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Experience Quinta do Lago’s luxury resort

August 9, 2018
Reserva Garden Residences Spend quality family time together in the abundant natural beauty of the Algarve with Reserva’s Garden Residences. Glass, natural stone and white render effortlessly marry with the natural environment to produce an aspirational backdrop for a lifetime of memories. Overlooking the Ria Formosa protected nature reserve, the Garden Residences take full advantage of the unique setting developing out into subtropical, landscaped lawns and outdoor living areas, perfect for al fresco dining or relaxed sunbathing while the children play in the gardens. Producing an environment synonymous with elegance and tranquillity, RESERVA offers the perfect family setting in contact with our natural world. The development’s low-rise, low-density architecture and landscapes echo its natural surroundings, blending to become one. More than a place of natural and manmade wonders, Quinta do Lago is the most complete and aspirational backdrop to create a lifetime of memories. The first Reserva show apartment is now available for viewings. If you traveling to the Algarve see the property everyone is talking about and discover the masterpiece of Reserva. To discover more contact: T: +351 289 392 754 or [email protected] An Elite Sports Experience In The Heart Of A Luxury Resort The Campus is the place to go to become the best version of yourself. Whether pushing yourself further as an accomplished athlete, or increasing your knowledge and abilities at an amateur level, The Campus will provide you with state-of-the-art facilities and training options. With 6 tennis courts built to tournament standards, 4 Padel courts and cycling facilities, along with a premiership quality football pitch and a High Performance Centre that caters to Olympic athletes and amateurs alike, The Campus provides an unforgettable sporting experience. The surrounding nature, amazing restaurants and great climate at Quinta do Lago are just a few perks to accompany your training. Book now your experience: T: +351 289 381 220 or [email protected]  

Indulge in unlimited rounds of golf at Verdura Resort

August 9, 2018
Hailed as a golfing paradise, Sicily’s Verdura Resort is one of the most exciting recent additions to the European Tour schedule, and guests can enjoy unlimited golf under cloudless skies when booking a stay-and-play break this autumn. Verdura Resort’s world-class golf facilities include two 18-hole links-style championship courses – the East and West – and a par-three nine-hole course, all designed by Kyle Phillips. Golfers can enjoy outstanding value when they visit over the coming months, with four-night unlimited golf breaks starting from €378 per person per night. Álvaro Quirós described the venue as “paradise” when he won the inaugural Rocco Forte Sicilian Open last year while Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren was equally generous in his praise after lifting the trophy – his maiden victory on the European Tour in May. European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn was just as impressed, declaring; “What a beautiful place and what a place to play golf,” after staying at Verdura Resort and playing in the event the last two years. Offer includes: Daily Breakfast Unlimited golf Complimentary use of driving range throughout your stay Daily use of 18 hole golf cart A yardage book for both courses Verdura Resort Polo Welcome amenities, fruit basket and sparkling wine Verdura Società Agricola olive oil    

Terre Blanche Ryder Cup golf offer

August 9, 2018
To celebrate the Ryder Cup, which will grace French soil for the first time in its 89-year history, Terre Blanche is launching a special offer including an upgrade, a VIP welcome and one cocktail per person at Le Gaudina’s bar for every 3-night Golf packages booked between September 1st and October 20th 2018. A great opportunity to discover this top European destination for golf lovers and enjoy an unparalleled five-star experience, from its two 18-hole championship golf courses to its award-winning spa, settled in an outstanding landscape. Offer from €760 includes: Daily Breakfast One night in a Deluxe Suite for two persons, living room and private terrace Buffet breakfast at the restaurant Le Gaudina, or Continental in the Suite for two people Green fees for two people with golf cart equipped with a GPS, bottle of water per person and tees Access to the Albatros Golf Performance Center and practice areas Unlimited access to the Spa: swimming pool, sauna, hammam, laconium Wifi Internet access offered Free accommodation for two children up to 12 years, sharing their parents’ Suite (excluding breakfast) Access to the Child Club offered, from 2 to 12 years old        

Linna Golf makes its mark on Europe’s leading amateur golfers

August 1, 2018
Linna Golf, a European Top 100 Golf Course* set amidst the beautiful pine and birch forests of Finland, has received overwhelming praise from Europe’s most talented amateurs competing in the prestigious St Andrews Trophy. The biennial two-day event, organised by The R&A and EGA (European Golf Association), was hosted at the acclaimed resort and venue situated just 100km north of Helsinki, for a Walker Cup-style competition between players from Great Britain & Ireland and the Continent of Europe. The Continent of Europe won the match with a dominant display in the final round of singles to take victory by 15½-9½, but it was the stunning venue, host of the inaugural European Tour Properties Senior Classic last year, that also won high praise from players on both teams. Linna Golf was designed by European Golf Design (the European Tour/IMG joint venture) and is part of the European Tour Properties portfolio, a network of world class golf venues. Yves Hofstetter, captain of the Continent of Europe, said: “The setting at Linna Golf is truly idyllic, and the course was immaculately presented throughout the week. It is the perfect setting for match-play golf, with a number of risk and reward holes, and it is easy to see why so many reviewers rank the course as the best in Finland.” Coinciding with hosting the St Andrews Trophy, Linna Golf has further developed its off-course facilities with enhancements to the functionality of both the range and practice areas. Cosmetic upgrades have been made to the clubhouse surrounds too, with increased diversity in flora and fauna introduced – raising the aesthetic appeal to visitors and guests. Despite his team’s loss, GB&I player Todd Clements, voiced his appreciation for both the course and facilities: “The course is very unique which made it a real joy to play. The facilities gave me, and I’m sure everyone, the best opportunity to perform. There is everything you could need – a great driving range, a world class short game facility and a very undulating putting green.” Member of the victorious team and Finland-native, Matias Honkala, added: “Linna Golf is a special place. To get to play in such a prestigious event in this breathtaking landscape is an experience I’ll never forget.” The scenic forest course borders a 7km long lake on the historic Vanajan Linna Hotel estate, and has been described by Golf Digest Sweden as the, ‘the most luxurious golf resort in northern Europe’. Esa Honkalehto, CEO of Linna Golf, concluded: “We are incredibly proud to have welcomed some of Europe’s finest amateur players to Finland and have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received about our golf course and the wider resort facilities. It was a hard-fought match and, yet again, it has underlined the pedigree of Linna Golf as a premium tournament venue.” As well as the exquisite Vanajan Linna country house hotel, the only one of its type in Finland, there is luxury guest accommodation in the clubhouse, with suites overlooking the course featuring

PGA Catalunya Resort Continues To Be Recognised For Ecological Excellence

July 26, 2018
PGA Catalunya Resort, home of Spain’s No.1 course*, has been re-certified by the Golf Environmental Organization (GEO) in recognition of its continued commitment to nature, resources and community. The first European Tour Destination to achieve GEO Certified™ status back in 2013, PGA Catalunya Resort has made sustainability a core objective since its inception, with a focus on minimising consumption as well as exploring opportunities for renewable alternatives and diversified energy sources. The methodology enabling PGA Catalunya Resort to renew its GEO Certified™ status includes recycling water throughout the estate, using solar and geothermal energy sources wherever possible, planting Bermuda grass to reduce water consumption and chemical use, and conserving the native flora and fauna of the pine forest on the 300 hectare estate. Alejandro Nagy, the GEO Accredited Verifier who assessed the venue’s practices, praised the resort for its comprehensive approach to environmental and social issues: “PGA Catalunya Resort continues to meet specific criteria in the six areas of sustainable golf – Nature, Water, Energy, Supply Chain, Pollution Prevention and Community. “The combination of world-class golf courses, practice facilities and energy efficient buildings integrated into the environment, all underpinned by a meticulous and sustainable approach to protected nature areas, ecological vineyards and arable land, make the resort a responsible and resource efficient business. If we also consider PGA Catalunya Resort’s attention to detail, commitment and responsible management philosophy, the resort attains a standard fully befitting of a GEO Certified™ status.” David Bataller, Head of Golf at PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “We have always embraced the importance of sustainability and the protection of our ecological environment; and as the home of Spain’s No.1 course, we take our responsibility as leaders in the field seriously. “GEO Certified™ is a trusted industry ecolabel and a symbol of the very best golf environments worldwide – and we are proud to stand at the forefront of creating sustainable environments through golf.” Administered by GEO – an international not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of sustainability in and through golf, with wide stakeholder involvement and third party verification – GEO Certified™ is underpinned by openly-consulted environmental and social standards specifically relevant to golf, and serves as a credible platform for communications around real outcomes. For further information about PGA Catalunya Resort, please visit www.pgacatalunya.com

Constance Hotels & Resorts holds a Golf Show in Mauritius for the first time in history

July 25, 2018
It was a first in the world of golf in Mauritius! In order to bring together golf enthusiasts and introduce them to the latest innovations in the sector, in terms of products, techniques and services, Constance Hotels & Resorts organized a Golf Show on Friday, 13th July, at the Constance Golf Legend. A rich, varied and complete program with conferences by golf experts, a trade fair with several stands on the green, as well as a tournament for partner companies and guests was on the planning for the day. Various topics were discussed during the seminars, including “lawn care”, “the rules of golf and anecdotes of a tour operator”, “the social network of golf” and “golf business”. These were led by leading experts in the field, namely Beth Guerthal, a professor at Auburn University in the United States; Theo Manyama, Chief Rules Official of The Sunshine Tour, South Africa; Brandon de Souza, Tiger Golf Marketing in India; and Phil Ryan of Pacific Coast Design Golf Architects in Australia. Find out more about Constance Belle Mare Plage: http://bit.ly/2v2W5rS  

Groundbreaking Film From EDGA at Troia Resort

July 13, 2018
The European Tour, supported by The R&A and EDGA, has made a film that will “open the eyes” of everyone to the high standard of a generation of golfers with a disability now competing against each other internationally. It is hoped their story can be used to inspire greater understanding, inside and outside of golf, of how the sport can enrich the lives of those who have suffered illness or impairment. European Tour Productions has captured the quality of players who say they are ‘Golfers First’, as they compete in high-standard tournaments with the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), in Europe and as far afield as Australia. Many of the players in the film are ‘single figure’ golfers who smash drives, swing irons and hole putts while having been challenged by a range of impairments. EDGA believes this short video and a longer 30-minute film should be seen by anyone interested in sport and health as it emphatically demonstrates that golf can offer great benefits to people with disability. The European Golf Association (EGA) gave full access for filming during its European Championship for Golfers with Disability (June 6-8), at the Troia Resort, Portugal. European Tour Productions filmed and spoke with many of the 75 players from 13 countries competing for three trophies in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair categories. In the short film, Holland’s Richard Kluwen who won the wheelchair category, says: “People look at it [disability sport]: it’s important to open the eyes and you can show them, it’s different yes, but we can play golf like anybody else.” In the longer film, you see Belgium’s Adem Wahbi (1.8 handicap) smash a drive before saying: “When I am on the golf course I don’t feel disabled. I just see in front of me, I don’t see down, I don’t see behind me, I just see the hole and that’s it.” Dutch player Monique Kalkman, a former gold medal winner and World Number One in Paralympic tennis, says: “Golf is like a therapy, but it doesn’t feel like a therapy because you’re playing a game. You find yourself confronting this piece of nature and trying to get the best out of you. The level of play has grown big time over the last couple of years.” EDGA spokesperson Sue Bennett said: “We are hugely grateful to our friends at the European Tour and The R&A for their support and the experience and technical excellence of the team making this film from European Tour Productions. We know they put in so much time to make this film work in both the shorter taster version and the full-length showing. A big thank you also to the European Golf Association for their great help.” “We are now asking all friends in the golf media to share this film because it shows how good these players are – which may surprise a few people – while it demonstrates the potential of the sport to positively change people’s lives.” You can watch the longer

Autumn experiences at Finca Cortesin

July 12, 2018
With immaculate course conditions combined with stunning scenery and perfect temperatures, autumn is many golfers’ favourite season of the year, and guests can enjoy all three in abundance when booking a luxury golfing experience at the exclusive Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa in Andalucia, Spain. Renowned for its attention to detail, the deluxe venue is regarded among the finest resorts in the world and has an array of options for golfers to choose from before December 31, including stay-and-play packages, tuition breaks and play and dine experiences – with prices from €840 per person (approx £730) for a three-night break. Finca Cortesin became the first course in Spain to feature a new, environmentally-friendly type of Bermuda grass when the resort relaid all its putting surfaces last summer and, with the greens having fully settled and matured, its 18-hole championship course is now in prime condition. The resort’s desire to provide the ultimate customer experience has been rewarded with numerous honours over the last six months, including its prestigious Hotel Cortesin being crowned ‘Hotel of the Year – Overall’ by Preferred Hotels & Resorts and ‘Best Resort in Spain’ by the country’s Condé Nast Traveler magazine, and there has never been a better time for golfers to visit. Accommodation packages are available on a three-night, two-round and five-night, four-round basis, and feature golf on the resort’s Cabell Robinson-designed championship course – a three-time host of the Volvo World Match Play Championship. Players eager to learn and improve their swings can do so with Finca Cortesin’s three-night Jack Nicklaus Academy Package, which features six hours’ tuition including one playing lesson on the course, 18 holes of golf, an à la carte lunch for two in the clubhouse (drinks included) and a branded resort polo T-shirt and cap. Meanwhile, people with a taste for the finer things in life can mix world-class golf with Michelin-starred Japanese dining with the resort’s ‘Play & Dine Experience’, offering golfers the chance to combine a round of golf (including buggies) with dinner in its signature restaurant Kabuki Raw. All golf experiences include complimentary use of the driving range and a golf welcome gift, with the residential golf breaks featuring daily bed-and-breakfast accommodation in a Junior or Executive Suite. Freshly-picked flowers upon arrival, seasonal fresh fruit throughout their stay and complimentary access to the resort’s 2,200m² Spa and Beach Club are also included together with an optional complimentary facial diagnosis or corporal diagnosis and theopportunity to arrive early and check-out late. Opened in March 2006 and set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin’s 18-hole championship golf course moved into the top 20 of the Top 100 Golf Courses’ European rankings list after rising six places to 19th in this year’s list, while the resort was also named Spain’s ‘Most Hospitable Golf Club’ by users of respected website Leadingcourses.com last month. Designed by American Cabell Robinson, its championship has hosted numerous high-profile tournaments including the Volvo World Match Play Championship in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Complementing the
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