FRASER Cromarty is ending a successful five-year stint at Castle Stuart to take up the post of chief executive officer at Nairn Golf Club.
Sales and marketing director at the links course since its opening in July 2009, Cromarty will start in his new role at the beginning of next month.
A member of the Professional Golfers’ Association, the 39-year-old has extensive experience in club development and promoting the Highlands as a golfing destination.
He was instrumental in the formation of Highland Golf Links (HGL), which he chairs. The partnership organisation brings together Castle Stuart Golf Links, Nairn Golf Club and Royal Dornoch Golf Club, as well as the Kingsmills Hotel and Culloden House Hotel, Inverness; the Royal Golf Hotel at Royal Dornoch and the Golf View Hotel and Spa in Nairn, to promote destination breaks.
"I have had a wonderful time at Castle Stuart and it was a privilege to be involved in the early development of such a great golf course, while being involved in such a major, international event as the Scottish Open was truly memorable," said Cromarty.
"I am now looking forward to a new challenge at a historic and renowned club and to continue to work in developing golf and tourism in the Highlands."
Malcolm Jones, captain of Nairn Golf Club, believes the arrival of Cromarty as CEO will help the club achieve it’s future ambitions.
"I am delighted to announce that Fraser has agreed to become our new CEO," he said. "He is very well known and widely respected in the golfing world and has a wealth of management and financial experience under his belt.
"During his time at Castle Stuart he has demonstrated an acute knowledge of the golf industry. We are sure that all the members will wish Fraser all the best and offer him every support in his new role.
"His appointment is an exciting one and gives Nairn Golf Club increased reason to be very optimistic about the future."
Cromarty’s decision to join Nairn Golf Club has already seen Castle Stuart review, and make changes to, their management team.
"It is always difficult to lose a key member of your management team and we are extremely sad to see Fraser go," said Stuart McColm, general manager at Castle Stuart.
"However, we are delighted for him and by his taking up of this new role, it means that together we can continue to strengthen our close working relationship with Nairn Golf Club for the benefit of the Highlands as a whole.
"Fraser’s departure has also given us the opportunity to look at our own management structure going forward and through this process we are delighted to announce that Jeremy Matte will make the step up to director of golf — a role which will see Jeremy becoming the principal contact for our corporate affiliates.
"Pending any subsequent appointments, I will be the principal contact for all of our agents and tour operators. I look forward to Castle Stuart, Nairn and Royal Dornoch, along with the emerging Highlands accommodations scene, enhancing our reputation as a world-class golfing destination."
In his early career, Cromarty spent 10 years at Inverness Golf Club where he trained to become a PGA professional under the guidance of Alastair Thompson.
He later moved to Golf Highland — a group set up to promote golf in the Highlands and ran an operation combining a mix of golf courses and accommodation providers with over 80 members for four years.
In 2004, Cromarty became head of the new golfing division at Macdonald Hotel Group, developing the Spey Valley course from scratch and managing six other Macdonald golf resorts under a new structure.
Three years later, he moved Castle Stuart and was sales and marketing director as the newly-built course overlooking the Moray Firth hosted the Scottish Open for three successive years between 2011 and 2013.