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59Club hands out the gongs

At the annual 59Club Service Excellence Awards, The Dubai Golf group won the award for ‘Golf Group of the Year’ and Alan Mackenzie, from Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (one of Dubai Golf’s three clubs) won the award for ‘Golf Manager of the Year’. Dubai Creek and Emirates GC both secured coveted gold flag status in the members’ clubs category.

In total 14 awards were presented for the achievements of the best individuals, teams and venues within the golf industry, while another 17 golf venues saw their commitment to continued quality recognised with the award of a prestigious gold or silver ‘flag’.

Stoke Park was the ‘Ultimate Members Club’ and Celtic Manor 2010 took the ‘Ultimate Golf Resort’ award. QHotels’ Mottram Hall secured the title of ‘Most Improved Golf Operation Team’, while Belton Woods, in Grantham, another QHotels venue, produced the ‘Most Improved Golf Sales Team’. QHotels’ Dunston Hall secured ‘Golf Sales Team of the Year’. Marriott’s Breadsall Priory triumphed in ‘Golf Operation Team of the Year’, while The Manor House, in Castle Combe, took the title of ‘Golf Membership Sales Team of the Year’.

Individual winners included Ayden Roberts-Jones, at The Duke’s (St Andrews), as ‘Golf Retail Manager of the Year’, while Davy Cuthbertson and Pete Newton collected jointly the ‘Greenkeeper of the Year’ title for Rockliffe Hall.

Simon Wordsworth, (pictured), chief executive at 59Club and a fellow of the PGA, said: “Once again we had a tremendous evening which allowed us to not only recognise the efforts of people within our industry, but also to network with them on a social level. As always there was much congratulating going on, but it’s clear that those present were impressed and often inspired by the success of their peers. It’s a great honour for 59Club to be able to host this event, which is now a fixture in the industry calendar and very popular with those working within golf.”