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2 November 2020 

C’mon, Aussie: Australia wins “World’s Best Golf Destination” honour

It’s official: Australia is the best place on the planet to play golf.

The host nation of the 2019 Presidents Cup and 2018 World Cup of Golf was announced as the world’s most desirable golf location Thursday at the World Golf Awards, a global travel body that celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations.

Australia held off the likes of Vietnam, USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Dubai and Mexico for the top gong, after what has been a tumultuous time for international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This news, however, is sure to light a fire within for local tour operators, who collectively have lost millions of dollars in revenue while international travel has remained in limbo.

“I’m ecstatic Australia has been recognised as the world’s best golf destination,” said Richard Tessel, whose company Easygolf Worldwide Australia also took out the award for Oceania’s Best Golf Tour Operator for 2020.

“We all know just how tough the tourism industry has been hit during the pandemic. It’s been a disaster unlike anything we have ever experienced. This accolade provides some level of comfort and a lot of hope that, when everything does return to normal, Australia will be No.1 on the list for travelling golfers far and wide.”

Tessel, who himself has lobbied for Australia to be recognised as the world’s best golf destination for more than five years, paid credit to PGA of Australia boss Gavin Kirkman, who helped present a formidable case to the judges this year.

“All the kudos goes to Gavin, along with the state of Victoria and the US PGA Tour for allowing Australia to once again host the Presidents Cup and The World Cup of Golf in recent times. I have no doubt the exposure those two events gave our country certainly helped with this award.”

World Golf Awards is part of the World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 27th anniversary. World Golf Awards voting runs from February to September each year. Votes come from professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry, including senior executives, tour operators, agents and media professionals, and may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).

“Despite the many challenges that the golf tourism and 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,” said World Golf Awards managing director Chris Frost.

“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.”

This article was originally published by Australian Golf Digest and republished here with permission.

Source: PGA of Australia

2 November 2020 

C’mon, Aussie: Australia wins “World’s Best Golf Destination” honour

It’s official: Australia is the best place on the planet to play golf.

The host nation of the 2019 Presidents Cup and 2018 World Cup of Golf was announced as the world’s most desirable golf location Thursday at the World Golf Awards, a global travel body that celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations.

Australia held off the likes of Vietnam, USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Dubai and Mexico for the top gong, after what has been a tumultuous time for international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This news, however, is sure to light a fire within for local tour operators, who collectively have lost millions of dollars in revenue while international travel has remained in limbo.

“I’m ecstatic Australia has been recognised as the world’s best golf destination,” said Richard Tessel, whose company Easygolf Worldwide Australia also took out the award for Oceania’s Best Golf Tour Operator for 2020.

“We all know just how tough the tourism industry has been hit during the pandemic. It’s been a disaster unlike anything we have ever experienced. This accolade provides some level of comfort and a lot of hope that, when everything does return to normal, Australia will be No.1 on the list for travelling golfers far and wide.”

Tessel, who himself has lobbied for Australia to be recognised as the world’s best golf destination for more than five years, paid credit to PGA of Australia boss Gavin Kirkman, who helped present a formidable case to the judges this year.

“All the kudos goes to Gavin, along with the state of Victoria and the US PGA Tour for allowing Australia to once again host the Presidents Cup and The World Cup of Golf in recent times. I have no doubt the exposure those two events gave our country certainly helped with this award.”

World Golf Awards is part of the World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 27th anniversary. World Golf Awards voting runs from February to September each year. Votes come from professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry, including senior executives, tour operators, agents and media professionals, and may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers).

“Despite the many challenges that the golf tourism and 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,” said World Golf Awards managing director Chris Frost.

“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.”

Other winners included Ireland (‘Europe’s Best Golf Destination); The Carriage House at Adare Manor, Ireland (‘World’s Best Golf Clubhouse’); Park Hyatt Dubai (‘Middle East’s Best Golf Hotel); Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (‘Middle East’s Best Golf Course’); Callaway (‘World’s Best Golf Club Brand); and Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore (‘World’s Best Eco Friendly Golf Facility’).

For a full list of winners visit here.

Source: Australian Golf Digest

29 October 2020 

World Golf Awards announces 2020 winners

World Golf Awards – the global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in golf tourism, courses and golf destinations – has announced the winners of its 2020 programme.

Winners include Georgia’s legendary Augusta National Golf Club, crowned ‘World's Best Golf Course’. Ryder Cup winning captain José María Olazábal was named ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’, following in the steps of previous winners Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Sir Nick Faldo. Golfing icon and ten-time major winner Annika Sorenstam was the recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

The beauty of Australia’s golf courses, which range from coastal links to wild greens, was acknowledged with the title of ‘World's Best Golf Destination’. On the opposite side of the globe, England’s The Belfry, also emerged as one of the big winners with the accolade for ‘World's Best Golf Hotel’.

In the newcomer categories, Vietnam’s Hoiana Shores Golf Club – home to a spectacular new 18-hole links seaside course – was voted ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’. Meanwhile ‘World’s Best New Golf Development’ went to Navarino Hills, Costa Navarino, Greece.

Golf Saudi was acknowledged with ‘The Golf Vision Award’ for its pivotal role in transforming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into a world-class golf tourism destination.

The results follow a year-long search for the world’s top golf tourism and hospitality brands. Votes were cast by professionals working in the golf industry and by the public (golf tourism consumers).

Chris Frost, Managing Director, World Golf Awards, said: “Our winners represent the very best of the global golf tourism and hospitality sector and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges.”

The World Golf Awards 2020 programme received a record number of votes cast by the public. This shows that the appetite for golf tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.

Other winners included Ireland (‘Europe’s Best Golf Destination); The Carriage House at Adare Manor, Ireland (‘World’s Best Golf Clubhouse’); Park Hyatt Dubai (‘Middle East’s Best Golf Hotel); Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (‘Middle East’s Best Golf Course’); Callaway (‘World’s Best Golf Club Brand); and Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore (‘World’s Best Eco Friendly Golf Facility’).

For a full list of winners visit here.

For more information about World Golf Awards, visit worldgolfawards.com.

Launched in 2014, World Golf Awards aims to drive up standards within the golf tourism industry by rewarding the organizations that are leaders in their field.

Votes are cast by professionals working within the golf industry and by the public (golf tourism consumers).

World Golf Awards is the sister organization of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 27th anniversary.

For more information about World Golf Awards visit worldgolfawards.com.

 

Glenn Paul joins the team at easyGolf Worldwide Travel & Tours

easyGolf Worldwide travel & tours CEO, Richard Tessel, today announced that Glenn Paul has joined the team at easyGolf Worldwide as their new Ambassador.

Glenn turned Professional in 2005 in Sydney and undertook a Traineeship with the PGA. He competed on the Tarheel Tour (now the eGolf Professional Tour) in the US in 2008 and was based at Pinehurst, NC. Upon returning to Australia Glenn competed in a number of Tour events and Pro-Am's before relocating to Perth in 2011 to be with his wife. He married in January 2016.
 
Glenn is now the Head Teaching Professional at Carramar GC in Perth and uses his playing experience to help golfers improve their game. Glenn's passion for playing tournament golf has never wavered and he is now able to combine tuition and tournament play, helping to grow the game while also remaining competitive. He will be competing in Pro-Am’s across the May/June circuit in Western Australia and also aiming to get starts in a number of Tour events throughout the year.
 
Glenn said, "The opportunity to partner with easyGolf Worldwide opens up another avenue to promote and grow the game globally. As a tournament golfer, I have the opportunity to play on some of the worlds best courses. Partnering with easyGolf Worldwide will allow me to offer the same opportunity to my clients and the entire golfing community. I’m looking forward to promoting easyGolf Worldwide’s travel packages and services and helping to tailor additional packages for golfers."

 

 

8 February 2017

 

World Golf Awards - Winner!

easyGolf Worldwide travel & tours have been awarded the prestigious title of “Australia’s Best Inbound Golf Tour Operator” for 2016 at the 3rd Annual World Golf Awards. Mr Richard Tessel CEO of easyGolf Worldwide travel & tours from Melbourne, Australia also received the coveted award for “Travel Personality of the Year 2016”.

The World Golf Awards, part of the World Travel Awards, serves to acknowledge and reward excellence in golf tourism through their annual awards programme. They recognize world class service and customer experiences and set the benchmark for excellence. To be nominated for the award in itself is an amazing achievement.

Richard Tessel, CEO of easyGolf worldwide travel & tours was overjoyed and humbled at being named the Winner and stated “These awards are a reward for the hard work and dedication of all of us at easyGolf worldwide travel & tours. They reinforce the ideals that we hold dear, that our customer and their experience is always foremost in our mind. We pride ourselves on delivering a highly personalised service with the aim of exceeding our customers' experience. No matter where in the world you want to visit, we will make it happen. We have access to the world’s finest golf courses and have partnerships with golfing organisations that ensure your golfing experience is everything you expect and more. We represent many other sporting organizations across the globe immaterial of where in the world and Australia you wish to visit. I am totally blown away and humbled to the core and I have accepted this honour with sincere gratitude”.

The 3rd Annual World Golf Awards were announced at a black tie function at the spectacular Conrad Algarve, Portugal on Saturday, 12th November 2016.

 

 

12 November 2016

 

TaylorMade-adidas Golf and easyGolfWorldwide Travel & Tours Partnership Announcement

It is with great pride and excitement that we are today able to announce the partnership between the TaylorMade adidas Golf Pacific Players Club and easyGolfWorldwide Travel & Tours.

TaylorMade adidas Golf Pacific Players Club (TMaG PPC) is the consumer based membership for TaylorMade Golf Pacific that provides members with exclusive content, keeps them up to date with new TaylorMade Golf products, provides access to member only offers and competition to win prizes money can't buy. For more info visit: www.tmagpacificclub.com/profile-centre/

easyGolfWorldwide will provide our advertised golf tour packages, bespoke golf tours and access to the greatest golf tournaments around the globe to all of the members of the TMaG PPC. We can tailor any golf experience whether that be here in Australia or any of the great golf courses around the world. For more info visit: www.easygolfworldwide.com.au/promotions/taylormade-golf

We will also be establishing golf days at some of the most exclusive and well respected golf courses here in Australia and New Zealand, specifically for the TaylorMade adidas Golf Pacific Players Club.

 

12 June 2013

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