Macdonald's Spey Valley Golf Club have appointed a new management team to oversee the future of the resort course in Aviemore
"Alister Morrison has been appointed as the new director of golf at the championship standard course designed by Dave Thomas, the man behind The Belfry. He will be joined shortly by 2007 Northern Open champion, Murray Urquhart, who has been taken on as the resort's golf professional."
One of the first outcomes has been a dramatic reduction to the green fees structure which probably is indicative of the market place at the current time. The resort course is competing in the area with some wonderful holiday golf courses such as Newtonmore, Kingussie and Grantown on Spey and then sits up there with the likes of Boat of Garten, Nairn, Nairn Dunbar and the new Castle Stuart course between Inverness and Nairn.
The reduction in green fees is probably a measure of the competition in The Highlands area.
According to the article in the off-season (March, April, October and November) visitors will be offered a round for just £30 compared to £59 last year and the rate for the summer has been cut from £79 to £55 per round. The costs of membership has also been slashed by £100 to £390.
The new arrivals have replaced Alan Tait, who become the new director of golf at The Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club near Edinburgh in early January. Later this year, Spey Valley will play host to two major tournaments – the Northern Open from May 25 to 29 and the televised European Challenge which gets underway on July 27.