Leadingcourses.com is proud to announce the winners of the Golfers’ Choice Awards of 2018! In 2018, The Golfers’ Choice rankings have been created for twelve countries in total. For the first time a ranking could also be devised for Italy and Austria.
At the end of each year and since 2013, Leadingcourses.com creates unique Golfers’ Choice rankings for each country that has gathered enough reviews for each golf club in that year. As the influence of the Golfers’ Choice rankings is rapidly increasing, we decided not to launch a ranking this year for the United Kingdom (Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland) as we felt that the distribution of reviews was not fair (not spread evenly across all golf clubs) to provide a meaningful ranking.
Newcomers: Italy and Austria
As more and more golfers are discovering Italy – host of the Ryder Cup in 2020 – and Austria also more reviews have been generated in those countries, which enabled us to make a decent ranking in those countries. As it is the first year, we have only published one ranking: the best 18 holes golf clubs (overall). In Italy Circolo Golf Villa d’Este is the number 1 overall and in Austria Golfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann is the best golf club overall.
The winners per country overall
In all twelve countries, the winners were very happy to receive the Golfers’ Choice Award for Best 18-hole Golf Club (overall) as it is a great recognition by their actual customers: the golfers. Only golf clubs with enough reviews qualify for this ranking. For this overall ranking all review items were used. So, this rating provides a good overall impression of a golf club, because all aspects have been taken into account, such as the quality of the golf courses, the maintenance, the clubhouse and the facilities.
|Country||Winner 18-holes golf club (overall)||Rating|
|Austria||Golfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann||9|
|Belgium||The National Golf Club||8.6|
|France||Golf De Morfontaine||9.6|
|Germany||Hamburger Golfclub e.V. Falkenstein||9.1|
|Italy||Circolo Golf Villa d'Este||8.9|
|Portugal||Monte Rei Golf & Country Club||9.2|
|Spain||Real Club Valderrama||9.2|
|Sweden||PGA Sweden National||8.7|
|The Netherlands||Koninklijke Haagsche G&CC||8.9|
|Turkey||The Montgomerie Maxx Royal||8.5|
*) these rankings were devised based on the reviews up till 31-12-2017.
A new number 1 in 6 countries
There are quite a few countries with a new overall number 1, although differences are small. In Belgium The National Golf Club is the new number 1 instead of Golf Club d’Hulencourt, in France Golf De Morfontaine has passed Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, in Morocco PalmGolf Marrakech-Ourika has overtaken Noria Golf Club and in Sweden PGA Sweden National is the proud number 1 instead of Katrineholms Golfklubb. And we obviously have a new number 1 in Austria (Golfclub ADAMSTAL Franz Wittmann) and Italy (Circolo Golf Villa d’Este) as it is the first time we present a ranking in those countries. Golf De Morfontaine did not make it to the 2017 list as they did not have enough reviews for that year (they are a private golf club).
New golf courses score high
It’s striking that quite a lot of newly developed golf courses score very high in our rankings. This is also what makes our rankings different from other rankings. As soon as golfers can play a new course, they can start reviewing it. And, as long as enough golfers actually leave their opinion, a new golf course or golf club can actually appear in our Golfers’ Choice rankings.
In Belgium the Championship Course of The National Golf Club was opened early 2017 and that course has already secured the number 1 spot in Belgium. Very impressive. Also West Cliffs – which officially opened for play in June 2017 – has climbed to the number 2 postion overall and best golf course in Portugal. Also PalmGolf Marrakech Ourika – which opened in 2015 – is now the new number 1 in Morocco.
With an abundance of golf courses available throughout the world, new golf courses have to add something extra which they clearly do.
Multiple sub categories
All the various Golfers’ Choice Rankings can be found on Leadingcourses.com. In some countries – where we have a substantial amount of reviews – Golfers’ Choice Awards were also handed out for sub categories like: Best Golf Course (both for 9-holes and 18-holes courses), Best Par 3 Course, Best Hospitality and Best Price-Quality.
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