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IAGTO Directory

2017

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Dear Colleagues, As you will see on the following pages, IAGTO is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve over the past two decades for our members and for the golf tourism industry overall. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members, including those who have only recently joined us in addition to those who have made this journey with us all the way from 1997! IAGTO now has over 2500 member companies in 97 countries including more than 650 golf tour operators in 62 countries, looked after by 26 staff and regional representatives around the world. In the Review section you will see that 2016 marked the 5th consecutive year of growth for golf tour operator sales and golf visitor arrivals, although the rate of growth overall is slowing down now which is to be expected. We continue to develop new services and activities every year, designed to create opportunities and generate publicity for our members and to maintain and raise standards across the industry while gathering and presenting data on golf tourism trends and developments in all markets and destinations. I look forward to seeing many of you again, or for the first time, this year at our 6th AGTC in Danang from 7-10 May, our 9th NAC in Miami from 25-28 June, at IGTM in Cannes from 11-14 December or at one of our other golf tourism events. Lastly I would like to thank my staff and representatives around the world and all those who have worked for IAGTO over the years who have done such a wonderful job. Best wishes to you all,

Peter Walton - President & Chief Executive

Editor: Peter Ellegard

Designer: Chris Brown

Sales: Giles Greenwood

Print Manager: Giles Aston - Dexterity Cover Photo: Horseshoe Bay Resor t • www.hsbresor t.com • page 76 IAGTO, Concorde House, Grenville Place, London, NW7 3SA, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 8906 3377 Fa x: +44 (0) 20 8906 8181 Email: info@iagto.com Website: www.iagto.com IAGTO Ltd. is registered in England as a professional membership organisation No. 3507678. SIC 9112. VAT 710 1940 78. Directors: P Walton, C Carugati, G Greenwood.

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Advertising Index

Central Oregon

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La Manga Club

93

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura

92

Reed Exhibitions - IGTM

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Dubai Golf

41

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Glenmuir

49

Golf Club Peralada Golf Jesolo

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Hipotels

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Hyatt Regency Danang Resort & Spa

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Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club

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Spice Hotel & Spa

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TPC Dorado Beach

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Vietnam Airlines

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Viva Zafiro Alcudia

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Viva Zafiro Palmanova

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Yas Links, Abu Dhabi

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO Review 20 Years and still Going Strong! 2016 marked IAGTO’s twentieth year of operation, celebrating two decades at the heart of the global golf tourism industry. By the end of the year our membership had surpassed 2500 companies including more than 650 golf tour operators for the first time in our history. With 12 staff in our London-based head office and 14 representatives across the globe, we have made it our goal to create and deliver services, tailored to specific markets and destinations, that directly support our members and help to grow golf tourism worldwide. IAGTO Staff

IAGTO Survey sheds light on Five Years of Consecutive Growth Launched in January 2015, our Quarterly 60-second Survey is now completed by over one-thousand member golf tour operators, golf resort, golf courses and hotels each year, providing a birds’ eye view into the state of the market every three months. New Graphic Displays show Regional Trends and Country Comparisons In 2016 our software was developed to enable members to see the cumulative results of the quarterly surveys in a series of graphic displays entirely tailored for each member, taking into account their location and type of company. Completing the survey allows a member to see a much more detailed analysis comparing their own results to the average not only globally and within their continent, but in comparison to the average within their country and even region. 7


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Forward Bookings are our best guide to Future Trends As of October 2016, only 11.6% of IAGTO golf tour operators saw a decrease in forward bookings, which was a record low. On average, forward bookings were up 7.1% compared to 4.7% in July. From Europe forward bookings were up 5.3%, from the Asia Pacific up 8.6% and from North America up 11.9%. Forward bookings received by suppliers were up 2.1% globally (5.9% in Europe, 3.5% in North America but -2.3% down year on year in the Asia Pacific). Golf Tour Operator – Forward Booking Reports Date

Forward Bookings Up/Down Year On Year

% Operators Up Down

1 April 2015

UP 7.1%

50%

17%

1 July 2015

UP 6.4%

55%

13%

1 October 2015

UP 8.6%

59%

12%

1 January 2016

UP 9.9%

62%

19% 18%

1 April 2016

UP 7.6%

59%

1 July 2016

UP 4.7%

53%

20%

1 October 2016

UP 7.1%

54%

12%

Golfers Travelled in 2016 At the time of writing, our data covers the first nine months of 2016. As of 1 October, 83.1% of outbound golf tour operators saw sales remain the same or increase during the period July-September compared to the previous year, with only 15.7% experiencing a downturn. The average increase in golf tour operator sales year on year by October was 5.5%, up from 3.4% in July. Operators in Europe saw sales increase by 5.0%, from North America by 5.9% and from Asia by 6.5%. Similarly, as of October, golf destinations saw visitor arrivals increase by 5.3% globally year on year (up from 2.2% from both the 1st and 2nd Quarters) with European destinations up 7.9%, North American destinations up 3.4% but Asia Pacific destinations down for the first time in 21 months -0.5%. Operator Sales (Arrivals)

Supplier Sales (Arrivals)

% Operators Down

Jan-Mar 2015

UP 8.2%

Apr-Jun 2015

UP 5.1%

UP 7.2% (Jan-Jun)

19%

Jul-Sep 2015

UP 7.0%

UP 2.5%

16%

Oct-Dec 2015

UP 7.8%

UP 3.4%

19%

Jan-Mar 2016

UP 5.8%

UP 2.2%

23%

Period

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17%

Apr-Jun 2016

UP 3.4%

UP 2.2%

21%

Jul-Sep 2016

UP 5.5%

UP 5.3%

16%


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Photo & Video Library Not only has the IAGTO Photo Library now topped 18,000 images from 1000 member companies, we launched our long-awaited Video Library in December 2016. Using a similar display format to our Photo Library, the carefully constructed search engine allows members to find videos aligned to a wide range of specific categories and themes, in addition to the standard name and country filters. Over 200 videos have already been uploaded and IAGTO will be highlighting this new service by adding a ‘Golf Travel Video of the Year’ Award at 2017’s end of year ceremony in Cannes. A very fitting venue at which to stage our first ‘IAGTO Film Award’!

Fam Tour Management Over the past two decades IAGTO has helped to arrange and promote hundreds of golf tour operator and golf travel writer fam tours. Using all of this expertise, at the end of 2016 IAGTO launched a Fam Tour Management section within the members’ section of its website which revolutionises the organization and tracking of fam trips. Tourist boards and other fam tour organizers can now simply build a Fam Tour programme within the website. IAGTO will review every draft itinerary, make recommendations where appropriate and recognise those that meet industry standards as IAGTO endorsed fams. Once the itinerary is approved, organizers select which markets or which individual tour operators can be invited to apply and register for their fam. The process of inviting operators to apply for fams is automatic and the organizer will be notified of all applications. The Fam Tour Management system includes a post-fam online questionnaire that can be tailored for each Fam and is mandatory for each participant operator or journalist to complete. Tour operators themselves can use the Fam Tour Management system to keep track of the fams that they themselves or colleagues have participated in. Just as we have become used to managing our own flight reservations, operators will be able to manage their own fam bookings, uploading flight details when required along with other relevant information. Organizers will be able to use the site to also track whether operators are featuring, promoting and selling the destination as a result of participating in the fam. 9


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IAGTO Destination Conventions IAGTO Costa Brava Trophy Girona was the host destination for the IAGTO Costa Brava Trophy in May 2016, which drew 80 golf tour operators from 23 countries and was staged in a partnership between IAGTO, the Catalan Tourist Board, the Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board and the Golf Association Costa Brava. The event was the 2nd annual edition of the IAGTO Spain Trophy which focuses the attention of the golf tourism industry on a different golf destination within Spain each year. Inspection visits to region’s golf courses and meetings with golf tourism suppliers took place throughout the week, with the ‘Trophy’ taking place on the Stadium Course of the 2015 IAGTO Award-winning PGA Catalunya Resort. Figures released during the Convention showed that European golf visitor numbers to the Costa Brava rocketed by 67% between 2013 and 2015. That trend is expected to continue as a direct result of staging the IAGTO Trophy as the centrepiece of Costa Brava’s Year of Golf, Wine and Gastronomy. Costa Brava has the equivalent of sixteen different 18-hole courses all within a 45 minute drive of the historical, cultural, walking city of Girona. The entire region offers a fantastic cluster of high quality and visitor-friendly golf experiences, with IAGTO operators voting Costa Brava ‘Golf Destination of the Year’ as far back as 2000 at the inaugural IAGTO Awards. The positioning of Costa Brava as a destination of golf and gastronomy is no idle talk, with restaurants in Girona alone amassing a quite incredible 17 Michelin Stars.

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4th Golf Ireland Convention The 4th Golf Ireland Convention took place from 8-10 June at Rosapenna Golf Resort and was coordinated by Failte Ireland in cooperation with IAGTO and with the support of Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland. North & West Coast Links set up the convention program, the fam trips and the transportation. The primary objective was to showcase the northern regions of the Wild Atlantic Way in relation to golf travel in line with Failte Ireland’s 2016 marketing strategy, while creating business opportunities for golf tourism industry suppliers from across Ireland. A total of 28 golf tour operator delegates from 10 key markets and 62 Irish golf resorts, golf courses, hotels, DMCs and transportation companies undertook over 600 meetings at Rosapenna Golf Resort who also hosted the golf tournament and evening events. The golf tour operators were also invited to stay at Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa and play at Ballyliffin Golf Club prior to the convention and to stay at Mount Falcon Estate and play golf at Donegal Golf Club, County Sligo Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club and Carne Golf Club on a Post-Convention fam. IAGTO Mexico Golf Tourism Convention IAGTO held its inaugural Mexico Golf Tourism Convention at Moon Palace Golf Resort and Spa in Cancun Riviera Maya during the first week of December 2016. Staged in association with the Mexican Caribbean Golf Course Association (MCGCA) and with the support of the Mexico Tourist Board, the event showcased all of the courses within this remarkable golf destination and drew golf tourism suppliers from across the country to meet with 40 golf tour operators from 18 countries. All delegates participated in a six-day inspection tour of the region incorporating the buyer-supplier meetings into the program. The event was transformative as the tools were unveiled to enable IAGTO golf tour operators to package the destination competitively and with ease to create the experience that will best meet the aspirations of their clients. We are delighted to announce that the 2nd Mexico Golf Tourism Convention will take place in Los Cabos from 29 October to 2 November 2017.

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5th Asia Golf Tourism Convention Golf tourism to Chiang Mai is set to soar by as much as 25% over the coming two seasons after Thailand’s northern city hosted the 5th and largest Asia Golf Tourism Convention in April 2016. A record 643 delegates from 37 countries, including over 200 tour operators participated in the event at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The delegates experienced golf on some of the region’s 14 golf courses with the AGTC Golf Tournament hosted by Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort and Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa. During the Fam Tours 126 golf tour operators travelled further afield visiting not only Chiang Mai but also Mae Hong Son, Lampang and Lamphun. The quality of the courses, their rolling landscapes combined with the great value of the hotels and well established tourism infrastructure form the pillars of Chiang Mai’s rapid growth as a golf destination that has now become even more popular with IAGTO golf tour operators. Thank you to our hosts and our international sponsors:

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8th North America Golf Tourism Convention A golf tourism boom beckons for North Carolina after a record turnout at the NAC in Pinehurst, America’s “home of golf” in June 2016. Delegate numbers surpassed 400 for the first time, including a record 158 golf tour operators from 29 countries, all selling golf vacations to the Americas. We were privileged to be able to stage that annual NAC Golf Tournament on two of Pinehurst’s nine golf courses: the legendary Donald Ross-designed No 2, restored by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore for its third US Open in 2014 and which will hold it again in 2024; and the Tom Fazio-designed No 8. NAC attendees were also treated to an indoor and outdoor Taste of North Carolina evening at the resort’s Pinehurst Country Club with food, wine, craft beers and spirits served up by artisans from across the state. Before and after the convention, many of the tour operators got the chance to experience golf in different regions of North Carolina, going on familiarisation tours to Greensboro, the Outer Banks, Fayetteville and around the Village of Pinehurst. Hosting NAC was part of a three-year plan for Pinehurst to grow business with international golf tour operators and their initial targets were met and exceeded during the event itself. With double digit growth from Europe, the resort is now looking at Asian markets to capitalise on exposure from the US Open as well as continuing to grow its established markets. This is the first time we have held an event in North Carolina and we were been blown away, not only by the enthusiasm of the state tourist board, but also by the eagerness of many regional CVBs to get involved, to host familiarisation trips and to take this opportunity to position North Carolina as a truly international golf destination. Thank you to our hosts and our international sponsors:

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2017 - 6th Asia Golf Tourism Convention Branded, for good reason, as AGTC on the Beach, the 2017 Convention heads to the award-winning golf and beach destination of Danang, in central Vietnam, from 7-10 May. Just as with our North American event, we already have a record number of buyer registrations for the 2017 Convention. Approximately 70% of the attending golf tour operators or ‘buyers’ will be from Asia Pacific markets. To have 200 of our member golf tour operators signed up in December is a clear indication of both the value of the event to tour operators and the appeal of Danang as a golf destination. Despite currently having only four golf courses, all are world class, offer great value and welcome visiting golfers. This demonstrates the importance of clusters of ‘export ready’ golf courses to the success of aspiring golf destinations. AGTC 2017 is supported by Danang Tourism, Furama Resort, Sungroup, Premier Village, Novotel Danang, Vietnam Airlines, Ba Na Hills Golf Club, Montgomerie Links Golf Club and Laguna Golf Lang Co along with a raft of hotels and Vietnamese inbound golf operators. For more event information please visit www.iagto.com/agtc

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2017 - 9th North America Golf Tourism Convention It is Back to the Blue Monster for the 9th NAC from 25-28 June 2017 as the Convention returns to the resort which hosted the inaugural event back in 2009, Trump National Doral. With six months to go already 140 golf tour operators from a record 37 countries have registered for the event. Trump National Doral is hosting the Convention with the support of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Florida. With new flight connectivity, Miami is now much more accessible to the Asian market which so far accounts for 19% of registered buyers. More than half of the attending operators are travelling from Europe, Canada and the USA, with a further 17 operators from Australia and New Zealand, and a similar number from Latin America and the Caribbean. For more event information please visit www.iagto.com/nac

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20th International Golf Travel Market More than 14,500 appointments took place at the 19th IGTM in Mallorca, Spain. In 2015, more than 600,000 rounds of golf were played on the island’s 23 golf courses, which include Son Vida Golf, the oldest course on the island, established in 1964, and Golf Son Gual, which opened in 2007 and is ranked in the top 100 golf courses in Europe. The island of Mallorca has hosted seven European Tour events, all held at the José María Olazábal-designed Pula Golf Resort. Winners of the Mallorca Classic, held between 2003 and 2007, include Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Sergio Garcia and José María Olazábal, while the Iberdola Open, held in 2010 and 2011, was won by Peter Hanson and Daren Clarke. Mallorca has long been popular with the world’s rich and famous, with Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor all having spent time there in the 1930s and 1950s. There are also a number of current A-listers and celebrity golfers who regularly visit the island, including Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Pierce Brosnan and Boris Becker. We are all looking forward to IGTM’s 20th Anniversary in the world famous resort of Cannes in France, from 11-14 December 2017. There is no better place to stage this event than France, just nine months before the Ryder Cup heads to Paris!

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11-14 December 2017 Cannes

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The premier event for the golf industry

JOIN US FOR THE SPECIAL 20TH EDITION OF IGTM AT THE PALAIS DES FESTIVALS IN CANNES More than 600 golf tourism suppliers from around the world will meet up to 400 pre-qualified international golf buyers to do business and drive forward the golf tourism industry. Find out more at www.igtm.co.uk

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IAGTO would like to take this opportunity to thank our 5 key partners who supported all IAGTO activities and events at IGTM 2016.

Golf Monthly Established in 1911 by double Open Champion, Harold Hilton, Golf Monthly is the world’s oldest monthly golf magazine. Written by golfers, for golfers, each issue comes packed with expert instruction advice, equipment reviews and advice on where to play and stay, plus star player interviews and coverage of issues affecting every level of the game. Golf Monthly produces an annual golf travel supplement every autumn, this 100 page supplement features some of the best golfing destinations and will be available in the IAGTO room if you wish to have a copy. Quite simply it is the preferred choice of those who are serious about their golf.

Lumine Golf & Beach Club Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the atmosphere, culture, cuisine and ethos of the Mediterranean coastline, just an hour south of Barcelona. Offering 45 holes of golfing excellence, including 27 holes expertly designed by two-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Greg Norman, Lumine is heralded as one of Europe’s most attractive golf destinations. Ensuring impeccable service and a welcoming, energetic atmosphere are top of the agenda, the resort attracts a wide range of guests including golf enthusiasts, families, couples and social groups. Away from the course the excitement continues as guests can take advantage of one of the best Beach Club’s around with eight swimming pools, a neighbouring theme park at PortAventura World, the ancient city of Tarragona and its World Heritage sites, a wide range of hotel options, hundreds of restaurants, the Cambrils marina and two of Spain’s best loved wine regions - Penedès and Priorat - just a short drive away. Contact Travel@Lumine.com for more information.

Italy Golf&More Launched this spring, Italy Golf&More is at the forefront of Italy’s greatest ever co-ordinated golf tourism initiative to raise the profile of Europe’s emerging golf power. Revered throughout the world for its outstanding history, culture and gastronomy, Italy is also home to no fewer than 141 18-hole golf courses – including a collection of Europe’s finest – and golfers in the UK and Ireland are being given unprecedented exposure to the country’s golfing allure with the new initiative. Italy Golf&More is a collaboration between 11 private sector partner regions, the Italian Golf Federation and the Ministry of Tourism (MIBACT), who have come together to embark on a seven-figure investment to increase awareness, and golf tourism, from key European markets to Italy. The partner regions consist of Lombardy, Piedmont, Lazio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Sicily, Marche and Umbria – who together boast 115 of Italy’s golf courses – with seven further regions falling under the investment of the Italian Golf Federation. For more information, email info@italygolfandmore.com or download a brochure at www.italygolfandmore.com 18


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Cyprus Tourism Cyprus is a golfer’s paradise, a place where golf can be enjoyed all the year round in an ideal Mediterranean climate and especially during the sunny autumn, winter and spring seasons. There is a choice of four international standard 18-hole golf courses Aphrodite Hills, Eléa, Minthis Hills and Secret Valley- all in close proximity within the Pafos region, situated in tranquil surroundings, amid gently sloping hills offering panoramic views towards the Mediterranean sea and landscape. They offer the latest state of the art golfing facilities and equipment to satisfy today’s discerning golfer. Cyprus has hosted several international golf tournaments in recent years, with much success. Golfers can also enjoy some relaxation by swimming in the azure beaches, with the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, visiting boutique wineries, exploring traditional villages and cultural attractions. Above all, they can enjoy authentic hospitality. Welcome to Cyprus, the perfect choice for a unique Golf Lifestyle Experience!!! www.visitcyprus.com

Algarve Tourism Bureau The Algarve, Europe’s number one golf destination! It’s hard to imagine the Algarve without thinking of golf, yet golf wasn’t born on this sunshine coastal area until 1966, when Henry Cotton first laid out the Championship course at Penina. Fast-forward half a century and our alluring region has not only become one of Europe’s premier holiday spots, but also an award-winning golf destination. With a staggering 43 nine or 18-hole layouts that can be played allyear-round, it’s no wonder the Algarve draws hundreds of thousands of golfers to its fairways each year. The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, and more than half of its courses decorate the 150-mile coastline, which also boasts spectacular beaches, picturesque rocky coves, quaint fishing villages and a rich cultural heritage. The Algarve is the perfect destination golfers of all ages and abilities, with something to suit every taste and budget. www.visitgolfalgarve.com

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IAGTO Awards 17th IAGTO Awards Ceremony The prestigious IAGTO Awards are the official annual awards for the golf tourism industry. This year’s roll call of winners were presented during a spectacular IAGTO Awards Gala Dinner on 17 November in front of 1,200 golf industry professionals at the legendary Son Amar, one of Mallorca’s most popular venues. From all the feedback, this was without a doubt the best Awards to date and the first time we’ve had guests dancing through the aisles. Once again, the shortlisted nominees and the final winners were a who’s who of Resorts & Destinations representing the pinnacle of achievement which reflected the experience of golf tour operators, golf travel writers and, ultimately, the golf traveller. Preceding the IAGTO Awards, we onc e aga in re c ognise d four Sustainable Golf Resorts, in par tnership with the Golf Environment Organization as well as launching a new Sustainable Destination award. Our Sustainable Awards have gained momentum and now remain a well-earned fixture in the evenings awards.

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IAGTO Awards

17 Years of Winners Golf Destination of the Year Established

Emerging

Undiscovered

2001

Myrtle Beach

Costa Brava

Argentina

2002

Northern Ireland

Dubai

New Zealand

2003

Lisbon Golf Coast

South Africa

Wales

2004

Ireland

Italy

British Columbia

2005

Scotland

Las Vegas

Austria

Algarve

Thailand

Egypt

2006

Africa, Indian Ocean & Gulf States

Asia & Australasia

Europe

Latin America & The Caribbean

North America

Undiscovered

2007

South Africa’s Cape Garden Route

China

Lisboa Golf Coast

Mexico

British Columbia

Czech Republic

2008

Mauritius

Malaysia

Turkey

Argentina

Arizona

Vietnam

2009

Dubai

New Zealand

Andalucia

Dominican Republic

Coastal South Carolina

Kenya

2010

Morocco

Thailand

Provence & Côte D’azur

Jamaica

Orlando

Brazil

2011

South Africa

Australia

North West Ireland

Argentina

Scottsdale

Prince Edward Island

2012

Abu Dhabi

Pattaya

Fife

Los Cabos

Palm Springs

Bulgaria

2013

Dubai

Vietnam

Gran Canaria

Dominican Republic

Monterey County

Veneto, Italy

2014

The Garden Route, South Africa

Hua Hin, Thailand

The Algarve, Portugal

Costa Rica

Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades, Florida

Sweden

2015

Marrakech

Sanya

Dublin East Coast

CancunRiviera Maya

Charleston

Slovenia

2016

Mauritius

Vietnam

Lisboa Golf Coast

Dominican Republic

Hilton Head Island

Tasmania

2017

Western Cape

Chiang Mai Province

Andalucía

Los Cabos

North Florida

Kärnten Alpe Adria Golf

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Golf Resort of the Year 2004

Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate South Africa

Europe

North America

Rest of World

Druids Glen Golf Resort

Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Belle Mare Plage

The Westin Turnberry Resort

Pebble Beach

Mission Hills Golf Club

Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort

The PGA National Resort & Spa

Sandy Lane

2008

Carton House

Ginn Reunion Resort Florida, USA

Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa

2009

Hotel Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort

Doral Golf Resort & Spa

Half Moon

2010

Doonbeg

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Raffles Canouan

2011

The Celtic Manor Resort Wales

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West California, USA

PUNTACANA Resort & Club

Dominican Republic

2012

Fairmont St Andrews

Turnberry Isle Miami

Mission Hills • Haikou

2013

Terre Blanche Resort

Sawgrass Marriott

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort

2014

Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

2015

PGA Catalunya Resort

Pinehurst Resort

Casa De Campo

2016

Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

Banyan The Resort Hua Hin

2017

Costa Navarino

Barefoot Resort & Golf

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô

2005

Ireland

Mauritius

Georgia, USA

2006

California, USA

China

Scotland

2007

Portugal Ireland

Barbados

Florida, USA

South Africa

Florida, USA

Jamaica

Algarve, Portugal Ireland

South Carolina, USA

Scotland France

Bulgaria Spain

Portugal Greece

The Grenadines

Florida, USA Florida, USA

China

Morocco

New Zealand

California, USA

North Carolina, USA

Florida, USA

South Carolina, USA

Dominican Republic

Thailand Vietnam

Golf Tourism Supplier of the Year 2012

Portugal Algarve Golf Services Lda

2013

Onyria Resorts, Portugal

2014

Dubai Golf, UAE

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Sustainability Awards

2014

Community Engagement

Efficient Use of Resources

Nature Conservation

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

Lumine, Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community

Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Tryall Club

Ritz-Carlton Golf Club

Arizona, USA

Florida, USA

Costa Daurada, Spain

2015

Vidago Palace Golf Course

Emirates Golf Club

Bahia Beach Golf Club

United Arab Emirates

Portugal

Dundonald Links Scotland

Puerto Rico

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year

2016

2017

Europe

Americas

Asia

La Galiana Golf Course

PGA National Resort & Spa

Mission Hills Haikou

Spain

Florida, USA

Community Engagement

Efficient Use of Resources

Nature Conservation

Laguna Golf Phuket

Pebble Beach Resorts

The Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort

Thailand

California, USA

China

Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Golf

Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year

Machrihanish Dunes

Hilton Head Island Area

Scotland

Kenya

South Carolina, USA

Honorary 2001

Arnold Palmer

2009

José María Olazábal

2002

Gary Player

2010

Nick Price

2003

Severiano Ballesteros

2011

Colin Montgomerie

2004

Jack Nicklaus

2012

Sam Torrance

2005

Robert Trent Jones Jr

2013

Tony Jacklin

2006

Nick Faldo

2014

Ernie Els

2007

Greg Norman

2015

Costantino Rocca

2008

Annika Sorenstam

2016

Michael Campbell

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Almouj Golf

Almouj Golf An iconic masterpiece A Greg Norman masterpiece, Almouj Golf is the Sultanate of Oman’s first 18-hole championship US PGA standard links style golf course. Set along two kilometres of pristine beach with stunning ocean views and dunes shaped like the surrounding Al Hajjar Mountains, Almouj Golf delivers an outstanding one-of-a-kind golfing experience for golfers of all abilities. Regarded as one of the region’s leading golf courses, Almouj Golf is the iconic centrepiece of Oman’s leisure and lifestyle community, Al Mouj Muscat. Since opening in 2012, the excellence of Almouj Golf’s facilities and services has received an impressive array of international accolades. They include being named Top Golf Club in the Middle East and North African (MENA) Travel Awards in 2014, fourth-best Middle East golf course by Golf Digest in 2013 and Best International Golf Development at the International Property Awards in 2012-2013, while the Almouj Golf Academy won the Best Interior Design honour at the Dossier Construction Awards in 2013. Oman’s top-rated golf course in terms of customer satisfaction, Almouj Golf accounts for over 60 per cent of total visitor golf rounds played in the Sultanate. Eco-conscious and dedicated to sustainability in all aspect of its management, operations and everyday activities, Almouj Golf is proud to be the first golf course in the MENA region to be certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary – achieved through its implementation of environmental management practices, including water conservation, environmental planning, and wildlife and habitat management. Almouj Golf recently received the internationally-recognised Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certificate for its stringent implementation of food safety measures. The new accreditation, the first of its kind for a golf club in Oman, means Almouj Golf continues to lead the way as a world-class golf and leisure destination.

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Almouj Golf

Considered by Greg Norman to be one of the best golf courses he has been involved in, Almouj Golf has been enthusiastically embraced by the golfing community, regularly receiving rapturous reviews on Trip Advisor where it is typically described as ‘fantastic’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘my favourite’ and ‘the best course in the Middle East’. Almouj Golf recently hosted the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, the European Challenge Tour’s Grand Final event, for the second year running – cementing its position as a favourite among Challenge Tour venues with tour players. The field was comprised of the top 45 players in the Challenge Tour rankings and was the culmination of the season-long Road to Oman Rankings, with the top 16 earning European Tour cards for 2017. Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer took the honours in the NBO Golf Classic with a record four-round total of 21 under par for his third Challenge Tour victory of the year, but was pipped to the Road to Oman title by Englishman Jordan Smith.

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Almouj Golf

The Clubhouse Academy Restaurant, with its driving range views, laidback atmosphere and warm Omani hospitality, is the perfect place to unwind and dine, while reviewing your’s day’s play. For extra-special occasions, the Al Majlis Tent at Almouj Golf is an exceptional facility, available to hire for private functions, receptions and corporate events. For golfers who also enjoy sightseeing, Oman offers an incredible variety of options. Regarded as the jewel of Arabia, it is a land of immense natural beauty – from white-sand beaches and rolling desert dunes to lush wadis, spectacular caves and towering mountain ranges. Oman’s underwater scenery and treasure chest of marine life is an oasis for diving enthusiasts. For lovers of culture, this ancient land renowned for the warmth and friendliness of its people has a rich and vibrant heritage to explore and experience. In addition, the Sultanate boasts a plethora of historic monuments, forts and souqs. In 2015, Oman was voted one of the world’s safest countries for tourists and was among both the New York Times and National Geographic’s Top 20 must-see destinations. Almouj Golf is an exceptional course, in an exceptional location, in an exceptional country. This masterpiece will continue to set the bar high as a world-class destination for tea and tees, leisure and sporting lifestyle, while positioning Oman as a must-visit golfing destination. For more information, visit www.almoujgolf.com Copy supplied by Almouj Golf

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Al Zorah Golf Club

Al Zorah Golf Club A natural haven for world-class golf in the UAE The United Arab Emirates hadn’t welcomed a new championship golf course for nearly six years, but in December 2015 a truly unique layout spectacularly changed that trend and has been given the seal of approval from visiting golfers across the world. Meet the stunning Al Zorah Golf Club, part of Al Zorah, a partnership between Solidere International and the Government of Ajman. Al Zorah is Ajman’s most diverse, mixed-use, lifestyle destination with an emphasis on natural and healthy living. The golf club is managed by Troon Golf and located just 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport. The incredible golf course is not only a world-class facility for golfers, but lends itself to natural and contemporary living, one of Al Zorah’s most unique propositions, for residents, as well as visitors staying at one of its many luxury hotels. To add to this there will be marinas, restaurants, and a wellness centre that visitors will be able to make the most of, making Al Zorah a truly holistic development. A world-class course set amidst a beautiful, naturally-preserved environment of striking mangroves and sheer tranquillity – that’s the special proposition that has been magically created by the famed Nicklaus Design group and which awaits golfers making the short trip from Dubai and other UAE regions to play Ajman’s first ever golf course.

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Al Zorah Golf Club

The spectacular, par-72 Al Zorah Golf Club offers a truly sensational design with pristinely-manicured fairways and greens; however, it is the way that Al Zorah and the Nicklaus Design team have protected the natural environment while creating the layout that really catches the eye. Those living around the golf course in Al Zorah’s Golf Villas will certainly have spectacular views! The natural landscape of the entire project is unique for its walkable environments, beaches, mangroves, creek and, of course, its golf course. More than 58 species of birds have made Al Zorah their home and this is certain to make the golfing experience truly unique and incredibly peaceful. In total, one million square metres of mangroves characterise the Al Zorah Golf Club and underline that notion of embracing rather than intruding on the natural layout of the land. A plethora of native sandy areas, an abundance of wildlife and 12km of waterfront add to that sense of rich beauty and biodiversity that makes Al Zorah a truly unique destination for those looking for both serenity and luxury. Vast coastal areas with a constantly changing tidal system also present a unique challenge for players, altering the look and feel of the back nine, in particular, on an hourly basis. “Thanks to the incredible work of the Nicklaus Design group, visitors can experience a golfing paradise set in a stunning natural environment,” says Philip Henderson, General Manager of Al Zorah Golf Club. “The facility has been positioned in line with our nearest competitors and below the current rates set in Dubai – so affordable luxury is another main attraction to members and visitors coming from within the UAE and overseas.” And when you consider all of this is located within a stone’s throw of The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, it’s no surprise that the Middle East’s newest course has already attracted interest from golfers coming in from around the world.

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Al Zorah Golf Club

“When you get out on the course, it’s hard to believe you’re so close to superb hotels in Ajman and in the hub of Dubai,” adds Henderson. “Dubai International Airport is just 25 minutes from Al Zorah Golf Club, but there’s also Ras Al Khaimah International Airport which is less than an hour’s drive going the other way along the coast.” “Attracting international visitors is of paramount importance for Al Zorah Golf Club and, thanks to our partnership with Troon Golf, we can promise our guests not only a world-class golf course, but also impeccable service and hospitality for the duration of their visit,” adds Henderson. Central to the Al Zorah Golf Club project has been Nicklaus Design’s Senior Design Associate, Dirk Bouts, who has also mastered a number of impressive golfing venues across Europe, Africa and Asia. “The main strategy with the Al Zorah Golf Club project was to work with existing mangroves and the sensational views to facilitate world-class golf – so we kept that respect for the natural landscape, which really does distinguish the course,” says Bouts. “The setup worked very well in that it was easy to locate the golf course along the existing natural reserve without causing any disturbance. The tidal element is another characteristic that distinguishes Al Zorah Golf Club from other courses in the area – it will significantly change the aesthetics during the round and, of course, the playability will change too. “With Al Zorah Golf Club being the first golf course in Ajman, I think it sets the standard for the region, but also right across the UAE, too. Working with Troon Golf has been crucial to setting that high standard.” Visitors to Al Zorah Golf Club can also experience a welcoming and magnificently-structured Pavilion clubhouse, as well as a Shakespeare and Co. restaurant, with plans also in place for more off-course attractions in the coming years. “By 2018, a brand new clubhouse will be in place,” states General Manager Henderson. The Al Zorah Golf Club site has also been designated a Free Hold Zone by the Government of Ajman, meaning the land is not only legal to build on, but also to live on. Constructed in conjunction with real estate developer and property manager Solidere International (SI), there are 42 Al Zorah Golf Villas as part of an initial development. For more information on Al Zorah Golf Club visit www.alzorahgolfclub.ae Copy supplied by Al Zorah Golf Club 36


Dubai Golf

Dubai Golf It’s all in the experience! With over 28 years of golfing traditions, Dubai Golf manages two of the most internationally-renowned and established golf clubs in Dubai – Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club – along with the Greg Norman-designed Almouj Golf in Muscat, Oman, the first Dubai Golf-managed course outside of the United Arab Emirates. In addition to world-class golf courses, the clubs also boast luxurious clubhouses, a wide choice of restaurants and award-winning golf academies, offering some of the most spectacular locations for golf, events and entertainment in the world.

Emirates Golf Club Emirates Golf Club, host of the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all-grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo. The Faldo Course is fully floodlit and is the first 18-hole course in Dubai to offer a night golf experience. Both courses feature natural, rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Majlis Course has been p re s e nte d w i th n u m e ro u s accolades over its 28-year history, including a ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World and its award for Best Course Middle East in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards. In 2015, Emirates Golf Club became the first club in the Middle East and North Africa to become GEO Certified®. 38


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Besides the 36 holes of championship golf, Emirates Golf Club also offers a challenging nine-hole par 3 course and renowned Golf Academy run in association with Peter Cowen, one of the world’s most respected golf instructors. Off the course, Emirates Golf Club offers everything from fine dining to bar bites, available alongside top-notch pool and fitness facilities, squash, tennis and Padeltennis courts and a spa.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is the premier golf resort in the Middle East and is located in the heart of Dubai. The 18-hole championship golf course was voted one of the world’s Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses, achieved GEO Certified® status in 2016 and offers a memorable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. There is a unique charm to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, nestled between the serene settings of the tranquil Creek and just a short drive away from the bustling city centre. A round of golf at this sporting oasis in the heart of the city is a delightful journey across the fabled landscape of Dubai, a city that thrives in all seasons. Well-groomed fairways lined with date palms and coconut trees, as well as attractive water hazards and shrubbery lend a tropical air to the club’s magnificent 18-hole, par 71 championship course. The club also boasts a floodlit nine-hole par 3 course, Golf Academy, 18-hole putting course, mini golf course, state-ofthe-art golf simulator, seven restaurants and bars, gymnasium, tropical swimming pool and a 121-berth marina. The clubhouse, modelled on the sails of a traditional Arab dhow, became an internationally-recognised landmark and was named Best Clubhouse in Golf World’s Best of the Best awards.

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Dubai Golf

Almouj Golf Almouj Golf is an exceptional Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole championship golf course located at The Wave, Muscat in Oman and is Dubai Golf’s first managed course outside of the United Arab Emirates. Norman has captured the essence of the surrounding environment and enhanced it to produce a links-style course that runs alongside more than two kilometres of beach with breathtaking views of the Sea of Oman and the Hajar Mountains that are visible from everywhere on the course. The 7,342-yard championship course is the annual host to the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, the climax to the European Challenge Tour, and is fast receiving international recognition. Almouj Golf is also home to a Golf Academy with a state-of-the-art swing studio, driving range and private golf lesson area. Dining facilities are also available and offer true Omani hospitality. Copy supplied by Dubai Golf

Emirates Golf Club

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It’s all in the experience

With over 28 years of experience and a host of accolades, Dubai Golf’s championship golf courses at Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and Almouj Golf in Muscat, Oman, have garnered unparalleled prestige. So whether you’re taking a swing where the world’s top golfers have played or enjoying our award-winning hospitality, you’re guaranteed an experience that has become internationally renowned.

To book your tee time please call +971 4 380 1234 or email golfbooking@dubaigolf.com dubaigolf.com


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Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, Thailand

Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, Thailand Best Luxury Resort - World Luxury Hotel Awards Located just minutes from the centre of Hua Hin town, Banyan The Resort is the ideal holiday destination for families, couples and golfers. It is a preferred weekend retreat for residents of Bangkok and nearby cities and has been voted one of South East Asia’s best golf resorts. Set in a beautiful landscaped environment and complemented by world-class facilities, the idyllic resort comprises luxurious one and two bedroom villas, tropical gardens, infinity swimming pools, recreational activities, spa, fitness and five-star dining venues serving Thai and International cuisine. The resort offers golfers a courtesy shuttle service to Banyan Golf Club with preferred green fee rates. Accommodation Enticing pool villas offer guests a “home away from home” ambience in one-bedroom or two-bedroom Pool Jacuzzi Villas overlooking a tropical garden and infinity pool. Dining Coral Restaurant & Bar is an all-day dining restaurant serving international favourites, from international buffet selections at breakfast to an extensive a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. Take your dining experience to the next level with a private, full-service poolside barbecue in your villa with a dedicated chef just for you and your loved ones. The Coffee Shop Try our home-made delicatessen pastries paired with the finest tea and freshly brewed coffee by Lavazza. A scoop or two of ice cream will complete a morning or afternoon break. Spa experience and massage treatments Enjoy a relaxing spa experience, being pampered with a selection of services at The Spa Villa. Signature treatments guarantee that after a round of golf, a royal city tour or long hours of shopping at the resort malls, your body will be relieved of pain and stress. For further information contact Banyan The Resort Hua Hin on: Tel: +66 32 538 888 booking@banyanthailand.com www.banyanthailand.com

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Banyan The Resort Hua Hin, Thailand

Banyan Golf Club “The best golf club experience in Asia Pacific” The championship golf course and clubhouse has claimed awards in the top three “Best” places by Asian Golf Monthly. Rolex also features the Banyan course in the Top 1,000 in the World. More recently, Banyan Golf Club won Best Golf Club Experience in Asia Pacific, recognised for excellence in operations, hospitality and service – the highest accolade a golf club can achieve in Asia. Opened in 2008, Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand offers golfers a world-class golf experience and with top dining facilities. The 18-hole championship golf course was designed and constructed by Thailand’s leading golf course architect, Pirapon Namatra, Managing Director of Golf East. It is acknowledge by the R&A as a best practice case study for being well maintained, designed and built. • • • •

Total distance: 7,361 yards, Par 72 Practice range and two large practice greens with bunkers Grass types – tee boxes: Paspalum; fairways & rough: Zoysia; greens: TifEagle Signature hole: 15th, 139 yards, par 3 with ocean views to Singtoh Island

This world-class facility offers golfers an outstanding golf experience. The golf course is in immaculate condition all year round. The club is one of the best-managed operations in the region and is perfectly complemented by the team’s dedicated five-star service and Thai hospitality. Spectacular sunset views of the Burmese mountains from the clubhouse make the perfect “wish you were here” tweet or Facebook post to friends. Banyan has become an icon for golf in Thailand and TripAdvisor has ranked it as Hua Hin’s top tourist attraction. A visit is highly recommended, whether you are going to Hua Hin to play golf or just on a relaxing a holiday. Banyan is Thailand’s number one lifestyle golf and resort destination. For more information contact Banyan Golf Club on: Tel: +66 32 616 200 reservations@banyanthailand.com www.banyanthailand.com Adapted from copy supplied by Banyan The Resort Hua Hin

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Mission Hills China

Mission Hills China Welcome to Mission Hills, the most visited IAGTO destination in China! For 25 years, Mission Hills has been the number one destination in China for golf lovers around the world – a golfing paradise where dreams come true! Since it was founded by Dr David Chu in 1992, Mission Hills has consistently set new benchmarks in tourism hospitality and grown to become the world’s largest golf club, a fact officially recognized by the Guinness World Records™.

The world’s largest golf club 22 golf courses spanning 42 square kilometres

Norman Course, Mission Hills Shenzhen

10 acclaime d tour name nt courses in Haikou in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, including the famous Blackstone Course – voted Best Championship Course in Asia and home to the World Celebrity Pro-Am and the World Ladies Championship. With no membership structure, Mission Hills Haikou is the “World’s Largest Public Golf Facility”.

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12 championship courses in Shenzhen and Dongguan in southern China, designed by golf legends including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Ernie Els, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter. Totalling 216 holes, Mission Hills Shenzhen is officially the “World’s Largest Golf Club”.

Blackstone Course, Mission Hills Haikou Best Championship Course in Asia


Mission Hills China

Tiger Woods first visit to China – 2001

World Cup of Golf 1995, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

World Ladies Championship 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

World Celebrity Pro-Am 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Tiger Woods v Rory McIlroy – 2013

Ian Poulter v Justin Rose – 2014

World Golf ChampionshipHSBC Champions – 2012

Mission Hills Haikou Best Golf Resort in Asia

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Golf and more The group’s “golf and more” philosophy has seen Mission Hills expand into a tourism and leisure hub for every generation, incorporating sports, recreation, wellness, retail, education and entertainment – for all the family. Mission Hills Shenzhen – only 30 minutes from Hong Kong, this full-service resort destination features three Premier Suite, Shenzhen Resort exclusive clubhouses, three award-winning spas, two fivestar hotels, Asia’s largest tennis facility with 18 tennis courts and the world’s first Boris Becker Tennis Academy, two world-class golf academies, a state-of-the-art convention centre, numerous fine dining establishments, an international school, a 220,000-squaremetre Sport and Eco Park and Mission Hills Centreville. Centreville in Shenzhen features 516,000 square metres of international retail brands, the trendiest restaurants, cafes and bars, a state-of-the-art IMAX cinema, Shenzhen’s largest ice skating rink, a bowling alley by one of the world’s leading operators and an internationally-acclaimed Hard Rock Hotel.

Wet ‘n Wild Haikou

Mission Hills Haikou – located in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, the resort offers elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, luxury spa villas, a three-story clubhouse, the world’s largest mineral springs, a grandiose bamboo and volcanic spa oasis, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, 12 world-class restaurants, a fully-equipped sports and recreation centre, a world-class golf academy, a Chinese middle school, a world-renowned Wet ‘n Wild water park with the latest thrilling slides, a brand new football training centre appointed by the China Football Association as its southern base and Mission Hills Centreville. Spanning one million square metres, highlights of Centreville in Haikou include Lan Kwai Fong Bar Street, shopping, entertainment, cultural and dining attractions and hotels by world-leading brands Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance and Hard Rock. The new Mission Hills Movie Town is another major entertainment and commercial district in Haikou. The 930,000-square-metre movie theme park showcases six professional movie studios, as well as numerous dining, entertainment, shopping, cinema, cafe, bar and hotel facilities.

Mission Hills Movie Town

Contact details www.missionhillschina.com Mission Hills Shenzhen 1 Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen, China Tel: +86 755 2801 1722 sztravelagentteam@missionhillschina.com

Mission Hills Haikou 1 Mission Hills Boulevard, Haikou, Hainan, China Tel: +86 898 6863 3388 hntravelagentteam@missionhillschina.com

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Terrace Downs, New Zealand

Terrace Downs, New Zealand A stunning golf resort in a truly majestic setting Nestled at the foot of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Terrace Downs is a unique golf resort in the heart of Canterbury’s beautiful High Country. Flanked by the ice-blue Rakaia River, this is a destination for any golfer’s bucket list. Regarded as one of New Zealand’s premier golf resorts, this amazing property showcases the best of its majestic setting. Being less than one hour’s drive from Christchurch International Airport, Terrace Downs is secluded yet accessible. Transportation is available from the airport to the resort, or self-drive through the scenic Canterbury Plains.

High Country golf at its finest The resort’s defining feature is the championship golf course, sculpted to fit perfectly within this unique environment. The course was carefully designed by the talented Sid Puddicombe and associates, and was officially opened in December 2001. The manicured fairways, well-maintained greens, and roughs of native New Zealand grasses create a challenging yet rewarding round of golf. The par-72 course tests the abilities of all players, from the novice to the professional, with 9 lakes and over 60 bunkers. The rustic luxury resort features sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, and is renowned for the difficulty golfers face in keeping their eye on the ball when there is so much beauty surrounding them. A practice green and driving range complete the experience, and a large fleet of high-quality motorized carts is available to accommodate groups of any size. This gorgeous High Country resort course will truly make for a round of golf you’ll never forget.

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Clubhouse & facilities Complementing the spectacular golf course is a well-appointed clubhouse housing luxury locker rooms, a brand-new gym, pro shop and two signature restaurants. The Café at Terrace Downs offers all-day casual dining with balcony views and a warm atmosphere, while Hunter’s Restaurant features the best of New Zealand’s High Country cuisine, enhanced by picture-window views, exposed stone and a roaring fireplace. The pro shop sells a range of golfing apparel and accessories including souvenirs and branded items, and has hire equipment available including standard club sets, premium Titleist club sets with Scotty Cameron putters, shoes, electric carts and push trundlers.

Terrace Downs championship golf course Par:

72

Tee positions:

4

Distance:

6,406 metres / 7,006 yards

Holes:

18

Designer:

Sid Puddicombe

Greens:

Various Brown Top strains

Fair ways:

NZ Brown Top

Roughs:

NZ Native grasses, Hard Fescue

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TerraceDowns, Terrace Downs, NewZealand New Zealand

Luxury accommodation This stunning High Country resort is the perfect stay-and-play location, with luxury accommodation available on-site. Stay in Villa Suite apartments, all featuring jaw-dropping views across the 18th fairway and back nine holes to the majestic Mt Hutt beyond. The villas sleep up to 6 people and feature all modern conveniences including full kitchens, separate living and dining areas, a spa bath, bathrobes, and laundry facilities. For larger gatherings, the Chalets house up to 13 people in luxurious comfort in large private houses.

Resort activities Terrace Downs is a complete resort destination featuring a wide array of on-site and nearby activities. Take a break from the golf course with a visit to the relaxing and indulgent day spa, play a round of tennis, or take a walk in nature, on foot or horseback, to truly experience the scenery that surrounds the resort. For the more adventurous, have a go at clay shooting, archery, or take a jet boat ride along the beautiful Rakaia River. Whatever your dream golfing vacation looks like, Terrace Downs will deliver the experience of a lifetime. The friendly and professional team are ready to make guests’ visits an experience to remember!

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Terrace Downs, New Zealand

Weddings & Events Terrace Downs Resort is Canterbury’s ultimate wedding venue, offering a total package amidst stunning High Country scenery. It offers indoor and outdoor spaces for the ceremony, reception and dance, as well as accommodation for the wedding party and guests. Rugged yet beautiful mountains tower above a landscape reminiscent of a fine oil painting; from the Rakaia River’s azure waters to the tapestry of colours created by the surrounding plains, this truly is a breathtaking part of the world. If couples are searching for a picturesque location that combines friendly Kiwi atmosphere with the natural brilliance of the South Island’s High Country, they need look no further than Terrace Down. Terrace Downs Resort is one of the region’s most impressive conference venues. Set on a gently undulating valley floor, the resort takes in breathtaking views of majestic mountains, beautiful natural woodlands and an impeccably-manicured 18-hole golf course. Alongside meetings and conferences, this venue is also available for special events such as company incentives, staff outings, golf tournaments, anniversaries and milestone birthdays. If you want to host your event in heart of the Canterbury’s pristine wilderness, there’s no better venue to book. Copy supplied by Terrace Downs Resort

Images © Kenichiro Tenjinki

Contact details Terrace Downs Resort, Windwhistle, Canterbury, New Zealand

Tel: +64 3318 6943 info@terracedowns.co.nz www.terracedowns.co.nz

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Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Sri Lanka

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Sri Lanka Enjoy majestic golf on one of the world’s most beautiful courses In order to realise his dream of making a golf course in Sri Lanka, visionary leader Mark Bostock, together with British golf course architect Donald Steel and his colleague Martin Ebert, drew up a plan for an 18-hole golf facility. This was the beginning of the journey to build an award-winning golf course now known as Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Two years after construction commenced, 100 golfers gathered for the opening and played for the first Donald Steel Trophy, a handicap Stableford event. The award-winning Donald Steel-designed masterpiece lies sprawled among the hills and bordering the Victoria reservoir. It offers the most picturesque scenery and breathtaking views of nature. The par 73, 6,933-yard championship 18-hole golf course is maintained to international standards. Majestically crafted with magnificent fairways lined with trees, flowering shrubs and light rough add to the beauty of the course, while making it a challenging spectacle. Ranked among the 100 most beautiful golf courses in the world by Golf Digest, Victoria is home to a world-class golf course and is the perfect gateway from the whirlwind of city life to unwind, kick back and enjoy a game of golf. If golf is not for you, we offer a variety of activities representing unique opportunity for all our visitors. From the sports enthusiast to the nature lovers, our range of activities are sure to keep you entertained. Bring along your family and friends and make your experience more memorable.

Victoria Golf Academy Victoria Golf Academy is a centre of excellence for teaching golf. Devoted experts provide organised training and teaching camps in a perfect learning environment for all levels of players. Student-centred teaching tied with fun activity ensures all aspects of the game are covered and will encourage the more experienced golfers to explore their own swing. A well-stocked pro shop promises to meet your every golfing need while you play at Victoria. Experts will assist in ensuring you settle for the right equipment to enhance your play.

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Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Sri Lanka

Accommodation Victoria Golf and Country Resort is equipped with 10 chalets, two cottages and one villa offering all luxuries of a modern room yet preserving the cosiness and originality of its classic structures and interiors. The chalets, which adjoin the Araliya Restaurant and clubhouse, allow convenient commute to most activities offered. Comfortable seating on the veranda calls for hours of relaxing while soaking up the tranquillity of the property. Hidden away, the villa stands overlooking the Victoria reservoir. Popular for its classical flare and complete with three cosy rooms, the villa is perfect for holidaymakers, couples, families and groups of friends. The cottages are furnished with a cosy interior and are perfect for golfing groups. The standalone cottages offer guests the utmost privacy and are minutes away from the stables.

The Araliya Restaurant Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey. The Araliya Restaurant offers a variety of dishes ranging from traditional Sri Lankan to Western and Asian cuisines. The veranda is ideal to enjoy an alfresco meal. Join us at dusk and enjoy a spectrum of colour painting the skies as the sun sets, while you enjoy a refreshing beverage from our wide selection at the bar. We can create stunning spaces for you and your loved ones to enjoy a meal under the night stars overlooking the reservoir, bush dinners, breakfast by the reservoir, a picnic brunch, outdoor BBQs or even a tree top dinner. A scrumptious kid’s menu never fails to impress some of our biggest critics.

Weddings at Victoria Celebrate the beginning of your journey together with a memorable wedding day. Our philosophy is to provide superior service and personalised attention beyond your expectations. You only need to visit Victoria once to know that you have found the perfect venue for your wedding. Whether it is an intimate gathering or a cocktail reception, the refined charm of our clubhouse, the stunning views of the Knuckles mountain range and Victoria reservoir, our famed culinary offerings and our dedicated team will aim to exceed your expectations. For more information about Victoria Golf & Country Resort, visit https://golfsrilanka.com Copy supplied by Victoria Golf & Country Resort 55


Wallonia

Wallonia Play golf in Belgium’s French-speaking region and feel inspired The southern region of Belgium, Wallonia, is a jewel of a destination that sparkles with centuries of history, glorious nature, fascinating culture, wonderful gastronomy, beautiful cities, towns and villages, and a smiling welcome as warm as you will find anywhere. For golfers, there is the added bonus of 35 golf courses, from the classic designs of its venerable royal golf clubs to modern, contoured layouts, several by noted architects.

Royal Golf Club du Hainaut

Celebrated names to have added stardust to Wallonia’s fairways include Tom Simpson (Royal Golf Club des Fagnes, Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman and the first two nine-hole layouts at Royal Golf Club du Hainaut), Robert Trent Jones Sr (Golf du Bercuit, his only design in Belgium), father and son golf architects Fred and Martin Hawtree (Fred: Royal Waterloo Golf Club’s La Marache layout, Royal Golf Club du Hainaut’s Les Etangs nine and Golf de Durbuy; and Naxhelet Golf Club and Golf Chateau de la Tournette’s English Course among Martin’s designs), and South African golf legend Gary Player (Five Nations Golf Club).

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Wallonia’s golf clubs all welcome visitors, from golfing groups to couples, families and ladies, although some members’ clubs have limited tee time availability for non-members at weekends.

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Besides its 18-hole facilities, Wallonia has a number of excellent nine-hole courses that offer players a challenge in settings just as aesthetic as their bigger siblings. Among them are Royal Waterloo Golf Club’s wooded and undulating Le Bois Heros, a par 32 designed by Fred Hawtree and renovated in 2003 by his son, Martin, plus par-34 courses at Avernas Golf Atop Waterloo’s Lion Mound Club, Golf de Liege – Bernalmont, Florennes Avia Golf Club and Andenne Golf Club. All require handicap certificates.

This part of Europe has been fought over time and again, and reminders of key battles from the Napoleonic era to World War II can be found across Wallonia in the form of memorials, battlefield sites and museums, often close to delightful golf courses.

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Golf in Wallonia is also great value for the great quality on offer, with green fees ranging from 35-125 euros, particularly if you factor in the outstanding food in clubhouse restaurants.

Easy access Wherever you stay you will find a golf course within a short drive. The region is so compact that getting around takes no time at all, either in your own car or in a rented vehicle, thanks to its network of toll-free motorways and N-designated national roads. No two golf destinations in Wallonia are more than two hours apart, while its towns and cities are easy to drive to from other countries. Getting to Wallonia is effortless, too. Flights go to Brussels Airport and Charleroi’s Brussels South Airport, in Wallonia, from capitals and secondary cities throughout Europe. There are fast roads from its four neighbouring countries as well as cross-Channel and North Sea ferry ports and the Channel Tunnel from the UK. Brussels is two hours by Eurostar from London and connected by high-speed rail services from several European cities, and a good domestic rail network links Wallonia’s cities with Brussels.

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Short city golf breaks Wallonia’s courses are mainly clustered around its cities, so a short break that mixes golf with a city stay is an enticing option. Not only can you discover their rich tapestry of architecture, art, music and traditions but you can also sample the region’s varied cuisine, its beers and spirits a stroll away from your hotel. Alternatively, stay at golf courses with on-site hotels and travel in to the cities after a round. These are cities that lend themselves to short breaks with golf: Mons European Capital of Culture in 2015, Hainaut provincial capital Mons packs a lot into its hilly, cobbled streets, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as museums, art galleries and other historic edifices to visit. Another four UNESCO sites are within 25km of the city. Courses:

Royal Club du Hainaut and Mont Garni Golf Club are a short drive from the city centre. Golf Club Enghien is half an hour’s drive.

Mont Garni Golf Club

Liege Liege is perfect to explore on foot on a city break, boasting Europe’s largest pedestrian precinct and with many sights and attractions in its historic centre. Long a crossroads between some of Europe’s key cities, it is split by the River Meuse, along which you can take boat tours.

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International Gomze Golf Club

Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman and the nine-hole Golf Club de Liege-Bernalmont are both only 10 minutes from the city centre and International Gomze Golf Club is just 15 minutes away, with several others within a half-hour drive. Golf Club Mergelhof and Golf & Hotel Henri-Chapelle, close to the Dutch border, are less than a 40-minute drive from Liege.

Namur Wallonia’s capital lies at the confluence of the Meuse and Sambre rivers, the point at which they meet overlooked by the imposing Namur Citadel, one of the largest citadels in Europe. The city has a pedestrianised heart with historic buildings and plenty of restaurants. Courses:

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Golf & Hotel de Falnuee, Golf de Rougemont and the nine-hole Andenne Golf Club are all less than 20 minutes from Namur, while Golf la Bruyere, Golf Club de Louvain-la-Neuve and Golf de Rigenee are among others 30 minutes or less from the city centre.

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L’Empereur Relais Golf & Country Club

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Spa There’s no better place to soak away your post-round aches than in the thermal spring waters of the town that gave its name to health and wellness centres. The world’s first health resort, Spa has been attracting visitors – among them England’s King Henry VIII and Charles II, and Russia’s Peter the Great – for its mineral spring waters for almost five centuries. The Royal Golf Club elegant town, situated in the forested Ardennes, still des Fagnes welcomes tourists from far and wide today. As well as its Thermes de Spa thermal baths, Spa’s other attractions include its opulent Casino, several museums and parks and nearby Spa-Francorchamps race track. Courses:

Royal Golf Club des Fagnes and nine-hole Golf du Haras lie just outside the town and other courses are within 30 minutes’ drive.

Waterloo A name that resonates for the famous defeat of Napoleon, this charming town is worth lingering over as a base for golf and to visit the museums and sites that vividly portray events before and during the decisive battle. Among them are the new, underground Memorial 1815 museum, built alongside the towering Lion Mound memorial that overlooks the battlefield, and the newly-renovated Wellington Museum, an inn when the Duke of Wellington established his HQ. Courses close to Waterloo include Royal Waterloo Golf Club, Sept Fontaines Golf Club, L’Empereur Relais Golf & Country Club, Golf Chateau de la Tournette, Golf du Chateau de la Bawette, Golf Club d’Hulencourt, Golf du Bercuit and Golf Club de Louvain-La-Neuve.

Durbuy Tiny in terms of its size and population – it proclaims itself as the world’s smallest city – Durbuy is huge in what it offers visitors. This picture-postcard little town nestles on the banks of the River Ourthe in the heart of the Ardennes and ancient stone buildings housing restaurants, cafes and shops line its cobbled streets. Courses:

Golf de Durbuy and Five Nations Golf Club are both a short distance from Durbuy.

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Royal golf courses Golf has a long association with Wallonia, the game making its first appearance in the region more than 120 years ago. All golf courses in Belgium that are more than 50 years old now carry the royal prefix. Of the 11 royal courses throughout the country, five of them are in Wallonia – Royal Golf Club du Chateau Royal d’Ardenne, near Dinant (founded in 1895), Royal Golf Club des Fagnes, near Spa (1930), Royal Golf Club du Hainaut, near Mons (1933), Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman, near Liege (1939) and Royal Waterloo Golf Club (established in its present location in 1961 but with its origins in 1923). All exude a sense of history and tradition.

Royal Golf Club des Fagnes

Excellent clubhouse facilities Wallonia’s clubhouses come in many forms, from the rustic, thatched-roof clubhouse at Royal Golf Club du Hainaut to stately examples, such as the Leopold Tower of the Royal Golf Club du Chateau d’Ardennes, the chateau of Sept Fontaines Golf Club and Mont Garni Golf Club’s Anglo-Norman edifice. Some clubhouses are sleek and modern, as in the clubhouse at Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman, while others have been converted from historic fermeschateaux (fortified castle farms), among them the 16th century Golf Chateau de la Tournette and those at Golf & Hotel de Falnuee, Golf de Pierpont, Five Nations Golf Club, Naxhelet Golf Club and L’Empereur Relais Golf & Country Club.

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Golf du Chateau de la Bawette

Yet despite their different styles, they all offer superb facilities, whether it’s high-class cuisine, relaxing lounges and welcoming bars or wellstocked pro shops offering rental equipment (often with both men’s and ladies’ clubs and with graphite or steel shafts) and locker rooms with showers.

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Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman

Golf and nature Nature abounds in Wallonia, both on and around its golf courses, with the spectacular, mountainous Ardennes its crowning glory. Explore ancient forests, scenic rivers, beautiful lakes, rushing waterfalls and stalactite-filled caves. Play golf in Wallonia and you are surrounded by nature. Its courses may be easy to reach from its major towns and cities but there are so many forests and so much countryside even close to conurbations that you always feel you are a world away from the hubbub. Despite being on the fringes of bustling Liege, Wallonia’s second-largest city, Royal Golf Club du Sart Tilman is flanked by thick forest of the University of Liege and has electric fences on its boundary to keep out wild boars. You can see deer, squirrels, hares and birds aplenty on many courses, but Golf de Durbuy even has beavers! Several of the protected mammals are residents in ponds on the course and the golf club has to spray trees on the course with a special liquid to deter them from gnawing at the trunks. The club also has some rare wild orchids endemic to the area.

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Golf Club Enghien is laid out alongside the thickly-wooded 17th century park of Enghien Castle, north of Mons, at the centre of which is an octagonal formal garden surrounding a baroque pavilion, glimpses of which can be seen from the course. The region’s royal golf courses all have fairways threading through majestic, ancient trees. Royal Golf Club du Chateau Royal d’Ardenne, near Dinant, was laid out in the park of the Castle d’Ardenne and Golf du Chateau de la Bawette lies in a wooded estate near Wavre.

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Naxhelet Golf Club, which opened in 2014 near Huy, works with renowned bioagronomist consultant and master greenkeeper Ian Macmillan to keep its course as environmentally-friendly as possible. The course, which has fairways lined by carpets of daisies and other wild flowers, uses no fungicides at all and only sprays pesticide on its fairways and tall rough to keep out invasive species such as thistle. It recently became the first golf course in Wallonia to become GEO Certified by the Golf Environment Organization.

Wherever you play golf and whatever else you do, feel inspired in Wallonia. By Peter Ellegard

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Golf Tourism England

Golf Tourism England Showcasing one of the most compelling golf destinations in the world Golf Tourism England (GTE) is the membership body that represents the golf tourism industry in England, committed to the delivery of a first-class golf travel experience across England. Set up in 2014 to promote England as a major golfing destination, it has been awarded one of the first grants from the Discover England Fund, part of Visit England’s government-driven investment to fuel inbound visitor levels. Moortown Golf Club

In its aim to raise the profile of England as a golf destination nationally and internationally, GTE’s initial strategy has involved creating a series of clusters that bring together some of the nations’ finest golf experiences. While recognising all of England’s golf clubs as its focus, to kick off the campaign, GTE has used five key golfing regions to showcase England’s remarkable golf credentials. These include Yorkshire’s Ryder Cup Experience, Kent’s Championship Links, Heathland Classics across London and the South East, England’s Golf Coast in the North West and the South West Atlantic Links.

GTE’s strategy is clear: cumulative attraction will unlock cumulative gains. By encouraging neighbouring clubs to work together and collaborate with local hotels, service providers and other attractions, incoming visitors can enjoy an enhanced, bookable and deliverable itinerary. Ultimately, GTE seeks to create a supply chain in each region that will enable visitors to benefit from a seamless service and thereby enjoy a first-class experience. Meanwhile England will enjoy a fresh new perception and reap new economic rewards with increased footfall across the country’s network of golf, leisure, entertainment and cultural experiences.

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Golf Tourism England has also recognised the importance of developing relationships with tour operators and educating the trade on England’s rich offering. GTE is fuelling fresh thinking and encouraging progress to the benefit of the nation’s golf tourism stakeholders through a series of initiatives, including member workshops in efforts to identify new business practices and the most efficient means to drive the nation’s golf tourism economy. With more golf clubs than the other Home The Belfry Nations combined, and an existing, functional infrastructure, England via GTE is primed to benefit from a centralised golf tourism push. Part of the initial phase of the development will focus on educating consumers, media and the industry stakeholders in England. A nationwide toolkit, comprising England’s premium golf clubs and resorts, will allow international tour operators to access key suppliers and package experiences. The toolkit will also serve to educate stakeholders such as golf courses, hotels and suppliers on the potential value of golf tourism into England, how it needs to be serviced and how it can be connected and promoted. An ongoing aim of GTE’s is to grow its membership with more golf clubs and resorts, thus broadening England’s golf offering and making England’s golf tourism more lucrative.

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The development of GTE’s digital platform will be a major advancement in 2017 and beyond with consumerfriendly functionality, trade connectivity and international promotions increasing the understanding of why England is a golf tourism hotspot. The development includes an updated website that not only showcases England’s golf St Enodoc Golf Club tourism offering but links to key international tour operators, allowing consumers to explore the courses, resorts and surrounding areas, as well as additional cultural and entertainment experiences. An increased social media presence utilising a bank of stunning imagery and video will also encourage engagement with potential golf visitors. GTE will also release a series of videos produced to depict England’s golf offering as well as new digital communication tools, making it an exceptionally exciting time for Golf Tourism England. Home to almost 1,900 golf courses, many of which are widely recognised as some of the finest in the world, England’s golf offering is a strong and immensely viable one, but it is also the quality and breadth of experiences off-course that makes England one of the most compelling golf destinations in the world. Now, thanks to the work of Golf Tourism England, the country is looking forward to making its mark on the international golf tourism map. For more information, visit www.golftourismengland.com Facebook: @EnglandGolfTourism

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Sotogrande

Sotogrande A one-of-a-kind destination At the southern tip of Spain, Sotogrande has for decades been one of Europe’s most desirable and distinctive year-round destinations. Fusing Andalucían culture and history with a world-class lifestyle, Sotogrande stretches from the Mediterranean Sea into the foothills of the Sierra Almenara. Scattered among its beaches, marina, cork forests, rivers and mountains are world-class golf, polo and sailing facilities. The magic of Sotogrande lies in its unique mix of tranquillity, elegance, action, style and serenity, set in a spectacular seafront location. Sotogrande was founded in 1962 by the visionary American businessman, Joseph McMicking, who dreamed of creating an idyllic place in a perfect climate for people from all over the world to live and holiday in. The location Sotogrande is easily accessible from most European cities. It is a 75-minute drive from Malaga airport, 25 minutes from Gibraltar airport, 75 minutes from Jerez airport and two hours from Seville airport. To the east is the Costa del Sol including Marbella, only a 30-minute drive away, and to the west is the Costa de la Luz with its vast, wild beaches near Tarifa. Morocco is just 35 minutes away by fast ferry from Tarifa to Tangier. The climate on the coast is inviting, along with the Costa del Sol’s considerable number of tourist attractions including its many and varied golf courses, beaches, restaurants, plus great culture, history and local traditions. A unique offering Sotogrande is one of the most discreet, premium-lifestyle destinations in Europe. It has 5,000 residents with either permanent or holiday homes. Spanning 20 square kilometres, Sotogrande is a location of outstanding natural beauty that has a vast amount to offer its international community of residents. It offers a secure, relaxed, healthy lifestyle, a sophisticated social scene and excellent sports facilities.

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A premier sporting destination Sotogrande is one of Europe’s premier sporting destinations. There are five 18-hole golf courses in Sotogrande including Valderrama – host to the European Tour’s Volvo Masters and the 1997 Ryder Cup and ranked Europe’s number one course since the 1980s. Others designed by leading golf course architects Cabell B Robinson, Robert Trent Jones and Dave Thomas include La Reserva Club de Golf, host of the PGA NH Collection Open tournament, and the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. There is also the 36-hole San Roque Club a few minutes away. Sotogrande boasts more than 25 annual polo tournaments as well as multiple equestrian centres and stables alive with activity all year. A 1,400-berth yacht harbour makes Sotogrande’s marina a hive of sailing activity.

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The area also has two tennis and racquet clubs, two sublime beach clubs, the Sotogrande Tennis Academy, a rugby club and a sailing club. A great life in Sotogrande There are many beaches in and nearby Sotogrande. They include the Playa Sotogrande with the Trocadero Beach Club, the Playa Paseo del Mar with the El Octógono Beach Club, beach bar and water sports centre, and the quiet Playa Guadalquitón, just west of the Sotogrande community. Sotogrande is surrounded by nature. The 1,308-hectare Alcaidesa natural reserve and 35-hectare Paraje Natural offer ample opportunity to embrace nature. An impressive events calendar guarantees year-round entertainment.

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Hotel Almenara Updated and more sophisticated, recent improvements in rooms, facilities and service, all serve to increase the sense of wellbeing that the Hotel Almenara is renowned for. Set in landscaped gardens with a picturesque golf course and views of the sea, the hotel offers 145 rooms and suites. An ideal setting for business or pleasure, it offers restaurants with breathtaking views, a pool, state-of-the-art gym and the magnificent Spa Elysium, as well as banquet facilities, a business centre and meeting rooms. Hotel Sotogrande The perfect base to enjoy the area’s magnificent beaches and a wide range of outdoor activities, the Hotel Sotogrande features a modern and elegant design and features 106 spacious rooms. Facilities include an a la carte restaurant, lobby bar, outdoor swimming pool, a pool bar, two paddle courts, TV room and conference rooms. A complimentary hotel shuttle service takes guests around the area, to the beach clubs, marina, La Reserva Golf Club, Valderrama or Hotel Almenara. Villa rentals The Sotogrande Villas – comprising two-, three- or fourbedroom La Reserva Villas and the Villa Oasis featuring a master suite with private terrace and Jacuzzi and five en-suite bedrooms – offer sophistication and class. All villas offer the Concierge service and other benefits including a VIP Pass giving preferred access to the Hotel Almenara’s Spa Elysium and Beach Club Trocadero, and resident rates at La Reserva and Almenara golf courses. The Concierge Dedicated to providing Sotogrande’s villa or hotel residents with a personalised service, its wide range of benefits include: leisure activities reservations, certified nannies and babysitters, personal shoppers, chefs, restaurant recommendations, high-end vehicle rental with or without a chauffeur, bespoke golf services from booking games to club rentals and private lessons, beauty and massage treatment bookings, a personal guide to arrange trips and excursions, and preferential bookings at events in Sotogrande. For more information, visit www.sotogrande.com Copy supplied by Sotogrande

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Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Italy

Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Italy An unforgettable experience in an exclusive location Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is a jewel set in the heart of Tuscany, between Florence and Volterra. Its medieval village, framed by the natural wonder of its green hills, has been carefully restored to welcome guests that long to stay in a pristine place, intensely savouring every hour of the day and peacefully enjoying the enchanting beauty of a timeless land. Castelfalfi is not just a resort – it is a real, authentic place, deeply rooted in a land that is historically rich in art, beauty, and culinary traditions.

Modern luxury with reminders of the past Besides the existing hotel La Tabaccaia, the new hotel Il Castelfalfi will be ready to welcome guests from spring 2017. It will harmoniously combine the modernity of a five-star hotel with the rich past of Castelfalfi, where everything is a reminder of history and culture. Its warm interior will embrace you in a distinct and yet informal atmosphere, where you can discover the innate Italian passion for beauty and charm of a discreet and refined hospitality. The elegant 120 rooms, the meeting rooms, the lovely bars, the fine-dining restaurant and the breathtaking views make this hotel the ideal location for any occasion. To relax by the enchanting pools or to enjoy invigorating moments at the spa with exclusive treatments, these are just some of the activities that will enrich your stay in this perfect destination for a wonderful interlude of pleasure after a round of golf.

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Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Italy

Golf Club Castelfalfi Tuscany is a secret paradise for golfers. Many courses in the region were developed in the Nineties, by taking advantage of the natural landscape, and Castelfalfi is home to one of the most spectacular golf course in Italy and the largest in Tuscany, the Golf Club Castelfalfi. Thanks to its pristine nature, its breathtaking views and sunsets that only Tuscany has to offer, every guest will fall in love with the environment. More than 9,400 square metres of hillsides and meadows set amidst olive groves characterise the 27 spectacular holes, which comprise two courses: the 18-hole Mountain Course (par 72, 6,351 metres), for more experienced players, and the nine-hole Lake Course (par 37, 3,171 metres), perfect for any level of experience. Both allow golfers to enjoy the pristine Tuscan nature, with lush flora embellishing each hole, and both also allow players to enjoy a glorious panorama of the surrounding area. Both courses have been designed to start and finish by the clubhouse so that, whether for the nine-hole or the 18-hole course, players are always close to a pleasant restaurant and a cosy terrace from which to admire breathtaking views over the Tuscan hills. Golf Club Castelfalfi is paradise for golfers and a perfect place to spend a weekend of sport and relaxation. For more information, visit www.castelfalfi.com Copy supplied by Golf Club Castelfalfi 71


Waterville Golf Links, Ireland

Waterville Golf Links, Ireland Irish trifecta: top Irish links course, 18th century manor house & salmon fishing

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Waterville Golf Links is one of the world’s most coveted links golf courses, set on the magnificent South West Coast of Ireland in County Kerry. Waterville Golf Links now showcases the vision of noted international golf architect Tom Fazio, who was commissioned to update the memorable Eddie Hackett masterpiece. Fazio has assisted many of the world’s leading clubs including Winged Foot, Pine Valley and Augusta National.

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Over 125 years old, Waterville Golf Links is currently positioned at No.2 in the Golf Channel’s Top Courses in Ireland and ranked No.3 in Ireland by the UK’s Golf World. A Fazio-designed practice facility was added in recent years to the Waterville House Estate grounds and a state-of-the-art health facility was added for the enjoyment of residents. All these projects have firmly positioned Waterville’s reputation as one of Ireland’s premier links golf destinations.


Waterville Golf Links, Ireland

The magnificent 18th century Waterville House is an elegant period Irish Manor House set on the Wild Atlantic Way amidst the natural beauty of a 40-acre estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Waterville House has 13 en-suite bedrooms, sauna, steam room, health facility with massage room, billiard room and private golf practice facility. Guests of Waterville House enjoy preferential tee times and access to fishing in private lakes and rivers, including Lough Currane. Waterville House provides the most famous sea trout and salmon fishery in Ireland. Waterville Golf Links & Waterville House have received numerous awards including four from IGTOA (Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association), most notably Best Golf Course of the Year and Best Boutique Hotel. “Since 1889, Waterville Golf Links is more than golf. It is golfing on a world-class course with friends, old and new, and creating memories that last a lifetime,” enthuses Elisa Gaudet, President of strategic golf consulting firm Executive Golf International. Designer Tom Fazio says: “Everything at Waterville is spectacular. The setting is one of the best I have ever seen anywhere in golf.” For more information about Waterville Golf Links, visit www.watervillegolflinks.ie

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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Costa Rica

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Costa Rica Golf in the greenest and happiest country in the world Discover Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, recognised by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the World’s Best Hotels for Families. Nestled between the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and a 1,100-acre tropical rainforest, our luxury Costa Rica resort features spacious guest rooms and suites with stunning views. Experience the ultimate vacation getaway while enjoying an ocean-side pool, five upscale restaurants and a variety of popular attractions nearby. Hit the links at La Iguana Golf Course with 18 championship holes, or indulge in some tropical tranquillity at Sibö Rainforest Spa & Retreat in the hotel, set in landscaped gardens in the beachside town of Herradura, Costa Rica. Bring your dream destination wedding to life in 11,900 square feet of versatile event space. Whether you’re seeking an adventure gliding from tree to tree on a canopy tour or simply lounging at our palm-lined pool, vacation fantasies will come to life at our luxury Costa Rica resort.

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Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Costa Rica

La Iguana Golf Course Costa Rica’s Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort – which achieved the highest golfer satisfaction scores of all properties within the Marriott Golf portfolio – has been named Golf Property of the Year by Marriott Golf in its annual awards for performance excellence, held in July 2016. Nestled alongside an exotic rainforest with breathtaking ocean views, the 18-hole, par-72 championship La Iguana golf course offers not only a challenging Ted Robinson-designed layout but also a spectacular gallery featuring friendly monkeys and macaws. In addition to its commitment to environmental sustainability programmes, the proper ty established a line-up of thriving player development programmes, highlighted by a rehabilitative golf programme designed for disabled men and women to enjoy the game of golf. The Costa Rica golf course is richly landscaped to include exotic native plants, banana trees, orchids, monkeys and more than 150 species of birds and local wildlife. PGA-qualified golf professionals, a vast driving range, putting green and TaylorMade rental equipment provide members with the finest of Costa Rica golf facilities and services. No matter what your current level of play, the resort’s state-of-the-art facility and equipment will assist you with achieving your golfing goals. For more information, visit www.lossuenosmarriott.com Copy supplied by Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort 75


Horseshoe Bay Resort

Horseshoe Bay Resort A Texas lakeside haven with three acclaimed Robert Trent Jones Sr courses Horseshoe Bay Resort is Texas’s premier full-service AAA fourdiamond golf and lake resort located 45 minutes west of Austin, Texas and 90 minutes north of San Antonio, on the beautiful shores of Lake LBJ. With three award-winning Robert Trent Jones Sr golf courses to choose from, Horseshoe Bay Resort is known for exceptional golf, ample meeting spaces, a variety of dining options, multi-surface tennis courts, full-service spa and marina, an 18-hole Bermuda grass putting course and a private executive airport. The resort’s most exclusive course is Summit Rock, (#62 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses) a Jack Nicklaus signature course that opened in 2012 to rave reviews. The Resort’s three famed Robert Trent Jones Sr layouts (Slick Rock, Ram Rock and Apple Rock) are known for their scenic Hill Country views cut through granite outcroppings and beautiful water features that draw repeat visitors year after year. Slick Rock’s heralded “Million Dollar Hole” is a par 4 where players must drive over a double-waterfall to the fairway and then take an interactive drive through the waterfalls to get to the fairway to play their second shot. All three courses are currently ranked in the Top 20 of the annual Dallas Morning News list of the top golf courses you can play in Texas. Perhaps one of the most intriguing areas at Horseshoe Bay Resort is the Whitewater Putting Course, an 18-hole, par-72 dwarf Bermuda grass putting course complete with waterfalls and exotic birds. Whitewater Putting Course is designed like a regulation 18-hole golf course, complete with fairways, bunkers, water hazards and the finest of putting surfaces, but on a miniature scale. Every shot is played with a putter but, unlike a practice green, Whitewater is a fully-landscaped competitive course.

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Horseshoe Bay Resort

The resort is located in the heart of the Hill Country wine region, with more than 30 wineries within 90 minutes of the resort. Live music and special events are common throughout the year and are highlighted by an annual Craft Beer and Music Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival and Food and Wine Festival. Accommodation includes 349 rooms and suites within the Horseshoe Bay Resort Tower and the Paseo Suites, adjacent to the hotel. Amenities include elegant dĂŠcor, flat-screen TVs, granite bathroom countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, and high-speed internet access. The resort also offers luxurious, lakeside condominium rentals at The Waters, with spacious, one, two and three-bedroom floor plans.

The Horseshoe Bay Resort Tower offers more than 27,500 square feet of indoor meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom. Windows and patios from most meeting rooms bring the outdoors inside and the variety of breakout rooms and hospitality suites allows for events of all sizes. The resort’s signature spot is the Yacht Club, boasting indoor and outdoor meeting and function space. Located on the shore of Lake LBJ, the Yacht Club has more than 25,000 square feet of multi-level outdoor deck space. Among additional resort amenities are seven dining outlets including two waterfront restaurants, a full-service marina that includes a fleet of Wave Runners, pontoons and ski boats, and a spa featuring eucalyptus steam rooms, a spacious dry sauna, whirlpool and indoor resistance pool and a wide array of massage and body treatments.

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Mississippi Gulf Coast

Mississippi Gulf Coast Fun on and off the golf course along Mississippi’s scenic Gulf Coast shores

Seeking a destination full of great golf and unforgettable adventures? Look no further than the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Life flows a little differently along these 62 miles of scenic shoreline nestled between Louisiana and Alabama, inviting golf travellers to have some good old-fashioned fun on and off the course. The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers a variety of courses, many of which were created by the top course designers in the world, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Mark McCumber, Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio. There are options for every skill level and budget here. Whether visitors are golf pros or just looking to casually hit the links, they will find the perfect course, such as one of these.

The Preserve Golf Club

The Beau Rivage’s Fallen Oak raises the bar for luxury resort golf. It has been among the top courses for both Conde Nast Traveler and Golfweek magazines.

The Preserve Golf Club receives its name from its beautiful nature preserve surroundings, which have been integrated into the course design. The Preserve’s GPS Visage system on all golf carts allows golfers to hear a hole-to-hole description of the course and tips from experts on how to play before teeing off. Hollywood Casino’s The Bridges Golf Club – Mississippi’s only Arnold Palmer signature golf course – sits on 600 acres of moss-draped oaks, stately pines and magnolias. The Bridges is the first resort golf course in the world to obtain Audubon International’s Certified Silver Signature status, which displays one of Palmer’s greatest design strengths of working in harmony with nature.

The Bridges Golf Club

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Mississippi Gulf Coast

After hitting the links, there is plenty more to discover and experience. Hop in a kayak and paddle beautiful, winding waterways. Explore the Gulf of Mexico on a charter fishing boat and then savour the distinct flavours of freshly-caught Gulf seafood. Board a ferry out to Ship Island to enjoy this beautiful barrier island for the day or take a trip on a working shrimp boat. Simply relaxing in the sun is always an option, too! As night falls, experience the thrill of gaming at the casinos or catch a unique performance at a local theatre. Discover the delicious culinary arts scene or enjoy live music at a local blues joint. Whatever the plan for day or night, the charm and hospitality of the coast are sure to please. Perfect accommodation is available for just about any type of traveller. Seeking charm? Book a room in a quaint bed and breakfast inn. Looking to let the good times roll? Casino resorts are the perfect option. Bringing the whole family? Luxury condominiums are filled with every amenity guests may need. With more than 14,000 hotel rooms, 62 miles of coastline, beautifully designed golf courses, renowned museums and historic sites, 24-hour gaming, delicious dining options, craft breweries, world-class spas and ample shopping centres, there is truly something for everyone. Visit www.gulfcoast.org and let the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast team help you put together the perfect golf package for your clients. Then they can come and stay awhile to experience all that the coast has to offer. Copy supplied by Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Oregon, USA

Oregon, USA We like golf in Oregon. You might too. With more than 200 acclaimed public golf courses, Oregon ranks high on golfers’ bucket lists. Picking your tee time is the easy part. Choosing one of Oregon’s award-winning courses is the real challenge. Tee off from on an oceanfront sand dune. Play alongside the professionals. Surf the turf on a GolfBoard. Get to the course before the championships. Golf in Oregon is a completely unique experience – and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Sunriver, Central Oregon It’s no wonder Sunriver Resort was chosen to host the 2017 PGA Professional Championship – and to host the IAGTO 2018 North America Golf Tourism Convention (NAC). With four distinct award-winning courses located along wetlands, meadows and waters, Sunriver is a premier golf destination with dramatic and aesthetic challenges at every hole. Crosswater Golf Club, designed by Bob Cupp, is the official course of the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. Honoured by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Courses, the 600-acre heathland-style Crosswater weaves around the Deschutes River with bent grass fairways and five tee placements on each hole. The Woodlands, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, is a Pacific Northwest favourite with abundant water and lava rock outcroppings. Also a Bob Cupp design, Caldera Links is a family-friendly nine-hole course, with holes ranging from 60 to 185 yards. Meadows Putting Course, design by John Fought, is an exciting nine-hole course that’s fun for every skill level. Named one of the Top 10 Destinations for Family Golf by Golf Digest, Sunriver offers a variety of places to play, with easy access to off-course activities like horseback riding, white-water rafting, cycling trails and more.

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Bandon Preserve

Bandon Dunes, Oregon Coast You’ve probably heard of Bandon Dunes. Perched high above the Pacific Ocean, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is unlike any other. Four world-class courses unfold along a sweeping shoreline, grassy dunes and towering coastal forest. Beyond the stunning scenery is a unique, true-to-form game of golf. Firm turf, challenging tee shots and the occasional strong ocean breeze make for an unforgettable experience. Bandon Dunes is regularly ranked among the world’s top golf Bandon Dunes resorts. The namesake course, designed by David McKay Kidd, is considered the first genuine Scottish-style links course in the U.S. Year after year, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is honoured, from Golf Digest’s Best Resort in North America in 2011 to all four courses ranked highly in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses and GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play. And the accolades keep coming. In 2020, the resort will host the US Amateur Championship.

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And there’s plenty to do in between rounds. Prime your skills at the 13-hole par 3 track or the 18hole putting course. Indulge in a day at the resort spa. Experience Oregon’s South Coast like you’ve never done before. Bandon Dunes is open year-round, and with a fifth 18-hole course in the works, it continues to innovate and inspire. 81


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Pumpkin Ridge, Greater Portland A championship 36-hole golf club near Oregon’s largest city, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club is known as Portland golf at its finest. Since opening in 1992, Pumpkin Ridge has hosted several major national tournaments, including the Nike Tour Championship, the US Amateur Championship and the US Women’s Open.

Ghost Creek

The club’s public course, Ghost Creek, features a par-71, 6,839-yard layout designed by Bob Cupp to emphasise the wetlands terrain, with subtle elevation changes that both surprise and delight. Pumpkin Ridge is where great golfers become even better. Hone your skills with a lesson taught by PGA professionals Jerry Mowlds and Christopher Smith or tee off at the club’s 17-acre practice facility.

Sandpines, Oregon Coast With windswept sand dunes and towering pines, Sandpines Golf Links is a breathtaking place to tee off. The 18-hole course borders the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and features a mild coastal climate with pleasant year-round playing conditions.

Sandpines Golf Links

Renowned golf course architect Rees Jones designed the par-72, 7,190yard course, inspired by the natural lay of the land. The outward nine is shaped by forest and lakes, while the inward nine reflects a traditional links style. Challenging yet generous, Sandpines is an ideal course to test skills and indulge senses.

Running Y, Southern Oregon Featuring the only Arnold Palmer signature course in Oregon, Running Y Ranch Resort is a premier destination for international golfers. The prestigious Palmer even named Running Y as one of his favourite 16 designs. And he’s not alone. Running Y is a regular on Golf Week’s Oregon Top 10 and ranked number one on Golf Advisor’s Top 20 Golf Courses in Oregon. The 72-par, 7,133-yard course is surrounded by impressive beauty, overlooking the unspoiled Oregon Outback. The front skirts meadows and an extensive wetlands area while the back fairways wind through lake-dotted woodlands. With five tee boxes on each hole, the course welcomes players of all skill levels. And thanks to more than 300 days of sunshine in Klamath Falls, it’s open year-round. 82

Arnold Palmer Signature Course, Running Y Ranch


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Arnold Palmer Signature Course, Running Y Ranch

Salishan, Oregon Coast Rugged natural beauty and coastal elements make Salishan Golf Links an exciting 18-hole course for players of all abilities. Designed in 1964 and revamped by PGA Tour veteran Peter Jacobsen 40 years later, the par-71, 6,470-yard course is as scenic as it is challenging. The front nine hugs an old-growth forest hillside while the back nine winds toward the ocean on links-like land. With great shot variety, greens as smooth as glass and the roar of the mighty Pacific Ocean close by, Salishan is known as one of the Oregon Coast’s finest. Fun continues off the course. Salishan Resort is home to four restaurants, one of the largest wine cellars in Oregon and an award-winning spa.

Salishan Golf Links

Tetherow, Central Oregon This is not your grandfather’s golf club. Surf the turf at Tetherow, the first course in the US to offer a full fleet of GolfBoards. Since opening in 2008, Tetherow has received accolades from nearly every noteworthy golf publication for its 18-hole course and outstanding amenities. Tee off on the par-72, 7,298-yard Scottish linksstyle layout, designed by David McLay Kidd, while admiring incredible views of the Cascade Mountains and high desert terrain. Tetherow is the first golf course in Oregon to be designated an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary and is committed to sustainability, with 73 of the course’s 160 acres left natural or re-naturalised.

Tetherow Golf Course

Tetherow has it all: from scenic and challenging knobs, knolls, fescues and tufts; a state-of-theart fitness academy; to the resort’s lavish lodging minutes away from Bend and Mt. Bachelor. 83


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Black Butte Ranch, Central Oregon Let your troubles fly away at Black Butte Ranch, a destination golf resort community in the heart of the Cascade Range. The 1,800-acre resort offers two 18-hole courses, vacation rental homes, tennis courts, horse-riding tours, pools and a full-scale spa.

Big Meadow

Take a scenic journey on Big Meadow, designed by Robert Muir Graves and honoured by Golf Magazine in 2013 as one of the Best Courses You Can Play in Oregon. The 7,000-yard course features championship tees, sweeping bunkers and elevated greens. Glaze Meadow, renovated by John Fought in 2012, has groomed bluegrass-rye fairways on a rolling landscape, with five sets of tees on every hole. Try not to be distracted by the spectacular views.

Pronghorn Resort, Central Oregon Though located just six miles east of Bend, Pronghorn Resort feels like a world away. It unfolds over high desert terrain with postcard views of the snow-capped Cascade peaks. The resort is a bright burst of green in the landscape, with two thoughtfully-manicured courses.

Tom Fazio Championship Course

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The public Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is pure to the sport. The minimalist layout calls for strategic putting and transitions. And, true to Nicklaus, there is temptation for risk-reward in every hole design. The golf great is even known to stop by and play his masterpiece course. Pronghorn also boasts a Tom Fazio Championship Course.


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Langdon Farms, Willamette Valley Easy to access and a joy to Langdon Farms play, Langdon Farms Golf Club is a golfer’s getaway in the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley. But due to its close proximity to Portland, just 15 miles away, Langdon Farms is consistently ranked highly among Portland golf courses. Award-winning architects Bob Cupp and John Fought designed the course to emphasise dynamic mounding and bunkering. The result is an attractive links-style course that puts a premium on accurate iron shots – while staying playable for the recreational golfer. Langdon Farms is committed to dry playing conditions, making it an ideal course every day of the year. Copy supplied by Travel Oregon

For more information on golf and other activities and attractions in Oregon, visit www.traveloregon.com

Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, Pronghorn Resort

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Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic The Caribbean’s premier sustainable golf and beach resort community

Jorge Allocco Photography

For the avid golfer, there is no better golf experience than oceanside golf on the Caribbean shores of the Dominican Republic. With award-winning resort accommodation, residences with private golf views, glorious landscapes and 45 holes of oceanside championship golf, Puntacana Resort & Club is the premier destination of choice in this magnificent golfers’ paradise. PB Dye’s La Cana Golf Club offers challenging play on its three different nines set against the beauty of the Caribbean. The exclusive Tom Fazio-designed Corales Golf Club features a spectacular ocean view setting with six of its holes overlooking the Caribbean and the blue waters of the Bay of Corales. Play is available to residents of the Corales residential community, club members and their guests, and all registered guests of Tortuga Bay and The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club.

A world-class golf experience made even better! Our Golf Experience Plans are available for our avid golf resort guests including the Deluxe Plan that is a Golfer’s Turnkey All-inclusive Golf Plan. If our golf plans are not your choice then combine play on both courses with our Golf Enhancement packages or choose your favorite course and purchase the Multiple Day packages. Both opportunities offer reduce pricing. For the casual golfer, we offer half-price rental golf clubs to our hotel guests paying the a la carte daily golf fees. Same day replays of the courses are available at a lower price as well to our guests.

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Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

Corales Golf Club Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2010, Corales is an exclusive and dramatic 18-hole course with six Caribbean oceanside holes set along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves and the inland lakes and coralina quarries. Corales Golf Course rates among the world’s finest golf experiences. The exhilarating challenge culminates with golfers playing the Devil’s Elbow, Corales’s last three holes. The Devil’s Elbow features the striking 18th hole, with a dramatic forced carry over the cliff-lined Bay of Corales, an inspired capstone to a memorable and breathtaking golf experience. The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship was the first Web.com Tour tournament in the Dominican Republic and the first played on any of the islands in the Caribbean. It came about as a result of a three-year agreement executed by officials from the Web.com Tour and Corales Golf Club for 2016 through to 2018. The 2017 tournament will be played from May 1-7, 2017.

La Cana Golf Club La Cana Golf Club is a 27-hole golf course consisting of three nines: Tortuga, Hacienda and Arrecife. The golf course features 14 holes with ocean views looking out over the crystal blue Caribbean Sea. Designed by P.B. Dye, this course has become a favourite of golfers from all over the world. Keeping in line with Puntacana Resort & Club’s efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible, La Cana Golf Club was the first course in the Caribbean to use paspalum, a salt-tolerant grass seed that can be watered using sea water. Golf Magazine has compared La Cana to Pebble Beach and declared it the “number one course in the Caribbean.” Puntacana Resort & Club is home to the Caribbean’s ultimate beach and golf experience. For more information: Tel: +1 809 959 2222

golf@puntacana.com

www.puntacana.com

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The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill ® Every hole is a signature at Pelican Hill® When jaw-dropping scenery is par for the course, you’ll need to remind yourself to keep your eye on the ball. But once you find your focus, players of every skill level are rewarded with 36 holes that test your mettle, quicken your pulse and stir your soul. Pelican Hill Golf Club® is more than just a round of golf. It’s a two-course feast to make you feel as if golf is your sole reason for being. And from the moment you tee off, it absolutely is. With the Ocean North and Ocean South courses at Pelican Hill, Tom Fazio’s vision has been brought to life in its purest form. Thirty-six holes of worldclass golf weave their way through stunning terrain and breathtaking vistas, with every lie, every shot and every hole designed to perfectly complement the natural landscape. Fazio has more designs on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses than any other living course designer, and Pelican Hill proudly features two of his best. The 6,945-yard Ocean North course features panoramic views from every hole, while the 6,580-yard Ocean South course takes you right to bluffs on the ocean. Included with both are: Pelican Hill’s unmatched service and amenities, featuring professional forecaddies; impeccable practice facilities; golf shop; plush men’s and women’s locker rooms; shoe attendants; clubcleaning service; complimentary valet parking; Caffé II; and Pelican Grill. Pelican Hill Golf Club awards players all the benefits more commonly found at a private club that’s open to all. Green Fees (US$) Weekday Weekend

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Should an individual or group wish to improve any aspect of their game, a team of highly-skilled PGA professionals is readily available to instruct them on how to hone and sharpen their skills. The Golf Academy, which is known as the preeminent training facility in Southern California, offers an expansive selection of custom programmes and focused clinics for each shot. Led by Glenn Deck, one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America and Southern California’s PGA Teacher of the Year, the Academy has respected and talented instructors in the field to guide and develop players of all skill levels. The Resort at Pelican Hill is one of the world’s finest five-star, five-diamond destinations offering unparalleled service and spaces to enjoy time on your own terms. Gather in one of the residential-style Villas or airy Bungalow Guest Rooms, most with stunning ocean views. Enjoy the coastal scenery and spend cherished time reconnecting over inspired cuisine at any of our four restaurants and two cafés. Indulge in an hour or a whole day at the Spa or play a round of championship golf. Young guests even have access to a space made just for them at Camp Pelican™ for children and Latitude for teens. Whatever your motivations are for needing a retreat, you’ll be reminded how you should do this kind of thing more often, tucked away in our Tuscan-inspired seaside village along the Southern California coast. The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Beach, California 92657 Tel: +1 888 906 5619 www.pelicanhill.com Copy supplied by The Resort at Pelican Hill 89


A BLEND OF LUXURY AND GOLF IN MALLORCA Located just 3.5 Km from the Club de Golf Alcanada, Leading Golf Course of the world.

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A GOOD ROUND OF GOLF ALWAYS STARTS HERE The Crowne Plaza Vilamoura is the decisive choice of stay for golfers from around the world. Our free shuttle service between Vilamoura golf courses and the Hotel together with an outdoor putting green make this the easiest choice of your holidays. CROWNEPLAZAVILAMOURA.COM

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La Manga Club

A UNIQUE PLACE ON SPAIN’S MEDITERRANEAN COAST

If any sport distinguishes this exclusive 560-hectare tourist, sport and residential resort, it is golf. The resort has three of the best 18-hole courses in Spain. Some of the superb facilities within the resort include: A Golf Practice Centre which is considered the best in Europe, La Manga Club Golf Academy, an impressive 2000m2 Spa and Fitness Centre and a beautiful, secluded beach cove. If all this wasn’t enough, La Manga Club also benefits from one of the best year-round climates in Europe.

A truly unforgettable experience Discover it at www.lamangaclub.com La Manga Club · Cartagena · Murcia Tel. (+34) 968 17 5000 Email: reservas@lamangaclub.com


NOT YOUR ORDINARY GOLF VACATION Explore TPC Dorado Beach

EXPLORE THE MANY ADVENTURES AT TPC DORADO BEACH. Stay, play and explore the many adventures TPC Dorado Beach offers. From exhilarating water sports off the sparkling sands of East Beach to an epic round of golf with a backdrop of mountain scenery on the Sugarcane Course, this is not your ordinary island lifestyle.

You can enjoy: - PGA TOUR-caliber golf

- Luxury accommodations

- Outdoor adventures for the whole family

- And more!

- World-class dining

LEARN MORE VISIT TPC.COM/DORADOBEACH CALL (800) 766-7939


READY FOR A NEW SWING IN MALLORCA OPENING JUNE 2017

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