David is the Director of Operations at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa.
He was born and raised in the Home of Golf, St Andrews and golf was in David's blood from an early age, being encouraged to play by his father. David showed a proficiency that would lead him to join the paid ranks and his first appointment as assistant golf professional at Blairgowrie Golf Club. 3 years on and David was voted top assistant in Scotland in the final PGA exams, with areas including business studies and retail being part of the markings.
From there David took over his first Head professional’s position at Letham Grange resort, near Arbroath. After 8 years, David joined Balbirnie Park Golf Club in Fife as their first professional. With an appetite for learning and personal development, David attended night classes for business studies at Glenrothes College. After 3 years at the club, he was enticed to join Kingsbarns Golf Links in 1999, 8 months before the official course opening, as their Director of Golf.
David pulled a 20 strong team together and ran the golf operation for 8 years. The club quickly found itself as a 'must play' course and in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses and so the delivery of excellent service, provided constantly was imperative as the expectations were very high.
After 8 years, in 2008 David joined the Executive team at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa as General Manager of golf, overseeing golf retail in the hotel and all areas at The Duke's golf course. Attending many internal courses and also courses run by IoD in Scotland, David enjoyed continuing to learn about business, not forgetting his biggest passion of all, and that was to create and provide seamless guest experiences.
In November 2013, David was invited to take over as interim Director of Operations for the resort. This position was made permanent in July 2014 to present day.
David’s Committee and Board Level Positions include:
PGA Scottish Committee Member 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 2009
PGA Scottish Region Captain 1999 - 2000
PGA Vice Chairman 2007 - 2009
Elmwood College Board Member 2011-2012
BID St Andrews, Vice Chairman 2016 to present
BHA Scotland Board Member 2015 to present