Golf originated in Spain at the end of the nineteenth century, at the hands of the British bourgeoisie and aristocracy. It all started in 1891, with the establishment of the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. Its creation is credited to a collaboration between two golf-obsessed friends: a Canarian named Juan Domínguez Guedes and a British architect and course designer named Mackenzie Ross.
The New Barcelona Golf Club (since 1934, San Cugat Golf Club) was founded in 1914. It is important to note that the Federation of Golf Clubs of Spain (later the Royal Spanish Golf Federation) was founded in 1932, sponsored by six clubs (Club de Campo, Puerta de Hierro, Lasarte, Pedreña, Neguri, and Sevilla), which opened the door for the rest of the clubs to join.
Posted on 14 Sep 2022
Following a final day on the El Encin Golf course in Alcalá de Henares that was made more difficult by the wind, the Danish golfer Rasmus Lot was crowned champion of the XV Daikin Madrid Open of Adapted Golf of the Madrid Golf Federation.
As expected, Lot, one of the tournament favorites, won after scoring two rounds of 75 (150, +6 over par) and surpassing Swedish Johnny Granberg, who finished in second place with a score of 155. Besides that, Felipe Herránz shot a 164 and was named champion of Madrid.
"Every year, the number of golf enthusiasts in the Community of Madrid grows, and the stakes are raised with each test we host. This competition, which features some of the top disabled players in the world, is proof of that”, as stated by Ignacio Guerras, head of the Madrid Golf Federation.
Golf's ability to unite and include people of all ages and abilities in its sporting community was on display at the Daikin Madrid Open. More than a hundred of the world's greatest players with various impairments competed in the tournament.
Posted on 13 Sep 2022
One of Spain's most popular golf holiday destinations, the Costa Brava, has now published the findings of a new study on visitor departures since the end of the COVID-19 pandemic's first two years.
The analysis found encouraging results, with occupancy levels 4.80% higher than 2019 by the end of the first half of 2022. This is a return to pre-pandemic levels.
The timid dependence on the tour operation area, the main affected during the pandemic due to mobility restrictions, has allowed a rapid recovery in the number of departures in 2021, which almost doubled the numbers in 2020 thanks to the visit of local golf tourists, the main engine of the tourist economy in the area.
The departure rate of members and season ticket holders skyrocketed during the pandemic (2020–2021), eventually reaching over 50% of the total. In 2022, the distribution by type of player normalizes, although it stands at 35% of the total, which represents 30% more than in the pre-pandemic situation.
As has been detected in most of Spain, the demand for local players has increased after the pandemic thanks to the return of golfers who had hung up their clubs in recent years as well as the appearance of new players who have seen golf as a safe, healthy sport that can be practiced throughout life.
The courses on the Costa Brava support the campaign 'Discover golf' of the Catalan Golf Federation and work with the desire and hope that this upward trend persists and reverse the decline in licenses in recent years.
In the same sense, the Association of Golf Courses of the Costa Brava is excited and totally committed to the candidacy of PGA Catalunya to host the 2031 Ryder Cup, convinced that the greatest golfing event, and one of the main sporting events in the world, would have a very favorable impact for the destination and for the national territory as a whole, as happened in 1997 when the Real Club Valderrama hosted the Ryder Cup.
The commitment of the different players in the sector is vital to seasonally adjust demand as much as possible, and the Association of Golf Courses of the Costa Brava is clear that this is only possible by offering a quality product.
Posted on 11 Jul 2022
The Real Club de Golf El Prat received the Biosphere accreditation and distinction of the program 'Commitment to Tourism Sustainability Destination Barcelona' on June 28 at an event held at La Llotja de Mar in Barcelona.
One of the pillars of the Strategic Plan that the RCGP Board of Directors assumed as a priority is environmental sustainability. After the completion of the Sustainable Course Plan with the remodeling of the Amarillo and Vallés routes, the club continues to advance in this objective. This certificate demonstrates the commitment to offer sustainable tourism that respects the environment and the social and economic return to the territory.
The project, born in 2017 and promoted by the Barcelona Provincial Council, the Responsible Tourism Institute (ITR), the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Barcelona City Council, and the Barcelona Tourism Consortium, aims to recognize those entities that are committed to respecting the environment, culture and the social and economic return of the city and the counties of Barcelona. The commitment bases its methodology on work around the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Safe Travels, a first-of-its-kind seal that recognizes enterprises, organizations, and destinations taking preventative and sanitary measures against COVID-19 in any country, has also been awarded to the RCG El Prat, creating a safe environment for travelers.
The Commitment to Tourism Sustainability Destination Barcelona Biosphere responds both to the desire to promote more careful tourism by tour operators, as well as to the wishes of visitors to be able to travel while respecting the environment as much as possible. The deployment of these measures supposes a new tourist positioning, which increases the competitiveness of the Barcelona Destination, formed by the city of Barcelona and the twelve counties of the province.
Barcelona became the first destination in the world to acquire the Platium Certification from its own institutions for its commitment to promoting tourism that is environmentally friendly and respectful. Barcelona, the capital of the Catalonia region, also became the first city in the world to be certified as a Biosphere in 2011.
Posted on 06 Jul 2022
The winner of this new edition of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya, which will be played at the Terramar Golf Club from July 7 to 10, will be the player who best adapts to the conditions of the host course.
"We have been hosting this tournament for five years and during this time changes have been added to what we have called the Master Plan, a project that was designed to update the course to match the current material and players. Despite being 80% complete in terms of major infrastructure, small details remain. The course is a living being and needs time”, explains Tomás González, director of the Terramar Golf Club.
"Therefore, the course will be very similar to how it was last year but with the previous changes more established in addition to the guidelines set by the Ladies European Tour that affect above all the firmness and speed of the 'greens' and the 'rough', a part of the field that will be very important not only because of the height but also because of its turfgrass, the Paspalum grass”, adds González.
Five of the course's 18 greens will have Paspalum, a warm- and subtropical-region native, while the other thirteen will remain with Agrostis grass.
"The greens of holes 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15 present Paspalum, which will be a real challenge for the players. We work to try to equalize all the greens on the course, but it is not only a difference in the grass, there is also an age inequality since these last greens are practically new and the rest are more than fifty years old", says González.
«Whoever best adapts their game to the characteristics of the course, and the one who best gets the touch of the greens, both from one and the other, will have a lot of winnings. It will be like when an adjustment is made in a Formula 1”, concludes Tomás González.
So, in Sitges, near Barcelona, the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya will be accompanied by high-quality entertainment and golf, with the Terramar Golf Club serving as a true test for the 126 competitors.
Posted on 05 Jul 2022
"At the moment the course is in optimal conditions for the summer", says Rafael Velasco, Sporting Director of Oliva Nova.
This week, between the 6th and 8th of July, Oliva Nova will be the home of a new stage that is part of the Santander Golf Tour circuit for women's professionals.
On the first day, a Pro-Am will be played in scramble mode, where amateurs and professionals will come together in this fun and enjoyable format for everyone. In addition, it makes it possible for professional players to train on the course, which means that the course will be in excellent condition for the tournament. On July 7 and 8, it will be the official competition.
“We have had rains in spring that have allowed us to have lower levels of salinity in the soil than in other years, which helps the correct growth of the grass. This added to the increase in maintenance personnel, improvements in the machinery of the course, and the great work of our greenkeeper, Jaime Guaita, meaning that the manicure of the golf course and the conditions of the course have taken an important leap. And the most important thing is that our customers are enjoying it”, continues Rafael Velasco.
Oliva Nova Golf Course is located in the Spanish Costa Blanca region and it was designed and built by Severiano Ballesteros. It's a par 72 links course, and it's a technical course, with a gently undulating terrain, easy to walk on, formed by the traditional four pars 3, four pars 5, and ten pars 4.
Posted on 04 Jul 2022
There are trophies for the top six in each category, 18 bonus prizes to be won, and a lovely welcome pack included in this fantastic event.
After being forced to take a break for the past two years, Font del Llop, near Alicante, has decided to celebrate the twelfth edition of its Anniversary Tournament. Just like in previous years, the resort will give away more than 36,000 euros in prizes during this year's competition.
Font del Llop's Anniversary Tournament, a summer classic within the Spanish amateur scene, returns to dress up during the weekend of July 8 and 9 when, in addition to distributing those more than 36,000 euros in prizes, it will deliver its already emblematic trophies with the gold and silver ball for the winners, with this year having Mahou as the main sponsor among the many collaborators.
The Welcome Pack, which contains a backpack for men made by the Caramelo brand and a bag made by DEVOTA&LOMBA, will be distributed as soon as the participants arrive and once they have registered for the tournament. Once the competition has begun, a magnificent tent will be waiting for each and every golfer on the 10th hole of the course to provide them with the opportunity to refuel their energy.
The event will come to a close with a dinner event (during which the prizes will be given out) preceded by a cocktail hour and the celebration of a spectacular gift raffle. The raffle will feature sports equipment, golf stays, hotel nights, as well as plenty of green fees from some of the most popular courses in Spain and the Valencian Community, trips, and several surprises that will be revealed throughout the night.
As far as the competition is concerned, the participants will be divided into three categories, 1st and 2nd category for Gentlemen and one for Ladies with three starts (Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon), with prizes for the 6 first classified in each of the categories, including the scratch champion, and 18 special prizes, since in each and every one of the holes of the course there will be a special prize.
Posted on 30 Jun 2022
For the Alps Tour, Soria Golf Course, in the Centre region of Spain, is prepared to host the finest players, and the course will be designed to accommodate the best golfers.
From July 7 to July 9, the Soria Golf Club will host its first international professional golf tournament, which will be the 14th round of the season and the 10th edition of the Alps de las Castillas, promoted jointly and alternatively by the Federations of Castilla-León and Castilla-La Mancha.
A highly successful partnership has been going on for ten years between these two federations and has seen players like defending champion Ryan Lumsden lift their first title, who is currently contesting the DP World Tour, because the Alps Tour is where the greatest golf stars of the world are born.
According to club manager Álvaro Berná, the Soria Golf Club is ready to host the Alps Tour's best players and will have a course that is "more technical for big hitters".
“The course is inserted in the forest, a course surrounded by oak trees where strategy is going to be the key to a good score since many holes have blind shots due to the leafiness of the trees. It has seven lakes that come into play in 10 or 12 holes and players will find fast greens and a course that has been prepared with the help of the technical team of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation to be at the height of the Alps Tour”, he added.
Three players from Soria will compete in the tournament: Dani Berná, a regular player on the Alps Tour who has two top 10 finishes in the last tournaments played, together with Raúl Pascual and David García Navalpotro, who will make their debut in a professional tournament.
Soria will receive 144 players from more than 20 countries around the world who will compete in the Alps de las Castillas in their fight to achieve the top positions that will open the doors of the Challenge Tour since the Alps de las Castillas is a scoring tournament for the world ranking.
Posted on 29 Jun 2022
This island, which receives about three million visitors annually, can brag of getting high-quality tourism, a significant component of which is golf.
When we talk about Lanzarote, we're talking about its rich culture, active volcanoes, stunning scenery, rich history, and diverse array of recreational opportunities. It is talking about art, traditions, symbols, and many other things.
This island is a real gem that has always made its guests feel at home ever since the very first tourist enterprises were established here in 1967.
More than half a century later, Lanzarote attracts almost three million tourists a year, who go beyond sun and beach. One of its bets is sports and an example of this was the celebration of the I Copa de Medios, a preview of the X Lanzarote Golf Tour, thanks to the Teguise City Council, a famous resort of the island, and Turismo de Lanzarote who are committed to positioning the Island as one of the essential golf destinations in the Canary Islands.
An event that brought together twenty Spanish journalists specialized in golf, travel, and gastronomy, who were able to enjoy the two golf courses that the island has, Golf Costa Teguise, a course located at the foot of an ancient volcano with impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean in which its bunkers and its rough of volcanic stones demand not to lose the fairway, and Lanzarote Golf, which is an oasis for golf enthusiasts parched for one-of-a-kind experiences, making it far more accessible to golfers with high handicaps.
But if the so-called "island of volcanoes" is notable for anything, it is because of its volcanic mantle, which extends almost over its whole surface as a result of its various eruptions. One of the most significant happened in 1730 and continued for six years, dramatically transforming this island, which is now classified as a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco since 1993.
The natural region of Timanfaya, which was declared a National Park in 1974, is the crowning glory of the island. Volcanoes, many of them iconic, make it the second most popular Canary Islands National Park after Teide in Tenerife. In 2020, it received more than a million and a half tourists.
A unique environment in which you can also enjoy a rich and varied gastronomy in which its fish and shellfish, its goat cheeses, or the “wrinkled” potatoes with mojo stand out. All this in perfect pairing with quality wines thanks to vineyards that extend throughout the length and breadth of the island, which has a unique plantation.
Posted on 28 Jun 2022
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open, which concludes the Ladies European Tour season and crowns the tournament champion as well as the Race to Costa del Sol Order of Merit winner for the third consecutive year, will be held at Alferini Golf in Benahavis, located in the famous Costa del Sol region, at the end of November.
The amount of women who have won this competition since it was established as the conclusion of the Race to Costa del Sol is at an all-time high.
The Spaniard Carlota Ciganda won the tournament last year (it was the only tournament she had yet to win in Spain), while Atthaya Thitikul, a Thai golfer, took the Order of Merit.
The Andalusia Costa del Sol Open in Spain, again sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Junta de Andalucía, Costa del Sol Tourism and Planning and Acosol, will be held in one of the Costa del Sol jewels.
The Race to Costa del Sol 2022 will be decided on Alferini Golf's well-kept greens and fairways, which are an example of the superb standard of Andalusian courses. The €250,000 bonus awarded to the top three finishers in the annual rankings is the cherry on top of the €650,000 prize pool.
"Hosting a Ladies European Tour event at our facilities again fills us with pride and happiness. The Race to Costa del Sol title will also be crowned at Alferini Golf, it has been announced. All players will face a formidable task on this excellent course, both in terms of its length and architecture. As far as I can tell, the greatest players in the league are going to put on a fantastic show for us”, states the Villa Padierna complex owner Ricardo Arranz de Miguel. "It is a unique path because of its incorporation into the Costa del Sol scenery and the absence of buildings around it", he adds.
One more year, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain will act as a magnet for players and fans thanks to its position as the last round of the Ladies European Tour calendar, its generous prize pool that attracts the best players of the moment, and the undoubted attraction of Benahavis and its surroundings, a perfect example of how much Andalusia and the Costa del Sol have to offer. The Villa Padierna complex will host the tournament for the second time after the edition played on the Flamingos Golf course in 2010, when the English Laura Davies emerged victorious.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 is held from November 24 to 27 and is part of the Solheim Cup 2023 program, an event declared an Event of Exceptional Public Interest (AEIP) and which provides important tax advantages to companies participants. Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, the last event on the Ladies European Tour calendar, is sponsored by Andalucía, Costa del Sol and Acosol as main sponsors.
Posted on 28 Jun 2022
1.2 million visitors visit Spain each year to play golf, of which 98.6% are from other EU countries. An estimated 11,183 million euros is generated annually by these visitors.
Golf tourism has grown to be a massive attraction for tourists from across the world. With 4.2 million registered golfers in Europe and roughly 1.2 million international tourists annually, Spain's annual tourism intake is not insignificant.
Around €4.64 billion is spent annually by these tourists, discounting the money they spend directly at golf clubs.
The multiplier effect of these direct expenditures on indirect and induced income increases the economic impact of tourism on Spain to 11,183 million euros. In addition, a foreign visitor who comes to Spain to practice this activity stays longer than the usual traveler, with a difference of 11.9 days compared to 7.4 days.
As a whole, the golf industry has a direct impact on the economy of around 5,418 million euros per year, of which 85.6% comes from tourist spending, while the other 14.4% corresponds to the billing of the courses themselves of golf.
RFEG president Gonzaga Escauriaza tells that "Spain is, in terms of golf tourism, the second most significant country in the world. Only behind the United States".
Since golf's peak seasons are in spring and fall, it's important to keep in mind that golf tourism is a seasonally adjusted sort of travel. In addition, this makes the activity more resilient in the face of economic fluctuations, promoting tourism in off-peak periods and not just in most holiday regions. This means that the arrival peak of these visitors to Spain is outside of the summer months of July and August, which helps to avoid the concentration of tourists during these periods.
The pandemic crisis had a significant impact on this activity, it is undeniable. According to data from the 2021 Sports Statistics Yearbook, the number of overseas visitors dropped from 1.08 million in 2019 to barely 310,700 in 2020. In addition, the number of people who took part in a round of golf while on vacation decreased by 53%.
Andalusia is without a doubt the leading golf tourism destination in Spain. With 94 golf courses, the autonomous community has the most golf course owners in all of the country.
However, eight of the nine most popular golf clubs in Spain are located between Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Mallorca. According to data given by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, European golfers prefer Spain (28.5%), Portugal (17%), and the United Kingdom (16%) as their preferred destinations.
The tourism industry and public governments are aware of this industry's economic potential, so, local governments are working harder to sponsor new tournaments and attract more visitors.
However, if there is an event that will attract visitors to Spain, it is the 2023 Solheim Cup, which expects to receive around 100,000 spectators, from various countries, especially from Europe. According to the organizers, the economic impact of this event is expected to be around €200 million.
Posted on 24 Jun 2022
Golf resorts must demonstrate how they are putting the environment at the forefront of their plans as tourists increasingly select holidays based on sustainability concerns (82% according to Google data last year).
Recent research published by Booking.com suggests that the pandemic has been the tipping point for travelers to commit to their own sustainable travel, which in turn is putting additional pressure on the golf industry to step up its role in sustainability, to fight for the future of the planet.
“The pressing need for a more sustainable perspective is clearer than ever. We saw this at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland last year, when golf was given a global platform to speak out,” says Ian Knox, Director of European Tour Destinations.
“Our destinations have long been committed to putting nature first and implementing measurable actions, initiatives that have become increasingly critical given the increasing importance sustainability now has when making travel decisions, and especially with an informed 41% who are willing to pay a premium for sustainable products and services," adds Ian Knox.
In a new project called 'A sustainable future for golf,' European Tour Destinations members who are exploring paths to net-zero are recognized, including renowned facilities like Golf Son Muntaner, in Palma de Mallorca, committed to lowering water consumption and efficiently managing recycled water.
“Addressing environmental, social and governance criteria within corporate strategy is also proving critical, and is something we work closely with our network venues on,” continues Ian Knox.
Water management, along with energy, customers and communication, is a central component of Arabella Golf Mallorca's 'Green Evolution' programme, which it has adopted across its three courses, including Golf Son Muntaner, a European tourist destination.
Because the Balearic Islands' golf courses are mandated to utilize exclusively recycled water, there is already considerable interest in water as a major input and cost aspect in corporate sustainability.
Almost a decade ago, Golf Son Muntaner had begun to evaluate its use of water for irrigation, and in 2017 it had achieved a reduction of 18%, mainly due to two factors: reseeding the entire course, from the tee to the green, with Bermuda Celebration (the first course in Europe to take this measure) and install centralized systems to manage the efficiency of the water pumps at Golf Son Muntaner.
"In one year we get more than a million cubic meters of recycled water, water that, if not used in this circular way, would end up in the sea," says Bernat Llobera, director of Arabella Golf Mallorca.
“For golf courses and businesses in the sector to survive into the future, resorts must also put the environment first, which is why aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was a key pillar of the Golf Son Muntaner's sustainability strategy. There is a growing trend in the tourism industry that one of the five key considerations that tourists base in their decision of where to go on holiday is the environment," he adds.
Posted on 20 Jun 2022
This is the fifth consecutive year that Abama Golf, located in Tenerife, has been recognized as one of Europe's greatest golf facilities by Golf Digest.
According to the journal, Abama Golf was once again recognized as a top destination for golfers and enthusiasts in its most recent ranking of twenty-seven courses, which placed it at number one out of the entire continent. Among the best rated are others located in France, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Germany, Azerbaijan, Finland, Norway, and Greece, with Golf Digest having a separate selection for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
“Each year we intensify our efforts to maintain the quality standards of Abama Golf, because we know that it is an indisputable claim to attract visitors who see this complex as an ideal space to practice this sport, so we are flattered that a specialized and demanding publication as Golf Digest recognizes this place once again as an essential destination to practice this sport", affirms Brendan Breen, manager of Abama Golf.
Among golfers, the course created by Dave Thomas has established itself as one of the best in the world.
“Here, practicing golf is an unforgettable experience because it is accompanied by an environment where nature is the main protagonist: the Atlantic Ocean and the exuberant vegetation are one more incentive for lovers of this sport, who will combine their favorite practice with an idyllic stay in Tenerife. That is why our commitment to the sustainability of the territory is total", adds Breen.
Abama Resort, in Guía de Isora, in fact, is already an excellent attraction for those who seek to complement sport and leisure. With the five-star holiday complex Las Terrazas de Abama, which has one hundred and fifty suites with one to four bedrooms, plus the recently incorporated Los Jardines de Abama, with extraordinary luxury tourist villas, it brings together a complete tourist, sports, and gastronomic experience. In addition, it is developing through Abama Luxury Residences the promotion and sale of apartments, plots and luxury villas with spectacular views of the golf course and the sea. It is a unique environment for those who decide to bet on this destination as a second home.
Posted on 02 Jun 2022
The world's best women's golf tournament will be held in Finca Cortesin, a luxurious resort in southern Spain's Andalusia region.
One of Europe's best-kept secrets awaits visitors to Finca Cortesin, where the Solheim Cup 2023 will be held.
You'll find courses designed by some of the world's most renowned architects here, as well as sites for some of the sport's most prominent events and accommodations of the highest caliber. As an example, consider Finca Cortesin Resort, which has organized three Volvo World Match Play Championships and boasts a superb hotel, one of the world's 50 best, an exquisite Spa & Sports Area, and an equally impressive Beach Club.
There is, however, another internationally renowned golf course nearby: Real Club Valderrama. Since 1990, it has been ranked among the world's top 100 golf courses, and it is just 15 minutes away from Finca Cortesin.
Real Club Valderrama has hosted a number of notable events over the years, but the 1997 Ryder Cup will always be associated with the European squad, led by the legendary Seve Ballesteros.
Additionally, fans attending the 2023 Solheim Cup (18-24 September) will have the option to visit the adjacent cities of Casares, Benahavis, and Marbella, forming a wonderful triangle where history, culture, and gastronomy all come together in perfect harmony.
At just 15 minutes from Finca Cortesin, Casares is a true melting pot of cultures and one of Spain's most typical white villages.
The 2023 Solheim Cup will be held in Marbella, a popular tourist destination. The tournament's official hotels may be found here, as well as a variety of restaurants, golf courses, and other activities. The ancient town of Marbella, with its maze of charming alleyways and the famed Plaza de Los Naranjos, is always bustling with activity.
Located between the mountains and Marbella, Benahavis is a little-known tourist destination, but it's a genuine gem. The PING Junior Solheim Cup will be contested at La Zagaleta's Old Course. It's the traditional Solheim Cup prelude on September 18 and 19 when the greatest junior players from the United States and Europe compete against one another.
The following are some must-see locations in Andalusia, enclaves that are equal parts beautiful and culturally rich: The city of Ronda, located in Malaga province, is a must-see for any traveler. The three Andalusian cities of Granada, Seville, and Cordoba are a must-see if you want to get a taste of southern Spain's quirks. And if you're looking for a place to unwind in the sun, we propose spending a few days on one of the nicest beaches in Spain, Cádiz.
With so much to see and do, you're bound to become hungry, but that's not a problem because Costa del Sol is also a great spot to sample a wide range of cuisines.
Nearby sea and mountain ranges have inspired a regional cuisine that includes seafood-themed dishes as well as others that are more typical of the region's interior. Fried fish, gazpacho (or ajoblanco), and ham are some of the more common dishes, but there are countless others to choose from!
Allow yourself to be swept away by the allure of the Solheim Cup 2023 venue and all it has to offer those fortunate enough to attend the world's best women's golf competition. It's going to be a great time.
Explore this popular tourism and golfing site. You'll be returning.
Posted on 23 May 2022
This year's edition of the TUR 43 Golf Circuit includes new features, such as a new course in Portugal (Aroeira Pines Classic), and the addition of the Real Club de Golf La Toja from Pontevedra, after the first edition's record-breaking turnout of over 500 amateur golfers.
The Campo de Golf da Aroeira's director believes that the TUR 43 circuit will be a terrific opportunity for all the players that choose to join and says it's a privilege for the Aroeira Pines Classic to host this circuit, affirming that Aroeira courses and the Orizonte Lisbon Golf will surely benefit from participating in this tournament, which will be held on the courses of España Verde.
This year will be marked with the TUR 43 Golf Circuit, which aims to promote the Camiño de Santiago by combining culture, landscape, food, and of course golf as cornerstones of tourism in Green Spain and Portugal.
Starts on June 5 at La Coruña's Real Club de Golf, and the circuit will move on to Oviedo's Las Caldas Golf Course, the Izki Golf Club, the Aroeira Pines Classic, the Real Club de Golf de La Toja, and the Real Aeroclub de Santiago for the grand finale on October 8.
"This is an excellent opportunity for many of the fans that participate in the competition to get to know the course. As a municipal golf course, Las Caldas Municipal Golf Course has a wonderful potential to attract new clients to the course and the city, as well as everything that they have to offer", says Pedro Vega, the course's managing director.
“In the north, golf is also popular, and the courses are excellent. The promotion of Green Spain and the establishment of the northern region of Spain as a golf destination is a unique selling point among the other golf destinations in Spain. Izki Golf is more than just a golf course”, states Izki Golf director, Jon Ander Sánchez.
The Galician Agency for Food Quality Agacal uses TUR 43 as a tool for promoting its products because it has been demonstrated to be a great presentation of the tourist and gourmet possibilities of this country. According to the manager of the Real Aeroclub de Santiago, Marisa Barandiarán, the circuit is ideal for golf, a trip to beautiful destinations, and food to all come together for a comprehensive experience.
This particular course, which is located on the peninsula's green cornice, also shows that there are currently golf facilities of sufficient quantity and quality to qualify as a "Green Spain" destination. TUR 43's promotion and leadership of this effort with the cooperation of Turismo de Galicia is an immense source of pride and joy for the Galician golf sector, says Barandiarán.
The Diputación de A Coruña, the Xacobeo 21-22, the Xunta de Galicia, the Concello de Ames, the Concello da Coruña, the Tourism Consortium of A Coruña, among others, are major supporters of the TUR 43 golf circuit.
Posted on 03 May 2022
Arnaus won his first title in a thrilling play-off on home turf
Adri Arnaus won his first DP World Tour victory in spectacular fashion, defeating Oliver Bekker in a six-hole play-off at the 2022 Catalunya Championship.
The local favorite began the day seven strokes off the lead and did not appear to be a potential winner when he scored 34, with Bekker and Laurie Canter battling at the top of the leaderboard at PGA Catalunya Stadium Golf and Wellness.
But he finished in 31 with the help of an eagle on the 12th to set the aim at 11 under and was left to watch Bekker finish his round, who still had a one-shot lead as Arnaus was signing his card.
Arnaus was on his way to his third DP World Tour play-off in seven months after defeats at the 2021 Acciona Open de España sponsored by Madrid and the March MyGolfLife Open hosted by Pecanwood.
The five trips back up the last produced relatively stress-free pars all around, but when they advanced to the 17th for the sixth extra hole, Bekker missed the green and was unable to get up and down, allowing Arnaus to win with a par after putting his approach to six feet.
Canter finished two shots behind fellow Englishman Richard McEvoy and Pole Adrian Meronk in the play-off, with South African Hennie du Plessis and Italy's Edoardo Molinari at eight under.
Arnaus had five runner-up finishes on Tour, two of them on home soil, but now has a win in his 84th start and makes it back-to-back Spanish victories for the first time since 2017 following Pablo Larrazábal's triumph at last week's ISPS Handa Championship in Spain.
He also advances to sixth on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex and has the potential to break into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.
"It's like a dream come true," he exclaimed. "I've been seeking for this one for quite some time. It's great to be able to come through here, where I practice in the summers, since they take such good care of me. I'm very familiar with the course. I've been able to play some very excellent golf, and it's extra special to be able to do so here.
"Sometimes I cheer for them (the crowd), and sometimes they applaud for me. It's a victory that we all enjoy because I'm not sure I'd be standing here without them, without my team. That is a goal of mine (getting inside the top 50). This year, we established a goal for ourselves. I feel like I belong there, and I'm excited to advance."
Canter birdied the first from ten feet and the second from twelve, but Bekker maintained his lead with a 15-footer of his own.
Canter's lead appeared to be extended when he found problems off the tee on the third, but he somehow holed it from 196 yards with his third for an eagle and a one-shot lead.
The local favorite Arnaus set the target with a par-par finish, and Canter joined him at 11 under with a birdie from 12 feet on the 14th and a two-putt gain on the following.
Bekker three-putted the 16th to make it a three-way tie, but held his composure to advance to the play-off, while Canter carded a 72 after a bad tee shot resulted in a double-bogey on the 17th.
McEvoy got a 69 after four holes from the 12th, while Meronk shot a 70 with no blemishes.
Du Plessis shot the lowest round of the week, a 64, and Molinari scored a level-par 72 to lead Austrian Bernd Wiesberger by a shot and two clear of Dutchman Wil Besseling, Kiwi Ryan Fox, Italian Lorenzo Gagli, and Finn Tapio Pulkkanen.
PGA Catalunya is 20 km away from Girona, 7 km away from Girona Airport, and 1 hour away from Barcelona Airport and the city of Barcelona. It includes the five-star Camiral Hotel and the two golf courses PGA Stadium and PGA Tour. Catalunya Championship was played on the PGA Stadium golf course.
Posted on 07 Apr 2022
Golf originated in Spain at the end of the nineteenth century, at the hands of the British bourgeoisie and aristocracy. It all started in 1891, with the establishment of the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. Its creation is credited to a collaboration between two golf-obsessed friends: a Canarian named Juan Domínguez Guedes and a British architect and course designer named Mackenzie Ross.
This course can be considered the distant forerunner of golf tourism in Spain, as it is becoming more well-known throughout Europe, offering the option of playing both in winter and summer, in ideal temperature conditions. The Real Club Puerta de Hierro in Madrid was founded in 1904 with a strong push from the aristocracy, most notably Alfonso XIII, who donated the land for the golf course's construction, and the Duke of Alba, the project's promoter. The course was only used by club members who belonged to the nobility of the time. Today there are the Puerta de Hierro Yellow Course and the Puerta de Hierro Black Course.
The Real Club de Golf de San Sebastián (1910), Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri (1911), and Real Golf de Zarauz (1916) solidify golf's presence in Spain. Due to demographic pressures, the first two were relocated to more spacious grounds in the 1960s (1968 and 1961), with the possibility of expanding the course area and club services. The Basque courses are the first to be established in Cantabrian Spain, with climatic conditions similar to those of the sport's pioneering countries. These courses were later joined in Cantabria by the Real Golf de Pedreña in this regard (1928).
The New Barcelona Golf Club (since 1934, Sant Cugat Golf Club) was founded in 1914. It is important to note that the Federation of Golf Clubs of Spain (later the Royal Spanish Golf Federation) was founded in 1932, sponsored by six clubs (Club de Campo, Puerta de Hierro, Lasarte, Pedreña, Neguri, and Sevilla), which opened the door for the rest of the clubs to join.
The official start of golf in Andalusia can be traced back to 1925 when the Real Club de Campo de Málaga was founded. The game, however, dates back to the end of the nineteenth century in the province of Huelva, specifically in Minas de Riotinto, which is associated with the Anglo-Saxon community that manages the mine's exploitation. According to some sources, a club was formed, the North Lode Golf Club (1890), which would be the first in Spain if sufficiently documented. It is also in Huelva, specifically in its capital, that there are more references to golf before 1925. The arrival of mass tourism in Andalusia, as in the rest of Spain, marked a watershed moment in the 1960s.
Golf experienced an unstoppable boom in the final decades of the 20th century across the country. Retamares Golf Club was founded in 1993, and it has since become one of the benchmark golf courses in Madrid and throughout the country.
Today, Spain has a lot of golf courses, like Oliva Nova Golf Course and it’s a great destination to spend your next golf breaks or golf holidays, with plenty of hotels, like Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort and Thalasso.
Posted on 04 Apr 2022
National Golf Week is a three-day event held in France from March 31 to April 2 to commemorate the final Ryder Cup in Europe.
Following its participation in the Ferie For Alle in Denmark, the Asociación de Golf Campos de la Costa Blanca y Comunidad Valenciana (ACGCBCV) is promoting the destination at the international golf fair "National Golf Week" (Paris, France), by hand and in a collaboration with the Turisme Comunitat Valenciana y el Patronato Provincial de Turismo de la Costa Blanca.
France is a strategic market for the destination's golf courses and hotels, as French golfers can travel both by plane and by car, seeking a better climate in the months of autumn, winter, and spring; it is snowing heavily today, Friday, April 1, with a temperature of 1 degree (celsius scale). After a hiatus of 2 years due to the pandemic, the ACGCBCV intends to resume golf tourism promotion in international issuing markets.
National Golf Week takes place at Le Golf National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, the site of the last Ryder Cup in the european continent and the future venue for the golf competition at the Olympic Games in Paris. The event will include a more than 3,000-square-meter tent with numerous exhibitors, three golf competitions, and two Pro-Ams in Match-Play format, which will bring together some of the best French players of the moment.
The ACGCBCV has a stand in the golf destinations area with two counters where it attends with Turisme Comunitat Valenciana and where the companies displaced to this event are located, representing the Font del Llop and Meliá Villaitana golf courses, as well as the Hotel Melia Villaitana. The Association's goal with this action is to contact Tour Operators that promote golf holidays and golf breaks in the Costa Blanca and Valencian Community as an international golf destination in the French market.
The Costa Blanca region runs from Valencia to Murcia, and includes other sunny cities such as Benidorm and Alicante. El Bosque Golf & Country Club and Roda Golf Course are just a few of the fantastic golf courses in this area. You can also book your golf holidays or golf breaks in amazing hotels like the Hotel Finca Golf & Spa Resort, the Hotel Príncipe Felipe La Manga and many more. The main airports in the region are in Valencia, Murcia and Alicante.
In Costa Blanca, you can enjoy the Mediterranean and the sun while staying in comfortable resorts or dining in Michelin-starred restaurants. It is possible to do it in cities with maritime charm, in quiet coves, in cities with great beaches and maritime avenues, and in country escapes. This region is also commonly known for its nightlife and if you want to escape from all the noise and people you can visit the traditional small towns like Denia or Altea.
Golf is one of the most seasonally adjusted elements of tourism, generating 500,000 overnight stays in hotels in Comunidad Valenciana each year, a €745 million annual economic impact, and more than 9,000 jobs in C. Valenciana each year.
Posted on 30 Mar 2022
Pedro Clares Neves, Sofia Sá and Ana Costa Rodrigues in the first eliminatory round of match play.
The Men's and Women's International Amateur Championships in Spain had today the first day of the match play phase, with the 64 participants of the stroke play phase facing each other in a total of 32 matches.
It was another good day for the Portuguese team that, after placing four of its five members in the second phase of the competition, qualified three of them for the round of 16: Pedro Clare Neves, Sofia Sá and Ana da Costa Rodrigues.
In the S.M. El Rey Cup, at the Sherry Golf Jerez, in Jerez de La Frontera (Costa de La Luz), the two Portuguese players in the qualifying round faced Swiss players, but with opposite results.
In a day with more wind and harder and faster greens, Pedro Clare Neves beat Marc Oliver Keller by 3/2, while Vasco Alves lost to Nicolas Gerhardsen, by 4/2.
He thus continued his good performance in the two rounds by strokes, finishing in 11th place, among 120 starting players.
Facing Keller, Pedro Clare Neves was never at a disadvantage. "At the beginning of the 9th hole, I was winning by only 1 after having lost the 7th and the 8th. But I won the 9th and went into the second round winning by 3/2", he explained.
In the round of 16, on Friday morning, he will face the Scotsman Rory Franssen, 161st in the world ranking.
In the S.M. La Reyna Cup, which takes place in Real Club Pinedo in Sevilla, the Portuguese players left two Spaniards behind, and, like Pedro Clare Neves, they were never at a disadvantage against their opponents.
Sofia Sá beat Violeta Fernandez-Tagle Muñoz, by 1up and Ana da Costa Rodrigues beat Paula Martin Sampedro, the winner of the stroke play phase.
Today, in the round of 16, Sofia Sá will measure forces with France's Carla de Troia, while Ana da Costa Rodrigues has a duel with Spain's Claudia Lara Miravittilles.
Posted on 29 Mar 2022
Four of the five national teams go to the match play phase!
First mission (almost) completely accomplished by the national teams - male and female - competing in the International Amateur Championships in Spain.
Pedro Clare Neves, Vasco Alves, Sofia Sá and Ana da Costa Rodrigues were strong competitors in the stroke play phase, qualifying for the match play.
For the National Teams to have reached their full participation in Andalusian Lands.
Andalusian lands, all that was missing was that Pedro Sousa Machado had also passed the cut in the S.M. El Rey Cup, at Sherry Golf Jerez, in Jerez de La Frontera (Costa de La Luz).
He didn't, but he was incredible in the second round: trying to recover from a loss of 80 (+8), he made 71 (-1), a result only bettered by five players.
More remarkably, he made 17 pars and 1 birdie. Not to have lost any strokes over par today was a feat. Suffice to say that no player in the top 10 final managed to do so.
Pedro Sousa Machado finished on 151 (+7) and on 75th, missing the cut by two strokes. The cut - for the first 64 - was set at 149 (+5). This, among 120 initial participants.
Pedro Clare Neves repeated the 72 (Par) shots of the first day, moving up eight positions to 11th, with a total of 144 (Par). "It was an identical round to the first, I tried again not to make mistakes and that's what happened," he said.
Having played in the morning, Vasco Alves was in 76th place when he finished his first 36 holes with 149 (74-75). All that was left for him to do was wait. Fortunately for him, the wind picked up in the afternoon, allowing him to climb up the leaderboard, to 57th, already at the limit of the cut.
By coincidence, the two Portuguese will face Swiss players in the match play. Pedro Clare Neves will play Thursday morning against Marc Oliver Keller, who was 47th, with 148 (74-74). Vasco Alves, with Nicolas Gerhardsen, 6th with 142 (70-72).
First place belonged to German Carl Siemen (65-71), with 136 (-8). Dutchman Kiet Van Der Weele was second with 139 (68-71) and in third place was Frenchman Jeremy Lyonet with 140 (71-69).
In the S.M. La Reyna Cup, taking place at the Real Club Pinedo in Sevilla , Sofia Sá dropped three strokes in the score (73-70) and moved up 11 places to 15th with 143 (-1).
"Today was an easier game, I started well, with birdie on the 1st and it gave me confidence for the rest of the holes," she said.
In the first match play meeting, the absolute national champion will face the Spanish Violeta Fernandez-Tagle Muñoz, who was 44th with 149 (74-75).
Ana da Costa Rodrigues, in turn, started a great recovery scoring 73 (+1), to add to her 79 of the first day. With a total of 152 (+8), she climbed 22 places to win the 64th and last spot for the match play phase. Among 100 competitors at the start.
The first classified was the Spanish Paula Martin Sampedro, with 137 (72-65), -7. That will be, precisely, the opponent of Ana Costa Rodrigues in the start of the match play.
The National Coach Nelson Ribeiro guides the men's team in Jerez de La Frontera. The assistant national coach Hugo Pinto is with the women's team in Seville.
Posted on 25 Mar 2022
The next World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) will be held in Tenerife, Spain, from October 17 to 21, 2022. Over 30 countries will be represented, and players and visitors will be able to experience the island of Tenerife's friendliness.
One of the world's largest corporate golf competitions, the World Corporate Golf Challenge. WCGC has expanded to the point that over one million golfers from over fifty countries have played since its beginning in 1993. The 2022 World Final represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for players to compete with their firms against companies from all around the world.
The official WCGC World Final will be place at Golf Costa Adeje, and the Sports Legends Cup will be staged at Abama Golf Course , two fantastic golf courses that showcase Tenerife's great golf quality and will definitely add to the event's success.
Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, was formed 300,000 years ago by lava. A tropical paradise in the Atlantic Ocean with a year-round average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius. This allows you to participate in a variety of outdoor activities at any time of year. However, the island offers a unique natural environment, as well as cutting-edge leisure alternatives (beach clubs, rooftop bars), gastronomy with distinctive products and dishes, and a rich cultural legacy, all of which combine to make it a first-class tourist golf destination that "awakens emotions" in visitors.
There are also some very good golf resorts at Tenerife, like The Ritz Carlton Abama at the Abama Golf Resort and the Melia Hacienda Del Conde located just adjacent to Buenavista Golf. Also the golf course at Abama Golf Resort is of very high quality: the course is rated as one of the best golf courses at Tenerife and even in Spain. The golf course has some spectacular views of the ocean. If you are looking for a luxury golf break, than the resorts above will make your golf holiday at Tenerife even better. If you are not looking for a golf resort in Tenerife, you can also stay in the capital of Tenerife: Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Almost all golf courses in Tenerife are found at the southwestern coast, around Costa Adeje.
Posted on 10 Feb 2022
Golf trips on the Canary Islands are a great way to see the gorgeous beauty of this unique group of islands while playing golf. Golf holidays on the Canary Islands are a great way to see the gorgeous beauty of this unique group of islands while playing golf. Choose from a variety of golf courses and play renowned courses such as Anfi Tauro, Buenavista, Abama, or Tecina for unique and fulfilling experiences.
The Golf Courses of Canary Islands are the ideal place to book your golf holidays and explore the stunning scenery of this unique island. Choose from a wide range of hotels and play Canary Islands Golf Courses.
Experience the thrill of the fairway and admire the natural beauty of this exceptional island, the ultimate destination for golf holidays!
A warm welcome awaits both the experienced golfers and begginers.
There are several reasons why you should play golf on a volcanic island including:
- The weather and climate are fantastic for golf.
- A great variety of hotels and places to stay with different budgets and very close to the golf courses.
- Lots of different activities after golf in Lanzarote and for the non-golfers.
- Incredible scenery to enjoy the view. The natural and volcanic environment is absolutely breathtaking.
- New opportunity to get to know other golf courses.
- Taste the famous Lanzarote wines and local gastronomy.
- Discover an island that is an art in itself.
- Good air connectivity with all of Europe with a wide range of direct week flights from practically all the main European Cities.
There are many places where you can learn about the history of the Canary Islands: exploring the islands’ first settlements, such as Risco Caído, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Painted Cave and Valeron Monastery in Gran Canaria; the Belmaco Cave in La Palma; and El Julan in El Hierro, which is incredibly important archaeological heritage. The archaeological museums on La Gomera and in Tenerife are also key places to visit. The second of the two has a fascinating collection of Guanche mummies.
Each of the eight islands that form the Canary Islands Archipelago has its own identity and idiosyncrasy. That’s why talking about Canary Islands culture means talking about diversity and abundance, about fusion and foreign influence. Beyond learning about the lives of the first settlers, the iconic monuments, historical buildings and the works of artists that have made their mark, it’s also important to discover local festivities and deep-rooted customs that define the Canary Islands character. Open and friendly, calm and approachable, the people of the Canary Islands will make sure you feel right at home.
Posted on 02 Feb 2022
La Sella Golf Course, designed by José María Olazábal and located in Costa Blanca is surrounded by a setting of pure, Mediterranean nature and it is playable all year around.
In its constant improvement for the management of the environment in its golf course, has signed an agreement with The Isjborn Collective, a Dianese NGO formed by a group of professionals and people committed to environmental sustainability, climate emergency and nature protection, with special attention to the care of our seas and oceans. Characteristics that make it a golf course of choice to play in your golf holidays in spain.
Collaborating with The Isbjorn Collective, means subscribing to certain criteria in favour of environmental sustainability such as:
- Promoting sustainability in the performance of professional activities and personal habits.
- Stimulating and promoting environmental awareness and education in our environment.
- Incorporating and promoting environmental ethics in the performance of the profession.
In this sense, the agreements between the parties are based on an agreement that includes several activities. On the one hand, TIC will provide environmental training for the thirty-five employees of the golf course through its professionals, with special emphasis on the maintenance area, which generates large amounts of green waste. On the other hand, La Sella Golf Course will offer internships to young people with training in different disciplines of management and environmental sciences, in the organisation itself, through agreements with different Universities and Official Educational Centres at European level.
Likewise, La Sella Golf Course will offer its members, through the collective, events to raise environmental awareness through its area of dissemination and support for sustainable projects, ideas and products. Also, for the first time in the world of Valencian golf, the carbon footprint of a 27-hole golf course facility will be analysed in order to take corrective measures if necessary.
And, finally, the one hundred and thirty students of La Sella Golf Academy, a municipal golf school with children aged between five and eighteen, will take part in awareness-raising days with environmental information activism and collective visits to ‘’Puntos Negros’’.
Posted on 27 Jan 2022
"San Roque is the quality golf destination in the province of Cádiz". This was stated by the Mayor of San Roque, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix, together with the Delegate for Tourism, Ana Ruiz, at the presentation of the municipality's offer at the Provincial Council stand.
On the second day of the International Tourism Fair, under the slogan "San Roque, where emotions reside" have been unveiled a promotional video, the new tourist guide and a publication aimed at children, in addition to the new website of the Municipal Delegation of Tourism. In addition, Puerto Sotogrande and La Cañada Golf Course in Marbella known to be a destination for golf holidays have presented their offer of adapted sports.
The mayor, Juan Carlos Ruiz Boix, the Councillor for Tourism, Ana Ruiz, and the director of Puerto Sotogrande, Miguel Angel Diez have presented both initiatives today, Thursday, at the stand of the Commonwealth of Municipalities in the International Tourism Fair in Madrid. On the one hand, it is the School of Golf Adapted La Cañada, a veteran project that seeks to grow both in participants and services. And on the other, the School of Sailing Adapted, a collaboration between Puerto Sotogrande and the Real Club Marítimo Sotogrande which was also presented by the managing director of the marina San Roqueño, Miguel Angel Diez.
Polo, golf, water sports, gastronomy, climate, pristine beaches, urbanizations and luxury resorts and hotels are the main attractions presented by the municipality.
The Mayor explained that the Tourist Guide is divided into different chapters. Each begins with the words "Where it resides", then refer to historical aspects of the municipality, monuments, beaches, the complex The Beach, the Port of Sotogrande, the extensive range of sports, environmental wealth and other strengths of the municipality, such as Easter, fairs, the rich cuisine or the exclusivity of Sotogrande.
The Children's Guide to San Roque is an illustrated booklet designed for children to enjoy to the full. It has two fold-outs and a sheet of stickers, and each of the sections offers different activities and questions related to the subjects described in each case, such as the history of San Roque, its natural spaces or its fiestas.
The website can be found at the address turismosanroque.es and is a great improvement on the previous portal, as the photographic archive has been renewed and each and every one of the municipality's tourist attractions is included.
During the day, the Councillor for Costa del Sol Tourism has had the opportunity to greet various authorities who have known the offer of San Roque in Fitur, as the case of the Vice President and Minister of Tourism of the Board, Juan Marin. She was also responsible for representing San Roque in the official photo of the mayors of the region at Fitur.
Ana Ruiz, also responsible for Tourism in the Mancomunidad, participated in the work for the recognition of the region as a Smart Destination, an objective that was recently achieved following a diagnosis carried out in April last year. This is a certification granted by a commercial company dependent on the Secretary of State for Tourism, and work is currently underway to implement an action plan as a result of this diagnosis.
Posted on 27 Jan 2022
Sustainability, exclusivity and health safety will be the three pillars of La Hacienda Golf Resort, the new brand into which Millenium Hospitality has converted Alcaidesa Golf Courses, one of the most renowned golf courses on the Costa del Sol golf circuit.
The company, which specialises in the luxury hotel sector in Spain and Portugal, has successfully transformed what is the only links golf course in southern Europe into a project destined to become a flagship of the golf sport, with a privileged location in the vicinity of Sotogrande. After a thorough refurbishment, La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links golf course is scheduled to open in June 2022.
Javier Illán, president of Millenium Hospitality, presented the reform of the Links golf course at the Campo de Gibraltar stand at FITUR, a reform that represents the first phase of a project, La Hacienda, which will encompass both golf facilities and a luxury resort that will occupy the plots that Millenium Hospitality acquired in 2019. The complex, which aspires to become a benchmark for quality tourism in southern Europe, is located in the Cadiz municipality of San Roque, on the beachfront, and when the transformation process is completed it will include a hotel with one hundred and fifty rooms, villas as well as the newly renovated golf courses.
"This is a very important investment for the company, in a strategic location due to its tourist potential and the lack of modern, high quality hotel complexes demanded by clients and operators. With La Hacienda we have sought to respond to this demand and it will also perfectly complement Millenium's portfolio of emblematic assets. In short, we want to be one of the best golf resorts on the European scene," underlines Javier Illán.
"In fact, there is currently a huge pent-up demand for golf holidays in Spain and in the last few months of 2021 we have already seen record bookings where international travel restrictions have been lifted," Illán remarked.
The company has worked to convert the new La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Course, which has an eighteen-hole par 72 course inaugurated in 1992, into a modern and sustainable golf course, renewing the machinery, the fleet of buggies, as well as implementing a new operations system to optimise customer service. The orography of the grounds of La Hacienda is formed by gentle slopes that descend towards the sea, ending in a beautiful beach that creates a front of almost two kilometres so that most of its holes border the beach and a spectacular view of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar and Africa can be appreciated.
During the refurbishment, special emphasis has been placed on health safety after the COVID. In fact, the International Association of Golf Tourism (IAGTO) has recognised the work carried out during the months of the pandemic, awarding it the IAGTO Outstanding Service Award 2021 in the category 'Golf Resort', in recognition of the flexibility, the efforts made and the service offered to operators and clients during the time of the pandemic, as well as for having created a safe environment in its facilities by implementing all the measures against COVID-19.
Posted on 26 Jan 2022
El Bosque Golf Course in Valencia continues its efforts to improve the player's experience and digitise its processes and, after the comprehensive reform of the eighteen holes of the golf course, the time has come to launch an app designed by and for the member, an app that modernises the online booking system and improves the member's experience thanks to a large number of features.
The new app, which uses Golfmanager technology, allows members to book their tee times quickly and intuitively from their mobile phones. Among the functionalities, it is also possible to pay at the ball machine with the mobile phone by recharging prepaid vouchers and to maintain an immediate communication channel with which to report any unforeseen circumstance, such as a delay in the tee time due to frost.
"The app was created with the aim of continuing to adapt and digitise many of the club's services so that players spend most of their time enjoying golf. This tool, in addition to having a great functionality for users, will provide the club's staff with valuable information to improve member service and reduce waiting times," says Guillermo Goiria, manager of El Bosque Golf Course.
In addition, it should be also noted that the city of Valencia is known for golf destination but also for a futuristic complex of museums, cinemas, theatres and more. For golf holidays in Valencia, travellers interested in the local cuisine should focus on paella, an emblematic Spanish dish that originated in Valencia.
Posted on 20 Jan 2022
On the 1st February the new 300 meter long driving range will be opened. It has a series of greens at different distances, bunkers and a natural grass tee line capable of accommodating large groups. Alcaidesa driving range as also a small playing area with several pitch and putt holes, ideal for those who are starting out in golf.
Book your golf holidays on Costa del Sol and come and experience for yourself!
Posted on 20 Jan 2022
In 2020, golf course architecture studio David Williams Golf Design celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2020 and, to mark the occasion, commissioned a series of watercolours of holes created during that time. The commission went to Welsh artist Arwyn Davies, who incidentally had worked for the studio years before.
One of the paintings was of the 10th hole of the Real Golf Course de Pedreña, in Pedreña, Cantabria redesigned by Williams in 2014. Unfortunately, due to Covid's travel restrictions, the painting could not be delivered during the anniversary year, so David took the opportunity during a recent visit to the site to inspect the autumn 2021 renovation programme to present the painting to club manager Pedro Navedo.
The hole was chosen to be painted to represent the work done by Williams over the last ten years at the club, following his preparation of a detailed master plan and a hole-by-hole audit produced in 2010.
"We were originally commissioned to produce the 'master plan' for the historic golf course, designed by the great Harry Colt and built in 1928, over ten years ago and since then we have worked virtually every year, usually in the autumn, to re-design and rebuild virtually every feature of the holes (greens, tees, bunker, drainage and irrigation), leading to all features being transformed, continuing with holes 2 and 4 this autumn," explains David Williams.
"With this continued and enduring involvement, Pedreña Golf Course was the obvious project used to illustrate our renovation and restoration activities that we have carried out on over a hundred courses across the UK and Europe. However, the decision of which hole on the course to illustrate was relatively simple as the renovation of holes at Pedreña generally keeps the greens and tees in the same locations as before, although many of the bunkers have been re-designed and relocated. However, the par 3 tenth hole was an exception, with a completely new green location.
"When Colt originally built the golf course in the late 1920s, the 9th and 11th holes, which run side by side but in opposite directions, were par 4 holes, with the magnificent par 3 hole played on land from the back of the green to the 11th tee. However, in the 1970s, the club wanted to extend the golf course and bought land beyond the 10th hole to lengthen the par 5 9th and 11th holes with a new green on the 9th hole and a new tee complex on the 11th hole. Consequently, the original 10th green, magnificently designed by Colt, was totally abandoned although it was left in the vacant area in front of the 11th tee, still a testament to Colt's design, but now unplayed. It was replaced by a new long uphill par 3 to a small and difficult green and, unsurprisingly, unpopular with most members and visitors," Williams continues.
"When I drew up the 'master plan' in 2010, it was clear that this problem needed to be addressed and I was determined to restore Colt's magnificent green complex. However, it was also clear that it could not be re-opened, given its position directly opposite the 11th tee. A careful examination of the 'new ground' produced an area of land very similar in size and contours to the land on which Colt had created his 1928 design, so we proposed to recreate that original complex in the new location, some hundred yards away from its original location," he continues.
Posted on 19 Jan 2022
Both the player from Madrid, and the player from Castellon face the final day of the tournament in the top section after overtaking Paula Martín at the top of the rankings.
Paula Martín, leader at the start of the third day of the Andalucía Women's 2022 Cup, has been overtaken by Blanca Fernández and Rocío Tejedo with extraordinary rounds at El Paraíso Golf Club (Málaga), perfect for a good golf holiday or golf break and that have served to blow up the classification. The Madrilenian will start the final round in the lead.
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A card of 65 strokes (-6) - with five birdies and an eagle along the way - has taken Blanca Fernández to the lead with a cumulative score of -11 which is by no means a guarantee of the title, as Rocío Tejedo is threatening with -10. The Spaniard, with 66 strokes (-5), closed the day without a single fault.
The new scenario leaves Blanca Fernández and Rocío Tejedo as the main and clear candidates for victory, as the next classified are on -7. We are talking about the first two leaders of the event: Julia Lopez (69 strokes on the third day) and Paula Martin (par). The Madrilenian did not find the success with the putt that she had in the second round.
At the end of the third day, this Andalusia Cup, valid for World Ranking and National Ranking U18 2022, has experienced the expected cut, overcome by 51 golfers.
Posted on 11 Jan 2022
The Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final backed by The R&A will return to Alcanada Golf Course, located in Majorca in 2022, having previously held the event in 2019, which saw Italy's Francesco Laporta win the Rolex Grand Final and the Road to Mallorca Rankings double.
The final event of this year's 'Road to Mallorca' programme will take place from 3-6 November 2022 with players looking to secure one of the coveted twenty DP World Tour cards for 2023.
"We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final with the support of The R&A again in 2022. It was a great success the first time it was here in 2019, and we are looking forward to having all the players and fans here once again," indicates Kristoff Both, Director of Golf at Alcanada Golf Course.
"The course has looked brilliant all year and we know it will be the same in November 2022, so we can see the best possible golf from these talented players. We thank the European Challenge Tour for the honour of hosting such an event again," adds Both.
Historically, the European Challenge Tour has produced a host of golfing stars, including 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn, 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson and two-time Ryder Cup player Tommy Fleetwood.
Posted on 06 Jan 2022
Spanish golf ended the year 2021 with 284,954 members, 283,363 of them amateurs and 1,591 professionals, according to data from the official count carried out on 31 December.
This figure represents an absolute increase of 13,166 licences over the past year, which in percentage terms is 4.8% more than at the beginning of the year. Both absolute and percentage figures represent a positive turnaround in a particularly difficult period due to the coronavirus health crisis.
In this very special context, the idiosyncrasy of golf - a healthy sport, practised outdoors, safe, which naturally establishes safety distances - and the establishment of a protocol - which made it possible to re-establish the practice of this sport from the outset - have attracted many people, who find golf to be a healthy activity from both a physical and psychological point of view.
This increase in the number of golf licences is the third consecutive year of growth, thus breaking a long streak of nine consecutive years of decline experienced in the period between 2010 and 2018, coinciding with much of the prolonged economic crisis and social changes that have conditioned for many years the development of very diverse sectors of Spanish society.
Special mention should be made of the significant increase of more than thirteen thousand licences compared to the growth experienced in 2019 and 2020 -three hundred licences more in 2019; three hundred and eighteen licences more in 2020-, data that are in any case very valuable if we take into account the effect on the activity generated by the pandemic in sectors linked to sport, leisure and tourism both nationally and internationally.
In absolute terms, Madrid, with 87,685 members, accounted for 30.8% of the total number of licences, followed by Andalusia, with 48,207, and Catalonia, with 28,396, accounting for 16.9% and 9.9% of the total number of members, respectively.
The region with the highest number of licences during the 2021 financial year was Madrid, with 4,725 members (5.7% more), followed by Andalusia (2. 602 members, up 5.7%), Valencia (733 members, up 3.8%), Castilla y León (723 members, up 5.6%), Catalonia (679 members, up 2.4%), Galicia (616 members, up 5.7%) and the Basque Country (608 members, up 3.6%), where the promotional campaigns have been particularly effective.
In percentage terms, it is worth highlighting those Autonomous Communities that have exceeded the average growth of 4.8% experienced at national level. This is the case, firstly, of the Balearic Islands and Extremadura, both of which have increased their number of licences by 7.2%.
Murcia, with 6.5%, is also in this leading group, while Madrid, Andalusia and Galicia increased their number of members by 5.7%. Castilla y León (5.6%) and the Canary Islands (5.3%) also grew above average.
Posted on 05 Jan 2022
GNK Golf has signed a long-standing commercial partnership with Luxemmbourg-based Concor Golf to initiate a new phase in the evolution of its four Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses in Murcia, a destination of excellence for golf holidays. The aim of the partnership is to improve course conditions and upgrade operations to achieve a more relevant experience for members, residents and visiting golfers.
"GNK Golf has such a large audience at all four courses that they interact and enjoy the facilities on a regular basis. We want to upgrade their experiences for the long term and give them what is at the heart of GNK Golf: a seamless operation so they can get out and enjoy four phenomenal golf courses in the Spanish sunshine all year round," says Jon Schauder, CEO of Concor Golf.
With an official start date of 1 January, the association has already begun internal process updates using Concor Golf's business intelligence platform. Data analysis has generated new membership plans for 2022 as well as simplified pricing structures for flexibility and improved bookings. Membership and resident onboarding offerings have also been designed in accordance with blockchain frameworks, making premium product categories involving non-fungible tokens (NFTs) possibilities for members and residents.
"The entire GNK Golf team is very excited to announce this partnership. What Jon Schauder and Concor Golf bring to the business will allow us to utilise the best resources and partnerships to bring our facilities to a higher standard of quality and develop more efficient operations. Their professionalism in creating a mutually aligned structure proved to be a valuable proposition," says Enrique Herrero, Managing Director of GNK Golf.
"GNK Golf occupies a unique position in the European market with its portfolio of high quality golf courses. We thank the shareholders and staff for the opportunity to bring our progressive approach and expertise to the business and its future, there is so much potential that we look forward to presenting new perspectives and refining the business together in pursuit of success," adds Schauder.
Throughout 2022, Concor Golf will add support structures and resources with strategic alliances to revamp the commercial proposition, enhance engagement with the business and review environmental practices. The company currently serves facilities in Europe, South America and Africa.
Posted on 03 Jan 2022
The 2022 Ladies European Tour season will feature the largest number of tournaments and prize money in the circuit's more than four-decade history. Thanks to the support of new long-term partners, LET players will compete for a minimum of almost twenty-five million euros in thirty events in 2022. The total annual purse has increased by almost five million euros in 2021 and offers thirteen million euros more than in 2019.
"Building on a strong 2021 season, which featured twenty-three tournaments, 2022 will be a record year for the LET with the largest number of events and total purse in history. We will be introducing new events in Asia and South Africa and returning to several territories in Europe and other locations so it looks very exciting for our players," said Alexandra Armas, CEO of the Ladies European Tour.
"We have never had such incredible support from industry partners and corporations who see the value of investing in the LET. Our players continue to set new standards of performance. For example, this year's winner of the 'Race to Costa del Sol', Atthaya Thitikul, reached eighteenth in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings, an amazing achievement that shows what is possible when playing on the LET. Europe won the Solheim Cup in Toledo, Ohio, winning for the second time in the United States. We are grateful to all our partners as we move into the third year of our successful joint venture partnership with the LPGA," added Armas.
The 2022 season will begin with the return of the Magical Kenya Ladies Open in February, followed by the Aramco Team Series - Asia. The Joburg Ladies Open will debut in the spring, joining the Investec South African Women's Open, which will move to Steenberg Golf Course in Cape Town as part of a fortnight in South Africa. The LET will then return to Australia for a two-week tour with the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville and the Women's New South Wales Open at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Course.
Europe will host nineteen tournaments from May to September, with the return of the Madrid Ladies Open, the Mithra Belgian Open and the Women's Irish Open. Highlights will include the Scandinavian Mixed presented by Henrik and Annika at Halmstad Golf Course, the Aramco Team Series - London and the Aramco Team Series - Sotogrande.
The mid-summer European tour will feature two major championships, starting with the Amundi Evian Championship in France in July. The first week of August, a fortnight later, will bring the much-anticipated AIG Women's Open, to be played at Muirfield in Scotland for the first time, raising over six million euros.
The Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open, played during the week between majors, will offer a hefty prize money of two million dollars, up from five hundred thousand dollars in 2021.
The ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management, played after the AIG Women's Open, will be one of the most innovative events in world golf. Two tournaments, featuring men and women, are played on the same courses at the same time for two equal prize pools of fifteen million dollars.
In September, the Tour will visit two venues for the first time, Ålands Golf Course for the Åland 100 Ladies Open and Barrière Golf Course in Deauville for the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, as well as returning to Golf Course Terramar for a new edition of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open Presented By Catalunya.
For the final quarter of the season, the LET returns to the United States, India, Dubai and Saudi Arabia for the Aramco Team Series - New York, Hero Women's Indian Open, Dubai Moonlight Classic, Aramco Saudi Ladies International and Aramco Team Series - Jeddah respectively.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will once again host the season finale, and the six hundred and fifty thousand euro event will decide the season's Race to Costa del Sol, a famous destination for golf holidays and golf breaks, which returns for a third year after Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul topped the standings in 2021. The 'Race to Costa del Sol' will offer a quarter of a million euro bonus between the top three finishers in the official rankings, with prizes of ceinto twenty-five thousand, seventy-five thousand and fifty thousand euros for the players finishing first, second and third respectively.
Posted on 24 Dec 2021
With Beatriz Cantero as general manager since January 2020, Lucía Couso as deputy manager and Marta Pujades as head greenkeeper, Aravell golf course breaks a long-standing trend as all its managers are women. In the United States, for example, women represent less than 10% of all golf club directors, only 1.5% of superintendents and the ASGCA (American Society of Golf Course Architects) has only had four female members.
However, the evidence from global business studies is clear: companies with diverse leadership achieve greater profitability, something Syngenta is committed to through its 'Growing Golf' initiative.
"Aravell Golf Course will close 2021 with a 60% improvement in results compared to 2020 and 2019. We have doubled our revenue in 2021 compared to 2020, which is good news. We are on track to achieve the company's objectives for 2023 if we maintain this effort," says Beatriz Cantero, who added that before her arrival at the club there were only three female employees in the golf business area, most of them working in the catering sector.
Lucía Couso joined the club at the beginning of 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, having previously worked for three years as sports director at another golf club.
For her part, head greenkeeper Marta Pujades has been in the industry for almost twenty years and loves working with others and managing people.
"The golf industry was absolutely male-dominated when I started working in it and it still is, but a growing number of women greenkeepers are proving that it can be a career for women," she adds.
Current events are the order of the day, and Aravell Golf Course management team also have their say.
"The Aravell team has now started to push communication and that was something this company really needed, to have its own voice and to believe. Yes, we can make this golf club work. All three of us are learning to learn every day in our jobs," adds Cantero.
Posted on 24 Dec 2021
The European Challenge Tour today announced a record global schedule for the 2022 season that will see the total prize fund of the 'Road to Mallorca' surpass the eight million euro mark for the first time. The 2022 circuit will consist of thirty-one tournaments staged across three continents in eighteen countries.
It includes a return to Scotland for the first time in four years when the Farmfoods Scottish Challenge, supported by The R&A, takes place in the last week of May. The event, which will be staged in association with 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, will be the first of nineteen tournaments in consecutive weeks where the 'Road to Mallorca' will traverse fifteen countries and finish in France from 29 September to 2 October.
The Challenge Tour also returns to China for the first time since 2019 with back-to-back events, including the Foshan Open, where players will have the last chance to earn their place in the season-ending Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A.
The 2022 'Road to Mallorca' Final will return to Alcanada Golf Club, the venue for the 2019 Grand Final, where the top forty-five players in the 'Road to Mallorca' Rankings will compete for one of twenty life-changing DP World Tour cards for the 2023 season. The top five graduates will also receive the John Jacobs Scholarship, announced last month as part of the DP World Tour's partnership for the European Tour Group's premier DP World Tour title.
The 2022 schedule includes seven events co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, including an inaugural visit to Tanzania for the Mount Kilimanjaro Klassic at Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate with Tanzania to become the 52nd country to host a Challenge Tour event.
"I am incredibly proud to reveal our schedule for the 2022 Road to Mallorca season, which boasts the largest prize total since the inception of the Challenge Tour in 1989. This expansive global calendar would not be possible without the incredible support of our promoters, national federations and tournament sponsors, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank them," said Jamie Hodges, Challenge Tour Director.
In 2021, nineteen former Challenge Tour players won on the European Tour, now called the DP World Tour, including nine first-time winners, while three finished in the top ten in the Race to Dubai Rankings. Garrick Higgo became the 500th former Challenge Tour player to win on what is now the DP World Tour, while Bernd Wiesberger became the 33rd Challenge Tour alumnus to play in the Ryder Cup.
The 2022 schedule includes seven events co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, including an inaugural visit to Tanzania for the Mount Kilimanjaro Klassic at Kilimanjaro Golf & Wildlife Estate with Tanzania to become the 52nd country to host a Challenge Tour event.
Posted on 24 Dec 2021
The golf course is in fantastic condition so the attendees are sure to have a great golf holiday and enjoy the prizes and raffle.
For the last few days work has been carried out at the Oliva Nova golf course by the construction company Garden&Golf to reform the 17th hole. The aim of this change is to make it a more technical hole and to focus the player on the left side of the fairway, especially from the yellow tee.
A bunker is also being built on the right side of the fairway about 180 metres from the new tee markers, and a line of trees and a net will be planted on the right side of the tee to the red tee, to give it the feel of a tube. The old yellow tee will become the white tee and will only be used for professional events.
All the works will be integrated with a new phase of concrete paths that this time starts on the right side of the green of the 15th hole, runs along the whole of the 16th hole and reaches the fairway of the 17th hole.
In addition, next Saturday 11th December the classic Christmas Tournament will take place to celebrate with all the clients a day of golf and a good atmosphere in the run up to the festive season, which is fast approaching. The golf course is in fantastic conditions so we are sure that the attendees will have a great day and enjoy the prizes and raffle. Tee times are 09:30. You can register via the following link.
Posted on 21 Dec 2021
Just cross the Guadiana bridge and at the intersection turn left and 2km further on, you will find the Guadiana links golf course.
The Guadiana Links golf course was recently renovated, and we played yesterday for the first time, on a rainy day, which did not prevent first impressions from being positive. At the entrance, there is a nice parking lot. The club house is very functional. Next to it are two putting greens, where it is possible to pitch on one of them, the other being reserved only for putting. The driving range next to it works with chips for the ball machine, and although small, with a few bays available, it is very pleasant. The balls are hit on soft mats, and the distances and targets are well marked.
For those who knew the old layout, there has been a change in the front and back nine. I.e., the most inland area of the course is now the front nine, which starts with a par 5 dog leg on the right and has as its biggest obstacle a hose 100 meters from the green. Curiously, the 18th is also a par 5, and yesterday's headwind made it quite long.
The Guadiana Links is a technically very interesting golf course, and there are no equal holes, so that the challenges along the course are always different. The back nine, closer to the Guadiana River, is where the wind has a greater influence and where you can also feel the links.
The greens are wide and well-kept, hard but holding the ball well, and have an excellent ball roll. The rough is low, making it easy to find balls that miss the fairways which helps to maintain a good rhythm of play.
It was a good experience and very good value for money.
The club house has a cosy atmosphere and a terrace with the option of open or closed depending on the weather.
The new Guadiana Links has undoubtedly added value to the Costa de la Luz golf offer benefiting also from the excellent location, with several hotels less than 20 kilometres away.
Posted on 17 Dec 2021
The Huelva Golf Courses Association has highlighted the good performance of the last quarter of the year, as well as the fact that the forecasts remain positive for the beginning of 2022 despite the pandemic situation in some European countries.
"Despite everything, there is a lot of uncertainty due to the appearance of restrictions in issuing countries, although the tour operators continue to work to ensure that the season runs smoothly. The courses are still open as well as accommodation in Huelva, and the forecast for 2022 is good. We have not yet noticed any cancellations but, with the sixth wave active, if the numbers outside Spain do not improve we could drastically change this planning," explains Tino Cordero, president of the Huelva Golf Courses Association part of Costa de la Luz region, which includes Cadiz and Seville.
"We still don't know what might happen in the future but, for the moment, we are continuing to work at a good pace with tour operators from the different issuing markets. The months of October and November have worked normally and there have been no positive results among European golf tourists who have visited the province of Huelva," added Cordero.
It should be remembered that the 2021 summer season was a good one for the golf course sector in the province of Huelva, thanks largely to the arrival of the national golfer. In the same way, the courses were optimistic about the autumn season because it seemed that it was confirmed that almost all the markets were going to start sending players... and this forecast has been fulfilled.
"The idea this year was to keep the hotels open, especially the golf hotels, trying to stay open all year round and not close in December, although in the end not all the hotels have been able to maintain activity during the winter months," concludes Tino Cordero.
Posted on 03 Dec 2021
After its participation in one of the most important golf trade fairs of the year, the IGTM, where Turismo Costa del Sol has been present from 18 to 21 October in Wales, the Costa del Sol faces the month of November with an intense calendar of promotional activities in the golf segment.
In fact, the entity is preparing its presence in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, a tournament that will take place from 25 to 28 November at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella and will serve as the culmination of the Race to Costa del Sol, ranking of the Ladies European Tour.
In addition to being held at Los Naranjos Golf Club, an unrivalled setting that acts as a magnificent ambassador for the golf courses that this region has to offer, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España has a spectacular list of participants including players such as Carlota Ciganda and Beatriz Recari, Spanish champions in the Solheim Cup, Fátima Fernández Cano and Luna Sobrón, players with an LPGA Tour card, and Ana Peláez, Noemí Jiménez and Laura Gómez, three wonderful examples of the success of the Malaga junior players in recent years.
In this culmination of the year will be present the seventy-two best golfers of the Race to Costa del Sol, the ranking of the Ladies European Tour sponsored by Turismo Costa del Sol, all of them forming a great international line-up that can be enjoyed live by those who access the tournament website and request their tickets.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España is the last event of the Ladies European Tour calendar, with the main sponsorship of Andalucía, Costa del Sol and Acosol, who together with the Marbella Town Hall, the Benahavís Town Hall, among others.
Taking advantage of this important golfing event, the organisation is organising a press trip with specialised journalists so that, as well as covering the event, they can get to know other tourist attractions in the province.
Costa del Sol Tourism will also support the upcoming 42nd Annual Greenkeepers Congress organised by the Spanish Greenkeepers Association, which will take place from the 22nd to the 24th of November at the Marbella Exhibition and Conference Centre.
A non-profit association which, among its activities, holds an annual congress for its members with the aim of promoting training, coexistence, commercial exchange and the sport of golf.
At the end of November, a fam trip will also be organised for pros and media from the Netherlands to showcase the excellence of the golf courses and complementary services on offer on the Costa del Sol. The group has a special focus on the women's golf segment, and will highlight the role played by our destination in this sector, including a visit to the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España held at Los Naranjos Golf Club.
The programme focuses on Mijas, Marbella and Sotogrande, and has the collaboration of several Forum Member companies, including golf courses and hotels, and aims to inspire Pros to organise groups of golfers in the destination, as well as to spread the word about the many attributes the destination offers for the female golfer.
Posted on 02 Dec 2021
The Spanish golfer Carlota Ciganda won the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España golf tournament, held at the Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella, on Sunday. The success of the event in terms of attendance and international repercussions has consolidated Andalusia as a benchmark destination for sports tourism.
"This tournament has once again shown that Andalusia is the best destination for golf and for any other competition. The region should be congratulated for the positioning achieved through this event, for the quality of the players who have participated, the high number of spectators who have enjoyed this tournament and for the magnificent Andalusian weather that has been shown in the broadcasts," said Manuel Muñoz, Secretary General for Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía.
On the other hand, Muñoz stressed that the return of events such as this one, both in terms of promoting the image of the destination and the direct impact on the region as a result of holding it, shows that we must continue to promote the successful pairing of tourism and sport.
Muñoz, who was accompanied by the territorial delegate for Tourism in Malaga, Nuria Rodríguez, pointed out in this respect that the Junta's commitment to major sporting events "will contribute to Andalusia having increasingly better data in terms of the arrival and spending of travellers".
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino, part of the Ladies European Tour, was the last tournament on the calendar of the European women's circuit and, therefore, the decisive event for the order of merit of the competition, with the winner being the Thai Atthaya Thitikul, third today.
Posted on 24 Nov 2021
La Manga Club is preparing to once again host the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School, which will be held on the resort's North and South courses during the month of December.
The resort's facilities will host both the first qualifying phase, from 9 to 12 December, and the final, which will take place between 16 and 20 December. This tournament is a decisive step in the trajectory of the participating golfers as those who qualify will leave the amateur category to make the leap to the professional tour as well as ensuring their participation in the Ladies European Tour.
This is not the first time that this tournament has been held at the La Manga Club complex. The international championship has held five editions at the resort and will be held again for the next three years according to the agreement reached between the international circuit and the sports complex.
All the competitors of the Qualifying School will be able to stay and enjoy the premium facilities offered by the five-star Hotel Príncipe Felipe, located next to the North and South Courses of Real Golf La Manga Club.
This prestigious circuit has chosen La Manga Club for the quality of its courses and the size of its facilities, which make it possible to hold this type of sporting event. In addition, it is a European benchmark for its sporting offer, offering three top-level courses accompanied by premium accommodation, restaurants and leisure facilities.
"We are very proud to be able to continue supporting international women's golf and to accompany the most talented future Ladies European Tour golfers on their journey, knowing that La Manga Club will always be present in their memory as has happened in previous editions, and with the certainty that the courses in perfect shape will test their skills to achieve their goal," says Pedro Sánchez, director of golf at La Manga Club.
Posted on 17 Nov 2021
The Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School will be hosted at La Manga Club's North and South golf courses throughout the month of December for the third year in a row.
Both the first qualifying phase, which will take place from December 9 to 12, and the final, which will take place between December 16 and 20, will be held at the resort's facilities. This tournament marks a watershed moment in the careers of the golfers that compete, as those who qualify will move up from the amateur ranks to the professional ranks, as well as assuring their participation in the Ladies European Tour.
This competition is not the first time it has been hosted in the La Manga Club complex. According to an agreement signed between the international circuit and the sports complex, the international championship has held five editions in the resort and will repeat the scenario for the next three years.
All Qualifying School participants will be able to stay at the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe, which is located near to Real Golf La Manga Club's North and South Golf Courses and offers premium amenities.
This important circuit selected La Manga Club because of the high quality of its courses and the size of its facilities, which allow this type of athletic event to take place. Furthermore, it is a European benchmark for its sporting offering, which includes three high-level golf courses as well as quality accommodation, cuisine, and leisure.
"We are very proud to be able to continue supporting international women's golf and to accompany the most talented future golfers of the Ladies European Tour on this route, knowing that La Manga Club will always be present in their memory, as it has been in previous editions, and with the certainty that the courses in awesome condition will test their skills to achieve their goal," says Pedro Sanchez, La Manga Club's director of golf.
La Manga resort is a prestigious complex located in the province of Murcia Costa Blanca, ideal for a golf holidays or a simple golf break.
Posted on 16 Nov 2021
Make-A-Wish Spain will be the charity chosen by the organisation to promote the important social work carried out by the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, which in its 2021 edition will be played at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella. Make-A-Wish Spain has been helping families with children with serious illnesses to realise their dreams for more than twenty years as part of the comprehensive treatment of their illness, giving them the strength, joy and hope they need to keep fighting.
Since the organisation was founded in 1999, its more than four thousand beneficiaries have demonstrated that with enthusiasm, anything is possible. That is why it is essential to work on their illusions as a life treatment through positive projects full of strength and hope that promote values such as perseverance, effort, the desire to improve, respect and cooperation, values that are very present in golf.
Make-A-Wish will have its own stand at Los Naranjos Golf Club during the week of the tournament and visitors will be able to collaborate and participate by making donations and writing their wish on a Make-A-Wish star in exchange for a donation of two euros. With their contributions, the tournament and its attendees will contribute to making the dreams of children with serious illnesses come true, such as the great dream of Patricia, a little girl who, after many years struggling with a brain injury for which she recently underwent surgery, will celebrate her eighteenth birthday, and her new life, with friends and family during the week of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España.
The tournament will be attended by two ambassadors of Make-A-Wish Spain: Marta Figueras-Dotti, president of the Ladies European Tour, and Gerard Pera, professional golfer who will delight everyone present with a spectacular long-drive exhibition. In addition, various initiatives will be launched to benefit the foundation. On the one hand, the Pro-Am guests will be able to duel against a professional golfer in a fun charity 'Beat the pro', and on the other hand, the #birdiesforwishes challenge will be launched among the players of this Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España.
Posted on 16 Nov 2021
Fifteen days remain until the start of the last event of the Ladies European Tour season, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, which for the second consecutive year has become the culmination of the Race to Costa del Sol, the order of merit of the women's professional circuit. The chosen venue, Los Naranjos Golf Club, will host from 25th to 28th November the sixty-four best players of the LET and eight exceptional guests presenting their best face and with the mission of becoming a fair and demanding judge in this decisive test.
Los Naranjos Golf Club was inaugurated in 1977 on a plot of land previously used for growing orange trees, hence its current name. The designer, the renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr., had in mind the future use of the course to host high-level professional events such as the one about to take place, combining beauty, functionality and quality. This course, like all of this designer's courses, is characterised by its long tees and bunkers that are highly visible from the tee, with fairways well protected by palm trees and ficus trees whose roots, on occasions, can be seen and pose a challenge to the player to put the ball back in play.
It is also worth noting the presence of two very different halves of the course. The first nine holes have more undulations, present more risks from the tee and it is vitally important to be well positioned, even if it means giving up great distances from the tee. At first glance, the second round may appear to be a recovery section, but nothing could be further from the truth, as the greens are well protected and the flag positions can add spice to any hole.
In the development of Los Naranjos Golf Club, the use of recycled water is essential in environmentally sensitive areas, and the presence of Acosol among the institutions and organisations collaborating in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España ensures that the tournament has as its fundamental objectives the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainability.
Committed to the environment, Acosol, the public company of the Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental that manages the integral water cycle, is dedicated to collecting, transporting, purifying and regenerating waste water to offer it an additional use, a basic task to preserve water resources. The irrigation of golf courses with recycled water is an essential milestone in its initiatives and the implementation in courses such as Los Naranjos Golf Club, venue of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, or Finca Cortesín, venue of the Solheim Cup 2023, is an example of its efforts.
Posted on 15 Nov 2021
Los Naranjos Golf Club is preparing to host one of the most prestigious events in the club's history as final plans get underway for this month's Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, the highlight of this season's Race to the Costa del Sol on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
Los Naranjos, one of Marbella's most exclusive clubs, will have the honour of hosting the high-profile event for the first time from 25-28 November, as Europe's elite women golfers compete for the chance to claim the 2021 Official Ranking. Located in the heart of Nueva Andalucía in Marbella, and a short drive from Puerto Banús, the course was designed by renowned American architect Robert Trent Jones Snr. and opened in 1977.
The par-72, 6,532-metre layout has hosted numerous high-profile professional and amateur tournaments during its illustrious history, including the 1988 Marbella Ladies Open and the 1989 Spanish PGA Championship, which José Rivero won after beating legend Severiano Ballesteros in a play-off. Players at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will find the golf course in better condition than ever after a series of major improvements in recent years.
Among the changes that have been made under the expert eye of Borja Diaz, head greenkeeper at Los Naranjos Golf Club, the tees, fairways, greens and bunkers have been improved. In addition, the club has also carried out work to improve drainage and buggy paths so that members and guests can enjoy the course in optimum condition all year round.
"It is a great privilege for Los Naranjos to have been chosen to host the grand finale of the Race to the Costa del Sol, extending the club's strong tradition and commitment to the growth of women's golf in Spain and abroad. With the excellent Robert Trent Snr. design, the recent course improvements we have made and the excellent vantage points available to spectators, the tournament promises to be an event to remember and will be a fantastic way to highlight all that we have to offer to an international audience," said Julián Romaguera, General Manager of Los Naranjos Golf Club.
This month's Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España marks the start of an exciting time for Andalucía as it begins preparations for the 2023 Solheim Cup to be held at Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa in September 2023.
With the Solheim Cup on the horizon, the same institutional and commercial partners have once again decided to support the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España. This year, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España has the renewed support of the Ministry of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Junta de Andalucía, Turismo y Planificación Costa del Sol and Acosol - Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Costa del Sol Occidental, entities that understand the value of golf as a tourist attraction and are aware of the importance of promoting women's sport as a way of structuring society. Also aligned with these ideals is Reale Seguros, recently incorporated as a collaborating partner of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, whom the tournament promoters would like to welcome.
Marbella a vibrant city and internationally recognised as a fabulous golf holiday destination has an endless supply of hotels and golf courses.
Posted on 15 Nov 2021
The golf tournament, which is part of the Santander Golf Tour calendar, will be played from 2 to 4 December.
Registration is now open to participate in this competition (information below).
The golf course of the Real Club Sevilla Golf, one of the most renowned in Spain, and known for its unique golf breaks and golf holidays, will host a new edition of the Santander Spanish Professional Women's Championship, an event that will bring together, from 2 to 4 December, many of the most promising golfers in our country.
It will be the first time in history that this important women's professional tournament will be held at a club that has repeatedly been considered one of the best in our country and on the European continent.
Inaugurated in 1992, the Real Club Sevilla Golf is endorsed by the celebration of numerous championships of the highest national and international prestige.
Posted on 15 Nov 2021
El Bosque Golf Club has completed a major renovation of its golf course, making it one of the best courses in Spain and perfect for your golf breaks or golf holidays. With a members-only tournament, it has celebrated a historic day for the club. The refurbishment allows a leap in quality of service and to carry out a more sustainable and environmentally friendly maintenance.
The project has involved a total investment of three and a half million euros and has been implemented in three phases. The first, carried out in 2019, included the construction of a new short game area and a putting green; a second, which affected the second nine holes of the course; and a third, the refurbishment of the first nine holes which began in February 2021.
At the same time as the renovations have been carried out, the club has experienced a huge growth in the number of members and now has more than 600. In the last year, and despite the pandemic, the increase has been 25%.
From an environmental point of view, the refurbishment has made it possible to replace more than 24,000 metres of pipes in the entire irrigation system and 1,200 sprinklers have been installed, which are much more efficient than the previous ones. Among other improvements, the new Rain Bird IC irrigation system is connected to a weather station that detects the water needs in different areas of the golf course and reduced is consumption.
As for the pitch, over one hundred and forty thousand square metres have been sown by cuttings and around ninety-five thousand square metres of sod have been installed. The choice of grass varieties planted were Bermuda Tifway-419 in rough-calles, Tahoma 31 on tees and Agrostis Stolonifera Tyee on greens (the latter supplied by Semillas Dalmau), varieties that require less water and phytosanitary products.
This renovation, whose work project has been developed by the engineering company Acttua Golf Services and the construction has been executed by Garden & Golf, has also established a new drainage network and has improved the profile of the soil with more than eight thousand five hundred tons of silica sand, thus allowing to have an optimal firm surface for the game.
At the same time, all the bunkers have been renovated with the Better Billy Bunker construction method installed by Mafer Golf, thus obtaining a homogeneity in its playability. In addition, a new network of paths of five thousand metres in length has been built.
Posted on 21 Oct 2021
Portuguese golfer Ricardo Melo Gouveia provisionally placed himself in the top 10 of the Costa Brava Challenge, a tournament of the Challenge Tour taking place at Emporda Golf, in Girona, after completing hole 12 with four under par.
The Spanish tournament, with 200 thousand euros in prize money, started two hours and 40 minutes late due to heavy fog, and Melo Gouveia, like many other players, was unable to complete the first round, which will resume this Wednesday at 09:00 local time.
The number two in the Challenge Tour ranking, the "Race to Majorca", did not start well at Emporda Golf (Par 71), recording two bogeys (one over) in the first four holes, on the 1st and 4th, but reacted well and, with four birdies (one under) on the greens of the 2nd, 7th, 8th and 10th and an eagle (two under) on the 12th, he left the course in ninth place, tied with four other players.
Frenchman Frederic Lacroix, in turn, finished the 18 holes with 64 shots, seven under par, and took the lead of the race, with an advantage of two shots over the group of seven golfers who share second place.
Posted on 21 Oct 2021
Lo Romero Golf is not just another course on the Costa Blanca, because if we had to define it with just one word, it would be: EXCELLENCE with capital letters. An EXCELLENCE of which very few courses, not only on the Costa Blanca, but in Spain, can boast.
But obviously, the jewel in the crown are its 18 holes in a course that has been looked after to the maximum. Starting with its tees and finishing with its greens, passing through the fairways, perfect agronomic conditions and presentation of the various playing areas, signposting, rough and bunkers, the latter perfectly prepared and raked at the start of each day, with USGA sand in all of them in a uniform way, and the detail of the club's signature with the logo in the sand. To all this must be added the sensation of entering a silent, aromatic and beautiful space isolated from the rest of the world.
A sensation that begins on the 1st tee of this course, set in a natural basin, which we can enjoy throughout its almost six kilometres from the yellow tees with the sole company of the murmur produced by the branches of the Mediterranean pines as they shake and the gnawing of the squirrels installed on them, a very attractive course with a large wooded area of Aleppo pines that houses an ecosystem of native fauna and flora that has an impact on the client's experience. With a perfect location close to the Mediterranean Sea and with spectacular views, it also has an average annual temperature of 18°C and 300 days of sunshine a year.
Sustainability and care for the environment are the basis of action on which all projects are developed, this course is being audited annually by AENOR in the Environmental certification along with Quality achieved in 2008 and also in January this year was awarded the Carbon Footprint for golf courses.
The excellent facilities of the Driving Range with a phenomenal location that does not interfere with the course, and being able to enjoy the privilege of being able to practice on three platforms of natural grass.
As well as the impeccability of their buggies with which they remain at the forefront of technology. These state-of-the-art burgundy vehicles, in keeping with the corporate image of the course, include GPS Tablet, premium wraparound seats, LED headlights, fridge and seats with the club's logo embroidered on them, presented with a course card, 6 wooden tees and two Tetra Brik water bottles.
These are powerful reasons why Lo Romero Golf can be considered the perfect island for any golfer for a golf holiday or golf break.
Posted on 13 Oct 2021
RC Valderrama presents itself in unbeatable conditions
Real Club Valderrama, an essential partner and venue for all the editions of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters to date, is a clear example of how aesthetics can go hand in hand with competitive demands, a circumstance that is reflected year after year in the results of the tournament. Furthermore, its magnificent presentation has been accompanied for more than 25 years by impeccable environmental management, certified by prestigious international bodies.
All these improvements enrich the tourism offer in the Marbella area.
Real Club Valderrama was the first golf course in Europe to obtain the Audubon International certificate of environmental excellence in 1995 and since then it has passed all the annual evaluations that confirm it as a reference in terms of commitment to the natural environment. In addition, the club also obtained the recognised ISO 14001 environmental management certificate in 2008.
With regard to water, in 2016 Real Club Valderrama installed one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the world, with which it achieved a 19% saving in consumption, but efforts in this area are ongoing, as Javier Reviriego, the club's general manager, explains.
With regard to wildlife, a team of experts monitors the status of all existing wildlife species at the Real Club Valderrama and ensures their protection in the various habitats and sanctuaries located on the course, inventorying and tracking them. In addition, the cork oak grove is regularly cleaned and pruned and more than 90% of the shrubs and flowers on the estate belong to plants native to the Mediterranean region.
On the other hand, the maintenance machinery is equipped with GPS devices that monitor routes and applications in order to optimise the routes used on a daily basis. With this detailed monitoring, adjustments are made to the operators' routes in order to reduce them and thus limit fuel consumption. In addition, the fleet of machinery is being renewed with electric and hybrid devices, another measure aimed at reducing fuel use.
Of course, golfer support for the environmental management programme is essential to its long-term success and so Real Club Valderrama staff are particularly involved in communicating the importance of environmental management at conferences, forums and in the media. Raising awareness and disseminating the projects undertaken is essential to avoid clichés and stereotypes and to ensure that the efforts of the club, and the world of golf, are taken on board by society.
Tickets to enjoy this year's edition of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters are already on sale, and the flexibility of the offer allows you to choose between individual access for each day, four-day passes or weekend passes, with preferential rates for under 14s, members of the federation or people with reduced mobility. Tickets can be purchased from the Tickets menu on the tournament website, at edamgolf.es or at Fever.
The Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, a European Tour tournament valid for the Race to Dubai and held thanks to the essential collaboration of the Real Club Valderrama, is sponsored by Estrella Damm and the Consejería de Turismo, Regeneración, Justicia y Administración Local de la Junta de Andalucía. It is also co-financed with European funds and has been declared an event of exceptional public interest by the Spanish Government.
Teetimes has excellent accommodations close to the golf course, ideal for your stay during the tournament or your golf breaks or golf holidays, such as the Hotel Encinar Sotogrande and the SO/Sotogrande ex Almenara Hotel.
Posted on 11 Oct 2021
The Nations Press Cup Gran Canaria 21, also known as the Nations Press Cup, will be held soon on the island of Gran Canaria with the presence of eight European teams made up of journalists from the most prestigious publications in their country.
The event, which is held every two years in a European country, features two tournaments, an official one for members of the Spanish Association of Golf Journalists (AEPJG) and a parallel one for couples, accompanying persons and all those who want to enjoy the experience of a great event but who have not qualified for the team representing their country. Golf is combined with sightseeing tours and gastronomic experiences with the aim of promoting the chosen destination.
This edition of the Press Nations Cup will be the sixth edition of the tournament which, since 2010, has visited Germany, Portugal (Algarve), the Czech Republic, Austria, Italy (at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, home of the Ryder Cup) and Austria. The island of Gran Canaria, a destination that was received with standing ovations when it was presented in Italy in 2018, will see two of its courses, Lopesan Meloneras Golf and Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, host the official competition while three of its resorts located in the south, Maspalomas Golf, Salobre Golf & Resorts and Anfi Tauro Golf, will host the parallel tournament.
The pandemic caused by COVID-19 forced a one-year postponement of the event scheduled for autumn 2020 and, despite border restrictions and fear of travel, eight countries have confirmed their attendance at the event: Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland and Germany, which arrives as current champion and eager to defend its title won in 2018 in Italy.
Posted on 11 Oct 2021
The next 11th of October will start the V International Final of the HERITAGE World Cup LeClub Golf Circuit, an event created by LeClub Golf Spain and organized for six years in collaboration with the international network of LeClub Golf, is consolidated as one of the biggest amateur golf competitions in the world.
"After having to cancel the 2020 edition, we are really very pleased to be able to celebrate the 2021 edition. It is very significant that we are returning to a new normality in the international golf tourism sector," says Bruno Lelieur, director of LeClub Spain and organiser of the event.
Eighteen teams from sixteen countries (Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius, South Africa, Vietnam and Japan) will compete over five days in Mauritius to become the HERITAGE World Cup Champion Team 2021. Each team is made up of two players, one with a handicap under fifteen and the other with a handicap equal to or higher than fifteen, with Spain being represented by the teams that qualified in 2020 and 2021.
In parallel to the official tournament, the Invitational tournament will be held, open to any amateur player, with more than sixty players. The event will bring together more than one hundred people at the prestigious and luxurious Heritage Resort in the Bel Ombre domain, whose course is considered to be the best golf course in the Indian Ocean.
After more than a year and a half of closure to tourism, Mauritius reopens on 1 October and the HERITAGE World Cup Final will be the first international event to be held since March 2020. This final will also be held in Mauritius for three consecutive editions from 2021 to 2023.