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.
Spotlight Shining on PGA Catalunya Resort & the Costa BravaSpotlight Shining on PGA Catalunya Resort & the Costa Brava
The return of the Open de España to Spain’s north-eastern coast will once again underline the Costa Brava’s reputation as one of Europe’s most cultured golf destinations.
All eyes will soon be on The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona – voted Spain’s No.1 golf course – when the historic tournament returns to the venue for a third time on May 15-18, 2014.
The Open de España is one of the oldest tournaments in continental Europe. It was first played in 1912 and has been part of The European Tour International Schedule since its inception in 1972.
Real Federación Española de Golf President, Gonzaga Escauriaza, said: “The legacy left by the 2000 and 2009 editions of the Open de España, staged on both occasions at PGA Catalunya Resort, is unforgettable. These were successful events, not just because of the outstanding golf course and facilities this European Tour Destinaion venue has to offer, but also because the city of Girona could showcase the best of what it has to offer – great golf courses, world-famous gastronomy, plus rich heritage and culture.”
Dubuisson and McDowell set for French reunionDubuisson and McDowell set for French reunion
ictor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell will headline the field at the Alstom Open de France, the 98th edition of which will take place at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines from 3-6 July.
The Frenchman, currently ranked 23rd in the world, and the defending champion and World Number 14 from Northern Ireland are the first two stars to commit to continental Europe's oldest national open.
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Solheim Cup Tickets On SaleSolheim Cup Tickets On Sale
The announcement of Carin Koch as Captain of the 2015 European Solheim Cup team coincided with tickets for the match to be played at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, a European Tour Destination, going on public sale.
Available only via the official tickets sale website – www.solheimcup.de – the advance booking period between 11th April and 15th September 2014 will offer every purchaser the chance to win a “Golden Ticket”. A range of tickets options include 20,000 “Any One Day” tickets priced at only €49,50, 20% off early bookings and free entrance for all children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult. Included in the ticket price is free insurance provided by Allianz, a global partner of the Solheim Cup.
For full ticket information, prices and travel visit www.solheimcup.de
Koch to Captain Solheim Cup Team at GC St Leon-RotKoch to Captain Solheim Cup Team at GC St Leon-Rot
Carin Koch has been named as the 2015 European Solheim Cup Team Captain for the matches to be played from September 18-20 of next year at European Tour Destination Golf Club St Leon-Rot.
It is the first time the contest will be played on German soil and there is sure to be plenty of attention on the impressive venue, situated outside the picturesque town of Heidelburg, in the build-up to one of the biggest events in the women’s game.
After two consecutive successes for the European Team, Koch is unsurprisingly excited as the countdown gathers pace towards the 2015 edition at Golf Club St Leon-Rot.
“I am extremely delighted and honoured to captain the 2015 Solheim Cup team,” said Koch. “Being vice-captain to Lotta (Neumann) in 2013, I once again experienced the thrill of The Solheim Cup matches which are unlike any other tournament in professional golf.
“I cannot wait to stand with the team on the first tee next September to start our quest for the hat-trick of wins against the US team. I look forward to working with the German team at Golf Club St Leon-Rot for the next year and a half to put on the best Solheim Cup ever!”
Fresh Faces at Golf & Country Club FleesenseeFresh Faces at Golf & Country Club Fleesensee
Right on time for the start of the new golf season, Golf & Country Club Fleesensee has revealed a fresh new look to its clubhouse, with the retail shop having been significantly enlarged and the reception area expanded and renovated.
And changes are anticipated on course too with the arrival of new Head Greenkeeper, Stephen Monk, who has taken charge of his 23-man team responsible for the five courses at G&CC Fleesensee which is part of Land Fleesensee, probably the largest sport and leisure resort in Northern Europe.
Jumeirah Golf Estates Announces Inaugural BMW Skills ChallengeJumeirah Golf Estates Announces Inaugural BMW Skills Challenge
Jumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination, has announced a new and exciting golf skills challenge which will take place at its European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) throughout 2014, culminating in a Grand Final which will take place immediately preceding the 2014 DP World Tour Championship (20-23 November) - the season-ending finale of the Race to Dubai on The European Tour International Schedule.
The concept was developed with and is partnered by AGMC, the official BMW Group Importer for Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, who continue their close association with Jumeirah Golf Estates and golf around Dubai.
The BMW Skills Challenge runs over a series eight qualifying rounds between April and October 2014, during which up to ten teams will pit their golf skills over a series of challenging golf skills tests including:
• Pitching skills
• Bunker skills
• Chipping skills
• Putting skills
• Driving accuracy and length skills
Each skill element will take place at the ETPI’s world-class practice facilities under the guidance of the Golf Professionals at the ETPI who will score each skill round.
Open to all golfers in the UAE, teams of four amateur golfers can enter in any of these qualifying rounds and the top team from each qualifying round goes through to a semi-final event to be held in early November. The top two teams from this stage proceed to the Grand Final which will take place on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
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PGA Catalunya Resort bucks Spanish real estate sales trendPGA Catalunya Resort bucks Spanish real estate sales trend
PGA Catalunya Resort, the 300-hectare estate near Barcelona, has reported sales of more than 30 luxury properties in 2013, defying market trends and cementing its position as one of Europe’s finest golf and residential communities.
“While property prices stagnate worldwide, developments offering hideaways with rental perks are paying dividends,” wrote property columnist Zoe Dare Hall in The Sunday Times (UK), after visiting PGA Catalunya Resort in 2013.
“The reason it is selling well, in a Spanish market where 60% discounts are commonplace, is far more prosaic,” she added, explaining that a development with a solid infrastructure gives buyers confidence and encourages investment.
Opened in 1999, the European Tour Destination features generous plots set away from the fairways, with stunning views of the Montseny Mountains, for contemporary design villas, comfortable semi-detached properties and modern luxury apartments. It also offers private leisure facilities for residents and a variety of rental opportunities for visitors.
Property contributor to The Times, Graham Norwood, wrote: “Golf developments offer a sanctuary of tranquility, security and open green spaces. They’re more recession resistant than most and you don't even need to play golf.
“In the economic uncertainty of recent years, some classic resorts have still proven popular and few more so than PGA Catalunya Resort near the historic Spanish city of Girona.”
Graham Norwood attributes this success to having much more than just greens and fairways to offer buyers. The resort’s location, 25 minutes from the beach and just 37 minutes away from the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona via the new high speed rail link, plus local historical and cultural attractions, and numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, contributes significantly to its popularity.
The three-time Spanish Open venue also boasts a Sergio Garcia Golf Academy and a 2,000 square-metre putting and chipping green, the largest in Spain and unique in Europe. These enhancements are typical of the continued investment in infrastructure and real estate that at the resort continues to undertake to attract property purchasers from across Europe.
And with having been recognised as the best European Golf Development in both 2012 and 2013 at the International property Awards, it seems to be working!
For further information visit www.pgacatalunya.com
Jumeirah Golf Estates awards Clubhouse contract to ETA AsconJumeirah Golf Estates awards Clubhouse contract to ETA Ascon
Jumeirah Golf Estates has awarded the contract for final completion of the development’s ‘Clubhouse’ to ETA Ascon, a leading contracting firm in the UAE.
The new permanent Clubhouse at Jumeirah Golf Estates, a premier golfing destination featuring the Greg Norman designed Fire and Earth Championship courses, will add to the charm of the pristine golfing development and offer an enriched lifestyle to residents, potential investors, and golfers. Work, which commenced in February, should be completed by the end of August 2014 and the new Clubhouse will be in full use for the 2014 DP World Tour Championship, the season-ending finale to The Race to Dubai on The European Tour International schedule.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager, Jumeirah Golf Estates, said: “As part of our commitment to offer a complete lifestyle destination to our residents and investors, we have awarded the contract for the final completion work of the much-awaited Clubhouse. The permanent structure will enhance the appeal of Jumeirah Golf Estates as well as provide more options for health and leisure amenities to residents and guests. We shall continue to expand offerings for homeowners at this unique golf-themed community at par with international standards.”
Chairman visits European Tour Performance Institute in DubaiChairman visits European Tour Performance Institute in Dubai
New Chairman David Williams marked his first official attendance at a European Tour event by visiting the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
Williams, who succeeded Neil Coles as Chairman of The European Tour on January 1, attended the recent Dubai Desert Classic where amongst his various other official engagements, he viewed the new state-of-the-art ETPI complex, which was formally opened at the nearby Jumeirah Golf Estates last November, during the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager of Jumeirah Golf Estates, showed him around the impressive facilities, which aim to provide an holistic approach to refining, improving and optimising all areas of a player’s performance.
As part of his tour, Williams took in the strength and conditioning studios, sports therapy treatment facilities and cutting edge video analysis offered at the ETPI, which is the second of its kind on The European Tour after the inaugural Performance Centre at Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Provence, France, which opened in 2012.
The Dubai ETPI was used extensively by European Tour players prior to ‘desert swing’ in order to fine tune their games ready for the resumption of the 2014 season, and Williams was similarly impressed by his first visit.
“I was delighted to meet many of the European Tour players, staff and stakeholders in Dubai and to have the opportunity to acquaint myself with the Performance Institute, which is a first-class facility,” said Williams.
“The ETPI is an important part of The European Tour’s vision and global brand, and I’m certain it will be greatly appreciated by both our tournament players and by all golfers in Dubai for many years to come.”
Kazim, who performed the opening ceremony of the ETPI jointly with George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, in November, added: “We were delighted to welcome David Williams, Chairman of The European Tour to Jumeirah Golf Estates and our recently opened world class European Tour Performance Institute facility.
“The European Tour is a very important long term partner to Jumeirah Golf Estates and this has been acknowledged by both parties with the continuation of The Race to Dubai until at least 2017. Furthermore at the end of 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates joined the European Tour Properties portfolio as a European Tour Destination. We look forward to working with David and his team over the coming months and years and, with their support, help grow the Jumeirah Golf Estates brand on a global basis.”
London Golf Club to Host 2014 Volvo World Match Play ChampionshipLondon Golf Club to Host 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship
Volvo, IMG and the European Tour ended speculation today when they confirmed that the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played on the International Course at London Golf Club, Kent, England, from October 15-19.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the inaugural Championship, won by Arnold Palmer at Wentworth in 1964, the 2014 Championship will revert to a 16-man field and offer a prize fund of €2.25m (just over US$3 million) with a first prize of €650,000 (approx US$880,000).
Endorsing the move to the Championship’s former traditional October date as well as a long awaited return to the United Kingdom, the first two players to qualify for the elite field – defending Champion, Graeme McDowell and winner of the 2013 Race to Dubai and 2013 FedEx Cup, Henrik Stenson - were quick to confirm their participation.
McDowell commented, “I think it is fantastic that the Volvo World Match Play Championship will be played in England for this special anniversary. I enjoyed everything about my victory last year at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria. The course was spectacular and any event that Volvo are involved in as a sponsor is always a privilege to win. It seems right though to celebrate the Championship’s anniversary in England, where the tournament was held for so many years.”
The Northern Irish star continued, “I have heard that the International Course at London Golf Club is a great track and I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself. I finished 3rd at the 2008 European Open on the Heritage Course there and I think it will make for a fantastic venue. I'm very much looking forward to defending my title there in October.”
Open de España returns to PGA Catalunya ResortOpen de España returns to PGA Catalunya ResortEuropean Tour Destination PGA Catalunya Resort, the stunning 36-hole venue near Barcelona whose Stadium Course has been ranked Spain’s number one for the past three years, will host the 2014 Open de España from May 15-18.
Spain’s national Open, which has been part of the International Schedule every year since The European Tour’s inception in 1972, returns to the widely acclaimed resort for the first time since 2009.
The venue, which hosted its first Open de España a year after its opening, in 2000, has held the European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage since 2008, and last summer it was elevated to Destination status within European Tour Properties’ exclusive network of 13 world-class golfing facilities. It was recently awarded the accolade of best course in Spain by the Top100Courses website, while Golf World magazine has judged the Stadium Course at number five in their most recent 100 Best Courses in Continental Europe.
Located an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, PGA Catalunya Resort was originally designed by Spanish legend Angel Gallardo and Ryder Cup star Neil Coles MBE with a view to hosting The 1997 Ryder Cup.
Extensive development in the last few years has enhanced its reputation as one of Europe’s very best integrated golf and residential resorts in Europe, with some of the best practice and coaching facilities in the world.
Come May, Europe’s finest players will be challenged by the 7,333yds, par 72 Stadium Course, which was lengthened by approximately 200 yards in 2012 thanks to seven new championship tees. Away from the competitive action they will benefit from the magnificent practice areas, including a 2,000 square metre putting and chipping green, the largest in Spain and the only one of its kind in Europe.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “The Open de España is the only European Tour event in Spain in 2014 and so it is fitting that it is returning to the country’s number one ranked golf course, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort. The venue has undergone a transformation in the past five years, with a significant upgrade to the Stadium Course, new practice facilities and the development of luxury golf properties around a private residents’ club. PGA Catalunya Resort is a world-class destination and we look forward to welcoming the Open de España back.”
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy for The European Tour, said: “PGA Catalunya Resort is a world-class venue and we are delighted that the 2014 Open de España will be held there in May. We have long enjoyed a successful relationship with PGA Catalunya Resort and this announcement further strengthens that partnership.
“The Stadium Course will provide an excellent challenge for the Tour’s best players and they will enjoy the quality of the hotel and facilities at the resort. It is also a superb viewing course for the Spanish and international fans attending this historic event.”
PGA Catalunya Resort is also the location of the world’s first Sergio Garcia Junior Academy, set up by the ten-time European Tour winner, who claimed the Open de España title at El Cortijo Club in 2002. The academy focuses on nurturing young golfing talent and introducing the sport to children with physical and learning difficulties through its ‘Golf Adapted’ programme.
Insurance company Reale Seguros will be principal sponsor of The 2014 Open de España with additional support from the Generalitat de Catalunya. Other notable contributors will include the Tourism Board Costa Brava Girona, Meliá Hotels, Catalan Golf Federation, City Council of Caldes de Malavella and the Sponsors Club of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
PGA Catalunya Resort named Spain’s best for third straight yearPGA Catalunya Resort named Spain’s best for third straight year
The renowned Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort – a European Tour Destination venue - has been named as the top golf course in Spain for the third successive year in www.Top100Courses.co.uk latest rankings.
PGA Catalunya Resort, host venue for the European Tour Qualifying School Finals and twice host of the Spanish Open, has also been ranked third in the Continental European list and has risen six places to 92nd in the website’s World Top 100 ratings, one of only two Spanish courses to feature this year.
Andy Newmarch of Top100courses.co.uk said: “Based on many factors, we think we have got it right again – the Stadium Course's variation, elevation changes and inspiring tee-shots, coupled with an exacting test of both the long and short games made the decision relatively simple in the end. The Stadium Course is a must play.”
This latest accolade follows PGA Catalunya Resort’s ranking in Golf World UK magazine, which placed the 6,705-metre course, designed by former European Tour Chairman Neil Coles and Vice-Chairman Angel Gallardo, at fifth in its new Continental European classification, one of the oldest and most authoritative in European golf – up three places from its previous listing, which also made it the highest ranked course in Spain.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “These latest accolades underline the growing reputation of PGA Catalunya Resort on the global golf stage. However, we will not rest on our laurels – we plan further investments in the future to safeguard our position as one of golf’s must-experience destinations.”
For more information about PGA Catalunya Resort visit: www.pgacatalunya.com while there is also more on the entire European Tour Properties network here: www.europeantourproperties.com.