• The Sunday Times names Tewkesbury Park as one of Britain’s Top 100 Hotels
Just four golf resorts have achieved recognition by The Sunday Times in their new Top 100 British Hotels list, published on 13th October 2019.
Tewkesbury Park in Gloucestershire, which recently completed a £10m facelift, is the only golf resort in the southern half of Great Britain to make the list.
Rockliffe Hall in the north-east, plus Schloss Roxburghe and Gleneagles in Scotland, were also named by The Sunday Times as having hotels of extraordinary quality worthy of a Top 100 ranking.
With approximately 45,000 hotels in Great Britain, the authoritative The Sunday Times list is acknowledged as one of the hardest to get into in the hotel world, and one of the most prestigious.
Describing the process of picking their top 100 British hotels as “a mighty struggle”, The Sunday Times selected Tewkesbury Park for “the views, the unstuffy vibe and the seclusion.” The newspaper also highlighted the hotel’s “first rate” Mint restaurant and its inventive food, its indoor pool, its family-friendly lawns and its nine historic suites with freestanding baths and Hypnos beds.
Tewkesbury Park’s General Manager, Patrick Jones, arrived to head the team there in 2015 after spending almost three years managing another Sunday Times Top 100 Hotel – Peter de Savary’s boutique hotel The Old Swan & Minster Mill in Oxfordshire.
Speaking after this year’s The Sunday Times announcement, Jones said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have made it into The Sunday Times top 100 hotels list, and see this as a real stamp of approval. It reflects the high standards of service, hospitality and facilities which all of our guests can now enjoy when they visit us.”
In April 2014, the McIntosh family bought Tewkesbury Park with a clear vision in mind: to restore the then-rundown hotel, golf and leisure resort, on a hilltop surrounded by 165 acres of grounds on the historic site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, to become one of England’s premier country house hotels offering the last word in hospitality.
In 2016, golf architect Peter McEvoy OBE oversaw an extensive re-bunkering and re-conditioning project to restore Tewkesbury Park’s 6,554 yard Par 72 golf course to original architect Frank Pennink’s vision. The resort’s transformation was completed in late 2018 when its acclaimed new Mint restaurant opened, bringing Tewkesbury Park’s comprehensive five-year restoration project to a close.
The Sunday Times Top 100 Hotels in Great Britain list does not include the majority of British golf’s most famous hotels, including many iconic Open Championship, Ryder Cup and European Tour venues. It is notable that Tewkesbury Park was chosen, by The Sunday Times, ahead of so many prestigious golf resorts known to millions worldwide.
Tewkesbury Park also currently features in two separate Top 100 Golf Resorts in GB & Ireland lists, and it was named Best UK & Ireland Hotel for Weddings, Parties & Special Occasions in the Condé Nast Johansens 2019 Awards For Excellence.
It is short-listed again, in the 2020 Condé Nast Johansens awards.
With 93 stunning bedrooms, a PGA national tournament venue golf course, outstanding conference and meetings facilities plus luxurious dining and leisure options, Tewkesbury Park is the perfect host venue for your next golf trip away.
La Mer Course jumps into Top 20 of Continental Europe’s finest golf courses
The reputation of Le Touquet Golf Resort’s La Mer Course, already critically-acclaimed as France’s No.1 links layout*, continues to build apace after being recognised as one of Europe’s finest golf experiences.
In the newly-published ‘Top 100 Golf Courses of Continental Europe 2019’ ranking, compiled by Golf World Magazine, La Mer rose 11 places from its #31 position two years ago, to enter the Top 20 for the first time.
Acknowledging the ongoing and successful transformation, experts at Golf World Magazine referenced the ‘new’ design of La Mer as ‘the best of the best’, sanctioning how well architects Patrice Boissonnas and Frank Pont have blended holes into the existing terrain to create an authentic challenge.
This new rise substantiates the comments La Mer received in the prior Golf World listing, which recognised that the thoughtful restoration work was still ongoing, and predicted that it would be worthy of “[becoming] a Top 20 course” once complete.
Laurent Boissonnas, Chief Executive Officer at Le Touquet Golf Resort, commented: “La Mer’s strong reputation continues to build, as does the visitor proposition across the wider resort, and as a positive consequence we are welcoming an ever-increasing number of golf travellers to this beautiful region of northern France.
“This Winter we will continue our important investment programme, taking the opportunity to undertake further enhancements to La Mer Course that will see the last few greens replaced with world-class USGA standard putting surfaces, and the continuation of detailed restoration to the 17th hole.”
In addition, Le Touquet Golf Resort’s nine-hole course, Le Manoir, receives a Top 10 placement by Fairways Magazine, one of France’s leading golf magazines, in its latest ranking of the country’s best nine-hole layouts.
These latest accolades add to a long list of important industry awards, including being named ‘Redevelopment of the Year 2018’ by Golf Inc. in the USA and Le Manoir Hôtel receiving ‘France’s Best Golf Hotel’ accolade from reader votes collated by the UK’s biggest-selling golf magazine, Today’s Golfer.
Le Touquet Golf Resort provides 45 holes of outstanding golf surrounded by a natural landscape of sand dunes, pine forests and big skies. An Open Golf Club managed venue, it is within an hour’s drive south of the Eurotunnel Terminus in Calais, on the Côte d’Opale. With access to the A16 autoroute, it is easy for golfers to drive direct from the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands, as well as the rest of France.
For more information about Le Touquet Golf Resort visit www.letouquetgolfresort.com
*Golf World Magazine (UK)
• love.golf tees up women’s group coaching in Dubai
love.golf, the pioneering group coaching experience exclusively for women, will tee off in Dubai in October.
Led by PGA Professional Amy Millward, the Claude Harmon III (CH3) Golf Performance Academy at The Els Club will become the first venue in the Middle East to introduce the award-winning programme.
Amy, who recently completed her degree in Professional Golf at The University of Birmingham, previously coached love.golf at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club, Shropshire, UK, before moving to Dubai in September.
Amy said: “Watching students improve is not only my job, it’s my passion.
“As a coach, love.golf has given me a lot of experience and support in how to introduce more women to the game and this is the exciting opportunity I now have in Dubai.”
Amy added: “Having previously taught in Switzerland and the UK, my aim is to get as many women to take part in golf as possible to help grow the game globally.”
Backed by groundbreaking research*, love.golf is a proven approach to female golf coaching delivered by a community of coaches who aim to inspire, engage and progress women’s interest and participation in the sport.
love.golf puts an emphasis on ‘falling in love with golf’ by learning to play the game on the course as a group, rather than being confined to refining skills on a range.
Since the start of 2019, love.golf has crossed borders into Spain, added a growing number of UK venues to its ranks, and is soon to be piloted in Canada, demonstrating the universal appeal of the love.golf approach.
Alastair Spink, Head Coach and Founder of love.golf, commented: “love.golf is growing at a fast pace.
“Amy is an outstanding coach and with her support this is an important opportunity for love.golf to lead by example and introduce women in the Middle East to the game of golf in an engaging and active environment.”
Amy’s two-hour love.golf taster session was held at The Els Club on Tuesday October 15.
Structured programmes are then scheduled to commence from Sunday October 27, with six different classes available to cater for all levels of golfer.
*The Global Economic Value of Increased Female Participation in Golf (Syngenta, 2016) and The Opportunity to Grow Golf: Female Participation (Syngenta, 2016)
• New Golf Tourism Research by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. prompts interest at IGTM.d
For the seventh year, leading sports research consultancy SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. partnered with Reed Exhibitions to present new findings on the golf tourism landscape at the renowned International Golf Travel Market (IGTM).
The results will be of interest to a wide cross-section of the golf industry, from courses and tourist boards jostling for position in the increasingly global golf tourism market, to federations looking to build an evidence base to attract investment from government and third-party sponsors.
With the findings, these and other stakeholders will be able to make tangible enhancements to grow their business. This includes making stronger arguments for investment in golf, understanding the key marketing buzzwords and features to maximise the appeal and assuage any concerns different groups may have, and also considering the media through which they can best communicate with each group.
SMS INC.’s 2019 tourism research was run among golfers in five territories, The UK, North America (comprising the USA and Canada), France, Germany and Sweden. Reports are available on each of these markets individually.
All findings are sourced from robust panels of core golfers in these markets. By using its industry leading partnerships with the likes of HowDidIDo, Golf.de and the French and Swedish golf federations, SMS INC. was able to capture accurate, insightful trends and ideas from those golfers most likely to consider investing in a golf holiday.
Included in each report is a detailed view of the golf holiday booking patterns of players, both at home and abroad. Topics covered include:
• Popular and emerging destinations.
• Make up of a golf trip – length of trip, courses and rounds played, size of group.
• Spending patterns.
• Most important factors when booking a golf break (e.g tee times, accommodation, non-golf activities).
• Researching a golf holiday.
• Accommodation preferences.
• Booking a golf holiday.
• Future plans – including individual regions that golfers expect to visit on future golf holidays.
Thanks to SMS INC.’s ongoing programme, findings can also be compared with previous years to enable trend monitoring.
Each report costs £2,000, with a discount available for purchasing multiple markets.