One of golf’s most famous bucket-list destinations has been sold. The Dunvegan Hotel, a bed and breakfast with a pub on the first floor, bills itself as being “only a 9-iron from the Old Course,” and it has been a St. Andrews staple for decades.
Many of the game’s most famous participants have reminisced about over their jaunts around the Old Course in the comfort of the Dunvegan’s Golfer’s Corner pub, and the good news about Forth Bridge Capital LLP, the buyers headquartered in North America, is that things are expected to remain fairly similar.
The new owners are Forth Bridge Capital LLP, a consortium of golfing enthusiasts from Canada and the USA. Former owners, Jack and Sheena Willoughby, who owned and managed the business for the past 23 years, will maintain an interest in the hotel. As partners they will assist the new owners going forward.
From a customer, employee and patron’s perspective it will very much be business as usual.
The Pilmour Place establishment has hosted legends of the game, sports, screen and politics and has helped shape great golfing and entertainment memories for golf enthusiasts from around the world. The new owners say its special atmosphere will continue to be central from all perspectives.
“We are a delighted to have concluded a deal with the principals at Forth Bridge Capital,” said Jack and Sheena Willoughby. “Having been owners for the past 23 years, it’s obviously a bittersweet time for us hence we were always hoping to find buyers of a likeminded nature to ourselves to take the Dunvegan into its next era.
“There is no doubt we have accomplished this goal as the new owners are all golfers and are well known to us and to the Dunvegan.”
Forth Bridge executives said they were very happy to be involved with the Willoughbys. “We are committed to ensuring The Dunvegan remains one of golf’s best experiences,” the new owners pledged. “We look forward to a long and exciting future for our long-standing patrons, our new friends and golfers from around the world.”