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PGA Catalunya Resort Launches New LAVIDA Hotel

June 20, 2018
PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s No.1 course*, has opened the doors of its new LAVIDA Hotel: an expertly designed, contemporary and convenient getaway for golf and activity enthusiasts. With easy access to the European Tour Destination’s 36 holes of championship golf, LAVIDA Hotel is a perfect option for weekend trips for groups of friends seeking an active holiday. The hotel’s 50 rooms feature sweeping golf course views from private balconies, top-quality beds and amenities, modern design details and specially designed golf storage areas. The smart and precisely designed rooms feature bright and stylish furnishings in shades of soft grey and patterned tiles combined with polished concrete, while floor to ceiling glass windows bring guests closer to the spectacular Catalan landscape. Of the new addition, PGA Catalunya Resort CEO, David Plana, said: “LAVIDA Hotel brings a whole new dimension to our offering. The rooms are designed to be practical, with everything that active guests would need to enjoy the world-class golf and the array of on-site activities, while sacrificing nothing in comfort and style.” Guests will find that LAVIDA Hotel’s restaurant, Bella’s, offers a social and laid-back atmosphere where they can unwind and socialise while enjoying mouthwatering meals, including freshly baked pizzas and pasta dishes made with only the freshest ingredients. Stepping out onto the extensive outdoor terrace that connects the restaurant to the swimming pool, guests will find plenty of relaxed seating areas and comfortable cushions overlooking the beautiful countryside surroundings. Meanwhile, the bar at Bella’s offers a buzzing atmosphere, ideal for a post-round drink or some delicious tapas. David Plana, CEO at PGA Catalunya Resort, continued: “The modern, active tourist wants a getaway that is low-impact, adventurous and of high-quality – and is exactly what LAVIDA Hotel offers.” The new hotel is part of a three-year, €53 million development plan at PGA Catalunya Resort that is transforming the 300 hectare forested estate into one of the world’s leading full-service lifestyle resorts, ideally located just 15 minutes from historic Girona, an hour from vibrant Barcelona and 20 minutes from the beautiful Mediterranean coast. The picturesque natural setting, combined with the warm year-round climate, ensures guests can partake in a wide range of activities with a focus on connecting with the great outdoors, as well as experiencing Spain’s no. 1 layout, The Stadium Course*. (*top100courses.com rankings) Rates starting from €123 per double room including B&B. Includes: 1 night double sharing with breakfast 1 green fee 18 holes on the Tour Course €149 per person (1 April-30 June 2018 ) €135 per person (1 July- 6 September 2018 ) €149 per person (7 September- 31 October 2018 ) €123 per person (1 November- 31 December 2018 )

Finca Cortesin tops list for customer service

June 7, 2018
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa’s reputation as one of the finest resorts in the world has been further strengthened after being named Spain’s ‘Most Hospitable Golf Club’ in the Golfers’ Choice Awards of 2018 by users of respected website Leadingcourses.com. The luxury resort in Andalucia, on the Spanish south coast, topped the poll for its dedication to customer service with an impressive nine out of 10, as well as finishing first in the ‘Best Facilities in Spain’ rankings. Finca Cortesin was also narrowly pipped into second place in the ‘Best 18 holes of Golf Clubs of Spain’, ‘Best Golf Courses of Spain’ and ‘Best Maintenance of Spain’ categories to emphasis its all-round appeal to visiting golfers. Miguel Girbes, director of golf at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: “We pride ourselves on providing the best golfing experience from the moment visitors arrive to the second they leave the resort, and these results reinforce that commitment we have shown. It is great recognition for the whole team here. “We are continually being recognised as one of the world’s finest golf resorts, but we are particularly proud to have been singled out for our dedication to customer service and is just reward to our staff for their efforts. They play a pivotal role in our success by making visitors feel as welcome as possible and adding to what is a five-star golfing experience. “Our amenities are also the envy of many golf clubs with our first-class course, practice facilities, fantastic clubhouse, hotel and spa and we have spent a lot of time and energy ensuring they are in top condition. “We were the first course in Spain to relay all of its greens with a new variety of Ultra Dwarf Bermuda grass last year and reconstructed the bunkers using the renowned ‘Better Billy Bunker’ system.” Featuring nearly 22,000 courses from 109 countries, Leadingcourses.com also includes more than 600,000 hotels, resorts and villas and is available in eight languages, enabling it to reach 92 per cent of European golfers in their mother tongue. The recognition is the latest in a long list of honours won over the years, including its prestigious Hotel Cortesin being crowned ‘Hotel of the Year – Overall’ by Preferred Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest independent hotel brand and ‘Best Resort in Spain’ by the country’s Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Opened in March 2006 and set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin’s 18-hole championship golf course is now in the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses’ European rankings list having moved up six places to 19th in this year’s list. Designed by American Cabell Robinson, the highly acclaimed course has hosted numerous high-profile tournaments including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Complementing the world-class golf course are outstanding practice facilities including a state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. Located in the rolling hills of southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande, with the sparkling Mediterranean waters to one side and

Black Mountain – A Golf Community With A Difference

June 5, 2018
A Golf Community With A Difference The venue is the award-winning golf club and resort – Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin in Thailand. For those of you who are not familiar with this wonderful facility, most likely the image that would conjure up in your mind’s eye would be that of a lush tropical resort in a perfect setting for golf. It’s absolutely spot on! For close to a decade, Black Mountain has swept many of the top awards at the annual Asian Golf Awards, the “Oscars” for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific. This year, the club has been selected to be amongst the 12 best golf facilities in Asia and it has been included in the prestigious Asia Pacific Order Of Zenith, the highest industry recognition accorded to a golf club. When Black Mountain was first conceived in the mind of Swedish entrepreneur and avid golfer Stig Notlov, he wanted to develop a world class golf course that would also offer excellent facilities for the creation of a golf community. Looking back, this vision has become reality. Today, besides being a highly sought after 27-hole golf course by golfers from all over the world, Black Mountain has also become home to a large community of European residents. There is no other golf facility in Southeast Asia that can match Black Mountain for its ability to attract Europeans to either make Black Mountain a vacation spot or a permanent home. Black Mountain offers an unparalleled living experience with a choice of large and luxurious course-side villas, townhouses, twin houses, four story villas and condominiums. If the desire is to build a dream home, this can be done quite easily at Black Mountain. There are many residents who have opted to retire in the community and have worked with Black Mountain to build homes to cater to their specific needs. Located in the foothills, 15 minutes west of the city of Hua Hin, besides the golf course and other sports related facilities and a water theme park, a resident at Black Mountain can expect a tranquil environment and a  lifestyle with luxury living conditions. Typically, members of the Black Mountain community, besides enjoying golf, partake in frequent member tournaments, dinners and other social activities. This is how a resident describes life at Black Mountain: “We members have fun together here at Black Mountain, regardless of who you are ….. that is what make this place truly unique, the friendship among members.”    

Broadhurst bidding for historic PGA Seniors double at London Golf Club

June 4, 2018
Double Senior Major champion Paul Broadhurst will bid to become just the second person in history to win both the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at London Golf Club from August 2-5. The 1991 Ryder Cup player, who won his first Senior Major at Carnoustie when he triumphed at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, secured his second in May as he stormed to a four stroke victory at Harbor Shores Golf Club. His victory was his seventh since joining the senior ranks in 2015. He has won the Scottish Senior Open twice and the 2017 Paris Legends Championship in addition to the Senior Open. Broadhurst has also enjoyed success on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, winning the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Now the Midlands native has his sights set on emulating Australia’s Peter Thomson who won the US Senior PGA Championship in 1984 and then the PGA Seniors Championship four years later in 1988 at North Berwick. “I’ve only won twice in England, at Hoylake and St Mellion,” said Broadhurst. “I usually don’t worry about where I win, I just like winning, but it would be nice to win in England for once. It has been quite a few years since I’ve done that. “The two weeks in July and August, first at The Senior Open, then the PGA Seniors, fit in to my schedule and I’m really happy to have the chance to play back-to-back events in the UK. “I really want to support the Staysure Tour, it’s quite an exciting time for the organisation with new events cropping up – and great to see this event back on the schedule.” To find out more about London Golf Club visit: https://www.europeantourproperties.com/destination/london-golf-club/   

PGA Catalunya Resort to host Junior Golf’s ‘Major’ in 2018

June 4, 2018
The Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship 2018 will be contested at PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s No. 1 golf course, near Barcelona. The competition is regarded as the unofficial ‘major’ of junior golf and has helped produce huge stars of today including Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Mel Reid. Now in its 34th year, the event is open to anyone aged under 18, with thousands of hopeful entrants competing annually for the chance to qualify for one of the 21 coveted places in the tournament. The Spanish European Tour Destination, home to Sergio Garcia’s only Junior Golf Academy, is an apt choice for the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship, whose finalists will ultimately be looking toward careers as professional golfers. David Plana, PGA Catalunya Resort’s chief executive, said: “This championship has helped shape the careers of some of golf’s great players. It’s exciting to be a part of that, and to have the chance to support the next generation of promising young athletes as they compete. This is an opportunity for them to get an exhilarating taste of what professionals experience at the international level, and hopefully it will act as a springboard for their budding careers.” The 2017 boys’ champion, Max Hopkins, who made history by becoming the youngest ever winner at the age of 14, said: “The win is always in the back of my mind and I’m looking forward to the next three years. I learned that par golf will get you a long way and that you don’t always have to go low if you are steady.” 2017 girls’ champion Annabell Fuller said: “There are so many who have won this and gone on to win big championships. One day I hope I can follow in their footsteps.” Adam Sills, Telegraph Head of Sport, said: “Over the years, The Telegraph Junior Golf tournament has produced winners who have become some of golf’s biggest names. We look forward to an exciting year at PGA Catalunya Resort.” Offering two hotels on-site, less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, PGA Catalunya Resort is emerging as a multi-faceted venue delivering the ultimate lifestyle experience, as well as 36 immaculate holes of championship golf. http://www.pgacatalunya.com/golf/  

Finca Cortesin is preferred global hotel choice

May 29, 2018
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa has further underlined its reputation for providing the ultimate luxury golf experience after winning two new prestigious global awards, including being named ‘Hotel of the Year – Overall’ by Preferred Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest independent hotel brand. Not only did the exclusive Andalucian resort’s Hotel Cortesin receive the top honour at the ‘2018 Preferred Awards of Excellence’ ceremony this month but it was also named ‘Best Resort in Spain’ by the country’s Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Preferred Hotels & Resorts represents more than 700 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries, while the Condé Nast Traveler accolade is the second major honour to be bestowed on Finca Cortesin by the luxury global media brand after its UK title ranked the resort’s hotel as one of the 50 best in the world last year. Rene Zimmer, general manager at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa, said: “Everyone at the resort is thrilled and very proud to receive two such notable awards. “We’re always striving at Finca Cortesin to make our guests’ stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. To be honoured in this way is very gratifying and I’d like to say a big thank you to all our team for making this possible.” The ‘Preferred Awards of Excellence’ recognise partners across the company’s worldwide network that exemplify excellence within the hotel brand, with this year’s global winners announced in San Diego, on the west coast of America, on May 4. Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, said: “It is an incredible honour to celebrate these partners for their tremendous leadership and outstanding dedication to inspiring travel by delivering the highest quality experiences in an authentic way. These winners, along with every other member hotel that was nominated, exemplify the core of hospitality and prove that every effort can have a big impact on our industry’s footprint.” Opened in March 2006 and set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin is regarded as one of Europe’s most exclusive modern golf and lifestyle destination resorts, and the awards are the latest in a growing list of honours to be bestowed on the resort. As well as the venue’s championship golf course moving into the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses’ European rankings list for the first time in its history, the resort – a member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network – was recently named as the ‘Best Golf Resort in Europe’ by users of the respected website Leadingcourses.com. Designed by American Cabell Robinson, the par-72 layout has hosted numerous high-profile tournaments including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Complementing the world-class golf course are outstanding practice facilities including a state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. Located in the rolling hills of southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande, with the Mediterranean to one side and the tranquil Casares Mountains to the other, Finca Cortesin’s other world-class facilities include an elegant 67-suite hotel, Hotel Cortesin; a 6,000sqm Beach Club; an award-winning

Finca Cortesin to join in women’s Golf Day fun

May 24, 2018
Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa will put ladies’ golf in the spotlight again next month when the exclusive Spanish resort takes part in the global Women’s Golf Day for the second year running. Female golfers of all ages and abilities are being invited to join in a fun-filled afternoon on and off the golf course at the award-winning Andalucian resort to help celebrate the worldwide event on Tuesday, June 5, to be hosted by the resort’s LETA touring pro Noemi Jimenez – who won the recent VP Bank Ladies Open. Costing €50 per person, players can enjoy either a two-hour lesson at Finca Cortesin’s state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy or opt for nine holes on the resort’s 18-hole championship course – rated as one of the top layouts in Spain. And, after spending the afternoon honing their swings, everyone taking part will then have the opportunity to relax in style with a cocktail at the golf clubhouse. This year’s Women’s Golf Day – the third time it has been staged – is set to be the biggest yet with 700-plus venues in 46 countries expected to take part on June 5. More than 29,000 ladies and girls participated in the event last year and the number is likely to be even bigger next month. Opened in March 2006 and set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin is regarded as one of Europe’s most exclusive modern golf and lifestyle destination resorts. In addition to the resort’s championship golf course moving into the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses’ European rankings list for the first time in its history, Finca Cortesin was recently named as the ‘Best Golf Resort in Europe’ by users of the respected website Leadingcourses.com, while its elegant Hotel Cortesin was ranked in the best 50 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler UK magazine. Designed by American Cabell Robinson, the 18-hole championship course has hosted numerous high-profile tournaments including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Complementing the world-class golf course are outstanding practice facilities including a state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy. Located in the rolling hills of southern Spain, between Marbella and Sotogrande, with the Mediterranean to one side and the tranquil Casares Mountains to the other, Finca Cortesin’s other world-class facilities include an elegant 67-suite hotel, Hotel Cortesin; a 6,000sqm Beach Club; an award-winning spa featuring Spain’s only snow cave; and the choice of four restaurants. For more information visit: www.fincacortesin.com  

Montgomerie to make his Staysure PGA Seniors Championship debut at London Golf Club

May 22, 2018
Victorious 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie is set to tee it up at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at European Tour Properties Destination London Golf Club from August 2-5. Montgomerie, one of the stars of world golf and two-time Staysure Tour Order of Merit winner, will make his debut in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship when the event returns to the schedule after a three-year absence. The 54 year old Scot will feature in the inaugural edition of the PGA Seniors Championship under the new title sponsorship of Staysure, who also became umbrella sponsors of the European Senior Tour at the start of 2018. “I am thoroughly looking forward to playing in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship, especially as I will be making my debut at the event,” said Montgomerie, who won a hat-trick of PGA Championships on the European Tour from 1998-2000. “I really enjoy playing on the Staysure Tour and only managed to play once on European soil last season, so to get the chance to compete several times on the Tour in the United Kingdom and Europe is exciting.” Montgomerie, a three-time Major Champion since turning 50, will test his skill and craft on the International Course at London Golf Club, where golf’s legends will battle it out across the four-round event. Inaugurated in 1957, the PGA Seniors Championship has been won by some of the all-time greats, including Major winners Max Faulkner, Kel Nagle and Peter Thomson along with the Staysure Tour’s Carl Mason and Tommy Horton. Sam Torrance, like Montgomerie a successful Ryder Cup captain, won the tournament at Carden Park in 2005 and defended his title at Stoke-by-Nayland the following year. Meanwhile, Montgomerie is looking forward to the second of two wonderful weeks of Senior golf in the UK when he arrives at The London Golf Club following The Senior Open Presented by Rolex at the Old Course, St Andrews. “There has already been a lot of hard work put in by the terrific team at London Golf Club for what will be a superb event, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge of the course and the competition,” Montgomerie said. For more information about London Golf Club and to play the Championship course visit:  https://www.europeantourproperties.com/destination/london-golf-club     /    
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