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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Sustainability Award for Estonian Golf & Country ClubSustainability Award for Estonian Golf & Country Club
Estonian Golf and Country Club, part of the European Tour Properties network, has demonstrated its dedication to sustainable business practices to earn the prestigious international mark, GEO Certified™.
The resort, ranked among the Top 100 golf courses in Continental Europe by Golf World magazine, joins an elite group of golf venues to have earned the distinction, which is certified by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO).
The international ecolabel is the global benchmark for sustainability in golf businesses and is administered by GEO according to strict codes set by ISEAL, the global leader in defining credibility in sustainability standards.
In achieving the certification, Estonian Golf & Country Club followed the industry backed free On Course™ programme to compile a report detailing how it meets specific criteria in protecting and enhancing the natural environment, efficient resource use and community value.
Congratulating the club, Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO, said: “Estonian Golf & Country Club has viewed its operations through a sustainability lens since opening, evidenced by the natural look of the courses and the ever higher standard the team is achieving.
“The independent verifier who visited the course noted, in particular, excellent use of its geographic location, drawing irrigation water directly from the Jägala River, just before it flows into the Gulf of Finland, plus the venue’s efforts to move closer and closer to organic.”
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Solheim Cup Tickets On SaleSolheim Cup Tickets On Sale
The announcement of Carin Koch as Captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team coincided with tickets for the match to be played at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, a European Tour Destination, going on public sale.
Available only via the official tickets sale website – www.solheimcup.de – the advance booking period between 11th April and 15th September 2014 will offer every purchaser the chance to win a “Golden Ticket”. A range of tickets options include 20,000 “Any One Day” tickets priced at only €49,50, 20% off early bookings and free entrance for all children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. Included in the ticket price is free insurance provided by Allianz, a global partner of the Solheim Cup.
For full ticket information, prices and travel visit www.solheimcup.de
Koch to Captain Solheim Cup Team at GC St Leon-RotKoch to Captain Solheim Cup Team at GC St Leon-Rot
Carin Koch has been named as the 2015 European Solheim Cup Team Captain for the matches to be played from September 18-20 of next year at European Tour Destination Golf Club St Leon-Rot.
It is the first time the contest will be played on German soil and there is sure to be plenty of attention on the impressive venue, situated outside the picturesque town of Heidelburg, in the build-up to one of the biggest events in the women’s game.
After two consecutive successes for the European Team, Koch is unsurprisingly excited as the countdown gathers pace towards the 2015 edition at Golf Club St Leon-Rot.
“I am extremely delighted and honoured to captain the 2015 Solheim Cup team,” said Koch. “Being vice-captain to Lotta (Neumann) in 2013, I once again experienced the thrill of The Solheim Cup matches which are unlike any other tournament in professional golf.
“I cannot wait to stand with the team on the first tee next September to start our quest for the hat-trick of wins against the US team. I look forward to working with the German team at Golf Club St Leon-Rot for the next year and a half to put on the best Solheim Cup ever!”
Jumeirah Golf Estates Announces Inaugural BMW Skills ChallengeJumeirah Golf Estates Announces Inaugural BMW Skills Challenge
Jumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination, has announced a new and exciting golf skills challenge which will take place at its European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) throughout 2014, culminating in a Grand Final which will take place immediately preceding the 2014 DP World Tour Championship (20-23 November) - the season-ending finale of the Race to Dubai on The European Tour International Schedule.
The concept was developed with and is partnered by AGMC, the official BMW Group Importer for Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, who continue their close association with Jumeirah Golf Estates and golf around Dubai.
The BMW Skills Challenge runs over a series eight qualifying rounds between April and October 2014, during which up to ten teams will pit their golf skills over a series of challenging golf skills tests including:
• Pitching skills
• Bunker skills
• Chipping skills
• Putting skills
• Driving accuracy and length skills
Each skill element will take place at the ETPI’s world-class practice facilities under the guidance of the Golf Professionals at the ETPI who will score each skill round.
Open to all golfers in the UAE, teams of four amateur golfers can enter in any of these qualifying rounds and the top team from each qualifying round goes through to a semi-final event to be held in early November. The top two teams from this stage proceed to the Grand Final which will take place on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Read the full story and find out how to enter here
Quinta do Lago welcomes back prestigious Junior ChampionshipQuinta do Lago welcomes back prestigious Junior Championship
For the second year running, Quinta do Lago’s iconic South Course will provide the backdrop for the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship as the prestigious 54-hole strokeplay event celebrates its 30th anniversary on Portugal’s Algarve.
On the testing par 72, set amongst pines and lakes and overlooking the vibrant colours of the Ria Formosa National Park, last year’s boys and girls title winners Ashton Turner and Alice Hewson will attempt to defend their titles over the stern test that the South Course presents.
Presented by the UK Daily Telegraph and BMW UK, the 2013 event involved thousands of junior golfers from across the UK taking part in their club qualifying rounds, many of which are held in tandem with club Junior Opens and monthly medals. It is free to register an event and juniors of all abilities are welcome. All that is required is a handicap and a competitive spirit! 2014 sees the introduction of a new Net Competition which will record a National Leaderboard of the Net Winners from each qualifying event in the boys’ and girls’ sections.
The final at Quinta do Lago in October will involve 12 boys and nine girls, with Paul McGinley, Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, on hand to offer advice and support.
For more information on the 2014 Championship, visit www.telegraph.co.uk/juniorgolf
Ladies get their turn over the stunning Sea CourseLadies get their turn over the stunning Sea Course
Since opening in 2005, Estonian Golf & Country Club - a European Tour Course – has proudly built an impressive reputation for hosting both international amateur golfers and professionals alike, and 2014 will see the venue welcome the International European Ladies’ Amateur Championship which will be played over the stunning Sea Course from 23rd – 26th July.
Regarded as Estonia’s finest golf venue and having been ranked in the Golf World Top 100 European Courses for the last three years, the Sea Course has already seen professionals from around the world tee up in the World Cup of Golf in 2009 and 2011 in addition to playing host to the 2012 International Mid-Amateur Championships and the 2013 International European Seniors’ Championship.
To find out for yourself what makes this special venue such a great place to play golf, visit www.egcc.ee for further information about tee times and packages available.
Ladies – to register to take part in the Championship in July please visit the event official website at www.europeangolf.ee/eng
PGA Catalunya Resort bucks Spanish real estate sales trendPGA Catalunya Resort bucks Spanish real estate sales trend
PGA Catalunya Resort, the 300-hectare estate near Barcelona, has reported sales of more than 30 luxury properties in 2013, defying market trends and cementing its position as one of Europe’s finest golf and residential communities.
“While property prices stagnate worldwide, developments offering hideaways with rental perks are paying dividends,” wrote property columnist Zoe Dare Hall in The Sunday Times (UK), after visiting PGA Catalunya Resort in 2013.
“The reason it is selling well, in a Spanish market where 60% discounts are commonplace, is far more prosaic,” she added, explaining that a development with a solid infrastructure gives buyers confidence and encourages investment.
Opened in 1999, the European Tour Destination features generous plots set away from the fairways, with stunning views of the Montseny Mountains, for contemporary design villas, comfortable semi-detached properties and modern luxury apartments. It also offers private leisure facilities for residents and a variety of rental opportunities for visitors.
Property contributor to The Times, Graham Norwood, wrote: “Golf developments offer a sanctuary of tranquility, security and open green spaces. They’re more recession resistant than most and you don't even need to play golf.
“In the economic uncertainty of recent years, some classic resorts have still proven popular and few more so than PGA Catalunya Resort near the historic Spanish city of Girona.”
Graham Norwood attributes this success to having much more than just greens and fairways to offer buyers. The resort’s location, 25 minutes from the beach and just 37 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona via the new high speed rail link, plus local historical and cultural attractions, and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, contributes significantly to its popularity.
The three-time Spanish Open venue also boasts a Sergio Garcia Golf Academy and a 2,000 square-metre putting and chipping green, the largest in Spain and unique in Europe. These enhancements are typical of the continued investment in infrastructure and real estate that at the resort continues to undertake to attract property purchasers from across Europe.
And with having been recognised as the best European Golf Development in both 2012 and 2013 at the International property Awards, it seems to be working!
For further information visit www.pgacatalunya.com
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London Golf Club to Host 2014 Volvo World Match Play ChampionshipLondon Golf Club to Host 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship
Volvo, IMG and the European Tour ended speculation today when they confirmed that the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played on the International Course at London Golf Club, Kent, England, from October 15-19.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the inaugural Championship, won by Arnold Palmer at Wentworth in 1964, the 2014 Championship will revert to a 16-man field and offer a prize fund of €2.25m (just over US$3 million) with a first prize of €650,000 (approx US$880,000).
Endorsing the move to the Championship’s former traditional October date as well as a long awaited return to the United Kingdom, the first two players to qualify for the elite field – defending Champion, Graeme McDowell and winner of the 2013 Race to Dubai and 2013 FedEx Cup, Henrik Stenson - were quick to confirm their participation.
McDowell commented, “I think it is fantastic that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played in England for this special anniversary. I enjoyed everything about my victory last year at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria. The course was spectacular and any event that Volvo are involved in as a sponsor is always a privilege to win. It seems right though to celebrate the Championship’s anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years.”
The Northern Irish star continued, “I have heard that the International Course at London Golf Club is a great track and I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself. I finished 3rd at the 2008 European Open on the Heritage Course there and I think it will make for a fantastic venue. I'm very much looking forward to defending my title there in October.”
European Tour Properties - A Structured EvolutionEuropean Tour Properties - A Structured Evolution
Since its initiation in 2009, when London Golf Club in England became the first Destination venue, European Tour Properties has become an integral part of The European Tour Group and its development into an influential and internationally-recognised network received further boosts in 2013 as four new “arrivals” took the impressive portfolio of venues so far to 13.
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