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MYR­TLE BEACH, S.C. -- Bare­foot Re­sort & Golf, home to a quar­tet of cour­ses de­signed by Greg Nor­man, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, has been named North Amer­i­can Golf Re­sort of the Year by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Golf Tour Op­er­a­tors (IAGTO).

“We are hon­ored to have won this award and it’s a tes­ta­ment to the en­tire team at Bare­foot Re­sort, be­gin­ning with the own­er­ship of the Puglia fam­ily and their ded­i­ca­tion to mak­ing Bare­foot a pre­mier re­sort,” said Dave Genevro, Bare­foot’s Gen­eral Man­ager. “Ev­ery­day our goal is pro­vide an out­stand­ing golf ex­pe­ri­ence and that be­gins at the bag drop and ex­tends through the 19th hole. This award is val­i­da­tion of that hard work and one we are ex­tremely proud of.”

“Bare­foot Re­sort & Golf is richly de­serv­ing of this honor,” said Bill Golden, Pres­i­dent of Myr­tle Beach Golf Hol­i­day. “The golf cour­ses are out­stand­ing, but what re­ally helps sep­a­rate Bare­foot from a crowded field of Amer­ica’s best re­sorts is the at­ten­tion paid to cus­tomer ser­vice, con­di­tion­ing and de­liv­er­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence - on and off the course - golfers fondly re­mem­ber long af­ter they’ve headed home.”

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 within the in­dus­try and with tour op­er­a­tors.

In 2000, Bare­foot Re­sort be­came the first Amer­i­can fa­cil­ity to open four cour­ses si­mul­ta­ne­ously and it has de­liv­ered on its im­mense prom­ise. The Love, Fazio and Dye Cour­ses have all been ranked among Amer­ica’s top pub­lic lay­outs and the Nor­man Course, with seven holes that play along the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way, might be the most visu­ally pleas­ing.

Bare­foot suc­ceeded Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill, a long-time PGA Tour host, as the win­ner of the award.

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