A Network of World Class Golf Venues

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

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  • 21/1/2015
    Le Golf National's L'Albatros Named Best in France
    Le Golf National's L'Albatros Named Best in France

    L’Albatros course at Le Golf National, the Paris venue which will host The 2018 Ryder Cup, has been named France’s Best Course in Today’s Golfer Travel Awards 2015.

    Read the full story here

  • 21/1/2015
    Mo problems for Lampert in Qatar
    Mo problems for Lampert in Qatar

    Challenge Tour Graduate Moritz Lampert revelled in playing alongside childhood friend Dominic Foos on day one at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as the pair from European Tour Destination Golf Club St. Leon-Rot got off to impressive starts in Doha.

    Read the full story here

  • 2/1/2015
    Stars Perform on Properties Stage
    Stars Perform on Properties Stage

    The stars of world golf descended on the courses of European Tour Properties from all corners of the globe in 2014, and the roll call of honour was super-charged by the stunning victories of Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (Volvo World Match Play Championship), Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Open de España), Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg (Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity), Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (Alstom Open de France) and Sweden's Henrik Stenson (DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).

    Read about these European Tour stars performing on the Properties stage here

     

  • 16/12/2014
    Sörenstam to design first European course in Estonia
    Sörenstam to design first European course in Estonia

    Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, is to design her first course in Europe, at Estonian Golf & Country Club.

    The new course, which will complement the venue’s acclaimed Sea Course, rated among Europe’s top 100 courses*, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa overlooking the Gulf of Finland.

    Sörenstam has been selected both for the calibre of her design work – she has designed three courses worldwide to date – and her appreciation of a project that is targeting families and golf tourists from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.

    Estonian Golf & Country Club, which is part of the European Tour Properties network of world-class golf venues, and home to a successful real estate development, plans to construct a 150-room hotel in three phases and develop leisure amenities including a spa and tennis academy.

    Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief Executive, said: “I first met Annika in 2011 to discuss designing our second course and she immediately understood and empathized with our vision to further develop Estonian Golf & Country Club into an international leisure resort and spa.

    “As well as being one of the most successful golfers of all time, she is family orientated and coaches young people, so brings a contemporary perspective to the needs of a modern resort and the type of golf course and facilities that are required.

    “When I first showed her pictures of the landscape overlooking the Gulf of Finland and the Jägala River Delta, it reminded her of where she grew up and so I think she immediately felt at home with this project.”

    The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA® designed course.

    On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new ANNIKA® layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified™ country club is situated.

    Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.

    Sörenstam said: “It’s exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home.

    “What’s also exciting about this project is the approach Estonian Golf & Country Club is taking. The golf industry has been talking a lot about the need to develop golf facilities that are more flexible and family friendly, and this is a venue that is actually making it happen.

    “My objective is to create a course that good golfers will find strategic, competitive and visually appealing, while the design will utilize a variety of forward tees to make it equally enjoyable and engaging for newer golfers and young players. Ultimately, the layout will offer great versatility, from tournament play to resort golf, giving all golfers, no matter how far they hit the ball, a world class experience.”

    Sörenstam is currently working on course plans with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.

    Estonian Golf & Country Club, just 20 minutes from the country’s exquisite capital city of Tallinn, will open its new ANNIKA® Course, as well as the first 50 rooms of the new hotel, in 2019.

    Hanno Kross added: “While many golfers regularly hop across on the ferry from Finland to play golf in Estonia, we hope the new ANNIKA® Course will attract more golfers and families from Sweden, who can travel here easily via a 55-minute flight or on the daily ferry, as well as other European countries.

    “This is an exciting new concept for golf tourism in northern Europe – where our long, sunny summer days are perfect for active, outdoor holidays – and we are extremely pleased Annika is on board and is contributing so much to the strategy behind this project.”

  • 15/12/2014
    DP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA award
    DP World Tour Championship, Dubai wins MEGA award

    The 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.”
  • 11/12/2014
    Jumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awards
    Jumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awards

    Jumeirah 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.”
  • 4/12/2014
    PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017
    PGA 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.

  • 4/12/2014
    Spain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder Cup
    Spain 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.

    Read the full story here

  • 1/12/2014
    European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do Lago
    European 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.”

    To view the event Game Feed on Golf GameBook, and see comments and photos from Quinta do Lago, visit:

    Day one (North Course): here
    Day two (Laranjal): here

  • 18/11/2014
    Jumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse opened
    Jumeirah Golf Estates Clubhouse opened

    Significant 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 

  • 18/11/2014
    Interview with David MacLaren, European Tour Properties
    Interview 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 17/11/2014
    European Tour Properties shine at World Golf Awards
    European 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.