Kingsbarns Golf Links soars to chart success


Kingsbarns Golf Links has recorded an unprecedented leap in one of golf’s most respected course rankings. The significant move, which resulted in the renowned European Tour venue jumping 10 places and entering Golf World’s top 10, firmly establishes the North East Fife course as one of the UK’s must-play golfing venues.

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Stoke Park Clubhouse is Fifth Most Iconic in the World

Definition of iconic:
1) …of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an icon
2) a: widely recognised and well-established
b: widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence

Goldfinger owned it. Daniel Craig was shot on its steps. And now, the golf clubhouse at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, in Buckinghamshire, has been named the fifth most iconic clubhouse in world golf.

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Mauritius named Golf Destination of the Year – Africa, Gulf States & Indian Ocean


The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been honoured as one of the world’s best golf destinations.

It was named 2016 Golf Destination of the Year for the Africa, Gulf States and Indian Ocean region in the prestigious annual IAGTO Awards, the golf tourism industry’s “Oscars”, at a gala dinner on the final day of the International Golf Travel Market in Tenerife.

It is the second time Mauritius has won the coveted award, which is voted for by golf tour operator members of IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators). It previously won the honour in the 2008 IAGTO Awards.

“Through the AfrAsia Mauritius Open, the first-ever tri-sanctioned golf event by the European, Asian and Africa Sunshine Tours, the island of Mauritius has reaffirmed its past role as the key of the Indian Ocean, this time for the promotion of the game of golf on the three continents,” he continued.

“Our golf business model is centred on our guests’ satisfaction in terms of service quality, innovation and value for money.

“Everybody involved in the golf tourism industry in Mauritius is very honoured that the island has been named Golf Destination of the Year for Africa, the Gulf States and the Indian Ocean. To have won this prestigious accolade, which is voted for by tour operators, is very gratifying and shows that our hard work is paying off.”

Mauritius offers a collection of world-class golf courses by renowned golf designers, in tropical settings and with perfect, year-round golf weather. The inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open was held at the Heritage Golf Club in May 2015. The 2016 event will be held from 12-15 May, 2016, at the Four Seasons Golf Club Mauritius at Anahita and will have a purse of €1 million.

I spent my honeymoon in Mauritius and can rightly say, it’s a small paradise and the golf is truly breathtaking. Can’t wait to see the AfrAsia Mauritius Open is teeing up at Ernie Els’ Anahita resort. The course pictured above is Bernhard Langer’s Le Touessrok Golf Club—another mind-blowing course on its own island.

If you are into beaches, great food, culture, heritage and golf, then Mauritius is the place to be for you!

Lisbon Selected as Europe’s Best Golf Destination


Lisbon is the best golf destination in Europe. The Lisbon Golf Coast has been named Europe’s best golfing destination by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators). The association’s 2,400 members include nearly 600 tour operators, as well as golf resorts, hotels, golf courses, airlines and tourism associations. The award is voted for by the specialist golf tour operators.

Currently, the Lisbon Region offers around two dozen golf courses. The Strategic Tourism Plan for the region includes the development of joint events and the creation of a “pass” for use at different courses. The sport also fits extremely well with the many other experiences that the region’s diversified tourism offer is able to provide.

“This is the second time Lisbon has received this award and we are very proud that, once again, the excellence, quality and diversity of the region’s golf courses have been recognised in this way. Each of our courses has been designed by a renowned architect and promises the golfer a unique experience”, says Vitor Costa, General Director of the Lisbon Tourism Association.

The golf courses in the Lisbon Region have all been carefully embedded into their extensive natural surroundings. They also benefit from a mild climate that allows golfers to play in comfort all year round.

The award for Golf Destination of the Year for Europe was presented to the Lisbon Golf Coast at a gala dinner held on 8 October at Siam Park, Tenerife, on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market event.