Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that Abu Dhabi Golf Club (ADGC) scooped the “Best Golf Course in the Middle East” award and “Best Golf Club (overall) in the Middle East” at this year’s Middle East Golf Awards. It was in fact the third straight year that Abu Dhabi Golf Club has claimed the title, an unprecedented achievement in the Middle East golf’s history, and the second time in three years to win the “Best Golf Club” (overall) award. The Els Club’s Butch Harmon School of Golf won “Best Golf Academy” and Xerox won the “Best Corporate Golf Event,” for the second time in three years. Troon Golf has managed the Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge for the past five years. This recognition capped off a hugely successful night at the awards.

Troon Golf has played an integral part in developing world class golf properties in the UAE and is delighted to see its flagship managed properties receive recognition for the dedicated work that has delivered owners’ expectations and further elevated the sport in the region.

“We are proud to be associated with each and every property that we manage and when we see the hard work from all those involved pay off, it gives a great sense of pride in what we have achieved,” commented Mark Chapleski, area managing director, Troon Golf Middle East. “There are some great plans for new courses in the UAE and we are all optimistic about the future for the golf industry here. The levels of service and hospitality we provide to both our members and guests are essential in continuing to attract new golfers to the region.”

ADGC, home to the European PGA Tour’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, so deservedly won the coveted “Best Golf Course in the Middle East” award for the third year running as well as the award for “Best Golf Club (overall) in the Middle East”. Players at this year’s Championship were consistently rich in praise for the condition of the course and the challenge they were presented with as well as their enjoyment of the time spent in the ever growing Emirate. Abu Dhabi Golf Club remains a central part of the vision in promoting the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi as an international golf destination and is viewed very much as the home of golf in the region.

“This is a great moment in Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s history in receiving such prestigious awards and most notably the “Best Golf Club” (overall) in the Middle East for the second time in three years,” noted Ken Kosak, general manager, Abu Dhabi Golf Club. “Awards like these reflect the significant levels of hard work and dedication from those involved. All of us at Troon Golf are proud of what the property has achieved and are excited about the future and the opportunity to firmly position the golf club as a key proposition in Abu Dhabi’s vision for tourism.”

The Els Club was also celebrating as the Butch Harmon School of Golf was awarded “Best Golf Academy.” The Els Club, launched to critical acclaim two years ago, has since impressed all who have visited. With the introduction of the state-of-the-art academy, golfers of all ages and levels can receive world class instruction in perfect surroundings.

“The Els Club has become one of the top facilities in golf and to have our latest addition heralded as the best in the region is something we can all be proud of,” commented Thomas Rubi, general manager at The Els Club.. “The UAE is committed to growing golf on domestic and international levels and the Butch Harmon School of Golf will play a key part in further developing the game here in Dubai.”

There was an added bonus to the night when the Xerox Corporate Golf Challenge, managed by Troon Golf in conjunction with Xerox, was awarded the prize for “Best Corporate Golf Event.” The award is further indication to the diverse array of services provided by Troon Golf and demonstrates the quality and experience of the company’s valued associates.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMEA is committed to developing Troon Golf’s presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 36 courses in 13 countries including the UAE, England, Portugal, Russia and Spain with further expansion planned across all regions.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon Golf is the world’s largest golf management company, overseeing operations at properties located in 31 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 39 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Oneida Golf & Country Club , Green Bay, Wis.; Troon North Golf Club , Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester Village, Vt.; Classic Club , Palm Desert, Calif.; One&Only Ocean Club , Paradise Island, Bahamas; and The Grove, London, England.

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