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, Thailand and The Netherlands which regularly host events on The European Tour International Schedule, whether main Tour, Senior Tour, Challenge Tour or Qualifying School.
A Diamond Stay & Play - special offerA Diamond Stay & Play - special offer
Diamond Country Club, an exceptional golf venue situated at the gates of Vienna and proud host of the Lyoness (Austrian) Open since 2010, has a special "Stay & Play" offer for one week only at the end of August. With accommodation in the newly-opened onsite Diamond Aparthotel and greenfees on the centrepiece Diamond Course, this is a great opportunity to stay, play and experience some local culture.
For full details of offer visit MyEuropeanTour.com
Le Golf National's journey continuesLe Golf National's journey continues
Le Golf National’s journey towards The 2018 Ryder Cup and beyond took another step forward last week with the closure of L’Albatros Course for the next few months.
Just two weeks after the conclusion of the Alstom Open de France, won in style by Bernd Wiesberger, a final round was played on L’Abatros before a programme of renovation, including the installation of a new irrigation system along with improvements to drainage, bunkers and the lake edging, began.
Le Golf National, a European Tour Destination, is consistently ranked in the World’s Top 100 and Europe’s Top Ten by Golf World (UK) magazine with its impressive stadium design with slick greens and vast undulating fairways dotted with water hazards and innumerable links-style bunkers. The work over the next few months will not only help make the venue ready to host golf’s greatest team event in three years’ time but also make sure Le Golf National is ready for the next 25 years.
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Wonderful Willett Wins AgainWonderful Willett Wins AgainDanny Willett held off stiff competition from fellow Englishmen Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton to win the Omega European Masters and clinch his third European Tour title.
The overnight co-leader carded a bogey-free round of 65 on Sunday to finish the tournament on 17 under par, one shot ahead of former US Amateur Champion Fitzpatrick, with Tyrrell Hatton one shot further back on 15 under.
Fitzpatrick opened his final round with a bogey at the par four first, before firing four birdies in his next eight holes to hold a one shot lead at the turn.
But a bogey at the 11th hole saw the 20 year old slip back to 14 under par alongside Willett, who fired three consecutive birdies from the 13th to put himself in the driving seat. The Sheffield native then finished his round with three straight pars to claim his second title of the campaign, following his win in the season-opening Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Victory moved Willett, who is attached to Saujana Hotel & Resorts, a new European Tour Properties Destination, to second in The Race to Dubai behind leader Rory McIlroy.
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Wiesberger returns to winning waysWiesberger returns to winning waysBernd Wiesberger captured his third European Tour title with a commanding performance in the Alstom Open de France.
Three behind overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl at the start of the day, Wiesberger burst into life after lightning briefly delayed the final round.
The 29 year old Austrian made four birdies in succession from the fourth, before nearly holing his approach to the ninth and tapping in for another gain to turn in 31.
With the chasing pack unable to reel him in over Le Golf National’s notoriously tough back nine, eight straight pars kept Wiesberger in control before he finished things in style with a birdie from 15 feet on the last.
That gave him a closing round of 65, a 13 under total and a three shot winning margin over James Morrison.
It also provided a first visit to the winner’s circle since capturing two titles in 2012, and with a €500,000 cheque for first place the biggest pay day of his European Tour career.
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The victory caps a sparkling run of form during which Wiesberger finished sixth, third, fourth and second in his first four events of the season, before adding another runner-up finish in Ireland.
“It's been a great first half of the year for me so far,” he said. “I've had a lot of great success but just couldn't pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it's pretty sweet.
“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.
“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65 - that's not a bad score.” Bernd Wiesberger
“This tournament is very special to me. It’s one of the biggest events we have on Tour every year and probably the most tradition, the oldest one on Continental Europe.
“I’m very proud to be on the winner's list now, on this trophy dating back to 1906 it says here. It's amazing and it was a great week. I really enjoyed playing in front of these crowds here and performing the way I did.
“I have to say, James Morrison who I played with played great golf, as well, and gave me a good run which made it quite tight at the end.”
A final round 67 gave him outright second on ten under par, and the considerable consolation of one of three places in The Open Championship at St Andrews in two weeks’ time.
“My game is improving every day; I'm doing all the right things,” said the 30 year old Morrison.
“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”
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Van Zyl and Rafa Cabrera-Bello claimed the other spots after finishing third and fifth respectively, with Kaymer sandwiched between the pair on seven under after finding water on the last and running up a double bogey.
Terre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur ChampionshipTerre Blanche-based Langasque wins Amateur Championship
Frenchman Romain Langasque saw off the challenge of Scotland’s Grant Forrest to win the 120th Amateur Championship at Carnoustie last week.
Langasque was in commanding form as he won the 36-hole final by 4 and 2 and with it secured a place in next month’s 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, a place in next year’s US Open at Oakmont and an invitation to the 2016 Masters Tournament.
The 20 year old Frenchman, who is a member of the French Federation's Pole Francais - based at European Tour Destination Terre Blanche where he works with the European Tour Performance Institute, sealed the win on the par three 34th hole when Forrest conceded the hole and the match after his tee shot had gone through the back of the green and his chip coming back went past the hole with Langasque facing a 10ft birdie putt.
Langasque becomes just the third Frenchman to win the Amateur Championship after Philippe Ploujoux in 1981 and Julien Guerrier in 2006.
Langasque said: “This is just a dream for me. It is just incredible that I am going to play at St Andrews in one month’s time for The Open.
“When I came here I played my first practice round and played really well at Panmure maybe six or seven-under-par and then when I played my practice round here at Carnoustie I was maybe six or seven over so when it came to the first round I just tried to do my best on every shot.
“I played ok for the first two rounds and then the more the competition advanced the more I played well. This morning was my best round of the championship and I played really well.”
London Golf Club Summer SpecialLondon Golf Club Summer Special
Visit our European Tour Destination in the heart of the "Garden of England", offering a traditional English breakfast on arrival and 18 holes on the Championship International course, home of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Wood shines at Diamond Country ClubWood shines at Diamond Country Club
Chris Wood produced a flawless final round to claim his second European Tour title with a two shot triumph at the Lyoness Open Powered by Greenfinity at Diamond Country Club.
The Englishman, starting five shots off the pace, carded an immaculate 67 to secure his first victory since winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2013.
Brilliant off the tee and clinical with the putter, he collected five birdies to finish ahead of Rafa Cabrera-Bello on 15 under.
Wood, who won a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one en route to a fourth-place finish at the recent BMW PGA Championship, said: “It’s fantastic to win. It was a long winter sitting at home with a cast on my wrist getting frustrated and just wanting to be out here playing and competing.
“I have been playing well the last few weeks so I felt that a victory was coming but until the moment comes you always think when will it come? Chris Wood
“I played great all week and today especially. I felt that if I could beat 68 today I would have an outside chance and obviously things went my way and 67 was good enough.
“People will probably look at the result and think it was fairly straightforward but I needed to play well today and for a few other things to go my way and thankfully it all came together for me.
“I injured my wrist playing tennis last October and had to rest for five months. I came back in March and finished third in Morocco which I thought would give me a lot of confidence but then I didn’t get the results after that and played quite poorly for a few weeks. But the last month I have felt I was playing well enough to win so it has been coming.
“It has been a while since the win in Qatar but let me tell you it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour – it is a very special feeling to win out here so I am looking forward to celebrating this one.”
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Despite starting and finishing strongly, Cabrera-Bello's hopes were dashed when he dropped three consecutive shots from the ninth, meaning he had to settle for a level par 72.
Gregory Bourdy had played excellently for the first three days, but the pressure of the final round affected his performance as he suffered a double bogey and five bogies in a six over par 78.
Bourdy's overnight two shot advantage evaporated just three holes in after the Frenchman failed to recover from finding the water and double bogeyed the second and Cabrera-Bello birdied the next.
Bourdy had led or co-led for 48 holes before being overtaken by the Spaniard on the seventh, when the former had problems in the trees and rough, but Cabrera-Bello's troubles started either side of the turn.
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The first of the latter's three successive errors arrived on the ninth and when he and Bourdy both dropped shots on the 11th, the Frenchman again locating the drink from the tee, Wood moved into a one shot lead.
Although Cabrera-Bello made a late surge by matching Wood with back-to-back birdies from the 15th, the 27 year old completed victory.
Wood's fellow countrymen Robert Rock, with a six under par 66, Robert Dinwiddie and Matthew Fitzpatrick all finished on ten under.
Bourdy's disappointing round meant he was one of three players to end six shots off the pace.
German boys and girls triumph at international youth tournamentGerman boys and girls triumph at international youth tournament
The 12th Allianz German Boys & Girls Open hosted by European Tour Destination Golf Club St. Leon-Rot saw two young German athletes triumph from an impressive field of 153 juniors from 18 different countries, with more than 97% of the players boasting a plus handicap.
The weekend event, played in temperatures of up to 33°C, was won by Leonie Harm (Golf Club St. Leon-Rot/-11) and Thomas Rosenmüller (GC München Eichenried/ -10).
After the traditional players “big night”, with a welcome from Charlie Hull, who in 2013 became the youngest female professional to compete in The Solheim Cup, the players took to the course in front of an impressive crowd of spectators.
The start of the final day saw Hollie Muse from England at the top of the leaderboard, but after a strong start Hollie slipped to a final round three-over-par 75, leaving a tussle for first place between Esther Henseleit (Hamburger GC / -10) and eventual champion, Leonie.
In the boys’ competition, Thomas Rosenmüller took the lead from the start and won with a final round 70 over the St. Leon course, with a total of 206 strokes.
In the nations’ competition the German girls (Leonie Harm, Esther Henseleit and Alexandra Förstling) came in first with a total of 275 shots and their male compatriots (Thomas Rosenmüller, Max Schmitt and Michael Hirmer) winning with a final score of 277.
The event is supported by the German Golf Association (Deutscher Golf Verband) and proud long-standing title sponsor Allianz.
Saujana becomes a European Tour DestinationSaujana becomes a European Tour Destination
Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia has been announced as the 15th member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network, becoming an official European Tour Destination.
It is only the third venue outside of Europe to gain European Tour Destination status and the 11th in total.
Located approximately 15km outside the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, Saujana hosted the Malaysian Open in 1999, won by American Gerry Norquist, which entered the record books as the first event to be co-sanctioned by The European and Asian Tours.
It then hosted the tournament a further five times between 2001 and 2009, with Vijay Singh and Thongchai Jaidee among the winners, earning a reputation as one of Asia’s leading venues.
Peremba, the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club, have promoted the Malaysian Open, through their company GlobalOne, since 2006, while they also promoted the Indonesian Open from 2006 to 2009 and the Singapore Masters in 2006 and 2007, both tournaments featuring on The European Tour International Schedule.
The brainchild of former Prime Minister YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who, in 1982, initiated the creation of a government task force to set up a golf club in Kuala Lumpur to attract investors and industrialists, Saujana Golf & Country Club was cut through a former palm and rubber plantation and now has two courses – The Palm Course and Bunga Raya.
Both were originally designed by Ronald Fream, and in 2009 Bunga Raya was redesigned by Ted Parslow of Australia. The two courses are endorsed by the R&A as championship courses, and the Palm Course has been voted as the sixth toughest course in the world, while Bunga Raya was voted as the 69th best course of the world outside of the USA by Golf Digest USA.
The golf club is directly linked to two world class hotels, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort which is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. As well as the hotels, there is a spa and a selection of internationally themed restaurants.
As the 11th and newest European Tour Destination, Saujana Golf & Country Club will benefit from European Tour Properties’ focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support, joining the 14 existing members in the European Tour Properties’ portfolio of world class venues, which includes world class facilities such as PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain, London Golf Club in England, and Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort on the French Riviera.
In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination to join the network, and the expansion continued into south-east Asia earlier this year with the addition of Black Mountain Golf Club & Resort in Thailand.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “Our relationship with our partners Peremba and GlobalOne has been a long and fruitful one and has delivered many outstanding tournaments and winners. I would like to pay particular tribute to Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman who has been a true friend, partner and supporter of The European Tour over many years and can claim an important role in our international expansion.”
David MacLaren, The European Tour’s Director of Property and Venue Development, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the owners of Saujana Golf & Country Club and one which is very important to The European Tour. Announcing Saujana as our official European Tour Destination in Malaysia is a natural extension of this association and will allow us to further develop our partnership into many new spheres. We are grateful for the ongoing support of Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman and his team, and look forward to Saujana becoming an important member of our network of world class venues.”
Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman, the Chairman of Peremba Group said: “We are proud to be promoters of European Tour sanctioned events. We are delighted that the relationship with The European Tour is progressing to a new dimension with the Saujana Golf & Country Club and The Saujana Hotels and Resorts being associated with The European Tour Properties network. We are confident that this new partnership will add value to the organisations and to the sport.
“Our relationship with The European Tour has been long and fruitful, and we look forward to many more years of this.”
For more information about Saujana Golf & Country Club, visit www.saujana.com.my.
For more information about European Tour Properties, visit www.europeantourproperties.com
A Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf PostA Desert Oasis by Lewine Mair - Courtesy of Global Golf Post
Jumeirah Golf Estates, European Tour Destination and host venue of The European Tour's season-ending finale, the DP World Tour Championship, is reviewed by golf journalist Lewine Mair.
Read the article here - courtesy of online magazine Global Golf Post.
Stars of golf and football come together for Special OlympicsStars of golf and football come together for Special Olympics
Stars from the world of golf and football united at PGA Catalunya Golf Resort, a European Tour Destination, to raise funds to send 78 athletes with intellectual disabilities to represent Team Spain at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Nineteen of those athletes are from Catalunya.
More than 20 teams signed up to play in the inaugural Special Olympics Golf Classic hosted by The 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain, Paul McGinley. Teams included football greats Johan Cruyff, Christian Karembeu and David O’Leary, golf professionals Paula Martí from Spain and Peter Lawrie from Ireland, as well as Special Olympics athlete Eduardo Vegas Ochoa from Madrid, who plays off a handicap of 20.2.
After taking on this challenging course, teams gathered for a fundraising auction which included highly sought after items, such as tickets to the 2015 Superclasico between Brazil and Argentina as well as an FC Barcelona club shirt signed by each team member.
Paul McGinley: “I am really honoured to host the first ever Special Olympics Golf Classic at such a magnificent course as PGA Catalunya Resort and to have so much support today. I want to wish Team Spain every success at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this summer. My advice is the same advice I gave to Team Europe at The 2014 Ryder Cup, “embrace the pressure but do everything with a smile on your face”.
Juan Antonio Samaranch, a member of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of Special Olympics Spain, also attended today’s Golf Classic adding: “We are very grateful that so many sporting heroes have turned out to support our Special Olympics athletes. Our athletes are also heroes as they overcome many challenges to reach their personal best in sport and life. We hope that the whole country will get behind Team Spain and celebrate their achievements in Los Angeles this summer.”
Team Spain will compete in 11 sports at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games which runs from July 25th to August 2nd in sporting venues across Los Angeles. The 78 athletes will compete in 7-a-side football, 5-a-side football, basketball (female), bocce, tennis, swimming, athletics, Unified basketball, table tennis, badminton and handball. To cover the cost of sending Team Spain to the World Games, Special Olympics Spain must raise € 170,000.
The Special Olympics Spain website can be found here
Black Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond AwardBlack Mountain Wins IAGTO Diamond Award
European Tour Properties’ newest member, Black Mountain Golf Club and Resort, has become the first course in Thailand to receive a Diamond Award for excellence from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).
The award was made at the official convention dinner during IAGTO’s fourth annual Asian Golf Tourism Convention, held in Jakarta, and was accepted by Black Mountain managing director, Harald Elisson.
IAGTO Diamond Awards recognise courses for their outstanding quality in playing experience, presentation and customer service. They were presented this year to courses in Malaysia, Vietnam, China, the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Cambodia.
Black Mountain, near Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok, became a European Tour Properties member following the True Thailand Classic, a co-sanctioned European Tour and Asian Tour event, which was held for the first time in February.
Harald Elisson thanked golf tour operators, more than 300 of whom attended the convention, for supporting Black Mountain so strongly and for the role they played in the course receiving the accolade. He said Black Mountain would continue to strive to provide the best experience on and off the course in the future.
Black Mountain Golf Club is part of a modern complex that includes villas and condominiums, a spa, water park and wakeboard park, tennis and volleyball facilities and restaurant in a dramatic mountainside setting near the booming seaside resort city of Hua Hin.