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Historic Old Course crowned world’s best

November 28 2017

St Andrews Links historic Old Course has been heralded as the world’s best at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The world’s most famous Links was awarded the top accolade at the World Golf Awards in La Manga, Spain, adding another chapter to its rich history by lifting the world’s best title for the fourth successive year.

The hallowed turf, which has hosted The Open Championship a record 29 times, was also named best course in Scotland and Europe.

Old Course Manager Gordon McKie received the awards on behalf of the Links and paid tribute to the collective team effort.

Gordon added: “It’s a real honour and privilege to collect these awards on behalf of everyone at St Andrews Links.

“It gives everyone associated with the Links a great deal of satisfaction to know that the pride we take all year round to ensure we deliver the best playability and condition for every golfer has been recognised by an international golfing audience.”

Euan Loudon, chief executive of St Andrews Links Trust, added: “These awards recognise the strength of our entire team at the Home of Golf, working diligently across every aspect of our living landscape to deliver memorable experiences at the Home of Golf on a daily basis.

“We are delighted to be recipients of these awards and will continue to work hard as part of the wider, wonderful golf effort in Scotland that continues to receive global recognition and attract a significant international audience to the country.”

Chris Frost, managing director of the World Golf Awards, said: “I would like to congratulate St Andrews Links on this remarkable achievement.

“Golf tourism's highest accolade is truly deserved and these awards recognise the Home of Golf’s commitment to excellence and determination to achieve market leader status.”

This year’s World Golf Awards attracted a record number of votes from golf tourism professionals worldwide and golf consumers in more than 100 countries.

The event at La Manga Club featured leading golf industry figures from 40-plus countries from all over the world including legendary commentator, ‘the Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss, and record 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus, who accepted his ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year 2017’ award via a video message.
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