In the 9-year history of the World Golf Awards, Scotland won the ultimate award of ‘Best Golf Destination in the World’ for the first time. The country won this title at the award ceremony held in Abu Dhabi this month.
The prestigious annual World Golf Award gala ceremony was held this week, from the 14th of November to the 16th of November, and was attended by close to 200 guests from golfing destinations around the world.
With this award, Scotland’s status as the best-golfing destination in the world was cemented. It comes on the back of a milestone for the sport as it was headlined by the 150th Open held at St. Andrews.
The World Golf Awards, Part of the World Travel Awards, has been celebrating and rewarding excellence in golf tourism for the past nine years. The winner of this honourable accolade is chosen by the tour operators, media and fans of the sport.
In a separate category, Scotland also won the title of the best destination in Europe, marking this as the first time any country has won both awards in a single year.
The country also hosted the genesis Scottish Open, Senior Open Presented by Roles, Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, Hero Open, AIG Women’s Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship,
Malcolm Roughead, the chief executive of VisitScotland, said, “These awards are a fitting end to an extra special year for golf in Scotland and fantastic recognition for all the people who work so hard to grow and enhance our reputation as the Home of Golf”.
“I’d like to extend our congratulations to everyone, as well as the wider tourism and events industries and suppliers.
“Every year we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to play our great golf courses and relax in our accommodation after a day’s golf, enjoying the local produce and visiting nearby attractions. Golf tourism is a significant boost for the economy and raises Scotland’s profile on the international stage.”