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.
Mruzek and Perrier sparkle in GermanyMruzek and Perrier sparkle in GermanyCzech Filip Mruzek and Frenchman Damien Perrier finished joint victors in the First Stage of Qualifying Section B at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club.
The pair both posted three under par rounds of 69 to finish on 13 under par at the European Tour Properties venue, in Germany.
The cut off for progression to stage two of Qualifying School fell on six under par, meaning that 21 of the 90-man field advanced to the Second Stage, with Dutchman Ferdinand Osther and Swede Johan Wahlquist claiming the last spots.
However, the top two stole the show, with Mruzek carding an eagle, two birdies and just the one bogey, whilst Perrier’s card remained flawless with three birdies decorating it.
Meanwhile, over in England, Daniel Gavins and Greg Payne finished top of the pile at Frilford Heath on 13 under par. The English duo closed with respective rounds of 68 and 67 to relegate the overnight leader Nick McCarthy to third place.
The cut at the Oxfordshire venue fell, like its German counterpart, on six under par. However, with a larger player attendance and after accounting for ties, 28 players will progress to Spain, the host nation of the Second Stage, with the prospect of a European Tour card still firmly in their hands.
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
Ryder Cup stars set for Volvo World Match PlayRyder Cup stars set for Volvo World Match Play
Six players from the 2014 European Ryder Cup team have qualified for the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the International Course at London Golf Club, Kent, England, from October 15 to 19.
Defending Champion Graeme McDowell and reigning Race to Dubai Champion Henrik Stenson headline a field which includes 2014 Ryder Cup teammates, Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher. Additional qualified players are 2013 Runner-up, Thongchai Jaidee, 2014 Volvo China Open Champion, Alexander Levy, three-time European Tour winner, Joost Luiten, two-time European Tour winner, Shane Lowry and 2014 Irish Open winner, Mikko Ilonen.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary since the inaugural Championship, won by Arnold Palmer at Wentworth in 1964, the 16-man field is taking shape as the players look to build on their successful seasons by taking home the €650,000 first prize as they compete for a total prize fund of €2.25m. The field will be split into four groups of four in the group stages before the leading two players per group proceed to the knock out phase to be played over the weekend. The 2014 Tournament will now be played over five days starting on Wednesday with the remainder of the field to be announced shortly.
The 2013 Champion Graeme McDowell said, “I am really excited about defending my title in England in October at London Golf Club. I love the match play format and it certainly seems to bring out some of my best golf so this is a tournament and a title I have been looking forward to defending all year.”
Stephen Gallacher, whose well documented journey to qualify for his home Ryder Cup has seen him play world-class golf all year commented, “I’m delighted to qualify for the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship. My focus right now is on making my debut in the Ryder Cup and contributing all I can to our team’s efforts to retain the Ryder Cup. Then, I will be turning my full attention to the London Golf Club which will need a very different mindset as I’ll no doubt be up against a number of my teammates. It is going to be an exciting couple of months.”
Per Ericsson, President of Volvo Event Management, said, “We are thrilled to be returning this great Championship to England, where we staged our last PGA Championship in 2004. The UK is an important market for Volvo and we are looking forward to hosting many valued customers at the London Golf Club. Among other things on the business programme, the UK launch of Volvo Car’s all-new XC90 will take place at the event which is very exciting.”
Guy Kinnings, Global Head of Golf, IMG, the tournament’s owners, added, “The World Match Play Championship, founded in 1964, is IMG’s longest running event and it is very special to us. We are delighted to be back in England next month for the 50th anniversary of the tournament and with six of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team in the field, we are expecting great support from the crowds. Our thanks go to the London Golf Club for all their hard work and enthusiasm in the build-up to ensure everything is in place for a great Championship.”
George O’Grady CBE, Chief Executive of The European Tour, said: “Already a tournament with a great tradition on The European Tour, we look forward to the Volvo World Match Play Championship adding a new chapter to its rich history in this, its 50th year, when it is played for the first time at The London Golf Club next month. The International Course will provide a fitting match play test for the world’s best – led by our reigning Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson and defending champion Graeme McDowell, plus four of their colleagues from the European Ryder Cup team who will be at Gleneagles next week. We are delighted that another venue from our European Tour Destinations portfolio features on the 2014 schedule and eagerly await a tournament which, staged alongside our long-standing partners Volvo and IMG, promises to be a superb occasion."
Charles Fairweather, Chairman of London Golf Club said “With less than a month to go until we host the prestigious Volvo World Match Play Championship, we are extremely excited to see how the field is taking shape and are looking forward to see how the players handle The International Course. We have enjoyed working with Volvo, IMG and the European Tour during the lead up to the event and hope to deliver a memorable Championship.”
The Championship, begun by Mark McCormack and IMG in 1964 and organised together with Volvo since 2009, will generate worldwide media coverage, with over 2,000 hours of golf broadcast to half a billion households, has evolved considerably since moving from Wentworth in 2009, successfully securing a world-class field by qualification on merit and revising the format. Last year the Championship was the first full European Tour event to be played in Bulgaria at Thracian Cliffs with the three previous editions held at Finca Cortesín in Spain.
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.
European Tour extends its partnership with Golfbreaks.comEuropean Tour extends its partnership with Golfbreaks.com
The European Tour has today announced a partnership between Golfbreaks.com and the Volvo World Match Play Championship which will give more than 500,000 golfers across the United Kingdom the chance to buy discounted tickets for the 50th anniversary of the tournament, held at London Golf Club from October 15-19.
The pioneering partnership sees Golfbreaks.com, which is widely recognised as Europe’s leading golf tour operator, enhance its association with European Tour Properties, a network of world-class venues which includes London GC, in Ash, Kent.
The International Course will for the first time stage the €2.25million tournament, which pits 16 of the world’s leading players – including defending champion Graeme McDowell and his 2014 Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson – against one another in head-to-head match play.
The elite field will qualify via a revised criteria and will be split into four groups of four in the group stages, before the leading two players from each group proceed to the knock-out phase, which will be played over the weekend.
Golfbreaks.com customers are entitled to a £10 discount on the season ticket price, and £5 on any one day tickets. Full details of how to take advantage of these discounts are available online here.
Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We applaud Golfbreaks.com for their support and this superb initiative in encouraging golfing fans to attend what has undoubtedly become one of the highlights of The European Tour International Schedule.
“The two editions of the European Open held at London Golf Club in 2008 and 2009 drew fantastic crowds, and I’m sure this partnership will help ensure another tremendous turnout during the week of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.”
Keith Mitchell, Marketing Director of Golfbreaks.com, said: “It is great to have another high-profile event in the UK so close after The Ryder Cup, giving golf fans another chance to see their heroes in action.
“With well over 500,000 golfers booking either a holiday or tee time through Golfbreaks.com and Teeofftimes.co.uk, we are delighted to be able to offer discounted tickets to our loyal golfing fans and we look forward to seeing many of them in person at the tournament this autumn.”
Golfbreaks.com was started by Andrew Stanley in 1998, with the objective of saving golfers time and money by organising their golf trips. The company offers more than 2,000 resorts and courses across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA and worldwide, with nearly 200,000 golfers using the service last year.
Golfbreaks.com also runs the UK’s leading online tee-time booking service, Teeofftimes.co.uk – which last year sold more than 300,000 rounds of golf – and the company also branched out into spa days and breaks in 2010 with the launch of BookaSpa.com. The company now enjoys a turnover of almost £35m, and employs 140 staff in its Windsor office.
The Volvo World Match Play Championship was begun by Mark McCormack and IMG in 1964, when Arnold Palmer took the title at Wentworth Club. Since Volvo became the title sponsors in 2009, the event has evolved by securing a world-class field via qualification on merit and revising the format.
Last year, the Championship was the first full European Tour event to be played in Bulgaria, with McDowell beating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee in the final at Thracian Cliffs.
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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
Celebrating One Year to GoCelebrating One Year to Go
In anticipation of the most prestigious international team event in women's professional golf, The 2015 Solheim Cup, European Tour Destinaion Golf Club St. Leon-Rot is celebrating “One-Year-To-Go” with a fun-filled four-day programme that includes a Charity Show Match.
Featuring The Solheim Cup Team Captains, previous Solheim Cup winners Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson, as well as SAP-Ambassadors Paula Creamer, US Open champion Martin Kaymer and current Challenge Tour Rankings leader Moritz Lampert, the Charity Show Match on Tuesday 16 September will offer golf fans the opportunity to get to know some of the event’s key players.
In addition, the weekend of 13/14 September will see the Karlsplatz in Heidelberg transformed into a golf fun park with activities for the entire family. And on Monday 15 September, a “Golden Charity Shot” from Heidelberg’s famous “Alte Brücke” bridge will kick-off an extensive charity fundraising campaign. Golf pros will tee off together with celebrities, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer and SAP founder Dietmar Hopp, taking aim at a target floating on the River Neckar. The evening will see a grand charity Gala Dinner at Heidelberg Castle.
All golf fans can take part in the celebrations by visiting the Show Match or by bidding for “money-can’t-buy” experiences in the fundraising charity auction that will run on www.solheimcup.de . The auction will be open from 24 August to 15 September 2014, so don’t miss this chance to support worthy causes and bid on exclusive prizes.
To find out more about the event and reserve your tickets for the Show Match, visit www.solheimcup.de
Lampert relishing return to the big timeLampert relishing return to the big timeMoritz Lampert is relishing being back on The European Tour, but the three-time European Challenge Tour winner is expecting Made in Denmark to be a “brutal” return to the big time.
The 22 year old German has enjoyed a stunning year so far, earning instant promotion from the Challenge Tour thanks to a hat-trick of wins, having lost his European Tour card after just one season in 2013.
The most recent of those three victories was in the Azerbaijan Golf Challenge Open at the start of August, sealing his return to European golf’s top table.
Lampert, who is attached to European Tour Destination Golf Club St Leon-Rot, is determined to improve on his European Tour showing last year when he made just four of 22 cuts.
“Last year was tough. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but that attitude has changed. I take things a little easier,” he said.
“When I’m more relaxed, that is when I play my best. This week is going to be brutal though, with this wind. It’s going to be a good test of golf.”
He added: “Now I have to keep the feeling going that I have had and get used to playing tougher golf courses again.
“My game is in better shape than last year and I have become a better player, I would say.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge again and seeing how I compare to the best players in the world.”
Lampert’s turnaround has been remarkable and he is thrilled to be competing alongside some of European golf’s biggest names at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.
“I can’t really describe how fast everything has gone recently, going from playing on invites on the Challenge Tour to being back on the European Tour within ten weeks,” he reflected.
“Obviously I’m very happy and glad to be back. The whole atmosphere is different. It is a great golf course here, a very tough golf course. I can’t wait to get started tomorrow.
“Starting the season playing on invites on the Challenge Tour, my goal was to get into the Rolex Trophy next week. Now I don’t have to go. I didn’t expect it to happen this fast.
“I was hoping to win one or two tournaments this year and get into the top 15. I never expected it this fast.”
Lampert has tried to come to terms with his meteoric rise by taking some time out with his girlfriend.
“I came back from Azerbaijan and went to Rome for three days on holiday just to clear the head a little bit,” he said.
“I tried to sit down and think about what happened. The time off really helped to think about what I’m going to do for the rest of the year and set some new goals.”
He continued: “I’ll play this week, take the next one off and then play three in a row.
“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year now, with the season ending on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour.”
Open de España legacy to boost Costa Brava tourismOpen de España legacy to boost Costa Brava tourism
The Costa Brava region in north-eastern Catalonia believes The 2014 Open de España legacy is already taking shape. According to a recent report by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, there was a 2.4% increase in foreign visitors to Catalonia in June compared with the same month in 2013, which set a new tourism record for the first half of the year, with 7.1 million foreign tourists to the region.
The European Tour event, which was held near Girona at World Top 100 venue and European Tour Destination, PGA Catalunya Resort, and won by Spanish golfing icon, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, attracted over 39,000 visitors during tournament week, and injected an estimated 1.8 million Euros into the area.
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Jeremy Elwood of Golf Monthly magazine enjoys the best of all worlds on a visit to Terre Blanche, one of France's very best golf resorts and a European Tour Destination, just a short drive from Nice's Cote d'Azur airport .......
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UAE national golf teams to benefit from new partnershipUAE national golf teams to benefit from new partnership
DP World along with the DP World Tour Championship, The European Tour, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), Jumeirah Golf Estates and the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI), have joined forces in a ground-breaking new partnership aimed at growing the game in the region by supporting the UAE National Golf Teams programme.
The initiative will see the UAE National Golf Teams, which consist of seventeen men, ladies and juniors, benefit from the state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) based at Jumeirah Golf Estates, home of the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending tournament of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
The ETPI has been lauded throughout the international golfing community for its phenomenal array of top level facilities, with European Tour players regularly visiting Dubai to use it, and the partnership offers the region's most promising players an unrivalled opportunity to develop further.
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