Doonbeg Named IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year (Back )
November 20, 2009
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20 November 2009
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Kiawah IslandGolfResort Named North America Golf Resort of the Year; Doonbeg Named European Golf Resort of the Year
Luxury Resorts Earn Coveted International Association of Golf Tour Operators Award
November 20, (Malaga, Spain) – Over 300 golf tour operators from 45 countries cast their votes for the annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators that saw Kiawah Island Golf Resort declared Golf Resort of the Year in the North America category (the other two categories being Europe and the Rest of the World). KiawahIsland’s sister property, Doonbeg, in County Clare Ireland was named Golf Resort of the Year for Europe.
“Receiving these awards from the IAGTO, speaks to the time, effort and attention to detail we give each golf course project we undertake,” said Charlie Arrington, Director of Design and Planning, Kiawah Development Partners. “While Kiawah and Doonbeg are both dramatic venues for golf courses and offer unmatched natural beauty, it’s the quality of service and people that make each destination worthy of such a distinction.
Coastal South Carolina USA managing director, Gary Edwards was on hand to collect the award at the IAGTO Awards Gala Dinner held in Malaga, Spainon Nov. 19.
Over 2,000 golf resorts from around the world were considered for this award category and were judged based on customer satisfaction, quality of golf course and accommodation, value for money, accessibility to tee times as well as speed of communication and quality of service of the golf resort sales and marketing team.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort joins a roster of acclaimed international golf resorts who have received the prestigious award in previous years. Past winners in the category included: Pebble Beach Resorts, in Carmel, CA, the PGA National Resort & Spa, in Palm Beach Gardens, FLand the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, FLamong others.
The IAGTO Awards were established in 2000 to reward to recognize those exceptional resorts in the world of golf travel.
About KiawahIslandGolf Resort
Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is currently ranked as the #1 resort in the U.S. by Golf World magazine, one of the top five tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine and the prestigious Conde Nast Travelermagazine has ranked Kiawah Island Golf Resort the #1 resort in the USA and the #1 island in North America.KiawahIslandis also known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. In addition to The Sanctuary, the resort’s Mobil 5-star/AAA 5-Diamand 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages 600 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA championships.
For more information on the resort, visit www.kiawahresort.com or call 800-654-2924.
Doonbeg, in County Clare Ireland, is a luxury resort destination featuring five star accommodations, a Greg Norman-designed championship links golf course, restaurants, pubs and a state-of-the-art spa. Overlooking the Atlantic Oceanon the magnificent crescent-shaped DoughmoreBay, Doonbeg allows for whole-ownership cottages and suites as well as a private residence club managed by Timbers Resorts, the word's leading creator of deeded property interests. The property is developed by Kiawah Development Partners, the master-planner behind Kiawah Island, SCand ChristopheHarbour, St. Kitts.
For reservations, real estate and membership please visit http://www.DoonbegGolfClub.com or call 1-866-DOONBEG (366-6234).