World Golf Awards announce Jack Nicklaus as Golf Course Designer of the Year nominee, Al Zorah as Best New Golf Course contender

88 total Nicklaus Design courses or hotels with Nicklaus Design layouts in the running

Al Zorah

A total of 88 Nicklaus Design golf courses or their respective hotels are up for 2016 World Golf Awards in the third annual competition to be voted on by the general public now through October 16. Jack Nicklaus is a nominee for Golf Course Designer of the Year. As founder of Nicklaus Design, the Golden Bear’s leadership has led the company to open 400 golf courses worldwide in 41 countries and 39 states.

Al Zorah Golf Club, Nicklaus Design’s first golf course in the United Arab Emirates and the first-ever golf course to be built in the emirate of Ajman, is up for World’s Best New Golf Course. Al Zorah opened on December 9, 2015. As a newcomer to Golf Digest Middle East’s top-10 list, Al Zorah is already proving its loftiness. It is a nominee of Golf Inc.’s Development of the Year contest; and ranked No. 10, it is one of the biggest stories in Golf Digest Middle East’s fourth biennial ranking of the best courses in the Middle East.

There are three additional golf courses nominated for “worldwide” awards, including Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea and The Club at Steyn City Golf Course, both nominated for World’s Best Clubhouse, and The Gleneagles Hotel, nominated for the World’s Best Eco-friendly golf facility.

A full list of the Nicklaus Design layouts is included below. The winners will be announced on Saturday, November 12 at a ceremony in Portugal.

World’s Best New Golf Course

Al Zorah Golf Club

Golf Course Designer of the Year

Jack Nicklaus

World’s Best Golf Clubhouse

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea

The Club at Steyn City Golf Course

World’s Best Eco-friendly Golf Facility

The Gleneagles Hotel


Best Golf Course – Chapelco Golf Club

Best Golf Hotel – Chapelco Golf Club


Best Golf Course – Gut Altentann Golf Course


Best Golf Hotel – The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa


Best Golf Course – Spring City Golf & Lake Resort Lake Course

Best Golf Course – Reignwood Pine Valley Nicklaus Course

Best Golf Hotel – Mission Hills Shenzhen and

Best Golf Hotel – Spring City Golf & Lake Resort


Best Golf Course – Ruitoque Golf & Country Club

Dominican Republic

Best Golf Course—Punta Espada Golf Course

Best Golf Hotel – Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana


Best Golf Course – Carden Park

Best Golf Hotel– Carden Park


Best Golf Course – Classic Golf Resort

Best Golf Course – Kalhaar Blues & Greens


Best Golf Course – Bintan Lagoon Golf Course Seaview

Best Golf Course—Damai Indah Golf Club

Best Golf Course—Taman Dayu

Best Golf Hotel – Bintan Lagoon Resort

Best Golf Hotel – Taman Dayu Golf Club and Resort


Best Golf Course – Mount Juliet

Best Golf Hotel – Mount Juliet Estate


Best Golf Course – Sungai Long Golf Course

Best Golf Course – Legends Golf and Country Resort Nicklaus Course


Best Golf Course – Cabo del Sol-Ocean

Best Golf Course – Four Seasons Punta Mita Pacifico

Best Golf Course –Vista Vallarta Golf Club Nicklaus

Best Golf Course – El Dorado Golf & Beach Club

Best Golf Hotel – Four Seasons Punta Mita

Best Golf Hotel—One & Only Palmilla

New Zealand

Best Golf Course – The Kinloch Club


Morocco’s Best Golf Course  – Samanah Golf Club

Morocco’s Best Golf Hotel – Samanah Country Club

South Africa

Best Golf Course – Pecanwood Country Club

Best Golf Course – Pearl Valley

Best Golf Course – Simola Golf and Country Estate

Best Golf Course – St. Francis Links

Best Golf Course – Steyn City Golf Course

South Korea

Best Golf Course – Sky 72 Golf Club-Ocean Course

Best Golf Course – Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea

Best Golf Course – Gapyeong Benest Golf Club


Best Golf Course – Buenaventura

Best Golf Course—Santa Maria Golf & Country Club


Best Golf Course – Manila Southwoods Masters Course

Best Golf Course – Sherwood Hills Golf Course


Best Golf Course – Monte Rei


Best Golf Course – Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club


Best Golf Hotel – Gleneagles


Best Golf Course – Ullna


Best Golf Course – Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre


Best Golf Course—Mission Hills

Best Golf Course—Laem Chabang International

Best Golf Hotel – Mission Hills Phuket Golf Resort & Spa

Best Golf Hotel – The Golf Lodge at Laem Chabang

USA – Alabama

Best Golf Course – Shoal Creek

USA – Arizona

Best Golf Hotel – The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

USA – California

Best Golf Course – Old Greenwood

Best Golf Hotel – La Quinta Resort & Club

USA – Colorado

Best Golf Course – Castle Pines Golf Club

Best Golf Hotel – The Broadmoor Colorado Springs

USA – Delaware

Best Golf Course – Bayside Resort Golf Club

Best Golf Course – Peninsula Golf and Country Club

USA – Florida

Best Golf Course – Hammock Beach Ocean Course

Best Golf Hotel – Hammock Beach

Best Golf Hotel – Reunion Resort

USA – Georgia

Best Golf Hotel – The Ritz Carlton Lodge—Reynolds Plantation

USA – Hawaii

Best Golf Course – Hokulia Golf Club

Best Golf Hotel – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Best Golf Hotel—Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay

USA – Kentucky

Best Golf Course – Valhalla Golf Club

USA – Louisiana

Best Golf Course – The Country Club of Louisiana

USA – Maryland

Best Golf Hotel – Rocky Gap Resort

USA – Massachusetts

Best Golf Hotel – Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

USA – Mississippi

Best Golf Hotel – Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, Hotel & Spa

USA – Missouri

Best Golf Hotel – Big Cedar Lodge

USA – Montana

Best Golf Course – Old Works Golf Club

USA – Nebraska

Best Golf Course – Dismal River Golf Club

USA – Ohio

Best Golf Course – Muirfield Village Golf Club

USA – Oregon

Best Golf Hotel – Pronghorn

USA – South Carolina

Best Golf Course – Harbour Town Golf Links

Best Golf Hotel – The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

USA – Tennessee

Best Golf Course – Spring Creek Ranch

USA – Texas

Best Golf Course – Whispering Pines Golf Club

USA – West Virginia

Best Golf Hotel – The Greenbrier