Sir Nick Faldo has led 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, recognised as 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 this year hosted by the Conrad Algarve in Portugal.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences, a collection of once-in-a-lifetime packages that pair the most elite golf experiences with luxury accommodation at select Waldorf Astoria hotels beginning in August. The annual programme will visit new destinations each year, with the inaugural year debuting at four properties: Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria New York, and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
The team behind the world-leading PGA Catalunya Resort have confirmed that a new five-star hotel will officially open at the resort in September, following an investment of €33 million. Hotel Camiral is set in the grounds of the scenic 300-hectare resort, on the doorstep of Girona and Barcelona, and will be a welcome addition to the five-star facilities currently on offer at PGA Catalunya Resort.
Troon, the leader in upscale golf facility management, development and marketing, has welcomed another Championship course to its global offering. The Grange Golf Club, located in New South Wales, Australia, becomes the latest club to choose Troon to elevate standards across the board for its members and the local golfing fraternity.
Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will host the spectacular Costa Smeralda Invitational at Pevero Golf Club on Saturday June 25th. Clarke, who won four out of five consecutive Ryder Cups he played in, will headline a host of stars from the world of sports and entertainment who will be announced in the coming weeks.
The innovative World Ladies Championship is poised to cement its position as one of the game’s premier tournaments in 2016. As well as announcing a 33 per cent increase in the prize purse to US$800,000, organisers have confirmed other notable developments that will elevate the status of the event. For 2016, the championship will be sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the China LPGA Tour and now the Korean LPGA as well.
The Celtic Manor Resort has exchanged contracts to acquire a 148 guest room property which is currently trading as Hilton Newport. The acquisition will add to Celtic Manor’s portfolio of guest residences which include the main Resort Hotel, the Manor House, the Newbridge on Usk, and ten luxury Hunter Lodges.
Most people enjoy travel, but some people find that the longer they’re away, the less they know what to do with themselves. Some people just need a project. It’s one reason why people take less vacation time than ever before in the United States.
Celebrations surrounding the World Golf Awards got off to a glamorous start earlier with more than 100 delegates welcomed to Bovino Steakhouse at Quinta do Lago. The event was the beginning of three days of golf, networking and fine dining as part of the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015. The awards will be presented on Saturday evening at the luxurious Conrad Algarve.
China’s golfing future came into sharp focus at the third edition of the Mission Hills - St Andrews: Home to Home Scholarship Fundraising Championship. Underlining Mission Hills’ commitment to grow the game, the event was inaugurated in 2013 when St Andrews University was celebrating its 600th anniversary.
Brand USA – the destination-marketing organization for the United States – is partnering with the International Association of Golf Tour Operators to raise the profile of American golf-related tourism among global travellers. IAGTO, headquartered in London, is an advocate for nearly 600 golf tour operators in 61 countries. It also works with a network of close to 2,400 association members in 99 countries that are tied to golf tourism in order to develop optimal golfing experiences at golf destinations around the world.