SOURCE: Southworth Development LLC

December 03, 2014 09:47 ET

Machrihanish Dunes Wins 'Resort of the Year' at Inaugural Golfas Awards

ARGYLL, SCOTLAND--(Marketwired - December 03, 2014) - Ma The Village at Machrihanish Dunes, located in Argyll, announced today that it claimed 'Resort of the Year' Award for the first annual Golfas Awards as announced in National Club Golfer Magazine. Sponsored by, the Golfas Award winners are chosen based on their innovation, imagination and hunger to achieve and improve. A total of six awards were chosen from more than 250 nominations in the United Kingdom.

Machrihanish Dunes, located in the southwest corner of Scotland in Argyll, won 'Resort of the Year' for overcoming transportation challenges by partnering with transportation companies including Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries for easy access to Ayrshire, and providing superb accommodations and service for the more than 10,000 guests who make their way to the resort. The Resort of the Year award was given in association with

"It's an honour to be chosen as the Best Golf Resort. This honour is a result of the care and attention afforded our guests and club members from the amazing men and woman that work at Machrihanish Dunes," said David Southworth, President and CEO of Southworth Development who own and operate The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. Heralded as one of the most environmentally sustainable courses in the world, the Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course was also runner up for the prestigious GEO Award twice at the International Association of Golf Tour Operators' annual awards.

The Village at Machrihanish Dunes consists of two historic, four-star, award-winning hotels, newly built luxury cottages, and the award winning Machrihanish Dunes Golf Course. The resort's two hotels, The Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish and The Royal Hotel in downtown Campbeltown, were fully restored and reopened in 2012, along with casual and formal dining options, spa and fitness room. The golf course was the first new links course to be built in on the southwest coast of Scotland in the past 100 years and is situated on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSi).

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About The Village at Machrihanish Dunes
The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is a world-class seaside resort featuring a U.K. Top-100 links golf course, four-star accommodations, five casual and fine dining options, plus a host of other resort amenities, all located in one of Scotland's most beautiful regions. The Ugadale Hotel & Cottages in Machrihanish offer 22 rooms and suites plus 8 luxurious two-bedroom cottages. The Royal Hotel, with 23 rooms all overlooking Campbeltown Harbour, is located in downtown Campbeltown, 5 miles away. The resort is ideally suited for golfers; non-golf visitors; golf group visits; family reunions; corporate meetings, events, retreats; weddings and other social functions; and more. The course, the first 18-hole course in the U.K. to earn certification from the Golf Environmental Organization, is consistently ranked as one of the most ecologically-friendly courses in the world. Designed by David McLay-Kidd, it opened in 2009 on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it is the first course ever to be built on such a site and also the first course to be built on the west coast of Scotland in over 100 years. For more information on The Village at Machrihanish Dunes or to book reservations, visit

Southworth Development LLC, through its affiliated companies, is the primary owner, developer and manager of Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club and luxury accommodations in both Machrihanish and Campbeltown, Scotland.

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Grants to the restoration of the Ugadale Hotel in Machrihanish and The Royal Hotel in Campbeltown in cooperation with: Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding support; the Campbeltown Town Centre Regeneration Project (Argyll & Bute Council), a special grant to the Royal Hotel by the Scottish Ministers, through Historic Scotland under the Historic Environment Regeneration Fund.

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