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.
McGinley to unveil revamped North Course at Quinta do LagoMcGinley to unveil revamped North Course at Quinta do Lago
European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley will bring a busy few months to a memorable end in October when he officially opens his latest golf course design project – the eagerly-awaited redeveloped North Course at prestigious European Tour Course Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal.
McGinley will be on hand to perform the official opening ceremony of the €9.6m new layout on Tuesday, October 7, just a week after leading the European team in The 2014 Ryder Cup.
The popular Irishman has redesigned the layout in close collaboration with renowned American architect Beau Welling. The course redevelopment is part of a €29m investment programme that has been undertaken by Quinta do Lago since 2009, with a further €21m planned to be spent on improving its facilities in the next three years.
A frequent visitor to Quinta do Lago for more than 20 years, the North Course is the latest major project that McGinley has been involved in at this leading European family destination after opening his Paul McGinley Golf Academy in 2011 and launching a new state-of-the-art TaylorMade Fitting Center 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 North Course layout at Quinta do Lago has been built to the highest specifications and with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
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 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.
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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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Estonia Welcomes Amateur LadiesEstonia Welcomes Amateur Ladies
Wednesday 23rd July sees the start of the European Ladies' Amateur Championship at the stunning Estonian Golf and Country Club, a European Tour Course.
Opened in 2005, the club is regarded as Estonia’s finest golf venue and its Championship Sea Course is ranked 83rd in Golf World’s Top 100 European Courses.
The 72-hole strokeplay event will see 136 amateur ladies face the stiff test that the Sea Course presents as it meanders its way down to the delta of the Jägala River at the edge of the Baltic Sea. The difference between altitudes can be up to 40 meters, with oak alleys, old boulders and natural ponds creating a unique golf course environment. The length and complexity of the course creates a real challenge for golfers of all abilities.
And the winner will also receive an invitation to play alongside some of Europe’s professional ladies at a future Ladies European Tour event, part of a new LET strategy to create a development pathway from entry level to the heights of professional golf by providing an inspirational vision to aspire through richer amateur golf integration, members' education and services.
European Tour Properties embarks on unique partnership with Fine & CountryEuropean Tour Properties embarks on unique partnership with Fine & Country
European Tour Properties, the network of world class golf venues under the umbrella of The European Tour, has entered into a unique real estate marketing partnership with the multi-award winning estate agency, Fine & Country.
The partnership will see the launch of a new web-based golf division that will boast an exclusive portfolio of elite developments around the globe as part of Fine & Country Golf. Troon Golf, one of the world’s premier luxury golf course management companies, will also form part of this relationship with a select number of their member venues also included.
As part of the agreement, European Tour Properties Member Venues will be assisted with bespoke website and associated real estate marketing activities, and through the creation of this golf specific brand, Fine & Country Golf will be able to promote Properties on a more personalised and individual basis.
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Linna Hosts Prestigious Amateur ChampionshipLinna Hosts Prestigious Amateur Championship
Amateurs from across Europe have gathered at Linna Golf, near Helsinki in Finland, to experience the delights of Linna Golf as the European Amateur Team Championship gets underway today.
Over five days of competition, the best 16 countries in Europe fielding teams of six amateur players, will compete for the title with the results determining selections for the 2014 World Golf Championships. Two days of stroke-play qualifying will be followed by three days of matchplay competition to decide the eventual winner.
Participating countries are: Austrian, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Ilonen wins Fota finishIlonen wins Fota finish
Mikko Ilonen completed a wire-to-wire victory as he celebrated his 300th European Tour appearance by winning the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort.
Ilonen, who has a long association with European Tour Course Linna Golf, carded a final round of 70 to finish 13 under par, one shot ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari, with Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg and English duo Danny Willett and Matthew Baldwin another shot back in third.
The Finn established a new course record of 64 in the opening round and although that only lasted until Willett, aided by a hole-in-one, shot 63 on Saturday, the 34 year old Finn took a one shot lead into the final round.
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Renovation of Quinta's North Course gathers paceRenovation of Quinta's North Course gathers pace
Work on the major renovation of Quinta do Lago’s North Course is progressing smoothly with the venue on target to reopen as planned in October – less than ten months after the redevelopment started.
Final shaping has now been completed and approved by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling, in collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, with the new layout set to match the existing first-class golf facilities at the prestigious Algarve resort.
Among the changes taking place, all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths are being rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Strategic planning has allowed for the redevelopment to continue during the inclement weather over winter and, with work to install the new irrigation and drainage systems being 40 per cent complete, the club expects to be laying turf and seeding later this month.
Quinta do Lago has enjoyed a close relationship with The European Tour over the years, having previously hosted the Open de Portugal, and is part of the respected European Tour Properties Network.
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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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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
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 .