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European Tour Performance Institute launches at Rocco Forte’s Verdura Resort

April 10, 2019
Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel in Sicily, is taking golf-swing analysis to new heights after becoming the first golf venue in Italy, and third in the world, to open a European Tour Performance Institute. Golfers of all abilities have the unique opportunity to practice, learn and improve under Sicilian skies using tools and techniques developed by the European Tour’s medical and performance specialists. Taking advantage of Verdura’s cutting-edge technology – including the latest Trackman, 4D Motion and SAM PuttLab technology – professionals and amateurs can use the same sports medicine platform enjoyed by Tour players to gain a more complete understanding of their golf swings. Body and balance screening, posture and swing analysis, fitness and physiotherapy sessions and club fitting are among the services being offered by the resort’s skilled team of dedicated golf coaches and biomechanics specialists, while players can even receive expert advice on shoe fitting in a bid to improve performance on the course. Antonio Castelo, Golf Director at Verdura Resort, a European Tour destination and home of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, said: “Golfers are always looking for ways to improve and what better way to do so than using the same methods and techniques as the best players in the world. “We’re very excited to have been chosen as the venue for Italy’s first European Tour Performance Institute, and the new facility is another illustration of the world-class sporting facilities that our guests can experience at Verdura.”     Set in 230 hectares of stunning Mediterranean landscape on Sicily’s southern coast, Verdura Resort’s golf facilities include two outstanding 18-hole championship courses and a par-three nine-hole executive course – both designed by world-acclaimed architect Kyle Phillips – a double-ended driving range and a first-class academy.  One of the 18-hole courses is currently being revamped to offer guests a new and enhanced experience. Located between Agrigento and the charming fishing town of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, Verdura Resort – a member of the exclusive European Tour Destinations network – features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, including six villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool. Away from the fairways, the resort offers an extensive array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, while guests also have the opportunity to sample, on and off-site, a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world. To book and find out more information phone +39 06 0328 88630 or email [email protected]  

Moscow Country Club is nominated at 2019 World Golf Awards

April 8, 2019
“Moscow Country Club” (branch of GlavUpDK) is nominated for a prestigious golf-tourism award World Golf Awards, which is awarded as a part of authoritative competition World Travel Awards. Experts noted Moscow Country Club in The Best Golf Hotel and The Best Golf Field nominations in Russia. “Moscow Country Club” is the only one 5 star golf-club in Moscow region. In a protected natural territory over 120 ha, located the first in Russia 18-hole professional golf course, hotel and cottages. Enjoy the resort area with the beach, restaurants and bars, sport complex with indoor and open pools, SPA, bathhouse, gym, tennis courts. Till the 15th of September the winner will be determined by the internet voting. The voting is carried out in “The Best Golf Hotel” and “The Best Golf Field” nominations. Award ceremony will be in October in United Arab Emirates. The leaders in golf-industry, stars and legends of this sport, journalists will take part in the solemn ceremony. In 2017, following the results of the World Golf Awards competition, country club was considered to be the best golf-club in Russia.  

PGA Catalunya Resort celebrates 20 years of its iconic Stadium Course

March 27, 2019
Two decades of winning accolades, welcoming thousands of golfers, and being a three-time host of the Open de España, to be recognised in a year-long celebration for residents, members and visitors PGA Catalunya Resort, one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, today begins a year-long celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of its iconic Stadium Course, the No.1* ranked layout in Spain for the last seven years. Since opening to huge acclaim in 1999, the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles MBE designed course has been one of the most talked about golf experiences in continental Europe and has consistently won praise and awards including, most recently, the ‘Best Golf Course in Spain’ at the 2018 World Golf Awards. The course provides constant challenges for all true golf lovers, with each hole presenting a different test of skill thanks to a strategic combination of lakes, bunkers, tee boxes and huge greens encouraging player-concentration throughout the round. The superb natural landscape surrounding the course gives players extra golfing enjoyment, especially at the signature 13th hole, commanding wonderful views of the Pyrenees’ dominating Montseny Massif. The pedigree and appeal of The Stadium Course has also continued to attract major tournaments, including The Sarazen World Open in its inaugural year (won by 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjørn) and three Open de Españas, the first in 2000, won by Spanish legend, Miguel Ángel Jimenez. Course designer, Ángel Gallardo, who calls his course ‘a masterpiece’, said: “The Stadium Course is undoubtedly one of the finest golf venues in the world, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. I would like to think that when I have passed away, I will be remembered for my role in creating it.” Also home to the Tour Course, PGA Catalunya Resort boasts some of the finest practice facilities in Europe, including The Golf Hub (opened by former Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia, in 2018) an academy that integrates the latest state-of-the-art golf ball tracking system with social gaming experiences to be enjoyed by the whole family. Kicking off a series of functions and events over the coming months, PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO, David Plana, commented: “We don’t feel 20 years old; we feel 20 years young! Our resort is more vibrant and exciting today than at any point in its history.” Over the next few years, a further €20 million will be invested into new projects on the estate, which will include the creation of a recreational lake, with its own lake club and a variety of water sports, as well as a comprehensive new spa and wellness centre. Among its wealth of current golf, leisure and lifestyle facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort boasts two on-site hotels: the five-star Hotel Camiral, where guests can find a consummate luxury experience with several dining options, extensive fitness and wellness facilities, and a comprehensive concierge service, as well as the contemporary and stylish LAVIDA Hotel, opened in 2018. The European Tour Destination is just an hour north of Barcelona, 20 minutes’

Terre Blanche Golf awarded with the “Silver Label” as part of the Golf Program for Biodiversity

March 27, 2019
The French Golf Federation and its Environmental Commission have just awarded Terre Blanche Golf with the “Silver label” as part of the Golf Program for Biodiversity launched with the technical and scientific support of the National Museum of Natural History. This new accolade affirms the resort’s voluntary commitment to create awareness, to protect and enhance its natural heritage. Through this program, Terre Blanche Golf contributes to a national survey about French golfs’ biodiversity but also to share eco-friendly maintenance practices favorable towards the fauna and flora, to raise awareness among golfers on biodiversity issues and to promote golf as a responsible sport.  

Verdura Resort celebrates spring 2019 with unlimited golf

March 7, 2019
Unlimited golf in an idyllic setting is the mouth-watering prospect that awaits golfers taking up Verdura Resort’s invitation to book a stay-and-play break at the exclusive Sicilian venue this spring. Described by previous visitors including European Tour star Álvaro Quirós as “paradise”and set next to the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean, the resort boasts one of the world’s most beautiful golfing locations and is offering players outstanding value over the coming months – with three-night unlimited golf packages bookable from €407 per person. Available until May 24 2019, the breaks include unlimited rounds on Verdura’s world-class 18-hole championship course – home of the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open – as well as complimentary use of the resort’s double-ended driving range. Daily use of a golf buggy over 18 holes, a yardage book of the Kyle Phillips-designed course and a Verdura Resort polo shirt, are also included together with a welcome fruit basket and sparkling wine on arrival, plus a complimentary bottle of Verdura Società Agricola olive oil. All packages, which are bookable for a minimum three nights, are on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with prices starting from €271 per room per night staying in a Deluxe Room. Set in 230 hectares of stunning Mediterranean landscape on Sicily’s southern coast, Verdura Resort’s golf facilities include an outstanding 18-hole championship course as well as a par-three nine-hole course, double-ended driving range and first-class academy and Performance Institute. Located between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, Verdura Resort – a member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network – features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, including six villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool. Away from the fairways, the resort offers an extensive array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, while guests also have the opportunity to sample, on and off-site, a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world. For more information, T&Cs and to book, phone + 39 06 0328 88630 or email [email protected]  

Volvo China Open to make Shenzhen return for 25th Anniversary

February 21, 2019
The Genzon Golf Club, a European Tour Destination, will be the venue for the 25th staging of the Volvo China Open when the event returns to the city in the Longgang district of China, near Hong Kong, on May 2-5, 2019. Although the tournament was originally scheduled to be held in Chengdu, the Volvo China Open committee has decided to change the venue in order to avoid any possible inconvenience to the event. The move follows much communication and consideration as well as discussions with the relevant authorities. The 2019 edition will now be the first event to be staged at the Genzon Golf Club since it joined the European Tour Properties’ world class network of Destinations earlier this year – the first Chinese venue to do so. The club’s track record of staging world class tournaments – it also hosted the Shenzhen International on the European Tour from 2015-17 – has paved the way for its second staging of the Volvo China Open. Organised by the China Golf Association and sanctioned by the European Tour, the RMB20 million tournament – the flagship professional golf event of the world’s most populous nation – makes a welcome return to the Neil Haworth-designed course for the first time since Frenchman Alex Levy won the 20th staging of the Volvo China Open in 2014. Sven De Smet, Chairman of the Volvo China Open Board, said: “After celebrating the 20th anniversary at the Genzon Golf Club in 2014, it feels particularly poignant to be returning to the venue once again for the 25th anniversary of the Volvo China Open. “It seems like only yesterday when Alex Levy won his first European Tour title at the 2014 Volvo China Open and since then he has gone on to become the only player to win twice in the history of the event. “Today the city of Shenzhen is one of vitality and innovation and I believe that with the full support of the Genzon Group the 25th anniversary of the Volvo China Open will be both successful and memorable at Genzon Golf Club.” Allen Fei, Vice President of the Genzon Group, said the countdown is well underway for the return of the Volvo China Open to Shenzhen. “Genzon Golf Club and the Genzon Group are committed to supporting the game of golf and the sports industry in China. It’s great to be able to bring the Volvo China Open back to the city of Shenzhen and to the Genzon Golf Club. “Our members and golf fans in Shenzhen are already looking forward to watching the best international and Chinese players competing here again. Over the next three months or so, we will work closely with the management team of the Volvo China Open to prepare for the 25th anniversary of the event and present the best-ever National Open Golf Championship of China.” The 25th anniversary will be a major milestone for the event which, with the support of the China Golf Association, has welcomed a host of players from around the world including two-time

Quinta do Lago on Cloud Nine after record 2018

February 8, 2019
Quinta do Lago is set to build on a record-breaking year after seeing a significant rise in golf green-fee bookings in 2018. The stunning Algarve sports and lifestyle venue reported an increase of nine per cent in rounds played at their three superb 18-hole championship courses – the North, South and Laranjal – an impressive growth of 8,500 in real terms. Aside from the continued popularity among UK guests, Quinta do Lago’s wealth of world-class facilities has seen the emergence of visitors from European neighbours Scandinavia and Italy, as well an influx of visitors from as far afield as USA, China and Argentina. After the impressive performance in 2018, the growth looks set to continue, especially with the availability of new flight routes into nearby Faro from five new destinations: Berlin, Cologne, Cork, Marseille and Milan. And with the boutique The Magnolia Hotel, the state-of-the-art sports performance centre The Campus and 10 high-class bars and restaurants to choose from, the appeal of Quinta do Lago continues to grow across the globe. Located just 15 minutes away from Faro airport, the resort’s world-class golf and lifestyle facilities make it the perfect choice for a sporting break, and Quinta do Lago has plenty for golfers to get excited about, with three-night, two-round breaks bookable from only €314 per person until the end of March 2019.  

European Tour Properties add two further Dubai Golf Destinations

February 5, 2019
Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek & Yacht Club have both been added to European Tour Properties’ world class network of Destinations. The venues, located in Dubai, become the second and third Destinations in the Emirate, joining Jumeirah Golf Estates, with all three venues being managed under the umbrella of Dubai Golf. Emirates Golf Club is one of the world’s most prominent venues, hosting the European Tour’s longest-running Middle East event, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, for 28 of the 30 editions. The venue contains The Faldo Course, the Par 3 Academy Course and The Majlis Course, which is the flagship championship course and host venue for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, won last month by Bryson DeChambeau. The Majlis was originally designed by Karl Litten and was the first grassed course in the Middle East, taking its name from the Arabic word for ‘meeting place’. In addition to world class golf facilities, Emirates Golf Club offers six dining options including the Roseleaf Café and the renowned Carine, a French Mediterranean restaurant, along with various sporting activities such as tennis, padel tennis, squash, fitness classes and a luxurious spa, allowing guests to relax away from the golf course. Dubai Creek & Yacht Club’s Championship Course is the stand-out feature of the venue, a par 71 course which has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions and provides players with a memorable journey around its creek and various lakes. There is also a floodlit nine-hole Par 3 Course at Dubai Creek & Yacht Club which is perfect for golfers of all abilities to hone their skills, as well as a fun mini golf course. Away from the course visitors can dine in one of six outlets or partake in such varied activities as yoga, swimming or sailing, on one of the Yacht Club’s charters. Iain McInally, Head of European Tour Properties, said: “It is with great pride that we welcome Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek & Yacht Club to our network. “Having hosted an event on the European Tour on 28 occasions, Emirates Golf Club is a true world class venue which has witnessed many of the world’s greatest players walk its fairways. “Dubai Creek & Yacht Club is a stunning venue which offers more than just golf and is recognised as one of Dubai’s finest venues.” Christopher May, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with European Tour Properties across our three destinations to include Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in addition to Jumeirah Golf Estates. “Dubai Golf has a long-standing relationship with the European Tour, as we play the proud hosts of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Race to Dubai finale at the DP World Tour Championship every year. “This new affiliation cements our already strong bond, and we look forward to a co-operative future with European Tour Properties going forward.”
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