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Scotland Golf Destination of the Year for 2011 and injured Darren Clarke targets fitness for Irish Open Championship

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Golfer Darren Clarke with his award at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards, February 6, 2012

Scotland has been voted the ‘Golf Travel Destination of the Year’ in the prestigious 2012 China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards. Over 4 and a half million votes were cast on several categories and Scotland Golf Destination came out on top.

The top three golf destinations were Scotland, Hawaii and Melbourne, Australia.

China is an emerging long haul market and the Scottish Tourist Board is working hard to promote Scotland as a premier golf destination to the Chinese market.

The China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards were organised and run by Travel Weekly China. The magazine targets travel professionals in mainland China and Hong Kong. A Sales Mission to China is to be held in November this year and tour operators such as Golf Vacations UK are invited to take part should they wish to do so.

VisitScotland Chairman Mike Cantlay said: “This is an excellent award that reaffirms and showcases exactly what Scotland has to offer and confirms our position firmly at the epicentre of the golfing fraternity. With over 550 golf courses the length and breadth of the country, including world famous Open Championship courses, hidden gems, and of course the home of the 2014 Ryder Cup matches at Gleneagles, Scotland really does have something for everyone.”

British Open Champion Darren Clarke has withdrawn from the Unites States Open due to a groin injury and will not play again until the Irish Open which will be held at his home club, Royal Portrush. The Irish Open commences on 28th June. Clarke is determined to be fit for the tournament and will surely present a strong challenge on his home course

The Scottish Open will take place at Castle Stuart near Inverness in Scotland from the 12th to the 15th July and will be immediately followed by the Open Championship at Royal Lytham from the 19th through the 22nd July. Play at Castle Stuart was interrupted in 2011 when a mini landslide was caused on one of the holes due to torrential rain. The course are looking forward to hosting the event for the 2nd time which is excellent, given the fact the course has only been open for play since 2009.

Golfers wishing to explore the possibility of playing golf in Scotland or visiting the Open Championship venues can visit or contact the Eddie or Graeme Gilbertson on 44 1228 598089 (Europe and worldwide) or 888 209 4094 (USA and Canada toll free number)

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