Here are some of the 2021 World Golf Awards winners
The World Golf Awards, which recognize and reward excellence in golf tourism, held their eighth annual gala ceremony in Dubai, amid a strong sense of optimism after two very difficult years.
Held in the United Arab Emirates for the second time, there was a global gathering of the golf industry, with pioneers, influencers and leading figures from all over the world to attend. The awards ceremony at Park Hyatt Dubai marked the culmination of a golf itinerary that included the World Golf Awards Classic played at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
Chosen by professionals in the golf travel and tourism industry as well as by golf tourism consumers, several golf courses have been recognized this year for their environmental efforts.
Vietnam, with its reborn golf market, was heralded as one of the big winners, collecting trophies for “Asia’s Best Golf Destination” and “World’s Best Golf Destination”, while the club Ba Na Hills Golf Course in Da Nang has been named “Asia’s Best Golf Course”. ‘. Meanwhile, the rich history and world-class greens of the Augusta National Golf Club have helped it win the title of “Best Golf Course in the World”.
LET player and Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contribution to golf. Swedish professional golfer Henrik Stenson was named “Golf Course Designer of the Year”.
The Belfry Hotel & Resort has won four victories.
Its Brabazon course was crowned ‘Best Golf Course in England’ and it also won the ‘Best Golf Course in Europe’ award. The belfry has also won the “best golf hotel in the world” and “best golf hotel in Europe” awards.
Chris Eigelaar, General Manager of The Belfry, said: “It is an honor to have received four awards at the World Golf Awards; we are delighted to be part of the world’s elite. It has been a difficult year, but our team has excelled, and we could not be more proud of their dedication and passion for providing exceptional hospitality and service and always going above and beyond what we ask of them. It is fantastic to receive this recognition from our customers and to maintain The Belfry’s reputation as a world class golf resort.
Dumbarnie Links in Scotland was named ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ on a good night out for Troon, who won 20 awards.
The highlights of the awards for Troon were the famous Falcon Clubhouse of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which won the ‘Best Golf Club in the World’ and the Vattanac Golf Resort – Dragon Turn which won the ‘Best Golf Course in the World’. 9-hole golf course in the world ”. Renowned for its nighttime golf course, the Sir Nick Faldo-designed course in Phnom Penh, Cambodia offers spectacular scenery under the night sky, as well as an impressive dragon-shaped lake that sits in the middle of three holes, offering golfers visiting a fresh and exciting experience. approach to the game.
Mark Chapleski, Executive Vice President of Troon International, said: “To be so successful year after year at the publicly voted World Golf Awards is a testament to the hard work that all of our Troon managed and affiliated courses have put into the world. . to ensure that we provide the best of golf experiences. The Troon standards remain a coveted benchmark globally in agronomic practices, golf operations or culinary experiences.
“By securing 20 awards in 14 countries, we are able to demonstrate in a tangible way that these properties are all maintained to the highest standard and deserve their place among the best in the world. Congratulations to all of our winners whose remarkable hard work and dedication enabled our clients to receive these coveted accolades. “
Infinitum in Spain, host location for the final qualifying phase of the European Tour, has been named “Best Golf Venue in Europe” for the third year in a row.
Its championship golf course, Hills, was recently named one of Golf World’s “Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe” for the first time.
The complex also participates in projects and processes aimed at reducing its overall impact on the environment, while finding new and innovative ways to improve its current maintenance service. Having achieved GEO certification for the second time thanks to its “green first” strategy, Infinitum recently announced the installation of 535 solar panels on the roof of its desalination plant to operate the facility using renewable energy. during the day.
Agustin Garcia Pascual, Commercial Director, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our adventure as Infinitum. Since inception, our team has worked hard to improve the quality of standards and facilities available to customers year round. Our ambition is to provide both golfers and non-golfers with the best possible experience and in that context it is great to see Hills rewarded.
“This is just the start of our journey. Each year we will seek to improve and raise the benchmark for hospitality and service within the industry, both in Spain and in Europe. We are already delighted to welcome top European golfers again next year as we begin to reveal even more exciting projects that are planned at the resort.
While staying in Spain, La Finca Resort was named “Best Sports Complex in Spain”.
Resort General Manager Brendan Dwyer said with pride that “receiving this prestigious award once again brings a welcome dose of optimism for the future. Not only is it a fantastic recognition of the hard work done by all of the staff at La Finca Resort; it also shows that despite everything that has happened, we continue to offer exceptional quality in our facilities and services.
Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club has won the title of “World’s Best Green Golf Facility” for the second year in a row.
Serapong of Sentosa Golf Club also won the award for “Singapore’s Best Golf Course”.
The club this year announced its commitment to become the world’s first carbon-neutral golf club by 2022, through various initiatives to actively manage and reduce its carbon, water and waste footprint, including the deployment of fuel-efficient strollers. in energy, innovative irrigation and agronomic technologies, and offsite carbon sequestration support through certified high quality offsets from round of golf contributions.
Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “To be recognized as the ‘World’s Best Green Golf Course’ for the second year in a row is an outstanding achievement. Receiving recognition for our hard work to improve and launch new sustainable initiatives over the past 12 months is also extremely satisfying.
“Sentosa will be very proud and satisfied to win these awards, but our goal will remain to continue the excellent work done over the past three years and to continue to lead the industry in solving this critical issue. “
And Golf Saudi won the “Sustainable Legacy Award” for its efforts to inspire and encourage a national culture of environmental and ecological innovation through all of its ongoing pioneering initiatives. This included Golf Saudi joining a United Nations initiative for sports organizations to achieve ambitious global climate change goals. The World Golf Awards also recognized Golf Saudi’s social agenda and mass participation program, both of which aim to provide Saudis with education and employment opportunities, offering them certified career paths specific to the world. golf, as well as encouraging them to play the game for the first time from a leisure perspective.
Majed Al Sorour, Vice President of the Saudi Golf Federation and CEO of Golf Saudi, said: Saudi Arabia. “
Chris Frost, Managing Director of World Golf Awards, said: “The Park Hyatt Dubai and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club have proven to be world-class hosts of what has been a magnificent meeting of the tourism industry from golf. We have had the privilege of recognizing leading golf courses, hotels, resorts, designers and tour operators from around the world and I congratulate each of them.