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.
England Golf Stars shape up for 2015 season at Quinta do LagoEngland 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.
Stars Perform on Properties StageStars 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
Sörenstam to design first European course in EstoniaSörenstam 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.”
European Tour Properties Invitational hosted by Quinta do LagoEuropean 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.”
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European Tour Properties shine at World Golf AwardsEuropean 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.
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.