Scotland voted best in the world golf destination at the prestigious World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi. The annual World Golf Awards marked his ninth this year.
Part of the World Travel Awards, the awards celebrate excellence in golf tourism, chosen by tour operators, media and fans around the world.
Scotland has not only been voted the best golf destination in the world, but also the best place to play golf in Europe.
For the first time in the World Golf Awards’ nine-year history, Scotland won both awards. The award recognizes and celebrates Scotland as the world’s premier golf destination.
About 200 guests attended this prestigious event in Abu Dhabi this week from 14-16 November.
The award follows an epic golf season in Scotland, with five consecutive weeks of several notable tournaments.
Widely known as the ‘home of golf’, Scotland has hosted some notable tournaments. st.AndrewsIt also hosts the Genesis Scottish Open, Senior Open, Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, AIG Women’s Open, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
In a statement, VisitScotland’s CEO said:
“These awards are a fitting way to end a special year for golf in Scotland, and recognize all those who work hard to build and grow the reputation of golf as the home of golf.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone and to the wider tourism and events industry and suppliers.
“Each year, we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to play our fantastic golf courses, relax at our accommodation after a day of golf, enjoy local produce and visit our nearby attractions. We welcome you.”
Scottish golf industry is worth over £1.1 billion
The country is home to over 550 golf courses, including multiple championship venues and resorts, links courses, parkland courses and nine-hole courses.
reported that visit scotlandScotland’s golf industry is worth over £1.1 billion and golf tourism accounts for £286 million a year and supports over 4,400 jobs.
The award is expected to attract visitors from all over the world to visit Scotland. About 220,000 golf tourists visit the country annually, and an estimated 92,000 regular winners also play golf during their holidays.
Dermot Sinot, Director of Global Partnerships at the World Golf Awards, added:
“Golf tourism in Scotland is thriving and Scotland is a must-visit destination for most golfers around the world.
“It offers a vast range of park and link options across all its regions, so the traveling golfer is truly spoiled for choice. This award is a fitting recognition for the top quality golf destination that successfully hosted the 150th Open in St. Louis. Andrews earlier this year.“
During the ceremony, Wilkinson Golf was honored as Scotland’s Best Inbound Tour Operator and Prestwick Golf Club was crowned Scotland’s Best Golf Club. Former Open His Champion and Ryder His Cup Hero Paul His Raleigh is dedicated to his success on the course and to his foundation which aims to get more young people to play golf. received the Lifetime Achievement Award.