Peter Dawson named managing director of The Old Course Hotel at St Andrews

Peter Dawson has been appointed managing director of The Old Course Hotel at St Andrews.

The former chief executive of The R&A has been a member of the Old Course Hotel’s board of directors since Kohler purchased it in 2004.

An active member of The Northumberland Golf Club during his time in the North East, Peter went on to join the R&A – from which he retired in 2015 after serving as secretary and CEO for 16 years.

The 73-year-old Scot takes on the role ahead of St Andrews hosting of the 150th Open Championship in July.

Over the past year, The Old Course Hotel has undergone a multi-million-pound renovation, including the introduction of a penthouse, new guest rooms and refurbished events spaces, as well as new destination restaurant and bar, Swilcan Loft, which launched in autumn 2021. The hotel now boasts 175 rooms with the introduction of a third floor in the Champions Wing and the addition of 31 new rooms overlooking The Old Course.