Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown’s remarkable scenery but that hasn’t stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

It was the third year in a row that the Christchurch club has won the accolade, beating Australia’s Royal Adelaide course and Fiji’s Natadola Bay Golf Course to the prize at the awards ceremony at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain.

Clearwater was also named New Zealand’s Best Golf Course at the awards – the third year in a row it has won that gong as well.

“The opportunity to meet with over 100 other World Golf Award winners from across the globe is the best investment we can make in our own improvement in 2018,” said Clearwater’s general manager, Andrew Bell, was on hand to receive the awards in Spain on Saturday.

“We place a huge amount of our emphasis on creating an escape for golfers rather than putting up barriers or challenges that take away from the social value of golf and we will continue to learn by comparing our offering with the best in the world.”

Millbrook Resort won NZ’s Best Golf Hotel – the third time it has won that award. Playing Around New Zealand won NZ’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator, and PaR nz Golfing Holidays won NZ’s Best Outbound Golf Tour Operator.

The World Golf Awards celebrate excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations. Winners are picked by votes cast by golfing and tourism professionals – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents, media professionals and the public.

Golf tourism constitutes a growing segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace and has been a significant part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategic plan to grow high-value visitor numbers to New Zealand.

“Clearwater’s strong showing for three years running is further proof that New Zealand has become a legitimate golf destination,” said Ryan Brandeburg, golf specialist for Tourism New Zealand.

“The golf strategy put in place by central government in 2013 is paying significant dividends, with golf tourism’s annual economic impact valued at well over $300m to the New Zealand economy.”

Australia was voted Oceania’s Best Golf Destination while Portugal won the World’s Best Golf Destination accolade. St Andrews in Scotland won the World’s Best Golf Course.

Click here for more information on the 2017 World Golf Awards.

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