29 November 2017
Clearwater Golf Club has once again been declared New Zealand’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards.
It is the third year the Christchurch club has received the honour. The award was announced at a ceremony at La Manga Club in Cartagena in Spain.
The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the golf travel and tourism industry. Votes are cast by professionals within the industry – from senior executives and media professionals to travel buyers and operators.
Clearwater was also named the Best Course in Oceania, defeating Australia’s Royal Adelaide course and Fiji’s Natadola Bay Golf Course.
Clearwater Golf Club General Manager Andrew Bell was on hand to receive the awards in Spain on behalf of the members and staff.
“The opportunity to meet with over 100 other World Golf Award winners from across the globe is the best investment we can make in our own improvement in 2018,” Bell said.
“We place a huge amount of our emphasis on creating an escape for golfers rather than putting up barriers or challenges that take away from the social value of golf and we will continue to learn by comparing our offering with the best in the world.”
Clearwater Golf Club Chairman John Hodge said the award reflected the work of the club’s board, golf committee, members and staff.
“Clearwater treats its day members and its annual members with recognition, respect and a sense of belonging. The club is a great place to escape to and enjoy a day of golf on a proven championship layout, followed by great social engagement in our Members Lounge.”
Tourism New Zealand Golf Specialist Ryan Brandeburg said golf was a significant part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategic plan to grow international visitor numbers to New Zealand.
“The golf strategy put in place by central government in 2013 is paying significant dividends, with golf tourism’s annual economic impact valued at well over $300 million to the New Zealand economy.”