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
European Tour Destination St. Leon-Rot hosts Solheim Cup practice and media dayEuropean Tour Destination St. Leon-Rot hosts Solheim Cup practice and media dayGolf Club St. Leon-Rot today hosted a number of the leading women golfers in Europe as the Heidelberg venue continued the countdown towards the 2015 Solheim Cup, which will be played in Germany for the first time from September 18-20.
The venue, one of two outstanding European Tour Destinations in Germany along with Golf and Country Club Fleesensee near Berlin, welcomed European captain, Carin Koch, and a number of her backroom team and potential team members, who had travelled from Turnberry following the Ricoh Women’s British Open to attend a media session and to play the St. Leon-Rot course.
Koch was joined by her vice captains Annika Sorenstam, Sophie Gustafson and Maria McBride as well as team adviser, Fanny Sunesson, in assessing the current condition of the course and working on the behind the scenes minutia vital to the overall success of Europe’s bid for a third successive Solheim Cup victory.Read the full story on www.europeantour.com
KEITH PELLEY BEGINS EUROPEAN TOUR TENUREKEITH PELLEY BEGINS EUROPEAN TOUR TENUREA new era in golf unfolds today – Monday August 3 – when Keith Pelley officially begins his tenure as Chief Executive of The European Tour.
The 51 year old Canadian will bring not only his extensive business pedigree across the Atlantic, but also his in-depth knowledge of professional sport and media, having worked across both industries for the past 30 years.
Latterly President of the Rogers Media conglomerate in Canada, Pelley was also President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Earlier in his career he was CEO of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, during which the team won the championship title in his first year of leadership.
“I said back in April, when news of my impending appointment was released, that I was proud and honoured to be joining The European Tour as its new Chief Executive and those feelings resonated once again when I walked through the front door for the first time officially this morning,” said Pelley.
“Over these past three months I have travelled and spoken to many people involved with The European Tour and I have been encouraged to find that the Tour already has a highly regarded reputation worldwide – naturally I will be seeking to build and expand on that in the years ahead.
“I have also seen how our European Tour members have excelled on the global stage in recent years and it is appropriate that my first two weeks at the helm sees them vie for a World Golf Championship title in Ohio and a Major Championship in Wisconsin. Naturally I wish them all well in that quest.
“Finally, I have spent the majority of my career working in the media and I was therefore delighted to meet many of the guys who cover our sport on a regular basis during my trip to Wentworth in May. As I said then, I look forward to getting to know them all and working together with them to help promote The European Tour in the future.”
Pelley will become only the fourth Chief Executive in the history of The European Tour, following in the footsteps of the Tour’s original founding father John Jacobs OBE (1971 – 1974), Ken Schofield CBE (1975 – 2004) and George O’Grady CBE (2005 – 2015).
David Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The European Tour, said, “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Keith officially as our new Chief Executive. His experience as a senior business leader and team builder, his extensive media and broadcast background and his interest in sport all fit perfectly with our agenda moving forward.
“As he has seen for himself already first hand, this is an exciting time for The European Tour. We have some of the best players in the world alongside some of the most exciting tournaments and I know Keith will build on the framework put in place by George O’Grady over the past ten years.”
Thomas Bjørn, a 15-time winner on The European Tour and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, said: “On behalf of the players, I am very pleased to welcome Keith as our new Chief Executive. Having spoken with him on numerous occasions I am very much aware of the desire he possesses to drive the Tour forward in every direction, which can only be good news for everyone associated with European golf.
“Personally, I am also delighted that the first regular European Tour event he will attend will be the Made in Denmark tournament in Farsø later this month. I look forward not only to welcoming him to the Himmerland Resort that week, but also to working alongside him in the future.”
Linna Golf celebrates 10th anniversaryLinna Golf celebrates 10th anniversary
Exquisite Linna Golf, located 100km north of Helsinki and a member of the prestigious European Tour Properties portfoilio, is celebrating its tenth Anniversary.
Designed by Tim Lobb, in association with European Golf Design, the scenic forest course borders a 7km long lake within the historic Vanajanlinna Manor grounds and offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes and terrains.
Since opening, the course has received praise for both its design and maintenance, with many reviews placing it as one of the best courses in Finland and one of the most luxurious resorts in northern Europe. The venue has been consistently voted in Golf World (UK) magazine’s Top 100 Continental European Courses and has successfully hosted many national and international competitions, as well as other sporting spectacles such as stages of the Finnish Ralli Car championships!
Linna Golf has proved a popular golf holiday destination with warm summers and long daylight hours enabling visitors to play late into the night – with a round of golf at midnight in June often possible.
The 18th hole at Linna Golf
The picturesque 15th
A Diamond Stay & Play - special offerA Diamond Stay & Play - special offer
Diamond Country Club, an exceptional golf venue situated at the gates of Vienna and proud host of the Lyoness (Austrian) Open since 2010, has a special "Stay & Play" offer for one week only at the end of August. With accommodation in the newly-opened onsite Diamond Aparthotel and greenfees on the centrepiece Diamond Course, this is a great opportunity to stay, play and experience some local culture.
For full details of offer visit MyEuropeanTour.com
Le Golf National's journey continuesLe Golf National's journey continues
Le Golf National’s journey towards The 2018 Ryder Cup and beyond took another step forward last week with the closure of L’Albatros Course for the next few months.
Just two weeks after the conclusion of the Alstom Open de France, won in style by Bernd Wiesberger, a final round was played on L’Abatros before a programme of renovation, including the installation of a new irrigation system along with improvements to drainage, bunkers and the lake edging, began.
Le Golf National, a European Tour Destination, is consistently ranked in the World’s Top 100 and Europe’s Top Ten by Golf World (UK) magazine with its impressive stadium design with slick greens and vast undulating fairways dotted with water hazards and innumerable links-style bunkers. The work over the next few months will not only help make the venue ready to host golf’s greatest team event in three years’ time but also make sure Le Golf National is ready for the next 25 years.
Read the full story at www.europeantour.com
Wonderful Willett Wins AgainWonderful Willett Wins AgainDanny Willett held off stiff competition from fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton to win the Omega European Masters and clinch his third European Tour title.
The overnight co-leader carded a bogey-free round of 65 on Sunday to finish the tournament on 17 under par, one shot ahead of former US Amateur Champion Fitzpatrick, with Tyrrell Hatton one shot further back on 15 under.
Fitzpatrick opened his final round with a bogey at the par four first, before firing four birdies in his next eight holes to hold a one shot lead at the turn.
But a bogey at the 11th hole saw the 20 year old slip back to 14 under par alongside Willett, who fired three consecutive birdies from the 13th to put himself in the driving seat. The Sheffield native then finished his round with three straight pars to claim his second title of the campaign, following his win in the season-opening Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Victory moved Willett, who is attached to Saujana Hotel & Resorts, a new European Tour Properties Destination, to second in The Race to Dubai behind leader Rory McIlroy.
Read the full story at www.europeantour.com
Wiesberger returns to winning waysWiesberger returns to winning waysBernd Wiesberger captured his third European Tour title with a commanding performance in the Alstom Open de France.
Three behind overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl at the start of the day, Wiesberger burst into life after lightning briefly delayed the final round.
The 29 year old Austrian made four birdies in succession from the fourth, before nearly holing his approach to the ninth and tapping in for another gain to turn in 31.
With the chasing pack unable to reel him in over Le Golf National’s notoriously tough back nine, eight straight pars kept Wiesberger in control before he finished things in style with a birdie from 15 feet on the last.
That gave him a closing round of 65, a 13 under total and a three shot winning margin over James Morrison.
It also provided a first visit to the winner’s circle since capturing two titles in 2012, and with a €500,000 cheque for first place the biggest pay day of his European Tour career.
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The victory caps a sparkling run of form during which Wiesberger finished sixth, third, fourth and second in his first four events of the season, before adding another runner-up finish in Ireland.
“It's been a great first half of the year for me so far,” he said. “I've had a lot of great success but just couldn't pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it's pretty sweet.
“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.
“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65 - that's not a bad score.” Bernd Wiesberger
“This tournament is very special to me. It’s one of the biggest events we have on Tour every year and probably the most tradition, the oldest one on Continental Europe.
“I’m very proud to be on the winner's list now, on this trophy dating back to 1906 it says here. It's amazing and it was a great week. I really enjoyed playing in front of these crowds here and performing the way I did.
“I have to say, James Morrison who I played with played great golf, as well, and gave me a good run which made it quite tight at the end.”
A final round 67 gave him outright second on ten under par, and the considerable consolation of one of three places in The Open Championship at St Andrews in two weeks’ time.
“My game is improving every day; I'm doing all the right things,” said the 30 year old Morrison.
“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”
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Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera-Bello claimed the other spots after finishing third and fifth respectively, with Kaymer sandwiched between the pair on seven under after finding water on the last and running up a double bogey.
London Golf Club Summer SpecialLondon Golf Club Summer Special
Visit our European Tour Destination in the heart of the "Garden of England", offering a traditional English breakfast on arrival and 18 holes on the Championship International course, home of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Terre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur ChampionshipTerre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur Championship
Frenchman Romain Langasque saw off the challenge of Scotland’s Grant Forrest to win the 120th Amateur Championship at Carnoustie last week.
Langasque was in commanding form as he won the 36-hole final by 4 and 2 and with it secured a place in next month’s 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, a place in next year’s US Open at Oakmont and an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament.
The 20 year old Frenchman, who is a member of the French Federation's Pole Francais - based at European Tour Destination Terre Blanche where he works with the European Tour Performance Institute, sealed the win on the par three 34th hole when Forrest conceded the hole and the match after his tee shot had gone through the back of the green and his chip coming back went past the hole with Langasque facing a 10ft birdie putt.
Langasque becomes just the third Frenchman to win the Amateur Championship after Philippe Ploujoux in 1981 and Julien Guerrier in 2006.
Langasque said: “This is just a dream for me. It is just incredible that I am going to play at St Andrews in one month’s time for The Open.
“When I came here I played my first practice round and played really well at Panmure maybe six or seven-under-par and then when I played my practice round here at Carnoustie I was maybe six or seven over so when it came to the first round I just tried to do my best on every shot.
“I played ok for the first two rounds and then the more the competition advanced the more I played well. This morning was my best round of the championship and I played really well.”
Saujana becomes a European Tour DestinationSaujana becomes a European Tour Destination
Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia has been announced as the 15th member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network, becoming an official European Tour Destination.
It is only the third venue outside of Europe to gain European Tour Destination status and the 11th in total.
Located approximately 15km outside the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, Saujana hosted the Malaysian Open in 1999, won by American Gerry Norquist, which entered the record books as the first event to be co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours.
It then hosted the tournament a further five times between 2001 and 2009, with Vijay Singh and Thongchai Jaidee among the winners, earning a reputation as one of Asia’s leading venues.
Peremba, the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club, have promoted the Malaysian Open, through their company GlobalOne, since 2006, while they also promoted the Indonesian Open from 2006 to 2009 and the Singapore Masters in 2006 and 2007, both tournaments featuring on The European Tour International Schedule.
The brainchild of former Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who, in 1982, initiated the creation of a government task force to set up a golf club in Kuala Lumpur to attract investors and industrialists, Saujana Golf & Country Club was cut through a former palm and rubber plantation and now has two courses – The Palm Course and Bunga Raya.
Both were originally designed by Ronald Fream, and in 2009 Bunga Raya was redesigned by Ted Parslow of Australia. The two courses are endorsed by the R&A as championship courses, and the Palm Course has been voted as the sixth toughest course in the world, while Bunga Raya was voted as the 69th best course of the world outside of the USA by Golf Digest USA.
The golf club is directly linked to two world class hotels, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort which is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. As well as the hotels, there is a spa and a selection of internationally themed restaurants.
As the 11th and newest European Tour Destination, Saujana Golf & Country Club will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support, joining the 14 existing members in the European Tour Properties’ portfolio of world class venues, which includes world class facilities such as PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain, London Golf Club in England, and Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort on the French Riviera.
In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination to join the network, and the expansion continued into south-east Asia earlier this year with the addition of Black Mountain Golf Club & Resort in Thailand.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “Our relationship with our partners Peremba and GlobalOne has been a long and fruitful one and has delivered many outstanding tournaments and winners. I would like to pay particular tribute to Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman who has been a true friend, partner and supporter of The European Tour over many years and can claim an important role in our international expansion.”
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club and one which is very important to The European Tour. Announcing Saujana as our official European Tour Destination in Malaysia is a natural extension of this association and will allow us to further develop our partnership into many new spheres. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman and his team, and look forward to Saujana becoming an important member of our network of world class venues.”
Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman, the Chairman of Peremba Group said: “We are proud to be promoters of European Tour sanctioned events. We are delighted that the relationship with The European Tour is progressing to a new dimension with the Saujana Golf & Country Club and The Saujana Hotels and Resorts being associated with The European Tour Properties network. We are confident that this new partnership will add value to the organisations and to the sport.
“Our relationship with The European Tour has been long and fruitful, and we look forward to many more years of this.”
For more information about Saujana Golf & Country Club, visit www.saujana.com.my.
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A Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf PostA Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf Post
Jumeirah Golf Estates, European Tour Destination and host venue of The European Tour's season-ending finale, the DP World Tour Championship, is reviewed by golf journalist Lewine Mair.
Read the article here - courtesy of online magazine Global Golf Post.
Sorenstam visits Estonian Golf & Country ClubSorenstam visits Estonian Golf & Country Club
Annika Sörenstam visited Estonian Golf & Country Club, the Tallinn venue which is a member of The European Tour Properties network, as plans for her first course design in Europe take shape.
The ten-time major champion, who amassed an unprecedented 89 tournament victories in a 15-year career, is designing a new course to complement the venue’s existing Sea Course, rated among Europe’s Top 100 Courses.
Construction of the new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa, including a 150-room hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.
Annika is working closely with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.
Sörenstam said: “This is a naturally beautiful landscape, reminiscent of where I grew up, and it’s a privilege to be asked to design a golf course here.
“My approach to course design is to capture the natural character of the landscape, blending golf holes into the surrounding environment. My goal is to create a versatile course that can be enjoyed by players of any age and skill level, using a variety of tees, landing areas and approaches.
“Ultimately, I want it to be both a strategic challenge and a memorable experience, whether you are an elite player competing in a tournament, or a young golfer enjoying a family holiday.”
She added: “Estonian Golf & Country Club’s plans for a leisure resort that is family friendly shows great vision and I’m excited to be part of a project that I believe will attract visitors from across the Nordic countries, Europe and beyond.”
The new 18-hole course will replace the existing nine-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.
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.”
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 60 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.”
Annika’s visit to Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief coincides with the venue’s tenth anniversary. To mark the occasion, a special open tournament will take place on both the Stone and Sea Courses, together with a 10th birthday party.