Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.
We will feature a weekly showcase of 2017 Stella Award winners from each category. This week we showcase the Best Golf Property. Below is just a sampling of the Best Golf Property winners that stood out to the expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period; you can view all winners and finalists here.
As we congratulate and celebrate our 2017 winners, nominations have opened for the 2018 Stella Awards. We invite you to nominate deserving industry suppliers to be considered for next year's honors. Stay tuned for open voting in the coming months.
BEST GOLF RESORT 2017
Crafting gatherings on the greens can help planners accomplish a wide array of business goals. Fortunately, there is no shortage of renowned golf resorts that place an emphasis not only on their fairways, but also on forging long-lasting business relationships. These Stella Award-winning golf retreats inspire groups who visit their acclaimed courses, relaxing accommodations and impressive meeting venues, with a strong focus on fostering camaraderie.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Winner, Best Golf Resort (Northeast)
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in southwestern Pennsylvania is consistently recognized in the travel industry for superior customer service, luxurious accommodations, four-season amenities and as a first-class meeting destination. Within it's 2,000 acres, the resort features a golfing haven for groups, including the PGA Tour-tested Mystic Rock; the new Shepherd's Rock course; and a Pete Dye-inspired practice facility that includes 27,000 square feet of chipping and putting greens, three bunkers and seven target greens.
Rosen Shingle Creek
Winner, Best Golf Resort (Southeast)
Rosen Shingle Creek (pictured) has reinvented golf with a classic Arnold Palmer touch. Outside, on the Orlando convention hotel's 255 acres of lush landscaping along historic Shingle Creek, lies the 18-hole Shingle Creek Golf Club, which is newly redesigned by Arnold Palmer Design Co. and gives guests an exciting new golf challenge. A new 1,900-square-foot covered pavilion with serene views of the natural grounds is perfect for tournaments and special events.
Winner, Best Golf Resort (International and U.S. Territories)
Located in Sotogrande, Spain, one of the most exclusive privately owned residential areas of Europe, the NH Almenara is a pretty sun-tinted classic hotel with terracotta-tiled roofs and meandering paths within a luxurious garden. Set on a hill in the heart of a challenging 27-hole golf course designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas, this 145-room property offers great views of the Mediterranean sea and the possibility of enjoying up to three different rounds of 18 holes.