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Meet The Team

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

David Ross Nicol – aka Digger – is Head of Events & Business Development at Dundonald Links. The 34-year-old from Troon has been a member of the team at Dundonald for 12 years.

MY ALARM GOES OFF …

Starting time in the mornings can vary, dependent on what events are on, but I normally arrive at the clubhouse for 9am, full of energy for the day ahead, thanks to my recently discovered liking for a morning bowl of porridge with nutella!

I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR …

I am responsible for the organisation, planning and delivery of all corporate and visitor events at Dundonald, very often from booking right through to presentation of prizes! This inevitably involves the Reservations and Food and Beverage teams for which I am responsible. I report directly to Club Manager Ian Ferguson.

I GOT THE JOB …

My first position at Dundonald was as a seasonal assistant in the Pro Shop back in 2006. At that time I was a keen golfer, and had been working in the hospitality business as a bar manager and then later in golf retail.

At the end of the summer season I was offered a full time position in the Pro Shop and went on to turn professional, completed my three year PGA training through Birmingham University and graduated as a fully fledged PGA Professional.

Previously I had studied at Ayr College and gained an HND in Hospitality Management, which has eventually come in very useful in my role in charge of F&B!

MY TYPICAL DAY …

Dundonald Links is run by a relatively small team and there are occasions when it’s necessary to “muck in” and lend a hand in other departments. I am often called upon to put management duties on hold and help out in the Pro Shop, the Restaurant or behind the Bar, but it’s this variety in the daily routine that makes my job all the more enjoyable. Thankfully they haven’t asked me to cut the greens yet!

MY MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT …

My involvement with the 2017 Scottish Open followed immediately by the Ladies Scottish Open was undoubtedly the highlight of my working life so far. There were one hundred and one things to do in the build-up and during the actual events, some of which we had anticipated and some we had not! Thanks to a magnificent team effort, both events were hailed as extremely successful and I look forward to putting our experience to use, if they return to Dundonald Links.

Another memorable moment was when we hosted the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. The club organised a dinner at Dundonald Castle and I was invited to sit alongside Prince Andrew and all the players.

Oh, plus his security team – armed and ready!

THE WORST PART OF MY JOB …

Being interviewed for the member website!

Seriously, the only thing I can think of would be those last minute nerves on the night before or on the morning of big events, anxiously running through check lists to make sure everything has been done.

THE BEST PART OF MY JOB IS …

I love the interaction and social aspect of working with our members, their guests and our visitors.

Thanks to my knowledge of the local area and its golfing facilities I can easily engage in conversations that can enhance the experience, particularly for our overseas visitors. That’s enjoyable and rewarding.

I also, weirdly, really enjoy pulling together all the statistics for reports. There must be a hidden statistician in me, desperate to get out!

AFTER WORK …

I still play a lot of golf, both social and competitive. In addition to playing in regular PGA Scotland Professional events I am also a member of a club in Troon and love nothing better than a friendly, but fearsome, round with the boys.

Walking my girlfriend’s dog, dinners out and a weekly game of basketball (I used to be quite good) all fill my time.

MY PLAN B: ACCOUNTANT

They say that if you need a Plan B then Plan A isn’t working.

The other option I had was to become an accountant (I also studied for an HNC in Accountancy) but I reckoned they got a reputation for being boring so that was binned!

Thankfully, Plan A is still working fine and I hope to continue and grow in my golf career.