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 unrivalled golfing experience.
Network venues benefit from joint exhibition initiative at IGTMNetwork venues benefit from joint exhibition initiative at IGTM
European Tour Properties, the network of world-class golf venues operating under the umbrella of The European Tour, was once again prominent last week at the annual International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), this year held at the stunning Villa Erba convention centre on the banks of Lake Como in Italy.
The IGTM is a premier event for the golf travel industry, this year gathering together a record 1500 golf industry personnel including 520 exhibitors, 360 golf tour operators and 100 members of the media from across the globe. The appointments-based exhibition is recognised for bringing together an unrivalled number of industry buyers from all key golf markets across the globe.
Each year, European Tour Properties offers all its Member Venues the chance to send a delegate to IGTM, in order to take advantage of the appointments schedule, destination briefings and free networking sessions available at the industry-only event, which runs for three days.
Delegates on the European Tour Properties stand this year included member venue colleagues from PGA Catalunya Resort, voted the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ Resort of the Year for 2015 at the event’s Gala Awards Evening; Le Golf National, host venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup; Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, host venue of the French Riviera Masters on The European Senior Tour; Diamond Country Club, near Vienna and host venue of the Lyoness Open on The European Tour International Schedule; Golf & Country Club Fleesensee near Berlin; and Estonian Golf & Country Club.
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “IGTM continues to grow in size and significance, and has become one of the most important sales activities that we undertake for our member venues. It is a unique meeting place for buyers of golf – tour operators – and sellers of golf – venues – and as such provides a unique platform for our Destinations and Courses to promote their world class facilities. The status of our venues within the world of golf is perhaps best exemplified by the fact that two of our Destinations, Terre Blanche in 2013 and PGA Catalunya in 2015, have been awarded one of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, that of IAGTO European Golf Resort of the Year.”
Miguel Girbes, General Manager of PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “PGA Catalunya Resort enjoyed a successful and productive week on the European Tour Properties stand at IGTM. This is a very important event for us as it is a key opportunity to meet and do business with golf tour operators.
"The quality of tour operators coming to the stand, both from our current target markets and global markets we wish to develop, was outstanding. There is no doubt that our association with The European Tour brand and its network of world class golf venues creates a compelling and distinctive story that appeals to leading international tour operators and their customers, and generates significant sales opportunities for our business."
McGinley unveils revamped North CourseMcGinley unveils revamped North Course
A week after leading his team to a magnificent 16½-11½ win against America in The 2014 Ryder Cup, Europe’s victorious captain Paul McGinley was on hand to open his latest design project, the redeveloped North Course at the prestigious Quinta do Lago resort, part of The European Tour Properties portfolio.
The popular Irishman has redesigned the layout in close collaboration with renowned American architect Beau Welling. The €9.6m redevelopment is part of the €29m investment programme that has already been undertaken by Quinta do Lago since 2009, with a further €21m earmarked for improving its facilities over the next three years.
The redesign sees McGinley strengthen his association with a resort which he has often frequented over the past 20 years. In 2011, the Irishman opened his Paul McGinley Golf Academy, before launching a new state-of-the-art TaylorMade Fitting Centre last year.
McGinley said: “This has been a very exciting project to be involved in, and Beau and I are very proud of what we have created.
“I’ve been coming to Quinta do Lago with my family for many years now, and it keeps getting better and better. The new design will test golfers in many different ways, and I believe this is a great addition.”
The new layout has been built to the highest specifications, with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. Whilst many modern-day venues tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley were keen to design a course where accuracy and course management are the key factors.
The renovation has also allowed Quinta do Lago 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 has become one of the most highly-regarded golf and residential developments in the Algarve since it opened 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.
Sobrón wins European Ladies Amateur ChampionshipSobrón wins European Ladies Amateur Championship
Estonian Golf and Country Club, a European Tour Course, provided the stunning stage for a dramatic eight hole play-off to decide the European Ladies Amateur Championship last week.
Luna Sobrón from Spain eventually triumphed over compatriot Noemi Jimenez after the pair finished the four rounds tied on 278, ten under par, in Estonia, and she will now receive an invitation to play in a Ladies European Tour event in 2015.
Sobrón closed with a course record 66 to draw level with overnight leader Jiménez and take the contest into extra holes, but it took an additional eight holes to decide the outcome.
Estonian Golf & Country Club, located only 20 minutes from Tallinn, Estonia’s beautiful and historic capital, hosted 64 of Continental Europe’s leading amateur ladies for the week.
Shot of the Year - The Prize Winner's StoryShot of the Year - The Prize Winner's Story
Two European Tour Properties – Linna Golf in Finland and Estonian Golf & Country Club – recently provided one lucky My European Tour fan with a unique golfing experience thanks to the 2013 Shot of the Year competition.
Italian Paolo Sabadini was drawn out of the hat after voting for the successful Henrik Stenson effort which was chosen as the 2013 European Tour Shot of the Year.
Sabadini, and his partner Annarita, won a stunning trip to play golf in the summer midnight sun in Finland and Estonia with all their travel, accommodation plus, of course, a round of golf at each of the two European Tour Properties.
“I would like to thank The European Tour again for this amazing experience,” said Paolo. “For an amateur golfer, playing golf on these special European Tour Courses had a special charm and I think it was a really special prize and definitely exceeded all my expectations."
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