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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is celebrating after being named one of the Diamond Award winners of the IAGTO Excellence Awards for 2015.

The Abu Dhabi club picked up the award in Jakarta, Indonesia last week as part of the Asia Golf Tourism Convention, following high scores across the board from the expert judging panel.

Each aspect of the Troon Golf-managed facility was assessed, with the club coming out on top in areas such as on and off-course amenities, value for money, successful professional trade relationships and visitor access.

“We are delighted to have had this hard work and passion recognised in such a prestigious IAGTO award category” – Paul Booth

Paul Booth, former director of club operations at Saadiyat Beach GC but now in the same role at Abu Dhabi GC, which is also Troon Golf-managed, said: “At Saadiyat Beach GC, our entire team is committed to delivering a first-class experience for our members and guests throughout all facets of the golf club, so naturally we are delighted to have had this hard work and passion recognised in such a prestigious IAGTO award category.

“As a Troon Golf-managed facility, we deliver pristine tournament-ready course conditioning all year round and that, combined with our spectacular Gary Player designed beach-front setting and focused marketing initiatives, has seen us continue to attract golfers from all around the world.

Clinton Norris and Giles Greenwood with Saadiyat Beach Golf Club's Diamond Accredited IAGTO Excellence Award MR

“Saadiyat Beach GC offers more than just golf and we are proud of our reputation for having created a family friendly and welcoming environment that attracts both golfers and non-golfers, all of whom are keen to relax in our magnificent surroundings, sample our exceptional cuisine and attend the innovative events that we host on a regular basis.”

IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry, with over 2,300 members comprising accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts, hotels, and golf courses amongst others.

For 15 years, IAGTO has been rewarding outstanding achievements made across the globe, with the Excellence Awards forming part of the organisation’s acknowledgement of leading for golf destinations and golf resorts, reflecting accurately the opinions of golf tour operators, golf travel writers and, importantly the golf traveller.

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The Gary Player-designed beach-front course clearly pleased the eye of the judges, who marked it highly on the “Quality of Golf Experience”, “Course Navigation” and “Signage”, with each hole featuring its own unique character and spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf.

For IAGTO members, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club embodies the perfect golfing escape for international travelers, with the venue’s sales and marketing teams consistently creating innovative ways to open the destination and capture the imagination of golfers heading to Abu Dhabi, as well as through its partnerships and destination marketing initiatives, such as “Golf in Abu Dhabi”.


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