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CONTENTS THE GOLF EDITION6

MALAYSIA52

WORLD GOLF AWARDS 2015: THREE SPECTACULAR DAYS IN THE ALGARVE10

NISEKO VILLAGE GOLF COURSE54 LIBERTY GOLF SERVICES56

WORLD GOLF AWARDS 2015 WORLD WINNERS16

GOLFASIAN CO58

PORTUGAL: A GOLFING PARADISE18

BONVILLE GOLF RESORT60

CONRAD ALGARVE20

SHERATON FIJI RESORT62

ERNIE ELS22

THE AMERICAS: THE GOLF CAPITAL OF THE WORLD66

HAVERSHAM & BAKER GOLFING EXPEDITIONS24

TPC SAWGRASS - STADIUM COURSE68

BERNARD GALLACHER26

CYPRESS POINT COUNTRY CLUB70

ST ANDREWS LINKS - OLD COURSE28

MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB NO.3 COURSE72

ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT30 THE BLUFFS HO TRAM STRIP34 AFRICA: TEED UP FOR SUCCESS38 ASSOUFID GOLF CLUB40 MAZAGAN BEACH & GOLF RESORT42 GARY PLAYER COUNTRY CLUB44 LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT46 ASIA PACIFIC: THE NEW GOLFING FRONTIER50 2

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THE GOLF EDITION In Persuit of the Perfect Round One of the most unique and alluring aspects of golf is the ever-changing nature of the game. No two courses are the same, no two shots are the same, no two days are the same, and therefore no rounds could ever be the same. As any player will testify, this is true even when playing the same course multiple times. There’s always room for improvement or new and different ways to try things, new techniques, new equipment, a different approach, or different club. And this is a crucial, very special part of what makes the game so allured and loved. The other significant factor of golf ’s appeal is its incredible settings and locations. Take almost any resort or hotel in the world that has a golf course, and nine times out of ten that course will be set on property’s prime location - even more so when it’s a stand-alone course. Beachfront and seaside courses that play right along the water, links courses that are set in pristine sections of undulating land, city courses that seem to defy their urban settings, the list goes on, but they all have one thing in common: a breath-taking location. This edition of Best In Travel showcases the best golf courses, destinations, and resorts and hotels as decided at the recent World Golf Awards 2015. These comprise some of the most challenging and lauded venues in the world, exotic getaways, rural settings, and urban delights. So, sit back, put up your feet, and discover the location of your next golfing holiday.

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World Golf Awards 2015: Three Spectacular Days in the Algarve

Following the overwhelming success of the 2014 event, the World Golf Awards returned to the exquisite Conrad Algarve in 2015 for its second Gala Ceremony. Hosted in the magnificent Quinta do Lago Resort over the weekend of 5-8 November, guests enjoyed a wonderful three-day itinerary which showcased the best of the region’s impressive offerings. Celebrating and rewarding excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations, the Awards also present an important opportunity for industry leaders to meet, mingle, and discuss pressing issues. The 2015 event brought together representatives from the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of the industry. The Gala Ceremony itself was hosted by broadcasting legend Steve Rider and the flawless Ela Clark, and Laurent-Perrier provided superb champagne refreshment during the presentation. Of the prestigious World Winners, three successfully defended the titles they had won in 2014. Portugal was again voted World’s Best Golf Destination, the St Andrews Links - Old Course remained the World’s Best Golf Course, and Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions were again chosen as the World's Best Golf Tour Operator.

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WORLD GOLF AWARDS 2015 WORLD WINNERS EIGHT PERFECT SCORECARDS The international appeal and reach of golf grows with each passing year. From humble beginnings in 15th century Scotland to having courses on all but one continent – Antarctica is not the most welcoming environment – the sport has become immensely popular, and immensely competitive. Similarly, golf tourism has become a vital part of the global travel and tourism industry, and as such the World Golf Awards were created to celebrate and reward excellence in the industry. In addition to the individual country winners of each continent, eight World Winners were awarded the highest honours. These winners are at the pinnacle of their respective categories, and lead the industry by example.

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World Golf Awards 2015 World Winners

As a continent, Europe is home to most World Winners totalling three. Portugal was voted the World’s Best Golf Destination 2015, the St Andrews Links - Old Course was voted the World’s Best Golf Course 2015, and Scotsman Bernard Gallacher was given the Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. Africa came in second with two World Winners. Ernie Els was voted Golf Course Designer of the Year 2015, and The Club at Steyn City Golf Course in South Africa was voted the World’s Best Clubhouse 2015.

The USA, Asia, and Middle East, each took home one win. The American Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions was voted World’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2015, Abu Dhabi’s St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was voted World's Best Golf Hotel 2015, and The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam was voted World's Best New Golf Course 2015. Each of the World Winners was profiled for this issue, and the resulting articles are in the pages that follow – enjoy!

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PORTUGAL: A GOLFING PARADISE Two thousand kilometres south of the birthplace of golf, Scotland, lies one of Europe's oldest nations and the winner of both the World's Best Golf Destination and Europe's Best Golf Destination at the World Golf Awards for two years running. Boasting a year-round temperate climate, over 3000 hours of sunshine, and an abundance of picturesque scenery, Portugal is an exquisite country that offers some of the best golfing to be found anywhere. Golf arrived in Portugal near the end of the 19thcentury, and it soon became clear that it was an ideal home for the sport. It's climate, wonderfully diverse terrain, and welcoming people proved the perfect combination and today there are almost 80 golf courses spread across the beautiful country. The setting of each course - many designed by famous architects including Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer - is as inspiring as the next, with views so impressive they almost become a distraction from the game. From the Algarve and the Lisbon Coast where many major, annual tournaments take place, to the offerings of Porto and Madeira, every visitor will find an experience suited to their needs.

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World's Best Golf Destination 2015

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Portugal's excellent hospitality industry is the perfect complement to its golf offering. Home to some of Europe's most luxurious hotels and resorts, there is little that can't be had in the coastal nation. From ocean-facing beach resorts and charming rural getaways, to modern masterpieces and lavish escapes, there is a hotel or resort that suits every budget and every need.

The nation's warmth and friendliness extends beyond just the hospitality industry, and after the final putts have been sunk and all the scores tallied, players and visitors tee off for a round of another kind – the social variety, an arena in which the Portuguese excel. With so much to offer, Portugal is a destination that begs to be visited multiple times.

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The Jewel of Quinto do Lago

CONRAD ALGARVE

For the second year in a row the annual World Golf Awards was held at the splendid Conrad Algarve. The contemporary, luxury hotel is one of the most modern five-star destinations in the region and is a standing favourite among guests. Its unique styling sets it in a class of its own, and it's all-encompassing offering ensures that guests' every possible need and wish are anticipated, making stays there experiences of pure indulgence.

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Conrad Algarve

Set in the exclusive and exquisite Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, a destination favoured among many of the world's most well-known celebrities from all industries, the Conrad Algarve is an ideal base from which to explore and enjoy the region. Surrounded by fine dining restaurants, delightful shopping arcades, and numerous other world-class attractions, entertainment options are virtually inexhaustible. Equally impressive and alluring are the unspoilt natural wonders, from the white sandy beaches along the Atlantic coast to the wonderful Ria Formosa Natural Park. The Algarve is also one of Portugal's best and most popular golfing regions. Many world-renowned courses are found there, including Quinta do Lago Sul and Laranjal, providing players endless opportunities to fine-tune their short game, work on their drives, and ultimately indulge in the experience. The hotel itself is a masterful combination of modern design and technology, and opulent comfort. Spacious guest rooms and suites, all exceedingly well appointed, are complemented by a wide variety of leisure activities and facilities. Every guest, no matter age or interest, is catered for with the utmost care. As can be expected at such an establishment, the Conrad Algarve also boasts an excellent Health Club & Spa as well as truly first-class service. 21


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Golf Course Designer of the Year 2015

ERNIE ELS

As one of the most prolific winners the golfing world has ever seen, Ernie Els is no stranger to the game. However, at the 2015 World Golf Awards he was the recipient of different type of award: Golf Course Designer of the Year. A gifted sportsman since a young age, Ernie Els had earned honours in various sports before settling on golf. At the ripe old age of 14 he started playing off scratch, and just a year later won the World Junior Championships. Even at that stage no one could have predicted his eventual impact on the game and the sporting world. Over the course of his 26 year, and counting, career he has racked up numerous honours and awards and set multiple records including most consecutive weeks (758) inside the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking. the European Tour and PGA Tour record for the lowest 72-hole total relative to par (29-under and 31 under respectively), and three times European Player of the Year to mention but a few. 11 years after turning pro though, Els set his sights on a new challenge: golf course design.

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Ernie Els

Since its formation in 2000, Ernie Els Design has built a new course almost every year, the current total standing at an impressive 13 with several other projects in the pipeline. In his award acceptance speech (filmed remotely as he was unable to attend the gala), he explained the move, "When I set out to play golf, as a golfer, you know designing was always an interest of mine, and through the years I always felt like I wanted to do what people like Jack Nicklaus and others have done.” He turned that dream into a reality when he partnered with Nicklaus, who taught him much of what he knows today about designing. That partnership in turn facilitated another, “Subsequently I took one his guys with me, Greg Letsche. He's been with me for a long time now, since we left Mr Nicklaus, and we've built 13 golf courses around the world now.” Speaking of the award, Els called it “just phenomenal” and added, “This is the who's who of our business and to be nominated as the winner this year really gives me a great thrill, so thank you very much.” Golf Course Designer of the Year 2015

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World's Best Golf Tour Operator 2015

HAVERSHAM & BAKER GOLFING EXPEDITIONS There are golf trips and then there's Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions. Voted the World's Best Golf Tour Operator 2015 at the World Golf Awards, the company was born in 1991 to meet and reverse the perceived inadequacies of many of the other operators that existed at the time. Since then it has served member from over 1000 different American clubs. A family run business since its inception in 1991, Sam Baker started H&B on his kitchen table and carefully nurtured it into the incredible operator it is today. His son joined the company in 2005 and together they have watched it grow from a home-run business to a formidable international operator.

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Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions

H&B take pride in making the distinction between price and value, and offer travellers what they call Perfect Pairings, “just the right good life experience to pair with each round of golf.” Essentially this boils down to crafting a 100% custom tailored experience for each traveller. This extends to every aspect of any given trip, from airport transfers to accommodation, tee times and food and wine pairings. In their own words, “vacations shouldn't be work, they should be all about relaxing and having fun”. To which end, H&B ensure that literally everything is taken care of and travellers are waited on hand and foot, guided through every choice by an expert. Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions cater to a specific niche, but in doing so ensure that every experience is exceptional and filled with lasting memories.

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Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

BERNARD GALLACHER Bernard Gallacher

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Lifetime Achievement Award 2015


Bernard Gallacher

Since first picking up a set of clubs at the age of 11, Bernard Gallacher has gone on to become one of the most widely recognised and influential players of, and contributors to the game of golf. A professional since age 18, his impact and contributions were recognised at the World Golf Awards where he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2015. Born in Bathgate, Scotland, he turned professional in 1967 after winning the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship and a year later received the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award. In 1969 he enjoyed his first professional wins, two in Zambia and another two in Europe, and that same year was the youngest man to represent Great Britain in the Ryder Cup at age 20 (his record was later beaten). Between 1974 and 1984 he accumulated 10 wins on the European Tour, and between 1972 and 1982 he finished in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times. Over the course of his career he played in the Ryder Cup eight times, and captained the European Team as a non-player three times: 1991, 1993, and 1995. He racked up a total of 22 career wins and still plays on the European Seniors Tour, enjoying his first senior win at The Mobile Cup in 2002. Even when not on the course, Gallacher has always been intimately involved with the game. For 25 years ending 1996 he was the professional at the prestigious Wentworth Club, and between 1998 and 2008 he wrote a golf column for Scottish golf magazine bunkered.

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WORLD'S BEST GOLF COURSE 2015

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St Andrews Links - Old Course

The St Andrews Links Old Course, considered by many the “home of golf �, has been attracting golfers of all abilities since the early 15th century and to this day remains open to the public. For the second consecutive year, the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world was voted World's Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards. With a history stretching back over 600 years, the 6721 yard, par-72 Old Course is as old as it is fascinating. It is responsible for the creation of the modern, 18-hole game, and is home to The Open Championship, the oldest of golf 's major championships. It has several unique features including its large double greens (seven greens are shared by two holes each); the famous, 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge which spans the 1st and 18th holes; and the infamous Hell Bunker. The latter and the equally menacing Road Bunker have been responsible for dashing many players' hopes of winning the Open Championship.

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Recently the Old Pavilion was added to St Andrews offering. Set right next to the first tee at the Old Course, it is a luxurious retreat where golfers can wait in comfort ahead of their tee time. In addition, it is the ideal spot for single golfers without a tee time to pair up with two- or three-ball groups. The facility has access to toilets and light refreshments, and also has a bag drop facility as well an information point for players new to the course. St Andrews Links - Old Course also took home honours for Scotland's Best Golf Course and Europe's Best Golf Course at the 2015 World Golf Awards.

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World's Best Golf Hotel 2015

ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT In an increasingly competitive market, Abu Dhabi's St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was voted World's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards. The beachfront resort is located 500 metres off the coast of the mainland and is one of the region's leisure capitals. The St Regis brand is renowned the world over for its unsurpassed luxury and impeccable service, and the Saadiyat Island Resort is a proud extension of this legacy. A short trip from Abu Dhabi International Airport and just 10 minutes from the city's vibrant downtown area, its location is superb. Its classic Mediterranean architecture is perfectly complemented by its tasteful, modern interior.

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St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Adjacent to the stunning resort is the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the nearby metropolis. The Club's signature course was designed by the world-renowned Gary Player. Designed with players of all abilities in mind, the length of the course varies from 5290 yards to 7806 yards, ensuring a fun but challenging experience for all whom attempt it. The course also boasts a dedicated concierge service and aims to give each player a “Member for a Day” experience with personalised services. After a day on spent on the course – or indulging in any other of the resort's numerous features and activities – the Iridium Spa offers a haven in which to relax and rejuvenate. Following that, guests have a choice of one of five exceptional dining options. In addition to being voted the World's Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards, the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort was also voted Best Golf Hotel for the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates, and Abu Dhabi.

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WORLD'S BEST GOLF CLUBHOUSE 2015

World's Best Golf Clubhouse 2015

The Club at Steyn City Golf Course What was once acres upon acres of barren, unused land, including a then defunct mine quarry, is now the site of one of the world's most impressive parkland residences, Steyn City. Founded on the principle of community and quality of life, the South African “city” is set on the edge of Sandton, Johannesburg, connecting several of the city's business hubs. It presents a “unique village lifestyle”, and within its considerable boundaries residents enjoy access to numerous sport and recreation facilities, leisure and entertainment offerings, and a golf course. The latter is home to The Club, voted World's Best Golf Clubhouse 2015 at the World Golf Awards. Steyn City Golf Course is a 6400+ yard, 72-par course created by the world-renowned Nicklaus Design team. Described by some as the “Augusta of Africa”, the course opened in 2014 and

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effectively uses the natural landscape to create challenging and engaging holes that will test and delight all players. Adjacent to the course is The Club, a full-service facility that caters to members' and visitors' every need. The clubhouse itself is an architectural artwork, and is open six days a week by reservation. It also features an elevated Private Gym with exceptional views, tennis courts, and a 325 metre driving range, and seven target greens. There is also a Pro Shop on site to take care of any golfing needs. The Club's restaurant and bar Nineteen, is on par with the best in the world. Looking out over the course and parts of Steyn City, its stunning views are matched by its magnificent culinary offerings and immaculate service.


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WORLD'S BEST NEW GOLF COURSE 2015

THE BLUFFS HO TRAM STRIP

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The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip

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The terrain of the south-central coast of Vietnam is the stuff that golf course designers dream of. Flanked by pristine white beaches and azure blue waters on one side and a national forest on the other, the course itself is laid out across rolling seaside dunes which exactly the significant elevation changes ideal for a links course. Harnessing the natural landscape, Greg Norman designed The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, an exquisite course that was voted as the World's Best New Golf Course 2015. Designed to capture the essence of a pure links-style course, Norman faced interesting challenges during its development. Sand dunes and irregular hilltops aside, the region's high speed winds played a major role. Blowing in one direction for half the year and the opposite direction the other half of the year, they presented a unique challenge. In finding a solution, Norman answered a question he had asked himself at the onset, “can you play a hole in a 30 mile an hour headwind, and can you play the same hole in a 30 mile an hour downwind?” with a resounding yes. Designed for discerning players yet still enjoyable for casual golfers, every hole from the 1st to the 18th is “extremely playable”. Norman is confident that the course will be a hit and draw in players for years to come, "The experience of playing true links golf among the dunes of southern Vietnam and having dramatic ocean views throughout your round will make The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip one of the most unique golf experiences in the world.

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AFRICA: Teed Up For Success

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Africa: Teed Up For Success

With over 900 courses across the continent, Africa is no stranger to golf. The majority of courses are focused in South Africa, but Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Tunisia and Zimbabwe are all gradually gaining traction and steadily developing. The continent’s diverse, expansive terrain is ideal for golf course construction, and many of its constituent countries have temperate climates for most of the year. Notable players from Africa include Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Louis Oosthuizen, all of whom have also designed signature, championship courses. At the 2015 World Golf Awards, Morocco and South Africa featured prominently. The impressive Assoufid Golf Club was voted Morocco's Best Golf Course 2015. An 18-hole, par-72 desert-style course on set on the outskirts of Marrakech, it exquisitely showcases one of the continent’s most scenic regions. Prime beachfront property Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort was voted Morocco's Best Golf Hotel 2015. The

490-room resort boasts incredible views, world-class service, and exceptionally luxurious accommodation. The Club at Steyn City Golf Course, South Africa was voted the World's Best Golf Clubhouse 2015. One of the world's most impressive parkland residences, it presents residents with a unique lifestyle offering, and the full-service clubhouse is in a league of its own. Located just in front of the Sun City Hotel and Cascades Hotel, the Gary Player Country Club was voted South Africa's Best Golf Course 2015. Designed by the man after which it was named, the challenging 18-hole, par-72 is set in an extinct volcanic crater and boasts a masterful design. The exclusive Legend Golf & Safari Resort, offering unsurpassed elegance and luxury, was voted South Africa's Best Golf Hotel 2015. Comprising 220 rooms and suites built in the heart of the bush, its accommodation is second to none.

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Morocco's Best Golf Course 2015

ASSOUFID GOLF CLUB On the outskirts of Marrakesh, set against the backdrop of the majestic snow-capped Atlas Mountains, lies Morocco's Best Golf Course 2015 – the impressive Assoufid Golf Club. Despite being relatively new to the industry – it was awarded Africa's Best New Golf Course 2014. The 18-hole, par-72 desert-style course quickly gained popularity and has become a favourite destination for players from around the world. The slightly undulating course offers varying views of Marrakesh, the Atlas Mountains and the surrounding desert terrain. Dreamt up by Niall Cameron, a Scottish designer and former European Tour player, one would never guess it was his first foray into golf course design. Essential to his design was accentuating the natural terrain and maximizing views of the beautiful surroundings. In addition special care was taken to ensure the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, and efforts included planting only 45% of the course to curb water consumption.

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Assoufid Golf Club

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Off of the course, the Clubhouse is Assoufid Golf Club's stand-out feature. A perfect complement to the golf course, the Clubhouse is perched on a hill and offers stunning views. Its excellent restaurant, La Colline, is lead by French signature chef Damien Durand, and features outdoor and indoor seating. Also on the premises is the Club's Pro Shop, which stocks a range of high-quality golf merchandise from international manufacturers and designers. Club members have exclusive access to the Member's Lounge, a private area within the Clubhouse. The serene retreat provides members with the ideal environment in which to meet and mingle with fellow club members.

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The Private Pavilion is the Clubhouse's most exclusive facility, and features a large lounge, kitchen, outdoor pool and patio area. Available to individuals or corporate guests to host intimate or private events, it can accommodate up to 15 guests and full catering can be arranged via La Colline.

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Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort

Spoilt with a wonderful climate year-round and skirted by a world-class beach, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in El Jadida covers 250 hectares of prime beachfront property. No stranger to awards, the resort was voted Morocco's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the second annual World Golf Awards. The Grand Riad, the Resort's five-star hotel, features 490 opulent rooms and suites which offer views of the tranquil Atlantic Ocean, intimate lagoons, the resort's inviting pool and golf course, or its beautifully kept private gardens. Ranging in size from 42m² to 342m², and comprising luxury rooms, royal suites, and private villas, all accommodations are elegantly-designed and boast the latest technological amenities and facilities. Guests at the Resort can also take full advantage of its range of activities and entertainment offerings. It is home to Morocco's largest casino, a world-class Spa with hammam, three Kids' Clubs, a variety of restaurants and bars, a nightclub and more.

Morocco's Best Golf Hotel 2015

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One of the resort's most impressive features is its 18-hole, par-72 links course designed by Gary Player - the golfing champion who knows a thing or about links courses. At 7848 yards the oceanview course is the longest in the country, and beautifully follows the region's natural contours. Boasting enough variety to challenge golfers of every level, it's a course that can be played over and over again without becoming monotonous. Operated by the world-renowned Troon Golf, the course's service is on par with the best in the world and players can look forward to an unprecedented level of personalisation. The course's Clubhouse provides the perfect post-game retreat to reflect on heroic shots while enjoying light refreshments and taking in the exquisite view. 43


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South Africa's Best Golf Course 2015

GARY PLAYER COUNTRY CLUB

The name Gary Player instantly conjures up two distinct and related thoughts: one of the greatest golf players the game has ever seen, and one of its foremost course designers. His incredible career and accomplishments as a player laid the foundation for his second calling as a course designer. One of his most notable designs, the Gary Player Country Club,

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was voted South Africa's Best Golf Course and Africa’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015. Designed by the man himself, the Gary Player Golf Course was built in unison with the development of Sun City Resort in South Africa. The 18-hole, par-72, walking-only course was constructed in an

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extinct volcanic crater and conforms to the most stringent US PGA specifications – part of the reason why it is regularly ranked as one of the country’s leading golf courses. Its ingenious design incorporates creatively placed bunkers and multiple tees, ensuring players of all levels can enjoy a challenging but satisfying game. The Parkland course


Gary Player Country Club

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is the home of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, a prestigious event which has hosted some of the game’s greatest players.

on an immaculate course, and then return to the comfort of their accommodation – all without ever having get in a vehicle of any sort.

Located just in front of the Sun City Hotel and Cascades Hotel, it’s proximity makes it ideal for golfers who want to walk from the luxury of their room or suite, play 18 holes

Adjacent to the Course is the timeless Gary Player Country Club, a great destination for all players and lovers of the game. It features an excellent restaurant which overlooks some of

the course’s rolling greens, and also has a Pro Shop offering the best and latest in golfing equipment and merchandise. An entire floor of the Country Club is dedicated to health and wellness, and boasts a fully-equipped modern gym and a luxurious spa.

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South Africa's Best Golf Hotel 2015

LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT Legend Golf & Safari Resort is one of South Africa’s most renowned luxury destinations and consistently draws in travellers and golfers from around the world. Voted South Africa’s Best Golf Hotel and Africa’s Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards 2015, it boasts two golf courses and is the home of the infamous “Extreme 19th”. Accommodation at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort comprises 220 rooms and suites built in the heart of the bush – no fences or gardens, just untamed nature. Suites consist of four or five ensuite bedrooms linked by walkways, and have all been fitted with the finest luxury finishings. Each room also features large picture windows and has a secluded outdoor patio.

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Legend Golf & Safari Resort

South Africa's Best Golf Hotel 2015

www.legendhospitality.co.za

For special groups and functions, there is no better option than the Mountain View Boutique Lodge. It has the capacity to cater for up to 20 people and can sleep 12 in its six elegant bedrooms. The stunning retreat features three lounge areas, a dining room, and an outside entertainment area with barbeque facilities and a swimming pool. It also offers an exclusive butler service and a private game ranger and game vehicle. The iconic “world-in-one” Signature Course is a truly unique golfing experience. Each of the Course’s 18 holes was designed by a different international golfing legend, and together make up the longest course in South Africa. The Tribute Course is its perfect complement. A ten-hole course, each hole is modelled after the best par-3 holes from around the world. The Resort’s most exclusive hole however, is the world famous Extreme 19th. Accessible only by helicopter, it is the world’s longest and highest par-3 with an elevation change of 400m from the tee to the green. The Resort’s stunning Signature Clubhouse is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Waterberg Mountain Range. It features a sky bar on its roof, offering unrivalled views of the surrounding landscape, and serves as the halfway house for the Signature Course.

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ASIA PACIFIC: THE NEW GOLFING FRONTIER

Relatively new to the sport, Asia is the world’s fastest growing golf market and is currently experiencing a development boom with China and South Korea leading the charge. The region's most well-established golf nation is of course Japan, which has a rich history with the sport and accounts for 50% of Asia’s supply. The sport’s novelty

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playing catch-up with the Americas and Europe. Many courses were, and are being developed by some of the world’s foremost course architects, almost guaranteeing excellent playability. Another dimension of Asia’s appeal is its breath-taking surroundings and well-developed tourist regions, which have been


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catering to international travellers for years. Further south, the countries of Oceania also present unique golfing opportunities and feature a number of notable courses including Bonville Golf Resort – Australia’s Best Golf Hotel 2015, and the Sheraton Fiji Resort – Fiji’s Best Golf Hotel 2015.

Possibly a sign of things to come, the World's Best New Golf Course 2015 was the Bluffs Ho Tram Strip in Vietnam. Offering one of the most unique golfing experiences in the world, the Greg Norman designed links-style course features incredible views of the scenic landscape and will challenge players of all abilities.

Similarly, Malaysia was voted Asia's Best Golf Destination 2015, the second consecutive year it has taken home the award. The country boasts over 200 golf courses and offers golfers incredible variety and accessibility.

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Asia's Best Golf Destination 2015

MALAYSIA

For years now Malaysia has slowly but surely been climbing the ranks as Asia’s leading golf destination, and for two years in a row it has been voted as exactly as that: Asia's Best Golf Destination at the World Golf Awards. Home to over 200 courses, Malaysia offers incredible variety. There are courses dotted across the island nation’s expanse: high up in the mountains, on exotic beaches, in tropical rain forests, in the heart of bustling cities, and

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right up on the beach. Such diversity is what makes it a superb destination for all kinds of golfers, whether they be casual, competitive, or simply out for a bit of fun. Malaysia’s courses include some of the most wonderfully-designed to be found anywhere in the world and renowned designers like Gary Player, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Max Wexler have all contributed to the excellent offering.


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Courses typically accentuate the already stunning landscapes and almost all of them feature myriad magnificent views. Not surprisingly the nation has hosted several major tournaments including the World Cup of Golf, the EurAsia Cup, and the Malaysian Open. Amenities and facilities available at courses are on par with the best in world. Part of Malaysia’s extraordinary appeal is its accessibility and affordability. The country has

an excellent transport infrastructure, making travelling to and within its borders easy and enjoyable. Unlike some of its Asian neighbours, golf in Malaysia is still very reasonably priced, as are many of the nation’s many attractions.

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Japan's Best Golf Course 2015

NISEKO VILLAGE GOLF COURSE Japan's Best Golf Course 2015

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The fact that Niseko Village Golf Course is only open for half the year – for the six months of winter it becomes an exclusive, luxury ski resort – yet still managed to be voted Japan’s Best Golf Course 2015, speaks volumes about its incredible offering. Renowned the world over among outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, adrenaline junkies, culture vultures, gourmet travellers, and of course golfers, it’s a place unlike any other. Around the middle of April every year Niseko Village transforms from a winter wonderland into a summer Shangri-la. The snow thaws to reveal beautiful, rolling green fields, skirted with blossoming flowers and indigenous flora, and soon the golf courses open. Although the season is limited, the incredible experience of being there and playing the course more than makes up for it. The Niseko Village Course is a 6845 yard, par-73, nestled at the foot of Mount Niseko Annupuri. Bordered by views of Mt. Yotei on one side and the scenic ski hill on the other, it is a truly picturesque course. Accommodation in Niseko Village is on par with the best in the world, and are set among world-class spas and onsen facilities, an excellent dining and shopping hub, and luxury residences. Designated as a protected area within the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Par, the region’s natural assets are considerable. In addition to the exquisite golf courses, there are many other outdoor attractions including an outdoor nature park and numerous active pursuits.


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Asia's Best Golf Tour Operator 2015

LIBERTY GOLF SERVICES

From humble beginnings as a simple but trusted and efficient outbound agency offering airline tickets to those wishing to travel abroad from Asia, to being voted Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator 2015 at the World Golf Awards, Liberty Golf Services has come a long way. Liberty Travel was established in 1976 as an outbound travel agency, offering airline tickets at reasonable prices. It wasn’t long before their offering grew to include accommodation options, and finally in 2001 they expanded into the golfing industry. Nine months after embarking on the new journey Liberty Travel had established relationships and partnerships with tour services and golf resorts promoting Malaysia as a prime golfing destination. The company further entrenched itself in the local (Malaysian) golfing scene by further expanding into overseas corporate golf tournaments and golfing events. When 2009 rolled around the time had time to launch the Liberty Golf Services. The then new branch would handle corporate travel, golf merchandise, events organising, sponsorships, and events promotions among other duties and services.

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Liberty Golf Services

www.libertygolf.com.my

Over the years Liberty Golf Services has enjoyed incredible growth and has built partnerships with major industry players across the board. Its offering now includes both inbound and outbound golf travel packages. The agency also played a key role in the revitalisation of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and its presence in South East Asia. In addition to being voted Asia’s Best Golf Tour Operator at the World Golf Awards 2015, it also took home the crowns for Malaysia's Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator and Malaysia's Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator 2015.

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Thailand's Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2015

THAILAND'S BEST INBOUND GOLF TOUR OPERATOR 2015

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Golfasian Co

As one of Asia’s longest-standing golf tour operators, Golfasian Co’s experience is almost unsurpassed in the region. Established in Bangkok almost 20 years ago, it has consistently been one of the top inbound tour operators in Asia and continues to deliver world-class service to all of its clients. Its expertise and experience saw it take home the award for Thailand's Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator 2015 at the World Golf Awards. Golfasian has been operating its excellent service since 1997 and is anything but ordinary. Its in-depth knowledge of the industry is unrivalled and allows it to offer clients one-of-a-kind service. Built on the foundation of Asia’s signature high levels of service, it operates at the highest standards of service and professionalism. Golfasian has highly-knowledgeable staff on the ground and in the office whose main goal is to deliver the best possible product to clients and partners.

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A cut above the rest, Golfasian creates tailor-made golf travel experiences that will impress and delight even the most discerning clients. Part of what sets it aside from the competition and makes its offering so appealing is its relationship with people on both sides of the course: golfers and course staff. Daily interactions with these people afford its staff unprecedented access and insider insights that make all the difference when it comes to creating truly unique itineraries. To date it has attracted and retained over 150 000 members from across Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, and Myanmar. 59


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AUSTRALIA'S BEST GOLF HOTEL 2015 BONVILLE GOLF RESORT Located on the stunning Coffs Coast, midway between Sydney and Brisbane, Bonville Golf Resort enjoys one of the most breath-taking settings in the world. Home to a 72-par championship golf course and an exquisite hotel, it was voted Australia's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards. For years Bonville Golf Resort has attracted visitors from around the world with its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Paired with its superb facilities and amenities, it is an ideal destination for travelling groups of all sizes. Its accommodation offering includes 17

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Resort Rooms, eight Executive Spa Rooms, and five Executive View Rooms. All rooms offer magnificent views of the course’s immaculately groomed fairway. Rooms are further distinguished by stellar features including L’OCCITANE natural beauty products, FOXTEL, and a full suite of modern amenities. The Resort’s award-winning Flooded Gums Restaurant boasts a sensational panorama of the 18th fairway, and prepares some of the finest gastronomic delights to be found anywhere. Elsewhere guests can cool off in the

billabong-style swimming pool or stroll through the adjacent rain forest. Undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses, Bonville is a veritable sanctuary inhabited by a wide range of indigenous species. Lucky players may even spot some of the local inhabitants while enjoying a round. The course’s pristine fairways are all hidden from one another by the rising and dipping terrain. Diverse enough to challenge golfers of all abilities, it offers an unforgettable experience.

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Fiji's Best Golf Hotel 2015

SHERATON FIJI RESORT Fiji's Best Golf Hotel 2015

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Sheraton Fiji Resort

A gem of the South Pacific, the five-star Sheraton Fiji Resort is located on the exotic oasis of Denarau Island. The tropical, beachfront paradise is surrounded by expertly landscaped gardens and commands stunning ocean views. Voted Fiji's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards, it was designed with comfort and luxury in mind, and delivers in every respect. The Sheraton Fiji Resort comprises Sheraton Denarau Villas, the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa and Denarau Golf & Racquet Club. Between them they offer 297 luxury guest rooms and suites, all fitted with luxurious amenities and excellent facilities.

A playground for adults and children alike, the Resort’s myriad leisure and entertainment options ensure that every moment spent there is a memorable one. Among them are six swimming pools, 14 excellent bars and restaurants, lawn bowling greens, aqua aerobics and beach volleyball facilities, and a children’s playground. Some of its more unique offerings include Fijian cultural exhibitions like fire-walking, traditional dancing, and the Kava ceremony at Coco-Palms for Meke Lovo Night.

islands, first-rate retail outlets, and numerous dining options. Denarau Island golf course was designed by Eiichi Motobashi and features a uniquely Pacific theme with bunkers shaped like marine creatures. Across its 7150 yards the par-72 course offers wonderful variety and includes four parthrees, four par-fives, and 10 par-fours. With tee positions to accommodate golfers of all levels, it presents a fun and stimulating challenge for all who indulge in a round.

The Resort’s location on the island gives it easy access to the Denarau Marina which in turn gives it quick, convenient access to the striking outer www.sheratonfiji.com

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THE AMERICAS: THE GOLF CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

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The Americas: The Golf Capital of the World

Nowhere is golf more prevalent than in the Americas, which collectively account for 55% of the world’s golfing facilities. The vast majority of those, 53%, are found in North America which includes the United States, Mexico, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean. Not surprisingly, the USA commands a significant lead over its continental counterparts, having gone through three golf course building booms: 1960s – 1980s, early 1990s, and early 2000s. It has also produced some of the world’s most prolific champions including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, and Arnold Palmer. Similarly, it is the home of some of the sport’s most prestigious major tournaments including the PGA Tour, the Ryder Cup, the Masters Tournament, and the US Open.

South America’s offering is also growing steadily, and development received extra impetus in light of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil – it will be the first time in over a century that golf is an Olympic sport. Best in Travel’s featured courses include the highly renowned TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course, winner North America’s Best Golf Course 2015; the well-located Cypress Point Country Club, California's Best Golf Course 2015; the long and challenging No. 3 Course at Medinah Country Club, winner Illinois’s Best Golf Course 2015; the exquisite JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort Spa & Golf, Nevada’s Best Golf Hotel 2015; and the exotic Dom Pedro Laguna, Beach Villas & Golf Resort, Brazil’s Best Golf Hotel 2015.

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North America's Best Golf Course 2015

TPC SAWGRASS - STADIUM COURSE

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TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course

North America's Best Golf Course 2015

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass was the end product of one man’s simple, but ambitious dream: to create a one-of-a-kind host site for THE PLAYERS Championship. The man was Dean R. Beman, the former PGA Tour Commissioner, and at the time his idea seemed ludicrous to most. But, he persisted and is now known as the man responsible for creating the course that was voted both North America's Best Golf Course and Florida's Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015. Designed by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, in collaboration with Commissioner Deane Beman, the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is a piece of golfing history. It was the first ever course designed specifically with spectators in mind, and aimed to improve the overall on-site fan experience. Not only this, but it was also designed not to favour any particular

player or style of play. Although it is now highly regarded, when it initially opened in 1982 it was met with considerable criticism due to its unorthodox design. Yet it prevailed, and the end result was the first true “Stadium Course”, a course that is truly unique and laid the blueprint for others to follow. A truly balanced course, players are challenged by a variety of holes within the expected categories of par-three, par-four, and par-five. The course’s 17th hole, with its signature island green, is one of the most recognised par-threes in golf. The course offers a total of five yardage options to suit every player’s game. The championship tees put the total yardage at 7215, the blue tees measure 6661 yards, the white tees 6103 yards, a blended tea option puts the course length at 6402 yards, and the forward/ladies’ tees are at 5109 yards. 69


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CALIFORNIA'S BEST GOLF COURSE 2015

CYPRESS POINT COUNTRY CLUB California's Best Golf Course 2015

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Cypress Point Country Club

The winner of California’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015, Cypress Point Country Club, offers guests the country club lifestyle just minutes away from the bustling city. Featuring a semi-private golf course, an excellent restaurant, and exceptional event hosting facilities, it’s a versatile venue to say the least. Set on a large portion of the Sajo Farm, the Club is located in a country club community that is adjacent to Lake Lawson and Lake Smith, and offers a tranquil retreat for all visitors. The 18-hole, par-72 course was designed by architect Tom Clark and was opened in 1987. The gently rolling terrain features lush Bermuda grass fairways and perfectly maintained bent grass greens. With back tees at 6541 yards, middle tees at 6072 yards, front tees at 5738, and ladies’ tees at 5248, there’s a yardage option for every type of player, regardless of ability. In addition to the golf course, the Country Club also features casual and fine dining – with daily lunch specials – and a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool. The Country Club’s proximity to the Virginia Beach Town Center shopping and dining complex, and the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay, it’s an ideal getaway for those who want the convenience of the city but the benefits of suburban living.

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Illinois's Best Golf Course 2015

MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB - NO.3 COURSE Since before its establishment over 60 years ago, the Medinah Country Club was intended to be an incomparable showplace for golf. Boasting three, unique 18-hole courses, it has hosted many major championship golf tournaments and is regarded as one of the most spectacular golfing destinations to be found anywhere. Course 3, voted Illinois's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards, is a Ree Jones redesign of a Tom Bendelow original. The long and challenging course demands the best from even the world’s best players, but it makes every round all the more memorable. The par-72

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course’s championship tees are set at 7657 yards, silver tees are at 7007 yards, white tees at 6629 yards, and green tees are at 6113 yards. The renowned Club has been the site of numerous championships and tournaments including three Western Opens, three U.S Opens, a US Senior Open, two PGA Championships, three Western Opens and the 2012 Ryder Cup. The Women’s 18-hole Association and the Women’s 9-hole Association are both actively involved at the Country Club and have committees that administer their leagues and social activities.


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The Country’s Club excellent caddies are all products of the traditional caddie program, overseen by the Club’s experienced Caddie Master. Their in-depth knowledge of the course and familiarity with each and every hole make them great assets to players, and their superb on-course service is unrivalled. In addition to its three courses, the Medinah Country Club also features a 1000 square-metre golf shop; a driving range, short game area, and two practice putting greens; a large, luxurious Clubhouse; six member-dining areas; four tennis courts; a family swimming pool and junior room; and a skeet and trap shooting lodge.

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Nevada's Best Golf Hotel 2015

JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT SPA & GOLF In a city built on luxury and extravagance, the JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort & Spa stands alone as one of its most incredible establishments. Away from the frenzy of the infamous Strip, the resort is set on 50 acres of lush terrain among Southern Nevada’s most respected golf courses. Featuring a first-rate casino, an exquisite spa, and a world-class golf course, it was voted Nevada’s Best Golf Hotel and the World Golf Awards 2015.

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JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort Spa & Golf

Nevada's Best Golf Hotel 2015

Just 20 minutes from the heart of the city, the Resort offers guests a world of elegance and excitement. Its luxury rooms and suites are wonderfully spacious and all are very well-appointed, with many offering stunning views of the sparkling city lights and the nearby mountains. Guests wanting a more exclusive experience, need look further than the Las Vegas suites. The Rampart Casino gives guests the opportunity to indulge in authentic Vegas-style gaming without having to deal with the crowds of the Strip, and for this reason it is a favourite among savvy gamers. The premier destination offers a variety of games on the casino floor including many slots options and the top table games.

At the Resort’s Spa Aquae guests can indulge in some of the finest treatments to be had anywhere. A serene escape from the city, the Spa offers personalised treatments including massages, facials, and full body treatments. TPC Las Vegas is the JW Marriot Las Vegas Resort & Spa’s championship golf course and the premier PGA Tour property in the region. Designed by Bobby Weed and Raymond Floyd, the 7104 yard, par-71 course is set to the backdrop of the beautiful Nevada mountains and canyons. A recognised Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the course lies within Summerlin – the USA’s largest master-planned community.

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Brazil's Best Golf Hotel 2015

DOM PEDRO LAGUNA, BEACH VILLAS & GOLF RESORT Brazil's Best Golf Hotel 2015

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Dom Pedro Laguna, Beach Villas & Golf Resort

One of the most famous places to visit in Brazil, Fortaleza, in the north-east of the country, is a city brimming with life and tradition. It is also the location of Dom Pedro Laguna Beach Villas & Golf Resort, Brazil's Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards 2015. It is part of the Aquiraz Riviera Eco-Resort, and was built adjacent to a 15 thousand square metre lagoon with a stunning 200m seafront. An exclusive family resort, the Dom Pedro Laguna has 64 apartments, 22 Water Villas, eight Presidential Villas, and eight Royal Villas. The latter are the Resort’s most exclusive accommodation and feature private pools, with some of them boasting direct access to the beach. The Resort’s navigable lagoon connects apartments and villas, and guests can explore the waters in electric boats. Among the Resort’s multiple luxury facilities are a 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a tennis court, and a multi-purpose court with night lighting. Dom Pedro Laguna is home to the region’s first 18-hole golf course. Designed by architect Donald Steel, the 7322 yard, par-72 course’s 18 holes are divided into two halves; nine at the Ocean Golf Course and the other nine at the Dunes Golf Course. Built on naturally undulating terrain, minimal earthmoving was done during construction, and the course showcases the surrounding area’s stunning natural terrain. There is also a 325 yard driving range on the property, as well as a 1300 square meter putting green. www.dompedro.com

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Caribbean's Best Golf Course 2015

CASA DE CAMPO TEETH OF THE DOG

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Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog

Set on a 7000-acre expanse, Caso de Campo Resort and Villas is the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean. Comprising a hotel, resort, residential community, an award-winning golf course, and several other luxury facilities, its considerable offering will impress even the most discerning guests. Aptly named Teeth of the Dog for its challenging, unforgiving terrain, the Resort’s 18-hole golf course was voted Caribbean's Best Golf Course and Dominican Republic's Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015. Designed by Pete Dye, the course is consistently ranked among the world’s best not only for its excellent playability, but also its stunning setting. Carved from the natural rock and coral of the coastline, the course includes seven holes that are set right on the ocean. Caso de Campo Resort and Villas’ accommodation is the perfect complement to the challenging Teeth of the Dog. Located in picturesque La Romana on the south-eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, rooms, suites, and villas are luxuriously appointed and feature the finest furnishings. In addition to numerous contemporary amenities available in every room, guests also have access to their own personal golf cart with which they can explore the vast property. Notable stops include an impressive marina, tennis and polo facilities, an excellent shooting centre, three championship golf courses, and a unique 16th century replica Mediterranean village, Altos Chavón. Voted the Dominican Republic's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards, the Resort is the first choice for discerning travellers to the region.

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CARIBBEAN'S BEST GOLF HOTEL 2015 SANDALS EMERALD BAY, GREAT EXUMA (THE BAHAMAS) Set in the serene waters of the Bahamian Out Islands’ Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay is the undisputed home of luxury and elegance in the region. Hidden in 500-acres of lush, tropical terrain, the Resort’s Bahamian-styled suites and villas elegantly blend contemporary comfort with the region’s inherent easy-going atmosphere. The Resort was voted Caribbean's Best Golf Hotel and The Bahamas' Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards 2015. 80

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Boasting three stunning pools, including a halfacre, zero-entry pool with a stunning pit in its centre, excellent dining options, and a host of luxury facilities, the Resort’s offering is second to none. Its villas and suites are the epitome of opulent living. Tastefully furnished and decorated, with all the finest finishes and amenities, many include a private pool, direct access to the beach, and a personal butler.


Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma (The Bahamas)

Caribbean's Best Golf Hotel 2015

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Sandals Emerald Bay offers guests a world of adventure. From sailing, snorkelling, and unlimited scuba diving in some of the world’s most spectacular waters, to yoga, Pilates, tennis, and general wellness activities at the state-of-the-art fitness centre, there’s something to satisfy every need. One of the Resort’s most impressive attractions is its Greg Norman designed championship golf course. The longest course in the Caribbean, Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course is a golfer’s dream come true, with six signature holes set right on the coastline of the beautiful peninsula. The 18-hole, par-72 course features challenging fairways and is subject to ever-changing prevailing winds, which together ensure that no two rounds are alike and every game offers a new experience. Playing to 7000 yards, the first nine holes take players through a scenic mix of seaside dunes and indigenous mangroves, while the latter nine are set on Emerald Bay’s rocky peninsula. The course was voted The Bahamas' Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards. 81


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Jamaica's Best Golf Course 2015

White Witch GOLF COURSE

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White Witch Golf Course

Jamaica's Best Golf Course 2015

A haunted estate, a world-class championship golf course carved into the rolling countryside, breath-taking ocean views, and excellent practice facilities, few courses any in the world can claim a package as enticing as that of Jamaica’s White Witch Golf Course. Set among lush greenery on a 200-acre portion of the historic 4000-acre Rose Hall Estate, the 18-hole course is one of the best in the Caribbean and was voted Jamaica's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards. Built on the site of the Rose Hall Plantation, the 6758 yard course was designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril with its highest elevation at almost 250m. The par-71 takes its name from Annee Palmer, the plantation’s beautiful but wicked 19th century plantation mistress. Legend holds that her ghost haunts the estate, and island natives and visitors have been fascinated by it for years. The course itself is renowned for its rugged, mountainous terrain, impressive foliage, and stunning sea views from almost all the holes. The course is open to players of all ages and abilities, and welcomes children and younger enthusiasts. There are also outstanding practice facilities including a natural turf driving range which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, two practice bunkers, 3000 square metre practice tees, and an even larger putting green.

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White Witch Golf Course adds a new dimension to golfing with their Caddie Concierge Program which pairs every four-ball with two insightful, professional caddies. In addition to providing timely, useful course information, they also enhance the golfing experience by offering one-of-a-kind, personalised service. 83


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EUROPE: THE CRADLE OF GOLF

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Europe: The Cradle of Golf

Golf, as it is played today, was born in Europe – more specifically, Scotland – in the 15th century. From Scotland it spread to the British Isles and from there the colonial influence carried it across the world. Over 600 years later, it has spread to almost every corner of the globe and become one of the most popular professional and leisure sports. Second only to the USA in number of golf facilities, Europe accounts for 22% of the world’s golf. A number made all the more impressive when considering its limited seasonal play in certain regions. With the sport played in all but ten of its fifty constituent nations, and its reach growing with each passing year, Europe’s offering is considerable to say the least. Courses are of the highest calibre, and service is on par with the top international resorts. Europe’s top five golfing countries, in terms of golf facilities, are England (2084), Germany (747), France (648), Scotland (552), and Sweden (491). Although they may not boast as many facilities, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal are among the continent’s top golfing destinations for travellers. The latter two in particular, with their excellent climates and well-established tourist regions, draw countless travellers every year. In fact, Portugal was voted the World's Best Golf Destination 2015 at the World Golf Awards, and Quinta do Lago (Portugal) was voted Europe’s Best Golf Venue 2015. Recently a new trend has developed in Europe which sees a notable shift toward short, compact courses. Comprising six, nine, or 12 holes, the courses are public and family friendly, and less taxing on the environment.

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Europe's Best Golf Venue 2015

QUINTA DO LAGO Quinta do Lago is a golfers’ paradise. It is home to three of Europe’s best golf courses (Quinta do Lago North, South, and Laranjal), it boasts excellent dining options, as well as numerous leisure and entertainment facilities, and enjoys a spectacular year-round temperate climate. Renowned as one of Europe’s most sought-after addresses, it sits on roughly 2000-acres of Ria Formasa Natural Park’s pristine terrain and was voted Europe's Best Golf Venue 2015 at the World Golf Awards. Set in the 150km Algarvian coastline, Quinta do Lago is a truly unique destination. The establishment’s facilities share territory with beautiful, bright green umbrella pines, softly flowing lakes, and magnificent sandy beaches. Almost bathed in golden sunlight, every day is a great day to take on some outdoor activities. The region is also famed for its rich history and culture, much of which can be seen in its quaint, cobbled streets and walkways.

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Quinta do Lago

Europe's Best Golf Venue 2015

www.quintadolago.com

Renowned for its golf offering, Quinta do Lago is also home to some of the most impressive practice facilities on the continent. Comprising a cutting edge driving range, the Paul McGinley Academy and, the TaylorMade Performance Center, the facilities’ aim is to improve the game of every golfer that crosses the threshold. The Academy provides professional, personalised service and employs state-of-the-art technology and techniques to get the best out of every player. The Performance Centre gives guests access to the latest TaylorMade equipment and merchandise. Quinta do Lago enhances guests’ experience with its exclusive Concierge. Adding a personal touch to every aspect of a guests’ stay, the service adds a new dimension to the luxury lifestyle..

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England's Best Golf Hotel 2015

BELFRY HOTEL & RESORT

Set in the heart of 500-acres of the magnificent West Midlands countryside, the Belfry Hotel & Resort is naturally secluded yet still incredibly well-connected. Voted England's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards, it offers guests an all-encompassing experience that includes luxurious accommodations, multiple dining and entertainment venues, a stunning Spa and Health Club, and three spectacular golf courses.

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Belfry Hotel & Resort

England's Best Golf Hotel 2015

With its beautiful rolling fairways and perfectly kempt greens, the world-famous Brabazon has been the stage for some of golf ’s most magical moments and was voted England’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015. Its timeless design incorporates narrow fairways, hazardous bunkers, treacherous lakes, and quick greens, all of which make for an unforgettable playing experience. The Belfry’s range of Signature and Superior rooms and suites all feature the resort’s classic, contemporary design, and are fitted with rich finishes and the finest furnishings. Boasting 12 luxurious treatment rooms, a tranquil relaxation room, and an elegant finishing room, the Belfry Spa is an exquisite retreat. Offering treatments with ESPA’s award-winning products, guests will leave feeling and looking revitalised and rejuvenated. The Belfry features five excellent dining options, each offering a unique culinary experience. Sam’s Club House is a stylish, contemporary sport’s bar and restaurant, with a diverse menu and excellent sport-watching facilities. The Ryder Grill and the Ryder Kitchen offer an assortment of gastronomic delights, and the latter features a hand-crafted buffet. Rocca’s Pizza Pasta is the latest edition to the Belfry, and serves unique takes on Italian classics. The Brabazon Bar is almost two venues in one; by day its relaxed atmosphere makes it an ideal place for a light meal or casual drinks, but by night it operates as a bustling destination bar. For guests who want to extend their night even further, the Bel Air Nightclub & Lounge is the best place to do it.

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Ireland's Best Golf Hotel 2015

Ireland's Best Golf Hotel 2015

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS & HOTEL DOONBEG

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Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg

Located in a quaint village on the south-west coast of Ireland, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg is a combination of old world luxury and contemporary comfort and convenience. Sitting almost on the water’s edge, the five-star establishment is set against a backdrop of rugged coastline, complemented by centuries old sand dunes and ever-crashing waves. No stranger to awards, it was voted Ireland’s Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards. A stay at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg is as much about the resort itself as it is about its surroundings. The village of Doonberg developed in the 16th century around the Castle from which it took its name. Leave for a few crumbling walls, not much of the castle remains, yet its regal charm still hangs in the air. The Doonberg of today is renowned for its beaches, excellent restaurants, character-filled pubs, and vibrant arts scene. Accommodation at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonberg is opulence brought to life. A selection of rooms and suites, and five-star self-catering units are available, and the guest experience is enhanced by superb, discreet service. Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg offers guests a world of recreation and leisure activities. From horseback riding, hillwalking, nature adventures, and coastal cycle rides to surfing, shoreline and off-shore fishing, kayaking and diving, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. Among these, the standout is undoubtedly the Trump Doonberg Links Course. Recently redesigned by third-generation architect Dr Martin Hawtree, the course has expertly enhanced without losing any of its original charm. www.trumphotelcollection.com

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Set amidst the famous vineyards of south-west France, Château des Vigiers combines the charm of a medieval castle with world-class luxury. Internationally renowned as a destination offering superb accommodation, golfing, and wellness facilities, it was voted France’s Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards.


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The hotel’s location in Dordogne affords guests seclusion and privacy, yet still puts them in convenient proximity to local attractions. The vineyards of Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion are close enough for daily tours, and the region’s finest restaurants are only a short drive away. Affectionately known as “Petit Versailles”, the Château’s meticulously carved marble fireplaces, authentic period furniture and hand-woven tapestries transport guests to a bygone era of kings and queens, noble knights and fair maidens. Its 25 individually decorated rooms evoke a similar atmosphere, but are laden with modern luxury amenities and comforts. Decidedly from this era, the Michelin-starred Les Fresques features an exhaustive list of fine wines from the surrounding region to accompany its exquisite, culinary masterpieces.

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Created by renowned natural golf course architect Donald Steel, the Château’s 27-hole course is one of its most impressive attractions. The Château itself is the course’s centrepiece, with the 9th and 18th holes both finishing in front of its enchanting edifice. Boasting a stunning scenic setting, its smooth, undulating greens offer a variety of excellent views of the property. The addition of a nine-hole course in 2008 saw the formation of three new nine-hole courses La Vallée, Le Lac, Les Vignes - when integrated with the existing 18-hole course

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Greece's Best Golf Course 2015

Greece's Best Golf Course 2015

COSTA NAVARINO GOLF THE BAY COURSE

Offering sunshine and mild temperatures throughout the year, Costa Navarino’s location couldn’t be better if it were designed. Comprising excellent accommodation, two signature golf courses, and a world-class spa, the Resort is set on the gently sloping hillside of a sensational 1km-long beach, and every day the west-facing site is bathed in the warm light of a beautiful Mediterranean sunset. The newer of the courses, the Bay Course, was voted Greece's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards.

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Costa Navarino Golf - The Bay Course

Away from tourist traps and crowded city centres, the Bay Course offers guests a secluded setting for a unique golfing experience. Designed by prominent American architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, the 5760 yard, par-71 course is unforgiving and demands careful, strategic play and considered positional play. Built to challenge both pros and amateurs alike, every hole on the course requires a different approach. This diversity is highlighted by the Seaside, Canyon, and Grove holes which each present a strikingly unique challenge. Complementing the tough course are the magnificent views from various points on each hole.

To get the most out of every shot, and every game, the Navarino Academy offers professional tuition to golfers of all skill levels. The site features ample practice facilities including a well-appointed full-size driving range, putting green and short-game practice area. Instruction is tailored to suit every player’s specific needs and is offered in various formats. Tuition is also available to coupes, families, and small groups, and there is a special program for junior players.

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THE WESTIN RESORT COSTA NAVARINO Greece's Best Golf Hotel 2015

Set in scenic Costa Navarino on a pristine stretch of beach along the Ionian Sea, The Westin Resort is a magnificent, luxurious retreat. The region’s history, which runs back over 4500 years, gives the site an otherworldly atmosphere, and makes every visit a memorable one. Featuring elegant accommodation, an excellent spa, and two signature golf courses, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino was voted Greece's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards.

Inspired by old Messinian mansions, The Westin Resort has 445 rooms and suites, most of which boast stunning views of the Ionian Sea and 131 feature private infinity pools. All rooms are fitted with in the signature Heavenly Bed®, ensuring the best possible sleep every night. Other in-room amenities include video-on-demand, a refreshment centre, Service Express®, dual-line phones and voicemail.

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The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

The Westin Resort’s location puts it in close proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Olympia, Mystras, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ancient Messini, and the Palace of Nestor. In addition, palaces and tombs from the Mycenaean era, classical temples, Byzantine churches and medieval castles are all in the vicinity. The culture and heritage of the nearby south-western Peloponnese presents travellers with an opportunity to immerse themselves in a truly authentic experience. Traditional activities include fishing, olive oil and wine-making, and simply interacting with the people of the region is a unique affair. The two signature golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, offer almost endless variety and will challenge and entertain both pros and amateurs alike.

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Norway's Best Golf Hotel 2015

Norway's Best Golf Hotel 2015

KRAGERØ RESORT

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Located in scenic south Norway and featuring distinctive architecture, stylish interiors and tasteful design, Kragerø Resort is one of the region’s premier destinations. It commands an impressive view of the enchanting Stabbestad and presents a unique getaway for all travellers. Voted Norway's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards, its facilities include tennis courts, a beach club and beach volleyball court, a superb spa, a conference centre and more. Spread across 1700-acres of stunning, Norwegian countryside, Kragerø Resort has 209 rooms, suites and apartments. Accommodation size and included amenities vary according to selection, but all options are very well-appointed and boast luxury furnishings and contemporary finishes. Almost all rooms enjoy


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panoramic views of the magnificent surrounding landscape. Kragerø Golf Course is one of the finest courses in Scandinavia, and is a standout feature of the resort. Located at higher altitude, the distinctive 18-hole course is worldclass in every respect and enjoys a lengthy period of good climate allowing for an extended golf season. The par-71 forest course features high-quality fairways and pristine greens, and has private beach club a mere tee-shot away. Recently Kragerø Resort added football-golf to its offering. The unique sport mixes football and golf, replacing the golf ball with a soccer ball, and a set of clubs for a pair of legs. Like golf, the goal is get the ball into the hole with as few shots as possible. The football golf course comprises six holes and is played on the main course.

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Poland's Best Golf Course 2015

MODRY LAS GOLF CLUB A contemporary-living community with a sporting endeavour at its heart, Modry Las Golf Club & Resort is set against the backdrop of the stunning West Pomeranian countryside. The luxury leisure resort offers guests a tranquil escape in magnificent natural surroundings. Proudly leading golf development in Poland, it was voted Poland's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards for the second year in a row.

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Modry Las Golf Club

Opened in 2009, the Modry Las Golf Club was designed by renowned golf course designer and former champion Gary Player. Built on the philosophy that “natural beauty and sport make the best partners�, the course is a scenic delight. Set among pine, oak, and birch forests and surrounded by two lakes, the course offers incredible variety and water comes into play on almost every hole. The 18-hole course provides an excellent challenge for established players, and an ideal opportunity for less-experienced players to learn and improve their game. A sensational nine-hole course has also been added at Modry Las Golf Club, enhancing its already impressive offering. While the permanent Modry Las clubhouse is still under construction (due to open during the course of 2016), a temporary clubhouse has been erected. A hub of activity, it boasts indoor and outdoor seating, and overlooks the open driving range and 18-hole course. The Resort features two accommodation options, cottages and garden suites. The 50m2 cottages have a Swiss-design and have two double bedrooms and a covered porch. They are self-catering units and have fully-equipped kitchens, as well as comfortable living rooms. Guests travelling alone or with a single companion have the option of staying in one of the six one-bedroom Garden Suites.

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Portugal's Best Golf Course 2015

Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort Portugal's Best Golf Course 2015

Less than an hour north of Lisbon, close to the quaint town of Óbidos, Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort covers an expanse of 336-acres. Commanding exquisite views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Óbidos Lagoon, the Resort features a five-star hotel, a luxury development of hotel residence apartments, and an 18-hole championship golf course which was voted Portugal's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards.

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A championship, 7300 yard, 18-hole seaside heathland course, Royal Óbidos offers great variety and is a great experience for players of all skill levels. Opened in 2012, it was the last course designed by Severiano Ballesteros. Its front nine overlook the Óbidos Lagoon, and the feature hole is the third which challenges players to land their tee shot on a treacherous island green. The back nine substitutes the view of the Lagoon with views of the dramatic Atlantic Ocean, and have the 490m, par-5 18th hole as the highlight.


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The course’s clubhouse is a destination in itself, featuring multiple menus, two bars, a lounge, and pro shop. It looks out over the course and the surrounding lakes and streams, and the generous terrace is an ideal location to take in a magnificent sunset over the ocean. State-of-theart locker rooms are available for all guests, as are shower facilities.

On-site accommodation is available at the five-star Evolutee Hotel. Designed by yoo Studio, the hotel features 39 luxurious rooms, an elemental spa, a health club, various dining options, a conference centre and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

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Spain's Best Golf Hotel 2015

HOTEL LA MANGA CLUB PRINCIPE FELIPE

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Surrounded by magnificent natural parks and pristine beaches, La Manga Club Resort enjoys one of the most beautiful settings in Europe. The stellar Resort offers guests an unrivalled experience of luxury, leisure and sport, and its five-star Principe Felipe Hotel was voted Spain’s Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards. The first choice for discerning travellers, the Principe Felipe Hotel was named in honour Spanish King Felipe VI, the current monarch. The establishment was originally called Las Mimosas, but after several visits from the then not-yet-king starting in 1987, it was renamed in his honour following renovations. Luxury accommodation options include a variety of rooms: Deluxe Rooms, Terrace Rooms, Royal Club Rooms, Executive Suites, Royal Club Executive Suites and the Royal Suite.


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The greater Resort is spread out over 1400-acres and in addition to the Principe Felipe Hotel comprises a four-star hotel, three golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre, eight full-size football pitches, and a 2000m2 spa and fitness centre. Its excellent offering has attracted high-profile travellers from around the world and earned it a reputation as one of Europe’s foremost destinations.

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As impressive as its other facilities are, golf takes centre-stage at La Manga Resort. Each of its three courses is as spectacular as the next, and give players incredible variety. The North and South Courses were designed by course architect Robert Dean Putman, with the latter later remodelled by Arnold Palmer. The West Course was designed by David Thomas. There is also an 18-hole pitch & putt course designed by golfing legend Severiano Ballesteros. Lastly, the Resort boasts one of the most impressive Golf Practice Centres on the continent and is home to the excellent Leadbetter Golf Academy.

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LAS COLINAS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Spain's Best Golf Course 2015

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Las Colinas Golf & Country Club

Las Colinas Golf & Country Club operates under a simple philosophy, to offer the best services and amenities to ensure that every player enjoys a unique, memorable experience. Even before services and amenities come into play that goal has been achieved by the course’s exquisite, valley setting. Managed by Troon Golf, the world leader of the industry, the course is run exceedingly well and was voted Spain's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards. Designed by renowned North American landscape architect, Cabell B. Robinson, the Los Colinas Golf Course is a prime example of his unobtrusive style which sees courses becoming integral parts of their natural setting. Running through a valley skirted by high hills, the par-71, 18-hole course is naturally secluded and offers an intimate golfing experience. Characterised by its very wide fairways, the course seamlessly blends into the natural landscape and presents an appealing and challenging outing for all players. With a beautifully maintained natural grass hitting area, a large putting green, and a short game area, the Golf Academy at Los Colinas offers an incredible learning experience. While using any of the facilities, each guest receives a personal pyramid of TaylorMade practice balls and every shot is captured using ultra-high speed video and can be reviewed instantly for analysis. The Academy’s all-encompassing approach doesn’t focus on just a single aspect of a player’s game, and players of all levels can stand to gain valuable insight from even just one coaching session.

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The on-site Las Colinas Residences comprise contemporary two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments and villas, all fully furnished and wellequipped. Each also features either a large terrace or garden, and car ports, and the stunning green area features a communal swimming pool. Residents also have access to the full range of facilities available at the Golf & Country Club.

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SWEDEN'S BEST GOLF COURSE 2015 Vasatorps Golfklubb - Tournament Course For a complete golfing experience, it’s hard to do better than Vasatorps Golfklubb. Opened in 1978, it features 54 holes across four courses and offers almost endless variety. The Golfklubb has hosted numerous major international events and is often credited as the site where golf had its major breakthrough as a spectator sport. The Tournament Course is Vasatorps’ flagship and was voted Sweden's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards. The Tournament Course is a superb championship course with a distinct links-feel reminiscent of the famous links courses of Scotland and Ireland. Since opening in 2008 the it has been at the top of the rankings lists with its unique design – which combined nine existing holes with nine all-new holes – presenting an excellent and intriguing challenge for all players. Designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest & Associates, each hole features six tee options and the total length ranges from 6126 yards down to 4298 yards. The prestigious course has

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hosted various major events including the 2013 Juniors Swedish Stroke Play Championship and the Juniors Swedish Matchplay Championship the following year, as well as the LET Helsingborg Open. Vasatorps’ other courses comprise the redesigned Classic Course, the Alley Course, and the Western 9. The 18-hole Classic Course opened in conjunction with the club’s 40th anniversary is 2013 and is an aspiring championship course redesigned Steve Forrest. The Classic and Alley courses are both nine-hole courses which demand a high level of precision and golfing proficiency. The Club’s Vasatorps Golf restaurant serves a variety of delicious meals including specialities like Raggmunk and Vasatorpen. Open daily, the restaurant welcomes all guests – regardless whether they are golfing or not.


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Turkey's Best Golf Hotel 2015

CORNELIA DE LUXE RESORT Located in the golfing haven of İleribaşı, on Turkey’s southern coast, Cornelia De Luxe Resort offers guests an exquisite experience filled with unforgettable moments. Its team is dedicated to ensuring that every guest’s stay is an exceptional one, and the Resort’s renowned hospitality is second to none. Voted Turkey's Best Golf Hotel 2015 at the World Golf Awards, it is a first-class destination in every regard. Accommodation options at the Resort are plentiful and varied. From rooms and suites in the main building to private villas and the three-storey Garden Hotel, there is something to suit every taste. All guests have access to the private Blue Flag beach for the duration of their stay, and entertainment options abound.

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Cornelia De Luxe Resort

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The hotel features no less than seven magnificent dining options, with three restaurants open around the year and the remaining four operating during the summer season only. The Cornelius main restaurant serves international cuisine and offers open buffet meals three times a day. Open around the clock, literally, the Daphne Snack Restaurant is a hub of entertainment and activity that serves light meals and beverages. As its name might suggest, Florian a’la Carte prepares exquisite Italian meals in a sophisticated setting. Summer season restaurants comprise Hedera a’la Carte, an excellent Mediterranean-themed establishment; Tai Pen a’la Carte, which specialises in Eastern cuisine; Sofa a’la Carte, an unforgettable French restaurant; and Nazar A’la Carte, the hotel’s Turkish-inspired restaurant. The 27-hole, Nick Faldo designed championship course at Cornelia Golf Club effortlessly blends top-quality service with a harmonious setting. Comprising three options: the 6969 yard, par-72 King Course (holes one to 18); the 7011 yard, par-72 Queen Course (holes 10 to 27); and the 6916 yard, par-72 Prince Course (holes 19-27 and one to nine), there is something to challenge and satisfy every player.

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Turkey's Best Golf Course 2015

CORNELIA GOLF CLUB FALDO COURSE Turkey's Best Golf Course 2015

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Cornelia Golf Club - Faldo Course

Set within a breath-taking, indigenous stone pine forest the Cornelia Golf Club’s Nick Faldo Championship Golf Course is laid out over 1400km2 and features 27 unique and challenging holes. Its naturally sandy location makes for excellent golfing, and it is possible to play the course in three different combinations. The exceptionally diverse course was voted Turkey's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards. The scenic Championship Course’s three playing combinations are the King Course, the Queen Course, and the Prince Course. All three at 18-hole, par-72 courses and they measure 6969 yards, 7011 yards, and 6916 yards respectively. Across its 27 holes, the course features 75 perilous bunkers and demanding fairways with challenging dog legs. Its signature hole is the 7th, aptly named Faldo’s Choice, which requires precision and accuracy if players wish to finish under par. The Course’s 4800m2 clubhouse looks out across the adjacent forest and the magnificent Taurus Mountains. It includes a restaurant and bar, as well as a well-stocked pro shop. The clubhouse also features all the usual amenities including locker rooms and bag storage, and offers rental buggies, trolleys, and clubs. For players looking to refine and perfect their game, the Resort’s has excellent practice facilities including a double-sided driving range, three putting greens, two chipping and pitching greens, and separate practice areas for groups and teams. Professional training and tuition are available at the world-renowned Leadbetter Golf Academy.

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GOLF IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Magic in the Dunes

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Golf in the Middle East: Magic in the Dunes

Home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, the Middle East is as ancient and mysterious as it is alluring and welcoming. Characterised by its scorching heat, flowing dunes, and arid climate, it has become the world’s capital of luxury and opulence on the back of its extraordinary wealth in natural reserves. Renowned as the site of some of the most impressive buildings, hotels, and resorts to be found anywhere, its golf offering is no different. Golf only arrived in the Middle East in 1988, but what the region may lack in heritage it more than makes up for with superb facilities and exceptionally high-quality golf courses. Over the years it has attracted some of the finest golf course designers, including Gary Player, Greg Norman, and Colin Montgomerie, who have each left their unmistakable mark on the local courses they’ve designed. Although there are only just over 20 golf courses in the countries that comprise the Middle East, almost every single one is on par with international championship courses. Not only that, but the region is becoming a steady, driving force in the industry, setting new, very high standards for the sport. Leading the effort and significantly contributing to the sport both domestically and locally is the United Arab Emirates. Boasting near year-round sunshine, it’s possible to play golf almost every day in the UAE. Its foremost destinations are undoubtedly Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which are home to some of the world’s most highly ranked and regarded golf courses. The featured winners from the 2015 World Golf Awards are both UAE destinations, namely: Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and the Address Montgomerie Dubai Championship Course. Read on to learn more about both.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES' BEST GOLF COURSE 2015 SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB

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United Arab Emirates' Best Golf Course 2015


Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

As the Arabian Gulf ’s first beachfront golf course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club presents golfers with an exquisite, one-of-a-kind experience. Its breath-taking location can rival the best in the world, and its superb design ensures that no two rounds played on the course are the same. Boasting stunning views of the surrounding landscape, the course has attracted enthusiasts, pros and casual players from around the world and was voted both United Arab Emirates' Best Golf Course Abu Dhabi's Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards 2015. The captivating 18-hole championship course was designed by world-renowned player and golf course designer Gary Player. Built in compliance with Estidama’s strict sustainability regulations, it harnesses the region’s natural beauty and varied terrain, and course features spectacular views of the surrounding azure waters and sandy, white beaches. As challenging as it is rewarding, the par-72, 317-acre, links style course has numerous tee options, the shortest set at 5290 yards and the longest extending to 7806 yards. Incorporating 67 unforgiving bunkers and three lakes, every hole demands considered, strategic play. Even so, golfers of all skill levels will enjoy a round on the award-winning course. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club also offers all golfers a “Member for a Day” experience, which includes personalised lockers and bag tags, and exclusive service. The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club Academy is the perfect place for golfers to sharpen their skills and work on their game. Its facilities include a 380 yard practice range, an extensive putting green, three short game areas, and an exclusive instructional area where professional instructors provide hands-on analysis and tuition.

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DUBAI'S BEST GOLF COURSE 2015 The Address Montgomerie Dubai Championship Course

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Dubai's Best Golf Course 2015


The Address Montgomerie Dubai Championship Course

Covering a total of 265-acres of prime property, The Address Montgomerie Dubai Championship Course is one of the region’s most spectacular and prestigious golfing destinations. Designed to become the focal point of Emirates Hills, one of Dubai’s most exclusive residential communities, there has always been a strong focus on creating a high-quality golf course that could compete with the best courses internationally. Needless to say, this has longsince been achieved and the course was voted Dubai's Best Golf Course 2015 at the World Golf Awards.

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Designed by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course has a distinct links-style and features endless, undulating fairways and large – but unforgiving – greens. Across its 265-acres it comprises 123-acres of playable turf, 49-acres of man-made lakes, 93-acres of landscaped gardens and is dotted with 81 large bunkers. Every hole was masterfully designed and offers enough variety to entice and challenge golfers of all abilities, whether they are pros or simply enthusiasts. The 4th is a par-five and one of the course’s signature holes. It has been dubbed “the Snake hole” because of its shape when viewed from the sky: it’s saddleback fairway doglegs towards the green and forms the body, and the two bunkers behind the green act as its eyes. The 13th is a unique par-three designed in the shape of the UAE and features a 360-degree teeing area. The par-five 18th is one of the course’s toughest holes, and at 656 yards with water protecting the front of the green, it’s all but impossible to reach the green in two. Adding to the The Address Montgomerie Dubai’s allure is its distinct seasonal play. During winter the course is over-seeded, while during summer the course grows back vigourously. Each makes for interesting playing conditions and presents a unique challenge.

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Best In Travel Magazine Issue 38 // 2016 // The Golf Edition  

Following the success of the second annual World Golf Awards in Portugal, we have our very first Golf Edition. This special edition showcase...

Best In Travel Magazine Issue 38 // 2016 // The Golf Edition  

Following the success of the second annual World Golf Awards in Portugal, we have our very first Golf Edition. This special edition showcase...