MORE improvements are planned for the Best Western Scores Hotel in St Andrews this winter.
The hotel, which overlooks, the Old Course, completed a £300,000 renovation in time for the 150th Open at St Andrews in July.
That refurbishment included renovated terraces, landscaped gardens and 180m (197yds) of traditional Victorian wrought iron railings to give a new and distinctively classy look to the grand old hotel, and now work is planned for the addition of six luxury suites and a new wing with 30 rooms and suites.
The Scores was probably the smartest address in town when architect George Rae designed Seaton House in 1864, and this now forms a principle part of the elegant terrace, along with an 1880s boys’ school which was converted to a hotel in the early 1930s.
The Mann family, who bought the hotel in 1985, were originally from Glasgow and now have Marriott hotel interests in the USA, including the wholly-owned Marriott Courtyard in Key West, Florida.
They engaged Eric H Brown, the well-known Scottish hotelier, as general manager at the Scores more than a year ago and his wealth of experience has been invaluable.
He spent six years as managing director of the nearby Rusack’s Hotel in the early 80s prior to buying and setting up business at Balbirnie House in the late 80s. More recently, he has spent 15 years with Stakis and Hilton Hotels running three of their operations in England and Scotland
“There is still much to do,” he said, “But I am delighted that the Manns have responded to my suggestions for improvements.”
David Mann, the head of the family, said: “Eric Brown is one of these enormously enthusiastic people who gives you confidence to consider such a significant investment and this, combined with his extensive experience and his local presence, has persuaded us to press ahead with our application for planning permission.”
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Royal arena plan for new tournament
VOLVO and the European Tour have unveiled a new tournament to kick off next season.
Taking place at the Royal Golf Club in the Kingdom of Bahrain, this special event will be a unique tournament of champions-style event and, for the first time, will see European Tour tournament winners compete together with leading amateurs.
The inaugural event will take place from January 27-30 and only winners of previous European Tour tournaments will be eligible.
By way of celebrating the very first tournament, the 2011 event will be widened to a full field of up to 126 players slotting into the January schedule, bringing together both current and past European Tour winners, including champions of past major events.
From 2012, the tournament will revert to a streamlined European Tour Tournament of Champions, anticipated to only include winners of the previous season’s Race to Dubai counting tournaments. Crucially, the 2012 and 2013 editions will then move to an earlier January date, ensuring the tournament is then the first full counting event of The European Tour International Schedule.
Meanwhile, the Volvo World Matchplay Championship is set for a new date next year.
It moves to May 19-22 and will be held at the Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf and Spa on the Andalucian coast in Southern Spain.
Securing a new permanent date for the championship has been a target as the global golf schedule becomes ever-more congested in the autumn months with existing tournaments and the addition of new events in Europe and Asia.
This new permanent May date for the championship is secured under a four-year agreement with the European Tour and IMG and Volvo.
The 16-man field will be increased to 24 and the prize fund increased to 3.4m euro, with a first prize of 800,000 euro.