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Player lands honour of 'Golf Course Designer of the Year

2018-11-05 15:43
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Gary Player (Photo Credit: Beeld)

Cape Town - Nine-time Major champion Gary Player was voted 'Golf Course Designer of the Year' at the fifth annual World Golf Awards.

The South African icon scooped top honours at golf tourism's event of the year, which was hosted at La Manga Club in Spain on Saturday.

The 83-year-old also won the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at the prize-giving ceremony.

Player joins fellow countryman Ernie Els, who won the prestigious award in 2015.

WATCH: Jack Nicklaus' hilarious birthday message to Gary Player

The 2018 World Golf Awards proved a truly global gathering of the golf tourism industry, with pioneers, influencers and leading figureheads from 43 nations in attendance.

Portugal emerged as one of the big winners, collecting trophies for both 'World's Best Golf Destination' and 'Europe's Best Golf Destination'.

St Andrews Links (Old Course) in Scotland scooped the award for 'World's Best Golf Course', while The Belfry was recognised as 'World's Best Golf Hotel'.

South Africa was named as 'Africa's Best Golf Destination in 2018' and the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club - East Course was named 'Africa's Best Golf Course'.

See FULL list of winners

Player will host the Nedbank Golf Challenge - the penultimate event on the European Tour - this week at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

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