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Jan112017

The Dunvegan Sold To Golf Enthusiasts

An unbylined Scotsman report says the famed St. Andrews pub and hotel has been sold by the retiring Jack and Sheena Willoughby to Forth Bridge Capital LLP.

The new owners are described as golf enthusiasts.

“We are very happy to be involved with Jack and Sheena who have been a pleasure to deal with and we are committed to ensuring The Dunvegan remains one of golf’s best experiences,” said a spokesperson for Forth Bridge Capital LLP. “We look forward to a long and exciting future for our long-standing patrons, our new friends and golfers from around the world.”

Forth Bridge Capital LLP is a UK-based investment company specialising in sports-related businesses and properties. It is owned and managed by golf enthusiasts, industry executives and tour professionals. During the six months marketing period, property company Pagan Osborne managed an unprecedented volume of enquiries from around the globe for the Dunveygan.

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Its the unofficial 19th Hole of TOC
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
The Willoughby investment probably did better than any 401(k) over the same period.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Zzzzzzzzzzzz. A little slice of Myrtle Beach in the kingdom of golf. Popped in for a pint on my last visit and it was jam packed with lame white guys from all over the states recapping their "epic" rounds. There are far better places to tipple in St. A. though I will refrain from mentioning any of the here, lest you lot start going.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCW
Hey CW go brush your teeth and when you're finished run out and get a gallon of mouthwash.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Sam
CW + 1 Totally agree.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTanker
The Dunvegan was fine 20 years ago. Now it's the place to go if you long to hear American accents.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGinGHIN
Went over in 2015 for the Open Championship and everyone raved about getting the fish and chips at the Jigger inn. After going over to Anstruther Fish Bar all i can say is it blew away the Jigger.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterVKM
The Dunvegan is still fine. I don't mind any nationality there, it's good to meet people from all walks of life. Do wish they would take their hats off once inside. Plenty of times I've seen it with half a dozen inside.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Love it when a plonker like CW who claims to be in the know comes to a website like this and complains about a great little place like Dunvegan's. If you are plugged in and knew the experience would would be one you would not enjoy why did you walk into Dunvegan's in the first place? Probably an alcoholic who couldn't go another minute with out a drink and Dunvegan's was the closest option.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCYA
We have always enjoyed Dunvegan and have met some really neat people in that neat little pub. Dunvegan's is a far cry from the neon-inundated Myrtle Beach experience...bite your tongue CW. Hopefully the new owners / operators will continue employing the warm hospitality we have always encounter in our trips to St. Andrews. Best wishes and much happiness to Sheen and Jack in whatever their next endeavor entails.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPro From Dover
Like The Open, its open to the world and just a few steps from home.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
@ Pro, well said
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Great recap by Alastair Tait. There's a guy who gets it and gives an accurate representation of a class place like Dunvegan's, well done Alastair.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPoteet
CW is spot on. By some margin the worst pub in St Andrews (I've actually lived there and been to all of them) but it serves a purpose; keeping the boorish Americans out of all the others!
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
As a lifelong resident of St. Andrews my advice to Americans and everyone else is to ignore dolts like John and CW, they know not of what they speak. We the residents of St. Andrews welcome all to visit, explore, and enjoy all corners of our fine little town.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOliver
That was an excellent post Oliver and if I ever meet you in a pub in St Andrews it would give me great pleasure to buy you a pint and listen to some stories.
@CYA

Thank you! I've added "plonker" to my lexicon.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOriginal AG
Citizen it would be my honor.
01.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterOliver
Good memories there, would imagine the new owners are not going to radically design the place and location ensures opportunity for continued success.
01.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
Pro from Dover - The reason he went is because the place was pitched to us as the can't miss St. Andrews drinking experience, when ultimately it was a golf themed TGI Fridays.

I was underwhelmed.
01.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
@Jeremy, nobody cares what you think.
01.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterASGCA
I've been to St Andrew's a dozen times, it's not too far away, 250 miles. Each time I have called in the Dunvegan, it's always good to get back in there. For me, it's important to the place, for if it became a corner shop even previous posters who perhaps don't like some who go in would miss the place.
01.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Jeremy, obviously all of your taste is in your mouth. The evidence is in your post.....TGIF? If that is what YOU call a pub, then enough said. You have represented to most on the blog that are not qualified to make judgement on anything. How 'bout you and CW run down to your local Golden Coral and grab dinner.....and take John with you, he apparently doesn't get out much either.

Oliver, great post about your village.
01.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
Joe, I think you've missed the point.

Jeremy thinks that the Dunvegan looks like a golf-themed TGIFridays -- he would rather it looked like a pub instead (i.e., he certainly does not think of TGIFridays as being a proper pub).

IMO, the Dunvegan's okay but nothing special. If it were farther away from the Old Course or located near a less famous course its appeal would decline considerably.

I prefer, for instance, The Mallard in Gullane (it's been a handful of years since I've been there so if it's horrible now please don't tell me).
01.14.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
"If it were farther away from the Old Course or located near a less famous course its appeal would decline considerably."

That's like saying if TOC wasn't located in St. Andrews, then the village would just be another quaint Scottish Village. Or if the Old Course Hotel wasn't adjacent to the #17th hole on TOC it would be just another over built hotel.

Geez.

The number one rule.....Location, Location, Location. Of course it would be just another pub if it weren't two blocks from the 18th hole of TOC. After all, we are talking about a business that thrives on golfers in the most iconic golf village in the world aren't we?


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01.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
You seem extra prickly, Joe. Is everything okay?
01.15.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
No more prickly than you Carl, but thank you for your concern.
01.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
You're welcome (for both the concern and for explaining Jeremy's point to you).
01.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
Psssssssssst, Carl, you are not always right. I know that is hard for you to understand. You explained absolutely nothing, btw.
01.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
Alas, I tried.
01.16.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson

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