Gary Player Design was voted ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’ at the 5th annual World Golf Awards held at La Manga Club, Spain earlier this month.
Gary Player accepted the award on behalf of the company, saying, “Thank you for voting us as Golf Designer of the Year. It has given our team great pleasure to leave golf courses that people will play in a thousand years’ time.”
World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations. Launched in 2014, World Golf Awards aims to drive up standards within the golf tourism industry by rewarding the organizations that are leaders in their field. Votes are cast by professionals working within the golf industry and by the public.
Chris Frost, Managing Director, World Golf Awards, said: “We have had the privilege of recognising the leading golf courses, hotels, resorts and tour operators from across the world and my congratulations to each of them.” Gary Player Design was selected from a short list including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els.
Player, in his acceptance speech, spoke of Gary Player Design’s philosophy of playability and sustainability, defending the importance of designing golf courses to be enjoyed by amateurs of varying skill levels and to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.
“The great thrill for me is to have given people so much pleasure to play these beautiful golf courses.”
Two Gary Player Design courses also took home World Golf Awards. Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort was voted Morocco’s Best Golf Hotel while Thracian Cliffs Signature Course was voted Bulgaria’s Best Golf Course.
Player’s recognition at the World Golf Awards as Golf Course Designer of the Year underscores a successful year for Gary Player Design. The innovative 13-hole short course Mountain Top opened at Big Cedar Lodge and hosted for the first time, the Legends of Golf tournament. Gary Player Design courses have hosted events on several professional tours this year including the European Tour, Sunshine Tour, Ladies European Tour, and PGA Champions Tour.
For more information about Gary Player Design visit: https://garyplayer.com/gary-player-design/
For more information about the World Golf Awards visit: https://worldgolfawards.com/news/article/87/gary-player-leads-winners-at-2018-world-golf-awards