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GROUP OF THE YEAR De Vere sets the standard

De Vere was recognised as being the UK’s ‘Golf Group of the Year’ for the second consecutive year. The strength of the De Vere Golf portfolio was recognised alongside individual resorts, with no fewer than six De Vere venues picking up an award. As well as being recognised as the leading golf group, six individual De Vere golf resorts met the highest standard awarded for individual resorts as recipients of the 4-Star service award included: Carden Park, Dunston Hall, Herons’ Reach, Oulton Hall, Slaley Hall and Wychwood Park. Each of the top three positions in the ‘Best Golf Service Provider’ category were also De Vere venues as the high standards across the group were widely recognised. There was further individual success for Carden Park, which scooped both ‘Leading Individual Golf Sales Performance’ and ‘Golf Sales Team of the Year’ awards.

Simon Wordsworth presents Steve Dacre, group golf sales manager for the De Vere Group, with ‘Group of the Year 2011’


Roll of honour: Golf Sales Office Team of the Year: Carden Park Golf Operation Team of the Year: Te Belfry Best Conditioned & Presented Golf Course of the Year: Te Belfry Leading Service Provider 2011: Winner: Dunston Hall, Runner up: Carden Park, 3rd Place: Slaley Hall Group of the Year 2011: De Vere 4 Star service awards: Breadsall Priory, Sprowston Manor, Spey Valley, Forest Pines, Te Belfry, Herons’ Reach, Carden Park, Dunston Hall, Oulton Hall, Wychwood Park and Slaley Hall.

Striving for excellence awards: Most Improved Golf Sales Team: Breadsall Priory Leading Individual Golf Sales Performance: Leighton Williams & Rachael Davies Most Improved Golf Operations Team: Linden Hall Leading Individual Performance by a Golf Operations Team: Te Belfry Most Improved Golf Retail Experience: Hellidon Lakes Best Golf Retail Experience: Formby Hall Most Improved Food & Beverage Experience: Te Oxfordshire Best Food & Beverage Experience: Spey Valley Best Greens: Te Dukes, St. Andrews

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awards: Best Presented & Tastiest Food in Golf: Stoke Park Friendliest & Warmest Atmosphere in Golf: Te Manor House Most Memorable Golf Hole: 17th Hole at Te Oxfordshire Most Picturesque Golf Course: Brocket Hall Favourite Course to Play: Forest Pines

“I am delighted that my team of committed golf sales and golf operations were recognised as the best in the business by the 59Club,” commented Daniel Hodson, De Vere’s director of golf & leisure. “We work tirelessly at each of our venues to ensure that every guest’s experience is a special one and for six of our venues to be individually recognised, as well as to be awarded ‘Golf Group of the Year’, is testament to the high standards that we are striving towards across all of our venues. A special mention must go to Steve Dacre, our group golf sales manager, who has been the driving force behind our stand-out year in 2011. Alongside our individual venue sales managers and directors of golf, Steve has created a fantastic atmosphere and work ethic, and I’m very proud that what they have achieved over the last twelve months has been recognised.” Golf at Slaley Hall

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