Spain Golf – Spain’s PGA has presented the Spain Golf Tour 2023

El Prat Golf. El Prat will be the first stage of the Spain Golf Tour 2023

El Prat will be the first stage of the Spain Golf Tour

With its revival in 2016, the Spain Golf Tour has become an annual event, and recently the PGA of Spain held the 8th annual presentation at the Consejo Superior de Deportes.

A video recapping the highlights of the 2022 season was shown at the presentation, and Pablo Larrazábal gave a message saying that the first tournament on the circuit will be held at the Real Club de Golf El Prat at the start of April.

One of Seve Ballesteros’ goals was to create this circuit so that Spanish pros may participate and train for the major European tournaments. Ander Martínez, president of the Spanish PGA, said that the PGA “tries to choose courses developed by Ballesteros” to honour his legacy.

“Once again we come to offer a circuit that continues to develop and that will add eleven tournaments in 4 regions (Catalonia, the Basque Country, Madrid, and Castilla-y-León), the biggest number of events since the competition returned in 2016. And with the help of Turismo Centro de Portugal, they’ll be able to host 3 international competitions in Portugal”, he adds.

This year, three tournaments will be held in Portugal, two of them at Bom Sucesso golf course, located in Óbidos, north of the capital.

The PGA Spain Golf Tour 2023 schedule will feature 11 events, the most in 8 years, starting with Pablo Larrazábal’s second PGAe Open de Barcelona on RCG El Prat, which overlaps with the season’s first Major, The Masters.

The circuit will continue with the XVII PGAe Doubles Championship, which will be held at Izki Golf, a public course designed by Seve Ballesteros that features a layout of wide fairways surrounded by oaks and holly trees.

At the end of April, the circuit will head to Lisbon for the II Open Bom Sucesso PGAe, and Viseu, for the I Open Montebelo PGAe, one of the new events, which will be contested from May 5 to 7.

The 50th Anniversary of the Lomas-Bosque Golf Club in Madrid will serve as an unbeatable setting to celebrate the Madrid Professional Championship. And almost at the end of June, another course by Ballesteros, Meaztegi Golf, will be the setting for the II Bizkaia PGAe Open.

After the summer break, the IV Portugal-Spain Iberian Cup, in Bom Sucesso; the II Castilla y León Championship, in Entrepinos; the RFEG Professional Spanish Championship and the Circuit Grand Final will arrive, in which the top 40 of the National Ranking will participate.

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Spain Golf – Raimat Golf Club aims to build a pitch-and-putt course

Raimat Golf. Raimat wants to have a pitch-and-putt course

Raimat Golf wants to build a pitch-and-putt course

Raimat Golf Club, one of Catalonia‘s iconic golf clubs, opened to the public in 1994. Now, club president José Ramón Gabás and Esport Recovery president Josep Maria Solanes want to take the club to a new level.

“When looking at things from a commercial and economic perspective, we are entering a new phase with a thriving economy and no outstanding debt. To achieve this goal, we will assign a competent professional to oversee each section of the club, and together we will conduct frequent checks to make sure our goals are being reached”, states Josep Maria Solanes.

“The key aim is to enlarge the social mass and produce adequate economic resources to continue a first-rate path and secure the future”, continues Solanes.

“Bank debt incurred by the club was too high to be absorbed. Nonetheless, the club’s debt has been eliminated thanks to a deal between Esport Recovery and the bank that saw the latter make a contribution and acquire the debt at a concession. We welcome new members at this time”, Solanes concluded.

Nevertheless, President Gabás said that a reduction in the price of water had been achieved, bringing the yearly cost down from €200,000 to €150,000.

A pitch-and-putt course, set to be built in the same sports area, will be the crown jewel of this next phase, requiring an expenditure of between €400,000 and €500,000. The goal is for it to be ready by the end of 2024.

“Because of its more manageable size, this style of golf course is ideal for novice golfers as well as those who just don’t have the time to devote to the sport. It would be a terrific addition to the new project we’re undertaking now, since it would give us a lot of momentum”, said Gabás and Solanes.

Another of the goals set by the new managers of Raimat Golf Club is to make golf available to everyone and break the stigma that it is an ‘elitist sport’. For this, the entity is going to promote initiation courses at affordable prices.

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Son Muntaner was one of Spain’s winners

Several of Europe’s top golf clubs, teams, and pros were present at the event in the UK, where 59club presented its awards for outstanding service to its members and visitors. Many of those awards came to Spain.

The 59club Service Excellence Awards recognize the best customer service providers for having achieved the highest standards of excellence during 2022.

The winners are selected based on the results of mystery shopper audits that compare the quality of service offered to visitors, club members, and prospective members to objective benchmarking standards set by 59club.

About 40 individual and team awards were handed in 18 categories at the event, honouring service excellence across all departments from sales and service to operations and retail to the spa and golf course to the front desk and food and beverage service.

Many Spanish golf industry representatives walked up to the stage to accept awards, after beating competitors from neighbouring markets including Portugal, Italy, and Greece.

The Golf Operations team at Finca Cortesin, led by Rocio Sánchez, was named “Team of the Year” by 59club Europe South, while Sánchez herself was named “Golf Manager of the Year”.

Food and beverage director at Camiral Golf & Wellness, Marta Castells, and head greenkeeper at Son Muntaner, Paco Gavira, were respectively voted “Food and Beverage Manager of the Year” and “Greenkeeper of the Year” for southern Europe.

“Celebrating accomplishments is important to our values and a priority at 59club. Our venues around Southern Europe not only continue to give exceptional experiences but continually seek to further expand their trips by striving for that additional 1% day after day”, adds Lee Mathew Waggott, Managing Director of 59club Europe South.

“In a highly competitive environment, being nominated for and winning an award is a great honour, and the ability to share this recognition with individuals and teams across the property is incredibly important”. Waggott continues, “We are looking forward to the upcoming season and we welcome more progressive and ambitious teams to our awards next year”.

This year, 59club awarded 28 “Golden Flags”, with recipients including Camiral Golf & Wellness, Club de Golf Alcanada, Finca Cortesin, and Golf Son Muntaner; 17 “Silver Flags”, with Infinitum being Spain’s representative; and 15 “Bronze Flags”, with recipients including Golf Son Quint, Golf Son Vida, and Pula Golf Resort.

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