• Verdura Resort

  • Jumeirah Golf Estates

    Dubai, UAE
  • Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort

    Cape Kaliakra, Bulgaria
  • Constance Belle Mare Plage

  • Linna Golf

    Hämeenlinna, Finland

World Class Golf Venues

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Welcome to European Tour Destinations – a Network of World Class Golf Venues which all have a close association with The European Tour, one of the game’s foremost organisations.

Featured Destinations

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    Conferences & Events
  • Hotel
    Park Hyatt
  • Nearest Airport
    Dubai, 38km
  • Number of Holes
    27 Holes
  • Practice Facilities
    Golf Academy
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    Conferences and Events
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    Shenzhen Yinxiu Mountain Residence
  • Nearest Airport
    Hong Kong
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  • Practice Facilities
    Golf Academy

European Tour Destinations News

Quinta do Lago unveils new-look South Course after €7m upgrade

7th September 2021
European golf’s most iconic venue has been given a fresh new look, with Quinta do Lago’s much-loved South Course receiving a €7m upgrade to elevate the playing experience and further enhance the Portuguese’s resort’s environmental credentials. An eight-time host of the Portuguese Open, the popular layout reopened on September 1 following a major overhaul over the last 18 months – the centrepiece of a multi-million euro investment undertaken by Europe’s premier luxury golf and lifestyle resort between 2020-2021. Among the improvements made, all of the South Course’s fairways, bunkers, tees and green surrounds have received an upgrade, with subtle changes also being made to a number of holes to enhance the golfing experience. Sustainability was a goal throughout the project, with Quinta do Lago golf course superintendent Mark Tupling and his team working with the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) and local non-profit company VitaNativa to record and enhance environmental stewardship across the golf courses. Water management has been a key element of the changes made with new Irrigation Pumps being installed along with enhancements to the existing system – giving greater control and saving precious resources.    Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago, said: “The South Course holds a special place in Quinta do Lago’s history and the hearts of so many of our residents and guests. It is a truly iconic course and the modern new version will present a series of new challenges, all showcased in an idyllic natural setting.   “The Covid-19 pandemic continues to produce new challenges, but one thing we are determined to do at Quinta do Lago is to continue to invest in and improve the facilities and unrivalled experience that we offer as Europe’s premier luxury golf and lifestyle resort. “The new investment that we’ve made in the South Course is befitting a true star of European golf, and the improvements made will help to ensure the course remains a firm favourite with everyone that plays it in the years to come.” A favourite among European Tour professionals, Quinta do Lago’s South Course is regularly ranked among Europe’s top 100 golf courses. The par-72 layout is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues and the improvement programme has been undertaken to enhance its reputation even further. Among the work to have taken place, and to help provide a consistent playing experience and unrivalled presentation, all the fairways, approaches, greens collars and tees have been resurfaced with a hybrid type of Bermuda grass. All 48 bunkers on the course have been restored to their original size, with new drainage and sand added and compacted, while several bunkers previously within the pine tree canopy have been adjusted to give access to the green and two bunkers relocated to favour the modern game. In addition, the lakes on the 3rd and 17th holes have been upgraded with new retaining walls giving a sharp modern look consistent with the other lakes on the course; the fairway on the eighth hole has been softened and a

Revamped Marco Simone formally welcomes first major event ahead of hosting the 2023 Ryder Cup

6th September 2021
Last week, Marco Simone Golf & Country Club formally welcomed its first major event following extensive renovation work as the venue on the outskirts of Rome continues its preparations ahead of hosting the 2023 Ryder Cup. Representatives from Ryder Cup Europe, the Federazione Italiana Golf and Marco Simone Golf & Country Club gathered outside the clubhouse for a ribbon cutting ceremony to acknowledge the occasion before the DS Automobiles Italian Open on the European Tour. It is the second time Marco Simone has hosted Italy’s national open, having previously done so in 1994, and last week represents another important milestone for the venue, built and owned by the Biagiotti family who run global businesses in fashion and fragrance, as it showcases its significant redesign to a global audience for the first time. Italian Ryder Cup player Francesco Molinari who entered the history books by winning a maximum five points in Europe’s victory at Le Golf National in 2018, was among the first players to take on the spectacular course, which underwent 18 months of renovation work including the redesign of all 18 holes. The redesign project at Marco Simone, led by European Golf Design in co-operation with Tom Fazio II, focused creating a golf course specifically with the drama of match play in mind, with the previous layout rerouted not only to provide numerous risk and reward opportunities for the world’s leading players, but also to maximise the natural rolling countryside terrain. It means spectators will have unrivalled vantage points of the on-course action as well as distant views of the famous Eternal City, including spectacular views of St Peter’s Basilica and of the Castle of Marco Simone which together will provide the backdrop to golf’s greatest team contest. Franco Chimenti, President of the Federazione Italiana Golf, said: “With the first Italian Open at the new Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the path to the 2023 Ryder Cup comes alive. A sustainable golf course, representing international excellence, it is our pride not only for golf but for all Italian sport. The unique charm of Rome, combined with the adrenaline of the match between Europe and the USA will make the Italian edition unique. I thank all the institutions, Ryder Cup Europe and Marco Simone Golf & Country Club for supporting the development of the project.” Guy Kinnings, European Ryder Cup Director, said: “With just three weeks until this year’s Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, this marks another significant step in Italy’s own journey toward hosting its first Ryder Cup in two years’ time. “The redesign project at Marco Simone is spectacular and we are delighted to showcase it to a global audience at the Italian Open, giving fans a glimpse of what to expect when the venue welcomes golf’s greatest team contest in 2023. “The global pandemic has restricted our opportunities to share several key moments in the reopening process, so we are also delighted to be able to join Lavinia Biagiotti and her team, along with Franco Chimenti, Gian Paolo

New evidence reveals commercial gains from tournament hosting

31st August 2021
Hosting a European Tour event gives a venue benefits that go far beyond the exposure from real-time television coverage, according to new analysis. The TV numbers are impressive: more than 35 broadcasters show tournaments, reaching 678 million households in 167 countries. However, a venue can also enjoy increased sales and leads long after the event has finished, as well as the reputational boost gained from hosting the world’s top golfers. The increasing popularity of professional tournaments will be a key driver of golf tourism in the next few years, according to ResearchandMarkets.com – evidence supported by IAGTO’s findings that show eight out of the 10 fastest growing golf tourism destinations host European Tour events. Ian Knox, Head of European Tour Destinations, a network of 30 world class golf venues, said: “We often get asked if tournaments generate a return on investment and if having their course showcased on TV with top international players can actually deliver more golf sales, more tourism or more real estate leads to venues. “Recent analysis by the European Tour captured in our Tournaments that count feature has revealed that hosting a tournament could generate a direct economic impact of $7.5 million to local businesses. It also found that 27% of European golfers are more likely to visit a destination if it has hosted a European Tour event, rising to 52% for under-45s.” Ben Cowen, Chief Tournament Business Officer at the European Tour, added: “The huge amount of television exposure a venue will receive puts it on a platform that it will struggle to achieve in any other way. “Reputation pays. And all the more so when tournaments return to the same venue. Regular tournament hosting, as part of a long-term strategy to attract golf tourists, can benefit venues in that not only do visitors typically stay longer and spend more but the venues themselves are also able to charge and sustain a premium for membership, green fees, golf breaks and real estate.” Prime examples of such a legacy and a strong association with a particular event on the European Tour, outlined in the Tournaments that count feature, are Emirates Golf Club, which has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic since 1989, and Diamond Country Club in Austria, which has held 11 European Tour events since 2010. “As the global travel market opens up and golfers look to book their next golf breaks, businesses should pursue strategies that leverage all forthcoming growth opportunities. “With rising government support for the promotion of golf tourism, there is no better time for businesses to ensure they are front-of-mind and create and capture this growing demand for golf travel,” concluded Knox.

MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius returns for Legends Tour season finale

23rd August 2021
European Tour Destination Constance Belle Mare Plage in Poste de Flacq, Mauritius, will continue its hosting duties with an exciting week of golf planned to round off the season. The Celebrity Series Grand Final will take place on the eve of the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius as the Celebrity Ambassadors are joined by the winners of the three Celebrity Series events and other invitees to compete to become the inaugural Celebrity Series Champion. Legends Tour players will be joined by amateurs to compete in the popular Alliance Pro-Am format, where amateur guests tee it up in tournament play alongside the professionals while competing for their own prize. Mark Aspland, Head of the Legends Tour, said: “We are thrilled to have secured our return to Mauritius for the tenth anniversary of the MCB Tour Championship later this year. “We have a great relationship with MCB and Constance Hotels and it is an absolute privilege to end our season at the wonderful Belle Mare Plage, which has always proved extremely popular with our players. “We are enhancing this year’s event by hosting the Celebrity Series Grand Final, which will feature some of the most recognisable faces from sport and entertainment competing for their respective charities to earn a share of a £100,000 charity prize pot. “Our Celebrity Ambassadors will join our Legends Tour Ambassadors to help celebrate the continuation of what has been a revered partnership over the last ten years and one we hope will flourish in the years to come. “On behalf of the Legends Tour, I am extremely grateful to Jean Jacques Vallet, Dominic Provencal, who leads the organising teams at MCB, the title sponsor, and all tournament stakeholders for their help in making this tournament possible.” Jean-Jacques Vallet, CEO of Constance Hotels and Resorts, said: “This is an exciting time for everybody who has been involved with this tournament over the years and I am delighted to be welcoming the reinvented Legends Tour to Constance Belle Mare Plage this year. “We are looking forward to welcoming the tournament back in 2021 with a new formula that features an impressive line-up of legends and celebrities from all over the world. We have witnessed some great moments of golf over the last nine years and I am sure that this year’s edition will be even more memorable, with the greatest field we have ever seen. This special event will definitely keep positioning Mauritius as a world class golfing destination.” Alain Law Min, CEO at MCB Ltd, said: “MCB has been a staunch supporter of the Legends Tour through the MCB Tour Championship for a decade and we are privileged to continue our partnership with the European Tour. “This event is especially important this year in promoting Mauritius as tourist and golf destination, as we open our frontiers to our visitors in October. We are delighted to welcome the Legends Tour players and the celebrities who will be playing this year, as their presence adds more prestige to the event
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European Tour Destinations all have the stamp of tournament quality and present a level of on and off-course facilities guaranteed to provide a memorable golfing experience for all members and visitors.

The European Tour Destinations network includes some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, many of our 30 Venues boast courses consistently ranked highly in international rankings.

The network also boasts the only European Tour Performance Institute in the world, at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort. The ETPI uses the world class knowledge of The European Tour’s medical and performance services team and the latest in swing technology to improve the game of golfers of all abilities.

Real Estate

For those seeking the ultimate golfing lifestyle, a number of our Member Venues offer elegant and secluded real-estate opportunities, and our reciprocal membership scheme offers a “home from home” experience for all club members.

A wide range of high quality real estate opportunities are available at our world class venues, from elegant on course villas to beach fronted townhouses and luxury apartments.

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