Sat 07 November 2015
Portugal has led winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, taking the title of World's Best Golf Destination for the second year in succession.
At a glittering event at Conrad Algarve, Portugal, Ernie Els Design was also recognised with the title of World’s Golf Course Designer of the Year.
In a special presentation from the World Golf Awards Academy, golfing legend Bernard Gallacher was presented with the World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award trophy.
Following the event World Golf Awards Managing Director Christopher Frost said: “We have seen some true champions emerge here this evening at the second annual World Golf Awards.
“It has been a privilege to recognise the international leaders in golf hospitality and to shine the spotlight on some of the best golfing destinations from around the world.
“Can I offer my sincere thanks to those who have joined us here at the Conrad Algarve this evening and my congratulations to those among them who have emerged victorious on this wonderful night.”
Broadcasting legend Steve Rider hosted the Gala Ceremony alongside the glamorous Ela Clark.
There was also success for St Andrews Old Course Links, defending the title of World’s Best Golf Course, while Las Colinas Golf & Country Club was recognised as Spain’s Best Golf Course.
The world famous Belfry claimed the title of England’s Best Golf Hotel.
The presentation of the awards formed the centrepiece of a three-day itinerary for the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, with guests enjoying some of the world-class facilities on offer at the famous Quinta do Lago Resort.
Providing a flourish of exquisite quality for attendees of the event, Laurent-Perrier provided champagne refreshment during the presentation of the awards.
Portugal Golf Membership, a digital platform that offers benefits to golfers wishing to travel to Portugal for a golf break, was selected Golf Partner for the Gala Ceremony 2015.
World Golf Awards will see presentations made across a range of categories during a red carpet event, with leading golf tourism destinations competing for titles including Best Golf Resort, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course.
Take a look at a full list of winners here.
Notes to EditorsAbout World Golf Awards
World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.
Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. An estimated 60 million golfer visits will take place in 2015 to the 32,000 golf courses and resorts worldwide.
The 2015 World Golf Awards will focus on the leading 130 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry.
While celebrating and rewarding excellence across golf resorts, courses and the golfing destinations throughout the world, World Golf Awards will strive to ultimately raise the golf tourist customer experience and stimulate both the domestic and international golf tourism market.
Votes will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals.
Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).
The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website.
The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.