European Tour Courses

In addition to European Tour Destinations, our portfolio also comprises a select number of international-calibre European Tour Courses. Located across Europe from as far north as Helsinki in the land of the midnight sun to the south in the Algarve, these venues all offer outstanding courses and off-course facilities and services to members and their guests. All have been regular hosts to a wide range of high profile events in the world of golf encompassing elite professionals, seniors, juniors, amateurs and those just enjoying their game or helping others less fortunate through charitable activities.

Members, visitors and groups visiting a European Tour Course can be assured of both a warm welcome and an unrivalled golfing experience.

 

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  • 2/8/2015
    Linna Celebrates 10 Years
    Linna Celebrates 10 Years

    Exquisite Linna Golf, located 100km north of Helsinki and a member of the prestigious European Tour Properties portfoilio, is celebrating its 10th 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.

    www.linnagolf.fi

     

  • 29/5/2015
    Sorenstam visits Estonian Golf & Country Club
    Sorenstam 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.

  • 13/5/2015
    Big-hitting South African wins long drive contest
    Big-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.

    For further information visit here

  • 17/4/2015
    Le Golf National hosts annual European Tour Properties Conference
    Le Golf National hosts annual European Tour Properties Conference

    Le 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.”
     

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EUROPEAN TOUR PROPERTIES CLICK HERE

  • 23/1/2015
    England Golf Stars shape up for 2015 season at Quinta do Lago
    England Golf Stars shape up for 2015 season at Quinta do Lago

    Quinta do Lago has made a flying start to  its new partnership with England Golf after the prestigious Algarve resort played host to the first players in its new role as the winter training base for England Golf’s national squads.

    England Golf has agreed an exclusive four-year deal with Quinta do Lago to host its men’s, ladies, boys and girls elite squads during two months of the closed season, and players from the England men’s and ‘A’ squads had the chance to enjoy the resort’s array of five-star facilities during two recent training camps.

    The primary focus of the warm-weather breaks was to work on improving each player’s scoring skills, with squad members being put through a series of daily activities in addition to practising on the course, and the coaches of the two groups have been quick to hail the camps as an overwhelming success.

  • 2/1/2015
    Stars Perform on Properties Stage
    Stars Perform on Properties Stage

    The stars of world golf descended on the courses of European Tour Properties from all corners of the globe in 2014, and the roll call of honour was super-charged by the stunning victories of Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (Volvo World Match Play Championship), Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Open de España), Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg (Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity), Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (Alstom Open de France) and Sweden's Henrik Stenson (DP World Tour Championship, Dubai).

    Read about these European Tour stars performing on the Properties stage here

     

  • 16/12/2014
    Sörenstam to design first European course in Estonia
    Sörenstam 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.”

  • 1/12/2014
    European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do Lago
    European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do Lago

    The 12th annual European Tour Properties Invitational Tournament once again produced a 'home' win when after two competitive rounds at the magnificent Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal’s Algarve the 'QDL Number 1' team secured a narrow victory.
     
    The exclusive resort, which boasts three championship courses and world-renowned residential communities, hosted for the second time the 36-hole challenge, which has become an important business and social event for the network of world class venues that comprises European Tour Properties.
     
    The newly revamped North Course, recently voted Europe’s Best New Course at the inaugural World Golf Awards, hosted the first round with teams from member venues Le Golf National, Host Venue for The 2018 Ryder Cup; PGA Catalunya Resort, recently voted European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators; Golf & Country Club Fleesensee; Estonian Golf & Country Club; Kungsängen Golf Club; and of course Quinta do Lago.  Completing the line-up of 12 participating teams were Fine & Country Golf, Brash Brands, European Tour Marketing and event organisers European Tour Properties.
     
    The popular event, hosted every year but one since 2002, provides an invaluable social and business networking environment for representatives and guests from member venues and industry partners, this year including Golf Gamebook, TORO, Fine & Country Golf Real Estate, Brash Brands, Landmark Media and Golfswitch.
     
    Golf Gamebook, the social live scoring app and fastest growing golf community, was a fantastic addition to the 2014 event. All participants were able to instantly share photos and comments with other players on the course and friends worldwide, while monitoring their competitors’ performance on a live leaderboard over the North course on day one and on day two, which was played over the beautiful Laranjal course, situated to the east of the resort in the Ludo Valley.
     
    The successful team at the end of the two days’ competition - “QDL Team 1” – comprised Jorge Castilho, Jon Jones, Nick Bishop and Phil Moran. They won the overall trophy for the winning European Tour Destination or Course, although the team with the best overall score over two days was the European Tour Marketing team, which included guests from Landmark Media and Golf GameBook.

    David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “To have, at such a busy time of year, so many of our member venues, partners and friends share in three days of golf, business and fun is a great tribute to the strength of our network and the camaraderie and cooperation that exists. Quinta do Lago proved to be a perfect host venue and the stunning Conrad Algarve Hotel a great place to stay. The presence of multiple tournament winner and Ryder Cup player Jarmo Sandelin at our gala dinner was an additional highlight.”

    To view the event Game Feed on Golf GameBook, and see comments and photos from Quinta do Lago, visit:

    Day one (North Course): here
    Day two (Laranjal): here

  • 17/11/2014
    European Tour Properties shine at World Golf Awards
    European Tour Properties shine at World Golf Awards

    European Tour Properties, the network of world class golf venues, celebrated a stellar performance at the World Golf Awards with four member venues picking up major international accolades.

    Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, the five-star resort in Provence, France, and venue of the European Senior Tour’s French Riviera Masters, was voted Europe’s Best Golf Hotel.

    Spanish Open venue PGA Catalunya Resort, which last month was named IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year and which this week hosts The European Tour Final Qualifying Stage, was voted Spain’s Best Golf Course, while Linna Golf was named Finland’s Best Golf Course.

    Meanwhile, Quinta do Lago, Portugal, which now boasts three championship golf courses, was a multiple award winner. The Algarve resort’s radically revamped North Course – designed by Beau Welling in association with 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley – won the award for Europe’s Best New Golf Course, while the South Course was recognised as Portugal’s Best Golf Course.

    David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “European Tour Properties feature some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe and the Middle East and it is pleasing to see our member venues, which are all closely associated with The European Tour, recognised at the inaugural World Golf Awards.

    “These awards are the latest in a series of successes for our network of 13 world class golf venues in 2014, a year which has seen eight member venues host European Tour sanctioned events, including this week’s DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the last of the Final Series tournaments and the climax to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.”

    David MacLaren added: “The essence of The European Tour is to bring elite golf to a world stage and so customers playing, staying or buying property at a European Tour Properties venue know their experience comes with a stamp of tournament quality.” 

    The inaugural World Golf Awards – part of the World Travel Awards, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary – were voted for by both golf travel industry professionals and the public. The World Golf Awards Ceremony took place at the Conrad Algarve on Saturday November 15, 2014.