Dundonald Links, one of Scotland’s leading championship golf courses, has been acquired by Darwin Escapes, the operator of 21 lodge resorts, holiday parks and golf courses around the UK.
Dundonald Links, which has hosted the Scottish Open and is considered to be among the top 100 courses in the world, was sold by Loch Lomond Golf Club for £4.5 million.
The club, which is located a few miles from Troon and first opened in 2003, will now join the Darwin Escapes Golf portfolio of courses, which also includes The Springs in Oxfordshire and The KP Club in Yorkshire. Darwin Escapes has recently made a multi-million pound investment to upgrade the clubhouse facilities and course at The Springs and has ambitious plans to transform the clubhouse at Dundonald Links in order to create a state-of-the art facility with high quality leisure and dining options and a market-leading indoor performance centre.
Commenting on the acquisition, Anthony Esse, Chief Executive of Darwin Alternatives, the investment advisor to the Darwin Leisure Development Fund, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the addition of Dundonald Links to the Darwin Escapes portfolio. Dundonald is world-renowned for good reason, it is simply a stunning place to play golf, and we plan to make a significant investment to ensure that the clubhouse facilities are worthy of this wonderful course and that Dundonald Links becomes one of the finest golf clubs in the UK. As a keen golfer myself, I can’t wait to work with the highly skilled team and implement the changes needed in order to achieve this.”
Situated in the heart of Ayrshire’s golf coast, just 30 miles from Glasgow, Dundonald Links boasts an 18-hole championship links designed by Kyle Phillips. The course hosted the Scottish Open in 2017 and also the Ladies Scottish Open in 2015 and 2016.