Champagne corks were popping last week at the London Golf Club to celebrate their being named Clubhouse of the Year 2006 in the inaugural “Club House” Awards 2006.
Some 260 golf club owners and operators attended the event, which was hosted by Surrey based “Club House” magazine and held at the Mere Golf and Country Club where Alex Hay presented the awards.
Eight awards were presented in categories including Manager of the Year, Golf Resort of the Year and Golf Group of the Year. Many of the UK’s leading golf clubs, such as Gleneagles, Sunningdale, Wentworth, The Grove and Stoke Park Club were represented.
Heath Harvey, commercial manager for the London Golf Club commented: “The award is testament to the hard work and endeavours of all the London Club’s staff over the past 18 months.
“With our close proximity to Canary Wharf we have found our new members and corporate golf day clients to be largely bankers and lawyers – two industries renowned for their attention to detail and with this, their requirements for hands-on customer care and exacting standards from their golf club.”
And he added: “Over the past year we have doubled the size of our spike bar and club shop as well as having refurbished much of the clubhouse. The installation of free, wireless broadband and 50″ plasma screens in our meeting rooms has been warmly received and in the year ahead we will continue to be innovative and forward thinking in our efforts to stay at the forefront of clubhouse service and customer care.”
Anneli Page of Alchemy Media, publishers of Club House magazine, explained how the title was awarded: “Judging has been taking place all year. Throughout the year our reporters frequently visit the clubhouses and courses and in addition some anonymous visits were made. We also gauge our readers’ opinions through questionnaires.”
The London Golf Club lies close to Brands Hatch in Kent, just 30 minutes from Canary Wharf and the City of London yet easily accessible to the M25 and major road networks.
The club has two spectacular 18-hole golf courses; one designed by Jack Nicklaus, laid out across some of Kent’s most unspoilt countryside. At 500 feet above sea level this is the highest point in the “Garden of England”.
The London Golf Club is part of the Bendinat group of Palma de Mallorca, property developers, owners of Royal Bendinat Golf Club on Majorca and sponsors of the annual London Seniors Masters.
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