At the 1st Annual World Golf Awards held in Portugal over the weekend over 200 prizes were handed out to golf courses, golf hotels, inbound and outbound golf tour operators from all over the world.
The only global initiative to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in the golf hospitality industry, the event saw St Andrews Links – Old Course recognized as the World’s Best Golf Course, while The Els Club Teluk Datai was awarded the honor of World’s Best New Golf Course.
In two special presentations, Peter Alliss (BBC Golf Commentator) was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the Golf Industry, while victorious European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was awarded the honor of Golf Personality of the Year.
South Africa was announced as Africa’s Best Golf Destination, with Leopard Creek being voted Africa’s Best Golf Course. The honor of being voted Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator went to Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation, also based in South Africa.
Says Ypie Kingma, Marketing & Sales of Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation: ‘It is such an honor to be recognized like this! Voting has been going on since May this year, with fellow operators as well as individual golf tourists voting for excellence in service and commitment. Being the small operation that we are, I personally believe the personal touch and attention to detail is what gives us the advantage needed to win this prestigious award. I think as a whole the golf industry is continuously growing, and with both Leopard Creek as well as South Africa as a whole winning in their respective categories, this sector of the tourism industry will only attract more visitors to our beautiful South Africa.’
The World Golf Awards are part of the World Travel Awards, having celebrated excellence in the tourism industry for over 20 years.