London Golf Club, host venue of the European Tour's Volvo World Match Play Championship 2014, has become the first standalone golf venue to be awarded Gold by Investors in People (IiP).
Investors in People is the UK's leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.
With only seven per cent of all organisations achieving the prestigious Gold Award, the European Tour Destination also joins an elite group of just three 'Sport Activity' sector businesses to have achieved the highest standard of the nationally recognised benchmark.
An assessment of London Golf Club, including 27 face-to-face interviews with staff, was undertaken by Alexandra Taskin, Investors in People specialist, who, after finalising her report, said: "I have been involved in assessing more than 600 organisations and London Golf Club ranks among the best I've seen.
"Corporate Social Responsibility was an area in which the club rated particularly highly because of its excellent links with its local community, plus its engagement in learning and development programmes.
"Although many aspects of the company's strategy are integral to the nature of a business with a responsibility for the upkeep of a beautiful site, it's evident the business and its people go well beyond essential requirements in acting as a valuable contributor to the communities of which London Golf Club is a part."
Commenting on the venue's Gold Award, Austen Gravestock, Chief Executive of London Golf Club, said: "By demonstrating London Golf Club is a great place to work, we can attract the staff who meet our exacting standards for quality customer service, which ultimately ensures consumers enjoy a world class experience that encourages them to return time and time again."
London Golf Club is located in Ash, near Brands Hatch, Kent, and boasts two Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf courses, The Heritage and The International.