59club Europe’s French division hosted their Customer Service Excellence Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 21, 2023, at the Ormesson Golf Course.
The event which recognises golf clubs & resorts for achieving the highest customer service standards within the region, started with an Education seminar which took place in front of an audience representing the French golf industry.
As evening fell, a cocktail reception allowed attendees to continue their exchanges, ahead of the annual 59club Service Excellence Awards Ceremony & Dinner, sponsored by Toro/Solver, Ransomes/Jacobsen and Piguy Golf Challenge.
Winners for the French Service ‘Excellence’ titles were determined through scores collected by a set of mystery shoppers, who use 59club’s unique and objective evaluation criteria. The scores to qualify for these awards, include a series of audits that analyse the properties customer service levels, sales performance, staff engagement and facility management.
During the evening, the golf venues & resorts were also rewarded for their use of the survey tools within the my59 platform, as they continually work to enrich the experience afforded to both members and guests.
A highlight of the evening saw 59club present their global benchmark of excellence, the Gold, Silver & Bronze Flag Designations. These highly prized awards recognise member clubs’ and resorts that provide excellent facilities for golfers to enjoy, as well as having achieved the required standard of customer service throughout 2022. On the night, 59club presented a total of 7 Golf Flag Designations, which included a Gold Flag awarded to Golf de Terre Blanche, and a Silver Flag presented to Golf National Albatross. A further 5 Bronze Flag Designations recognized Golf de Seignosse; Golf de Servanes ; Golf d’ Hardelot; Golf d’ Opio Valbonne and Golf du Touquet.
Of the evening, 59club Global Director, Mark Reed who flew over to present the Golf Flag Awards said; “It was a pleasure to join Claude Rousseau and Colin Bosio as they hosted the 2nd annual French Service Awards Ceremony, it was a very personal affair, and naturally, Claude brought his charm and wit to the evening – which everyone appreciated.
“59club Europe is split into three territories, Europe West, Europe South (who celebrated their award winners earlier in the year), and most recently 59club Nordic who opened at the tail end of 2022. Europe West: the territory that represents France, is just beginning their awards journey with their clients, and it was heart-warming to see so many venues recognized with the 59club Global benchmark of excellence for having delivered some of the finest customers experiences recognized in the world of golf.
“To subject your club to independent evaluation, and claim a title that has to be earned through hard work & determination after the culmination of a successful series of mystery shopper audits, is something that we are incredibly proud to recognise, and I look forward to returning again early next year”.
Full list of Award Winners
59club Golf Flag Designations:
Gold Flag Designation: Golf de Terre Blanche
Silver Flag Designation: Golf National Albatross
Bronze Flag Designation: Golf de Seignosse; Golf de Servanes ; Golf d’ Hardelot; Golf d’ Opio Valbonne & Golf du Touquet
Complete list of Trophées de l’Excellence winners:
Performance Award for Customer (Reception) Service:
Proshop Experience Award:
UGolf de BOURGES
Best Restaurant Experience Award:
Golf BlueGreen de GUJAN MESTRAS
Best Sales Team Award:
Golf BueGreen de SAINTE-MAXIME
On Course Services Experience Award:
Golf d’Opio Valbonne
Best Greenkeepers Team Awards: (3 trophies according to the average price of greenfees)
Golf Club de LYON SALVAGNY
Golf BlueGreen de SAINT LAURENT
Golf Blue Green de MAZIERE EN GATINE
my59 Customer Survey Performance Award:
Golf International d’Arcachon
Customer Experience Progress Award:
Golf de CHANTILLY
Global Visit of the Year Award: (3 trophies according to the average greenfee rate)
Golf du MEDOC Resort
Golf de SERVANES
Golf BlueGreen de BORDEAUX LAC
Special Regularity Award:
Golf international de PONT ROYAL