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Adding to the re­sort’s im­pres­sive list of ac­co­lades, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, the home of one of most re­spected events on the PGA TOUR, the Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented by MasterCard, is ex­tremely pleased to an­nounce it has earned the dis­tinc­tion of Golf Re­sort of the Year – North Amer­ica for 2016, by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Golf Tour Op­er­a­tors (IAGTO).

Ray Easler, Vice Pres­i­dent, Hos­pi­tal­ity & Op­er­a­tions shared, “When we re­ceived the news that this honor had been be­stowed upon Bay Hill, we couldn’t have been more proud. It is our goal to pro­vide our mem­bers and guests with the best club and re­sort ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble as well as a dis­tinc­tive level of per­son­al­ized ser­vice that is sec­ond to none, and by merit of this award, we are grat­i­fied to know our goal has been re­al­ized.”

The award comes on the heels of the reopening of Bay Hill’s Cham­pi­onship Course fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive re-grass­ing project in Sum­mer 2015, in which new TifEa­gle bermuda­grass was sprigged on the greens, and Cel­e­bra­tion bermuda­grass on the fair­ways and tees of all 18 holes. Mr. Easler went on to say, “we are very ex­cited to have just com­pleted a com­pre­hen­sive re-grass­ing project and the re­sponse from mem­bers and guests who have played the course since reopening has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. We are an­tic­i­pat­ing truly ex­cep­tional course con­di­tions for this year’s TOUR event in March.”

As the global trade or­ga­ni­za­tion for the golf tourism industry, IAGTO con­ducts an­nual awards to rec­og­nize the best per­form­ing golf re­sorts in three re­gions: North Amer­ica, Europe, and the Rest of the World. Over 500 IAGTO golf tour op­er­a­tors in 62 coun­tries vote based on cri­te­ria in­clud­ing cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, course qual­ity, ac­com­mo­da­tions, ac­ces­si­bil­ity to tee times, over­all value, lev­els of ser­vice, and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism which the or­ga­ni­za­tion works with in the industry and with tour op­er­a­tors.

Ac­cept­ing the award at the 2016 IAGTO Awards cer­e­mony on the Span­ish is­land of Tener­ife, Bay Hill’s Di­rec­tor of Sales & Mar­ket­ing, Roy Schin­dele, said: “On be­half of the Palmer fam­ily as well as en­tire staff, we are hon­ored to re­ceive this pres­ti­gious award. We con­tin­u­ally strive to of­fer all our guests a su­pe­rior ex­pe­ri­ence and one of the unique qual­i­ties that makes Bay Hill so dis­tinc­tive is the level of ser­vice pro­vided by our at­ten­tive staff, each of whom has a per­sonal com­mit­ment to wel­come each guest to the win­ter home of Arnold Palmer and to treat them like fam­ily.”

Lo­cated just min­utes from down­town Or­lando along the But­ler chain of lakes, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is the site of the an­nual Arnold Palmer In­vi­ta­tional Pre­sented by MasterCard golf tour­na­ment. The 70-room prop­erty fea­tures 27-holes of golf, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, ten­nis on four Har-tru and two De­coTurf courts, a full ser­vice spa and salon, fit­ness cen­ter, a heated Jr. Olympic­size pool, three din­ing lo­ca­tions, 3 lounges, and 9,000 square feet of meet­ing and ban­quet space.

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Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

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