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.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority is teeing up an ambitious golf tourism drive to strengthen the UAE capital’s standing as a world-class golfing destination. The plan will target expanding golf markets in Europe, China, India and across the GCC as well as across the United Arab Emirates.
The iconic Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, has taken a step forward into the world of luxury accessories, with the launch of an exclusive new range of leather goods. The Gleneagles Collection will be available to purchase from April 2015 in the resort’s retail arcade – home to brands such as Escada, Hawico and Dunhill - and online, shipping globally.
After 20 years of staging successful World Masters tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand, Go Golfing has partnered with Golfasian to host the inaugural Accor Vietnam World Masters Golf Championship in Danang from September 6th-12th 2015. World Masters Tournaments are open to club golfers aged 35 years and over, with competition offered in age and handicap divisions.
Golf Tourism England, the recently-formed body charged with generating more visitor income for English golf courses from tourism, has announced the formation of a strategic partnership with England Golf. The agreement signals England Golf’s support for the membership body, which intends to unite the stakeholders within golf tourism in one of the sport’s most developed markets.
World Golf Awards, the most prestigious awards programme in the golf tourism industry, has revealed Conrad Algarve, the most modern five star hotel in the region, will host its Gala Ceremony 2015. The World Golf Awards 2015 will run from November 5th-8th at Conrad Algarve.
Hilton Worldwide, the world’s largest hospitality company, has announced a sponsorship deal with young UK golfer Tyrrell Hatton. During his rookie year on the European Tour in 2014, Tyrrell produced one of the best ever debut seasons earning €850,000 in prize money with five top ten finishes. Most notably he challenged at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai where he finished in a very impressive sixth place.
The Great Lakes is getting ready to once again welcome one of the world’s greatest team sporting events. Minnesota will be home to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska in the Minnesota River Valley from September 27th to October 2nd 2016. Hazeltine was founded by former president of the United States Golf Association Totten Heffelfinger.
National Car Rental and the PGA of America have announced the renewal of their partnership at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show, extending National’s designation as an official partner and the official rental car of the PGA of America. As a partner of the PGA of America, National joins a select group of companies that provide significant, broad-based support of the association, its championships and membership programs.
The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, is to invest £1.1million in refurbishing its bedrooms, as part of an ongoing programme of upgrades. In the coming months, 36 of the five star hotel’s 232 bedrooms will be given a new look by designers Greyline, who were responsible for the redesign of an additional 36 rooms, completed in 2014. The current improvements will include bespoke carpets from Wilton Carpets; a collection of the finest soft furnishings and wall coverings from companies including Osborne & Little and Harlequin, and designer light fittings from Heathfield.