The award ceremony was held in the Algarve, Portugal last Saturday, and saw international leaders in golf hospitality taking the stage to accept their awards. Categories included Best Golf Resort, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course, divided per country and continent.
It is the 2nd year that the World Golf Awards have been held, with the aim to recognize service excellence and outstanding performance in the golf (tourism) industry. World Golf Awards is a niche award run parallel to the World Travel Awards, which has been running for over 20 years. Like with the World Travel Awards votes for the World Golf Awards were made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. The public (golf tourism consumers) were also invited to vote.
Africa’s Best Golf Course and Africa’s Best Golf Hotel were swept away by the legendary Gary Player Country Club at Sun City and Legend Golf & Safari Resort in the Limpopo respectively. Ernie Els Design was awarded World’s Golf Course Designer of the Year.
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For more information:
Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation
Ypie Kingma, Marketing & Sales
T: +27 (0)44 384 0087
World Golf Awards:
Christopher Frost, Managing Director
T: +44 (0)20 7925 0000
November 9, 2015Read More »
Eight South Africans have qualified for the 2015 Open Championship! They are Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Thomas Aiken, Branden Grace, George Coetzee, Retief Goosen and Jaco Van Zyl. As I write this the 2nd round has yet again been suspended early this morning, due to high winds. But at this point Branden Grace – after a great first day – sits in 25th position on -3, Retief Goosen and Charl Swartzel are tied 9th on 6 and Louis Oosthuizen is tied 4th on -7.
‘King Louis’ as he is affectionately known, hails from Mosselbay, on the Garden Route, best known for the Pinnacle Point golf course. He was runner-up in the 2012 Masters Tournament and the 2015 U.S. Open. But he is here to defend his 2010 Open Championship. Will he be able to hold the Claret Jug again this year?
Charl Schwartzel is currently playing on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour. He has won one major title which was the Masters in 2011. He was born in Johannesburg, and when he is not playing on the tours, he resides in Pretoria, in the commercial heart of our country. Most of our visitors land in neighboring Johannesburg, only to catch their next flight to the coast, or to get into their rental vehicle and move away from the Big City to visit the Big Five. But actually Gauteng has some nice golfing experiences on offer as well….
Retief Goosen who was in the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking for over 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. Must admit, I did not know this either, but came across this ‘fun fact’ about ‘the Goose’ when surfing the next. He was born in the Limpopo province, and although that is known by most visitors because of the Kruger National Park, again there are some fabulous golf courses in this part of the country! The Legend Golf & Safari Resort – with its famous ‘Extreme 19th’ – is probably the most well-known, alongside the Leopard Creek Golf Course, which for years has been the No. 1 golf course in South Africa.
Last but not least I want to mention Branden Grace. He was born in Pretoria, but spent a lot of time on the Garden Route, where his parents still reside. He was selected and later on graduated at the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, which recognizes and helps nurture the careers of young golfers. He is still being sponsored by Fancourt, which is home to The Links at Fancourt, the current No.1 golf course in South Africa. Branden plays on both the European Tour and Sunshine Tour and in 2012 he became the first player in the history of the European Tour to win his first four European Tour events in the same year.
We wish all ‘our’ gents the best of luck! And fly that South African flag high!Read More »
Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation is very proud to be nominated for the 2nd World Golf Awards in the category ‘Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2015’, after winning the very same category last year. World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.
Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The overwhelming success of the first year launch has created much discussion in the golf tourism world and this event will grow year on year. 2015 will see World Golf Awards returning to the Algarve in Portugal.
The worldwide voting process begins on 2nd March 2015 and closes 27th September 2015. Votes will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.
World Golf Awards is part of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 22nd anniversary as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.
You can vote for Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation via this link to the World Golf Awards – Africa’s Best Golf Tour Operator.Read More »
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.Read More »
I don’t normally write anything on this blog page that doesn’t have to do with either golf in South Africa, golfers of South Africa or travel to and in South Africa. But at this special time I want to share with you what is happening in South Africa. With the people of South Africa. Many of whom have played or never will play golf. Who may have traveled, sometimes long and far. Sometimes not of their own free will. But because the government told them to. The apartheid government, before Nelson Mandela became president.
As the Father of our nation has moved on, this is a time to reflect. To honor, to commemorate and to celebrate.Read More »