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.
PGA Catalunya Resort voted European Golf Resort of the YearPGA Catalunya Resort voted European Golf Resort of the Year
PGA Catalunya Resort, host venue for the Qualifying School Final Stage and a member of The European Tour Destinations network, has been crowned the 2015 Golf Resort of the Year for Europe by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), the global trade organisation of the golf industry.
This latest distinction was awarded at the IAGTO Awards Gala Dinner during the 17th edition of the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), held in Lake Como, Italy.
The award is the latest in a series of high-profile accolades for the resort, which has previously been voted Spain’s number one golf course by Top100GolfCourses.co.uk for 2012-2015, awarded the Best Golf Development in Europe by European Property Awards for 2013-2014, and listed amongst the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses by Golf World.
The Golf Resort of the Year Award was voted for by IAGTO’s network of more than 500 specialist golf tour operators, from across 61 different countries.
Each operator was asked to nominate the best performing golf resort in Europe, North America and the rest of the world in the current year, based on the satisfaction ratings of their golf travelling clients.
During the Gala Dinner, IAGTO Chief Executive Peter Walton commented on how gratifying it was to see PGA Catalunya Resort gain recognition from IAGTO’s tour operator members, and be voted the 2015 Golf Resort of the Year for Europe.
Walton added that the award not only underlined how the resort had progressed to the top spot in Spain in the rankings of revered golf publications and websites, but also recognised its continued investment in cultivating its long-standing relationships with golf tour operators and their clients.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “Our mission has, and will always be, focused on delivering an outstanding and memorable golf experience, while adapting to changing market demands, world-class golf courses and facilities, as well as a sought-after real estate development. Whilst we are proud of what we have achieved, we know we are just at the beginning of a very exciting journey, and we look forward to many more milestones to come.”
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.”
Mikko Ilonen beats Henrik Stenson 3&1Mikko Ilonen beats Henrik Stenson 3&1
Investors in People awards London Golf Club rare Gold standardInvestors in People awards London Golf Club rare Gold standard
London Golf Club, a European Tour Destination and host venue of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, has become the first standalone golf venue to be awarded Gold by Investors in People.
Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow.
With only seven per cent of all organisations achieving the prestigious Gold Award, The European Tour Destination joins an elite group of just three ‘Sport Activity’ sector businesses to have achieved the highest standard of the nationally-recognised benchmark.
An assessment of London Golf Club, including 27 face-to-face interviews with staff, was undertaken by Investors in People specialist Alexandra Taskin who, after finalising her report, said: “I have been involved in assessing more than 600 organisations, and London Golf Club ranks among the best I’ve seen.
“Corporate Social Responsibility was an area in which the club rated particularly highly because of its excellent links with its local community, plus its engagement in learning and development programmes.
“Although many aspects of the company’s strategy are integral to the nature of a business with a responsibility for the upkeep of a beautiful site, it’s evident the business and its people go well beyond essential requirements in acting as a valuable contributor to the communities of which the Club is a part.”
Commenting on the venue’s Gold Award, Austen Gravestock, Chief Executive of London Golf Club, said: “By demonstrating that London Golf Club is a great place to work, we can attract the staff who meet our exacting standards for quality customer service, which ultimately ensures consumers enjoy a world-class experience that encourages them to return time and time again.”
London Golf Club is located in Ash, near Brands Hatch, Kent, and boasts two Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf courses, The Heritage and The International.
Golf Foundation Pro-Am raises more than £20,000Golf Foundation Pro-Am raises more than £20,000
Supporters of junior grass roots golf from the world of business, media and sport came together on Monday to enjoy the 28th Golf Foundation Pro-Am, held at The London Golf Club, a European Tour Destination and host venue for next week’s Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The event, auction and dinner raised more than £20,000 for the Golf Foundation, the charity that makes golf more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds and helps to grow participation in golf clubs through a series of initiatives which include the PGA-endorsed Junior Golf Passport.
With strong backing from The European Tour, players from The European and Challenge Tours and invited members from the Ladies European Tour led 22 teams in competition on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Heritage course.
The R&A team secured fourth position, The London Golf Club team used their local knowledge to good effect finish third, and were denied joining a three-way tie for first place by just one point. The teams from the PGA and European Tour Properties both finished tied on 83 points, with the PGA – led by professional David Griffiths – winning the prestigious Wickham Shield thanks to a count-back on the back nine.
Brendon Pyle, Acting Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, praised the teams and commended the greenkeepers for the superb condition of the course.
He said: “We would like to thank every player for their contribution and a fantastic fundraising effort. Your support and the support from all golfers really is appreciated, as our HSBC Golf Roots programme is introducing over half a million young people to golf every year and, last year, created 2,500 new junior members in clubs.
“The European Tour is a great supporter of our cause and this event, where friends come together to raise funds to encourage the next generation of players. So huge thanks goes to The European Tour and all the professionals who encouraged the teams so well today.
“Finally, I would like to thank Austen Gravestock and all his staff at The London Golf Club for making everyone feel so welcome and providing a brilliant stage for our annual Pro-Am.”
Pyle added special thanks to The European Tour’s Hugh Wickham, who was guest of honour on the day and was the driving force behind the Pro-Am’s inauguration in 1986.
This fundraising event has been supported by The European Tour from the start.
In excess of £200,000 has been raised over the past ten years to help the Golf Foundation reach an increasing numbers of boys and girls through its HSBC Golf Roots initiative, which offers playing opportunities and ‘Skills for Life’ elements in schools and community projects and then feeds young people through to golf clubs, preparing them for regular play and, hopefully, a life in golf.
The European Tour and Golf Foundation are working together to celebrate the legacy of the Foundation’s founding father, and one of the UK’s premier touring golf professionals, Sir Henry Cotton.
The Golf Foundation also offered a special thanks to the BMW PGA Championship and Tour Players Foundation, which contributed items for the auction. Generous donations of player prizes, auction items and raffle prizes also came from The European Tour, Mizuno, Robert McGuirk, HSBC, Tractor Hire, Heath Harvey, Ryder Cup Europe, Woburn, Titleist, Moet&Chandon, ETIQUS, TaylorMade Golf and Adams Golf.
Golding claims French Riviera MastersGolding claims French Riviera Masters
Phil Golding carded a two under par round of 70 to claim his second European Senior Tour title at the rain-delayed French Riviera Masters at the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort - a European Tour Destination - in Provence.
The Englishman had led the field by four shots after opening rounds of 64 and 67 and was still three in front after 13 holes of his final round when a fierce electric storm caused play to be halted.
The competitors returned to the course just over two hours later and Golding played his last six five in one under par to claim a four shot victory over Argentina’s Cesar Monasterio on15 under par 201.
Monasterio also carded a 70 to finish on 205 while defending champion Peter Fowler closed with a five under par 67 to share third place with Barry Lane and John Gould a single shot further behind.
Golding lost out to Paul Wesselingh in his previous start in the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in Germany but he made up for that with his third Tour victory on French soil.
“It was tough today. I got off to a poor start when I bogeyed the first and missed a few putts after that. I don’t like looking at leaderboards but I knew Barry and Cesar were doing well so it was good to get a birdie on 11.
“That settled me down a bit and when I birdied both the 13th and 14th that gave me a bit of breathing space.
“There must be something about French air I like because that‘s the third time I have won here. It’s a great feeling because it has been a year since I won the Welsh Senior Open and after a while a few doubts can creep into your mind if you aren’t careful.”
Monasterio has won already this season at the English Senior Open and he came close to duplicating that feat with rounds of 66, 69 and 70.
“I played well but Phil had a very good back nine and in the end none of us could get close to him. But it was another good week for me and another top ten finish.”
Fowler carded three birdies and an eagle on the sixth to add a 67 to his opening rounds of 68 and 71 and left for Holland delighted with his performance.
“It was a good defence of my title. In the end I have come up a couple of shots shorts but I’m pleased with the way I played.
“The weather delay came at a bad time for all of us but it’s the sort of thing that happens from time to time and you just have to get on with it. The course was definitely playable after the re-start. The fairways were very wet but there was nothing wrong with the greens. They held up very well considering the amount of rain we’ve had this afternoon.”
Gould produced his best finish since a tie for second place at the 2010 Benahavis Senior Masters.
“It’s been a while since I have made a top ten but I played well last week in Germany and just carried on from there.
“The highlight of the day was my eagle at the 12th. I hit a rescue off the tee and then hit a great little wedge from about 155 yards which sucked back in the hole. It came at a nice time because I didn’t birdie the par five 11th so it helped to keep things going.
“My goal this week was to get a top-10 finish because that secured me a place in next week’s tournament in Holland. You want to play all the events and now that I’m in Holland the plan now is to see if I can secure my card for next year.”
The round of the day came from former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam who started out in a share of 34th place after opening rounds of 74 and 70 but moved all the way up to tenth place after a superb six under par 66 that included a blistering back nine of 31.
The Welshman opened his round with a birdie on the first but he was still only one under the card until hit a rescue club into eight feet for an eagle on the 11th. The former world number one then went on to gain another shot on the 13th before finishing his round with a flourish with two more birdies on the 16th and 17th holes.
“That was much more like it today. I’ve been to see Jacques Rivet, the biomechanics gut here at the European Tour Performance Institute here at Terre Blanche, and I have been working hard for the last four days on what he told me.
“There was nothing wrong with my swing it was just the way I was standing to the ball. He told me I had too much weight right toe and my left heel. He wanted to get me the completely opposite way round with more weight on my right heel and left toe and it seems to have done the trick.
It’s something I’m going to have to work on but it means I can now look forward to next week with a bit more confidence. I have been searching and searching for something that works but maybe I have found it this time.”
Woosnam’s next competitive outing is this week in Amsterdam where he joins two other former Ryder Captains, Sam Torrance and Mark James in the field for the Dutch Senior Open.
Jumeirah Golf Estates launches new residential developmentJumeirah Golf Estates launches new residential development
European Tour Destination Jumeirah Golf Estates, home to the DP World Tour Championship, the final tournament on The European Tour’s Race to Dubai, has announced the launch of ‘Redwood’ - a new collection of premium townhouses (Redwood Park) and villas (Redwood Avenue).
With 75 three and four bedroom townhouses and 42 five and six bedroom villas, Redwood is the latest addition to Jumeirah Golf Estates portfolio of luxury properties. Located in the heart of the community, homeowners will benefit from a range of world-class amenities including access to the two Greg Norman-designed Championship golf courses, Fire & Earth; the European Tour Performance Institute, a world class training facility for elite professionals and amateur golfers; and the new world-class Clubhouse opening in November 2014.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “Jumeirah Golf Estates is already a thriving community of families and international visitors, and the announcement of Redwood cements Jumeirah Golf Estates’ status as the region’s leading residential golf community.”
“Driven by renewed buyer sentiment and with the world’s focus firmly on Jumeirah Golf Estates as host of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai for the sixth year running, we expect strong demand for Redwood Avenue and Redwood Park amongst local and international buyers.”
Designed with end-users in mind and following Jumeirah Golf Estates reputation delivering superior quality, the growing range of world-class facilities on offer at Jumeirah Golf Estates make it a truly appealing residential destination,”.
Redwood Park provides a first time residential opportunity at Jumeirah Golf Estates – luxury three and four bedroom townhouses overlooking the 11th and 12th holes of the Fire Course complete with shared amenities of swimming pools, childrens’ play areas and BBQ facilities.
Redwood Avenue offers eleven exclusive villas which are available to purchase with high-spec add-ons including state-of-the-art audio visual systems and custom Italian kitchens, while the remaining villas will offer buyers the opportunity to a blank canvas to fit-out to their personal preference.
Redwood launches ahead of this year’s DP World Tour Championship which takes place from November 20-23 on The European Tour International Schedule. The top 60 available golfers from the official Race to Dubai ranking are eligible to compete, including Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Ambassador Henrik Stenson, the 2013 DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai champion.
Visit www.jumeirahgolfestates.com for further information.
Kaymer and Lampert compete in Solheim Cup charity line-upKaymer and Lampert compete in Solheim Cup charity line-up
US Open Champion Martin Kaymer and his fellow European Tour player Moritz Lampert joined forces with Solheim Cup captains Carin Koch and Juli Inkster for the Year 2 Go celebrations in the scenic town of Heidelburg, Germany, to mark the countdown to The 2015 Solheim Cup at European Tour Destination Golf Club St. Leon-Rot.
Commencing with the “Golden Shot” from Heidelberg’s Old Bridge and rounding off with a Charity Show Match at Golf Club St. Leon Rot featuring Kaymer, Lampert, the European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch and United States Captain Juli Inkster, the event’s activities looked set to raise more than €300,000 for official charities.
The golf stars were joined on the bridge by sporting legends Franz Beckenbauer and Steffi Graf, both taking aim at the water target with football and tennis ball respectively, and later the attending galleries of sponsors and children also had a go. The beautiful Heidelberg castle was the setting for the evening’s Gala Dinner and “Big Auction”, followed the next morning by a host of fundraising challenges. Lampert raised €25,000 with his first attempt at the 100-metre balloon shot.
The afternoon’s Charity Show Match over the links-style St.Leon course saw the professionals take part in a series of special shot challenges, with each raising additional funds for the charity initiative.
For further information about Golf Club St. Leon-Rot visit www.europeantourproperties.com
Q-School climax returns to PGA Catalunya ResortQ-School climax returns to PGA Catalunya Resort
The European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage will return to PGA Catalunya Resort from November 15-20, 2014, where 156 players will battle it out over six rounds in an attempt to earn a European Tour card for The 2015 Race to Dubai.
Located less than an hour from Barcelona in the north-east of Spain, the 36-hole European Tour Destination boasts two championship layouts alongside state of the art practice facilities, which include Spain’s largest chipping and putting green, measuring an expansive 2000m2 and featuring a unique set-up of five bunkers each containing different sand types (Augusta, St Andrews, Hawaii volcanic, PGA Catalunya Stadium Course and Pebble Beach) and different grass surfaces, including Bent, Bermuda, Paspalum and Poa, for practice putting.
The first four rounds of the Final Stage are played over Spain’s number one course, the world-renowned Stadium Course, designed by former European Tour Chairman Neil Coles and Vice Chairman Angel Gallardo, and the shorter and slightly less challenging Tour Course.
The Stadium Course, which hosted The 2014 Open de España in May, won by home favourite Miguel Angel Jiménez, is then the stage for the final two rounds, at the end of which the top 25 players plus ties gain their playing privileges for The 2015 Race to Dubai.
As an indication of the Stadium Course’s pedigree, it has been listed in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Courses in the World’ and Golf Monthly magazine’s ‘Top 50 Courses in Continental Europe’, among others.
European Tour Qualifying School Director Mike Stewart said: “PGA Catalunya Resort is a superb venue which has proved the perfect set-up for the Qualifying School Final Stage, year after year. This season will be the seventh time the climax to the Q-School has been staged there, and we are always welcomed back with open arms.
“It is a stressful week for the players, but knowing they have two world-class courses on which to compete and arguably the best practice facilities in Europe at their disposal certainly helps. It promises to be another exciting conclusion to the long and winding road that is The European Tour’s Qualifying School.”
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive of PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “Our longstanding relationship with The European Tour has enabled us to understand and deliver on the needs of all stakeholders involved in the Qualifying School Final Stage, from players and caddies to officials, tournament staff and media.
“We constantly strive to accommodate and work with what can be very specific requirements. Our knowledge and understanding of what the job entails from concept to execution have proven a critical element in enabling players taking part in the Final Stage to focus 100 per cent on their golf and the important task at hand.”
As one of the game’s most exciting events unfolds in November, a full live scoring service as well as comprehensive editorial coverage will be provided on europeantour.com.
Last year, Spain’s Carlos Del Moral won the Final Stage by five shots with a 26 under par total, marking his fourth successful trip to the Qualifying School in six years. A total of 27 players from 15 countries earned their playing rights for the 2014 season on The European Tour, and the leading graduate currently is Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, who won the BMW International Open in June.For more information about PGA Catalunya Resort visit: www.pgacatalunya.com, and www.europeantour.com/europeantour/qualifying for Qualifying School Final Stage-related information.
Terre Blanche Stands Above it All - by kind permission of Global Golf PostTerre Blanche Stands Above it All - by kind permission of Global Golf Post
Golf writer Lewine Mair visits Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Provence.
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Land Fleesensee becomes HOME OF LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOODLand Fleesensee becomes HOME OF LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD
The Land Fleesensee tourist resort, in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District near Berlin, has become the official Home of Laureus Sport for Good, a charitable foundation whose mission is in supporting socially disadvantaged children and young people through social sports projects.
Land Fleesensee, Northern Europe’s largest holiday resort offering a wide range of leisure activities and hotels, including five golf courses, will support the Laureus Foundation by donating 0,50 euro for every player per round at Golf & Country Club Fleesensee and every entry into the Land Fleesensee Spa.
Managing Directors Thomas Döbber-Rüther and Detlev U. Fricke were delighted to receive the official Laureus designation, which will be displayed with pride and honour at the resort. “We are very pleased to promote the mission of the Laureus Foundation, of socially disadvantaged children and young people through social sports projects and to provide even greater support to the Home of Laureus. That it is a great honor and pleasure for Land Fleesensee to be a partner of the Laureus Foundation,“ said Thomas Döbber-Rüther.
For more information visit www.fleesensee.de