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.
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Dietmar Hopp to be Patron of 2015 PING Junior Solheim CupDietmar Hopp to be Patron of 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup
John Solheim, Chairman and CEO of PING, has welcomed Dietmar Hopp, Founding President of St. Leon-Rot Golf Club and dedicated youth sponsor, as a Patron of the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup.
The event, inaugurated in 2002 by John Solheim and taking place this year at St. Leon-Rot from 14-15 September, features the twelve best European against the twelve best American amateur girl golfers between the ages of 12 and 18. This is the first time that the Junior event will be played at the same venue as The Solheim Cup.
“It is a great honor to be allowed to be a Patron of this tournament,” said Hopp. “My gratitude and recognition go out to John Solheim, the Founder of this tournament. The PING Junior Solheim Cup provides a great platform for young people and gives them the attention they deserve.”
The PING Junior Solheim Cup is seen as a springboard for a professional career, with many Solheim Cup players such as Paula Creamer, Caroline Hedwall, Charley Hull, Caroline Masson, Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz having previously featured in the event. Sharing the same stage as the main event will undoubtedly bring more focus to the Juniors. “We would like to inspire our young players and offer them the best possible conditions in which their talent can unfold,” said Hopp. “I consider it my duty as Patron to position our youth more strongly in the focus of public attention.”
John Solheim thanked Hopp for his commitment stating, “We’re happy to welcome Dietmar Hopp as a Patron of the PING Junior Solheim Cup. His on-going dedication to helping bring young people into the game of golf is unparalleled and he will give our event even more visibility through his involvement.”
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Stars of golf and football come together for Special OlympicsStars of golf and football come together for Special Olympics
Stars from the world of golf and football united at PGA Catalunya Golf Resort, a European Tour Destination, to raise funds to send 78 athletes with intellectual disabilities to represent Team Spain at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Nineteen of those athletes are from Catalunya.
More than 20 teams signed up to play in the inaugural Special Olympics Golf Classic hosted by The 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain, Paul McGinley. Teams included football greats Johan Cruyff, Christian Karembeu and David O’Leary, golf professionals Paula Martí from Spain and Peter Lawrie from Ireland, as well as Special Olympics athlete Eduardo Vegas Ochoa from Madrid, who plays off a handicap of 20.2.
After taking on this challenging course, teams gathered for a fundraising auction which included highly sought after items, such as tickets to the 2015 Superclasico between Brazil and Argentina as well as an FC Barcelona club shirt signed by each team member.
Paul McGinley: “I am really honoured to host the first ever Special Olympics Golf Classic at such a magnificent course as PGA Catalunya Resort and to have so much support today. I want to wish Team Spain every success at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer. My advice is the same advice I gave to Team Europe at The 2014 Ryder Cup, “embrace the pressure but do everything with a smile on your face”.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, a member of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of Special Olympics Spain, also attended today’s Golf Classic adding: “We are very grateful that so many sporting heroes have turned out to support our Special Olympics athletes. Our athletes are also heroes as they overcome many challenges to reach their personal best in sport and life. We hope that the whole country will get behind Team Spain and celebrate their achievements in Los Angeles this summer.”
Team Spain will compete in 11 sports at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games which runs from July 25th to August 2nd in sporting venues across Los Angeles. The 78 athletes will compete in 7-a-side football, 5-a-side football, basketball (female), bocce, tennis, swimming, athletics, Unified basketball, table tennis, badminton and handball. To cover the cost of sending Team Spain to the World Games, Special Olympics Spain must raise € 170,000.
The Special Olympics Spain website can be found here
Big-hitting South African wins long drive contestBig-hitting South African wins long drive contest
Estonian Golf & Country Club, part of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, recently played host to the 2015 'Long Drive European Tour'.
Some 19 professionals from Europe took part in the second leg of this year’s contest in their attempt to fly the ball the furthest on the fifth hole of the Stone Course at this beautiful venue, situated just 20 minutes from Estonia’s stunning capital Tallinn.
Dewald Lubbe, of South Africa, won the second leg of the annual contest and the second win of his career with a 2-0 victory over Maurice Allen of the USA, the current Guinness Record holder, with Dane Frederik Frost completing the top three. Lubbe also hit the longest drive of the day at 393 yards, celebrating with a brave jump into the water at the first hole.
Finns Ville Kivini (332 yards) and Marko Mustonen (346 yards) took the Amateur and Senior Amateur prizes respectively, while 14 year old home club member Anete-Liis Adul (222 yards) took the Ladies prize and Henri Pikk, also from Estonian Golf & Country Club, won the Junior section with 301 yards.
Estonian Golf & Country Club, home to the stunning Championship Sea Course which is rated amongst Europe’s top 100, recently announced that Annika Sörenstam would design her first course in Europe at the venue. The new course will include both championship tees and formally constructed forward tees offering a 4,000m option for juniors and new golfers.
Commenting on the new design being prepared in association with European Golf Design, Sörenstam said: “My objective is to create a course that good golfers will find strategic, competitive and visually appealing, whilst utilising a variety of forward tees to make it equally encouraging and enjoyable for newer golfers and younger players.”
In addition to the new ANNIKA® course, the venue is planning major development to create a family leisure resort and spa overlooking the Gulf of Finland including a 150-bedroom hotel, spa and tennis courts. The venue already boasts a successful and architecturally unique real estate development.
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Diamond Apartment Hotel opens its doors to VIP visitorsDiamond Apartment Hotel opens its doors to VIP visitors
The new Diamond Apartment Hotel at Diamond Country Club will receive its first VIP visitors from June 11–14 when the elite of The European Tour arrive to compete in the Lyoness Open Powered by Greenfinity.
Host venue of the tournament since 2010, Diamond Country Club – which is a European Tour Destination – has opened the doors to its new hotel, which offers 33 apartment-style rooms and two exclusive master suites.
And with the re-design of eight clubhouse rooms, the venue now offers a complete resort where both national and international golfers can experience one of Austria’s finest golfing challenges on the Diamond Course, and the cultural and culinary delights on offer in the beautiful Lower Austrian countryside.
In 2014, Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg denied home favourite and 2012 champion Bernd Wiesberger a second victory in three years when he holed a 40ft birdie putt on the first play-off hole to claim the title.
Both Lundberg and Wiesberger will be back this year to compete for an increased prize fund of €1.5 million, up 50 per cent on last year’s purse.
Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, winner of the Shenzen International, and a strong French contingent which includes Alexander Levy, Grégory Bourdy, Raphaël Jacquelin and Grégory Havret have also confirmed their places in the field.
Commenting on the announcement that the event would feature in The Race to Dubai for a further five years, Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said: “Since returning to our International Schedule in 2006, the Lyoness Open has developed into an excellent tournament, and it has been an important and valued fixture on our Race to Dubai.
“We are therefore delighted that title sponsors Lyoness and event promoter Golf Open Event gmbh have committed to stage the tournament for a further five years, and have significantly increased the prize money, which will help grow the event even further. Our thanks goes to Lyoness for their continued support of golf and The European Tour, while we are also grateful to Christian Guzy, the owner of Diamond Country Club, for his commitment to developing the course and facilities into a venue the Tour is extremely proud of.”
Diamond Country Club now boasts a host of facilities including the new hotel, clubhouse suites, the Diamond Boathouse, the clubhouse with Austria’s 2014 Golf Restaurant of the Year and three courses of varying lengths. The venue has also teamed up with Golf Resort Haugschlag, located 90 minutes away, to offer golfers an additional two-centre playing opportunity.
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Black Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond AwardBlack Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond Award
European Tour Properties’ newest member, Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, has become the first course in Thailand to receive a Diamond Award for excellence from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
The award was made at the official convention dinner during IAGTO’s fourth annual Asian Golf Tourism Convention, held in Jakarta, and was accepted by Black Mountain managing director, Harald Elisson.
IAGTO Diamond Awards recognise courses for their outstanding quality in playing experience, presentation and customer service. They were presented this year to courses in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Black Mountain, near Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, became a European Tour Properties member following the True Thailand Classic, a co-sanctioned European Tour and Asian Tour event, which was held for the first time in February.
Harald Elisson thanked golf tour operators, more than 300 of whom attended the convention, for supporting Black Mountain so strongly and for the role they played in the course receiving the accolade. He said Black Mountain would continue to strive to provide the best experience on and off the course in the future.
Black Mountain Golf Club is part of a modern complex that includes villas and condominiums, a spa, water park and wakeboard park, tennis and volleyball facilities and restaurant in a dramatic mountainside setting near the booming seaside resort city of Hua Hin.
Terre Blanche Announces Prestige CupTerre Blanche Announces Prestige Cup
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, the exclusive 5-star resort situated in Provence, France, is delighted to welcome guests and members to play in the Prestige Cup which will take place from July 3-5, 2015.
With two tree-lined and undulating 18-hole championship golf courses - Le Château and Le Riou - designed by Dave Thomas, this European Tour Destination also offers a 3200sqm luxurious spa, spacious Suites and Villas in its Leading Hotel of the World, numerous restaurants, a magnificent practice and performance facility and a children’s club.
Limited to just 50 players, the Prestige Cup is open to amateur players only and includes a two-night hotel stay, golf package and free access to the Spa facilities and the Albatros Golf Performance Center, with unlimited practice balls. Competitors will also enjoy a Gala Dinner and the chance to sample the culinary expertise of new chef Philippe Jourdin.
Le Golf National hosts annual European Tour Properties ConferenceLe Golf National hosts annual European Tour Properties ConferenceLe Golf National, host venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup and home to the Alstom Open de France, welcomed delegates from the Tour’s network of world class golf venues in hosting the seventh annual European Tour Properties Spring Conference.
Representatives from the network of 14 member venues – including the newest European Tour Destination, Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort in Thailand, along with Diamond Country Club, Estonian Golf and Country Club, Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, which will host The Solheim Cup later this year, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Kungsängen Golf Club, Le Golf National, PGA Catalunya Resort and Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - attended the conference this week for a series of insightful presentations and networking opportunities.
Paul Armitage, General Manager of Le Golf National, who opened the Conference with his presentation “2018 – Le Golf National Prepares Today!” – providing an insight both into the transformation of a business and also the venue’s preparation for hosting golf’s greatest team event, said: “We were really proud to welcome the Spring Conference to Le Golf National for the very first time. It is becoming more and more important for us to participate fully in the activities of the European Tour Properties network as we move towards 2018 and we certainly see the benefits of that participation. We are definitely feeling part of a sense of “family” too, as we share and compare with our peers within the network.”
Brian Smith, CEO, and Conor Murphy, Business Development Manager, of BRS Golf and representing GolfNow, led a discussion on Online Tee-time Sales and Booking Systems, together with the application of Yield and Revenue Management techniques to the Golf Industry. This was followed by the centrepiece presentation on “Growing Your Customer Base – Ladies and Juniors” from Mark Birchmore, Head of Marketing at Syngenta, and Gary Firkins, Director of Landmark Media.
Andy Bough, Director of Cactus Brand Partners, provided insights on European Tour Merchandise and a new Retail Programme for European Tour Properties member venues before the conference concluded with an overview of the Real Estate Market from Sandra Ruttle, Consultant with European Tour Properties, and a presentation by Robert O’Brien and Emilie Despois on the real estate marketing opportunities delivered to member venues through the partnership with Fine & Country Golf.
Harald Elisson, Managing Director of Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, said: “As the newest European Tour Destination, I was very happy to attend the conference to gain more insight into European Tour Properties and to get to know colleagues from other member venues. The topics were very relevant and presented by excellent speakers and certainly provoked lively and interesting discussion.”
David MacLaren, Director of Property and Venue Development, European Tour Properties, remarked: “It has been gratifying that so many of our 14 world class venues have been able to participate, at a busy time of year, in our annual Spring Conference. Our relationship with our member venues goes far beyond being able to carry the Destination or Course brand and includes the sharing of business practice, a range of co-ordinated sales and marketing activities and the benefits of being part of a global network. The continued growth of European Tour Properties is, I believe, testament to the relevance of our business model and the need for golf venues to gain a key advantage within today’s competitive market.”
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Jumeirah Golf Estates joins forces with Senior Open ChampionshipJumeirah Golf Estates joins forces with Senior Open Championship
Jumeirah Golf Estates, the first golf and property development to join The European Tour’s elite list of global partners, will become a highly visible stakeholder at this year’s Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex.
The premium residential golf community in Dubai, which recently became an Official Partner to The European Tour, will be a Championship Sponsor of the event, which takes place at Sunningdale Golf Club from July 23-26 with German golfing legend, Bernhard Langer, defending his title.
Jumeirah Golf Estates is the first member of The European Tour Properties network in the Gulf and enjoys a long-standing relationship with The European Tour as host venue to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
During the Senior Open Championship, Jumeirah Golf Estates’ branding will be prominent through signage on the golf course and on their exhibition unit within the Tented Village, the main social hub of the event which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Andy Stubbs, on behalf of the Senior Open Championship, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is a world-class development which has grown to become a thriving community in Dubai and is now the global focus of the golfing world each November for the season finale of The Race to Dubai.
“We are delighted to welcome Jumeirah Golf Estates to Sunningdale for the Senior Open Championship and our partners, Rolex and The R&A look forward to enhancing this relationship at one of the UK’s most prestigious and spectacular courses.”
Yousuf Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Golf Estates commented: “In addition to hosting 60 of the world's top Professionals competing for the title of Europe's number one player each year, as a relatively new golf venue on the world stage but one with a fast growing global reputation, to associate our brand with some of the game's all-time greats firmly supports the status and experience that we aspire to at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Many of our homeowners and members, from all around the world, recall the many great achievements of these legendary names, therefore we are proud to play our part in sponsoring this Senior Major."
Award-winning resort launches latest residential areaAward-winning resort launches latest residential area
Voted Best Golf Resort in Europe 2015 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, kicks off a host of expansion plans for 2015 with the launch of its fourth residential area, La Pineda.
Set for completion in spring 2016, La Pineda will comprise nine villas facing the 7th fairway and sitting slightly above the Tour Course, one unique Show Villa and a series of large plots, ranging from 1,000 to 1,390 m2, which will overlook the 7th hole of the Stadium Course.
Combining striking design and exceptional facilities, La Pineda will build on PGA Catalunya Resort’s reputation for excellence and further enhance the European Tour Destination’s position as one of Europe’s finest golf residential communities.
Julio Delgado, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “Our latest residential development opens up a wealth of opportunities and will enable us to continue to offer a credible and intelligent investment choice for international buyers.
For more information about PGA Catalunya Resort visit www.pgacatalunya.com
Interview with David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue DevelopmentInterview with David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development
David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, talks to golfingindian.com about the international golf property market.
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Black Mountain becomes European Tour DestinationBlack Mountain becomes European Tour Destination
Black Mountain Golf Club, the stunning resort which was the host and presenting partner of the hugely successful recent True Thailand Classic, has been announced as the tenth European Tour Destination, continuing European Tour Properties’ growth outside Europe.
In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination in the world class network of member venues, and the expansion has continued into South-East Asia with this agreement with Black Mountain, which will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support.
The Hua Hin-based resort opened in 2007 and quickly earned a reputation as the best golf course in Thailand, winning numerous international awards including Golf Monthly’s Best Course in Asia Pacific in 2014.
It is the only Thai course to be named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses (outside the United States), and hosted three Asian Tour events before agreeing to be the home of the co-sanctioned Thailand Classic on The European Tour International Schedule until 2017. Indeed, Black Mountain played a significant part in bringing The European Tour back to Thailand for the first time since 2007.
The inaugural edition, played in the second week of February 2015 and won by Australian Andrew Dodt, earned rave reviews, particularly for the Phil Ryan-designed par-72 layout and its high-quality greens.
Complementing the course is a range of world class facilities to complete the package, including a modern clubhouse, a five-star spa, a superb restaurant and excellent practice areas as well as a truly spectacular par three course which features water on every hole.
So good are the facilities that a number of European Tour players make Black Mountain their winter home for off-season training and preparation, including Thailand’s most successful player, Thongchai Jaidee, his compatriot Prom Meesawat and Swedes Johan Edfors, Rikard Karlberg and Alex Noren.
Accommodation options range from luxury pool villas to stylish apartments, and extensive building plans are underway to add a choice of large and luxurious course-side villas and townhouses, all available for purchase. Land plots are also available adjacent to the par-three course or along the ninth hole of the Championship course, with bespoke design and specifications.
David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Black Mountain as our latest European Tour Destination and our 14th member venue. Black Mountain joins a network of world class venues that includes outstanding facilities in Europe, the Middle East and now Asia.
“We offer our partner venues a high level of sales, marketing and operational support, and for the venues themselves, their members and guests can enjoy the benefits of reciprocal arrangements across the world. The True Thailand Classic, which was staged last week in conjunction with our partners from the Asian Tour, was a huge success and showed the golfing world what an outstanding golf destination Black Mountain is.”
Harald Elisson, Managing Director of Black Mountain Golf Club, said: “Black Mountain is delighted to join the European Tour Properties portfolio. It is an honour to become part of such a prestigious group of European Tour championship golf resorts in Europe and the Middle East and to become the first member in Asia.”
“Having just hosted the inaugural and highly successful True Thailand Classic, Black Mountain's profile as a world-class golf destination has been considerably enhanced and we look forward to working closely with European Tour Properties to become even better known in the future.”
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