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Hilton Head Selected as North American Destination of the Year

Hilton Head Island has been selected by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) as the Golf Destination of the Year for North America 2016 in the golf tourism industry’s annual IAGTO Awards. Hilton Head Island was recognized with the prestigious Award for its more than 30 championship golf courses, 24 of which are open to the public, making Hilton Head Island a true golfer’s paradise.

Sculpted by some of golf’s most preeminent architects, including Robert Trent Jones Sr., Pete Dye, Arthur Hills, Robert Cupp and Jack Nicklaus, each Hilton Head golf course delivers its own unique set of challenges and scenic fairways. The Island’s sub-tropical climate and lush green courses attract golfers from around the world resulting in 700,000+ rounds of golf played annually.

Hilton Head Island’s magnificent courses attract both amateur and professional golfers with lessons by renowned and certified instructors, offering both group and individual lessons, covering all aspects of the game. The golf instruction professionals teach the basics of the game
for newbies, plus advanced teaching for those wanting to improve or to correct some deficiency in their game. Beyond the opportunity to play at one of the most breathtaking golf destinations or to learn more about the game, Hilton Head Island is home to the only PGA Tour event in South Carolina with its annual RBC Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links, drawing in the best world-class golfers each spring.

IAGTO is the global trade association of the golf tourism industry, comprised of over 600 golf tour operators from more than 60 different countries who cast their vote for this award. Each operator is asked to nominate the best performing golf destinations enjoyed by their clients, resulting in five Golf Destination of the Year winners from each of the regional categories: North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Gulf States & Indian Ocean, and Asia and Australasia. Criteria under consideration include customer satisfaction, quality of courses and accommodations, value for money, professional conduct of suppliers, support from local tourism industry and accessibility to tee times.

For golf aficionados and leisure travelers alike, Hilton Head Island is conveniently located off the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina, approximately 45 minutes north of Savannah, Georgia, and 90 miles south of Charleston, S.C. and served by the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. Nearby towns are the historic Beaufort, and sitting atop a high bluff overlooking the pristine May River, Bluffton.

Hilton Head Island is a classic American resort destination for families, couples and senior travelers, offering 12 miles of clean sandy beaches, exceptional golf and tennis, a wealth of art and cultural activities, and large variety of shopping, dining and entertainment for all ages year-round. Association and group business continue to be an important growing sector for the destination. For more information on visiting Hilton Head Island, contact Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce at 800-523-3373 or visit www.HiltonHeadIsland.org.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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