Celebrating 10 years of golfing excellence in 2016 and competing against the best in the world, Pinnacle Point Estate has been voted the top golf course in South Africa at the 3rd Annual World Golf Awards.
Hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast ahead of this year’s World Golf Awards, which set out to celebrate the world-class golf destinations shaping the future of the industry. South Africa itself was recognised as Africa’s best golfing destination, beating Egypt, Kenya and Morocco to the title.
“We are ecstatic about the news! Going up against the best golf courses in the country and coming out tops is testament to the hard work put in by our club team and ground staff in making sure Pinnacle Point Estate becomes the most celebrated golfing destination in South Africa,” comments Carl van der Linde, General Manager at Pinnacle Point Estate.
“To be declared the best golf course in South Africa is the greatest honour, especially considering the high calibre of the competition in our category, which included a number of world-class golf courses each in their own unique setting,” adds Golf Director, Nic Grundtvig.
In the overall rankings for 2016, Portugal was declared the World’s Best Golf Destination, with St Andrews Links – Old Course in Scotland named the World’s Best Golf Course. “It is an absolute privilege for Pinnacle Point to be recognised alongside so many famous destinations and exceptional individuals, including Sir Nick Faldo (Golf Course Designer of the Year) and golf trainer, David Leadbetter (World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award),” says Grundtvig.
The gala ceremony was held at the Conrad Algarve Hotel in Portugal on 12 November 2016 and according to Managing Director, Christopher Frost, the third instalment of the World Golf Awards has been “the most successful to date!” The online voting system was open to professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry, including senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and the general public, with an industry vote carrying a weighting five times that of a public vote.
“2016 has been a year to celebrate at Pinnacle Point Estate, with a number of new developments marking our 10th anniversary, including an extension to and revamp of the existing clubhouse, a restaurant upgrade, and the construction of a wellness centre, golf cart barn and function venue,” says van der Linde. “The international recognition at the World Golf Awards is certainly the best birthday present we could have asked for, and the most spectacular hole-in-one our golf course has ever achieved!”