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
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."
International Golf Week at 2018 Ryder Cup Host VenueInternational Golf Week at 2018 Ryder Cup Host Venue
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary Year, Ryder Cup 2018 Host Venue and European Tour Destination Le Golf National has launched an International Golf Week.
Taking place from May 10th - 16th 2015, the International Golf Week offers participants a full week of competitions and entertainment centred around the globally recognised Albatros course and the fantastic cities of Paris and Versailles.
Visiting golfers can experience the impressive stadium design of L’Albatros, where Europe’s finest golfers will contest The Ryder Cup against the United States in 2018, and, in association with tourism agency Destination Plus, enjoy some of the experiences and culture on offer, including dinner at the Eiffel Tower or a River Seine Cruise.
New Diamond ApartotelNew Diamond Apartotel
Diamond Country Club, situated in the Lower Austrian Countryside at the gates to Vienna, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Diamond Apartment Hotel. The state-of-the-art apartment-style hotel adds three new room categories to the existing Diamond Club House rooms located in the clubhouse. Guests can now experience the luxurious 40m² Diamond Rooms; the 60 m² two-floor Diamond Apartment rooms, which boast a fully equipped kitchen and separate lounge area; and the 80m² Diamond Suite that offers pure luxury with its private Sauna.
All perfect for a good nights’ sleep after a round on the scenic and challenging Diamond course and a fine culinary experience in the magnificent lakeside boathouse which overlooks the picturesque the ninth hole of the Championship course which hosts the Lyoness (Austrian) Open on The European Tour.
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.”
For further information please visit www.blackmountainhuahin.com
Jumeirah Golf Estates Announced as Official PartnerJumeirah Golf Estates Announced as Official Partner
Jumeirah Golf Estates and The European Tour today announced that the premium residential golf community in Dubai has become an Official Partner to The European Tour – the first golf and property development to join the Tour’s elite list of global partners.
As host venue to the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – the climactic event of The Race to Dubai’s Final Series – since 2009, and the first member of the European Tour Properties network in the Middle East, Jumeirah Golf Estates has a long-standing relationship with The European Tour. Building on this collaboration, the new agreement positions Jumeirah Golf Estates to the highest rank of European Tour ‘Partner’ status.
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Sörenstam to design first European course in EstoniaSörenstam 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.”