The PGA National Czech Republic at Oaks Prague is proud to have won two prestigious international awards, including ‘Europe’s Best Golf Course 2020’, at the seventh annual World Golf Awards.
The Kyle Phillips-designed course, located to the south-east of Prague, was also named the ‘Czech Republic’s Best Golf Course 2020‘, just months after its official opening in the summer.
Offering a premier golfing experience in the Czech Republic, the facility is part of Oaks Prague, a modern community of premium homes and apartments, a future hotel and spa, and a selection of restaurants – all nestled in a beautiful 140-hectare country estate.
The PGA National Czech Republic is one of just nine PGA National designated golf courses around the world, with only one course in any country licensed with The PGA National brand. It signifies that a PGA National golf course is of the highest standard, capable of hosting international golf tournaments and offering an exceptional test for all golfers.
The course was designed by renowned architect Kyle Phillips – whose designs include Kingsbarns, The Grove and Yas Links – and is operated by Troon Privé, part of Troon Golf, the world’s leading golf management company.
Launched in 2014, the World Golf Awards celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism through the annual awards program.
Voting for the 2020 awards opened at the beginning of the year and 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.
The announcement of both awards was made by the World Golf Awards, part of the World Travel Awards, on October 29th, 2020.
Paul Dennis, Director of Golf at PGA National Czech Republic, commented: “The PGA National Czech Republic is a culmination of the dedication shown by the Oaks Prague team in producing a world class facility, and their desire to deliver the extraordinary Troon Experience on a daily basis. Jordan Fairweather and his team have worked tirelessly to produce course conditions worthy of the wonderful Kyle Phillips design, which sits perfectly in the beautiful Czech landscape just outside of the historic city of Prague. It’s been a privilege to be part of the team to bring the Club to life over the last year, setting a new standard in the region, and we are very proud to have the facility recognised on a global scale with these two awards. We are positive that as the Club continues to develop into a high-end destination it will receive further accolades and international recognition.”
Pavel Tatyanin, member of the Supervisory Board of Arendon a.s (developers of Oaks Prague), commented: “We are very excited to have been named Europe’s Best Golf Course 2020. We are very proud of this achievement as it represents our commitment to something truly exceptional for our members, residents and guests. It reinforces our vision for Oaks Prague as a unique destination in the Czech Republic. The challenge was to build a new golf course in a truly historic setting with exciting heritage, in the picturesque countryside which would allow our guests to feel like it has been here for a very long while. The PGA National Czech Republic golf course is the first of what we are confident will be a wider selection of great treasures that Oaks Prague will offer.”
Guy Moran, Head of Property and Development at The PGA, commented: “The PGA is tremendously proud of its close relationship with the PGA National Czech Republic and Oaks Prague, which dates back to 2011 and the earliest stages of the entire development. Oaks Prague has benefitted from the vision and commitment of the developers Arendon to create one of the most desirable places to live and play in the Czech Republic and central Europe. The expertise and artistic flair of Kyle Phillips must also be recognised and applauded; through the expert management of the golf operations team led by PGA Professional Paul Dennis, The PGA is confident the PGA National Czech Republic will continue to provide a fair and rewarding challenge to all levels of golfers who have added it to their must-play list.”
Mark Chapleski, President – Troon International, commented: “We are very proud of the collaborative efforts made by Kyle Phillips, the Oaks Prague team and Troon, to deliver what is truly a spectacular golf course. Having achieved recognition as ‘Europe’s Best Golf Course’ in our first year is a real testament to Kyle’s design and our team at the PGA National Czech Republic led by Director of Golf Paul Dennis and Golf Course Superintendent/Head of Estate Management Jordan Fairweather. The club will benefit from the addition of the stunning refurbished Chateau as its clubhouse in 2021 to complete the total offering at this world-class development. Oaks Prague, as a residential community, will become one of the most-sought after destinations not only in the Czech Republic, but across Central Europe.”
Kyle Phillips, owner at Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design, commented: “This award is certainly a testimony not only to the quality of the golf course we designed, but to everyone associated with PGA National Czech Republic and Oaks Prague. The presence of Troon on site during the growing-in period and the transition to operations, as well as the enthusiastic embrace of my design by The PGA to provide their license from the onset, have been a great support to our commitment to deliver a truly world-class golf experience. But ultimately, this award speaks to the commitment the ownership has made to deliver the finest quality at every level.”