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The Celtic Manor Resort Wins Golfing Industry ‘Oscar’ for Second Successive Year


Ryder Cup Venue Wins Industry ‘Oscar’ for Second Successive Year

The Celtic Manor Resort, host to the 2010 Ryder Cup, scooped one of the big prizes for the second successive year at the annual 59club golf service awards – regarded by many as the ‘Oscars' of the golf service industry.

The Newport venue was awarded the title of the ‘Ultimate Golf Resort' at a ceremony – compered by talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham and held at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club – following a series of outstanding assessments in 59club's regular mystery shopper visits and its status as the top-performing club of all the Gold Flag winners.

The awards are designed to reward the top golf venues across all business elements – sales, service, operations, retail, food and beverage, and management – while 59club's industry benchmark, the Gold and Silver Flags, recognise the finest membership clubs and commercial venues. The awards' evening was also the culmination of a day of membership sales and retention seminars open to all golf/leisure staff and club managers, which attracted more than 150 delegates.

Ten other venues received their Gold Flag awards – the Grove; Gleneagles Hotel; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club; Belfry Hotel & Resort; and Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in the resort category, while Dubai Creek; Emirates; Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel; Wentworth Club; and Al Badia took the members' club awards.