The World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses, and golf destinations.
The 2017 World Golf Awards will focus on the leading 130 nations that are shaping the future of this dynamic industry.
Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace as a whole, so it’s important those clubs who seek to improve their offering are acknowledged.
Now in its fourth year, the event celebrates the crème de la crème in golf tourism, world-class courses, and golf destinations from across the globe.
The awards, voted for by golfers worldwide, aim to raise the bar for golf experiences and have been rewarding quality across the leisure and tourism sector for 24 years.
However, we can also proudly announce that for the first time, this year, TheSocialGolfer.com will be an Official Media Partner for the awards!
While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses, and golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards strives to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.
The voting 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.
The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.
Dates & Deadlines…
Stakeholders from across the golf hospitality industry are being invited to cast their ballots as voting opens ahead of the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2017.
The worldwide voting process begins on 14th March 2017 and closes on 1st October 2017.
World Golf Awards Managing Director, Christopher Frost, said: “Voting is now open ahead of the World Golf Awards 2017, as we begin preparations for the fourth annual event. With voting now open it is down to you, the voters, to decide who we will recognise with our prestigious trophies.”
The 2017 nominees…
The 2016 winners…
Sir Nick Faldo led the winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the prestigious title of Golf Course Designer of the Year.
Also celebrating was England’s The Belfry, awarded Europe’s Best Golf Hotel, while Quinta do Lago took the title of Europe’s Best Golf Venue.
Hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast ahead of the Gala Ceremony, which was hosted by the Conrad Algarve in Portugal.
St Andrews Links – Old Course was also among the winners, successfully defending the titles of Europe’s Best Golf Course and World’s Best Golf Course which it won in 2015.
A duo of unique awards were also presented at the event, with Richard Tessel, chief executive of ‘easyGolf’ Worldwide Australia, taking the title of Travel Personality of the Year 2016.
At the same time golf trainer, David Leadbetter was recognised with the World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award 2016.
Event partner Quinta do Lago again offered World Golf Awards guests a chance to enjoy its three award-winning championship golf courses – the South Course, Laranjal, and the North Course.
All of these were co-designed by Beau Welling and European Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley. Each has been expertly designed to complement its natural surroundings while offering its own set of unique challenges.
Find a full list of winners can be found here >>
Finally, as an Official Media Partner of this event, The Social Golfer Team will keep you up to date with details of the awards and will announce the winners directly following the event.
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