Scotland round-up: Bids lodged for Gleneagles

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The host of the 2014 Ryder Cup could be sold for £160 million after a bid was submitted by a family of hoteliers.

Gleneagles was put on the market in January, and a number of parties have expressed an interest, including Ralph Trustees, which owns the five-star Athenaeum Hotel in London.

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Drinks giant Diageo, which makes Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, purchased Gleneagles in 1984 and had hoped to make more than £200 million from the sale.

In addition to the PGA Centenary, King’s and Queen’s courses, Gleneagles is also home to Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant and houses 262 guestrooms.

Family settles after Gleneagles food poisoning

A family who took legal action against Gleneagles hotel after an outbreak of food poisoning have won an out-of-court settlement.

Gary Philip and his wife Margaret, both 60, and his 84-year-old mother Mary, became ill in 2012 after eating an £80 two-course meal at the resort’s Dormy Clubhouse.

Nine staff and around 30 guests became ill with the norovirus sickness bug and speaking to the Herald last year, airport supervisor Philip said: “What really sticks in my throat is that they’ve never said sorry to us or admitted that their restaurant caused it.”

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A solicitor for Gleneagles said that when the outbreak was discovered, all “reasonable steps” were taken by a crisis team to prevent the illness from spreading further.

Author preparing for Open qualifying with 107 courses in 57 days

American author and scratch golfer Tom Coyne is preparing for the regional qualifying stage of the Open at Bruntsfield Links by playing 107 courses in 57 days.

The Philadelphia professor of English is playing the courses to feature in his latest book, named A Course Called the Kingdom.

‘I feel I am the luckiest golfer in the world’ His journey has taken him through England and Wales and will see him continue all over Scotland, before Open qualifying on June 22.

“Right now I feel I’m the luckiest golfer in the world,” Coyne told The Scotsman. “Extreme golf quests are sort of my thing and I think it is my most ambitious challenge yet.”

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Coyne’s previous book A Course Called Ireland was featured on the New York Times bestsellers list, while Paper Tiger saw him play 548 days in a row as he attempted to compete in the professional ranks.

Banker crowned Lothians champion

A 25-year-old golfer who works to prevent money laundering at the Royal Bank of Scotland has been crowned the new Lothians champion.

Sean Marc, of Broomieknowe, defeated West Linton’s Stephen Smith in a one-hole playoff to secure the title.

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“It feels pretty good to be the Lothians champion and even better that the final was the best I’ve hit the ball all week,” Marc told the Edinburgh News.

Marc was the first Broomieknowe player to secure the title since 1989 and the win completed a double for the club after Kate McIntosh won the Midlothian Women’s Championship at Baberton the previous weekend.

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