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Nominations in for 59club service awards

Compered by BBC Breakfast News and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker, the 7th annual 59club Service Excellence Awards Ceremony, regarded by many as the Oscars of the Golf Industry, takes place at The Belfry, February 27, 2017.

The awards ceremony is the culmination of a day of thought provoking training seminars which all golf clubs are invited and encouraged to attend. The theme will see an expert line-up of speakers consider ‘what golf can learn from other industries’.

As night falls, 59club will recognises ‘Sales & Service Excellence,’ and offer individuals, teams, management & venues the chance to be acclaimed for their performance during 2016 across all business elements – sales, service, operations, retail and management. 59club will also present their coveted ‘Gold, Silver and (new for 2016) Bronze Flag Awards’ on the night to golf resorts and private-member clubs which not only deliver great service, but also provide excellent facilities for golfers to enjoy

The Belfry, Emirates Golf Club, The Dukes St Andrews, and Monte Rei are just some of the big-name golf venues vying for accolades at the Service Excellence Awards Ceremony. Up for seven awards, the team at Stoke Park lead the nominations, closely followed by Emirates Golf Club and two Marriott venues Worsley Park and Breadsall Priory who are all up for 6 awards.

The ‘leading individual golf sales performance’ award will be hotly-contested with six individuals named in the list of nominations, including two from Marriott venues: Emma Thompson (Worsley Park) and Pete Turner (Forest of Arden) who are also joined by Graham Auld (Macdonald’s Linden Hall), Chloe Picton (Stoke Park), Jack Bowen (The Belfry) and James Sibbles (The Grove).

To ensure venues of all sizes are recognised for their outstanding levels of achievement, 59club took the decision last year to introduce two categories for each of the four following awards: ‘golf retail manager of the year’, ‘food and beverage manager of the year’, ‘greenkeeper of the year’, and ‘golf manager of the year’. Clubs will again be segmented by their average green fee of either above or below £75 per person, to ensure that clubs of all sizes and budgets have the chance to win based on their market positioning.

Simon Wordsworth, chief executive at 59club and a Fellow of the PGA, explained: “The event offers a great opportunity for those within the industry to get together and recognise the best individuals and teams for their outstanding performance over the past 12 months.”

The 59club awards’ evening – sponsored and partnered by England Golf, The PGA, Club Car, Toro,, Tacit, golftell, Fluid Productions, Kennet Equipment Leasing, Colt Mackenzie McNair, CGI Insurance, GOLF RETAILING and 3D ifs – has always been labelled by those on the inside as a ‘must attend’ event.

To book a place at the seminars, the awards’ evening, or both – taking place on Monday, February 27 – please contact Prices start at £75pp plus vat. For more information visit