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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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
Jumeirah Golf Estates awards Clubhouse contract to ETA AsconJumeirah Golf Estates awards Clubhouse contract to ETA Ascon
Jumeirah Golf Estates has awarded the contract for final completion of the development’s ‘Clubhouse’ to ETA Ascon, a leading contracting firm in the UAE.
The new permanent Clubhouse at Jumeirah Golf Estates, a premier golfing destination featuring the Greg Norman designed Fire and Earth Championship courses, will add to the charm of the pristine golfing development and offer an enriched lifestyle to residents, potential investors, and golfers. Work, which commenced in February, should be completed by the end of August 2014 and the new Clubhouse will be in full use for the 2014 DP World Tour Championship, the season-ending finale to The Race to Dubai on The European Tour International schedule.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager, Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “As part of our commitment to offer a complete lifestyle destination to our residents and investors, we have awarded the contract for the final completion work of the much-awaited Clubhouse. The permanent structure will enhance the appeal of Jumeirah Golf Estates as well as provide more options for health and leisure amenities to residents and guests. We shall continue to expand offerings for homeowners at this unique golf-themed community at par with international standards.”
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Chairman visits European Tour Performance Institute in DubaiChairman visits European Tour Performance Institute in Dubai
New Chairman David Williams marked his first official attendance at a European Tour event by visiting the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
Williams, who succeeded Neil Coles as Chairman of The European Tour on January 1, attended the recent Dubai Desert Classic where amongst his various other official engagements, he viewed the new state-of-the-art ETPI complex, which was formally opened at the nearby Jumeirah Golf Estates last November, during the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, showed him around the impressive facilities, which aim to provide an holistic approach to refining, improving and optimising all areas of a player’s performance.
As part of his tour, Williams took in the strength and conditioning studios, sports therapy treatment facilities and cutting edge video analysis offered at the ETPI, which is the second of its kind on The European Tour after the inaugural Performance Centre at Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Provence, France, which opened in 2012.
The Dubai ETPI was used extensively by European Tour players prior to ‘desert swing’ in order to fine tune their games ready for the resumption of the 2014 season, and Williams was similarly impressed by his first visit.
“I was delighted to meet many of the European Tour players, staff and stakeholders in Dubai and to have the opportunity to acquaint myself with the Performance Institute, which is a first-class facility,” said Williams.
“The ETPI is an important part of The European Tour’s vision and global brand, and I’m certain it will be greatly appreciated by both our tournament players and by all golfers in Dubai for many years to come.”
Kazim, who performed the opening ceremony of the ETPI jointly with George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, in November, added: “We were delighted to welcome David Williams, Chairman of The European Tour to Jumeirah Golf Estates and our recently opened world class European Tour Performance Institute facility.
“The European Tour is a very important long term partner to Jumeirah Golf Estates and this has been acknowledged by both parties with the continuation of The Race to Dubai until at least 2017. Furthermore at the end of 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates joined the European Tour Properties portfolio as a European Tour Destination. We look forward to working with David and his team over the coming months and years and, with their support, help grow the Jumeirah Golf Estates brand on a global basis.”
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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Open de España returns to PGA Catalunya ResortOpen de España returns to PGA Catalunya ResortEuropean Tour Destination PGA Catalunya Resort, the stunning 36-hole venue near Barcelona whose Stadium Course has been ranked Spain’s number one for the past three years, will host the 2014 Open de España from May 15-18.
Spain’s national Open, which has been part of the International Schedule every year since The European Tour’s inception in 1972, returns to the widely acclaimed resort for the first time since 2009.
The venue, which hosted its first Open de España a year after its opening, in 2000, has held the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage since 2008, and last summer it was elevated to Destination status within European Tour Properties’ exclusive network of 13 world-class golfing facilities. It was recently awarded the accolade of best course in Spain by the Top100Courses website, while Golf World magazine has judged the Stadium Course at number five in their most recent 100 Best Courses in Continental Europe.
Located an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, PGA Catalunya Resort was originally designed by Spanish legend Angel Gallardo and Ryder Cup star Neil Coles MBE with a view to hosting The 1997 Ryder Cup.
Extensive development in the last few years has enhanced its reputation as one of Europe’s very best integrated golf and residential resorts in Europe, with some of the best practice and coaching facilities in the world.
Come May, Europe’s finest players will be challenged by the 7,333yds, par 72 Stadium Course, which was lengthened by approximately 200 yards in 2012 thanks to seven new championship tees. Away from the competitive action they will benefit from the magnificent practice areas, including a 2,000 square metre putting and chipping green, the largest in Spain and the only one of its kind in Europe.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “The Open de España is the only European Tour event in Spain in 2014 and so it is fitting that it is returning to the country’s number one ranked golf course, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort. The venue has undergone a transformation in the past five years, with a significant upgrade to the Stadium Course, new practice facilities and the development of luxury golf properties around a private residents’ club. PGA Catalunya Resort is a world-class destination and we look forward to welcoming the Open de España back.”
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “PGA Catalunya Resort is a world-class venue and we are delighted that the 2014 Open de España will be held there in May. We have long enjoyed a successful relationship with PGA Catalunya Resort and this announcement further strengthens that partnership.
“The Stadium Course will provide an excellent challenge for the Tour’s best players and they will enjoy the quality of the hotel and facilities at the resort. It is also a superb viewing course for the Spanish and international fans attending this historic event.”
PGA Catalunya Resort is also the location of the world’s first Sergio Garcia Junior Academy, set up by the ten-time European Tour winner, who claimed the Open de España title at El Cortijo Club in 2002. The academy focuses on nurturing young golfing talent and introducing the sport to children with physical and learning difficulties through its ‘Golf Adapted’ programme.
Insurance company Reale Seguros will be principal sponsor of The 2014 Open de España with additional support from the Generalitat de Catalunya. Other notable contributors will include the Tourism Board Costa Brava Girona, Meliá Hotels, Catalan Golf Federation, City Council of Caldes de Malavella and the Sponsors Club of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
Quinta do Lago announces major renovationQuinta do Lago announces major renovation
Quinta do Lago has unveiled plans for a major renovation of its North Course to match the other first-class golfing facilities at the prestigious resort in Portugal’s Algarve.
Work will begin this month (November) and the course is scheduled to re-open in October 2014, with the new plans designed by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in collaboration with European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley.
Among the changes taking place, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths will be rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology.
While the routing of the course will not change, Quinta do Lago has revealed that golf course strategy will be addressed to make the par-72 layout significantly more playable for all golfers, while still being a challenging test for the better players.
A low-cut Bermuda grass approach will be introduced around greens to create a myriad of recovery shot options for increased satisfaction on all levels of play. The aesthetics of the golf course will also significantly improve through the introduction of a cool season rough grass and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees to help the environment.
Welling, who worked with Tom Fazio for more than ten years and has worked on more than 90 projects worldwide including the re-design of the famous PGA Tour course at Quail Hollow, said: “We are very honoured to have been chosen to assist Quinta do Lago with the renovation of the North Course.
“I can't begin to tell you how excited we are about the project, as we truly believe the end result will make the North Course one of Europe's best.
“The "new" North Course is really going to become a great golf course to play. By having the opportunity to adjust the golf course strategy, we can make the course substantially more playable, while still introducing many different shot options for golfers of all skill levels.”
John Dwyer, CEO of Quinta do Lago, said: “This is a very exciting time for us, our members and residents. This renovation will allow us to further reduce the impact on the environment by using recycled water and solar energy to maintain the course. The reduction of grassed areas will lessen the impact on the environment and the new design will include the creation of some new animal and plant habitats.”
Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is one of the most highly regarded golf and residential developments in the Algarve since opening in 1972.
Located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, the resort offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.
Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of golf in the Algarve with three 18-hole championship courses – Quinta do Lago North and South courses and Laranjal – matched by outstanding practice facilities at the Paul McGinley Academy and the new TaylorMade Fitting Center, which gives golfers the chance to enjoy the ultimate club-fitting experience by providing them with the tools and techniques used on the professional Tours.
Away from the fairways, the resort’s extensive leisure facilities guarantee there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports and just some of the activities available.
Quinta do Lago’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while the resort’s wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.
For further information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities, phone + 351 289 390 700 or visit www.quintadolago.com .
Jumeirah Golf Estates becomes first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle EastJumeirah Golf Estates becomes first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle East
Jumeirah Golf Estates, the host venue for The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, has been named as the ninth European Tour Destination and thirteenth venue in total, marking an expansion into the Middle East for the European Tour’s growing network of world class partner-venues.
The announcement also coincided with the launch of the second state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute, located adjacent to the superb Earth Course within the spectacular venue.
Jumeirah Golf Estates joins an expanding European Tour Properties portfolio of nine Destinations and four Courses that benefit from focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support.
Undoubtedly one of the region’s most exciting all-round golf complexes, the venue currently boasts two Greg Norman-designed Championship layouts in the Fire and Earth courses, a luxury residential golf community, a state-of-the-art clubhouse currently under construction and the Middle East’s first ETPI academy, boasting world-class training facilities for elite professional and amateur golfers alike. This latest European Tour Performance Institute follows in the footsteps of the inaugural facility at Terre Blanche, where the Albatros Golf Performance Center was officially launched as the first ETPI in March, 2012.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, welcomed the first all-purpose European Tour facility in the Gulf Region. He said: “This historic announcement of the first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle East further endorses the status of Jumeirah Golf Estates as our season-ending tournament venue and as an internationally acclaimed destination, which has been widely praised by the players and public alike.”
Inspired by the great parkland courses of Europe and North America, Earth by Greg Norman, home to the DP World Tour Championship, sets the scene for a memorable golfing experience with rolling fairways, spectacular white bunkering and deep red ochre landscape framed by trees and shrubs. The abundance of nature is reflected in the many lakes throughout the course with the final four holes – the “Norman Mile” - playing alongside or over water culminating in a meandering creek running the full length of the final hole. A total of 99 bunkers are ready to catch any errant shots!
The 7,480-yards Fire course provides a contrasting golfing experience with an almost Australian outback feel. Framed by trees and wispy fire grass which penalises wayward tee shots, the Fire has 74 bunkers and two lakes which come into play on three holes.
The superbly designed homes and scenic villas within the complex offer an ideal living environment within what will be known as the heart of new Dubai, creating a community of rare distinction.
European Tour champion and Ryder Cup player, David Howell, is an ardent admirer of Jumeirah Golf Estates. The Englishman, who recently captured his fifth Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, commented: “I’ve lived in Dubai during the past four winters and have always practised and played at Jumeirah Golf Estates. It has world class facilities and is a fantastic place to train and work on my game when I’m not playing on Tour. It has everything you need as a professional golfer, but it is also a great place for amateurs of all levels.”