European Tour Destinations are all world class golf venues offering a comprehensive range of facilities and services to their members and guests. Their identity is closely aligned to The European Tour, creating a unique partnership which ensures that all guests can enjoy the outstanding customer experience to be expected from the family of one of the game’s foremost organisations.
Our Destination portfolio comprises Championship venues in Dubai, England, Austria, France, Germany, Spain and The Netherlands which regularly host events on The European Tour International Schedule, whether main Tour, Senior Tour, Challenge Tour or Qualifying School.
Jumeirah Golf Estates impresses at Dubai showcase in LondonJumeirah Golf Estates impresses at Dubai showcase in London
Jumeirah Golf Estates, home to the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the final tournament of The European Tour’s Race to Dubai, showcased its luxury property portfolio to more than 500 visitors at London’s first Dubai Property Show from 27 February to 1 March.
Yousuf Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah Golf Estates, attended the event at London Olympia and shared success stories from the region with attendees.
He said: “The team at Jumeirah Golf Estates enjoyed meeting face-to-face with investors and industry representatives from around the world. The Dubai property show enabled us to meet prospective investors and offered buyers the chance to discover the life above par luxury we have on offer at the Redwood development, our collection of premium three- and four-bedroom townhouses.
“Confidence in the Dubai market is high and for Jumeirah Golf Estates, this confidence is strengthened further thanks to our official partner relationships with The European Tour and global brand ambassador Henrik Stenson.”
Jumeirah Golf Estates’ investors and residents can benefit from a range of world-class amenities as well as access to two championship golf courses, Fire and Earth, plus a new world-class clubhouse. It is also home to the state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute, which was officially opened in November 2013.
World Number Three Henrik Stenson, Jumeirah Golf Estate’s official brand ambassador and winner of the DP World Tour Championship in 2013 and 2014, said: “The facilities are on par with the world’s best, making the community a top choice for golfers, residents and visitors from around the world.”
For further information visit www.jumeirahgolfestates.com
Black Mountain becomes European Tour DestinationBlack Mountain becomes European Tour Destination
Black Mountain Golf Club, the stunning resort which was the host and presenting partner of the hugely successful recent True Thailand Classic, has been announced as the tenth European Tour Destination, continuing European Tour Properties’ growth outside Europe.
In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination in the world class network of member venues, and the expansion has continued into South-East Asia with this agreement with Black Mountain, which will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support.
The Hua Hin-based resort opened in 2007 and quickly earned a reputation as the best golf course in Thailand, winning numerous international awards including Golf Monthly’s Best Course in Asia Pacific in 2014.
It is the only Thai course to be named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses (outside the United States), and hosted three Asian Tour events before agreeing to be the home of the co-sanctioned Thailand Classic on The European Tour International Schedule until 2017. Indeed, Black Mountain played a significant part in bringing The European Tour back to Thailand for the first time since 2007.
The inaugural edition, played in the second week of February 2015 and won by Australian Andrew Dodt, earned rave reviews, particularly for the Phil Ryan-designed par-72 layout and its high-quality greens.
Complementing the course is a range of world class facilities to complete the package, including a modern clubhouse, a five-star spa, a superb restaurant and excellent practice areas as well as a truly spectacular par three course which features water on every hole.
So good are the facilities that a number of European Tour players make Black Mountain their winter home for off-season training and preparation, including Thailand’s most successful player, Thongchai Jaidee, his compatriot Prom Meesawat and Swedes Johan Edfors, Rikard Karlberg and Alex Noren.
Accommodation options range from luxury pool villas to stylish apartments, and extensive building plans are underway to add a choice of large and luxurious course-side villas and townhouses, all available for purchase. Land plots are also available adjacent to the par-three course or along the ninth hole of the Championship course, with bespoke design and specifications.
David MacLaren, Director of Property & Venue Development at The European Tour, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Black Mountain as our latest European Tour Destination and our 14th member venue. Black Mountain joins a network of world class venues that includes outstanding facilities in Europe, the Middle East and now Asia.
“We offer our partner venues a high level of sales, marketing and operational support, and for the venues themselves, their members and guests can enjoy the benefits of reciprocal arrangements across the world. The True Thailand Classic, which was staged last week in conjunction with our partners from the Asian Tour, was a huge success and showed the golfing world what an outstanding golf destination Black Mountain is.”
Harald Elisson, Managing Director of Black Mountain Golf Club, said: “Black Mountain is delighted to join the European Tour Properties portfolio. It is an honour to become part of such a prestigious group of European Tour championship golf resorts in Europe and the Middle East and to become the first member in Asia.”
“Having just hosted the inaugural and highly successful True Thailand Classic, Black Mountain's profile as a world-class golf destination has been considerably enhanced and we look forward to working closely with European Tour Properties to become even better known in the future.”
For further information please visit www.blackmountainhuahin.com
Le Golf National launches “Flexi” overseas membershipsLe Golf National launches “Flexi” overseas memberships
Having been voted Best Course in France in 2015 by Today’s Golfer Travel, international golfers can experience The 2018 Ryder Cup Albatros Course for themselves with the launch of brand new, innovative and flexible international memberships at Le Golf National.
The renowned Albatros course, home to the Alstom Open de France since 1991 and ranked 64th in Golf World’s Top 100 in the World, is an exceptional Hubert Chesneau design which offers a dramatic risk-reward inland track and an ultimate test of golf.
With its close proximity to the cultural wonders of both Paris and Versailles and its reputation continuing to grow internationally, overseas visitor numbers to the venue have increased steadily and the venue is delighted to introduce new membership products exclusively designed for them.
The “Exclusive VIP 2018” is an annual personal membership offering nine rounds unrestricted or three fourballs, a Ryder Cup branded polo shirt, two invitations to the Alstom Open de France and many other advantages including access to a private lounge and tee gifts upon arrival, an annual member’s bag tag and a privilege card for just €99/month (£83).
“All the team are proud and honoured to see the Albatros receive such an accolade, especially considering the fantastic courses we have throughout France,” commented Paul Armitage, General Manager at Le Golf National. The Today’s Golfer Travel award was the result of votes by hundreds of golf fans, who were also impressed by the fantastic course conditions consistently found at the venue.
For those who are planning a golf break before the summer, Le Golf National is an outstanding destination. Rounds on the Albatros can be complemented by a warm-up session on the challenging 18-hole Aigle course and, of course, with visits to the world-famous tourist sights of Paris and Versailles.
Other special packages are available for tour operators and individuals. To find out more information, please visit www.le-golf-national.com or email the golf club Conciergerie at email@example.com .
Springtime in the South of FranceSpringtime in the South of France
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort offers two special Springtime packages for both Golf & Spa visitors.
Situated in the hills of Provence and close to the French Riviera, Terre Blanche is a breathtaking resort set in the style of a Provencal village with two 18-hole Championship courses, a five-star Leading Hotel of the World, luxurious spa and an outstanding golf academy offering the latest technology and analysis tools and which has been awarded European Tour Performance Institute status.
You are invited to discover the Golf & Spa packages, which include a luxury Suite or Villa with breakfast, a green fee or a massage, access to the Albatros Golf Performance Center and to the beautiful Terre Blanche Spa.
For full details visit www.en.terre-blanche.com
Jumeirah Golf Estates Announced as Official PartnerJumeirah Golf Estates Announced as Official Partner
Jumeirah Golf Estates and The European Tour today announced that the premium residential golf community in Dubai has become an Official Partner to The European Tour – the first golf and property development to join the Tour’s elite list of global partners.
As host venue to the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – the climactic event of The Race to Dubai’s Final Series – since 2009, and the first member of the European Tour Properties network in the Middle East, Jumeirah Golf Estates has a long-standing relationship with The European Tour. Building on this collaboration, the new agreement positions Jumeirah Golf Estates to the highest rank of European Tour ‘Partner’ status.
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Le Golf National achieves GEO certificationLe Golf National achieves GEO certification
Le Golf National, host venue for The 2018 Ryder Cup and a European Tour Destination, has been recognised for its role in advancing sustainable business practices within the golf industry by earning the GEO Certified® mark.
The international symbol signifies Le Golf National’s excellent value to nature and its communities as well as its efficient use of natural resources. The certification was awarded by GEO, the not-for-profit group dedicated to supporting credible sustainability action in world golf.
Le Golf National, located near Versailles on the outskirts of the French capital, Paris, has a long history of dedication to sustainable practices, regularly collaborating with organisations such as the Natural History Museum of Paris and French Ministry of Environment in order to advance the priorities of environmental stewardship and preservation of their land’s historical significance.
Part of the respected European Tour Properties Network, Le Golf National and its revered Albatros Golf Course, designed in 1990 by Hubert Chesneau and Robert Von Hagge, was developed primarily from recycled construction materials and effectively revitalized the degraded ecosystem of a previous agricultural site.
Today Le Golf National is home to the French Golf Federation (FFG) and includes three diverse courses serving a wide range of playing abilities: The Albatros, the famous 18-hole Championship course which is home to the Alstom Open de France, the 18-hole Aigle and the nine-hole Oiselet.
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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
Jumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates receives top property awardsJumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination and host venue to The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, continues to gather accolades as one of the Middle East’s top residential golf resorts scooping four awards at the recent International Property Awards held at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai.
The residential community received both Best Golf Development Dubai and Best Residential Dubai and then went on to land the regional awards with both Best Golf Development Arabia and Best Residential Development Arabia at the awards ceremony attended by leading executives within the worldwide real estate industry.
His Excellency Abdulrahman Al Saleh, Chairman, Jumeirah Golf Estates stated “These awards are important and recognise the levels of excellence of facilities and lifestyle which our residents, members and visitors experience on a daily basis. We are proud of this achievement and in particular, the standing that Jumeirah Golf Estates now has on a world stage”.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is a thriving community and these awards enforce the developments standing as the region’s leading residential golf community.
“2014 has been a pivotal year for us with large number of residents moving into their homes, the opening of our state-of-the-art clubhouse and a highly successful staging of the DP World Tour Championship, won by our Brand Ambassador, Henrik Stenson. Receiving these awards is a culmination of a major amount of commitment and dedication over the past two years from all of our team.
“Combining all of these factors, we anticipate increased demand for our growing property portfolio, especially our recently launched Redwood Park and Redwood Avenue developments. We also plan to announce a new 15th community at Jumeirah Golf Estates in early 2015 which will be a very exciting addition to the market.”
PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017PGA Catalunya Resort to host Qualifying School Final until 2017
PGA Catalunya Resort, a European Tour Destination situated near Barcelona, will host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage until at least 2017 after extending its existing deal by three years.
The extended agreement means that the Costa Brava venue will have staged the Final Stage on ten occasions, having first held the event in 2008.
The most recent edition was won by Mikko Korhonen, who became the first Finn to triumph after finishing two shots clear of four-time European Tour champion Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina.
As in previous years, PGA Catalunya Resort’s two world-class layouts – the Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo co-designed Stadium and Tour courses – were used to whittle down the 156-man field to the top 25 and ties, who all received a card to compete on The 2015 European Tour International Schedule.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage is a unique six-round tournament played over two courses, and one we are proud to host.
“During what can be a very stressful week for some, it is heartening to hear how much our courses, practice facilities and off-course amenities have always met expectations; and each year we very much look forward to welcoming the hopefuls vying for the 25 coveted European Tour cards.”
He added: “It has been a remarkable year for PGA Catalunya Resort. From hosting a momentous Open de España in May to being nominated as the Real Federación Española de Golf’s candidate venue for Spain’s Bid for The 2022 Ryder Cup, and now being selected to continue to host The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage, our reputation as a world-class golf venue goes from strength to strength.”
Mike Stewart, The European Tour’s Qualifying School Director, said: “The players competing in the Final Stage have come to expect pristine conditions and superb practice facilities at PGA Catalunya Resort, and they were certainly not disappointed this year with both courses again presented to the highest standard.
“So we had no hesitation in extending the agreement by another three years, taking us up to 2017. We would like to thank Julio Delgado and his team at the resort, who make us feel so welcome every year. They do a great job, and their efforts really are appreciated by everyone involved with the Qualifying School.”
As well as being crowned the 2015 European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), PGA Catalunya Resort has been voted Spain’s Best Course in the inaugural World Golf Awards.
The awards were among the latest in a series of high-profile accolades for the resort, including being voted Spain’s number one golf course by Top100GolfCourses.co.uk (2012-2014), Best Golf Development in Europe (2013-2014) at the European Property Awards, and being listed among the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by leading UK golf title, Golf World.
Spain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder CupSpain Proudly Announces Catalunya as Candidate Venue to Host The 2022 Ryder Cup
Real Federación Española de Golf, in partnership with Generalitat de Catalunya and other public Spanish and Catalan stakeholders, have announced their intention to bid to bring The 2022 Ryder Cup to Catalunya. PGA Catalunya Resort (Girona), recently awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2015, is the proposed stage for golf’s biggest event between Europe and the United States.
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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.”
To view the event Game Feed on Golf GameBook, and see comments and photos from Quinta do Lago, visit:
London Golf Club proves fitting venue for Match Play dramaLondon Golf Club proves fitting venue for Match Play drama
Praise has poured in for London Golf Club, the jewel in the crown of the European Tour Properties network, after it successfully hosted the 50th edition of the Volvo World Match Play Championship last week.
Having staged the European Open in 2008 and 2009, it is the third time that London Golf Club has hosted a European Tour event since the joint-venture relationship between the north Kent venue and the Tour was launched six years ago.
According to the players, officials and the tens of thousands of spectators who streamed through the gates last week, despite receiving substantial rainfall in the build-up to the €2.25million tournament, London Golf Club proved itself an outstanding host venue for the event, which was won by Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
Ilonen, who beat World Number Five Henrik Stenson 3&1 in a high quality final, said: “Everything about the London Golf Club was top notch. It would be nice if the tournament settled somewhere, so why not there? It was the perfect venue, and everything worked great last week.
“It was challenging in the beginning because of the rain, but the guys did such a great job to get the course ready and up to speed. I have to say the greens were absolutely perfect – definitely some of the best we played on all year.”
As part of its exclusive joint venture partnership with The European Tour, London Golf Club – which boasts two championship courses in the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage and the International, host for the Volvo World Match Play Championship – became the first ‘Destination’ in the Tour’s network of world-class venues.
David MacLaren, Director of Property and Venue Development for The European Tour, said: “The launch in 2008 of our unique joint venture partnership with London Golf Club and the establishment of the venue as the very first European Tour Destination marked the beginning of a multi-faceted and fruitful partnership, and one of which we are immensely proud.
“We strive to offer only the finest facilities and playing conditions to our professionals and venue customers, and in all these aspects London Golf Club consistently exceeds expectations.”
Located on the south-eastern reaches of the capital and within touching distance of Canary Wharf and the city, London Golf Club recently received planning permission to expand its operations to include a five star, 130-room hotel and luxurious spa development, a nine-hole European Golf Design introductory course and a European Tour Performance Institute, with a new academy and state-of-the-art driving range – all further testament to the club’s growth since the joint venture initiative was announced.
Charles Fairweather, Chairman of London Golf Club, said: “The vision for the future of London Golf Club is a bold one, with a five star hotel, new academy golf course and the UK’s first ever European Tour Performance Institute. Future plans include additional sporting pursuits of excellence which will further enhance the club’s reputation as one of the country’s leading sports and leisure destinations, situated just 17 miles from the centre of London. Our unique joint venture partnership with The European Tour enhances these ambitious plans and our position as a leading golf destination.”
Austen Gravestock, Chief Executive of London Golf Club, said: “As the first ever European Tour Destination and host to three Senior Tour Tournaments, two European Opens and now the Volvo World Match Play Championship, London Golf Club is a brand, like our partners, that is synonymous with quality golf.
“Despite the best efforts of mother nature last week, we were still able to show the golfing world, and more importantly a stellar field of 16 world-class players, just why our courses are renowned throughout the world for their condition.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “We would like to commend Charles Fairweather and the venue team, led by Austen Gravestock and Peter Todd, who have overseen London Golf Club’s development into one of the country’s leading facilities. With the plans they now have in place, the club’s future looks very bright indeed.
“The joint venture partnership has been extremely beneficial for both London Golf Club and The European Tour, and we were delighted that our Members were so complimentary about the venue during the Volvo World Match Play Championship. It was a tremendous tournament, thanks in no small part to the quality of the course and the hard work and determination of the club’s staff. We should congratulate everyone at the club for the contribution they made to the event.”