Leading Scottish golf resort tees off with new GM Keating


Fairmont St Andrews, the five-star luxury golf resort at Scotland’s ‘Home of Golf’, has appointed John Keating as its new general manager.

An Irish national, Keating has worked within the hospitality industry for more than 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him.

The ‘master restaurateur’ studied at the Thames Valley University, London, completed his hotel management training at the Ritz Hotel and has many years of international experience in hotel operations and openings across a wide range of luxury properties and brands around the world.

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Management stints at Lucknam Park and Bath Spa were followed by eight years in Asia with CCA International in five-star resorts and golf clubs in China, Indonesia, Taiwan and also Russia.

Most recently, he was general manager at Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas, and Cameron House, Loch Lomond.

Keating joins Fairmont St Andrews from his most recent position as director of operations for Palmerston Hotels & Resorts Europe, and managing Brocket Hall, in the UK’s Home Counties.

Keating told BH: "I’m delighted to be returning to Scotland to such a prestigious property. I’m looking forward the future development plans at the resort."

The multi-award-winning Fairmont St Andrews sits in a majestic cliff-top location overlooking the North Sea and the historic ‘Auld Grey Toon’.

Voted IAGTO’s European Golf Resort of the Year in 2012 and winner of the award for ‘best large hotel’ in the 2014 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards, the resort boasts two championship golf courses – The Torrance and The Kittocks and has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and powerbrokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.

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