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Golf Son Muntaner becomes latest European Tour Destination

20th January 2020
European Tour Destinations is delighted to welcome Golf Son Muntaner, a member of Arabella Golf, to its network of world class venues. The Mallorcan venue becomes the third Spanish destination to join the network, alongside Finca Cortesin in Málaga and PGA Catalunya Resort, in Girona. Golf Son Muntaner, designed by Kurt Rossknecht, opened in 2000 and is ideally situated near the capital city of Palma. Golf Son Muntaner is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses on the island, surrounded by a variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna, it also boasts the oldest olive tree ‘Na Capitana’ on Mallorca which features on the club’s logo.  In 2016, Golf Son Muntaner completely reseeded the golf course; Bermuda Celebration was sown on every fairway and Agrostis V8 on every green. The project not only enhanced the course, but it demonstrated their commitment to environmental change, will less water and chemical usage. Alongside their golf course, Golf Son Muntaner have the largest putting green in Mallorca, an illuminated driving range and the Arabella Golf Academy, which is available to adults and children alike. Restaurant Son Muntaner concludes their portfolio of services and is the perfect location to relax after playing the course. Bernat Llobera, Director of Golf at Golf Son Muntaner, said: “We are extremely pleased to have joined European Tour Destinations, and are looking forward to taking advantage of their expertise as we work to meet our objectives.  To be part of the global network of world class clubs is something we are proud of and very much look forward to being part of the European Tour family.” Ian Knox, Head of Operations for European Tour Destinations, said: “We are extremely proud that Golf Son Muntaner has become the latest addition to our portfolio of world class venues.  Mallorca is a key golfing market and we are delighted to be able to add another venue with a great reputation in a great location, with the opportunity to host tournament golf in the future”

European Tour Destinations to drive business to network with all new Travel Hub

15th January 2020
European Tour Destinations, a growing network of world class venues, has launched a dedicated platform to drive new business exclusively to members of its network. The European Tour Destinations Travel Hub will allow consumers to select from one of the network’s 30 world class venues and organise all aspects of their trip, from tee times to flights, all via the dedicated portal which they can easily access from europeantourdestinations.com Explaining the reasons behind the Travel Hub, recently appointed Co-head of European Tour Destinations, Stuart Gillett, commented: “Consumer research has indicated a great deal of trust and recognition in the European Tour brand, and as this continues to grow, so does the opportunity for destinations within our network to benefit commercially. “We recognise the golf travel market is increasingly competitive, and as a network it is imperative that we take every opportunity to showcase our venues and drive new business in their direction. “The Travel Hub provides an exciting new platform to do just that – one which takes full advantage of the strength of the European Tour brand, as well as the powerful association with many of the world’s finest golf destinations.” The Travel Hub will bolster and complement the destinations’ existing direct sales channels as well as business generated through tour operators. Monica Martinez, Head of Golf Sales at PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “The introduction of the Travel Hub is extremely encouraging as we look into 2020. Our resort continues to grow its sales footprint globally, and this new venture will work hand in hand with our direct sales activity. “What’s particularly appealing is the prospect of opening up a new market of European Tour fans we can welcome to the resort both next year and beyond, delivering tournament standard golf and a truly world class experience.” European Tour Destinations Travel Hub launches today and will showcase its network of 30 world class destinations covering 19 countries and 3 continents.

Volvo China Open returns to Genzon Golf Club in 2020

11th December 2019
The Volvo China Open will return to Genzon Golf Club for the next three years, it was announced today, while title sponsors Volvo Cars have also extended their long-standing partnership with China’s national open. First played in 1995, the Volvo China Open was the first international professional golf event to be staged in mainland China. It remains one of the highest-profile sporting events in the country and is widely respected throughout the world of golf. “The 2020 Volvo China Open will be the final test for Chinese players in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for them to strive for the opportunity to represent their motherland in the Olympic golf competition,” said Pang Zheng, Secretary General of China Golf Association. Following the successful staging of the 20th Volvo China Open in 2014 and the 25th Volvo China Open in 2019 at Genzon Golf Club, the Volvo China Open will return here again for the next three years.   “We are extremely excited to host the Volvo China Open for the next three years. Shenzhen is a highly advanced city with open, inclusive and innovative cultural characteristics, and there are now many creative entrepreneurs based in the city,” commented Deng Xueqin, Chairman and President of Genzon Group. “Our market and cultural background actually promotes the development of golf. We insist on transmitting the true spirit of the game, and by combining with the city of Shenzhen, we are able to showcase the essential charm of the sport. “It is our firm commitment to partner with the Volvo China Open for the next three years. We have significant and invaluable experience in staging international tournaments and we are confident that next year’s event will be a complete success.” In 1994, Volvo took the lead in China’s golf market and became the first European luxury car brand to hold an international professional event in cooperation with the China Golf Association. In 1995, the two partners jointly launched the Volvo China Open, a pioneer and the forerunner of all professional golf events in China. Over the past 25 years, Volvo has continued to act as title sponsor for the China Open, which is also the longest continuous cooperation between brands and events in Chinese golf history. The Volvo China Open has strongly supported the development of professional golf in China. Cheng Jun (1997), Zhang Lianwei (2003), Wu Ashun (2015) and Li Haotong (2016) are all past champions, with Wu and Li going on to establish themselves among the world’s elite players on the European Tour. “The 25-year history of the Volvo China Open is a testament to the collaboration between Volvo and the China Open,” said Yuan Xiaolin, Senior Vice President, Volvo Car Group, President & CEO, Volvo Car Asia Pacific. “Over the years, a growing number of Chinese players have competed and excelled on this international stage. Meanwhile, the tournament and the sport itself has become more popular and gained a strong fanbase locally.

A New Milestone for the Sparben Golf Resort Project

9th December 2019
Sparben Golf Resort is a dynamic and sustainable project which will be located in Les Landes along the South West coast of France.  The project, a high-end golf, real estate and lifestyle resort, will have a hotel, tourist accommodation, permanent housing, golf and sports facilities.  The project is part of the legacy of the hugely successful 2018 Ryder Cup hosted at Le Golf National and which commenced as early as 2010 when the lands were identified by the French Golf Federation, supported by Atout France, as having strong potential to promote golf to the International tourist market.  European Tour Destinations is delighted to update that following a local review with more than 20 experts giving evidence to a jury of citizens, Sparben Golf Resort has passed the latest stage of their planning application.  The jury members expressed their support for the project, outlining the following positives: The project will support meeting the local housing needs based on the foreseeable demographic growth in the territory The project will generate direct and indirect local employment opportunities during the construction phase of the project and during subsequent trading activities The project will attract a new local and international golf clientele and will make the Landes a major golf destination The final report included recommendations to ensure better urban and environmental integration – as a consequence the initial construction phase may see a reduction in the construction of golf holes from 45 to 27.  There could also be a reduction in tourist accommodation build. With this favourable citizen expression, it is a further positive step in the right direction to ensure Sparben Golf Resort will go ahead and become a latest addition to European Tour Destinations network of world-class golf and real estate venues.

Pirin Golf and Country Club – 3 Bulgarian Golf Course Package

13th November 2019
Discover Pirin Golf & Country Club, Sofia and get to play 3 Bulgarian golf courses. Pirin Golf & Country Club is in its peak of the golf season with tournaments like Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup and the Volvo World Golf Challenge. Treat yourself and your family to a fantastic holiday organised by Pirin Golf & Country Club including playing at 3 Bulgarian Golf Courses. 7 nights – 3 Courses – 7 Rounds of Golf • 2 x Nights in a Double Superior room in Hotel Balkan in Sofia with breakfast included. • 1 x green fee at St. Sofia Golf (Paul McGinley design) • 1 x green fee at Pravets Golf (Peter Harradine design) • 5 x Nights in a Double Superior room in Pirin Golf Hotel & SPA with all-inclusive package • 2 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club (Ian Woosnam design) Course A • 2 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club Course B • 1 x green fee at Pirin Golf & Country Club Course C • Complimentary entrance to Spa Center incl. outdoor & indoor pool and Thermal Zone • Complimentary WiFi • Airport transfers and transfers to and from the Sofia courses €890 EUR per person in a double Superior room. The packages are available until 31.10.2020. To book, please visit www.piringolf.bg or contact [email protected] shorter period request please do not hesitate to contact Pirin Golf and Country Club

European Tour Destinations amongst winners at 2020 IAGTO Awards

25th October 2019
The 20th annual IAGTO Awards Ceremony took place at Bivouac du Désert, Marrakech, Morocco during the farewell dinner at the 2019 International Golf Travel Market exhibition (IGTM). The awards ceremony consisted of winners for Hotel Experience and Golf Experience across 25 countries, alongside sustainability awards plus the overall Golf Resort of the Year and Golf Destination of the Year. 6 venues won regional awards and PGA Catalunya Resort won a sustainability award, which is fantastic representation of our network across the award winners. Full list of winners below. Hotel Experience (Bulgaria) – Lighthouse Golf and Spa HotelHotel Experience (Italy) – Verdura ResortHotel Experience (Spain) – Hotel Camiral at PGA CatalunyaGolf Experience (France) – Le Golf National (Albatros)Golf Experience (Spain) – Finca CortesinGolf Experience (Thailand) – Black Mountain Golf ClubSustainability Award (Nature Protection) – PGA Catalunya

Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel wins Hotel Experience Award at 20th IAGTO Award Ceremony

18th October 2019
European Tour Destinations are happy to announce that Lighthouse Golf & Spa Hotel in Bulgaria has been voted by IAGTO’s 700+ golf tour operators as the winner of the Hotel Experience Award (Bulgaria). The 20th annual IAGTO Golf Tourism Awards were focused on recognising the achievements of golf courses and hotels that delivered the best possible experience to visiting golf travellers in the past year. IAGTO’s 700+ golf tour operators worldwide voted for one hotel and one golf course/golf resort in 25 leading golf destinations worldwide. The ceremony took place at the Gala Dinner on the final night of the International Golf Travel Market in Marrakech, Morocco, on 17th October. About the resort: Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort is part of the exclusive European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues. Situated near the historical town of Balchik, Bulgaria, and 40km from Varna International Airport, the resort is at the heart of Cape Kaliakra’s signature Golf Coast, which is renowned for its lush, green landscapes and spectacular coastline. The venue’s par 71 Lighthouse course sits on top of towering white cliffs, commanding breathtaking views over the glittering blue Black Sea. In addition to its signature 18-hole golf course designed by Major champion, Ian Woosnam, the venue comprises a stylish clubhouse, a golf academy with superb practice facilities, plus a state-of-the-art Spa and Wellness Centre of some 3000m2. Various restaurants and bars, a sports centre with tennis courts and football pitch, and a sandy stretch of beach with its own bar, round off the extensive list of facilities available at Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort.

European Tour Destinations secures commanding presence in new ranking of Europe’s top courses

17th September 2019
European Tour Destinations’ network of world class golf venues has once again dominated Golf World magazine’s Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe, with a total of 14 courses from across 11 of its venues making the renowned listing. The ranking from Golf World was compiled by a team of international experts, expanded this year to include specialists for each European nation in an effort to make it the fairest and most accurate listing to date. Over half of the 20 European Tour Destinations located in continental Europe featured on the illustrious list, including all three courses at Quinta do Lago and The 2018 Ryder Cup course at Le Golf National. Ian Knox, Director of Operations for European Tour Destinations, said: “European golf is only becoming more competitive every year, with some incredible new developments appearing across the continent; so to see European Tour Destinations not only maintain, but actually significantly grow our strong presence in the ranking is a testament to our overarching ethos. “European Tour Destinations is committed to working collaboratively with venues which display the very highest levels of course presentation and conditioning, and only courses that consistently match those standards become part of our network portfolio. “To play a European Tour Destinations golf course is to experience the same challenge faced by Tour professionals every week – and for this guarantee of quality to be recognised once again in Golf World’s latest ranking of Europe’s finest courses is a fantastic achievement for our venues.” Also featured in the Golf World supplement is a listing of “The Next 100” which displays close contenders who they deemed could easily make the next ranking, and this listing featured six more European Tour Destinations venues from across the continent. The European Tour Destinations that featured in the Top 100: 6. PGA Catalunya Resort (Stadium Course) 8. Troia Resort 11. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (Chateau Course) 22. Le Golf National (Albatros Course) 29. Quinta Do Lago (South Course) 34. Tbilisi Hills 40. Finca Cortesin 61. Verdura Resort (East Course) 76. Linna Golf 88. Quinta Do Lago (Laranjal Course) 91. Verdura Resort (West Course) 96. Albatross Golf Resort 97. Quinta Do Lago (North Course) 100. Pirin Golf and Country Club
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