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 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.”
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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.
Jumeirah Golf Estates becomes first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle EastJumeirah Golf Estates becomes first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle East
Jumeirah Golf Estates, the host venue for The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, has been named as the ninth European Tour Destination and thirteenth venue in total, marking an expansion into the Middle East for the European Tour’s growing network of world class partner-venues.
The announcement also coincided with the launch of the second state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute, located adjacent to the superb Earth Course within the spectacular venue.
Jumeirah Golf Estates joins an expanding European Tour Properties portfolio of nine Destinations and four Courses that benefit from focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support.
Undoubtedly one of the region’s most exciting all-round golf complexes, the venue currently boasts two Greg Norman-designed Championship layouts in the Fire and Earth courses, a luxury residential golf community, a state-of-the-art clubhouse currently under construction and the Middle East’s first ETPI academy, boasting world-class training facilities for elite professional and amateur golfers alike. This latest European Tour Performance Institute follows in the footsteps of the inaugural facility at Terre Blanche, where the Albatros Golf Performance Center was officially launched as the first ETPI in March, 2012.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, welcomed the first all-purpose European Tour facility in the Gulf Region. He said: “This historic announcement of the first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle East further endorses the status of Jumeirah Golf Estates as our season-ending tournament venue and as an internationally acclaimed destination, which has been widely praised by the players and public alike.”
Inspired by the great parkland courses of Europe and North America, Earth by Greg Norman, home to the DP World Tour Championship, sets the scene for a memorable golfing experience with rolling fairways, spectacular white bunkering and deep red ochre landscape framed by trees and shrubs. The abundance of nature is reflected in the many lakes throughout the course with the final four holes – the “Norman Mile” - playing alongside or over water culminating in a meandering creek running the full length of the final hole. A total of 99 bunkers are ready to catch any errant shots!
The 7,480-yards Fire course provides a contrasting golfing experience with an almost Australian outback feel. Framed by trees and wispy fire grass which penalises wayward tee shots, the Fire has 74 bunkers and two lakes which come into play on three holes.
The superbly designed homes and scenic villas within the complex offer an ideal living environment within what will be known as the heart of new Dubai, creating a community of rare distinction.
European Tour champion and Ryder Cup player, David Howell, is an ardent admirer of Jumeirah Golf Estates. The Englishman, who recently captured his fifth Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, commented: “I’ve lived in Dubai during the past four winters and have always practised and played at Jumeirah Golf Estates. It has world class facilities and is a fantastic place to train and work on my game when I’m not playing on Tour. It has everything you need as a professional golfer, but it is also a great place for amateurs of all levels.”
Terre Blanche Scoops Two International Hotel AwardsTerre Blanche Scoops Two International Hotel Awards
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** has added to its list of awards following receipt of the BEST RESORT HOTEL France and BEST SPA HOTEL France at the International Hotel Awards.
As a member of the exclusive collection “The Leading Hotels of the World”, Terre Blanche is building on its great reputation for extraordinary services and facilities by nurturing its uniqueness and personal touch. Subtly combining the charm of Provence with the chic of the French Riviera, this 750-acre European Tour Destination is the ideal getaway. It boasts an all-Suite & Villa 5-star Hotel, an amazing Spa, gorgeous indoor and outdoor pools and two 18-hole golf courses with a unique training centre (European Tour Performance Institute), as well as a luxurious residential estate.
“Receiving both of these awards on our first participation is wonderful news,” said Gilles Fouilleroux, General Manager of Terre Blanche Hotel and Spa. “It is recognition of the quality of service provided by our hotel team and we are very honoured to be highlighted and rewarded for excellence.”
Among other awards in 2013, Terre Blanche achieved the IAGTO Best Golf Resort in Europe and Leading Resort France by World Travel Awards.
The venue’s unrivalled location enables guests to experience the charm and character of Provence as well as the chic of the Côte d-Azur. Only 45 minutes from Nice Côte d-Azur International airport, it is the ideal destination from which to explore the south of France.
Room rates are from €295 per room per night including breakfast and all taxes.
For further information visit www.terre-blanche.com
Historic announcement for Jumeirah Golf EstatesHistoric announcement for Jumeirah Golf Estates
Jumeirah Golf Estates, the outstanding host venue for The European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, has been named today as the ninth European Tour Destination, marking an expansion into the Middle East for the growing network of venues under the European Tour Properties banner.
The historic announcement, which comes less than a month before the climax to the fifth Race to Dubai played over the superb Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates from 14-17 November, also coincides with the launch of the second state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) located at the spectacular venue.
European Tour Properties is The European Tour’s portfolio of world class venues that benefit from focused, year-long sales, marketing and operational support. As a European Tour Destination, Jumeirah Golf Estates joins PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain; London Golf Club in England; Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in Provence, France, and its sister venue Golf Club St. Leon-Rot near Frankfurt, Germany; Le Golf National in Paris, France where The 2018 Ryder Cup will be played; The Dutch in Holland; Diamond Country Club in Austria; and Golf & Country Club Fleesensee, near Berlin in Germany, in an expanding collection.
Meanwhile, the Middle East’s first ETPI academy, boasting world-class training facilities for elite professional and amateur golfers alike, serves to enhance the status of Jumeirah Golf Estates as one of the region’s most exciting new all-round golf complexes. The latest ETPI follows in the footsteps of the inaugural facility at Terre Blanche, where the Albatros Golf Performance Center was officially launched as the first ETPI in March, 2012.
Since its launch in 2009, European Tour Properties has grown to encompass 13 member venues – nine Destinations and four Tour Courses spanning 11 different countries -the majority of which have staged top class tournament golf at European Tour, Senior Tour, Challenge Tour or European Tour Qualifying School level, either currently or in the recent past.
Along with hosting the Tour’s season-end finale, Jumeirah Golf Estates will benefit from the global recognition and exposure which comes with becoming a Tour Destination. Jumeirah Golf Estates, which currently boasts two Greg Norman-designed championship lay-outs in the Fire and Earth courses, also delivers a luxury residential golf community within the complex, adjacent to a state-of-the-art clubhouse currently under construction, which is planned to be part operational in time for the 2014 DP World Tour Championship.
Tournament golf in the region has expanded dramatically in 2013 with the traditional ‘Desert Swing’ in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai being augmented by Challenge Tour events in Oman and Dubai scheduled over the next month, with discussions at an advanced stage for a Senior Tour event in early 2014.
George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, welcomed the first all-purpose European Tour facility in the Gulf Region. He said: “Today’s historic announcement of the first Tour Destination and ETPI in the Middle East further endorses the status of Jumeirah Golf Estates as our season-ending tournament venue and as an internationally acclaimed destination, which has been widely praised by the players and public alike.
“We thank Yousuf Kazim and all the Board of Directors at Jumeirah Golf Estates for their cooperation and support, and we look forward to working closely in partnership to complete the development over the next 18 months, while the world class practice and training facilities available at the ETPI academy, along with the highest standards of biomechanical and nutritional advice, deliver all the necessary requirements for the elite European Tour professional.”
Yousuf Kazim, General Manager, Jumeirah Golf Estates, commented: “This is very exciting news for Dubai and the region in general. The new partnership with the Tour further enhances our already strong relationship as we prepare for the fifth season-ending tournament here on the Earth course and ensures that we can look forward in confidence to the next phase of the development, including the first stage of clubhouse development, due for opening in October 2014, and the continued hand over of properties.”
Neal Graham, General Manager – Club Operations, at Jumeirah Golf Estates, added: “The ETPI will be one of the finest instructional facilities in the world, designed specifically to enhance the performance of members, guests and visitors to the club, enabling them to fine tune and hone their game throughout the year, utilising the very latest in cutting-edge technology.
“European Tour players already benefit from Jumeirah Golf Estates’ prime location in the Middle East and warm climate, using Dubai as a staging post in journeys to and from Asia to sharpen their game in preparation for tournaments.”
Adel Zarouni, Vice-Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation and the Arab Golf Federation, added his endorsement of the Performance Institute, saying: “We are all delighted to see this exceptional facility open its doors here in Dubai.
“The ETPI will provide all the facilities necessary to help golfers at grass roots as well as elite level. More and more UAE Nationals are taking up the game and they are sure to benefit greatly from the full range of amenities on offer in addition to the instructional programmes. We believe this will create a valuable legacy for the UAE in years to come.”
European Tour champion and Ryder Cup player, David Howell, is an ardent admirer of Jumeirah Golf Estates. The Englishman, who recently captured his fifth Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, commented: “I’ve lived in Dubai during the past four winters and have always practised and played at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“It has world class facilities and is a fantastic place to train and work on my game when I’m not playing on Tour. It has everything you need as a professional golfer, but it is also a great place for amateurs of all levels. I’ve qualified to play in the DP World Tour Championship for the first time next month and I cannot wait!”