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Scotland has been named the world’s best golf destination at the prestigious World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi. The annual World Golf Awards reached its ninth edition this year.

The awards, part of the World Travel Awards, celebrate excellence in golf tourism as selected by tour operators, media and fans worldwide.

As well as being named the best golf destination in the world, Scotland was also named the best location in Europe to play golf.

Scotland voted best golf destination in the world at the World Golf Awards in Abu Dhabi

For the first time in the nine year history of the World Golf Awards, Scotland has won both of these awards. The awards recognize and celebrate Scotland’s quality as the world’s best golfing destination.

Around 200 guests attended the prestigious event in Abu Dhabi this week from 14-16 November.

The award follows a spectacular golf season in Scotland, which hosted a pair of notable tournaments played over five consecutive weeks.

Widely regarded as the ‘home of golf’, Scotland has hosted a couple of notable tournaments, most notably the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrew’s. It also hosted the Genesis Scottish Open, the Senior Open, the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open, the AIG Women’s Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

In a statement, the chief executive of VisitScotland said:

“These awards are a fitting end to a special year for golf in Scotland and fantastic recognition for all the people who work so hard to grow and enhance our reputation as the home of golf.

“I would like to congratulate everyone, as well as the industries and suppliers of tourism and events.

It continued:

“Each year we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to play our great golf courses and relax in our accommodation after a day of golf, enjoying local produce and visiting nearby attractions.”

The golf industry in Scotland is worth over £1.1 billion

The country has more than 550 golf courses, including multiple championship sites and resorts, links courses, park courses and nine-hole courses.

According to a report by VisitScotland, the golf industry in Scotland is worth more than £1.1 billion, with golf tourism accounting for £286 million a year, while supporting more than 4,400 jobs.

The awards are expected to attract visitors from around the world to Scotland. The country attracts around 2,20,000 golfing visitors annually and an estimated 92,000 regular golfers will also play golf during the holidays.

Dermot Synnott, director of global partnerships at the World Golf Awards, added:

“Scottish golf tourism is thriving, and Scotland is a destination for most golfers from around the world.

It continued:

“It offers a wide range of greens and links options across all of its regions, so the traveling golfer really has plenty of options. No stranger to hosting landmark events, this award is fitting recognition for a high-quality golf destination that successfully hosted the 150th Open at St. Andrews earlier this year.

The ceremony also awarded Wilkinson Golf as Scotland’s best incoming tour operator, while Prestwick Golf Club won the title of Scotland’s best golf club. Former Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Paul Lawrie received a lifetime achievement award for his success on the course and for his Foundation, which aims to get as many young people playing golf as possible.

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