Portugal has led winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, taking the title of World's Best Golf Destination for the second year in succession.
At a glittering event at Conrad Algarve, Portugal, Ernie Els Design was also recognised with the title of World’s Golf Course Designer of the Year.
In a special presentation from the World Golf Awards Academy, golfing legend Bernard Gallacher was presented with the World Golf Awards Lifetime Achievement Award trophy.
Following the event World Golf Awards Managing Director Christopher Frost said: “We have seen some true champions emerge here this evening at the second annual World Golf Awards.
“It has been a privilege to recognise the international leaders in golf hospitality and to shine the spotlight on some of the best golfing destinations from around the world.
“Can I offer my sincere thanks to those who have joined us here at the Conrad Algarve this evening and my congratulations to those among them who have emerged victorious on this wonderful night.” Broadcasting legend Steve Rider hosted the Gala Ceremony alongside the glamorous Ela Clark.
There was also success for St Andrews Old Course Links, defending the title of World’s Best Golf Course, while Las Colinas Golf & Country Club was recognised as Spain’s Best Golf Course.
The world famous Belfry claimed the title of England’s Best Golf Hotel.
The presentation of the awards formed the centrepiece of a three-day itinerary for the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015, with guests enjoying some of the world-class facilities on offer at the famous Quinta do Lago Resort.
Providing a flourish of exquisite quality for attendees of the event, Laurent-Perrier provided champagne refreshment during the presentation of the awards.
Portugal Golf Membership, a digital platform that offers benefits to golfers wishing to travel to Portugal for a golf break, was selected Golf Partner for the Gala Ceremony 2015. Global media publishing company, Destination Golf, was the official media partner.
World Golf Awards will see presentations made across a range of categories during a red carpet event, with leading golf tourism destinations competing for titles including Best Golf Resort, Best Golf Course, Best Golf Tour Operator, and Best New Golf Course.