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World Golf Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Golf Tourism

Serapong Course, Greg Norman, and Other Golf Icons Honored at the Prestigious Abu Dhabi Ceremony.

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General Manager Andy Johnston, Sentosa Golf Club

The 10th annual Gala Ceremony of the World Golf Awards, a global authority in recognizing and celebrating excellence in golf tourism, unfolded in Abu Dhabi. The event showcased the golf industry’s luminaries, with several prominent figures and destinations receiving prestigious accolades. Here are the 2023 World Golf Awards Highlights:





Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course Takes ‘World’s Best Golf Course’ Title

Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course, a masterful display of golf design, secured the esteemed ‘World’s Best Golf Course’ award. Its captivating layout and exceptional design garnered acclaim from golf enthusiasts and experts worldwide.


Greg Norman Named ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’

Australian golf legend-turned-designer Greg Norman, renowned for his impactful contributions to golf course architecture, clinched the coveted title of ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year.’



Portugal: ‘World’s Best Golf Destination’

Portugal claimed the spotlight as it was crowned ‘World’s Best Golf Destination,’ highlighting its sun-soaked courses and breathtaking landscapes that make it a golfing paradise.

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Quinta do Lago’s South Course: ‘Europe’s Best Golf Course’

Quinta do Lago’s South Course in Portugal’s Algarve region stood out as ‘Europe’s Best Golf Course,’ recognized for its exceptional quality and picturesque surroundings.



Dunas Golf Course, Terras da Comporta: Best Newcomer Awards

Dunas Golf Course in Terras da Comporta, Portugal, made a stellar debut, securing two awards: ‘Europe’s Best New Golf Course’ and ‘World’s Best New Golf Course,’ showcasing its innovative approach to golf course design.



Apes Hills Barbados: ‘World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’ and ‘Caribbean’s Best Golf Course’

Apes Hills Barbados, set against a lush tropical backdrop with stunning coastal views, earned recognition as the ‘World’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’ and ‘Caribbean’s Best Golf Course,’ emphasizing its commitment to sustainability and excellence.

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LIV Golf Adelaide: ‘World’s Best Golf Event of the Year’

LIV Golf Adelaide was honored as the ‘World’s Best Golf Event of the Year,’ acknowledging its significant contribution to the global golf event scene.


LIV Golf: ‘World’s Best Golf Innovation Award’

LIV Golf secured the ‘World’s Best Golf Innovation Award,’ highlighting its pioneering approach in shaping the future of the golf industry.


Country Winners: Scotland and England

Trump International Golf Links was named ‘Scotland’s Best Golf Course,’ while The Belfry was honored as ‘England’s Best Golf Hotel,’ with The Brabazon course taking the title of ‘England’s Best Golf Course.’


The 10th edition of the World Golf Awards brought together industry pioneers and golf enthusiasts from around the world

The award ceremony, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, marked the culmination of a golf-filled itinerary that included the World Golf Awards Classic at Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s first true links course.

Chris Frost, Managing Director of World Golf Awards, expressed enthusiasm for the event, stating, “Abu Dhabi has proven to be a world-class destination for what has been a magnificent gathering of the global golf tourism industry to mark our 10th anniversary of recognizing excellence in golf tourism. We have had the privilege of recognizing the leading golf courses, hotels, resorts, designers, and tour operators from across the world, and my congratulations to each of them.”



The results of the World Golf Awards 2023 represent the culmination of a year-long search for the world’s most beloved golf tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by golf industry professionals, the media, and the public, with the nominee garnering the most votes in each category declared the winner.

For a comprehensive list of the winners and additional details about the World Golf Awards 2023, please visit the website.

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