8 November 2015
Clearwater Gold Course in Christchuch has been selected as the premier New Zealand course by golf tourism operators, golf travellers, golf professionals and others working in the golf industry from around the world.
Clearwater follows in the footsteps of Cape Kidnappers, which was named the top course in 2014, and will now be among the finalists from 150 countries to compete for the title of best golf course in the world.
During the gala event in Portugal, World Golf Awards managing director Christopher Frost said that World Golf Awards voters from around the world have recognised the destination’s commitment to quality service, exceptional facilities and challenging golf. “And accordingly, they have rewarded the course with the prestigious title this evening.”
“With its glistening spring-fed lakes, the course lives up to its name and provides an example to golf hospitality providers across New Zealand,” said Mr Frost
“We are truly humbled by this award, as it is voted for by golfers and industry insiders from all over the world,” said Clearwater Golf Course general manager Andrew Bell.
“This award recognises our efforts to give our members and our guests a total golfing experience, which does not start and finish on the golf course.
“We set high standards for our golf course and also the hospitality we offer at Clearwater. We also continue to look at new opportunities to enhance the experience for visiting golfers.”Clearwater Golf Course manager Andrew Bell
Prime Minister John Key, who himself is a keen golfer, said that the World Golf Award underlined the importance of the Government’s Golf Tourism Initiative.
“New Zealand is a distinctive and attractive golf destination and international golfers are valuable for our tourism industry. This international recognition for Clearwater Golf Course is great news for not only the golf course, but also for tourism throughout Canterbury.”
Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter congratulated Clearwater Golf Course on the accolade and said that the award would help to attract more golfing enthusiasts to Christchurch, boosting the already increasing visitor numbers to the Canterbury region.
“It is businesses like Clearwater Golf Club who through providing a fantastic tourism experience contribute significantly to the recovery of our city. This is an important sector for the tourism industry with the golf market tending to spend more and stay longer in New Zealand,” said Mr Hunter.
Mr Bell said he was pleased that the wider tourism industry in Canterbury would also benefit from an increase in high-end golfing tourists.
Clearwater’s general manager felt that the global recognition and economic benefits also vindicated the investment the Christchurch City Council had made towards hosting international golf tournaments at Clearwater Golf Course.
“The council’s support over the past decade has enabled us to attract the likes of Lydia Ko to Clearwater and to put the country’s best golf course on television screens around the world. This award clearly pays tribute to that investment.”