WLG ‘BEST NEWCOMER’ STOKE PARK DRAWS ATTENTION
Century-old WLG member Stoke Park heralded in the press
Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel, one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England, was awarded the title of ‘best newcomer’ when World of Leading Golf announced its 2015 award winners in a ceremony at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club.
Amongst others, the widely-read golfbusinessnews (GBN) reported on the awards and cited the delighted director of golf Stuart Collier, who said: “We joined WLG last year and it’s the results from then. It’s great to have that recognition. We’re already in a great, select group of clubs in a fantastic network, and to be recognised as the leading club to have come in is tremendous.
“We can only win ‘best newcomer’ once so, for 2016, we have to set our sights on one of the other five awards and the competition is very fierce. WLG members are, by design, high-performing, prestigious clubs – that’s the raison d’être of the association; the best of the best, as it were. So we need to maintain our high levels of service across every spectrum, from sales and food and beverage, to course condition and golf operations.
“I want to be back here next year collecting another award on behalf of Stoke Park and to do that we can’t afford any let-up at all.”
Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel is one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England and the historic land on which it stands is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. Stoke Park also took two awards at the annual 59club Service Excellence Awards presented on the same evening: ‘golf sales team of the year’, and a coveted ‘gold flag’, in recognition of consistently high scores in mystery shopper visits and calls.
The historic course at Stoke Park, laid out by legendary designer Harry Colt in 1908, played host to the PGA Matchplay in 1910 and, even more famously, the golf match between Sean Connery’s James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.
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