

Celebrate the Perfect Golf Experience!

Scotland’s Golf Coast is delighted to announce the dates of its inaugural golfing ‘Festival’. Enjoy a week-long series of events from 18th – 24th October 2015, where you can play some of the world’s finest links courses, embrace the challenge of picturesque parkland courses and experience the heritage of a golf destination we have been perfecting since 1672.

Scotland’s Golf Coast welcomes three professional events to the area this year: the first ever Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Pre-Qualifier at North Berwick; Gullane Golf Club welcomes the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; and the Scottish Senior Open will be hosted at Archerfield Links. With 22 must-play courses, stretching along 30 miles of stunning coastline, and all just 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Scotland’s vibrant capital city, the area is known as the sunniest and driest in Scotland, making it the perfect place for autumn golf. This October help us celebrate our inaugural Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival and test yourself on some of our finest courses: don’t just watch the action, experience golfing perfection first-hand.


The Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival programme commences on Sunday 18th October with a 9-hole Challenge Warm up on Gifford Golf Club’s beautiful 9-hole course followed by a Welcome Reception at Duck’s at Kilspindie that evening. The Saltire Trophy is what everyone is playing for during the Festival. Open to all amateur golfers, this 72 hole Stableford tournament will be played over four inspiring links courses offering players the opportunity to extend their golf into the Autumn months in one of the finest golfing destinations in the world. Commencing on Monday 19th October, the week starts off with a stiff challenge at Gullane No. 1, home of the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; followed by a visit to Londniddry Golf Club’s mix of links & woodland; Wednesday is rest day where golfers can take stock for the final two days and enjoy the surrounding area, before tackling Dunbar Golf Club, an Open Championship Qualifying Course on Thursday 22 October; and concl uding at the exclusive Renaissance Club on Friday the 23rd October 2015. There will be a Prize-Giving at The Renaissance Club that evening.

For those wishing to stay on in the area over the weekend, enter The Heritage Hickory Challenge, played at Musselburgh Links, on Saturday 24th October and try out your skills with a set of hickory clubs. Face the unique challenge of the world’s oldest golf course and one of the original Open Championship Venues.

Gullane Golf Club, Host of the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open 2
Gullane Golf Club

Scotland’s Golf Coast has a diverse offering of accommodation to offer Festival ‘competitors’, providing the perfect opportunity to rest, relax and unwind before enjoying another round of golf. It is a dream for visiting golfers, with all accommodation providing easy access to golf courses. Competitors will be spoiled for choice with 5-star luxury hotels, family-run bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments or even centuries-old stately homes all on offer. No matter where you choose to stay you are guaranteed a very warm welcome and an authentic experience. To find suitable hotels for your trip to Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival, visit –

With the chance to play some of the world’s finest links course, we suggest you reserve your places early to avoid disappointment.

Scotland’s Golf Coast Festival

18th – 24th October 2015

The Programme:

Gifford Golf Club: 9-Hole Challenge – Sunday 18th October

Warm up for the Saltire Trophy with a friendly 9-hole challenge on one of Scotland’s Golf Coast’s many fine inland courses. This is a beautiful 9-hole course set in gently undulating parkland on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Gifford. With the Lammermuir Hills as a scenic backdrop and bounded by mature woods and farmlands, it has a well-deserved reputation for its first-class greens which are a challenge for even the best of golfers.

Duck’s at Kilspindie: Welcome Reception

Enjoy a warm and friendly welcome to Scotland’s Golf Coast with the best local food and drink; and get to know your fellow Saltire Trophy competitors amongst a friendly atmosphere of putting games, fine wines, the best whiskies or a fine Cuban cigar. The draw for the first day’s play for The Saltire Trophy will be announced.

The Saltire Trophy – Monday 19th October – Friday 23rd October

Open to all amateur golfers, this 72 hole Stableford tournament played over four inspiring links courses gives you the opportunity to extend your golf into the Autumn months. This is the opportunity for all golfers to experience golfing excellence across some of the world’s finest links courses. Commencing on Monday 19th October, the event will see competitors battle it out over Gullane No.1.

Monday 19th October: Saltire Trophy Day 1: Gullane No. 1

Steeped in golfing history, this stunning links is playable all-year round and is host to the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The golf course snakes across Gullane Hill from where you can enjoy some of the best views in the world of golf. This course will present one of the best challenges in Scotland to our golfers.

Tuesday 20th October: Saltire Trophy Day 2: Longniddry Golf Club

This Harry S Colt design offers a traditional test of golf over its unique combination of links and woodland, many holes having spectacular views to the city centre, beyond to the Forth Bridges and across the Firth of Forth to Fife. 6260 yards may not seem long, but with no par 5’s and eight 400 plus yard par 4’s, this is a stiff challenge, particularly in a west wind.

Wednesday 21st October: Saltire Trophy Rest Day

Wednesday is the time for all our golfers to take stock and prepare for the final two days. There will be no competitive golf, so it is the opportunity to enjoy all East Lothian has to offer, from our fantastic attractions, delicious local food and drink, or one of our 22 must-play golf courses.

There is also an exclusive opportunity to join the Saltire Trophy TPEGS Coaching Experience at Archerfield Links at the world’s first Nike Performance Fitting Centre for an exclusive coaching experience. Led by Ryder Cup player and Sky Sports analyst Andrew Coltart and European Tour Coach Gary Nicol, the TPEGS Team offer highly entertaining world-class golf experiences. With state of the art coaching and fitting, they use the latest technology to provide the very best in-depth analysis for golfers of all abilities. Please note places are limited so book early to avoid missing out on this fantastic experience. To book please email

“Regardless of your ability, regardless of your handicap or experience in the game, the premium services offered at the Nike Performance Centre will improve your game.” World No 1 Rory McIlroy

Thursday 22nd October: Saltire Trophy Day 3: Dunbar Golf Club

With a proud history stretching back to 1856 Dunbar presents a challenging test for players of all levels. A Classic Scottish Links Course, which hugs the coastline along a narrow strip of land within yards of the waves crashing onto the rocky shore. Stunning scenery and a welcoming Clubhouse will complete a memorable experience.

Friday 23rd October: The Final Day of The Saltire Trophy: The Renaissance Club

The week comes to a close at The Renaissance Club, which will provide both a challenging and memorable final day. Named Best New Course in Great Britain and Ireland by Golf Monthly, it is one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs, and has been lauded by critics and golfing professionals as one of the most exquisite golfing venues in the world. This is the chance to secure the Saltire Trophy and experience a world-class haven for golfers.

Saltire Trophy Prize-Giving Dinner, The Renaissance Club

Settle down amongst one of the world’s most exclusive clubhouses, experience a vibrant atmosphere and enjoy some fantastic food and drink. This wonderful celebration brings the tournament to a close and allows us to present the first ever winner with the Saltire Trophy.

The Heritage Hickory Challenge: Saturday 24th October

Join us at Musselburgh Links and face the challenge of the world’s oldest golf course playing with hickory clubs. The Old Golf Course was one of the original Open Championship Venues, hosting the competition on six occasions between 1874 and 1889. A unique 9 hole course, which offers a relaxed round steeped in history. Walk in the footsteps of the great Willie Park Junior and reflect on all who have played here – including Mary Queen of Scots, (reputedly in 1567).

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Dunbar Golf Club

Pricing and Booking Information

To book visit


The 9-Hole Challenge – £18.50

The Saltire Trophy – £305 (This includes Welcome Drinks on the first evening and the Prize-Giving Dinner at The Renaissance Club on the final evening.)

The Heritage Hickory Challenge – £16 (£50 including Hickory Clubs)

For groups of a minimum of 10, there will be a 10% discount.