Destinations, golf courses and golf resorts from Florida, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Vietnam and Austria were lauded as the 17th annual IAGTO Awards took place at a gala dinner in Palma, Mallorca.

The event, attended by more than 1,000 golf tourism industry professionals, was held in Palma’s spectacular Son Amar show venue on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market.

IAGTO Chief Executive Peter Walton said: “For 17 years now we have been recognising a handful of golf courses, golf resorts and golf destinations each year who have excelled in their efforts to deliver the best possible experience to the visiting golf traveller.

“This has become such a special event because the Awards are voted for by the world’s golf tour operators and golf travel writers and therefore carry great weight within the industry.''

“There are always some great stories behind the winning destinations and resorts. We held our first IAGTO Awards in 2000 in Jacksonville accompanied by the city’s 60-piece Philharmonic Orchestra, so to see the North Florida region that encompasses Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Amelia Island picking up our North America Golf Destination of the Year Award, brought back a lot of good memories; Los Cabos is one of the world’s truly great golf destinations which is continuing to add new spectacular courses to its inventory; and Andalucía triumphed in Europe for the second time which is testimony to how well this expansive golf destination is working together.”

The 2017 IAGTO Sustainability Awards, which are run in conjunction with GEO (Golf Environment Organization), were also announced at the gala dinner.

2017 IAGTO Awards winners

Golf Destination of the Year – North America: North Florida, USA

Golf Destination of the Year – Latin America & Caribbean: Los Cabos, Mexico

Golf Destination of the Year – Africa & Gulf States: Western Cape, South Africa

Golf Destination of the Year – Europe: Andalucía, Spain

Golf Destination of the Year – Asia & Australasia: Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

Golf Resort of the Year – Europe: Costa Navarino, Greece

Golf Resort of the Year – North America: Barefoot Resort & Golf, South Carolina, USA

Golf Resort of the Year– Rest of the World: Laguna Golf Lăng Cô, Vietnam

Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year: Kärnten (Carinthia), Austria

2017 IAGTO Sustainability Awards winners

Machrihanish Dunes Scotland862

Sustainable Golf Destination of the Year: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year – Nature Protection: Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort, Kenya

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year – Community Value: Laguna Golf Phuket, Thailand

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year – Resource Efficiency: Pebble Beach Resorts, California, USA

Sustainable Golf Course of the Year – Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Golf: Machrihanish Dunes, Scotland

For more information visit www.iagto.com/awards 

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