La Hacienda Links Golf Resort’s transformation into one of Europe’s premier 36-hole golf venues has earned instant global recognition after receiving two leading golf travel industry accolades.
The acclaimed venue in southern Spain was one of only 60 companies and organisations to receive this year’s Outstanding Service Award from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), while the resort’s redesigned Links Course was the highest climber in the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World website’s updated list of the Top 100 Courses in Spain, moving up 42 places.
The honours follow a busy 2022 for La Hacienda which included the relaunch of the Links course after a major renovation by acclaimed architect Kurtis Bowman, the opening of a new clubhouse and restaurant and the announcement of a new Fairmont hotel to open in 2024.
More than 670 IAGTO member golf tour operators were invited to vote in the 2023 IAGTO Outstanding Service Awards for golf tourism industry suppliers who delivered the best experience and service for their golf travelling clients. Tourist boards were also nominated for their support of the golf tourism industry, with the top 60 companies and organisations receiving the honour.
Meanwhile, the Links Course rose a massive 42 places in the latest Top 100 Golf Courses in the World list of Spain’s best courses, calling the layout “reborn” after the recent work.
Javier Illán, president of Millenium Hospitality, owners of La Hacienda Links Golf Resort, said: “These are exciting times for La Hacienda and these two international honours is a further indication of the resort’s burgeoning reputation at the forefront of European golf.
“We have made great progress in a relatively short space of time and to have risen so many places in the new Top 100 standing makes us all very proud. But this is just the start and we will continue to strive to offer all our golfers and guests the best customer experience possible.”
Located in the Cadiz municipality of San Roque close to Sotogrande, La Hacienda Links Golf Resort multi-million redevelopment has seen the resort establish itself as one of the rising stars of European golf.
As well as the transformation of the Links course, the resort’s other 18-hole course – the Heathland – is also set to benefit from a period of investment over the coming months to enhance the layout and golfing experience.
Away from the fairways, La Hacienda’s series of upgrades have included a new contemporary clubhouse; a new driving range and an upgraded practice area; and a new beach bar and restaurant ‘Sal Verde’.
Other future improvements include the launch of a new state-of-the-art website, a variety of updated stay-and-play packages and the opening of a new halfway house for players on the Links course, while La Hacienda will fully launch a new 300-plus-room Fairmont hotel and villas in spring 2024 – underlining the resort’s ambition to become one of the most exclusive and luxurious golf developments in Spain.