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Highland links receives Scotland's best course title for 2020 in World Golf Awards


By John Davidson

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The new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch. Picture: Royal Dornoch GC / Matthew Harris Photography
The new 7th hole at Royal Dornoch. Picture: Royal Dornoch GC / Matthew Harris Photography

Royal Dornoch has been crowned Scotland's best golf course 2020 at the World Golf Awards.

The formal announcement and presentation of the award took place at a virtual ceremony at Park Hyatt Dubai, UAE on Thursday.

It was the seventh annual World Golf Awards event, highlighting winners across the globe in various categories.

“We are delighted to win this award,” said Neil Hampton, general manager at Royal Dornoch.

“It was a nice surprise to learn of our success and it is a real positive for everyone associated with the club during this difficult year. We work hard to maintain the quality of the Championship Course at Royal Dornoch, as well as our Struie Course, and look forward to welcoming more visitors back to our links in the months ahead.”

Royal Dornoch beat off competition from Carnoustie, Castle Stuart, Gleneagles, Kingsbarns, Loch Lomond, Royal Aberdeen, Royal Troon, St Andrews Links (Old) and Turnberry to claim the 2020 title.

Organisers of the global awards said that it recognised the quality of the famous links course during what had been a difficult year for businesses.

“Despite the many challenges that the golf tourism and the hospitality industry has faced in this most unprecedented of years, votes were cast by hundreds of thousands of golf consumers from a record 129 countries."

Chris Frost, managing director at World Golf Awards, said: “Despite the many challenges that the golf tourism and the hospitality industry has faced in this most unprecedented of years, votes were cast by hundreds of thousands of golf consumers from a record 129 countries. Strong support has also come from the leading golf industry professionals and media from every single participating nation in the programme.

“I can happily report that the appetite for golf tourism has never been as keen, as golf fans pushed for World Golf Awards to continue, and for the leaders in our industry to be acknowledged and rewarded. This bodes well for golf tourism’s future as the global recovery begins.

“With all of this taken into account, this year’s World Golf Awards winners are more deserving than ever before. Rewarding your commitment to excellence, whatever the challenges, and the determination to become the undisputed market leader.”

Carnoustie Golf Links won the Scottish award last year, with the Old Course in St Andrews winning in 2018. The World Golf Awards are presented in a range of categories with leading golf tourism destinations competing for titles.

The winners are voted by golf travel and tourism professionals and consumers.


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