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Doonbeg, the five star golf resort in West Clare, has been selected as the European Golf Resort of the Year for its ‘exceptional contribution to the world of golf travel.’ The prestigious award was made by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) whose more than 300 golf tour operators cast votes for this annual award. Doonbeg’s sister property on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, won the North American Golf Resort of the Year Award. The awards were presented at the IAGTO awards gala dinner which was held in Malaga last night (19 November 2009).
Previous winners of the European Golf Resort of the Year include Turnberry (Scotland), Druid’s Glen (Ireland), Praia D’El Rey (Portugal), Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo (Portugal) and Carton House (Ireland). The awards scheme was inaugurated by IAGTO in 2000.
IAGTO’s 300+ golf tour operators, representing 49 different countries, cast their votes prior to the awards dinner. Each operator was asked to nominate what they consider to be the best performing golf resorts of the year enjoyed by their golf travelling clients. There are over 1,000 golf resorts in the USA alone and an estimated 2,000 in total worldwide. The golf resort in each of the three categories – Europe, North America and the Rest of the World – with the most number of votes receives the 2010 Golf Resort of the Year accolades.

Operators were asked to consider the resorts under the following criteria: 

Customer satisfaction
Quality of golf course/s and accommodation
Value for money 
Accessibility to tee times 
Speed of communication and quality of service of the golf resort sales, marketing, reservation, administration and management staff

Speaking of the award Mr Joe Russell, general manager, Doonbeg, said that they were delighted to win such a prestigious award. “We rely on the Golf Tour Operators to provide us with a great deal of business and the award is acknowledgement that we are providing the kind of service that they and their clients require. In accepting the award I do so on behalf of all of the staff at Doonbeg. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and the service we give and I believe this award is an endorsement of both.”
Doonbeg, in County Clare Ireland, is a luxury resort destination featuring five star accommodations, a Greg Norman-designed championship links golf course, restaurants, pubs and a state-of-the-art spa. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the magnificent crescent-shaped Doughmore Bay, Doonbeg allows for whole-ownership cottages and suites as well as a private residence club managed by Timbers Resorts, the word's leading creator of deeded property interests. The property is developed by Kiawah Development Partners, the master-planner behind Kiawah Island, SC and Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts.