As part of its ongoing golf venue investment programme, Macdonald
Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest independent hotel group,
has further enhanced its senior golf management team with the
appointment of Mark Lloyd and Ian Berry as Directors of Golf.
Mark Lloyd, a former PGA Professional who boasts more than 12
years' experience in golf operations management, joins as Director
of Golf at Macdonald Hill
Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa, while Ian Berry, who has held
management and sales positions at a number of businesses and golf
resorts, is the new Director of Golf at Macdonald
Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa.
Mark and Ian have been given the remit to further enhance the
service levels, the golf courses and the overall experience of
visiting golfers, as well as managing the membership growth and
driving corporate business at both resorts.
Commenting on the new appointments, Keith Pickard, Group Director
of Golf and Health & Fitness at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts
said: "Both Mark and Ian have strong track records within the golf
industry and are great additions to the management team.
"We have always aimed at creating a special experience for
visiting golfers and I have no doubt that they will make a positive
contribution to the further development of Macdonald Hill Valley
Hotel, Golf & Spa and Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf &
The new appointments follow the £550,000 investment in course
upgrades at the five UK venues, alongside the £1 million
development of the new clubhouse at Macdonald Aviemore Resort in
2013 and the £10 million renovations of its hotels during 2015, as
part of the group's commitment to providing luxury accommodation to
Keith added: "We have an excellent team, which is made stronger by
these two appointments, and following the strategic investment
programme over the past three years, designed to further enhance
playing conditions and the customer experience, Macdonald Hotels
& Resorts approaches 2017 in impressive shape."
Alongside the five golf venues, the group's portfolio includes 18
golf-related hotels in the UK, four golf hotels on the Costa del
Sol, two in the Algarve and one in Ireland.