Fairmont St Andrews, the five-star luxury golf resort at Scotland’s ‘Home of Golf’, says it’s is ready to write an exciting new chapter in its history after appointing John Keating as its new general manager.
An Irish national, Keating has worked within the hospitality industry for more than 30 years after studying at Thames Valley University in London and completing his hotel management training at the Ritz Hotel. He is also a ‘master restaurateur’.
He has enjoyed management stints in Lucknam Park and Bath Spa in the UK, followed by eight years in Asia with CCA International in five-star resorts and golf clubs in China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Russia.
Most recently, Keating was general manager at Sandals Emerald Bay, Bahamas, and Cameron House, Loch Lomond, and he joins Fairmont St Andrews from his most recent position as director of operations for Palmerston Hotels & Resorts Europe, as well as managing Brocket Hall, a prestigious resort in the UK’s Home Counties.
He said: “I’m delighted to be returning to Scotland to such a prestigious property. I’m looking forward the future development plans at the resort.”
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, Fairmont St Andrews has two championship golf courses – The Torrance and The Kittocks – and has played host to a number of high profile events, including both the Open Championship’s final local qualifying and the Scottish Senior Open, which it has hosted for the past six years.
The resort has hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and powerbrokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.
It has also welcomed the likes of Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who frequented the hotel bar during their courtship at St Andrews University – and a multitude of celebrities and sports stars.