Welcome to European Tour Properties – a Network of World Class Golf Venues which all have a close association with The European Tour, one of the game’s foremost organisations.
European Tour Destinations and Courses all have the stamp of tournament quality and present a level of on and off-course facilities guaranteed to provide a memorable golfing experience for all members and visitors.
With facilities located throughout Europe and beyond, many close by to famous cities and cultural experiences, our partner venues offer a range of attractive golf, leisure and accommodation options for visitors, guests and groups. Many also showcase elegant and secluded real-estate opportunities, with bespoke options available.
European Tour Properties – A Network of World Class Golf Venues
DP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA awardDP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA awardThe DP World Tour Championship, Dubai has won the category for the ‘Best Professional Golf Event, Fan Experience’ at the Middle East Golf Awards (MEGAs) hosted by Sport360.
A total of 15 winners were announced at the second annual MEGAs, which were held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and attended by more than 280 industry professionals from Dubai, the UAE and Middle East.
The Best Professional Golf Event, Fan Experience award was one of the public voting categories for events up to October 25, 2014, so the award was for the 2013 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Nick Tarratt, Director of The European Tour International – Dubai Office, said: “We are delighted to win an award at the MEGAs for the second consecutive year. To win an award which is voted for by the public is an acknowledgement of the importance of the tournament to attract spectators through the Free Ticket initiative, as well as provide entertainment for both the golfing and non-golfing fan during the tournament week. Congratulations to all the other winners on the night, as well as to Sport360 for getting the golf industry in the region together for such an occasion.”
Jumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination and host venue to The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, continues to gather accolades as one of the Middle East’s top residential golf resorts scooping four awards at the recent International Property Awards held at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai.
The residential community received both Best Golf Development Dubai and Best Residential Dubai and then went on to land the regional awards with both Best Golf Development Arabia and Best Residential Development Arabia at the awards ceremony attended by leading executives within the worldwide real estate industry.
His Excellency Abdulrahman Al Saleh, Chairman, Jumeirah Golf Estates stated “These awards are important and recognise the levels of excellence of facilities and lifestyle which our residents, members and visitors experience on a daily basis. We are proud of this achievement and in particular, the standing that Jumeirah Golf Estates now has on a world stage”.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is a thriving community and these awards enforce the developments standing as the region’s leading residential golf community.
“2014 has been a pivotal year for us with large number of residents moving into their homes, the opening of our state-of-the-art clubhouse and a highly successful staging of the DP World Tour Championship, won by our Brand Ambassador, Henrik Stenson. Receiving these awards is a culmination of a major amount of commitment and dedication over the past two years from all of our team.
“Combining all of these factors, we anticipate increased demand for our growing property portfolio, especially our recently launched Redwood Park and Redwood Avenue developments. We also plan to announce a new 15th community at Jumeirah Golf Estates in early 2015 which will be a very exciting addition to the market.”
PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017
PGA Catalunya Resort, a European Tour Destination situated near Barcelona, will host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage until at least 2017 after extending its existing deal by three years.
The extended agreement means that the Costa Brava venue will have staged the Final Stage on ten occasions, having first held the event in 2008.
The most recent edition was won by Mikko Korhonen, who became the first Finn to triumph after finishing two shots clear of four-time European Tour champion Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.
As in previous years, PGA Catalunya Resort’s two world-class layouts – the Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo co-designed Stadium and Tour courses – were used to whittle down the 156-man field to the top 25 and ties, who all received a card to compete on The 2015 European Tour International Schedule.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage is a unique six-round tournament played over two courses, and one we are proud to host.
“During what can be a very stressful week for some, it is heartening to hear how much our courses, practice facilities and off-course amenities have always met expectations; and each year we very much look forward to welcoming the hopefuls vying for the 25 coveted European Tour cards.”
He added: “It has been a remarkable year for PGA Catalunya Resort. From hosting a momentous Open de España in May to being nominated as the Real Federación Española de Golf’s candidate venue for Spain’s Bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup, and now being selected to continue to host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, our reputation as a world-class golf venue goes from strength to strength.”
Mike Stewart, The European Tour’s Qualifying School Director, said: “The players competing in the Final Stage have come to expect pristine conditions and superb practice facilities at PGA Catalunya Resort, and they were certainly not disappointed this year with both courses again presented to the highest standard.
“So we had no hesitation in extending the agreement by another three years, taking us up to 2017. We would like to thank Julio Delgado and his team at the resort, who make us feel so welcome every year. They do a great job, and their efforts really are appreciated by everyone involved with the Qualifying School.”
As well as being crowned the 2015 European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), PGA Catalunya Resort has been voted Spain’s Best Course in the inaugural World Golf Awards.
The awards were among the latest in a series of high-profile accolades for the resort, including being voted Spain’s number one golf course by Top100GolfCourses.co.uk (2012-2014), Best Golf Development in Europe (2013-2014) at the European Property Awards, and being listed among the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by leading UK golf title, Golf World.
Spain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder CupSpain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder Cup
Real Federación Española de Golf, in partnership with Generalitat de Catalunya and other public Spanish and Catalan stakeholders, have announced their intention to bid to bring The 2022 Ryder Cup to Catalunya. PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona), recently awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2015, is the proposed stage for golf’s biggest event between Europe and the United States.
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European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do LagoEuropean Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do Lago
The 12th annual European Tour Properties Invitational Tournament once again produced a 'home' win when after two competitive rounds at the magnificent Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal’s Algarve the 'QDL Number 1' team secured a narrow victory.
The exclusive resort, which boasts three championship courses and world-renowned residential communities, hosted for the second time the 36-hole challenge, which has become an important business and social event for the network of world class venues that comprises European Tour Properties.
The newly revamped North Course, recently voted Europe’s Best New Course at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted the first round with teams from member venues Le Golf National, Host Venue for The 2018 Ryder Cup; PGA Catalunya Resort, recently voted European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators; Golf & Country Club Fleesensee; Estonian Golf & Country Club; Kungsängen Golf Club; and of course Quinta do Lago. Completing the line-up of 12 participating teams were Fine & Country Golf, Brash Brands, European Tour Marketing and event organisers European Tour Properties.
The popular event, hosted every year but one since 2002, provides an invaluable social and business networking environment for representatives and guests from member venues and industry partners, this year including Golf Gamebook, TORO, Fine & Country Golf Real Estate, Brash Brands, Landmark Media and Golfswitch.
Golf Gamebook, the social live scoring app and fastest growing golf community, was a fantastic addition to the 2014 event. All participants were able to instantly share photos and comments with other players on the course and friends worldwide, while monitoring their competitors’ performance on a live leaderboard over the North course on day one and on day two, which was played over the beautiful Laranjal course, situated to the east of the resort in the Ludo Valley.
The successful team at the end of the two days’ competition - “QDL Team 1” – comprised Jorge Castilho, Jon Jones, Nick Bishop and Phil Moran. They won the overall trophy for the winning European Tour Destination or Course, although the team with the best overall score over two days was the European Tour Marketing team, which included guests from Landmark Media and Golf GameBook.
David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “To have, at such a busy time of year, so many of our member venues, partners and friends share in three days of golf, business and fun is a great tribute to the strength of our network and the camaraderie and cooperation that exists. Quinta do Lago proved to be a perfect host venue and the stunning Conrad Algarve Hotel a great place to stay. The presence of multiple tournament winner and Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin at our gala dinner was an additional highlight.”
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Stenson doubles up in DubaiStenson doubles up in Dubai
Sweden's Henrik Stenson set his sights on an elusive Major Championship after successfully defending a title for the first time in his career following a thrilling finish to the DP World Tour Championship.Stenson carded a closing 70 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to finish 16 under par, two shots ahead of World Number One Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson.
Ireland's Shane Lowry finished a shot further back in fifth to move into the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 50 and all-but secure a Masters Tournament debut next April.
The victory ensured he finished second in The Race to Dubai with 4981093 points behind McIlroy, whose points tally with the bonus pool added up to 7149503 points.
It also took Stenson second in the World Ranking, but the 38 year old said: "It would be nice to have been ranked the world's best at some point, but if I had the choice I would go for a Major Championship so I am going to try and be in good shape for them next year."
Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello held a two shot lead with seven holes to play only to bogey the 12th and run up double bogeys on the 16th and 17th after finding water on both occasions.
Stenson had also found trouble on a rollercoaster back nine, hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the 11th to gift playing partner Cabrera-Bello that two-shot advantage, but a brilliant five iron tee shot on the par three 17th produced a tap-in birdie to reclaim the lead.
McIlroy and Rose had missed birdie putts on the 18th from near-identical positions, while Dubuisson had to settle for a birdie after almost holing out from a greenside bunker.
"It feels great," added Stenson, who finished in style with a birdie on the 18th. "I'm exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking hole on 11.
"I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank straight into the buildings.
"That knocked me back but I did not give up. I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that."
McIlroy failed to take advantage of a lucky break on the 18th when his tee shot hit a rock in the creek which runs through the middle of the fairway and bounced to safety.
Rose was ultimately left to rue a slow start to the week - he was four over par after ten holes of the opening round - and his failure to pick up a shot on the 17th or 18th after a brilliant escape from the trees on the 15th had set up his third birdie in a row.
"All week I was clawing my way back, right from the start on Thursday," Rose said. "Today I did everything I needed to do early in my round and made a few poor mistakes in the middle of the round. That was where I struggled.
"But all in all, lots of positives and a good week. It's a little bit like Shanghai (the BMW Masters) where I had a good chance there as well after a poor start (four over after four holes). But at least it tells me I'm playing well and getting myself into contention. It's never easy to win every time."
Speaking about breaking into the world's top 50, Lowry said: "It was one of the goals for me playing these last four tournaments. I've been between 52 and 54 in the world for a month or so now and I felt like I have been playing the golf to have the high finish to get in there.
"I just wasn't scoring well and finishing 15th to 25th. A nice, high finish this week is going to do it for me so I'm thrilled and I can't wait till next April."
The Iceman cometh as Korhonen seals Q-School victoryThe Iceman cometh as Korhonen seals Q-School victory
Mikko Korhonen became the first Finnish winner in the history of The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage after another dramatic finale at the six-round marathon of golf, where 27 players from 12 different countries earned their cards for The 2015 Race to Dubai.
Myriad dreams were made and many more were dashed at PGA Catalunya Resort as one of the most intense events in golf reached a gripping conclusion, both at the top of the leaderboard and further down on the all-important card cut-line.
At the summit, a breathless battle unfolded in the final group as 17 year old hotshot and overnight leader Renato Paratore attempted to fend off the challenge of his much more experienced playing partners, Ricardo Gonzalez and Korhonen, on the sun-drenched fairways of the picturesque Stadium Course at the stunning European Tour Destination outside Girona.
While Paratore came out of the blocks quickly with a birdie at the second, Korhonen drew level with the two-time Junior Ryder Cup player courtesy of an eagle at the par five seventh before a birdie at the 12th meant he took to the front for the first time.
The 34 year old negotiated the next six holes in level par and, while Paratore fell back after a difficult finish, with three bogeys in the final five holes, Gonzalez birdied four of the last six holes.
That wasn’t enough to deny Korhonen his maiden professional victory, however, as he finished two shots clear of the Argentinian on 20 under par courtesy of a five under par final round 67.
“It feels fantastic,” said Korhonen, whose win means he has qualified from Qualifying School for a third year running. “It’s the first win of my professional career, finally. I haven’t challenged for the win very often in my career but it feels absolutely amazing.
“Of course, being first of all the guys here gets me into more tournaments so that’s good, but it’s not like any other tournament. You don’t exactly come here to win, even if you should, you just come to get your card. But victory makes it sweeter.
“I was a bit nervous even coming in knowing I had my card. This is my fourth time coming through Q-School and I’m confident now I can stay on tour next season. Getting my first win, even if it is Q-School, is still important for me.
“I wasn’t too nervous and that was a surprise for me. I did think about Mikko (Ilonen) today when I was on the first tee. I just thought, ‘be like Mikko’, just walk on the course like an Iceman and do your stuff.”
While Gonzalez was disappointed to miss out on outright victory, he was over the moon with his achievement and ranked it alongside the four European Tour titles he has amassed in a long and fruitful career on the top tier.
“This is right up there with winning on The European Tour,” said the Rosario player, who signed for a final round 67 and an 18 under total. “You need to be patient and keep yourself happy, and that happened this week. I said to my caddie that I needed to enjoy the week, and I’m very happy now.
“I felt the pressure at the start as I thought I’d lost my career. I’m 45 years old, so to earn one more year, it’s a big achievement.”
Hearts were in mouths in a tense final hour for those on the bubble as the cut-line shifted back and forth several times, from seven to eight under par.
When the axe eventually fell on the lower number, Frenchman Cyril Bouniol emerged as one of the most heart-warming stories of the day as he followed a bogey at the 16th and a double-bogey at the 17th with a nerveless birdie at the last to make it on the mark.
“The 18th was a dream come true,” said the 27 year old, who finished 19th in the Challenge Tour Rankings this year. “I’ve been playing my heart out all year just to get on The European Tour, and it was slipping away tournament after tournament, so I’m just glad to have walked onto the 18th and just believed in myself.
“I said to myself, ‘You’re good, this has to happen at some point, so make that birdie! It’s all the more meaningful to do that under so much adversity, and having not made a putt all day.
“I was standing over it at the 18th and I knew what it was for – either I would be on Tour or I would be back to what I’ve done all year, so I told myself to take a chance and it’s incredible it went in. I’m so happy.”
Paratore, meanwhile, became the third youngest player in the history of the Qualifying School to earn a card and, while he could not hold out for the victory, he was delighted to earn a rookie season in The Race to Dubai, where he will join his close friend and four-time European Tour winner Matteo Manassero.
“It would have been nice to have won but the card is like winning for me,” said the 2014 Youth Olympic individual gold medal winner, who carded a one over 73. “I’m really looking forward to playing in all of the big tournaments with the best players. I can’t believe it’s happened so quickly.
“It would be great to follow in Matteo’s footsteps. Seeing what he has done at such a young age on The European Tour has been a real inspiration and I hope I can do the same.”
Matthew Fitzpatrick of England was another young former amateur star to seal his place in the big time on the first time of asking, while World Number 75 Anirban Lahiri of India will also play his maiden season on The Race to Dubai.
Jumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse openedJumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse openedSignificant milestone reached as Jumeirah Golf Estates clubhouse opened by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Another significant milestone in the continuing development of Jumeirah Golf Estates was reached today, ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, when three of the world’s greatest golfers joined HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, in officially opening the new state-of-the art clubhouse.
As the field began to assemble at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the sixth edition of the DP World Tour Championship from Thursday to Sunday, showcasing the climax of the season-long Race to Dubai on The European Tour, His Highness, Sheikh Ahmed, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new clubhouse before meeting Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Jumeirah Golf Estates official brand ambassador, Henrik Stenson.
The VIP party also included European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady, who greeted His Highness outside the clubhouse, His Excellency Mohammed Al Shibani, Director General of His Highness Ruler’s Court and CEO of the Investment Corporation of Dubai, along with Board Members of Jumeirah Golf Estates, who have developed a strong affiliation following last year’s announcement that Jumeirag Golf Estates would become a European Tour Destination as part of the Tour’s growing network of world class golf venues.
The Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates has hosted all six championships since 2009 and only 12 months ago the facility was augmented by another ‘first’ for golf in the Gulf with the official opening of the first European Tour Performance Institute outside Europe.
Attending the clubhouse ceremony were McIlroy, World Number One and newly confirmed winner of The 2014 Race to Dubai to follow his 2012 success, and Stenson, the defending champion after his dramatic surge to victory in both the DP World Tour Championship and The Race to Dubai in 2013. Completing the group was former US Open Champion, Rose, narrowly edged out by McIlroy in the final event two years ago.
World class facilities will be the key elements of the clubhouse, as the competitors in the DP World Tour Championship and their families will discover this week when they experience the state-of-the-art locker room facilities, the notable food and beverage facilities as well as the impressive terrace overlooking the 18th green.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is already a thriving community of families and international visitors, and the opening of the clubhouse is a milestone development that cements Jumeirah Golf Estates’ status as the region’s leading residential golf community. To have His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum here just days away from the DP World Tour Championship is fantastic and a sign of exciting times ahead at our brand new clubhouse.
“Given the extensive array of recreational facilities now on offer in the heart of the community, we anticipate increased demand for our growing property portfolio. The clubhouse will become the social focal point of Jumeirah Golf Estates, bringing first class F&B outlets, events spaces and golf facilities to residents and visitors to Dubai,” concluded Kazim.
Stenson commented: “It is great to be back at Jumeirah Golf Estates to celebrate the opening of this fantastic clubhouse in time for the DP World Tour Championship - a staple tournament in my diary every year. The facilities are on a par with the world’s best, making the community a top choice for golfers, residents and visitors from around the world.”
O’Grady added: “This is the sixth successive year in which we have concluded The Race to Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates, now a European Tour Destination. Each time we return here, we never fail to be impressed by the dramatic improvements to all parts of the estate – from the Earth and Fire courses, to the academy facilities which form The European Tour Performance Institute; the road and property infrastructure and, today, the new clubhouse.
“A world class golf tournament deserves world class facilities and the state-of-the-art clubhouse, which will greatly enhance for experience for the leading professionals this week and also the Members who can enjoy the best of Jumeirah Golf Estates on a daily basis.”
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, (far right) chats with (from left to right) Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
(L-R) HE Mohammed Al Shibani (Director General of HH Ruler’s Court and CEO of the ICD); George O'Grady (Chief Executive of The European Tour), Henrik Stenson of Sweden, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group), Justin Rose of England, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and HE Abdul Rahman Al Saleh (Chairman of Jumeirah Golf Estates) pose for a photograph during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Players and officials gather for a photograph during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
George O'Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, (left) shakes hands with HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, during the official opening of the new clubhouse at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates
Interview with David MacLaren, European Tour PropertiesInterview with David MacLaren, European Tour Properties
This is a big week for The European Tour and The Race to Dubai, but why is European Tour Properties also in the news?
The DP World Tour Championship is the finale of The European Tour’s Race to Dubai. This is a world-class golf event in a leading global destination showcasing some of the finest golfers in the world, so yes, it’s a big week for The European Tour. The fact the event is being hosted at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the first member of the European Tour Properties network in the Middle East and a venue we have been working closely with since October 2013, makes it even more significant.
In addition to this week’s event, a number of our venues, including Quinta do Lago in Portugal, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in France, PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain and Linna Golf in Finland, were winners at the inaugural World Golf Awards on Saturday (November 15, 2014). So it’s a week of celebrations, which we hope will be capped off by a memorable tournament and climax to The Race to Dubai here at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Besides hosting the DP World Tour Championship, what is the significance of Jumeirah Golf Estates being a member of European Tour Properties?
European Tour Properties is a network of world-class golf venues, which have a close association with The European Tour. The network features some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe and the Middle East, and includes London Golf Club, venue of the recent the Volvo World Match Play Championship and St Leon-Rot in Germany, venue of The 2015 Solheim Cup.
Being associated with the premier global golf venue brand offers obvious advantages from a positioning and profile perspective. It also delivers significant practical benefits including strategic and operational support, sales and marketing activities linked to golf travel and real estate, and access to tournament opportunities. Eight of our 13 venues have hosted European Tour sanctioned events in the past year and we are supporting other venues in their plans to host tournaments. For example, we are working closely with The Dutch, which will host the KLM Open from 2016-18.
How has European Tour Properties helped Jumeirah Golf Estates?
Our strategic and operational support services vary from venue to venue. In the case of Jumeirah Golf Estates, we have worked closely not only on the staging of the DP World Tour Championship, but the development of a state-of-the-art clubhouse and the first European Tour Performance Institute in the Middle East, offering world-class training facilities for all golfers, from elite professionals to amateur golfers.
Our strategic partnership with Fine & Country has created a unique approach to real estate marketing, which is benefiting all European Tour Properties with residential developments, including Jumeirah Golf Estates. In June it was announced that Henrik Stenson, the reigning Race to Dubai champion, would become an Official Ambassador for the golf and residential development at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
What does the European Tour brand bring to a golf resort?
The essence of The European Tour is to bring elite golf to a world stage and so customers playing, staying or buying property at a European Tour Properties venue know that their experience comes with a stamp of tournament quality.
Are there likely to be more European Tour Properties in the Middle East in the future?
Wherever The European Tour develops its global brand, we will look to expand the European Tour Properties portfolio. Clearly, the Middle East is an important strategic market for golf, global sports, travel and leisure and so it is more than likely that we will seek to add new venues in the Middle East. We have recently opened a European Tour office in China and so Asia will also be a focus for European Tour Properties.
What are the prospects for Dubai as a golf travel destination?
Recent research for the International Golf Travel Market showed that the UAE was the third fastest growing golf destination among IAGTO golf tour operators, based on 2013 sales. It will be interesting to see if this trend accelerated in 2014. My view is that the international golf travel market is buoyant and destinations such as Dubai, with its appealing climate, international standard golf venues and hotels, ease of access, plus the additional benefit of global media coverage generated by a European Tour event, are well positioned for growth.
What about real estate?
It’s evident that there has been a general upturn in real estate sales in Dubai. Sales at Jumeirah Golf Estates are strong and the new Redwood development, with its 75 townhouses and 42 villas, has been well received, underlining the importance of real estate developments being able to adapt to shifts in the market. In fact, we are seeing strong sales across the European Tour Properties network – PGA Catalunya Resort has sold more than 100 units since 2011 and continues to out-perform the market in Spain.
As with golf tourism, there is a value in the European Tour brand being associated with a golf and residential community. Real estate purchasers who are golfers will be looking to live somewhere their friends have heard of. In making such a significant personal investment, they want certainty and assurance. I think both the European Tour brand and hosting a European Tour tournament adds profile and credibility, which can translate effectively into incremental real estate sales.
About European Tour Properties
European Tour Properties is a network of world-class golf venues which all have a close association with The European Tour, one of the game’s foremost organisations. European Tour Destinations and Courses all have the stamp of tournament quality and present a level of on and off-course facilities guaranteed to provide a memorable golfing experience for all members and visitors. With facilities located throughout Europe and beyond, many close by to famous cities and cultural experiences, our partner venues offer a range of attractive golf, leisure and accommodation options for visitors, guests and groups. Many also showcase elegant and secluded real-estate opportunities, with bespoke options available.
European Tour Properties shine at World Golf AwardsEuropean Tour Properties shine at World Golf Awards
European Tour Properties, the network of world class golf venues, celebrated a stellar performance at the World Golf Awards with four member venues picking up major international accolades.
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, the five-star resort in Provence, France, and venue of the European Senior Tour’s French Riviera Masters, was voted Europe’s Best Golf Hotel.
Spanish Open venue PGA Catalunya Resort, which last month was named IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year and which this week hosts The European Tour Final Qualifying Stage, was voted Spain’s Best Golf Course, while Linna Golf was named Finland’s Best Golf Course.
Meanwhile, Quinta do Lago, Portugal, which now boasts three championship golf courses, was a multiple award winner. The Algarve resort’s radically revamped North Course – designed by Beau Welling in association with 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley – won the award for Europe’s Best New Golf Course, while the South Course was recognised as Portugal’s Best Golf Course.
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “European Tour Properties feature some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe and the Middle East and it is pleasing to see our member venues, which are all closely associated with The European Tour, recognised at the inaugural World Golf Awards.
“These awards are the latest in a series of successes for our network of 13 world class golf venues in 2014, a year which has seen eight member venues host European Tour sanctioned events, including this week’s DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the last of the Final Series tournaments and the climax to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.”
David MacLaren added: “The essence of The European Tour is to bring elite golf to a world stage and so customers playing, staying or buying property at a European Tour Properties venue know their experience comes with a stamp of tournament quality.”
The inaugural World Golf Awards – part of the World Travel Awards, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary – were voted for by both golf travel industry professionals and the public. The World Golf Awards Ceremony took place at the Conrad Algarve on Saturday November 15, 2014.
Renovation at Le Golf NationalRenovation at Le Golf NationalLe Golf National is pleased to announce that its facilities will remain permanently open to welcome golfers from all over the world while the Albatros course will be closed for renovation works, starting mid-July 2015.
Once top golfers have competed to win the 99th edition of the Open de France at the beginning of July 2015, the Albatros, the well-established home to the championship since 1991 and the next European Ryder Cup course, will close for under one year in order to be upgraded to host the biggest golfing competition in the world three years later: The Ryder Cup. The works plan will focus on renovating the irrigation and drainage systems, lake edges as well as routes and paths to welcome 50,000 spectators per day.
During this period, Le Golf National, the facility of the French Golf Federation located 25 km away from Paris and just 10km from Versailles, will keep its extensive on-site facilities open: its two other courses including the Aigle, a 18-hole sister of the Albatros, the four star-hotel, three restaurants, two driving ranges and the largest chipping area in Europe spreading over 3,400m².
There are eight months left before the Ryder Cup course closes. Golfers should not wait until the reopening of the course in June 2016 to come and challenge their own golfing skills against it. Exceptional offers, both for individuals and golf business professionals, are available to let golfers cultivate their Ryder Cup experience and dreams in the Paris area. Besides all this, a new exclusive service has been launched to answer any specific requests from international golfers: Le Golf National Concierge Service.
Paul Armitage, General Manager of Le Golf National says: “Having lived the dream in Scotland, Gleneagles 2014, France and Le Golf National are humble before the tasks ahead and very eager to produce one of the greatest amphitheatres the Ryder Cup will ever see! We look forward to welcoming guests and enjoying our new golfing experiences”.
To find out more information, please visit www.le-golf-national.com