Colin Dalgleish, one of the two Founding Directors of international golf tour operator PerryGolf, has been named by Golf Tourism Scotland as the inaugural recipient of its Special Achievement Award for significant contribution to the golf tourism industry. The award was presented on November 5 at the 2009 Gold Standards Awards Dinner held at the iconic Turnberry Hotel on the Ayrshire Coast of Scotland.
Colin Dalgleish and his brother Gordon founded PerryGolf in 1984, and over the past 25 years have established the business into one of the leading international golf and travel brands to a number of worldwide destinations including the British Isles, France, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand & Australia.
PerryGolf has played an important role in the development of golf tourism into Scotland. The company was one of the first to assemble a full-time staff of highly knowledgeable golf travel specialists who acted on behalf of clients to coordinate the many options from a carefully vetted collection of golf, hotel and local transportation partners. The concept of a single source provider quickly found favor as Scotland’s popularity grew amongst American golfers. A variety of golf travel innovations followed including the creation of the first fleet of luxury 8 passenger Mercedes VIP coaches designed specifically for golfers; privately chartered small-ship golf cruises; luxury rail charters aboard the Royal Scotsman; plus exclusive programs to the British Open and the Ryder Cup. PerryGolf, through a multi year contract, also offers its clients outstanding guaranteed access to the Old Course of St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
The Dalgleish brothers grew up in the town of Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland near Loch Lomond, playing golf from an early age with each representing both Scotland and Great Britain & Ireland at junior level. Colin attended Ohio State University for two years where he played on the golf team alongside current PGA TOUR stars John Cook and Joey Sindelar before returning to Scotland to become the first Sports Bursar at the University of Stirling, graduating from there in 1984 with a BA in Accountancy. He was Scottish Amateur Champion in 1981, and a Walker Cup player the same year, before going on to Captain Scotland 1993-96, and most recently captain the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team against the United States at Royal County Down in 2007 and Merion in 2009. He served as a Board Member of Golf Tourism Scotland 2005-2006.