Scotland has been named the world’s best golf destination at the prestigious awards held in the Middle Eastern city of Abu Dhabi.
The World Golf Awards, now in its ninth year, celebrate excellence in golf tourism and are selected by tour operators, the media and golf enthusiasts from around the world.
In addition to winning the World’s Best Golf Destination award, Scotland has also been named Europe’s Best Golf Destination.
This is the first time the birthplace of golf has received both of these awards at a prestigious sporting event.
With over 550 golf courses in Scotland, the 150th Open Championship took place at St Andrews in Fife in July this year.
The country has also hosted the Genesis Scottish Open, the Senior Open presented by Rolex, the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, the AIG Women’s Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links championship.
Tiger Woods of the United States poses for a photo with Jack Nicklaus on the 18th Bridge during the Celebration of Champions Challenge during a practice round ahead of the 150th Open at the Old St. Andrews Course on July 11, 2022 in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
In a statement, VisitScotland’s chief executive said: “These awards are a fitting end to a very special year for golf in Scotland and a fantastic recognition of all the people who work so hard to grow and strengthen our reputation as the home of golf.
“I would like to congratulate everyone, as well as the wider tourism and events industry and suppliers.
“Each year, we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to play on our magnificent golf courses and relax at our hotel after a day of golf, enjoying local produce and visiting nearby attractions.”
Dermot Sinnott, Director of Global Partnerships at the World Golf Awards, added: “Golf tourism in Scotland is booming and Scotland is one of the top destinations for most golfers around the world.
“It offers a wide range of parkland and connectivity options to all regions, so the traveling golfer is truly spoiled for choice.”
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