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Monthly Blog – February

27th February 2024
Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in France will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, marking the occasion with several events across the year. There’ll be a Pro-Am plus gala dinner in April followed by an exclusive members-only event in June just to name a few. The venue located in Provence is a five-star resort, with a stunning hotel, luxury spa, Championship golf courses, real estate opportunities and many food and beverage options, including the Michelin star restaurant Le Faventia. To keep up to date with all the latest special offers Terre Blanche are launching for their 20th year, click here. Camiral Golf & Wellness, formerly known as PGA Catalunya, will be celebrating 25 years in 2024, one that cements their position within Europe’s top resorts. Again, a series of events will take place to commemorate the occasion, highlighting their spectacular two 18-hole courses, wellness centre and gastronomic options – Camiral Golf & Wellness should be on everyone’s golfing bucket list. Boasting a rich tournament history, most recently the Catalunya Championship in 2022, you can follow in the footsteps of the pros and enjoy this sensational resort with a range of offers available – click here. Next on the list to celebrate their 25-year anniversary is Diamond Country Club in Austria. Since opening in August 1999, the venue has hosted 11 DP World Tour events and developed into Austria’s premier golf resort. In the last few years, Diamond Country Club has invested significantly into their culinary offerings, with their Clubhouse serving traditional Austrian cuisine and the Boathouse has established itself as a regional fine-dining restaurant. In addition to their Championship course and broad culinary offering, there are two further resort courses and a boutique hotel, all operating in perfect harmony and enabling them to attract golfers from around Europe. There are many celebrations planned with members, employees, associates and regular guests across the year to showcase the rich history Diamond Country Club have. The final venue celebrating a milestone in 2024 is London Golf Club in England, where it has been 30 years since Jack Nicklaus, the Heritage course designer, opened the course in a charity skins match against Seve Ballesteros. London Golf Club has evolved in every aspect since 1994 with a strong emphasis on growing their membership and casual golfer offerings, with ambitious expansion plans for both hotel and real estate for the future. With a host of events taking place this year, London Golf Club certainly know how to celebrate. You can find out what’s going on over the course of the year in their latest edition of the London Magazine here.

Impressive Catalan Villa for Sale Designed by Lagula Arquitectes at Camiral Golf & Wellness

23rd February 2024
Designed by award-winning Lagula Architects in 2022, the home has been designed around a central courtyard, which is created to give the feeling of living in a forest amidst a canopy of trees. To truly open itself up to the surrounding views, Selva 25 has an open-plan patio. The 3-bedroom and 3-bathroom property has a unique ovoid shape and takes inspiration from the sun in a bid to frame the surrounding landscape perfectly. La Selva project pays tribute to the surrounding landscape, with each distinct villa constructed to reflect its local topography. Lagula Arquitectes notes that Selva 25 was “an exciting challenge” and they “found harmony between the circular shape of the building and the floor plan to create something that felt cohesive for its owner.” Spread across three levels, the ground floor is home to central areas; the living spaces and kitchen, the upper floor houses the bedrooms, and the basement provides a sanctuary to create a multi-purpose space dependent on the owner’s needs.” Selva 25 embodies the essence of a home: a cozy ambiance, a seamless layout, and yet, there’s an unmistakable, truly remarkable quality about this property. It is also fused together with a central bespoke staircase which connects all the different areas of the house. Just one hour from Barcelona, and situated within over 1,300 acres of pristine, landscaped hills and Mediterranean forest, the resort is within easy reach of two international airports as well as the wild Costa Brava – with extensive leisure activities available at 5-star Hotel Camiral nearby. The resort is home to two world-class golf courses – recently ranked the best golf course in Spain, tennis courts, walking trails, as well as a 1,000m² Wellness Centre: a modern, results-driven sanctuary combining holistic treatments with state-of-the-art technology to garner results catering to personal needs. Since its venture into Real Estate in 2010, Camiral Golf & Wellness has embraced low-density, sustainable and biophilic design throughout its contemporary properties, incorporating principles of wellbeing to equip residents with a sense of ecological belonging and natural immersion. More broadly, the resort is recognised for its commitment to its surrounding environment, featuring an organic garden, 12-acre vineyard and 18 beehives hosting a million endangered honeybees, from which it produces around 50kg of honey each year. In-house biologist Oriol Dalmau oversees the parkland while leading a variety of educational, nature-based programmes and activities on-site. Recent investments include a renovation of all central air conditioning units in the 5-star hotel and Wellness Centre reducing energy consumption by 50%, the installation of a 900 square-metre photovoltaic power station reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 51 tonnes per year and the golf courses irrigation using 100% recycled water. For more property information on La Selva, please click here.

Costa Navarino awarded International sustainable golf distinction

23rd February 2024
The certification is overseen and managed by the international GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation.  Certification Manager Carole Kerrey commented: “Sustainability is a clear priority for Costa Navarino with evidence across planning and operations at the Bay and Dunes courses; not only satisfying the certification criteria but also going beyond with some innovative projects.  We look forward to seeing more to come.” David Ashington, General Manager at Costa Navarino Golf, said: “We are delighted to achieve GEO Certified® status for The Dunes Course and The Bay Course. This international certification acknowledges our long-standing commitment to sustainable golf development. Since the launch of Costa Navarino – and even before, during construction – several  ground-breaking initiatives were introduced, to ensure sustainable performance across the golf courses and the destination. We work hard to continue improving these practices and to ensure that all our golfers and guests can enjoy the best possible experience in these spectacular natural surroundings.” Costa Navarino is the first multiple-course destination in the Eastern Mediterranean to achieve this international distinction. Some sustainability highlights from Costa Navarino’s Bay and Dunes golf facilities include: Sophisticated water management: Several years before the courses were launched, extensive studies for the availability of water resources in the region, formed the basis for a sustainable water management system. Water reservoirs were specifically designed and constructed, fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, and filled by less than one per cent of the excess run-off from local rivers. This water, together with highly treated recycled water is more than enough to cover the irrigation needs Additionally, a series of water-saving measures are constantly applied, based on best available practices that focus on consumption monitoring (e.g. leak control, improved efficiency). The total irrigated grassed area on the Bay and Dunes courses has been reduced by five per cent and ten per cent respectively during 2023, by using native plants and recycled olive tree wood branches. Extensive work is still being carried out in 2024 to further reduce the total irrigated grass areas on both golf courses. Climate action: Since 2009, Costa Navarino has joined forces with Stockholm University and the Academy of Athens to establish the Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), which has been at the forefront of research and education about climate change and the environment in the Eastern Mediterranean region for the past 15 years. The biggest olive tree-transplanting programme in Europe: More than 7,000 trees are replanted so far across all areas at Costa Navarino. The Bay Clubhouse is one of the first earth-sheltered clubhouses, ensuring it harmoniously blends into the natural landscape, with a total of 27,500 plants and trees both around the clubhouse and on its rooftop. An on-going, extensive recycling program for paper, plastics, glass, used oil, batteries and organic waste. Positive wider economic impact in Messinia, through contribution with 11 per cent to the region’s GDP over the years (2006-2022), while generating another 80 distinct services in the wider area. Environmental protection remains a key focus for Costa Navarino which was chosen as “Best

Linna Golf has completed a real estate transaction with the city of Hämeenlinna

22nd February 2024
“Our goal is to enhance the vitality of the entire Vanajanlinna area and build a unique new residential environment in the midst of Finland’s premier golf course. The area will attract people from other regions to move to Hämeenlinna, as there will be a completely new and appealing plot offering in the area,” says Hannu Mäntyharju, Chairman of the Board of Linna Golf. The reserved area is within fairways 4-8, predominantly opening towards the southwest and west. There will be 30-40 new houses, with the design inspired by modern Finnish wooden architecture. The average size of the houses will be approximately 150 sqm and all houses will be heated by ecological ground heating with the help of solar panels on the roof. Jari Koskinen, Chairman of the Hämeenlinna City Council, is pleased that a mutual agreement on land transactions was reached, stating “hopefully, the zoning and development of the area will now proceed swiftly. The land deal was beneficial for both parties: the city received the additional revenue whilst getting a fair price for the land. From Linna Golf’s perspective, it’s good that the land is in owned by them.” “Real estate development plays such a crucial role in the financing of entire areas on many golf courses worldwide that when building the course, the interaction between the course and the real estate must be taken into account. This was also done with Linna Golf many years ago,” confirms CEO Esa Honkalehto. “The zoned area at Linna is surrounded by a total of five golf holes, all of which are positioned to the left of the direction of play. This is a good thing for the safety of the buildings” describes Honkalehto. To find out more about Linna Golf, please click here.

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort awarded Green Key Certification

12th February 2024
The distinction recognises the resort’s commitment to the preservation of its environment over the past two decades. Present on five continents, the Green Key certificate is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operations within the tourism industry. Based on demanding specifications, led by the Foundation for Environmental Education, the Green Key certifies destinations that hold strong values focused on eco-responsible commitments. Reviewed every four years, the distinction supports new and sustainable methods of operation and use of technology in a bid to reduce the overall environmental footprint through lower use of energy, water, and waste. Under the supervision of the Foundation for Environmental Education internationally and Teragir in France, this initiative guarantees compliance with environmental standards for hotel establishments daily. The criteria allow destinations to reduce their ecological footprint while actively committing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. The certification is based on seven main themes: • Environmental policy • Environmental awareness • Water management • Waste management • Energy management • Responsible purchasing • Living environment As part of this approach, Terre Blanche: • Has an environmental charter and an action plan listing its environmental objectives and projects for the coming years. • Has defined a sustainable purchasing policy through a supplier charter, favouring French products, short circuits and above all “homemade” including its breads and pastries. • Has established active collaborations with associations and stakeholders in the territory to support local projects for the protection of fauna and flora. • Has implemented high-performance energy management devices and water flow reducers on all its taps. • Selectively sorts and recycles all its organic waste by dehydrating it and creating compost that is then used on its 301 hectares. • Has eliminated plastic from its hospitality products. • Banned the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers for the maintenance of its green spaces. Terre Blanche’s chief executive officer, Marc Delauné says, , ““We feel immense pride in this recognition. Since its inception two decades ago, Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** has consistently been at the forefront of eco-friendly and environmental preservation initiatives among European resorts. We work tirelessly to bring this identity to the heart of everything we do every day. This award is a testament to the dedication of all our employees and our ongoing commitment to the values we uphold every day.”

Legends Tour hits new landmark with biggest schedule and record €18million prizepool

8th February 2024
Running from April to December, this year’s globetrotting schedule will feature 20 events – featuring new tournaments set to debut in Barbados, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, the UK and Zambia, with even more additions still to be announced. They join Legends Tour staples such as the flagship Staysure PGA Seniors Championship – which will return to Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen following the success of last year’s event – and the Irish Legends at Seapoint Golf Links. Many of the Legends Tour’s brightest stars will be eyeing up Major victory in 2024 at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Golf Club, the US Senior Open at Newport Country Club and The Senior Open presented by Rolex at Carnoustie Golf Links. The season will culminate with the MCB Tour Championship Mauritius at Constance Belle Mare Plage, where qualifying players will contest for the John Jacobs Trophy, which was won in 2023 by former Ryder Cup player Peter Baker. As well as the tournament silverware, some of golf’s biggest names will also be competing for the largest prize pool in Legends Tour history. The €18million (more than €8.6million of which will be assigned outside of the Majors of senior men’s golf – the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the US Senior Open and The Senior Open presented by Rolex) represents a 100 per cent increase since the tour returned to a full schedule in 2022 following the covid pandemic, with $2million to play for in the final two events on the Road to Mauritius and a bonus pool of $100,000 for the top five players in the final standings. Complementing the drama of the professional events will be the unique Celebrity Pro-Am, which sees stars from the world of sport and entertainment competing to raise money and awareness for their chosen charities. Meanwhile, passionate amateurs can tee off alongside their heroes in the Legends Experience, the tour’s one-of-a-kind pro-am experience. The announcement suggests the global growth of the Legends Tour – which hit new heights in 2023 – is set to continue. At the end of the season, the brand announced record figures for amateur participation, spectators and social media engagement, with the latter taking total reach across all channels to over 100million people for the first time. In November, the inaugural Vinpearl DIC Legends Vietnam – the competition’s first foray into Vietnam – embodied the expansion into new markets, including Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America, that has characterised the Legends Tour’s first three years. Phil Harrison, CEO of the Legends Tour, said: “We have been working hard behind the scenes, and 2024 promises to be another incredible year for the Legends Tour. “Securing new events in some truly spectacular venues around the world is always a key objective of ours, and we are thrilled with the additions to the schedule for this season, as well as the prestigious venues we are honoured to return to. “Everything – from the standard of competition to the number of amateurs getting

FedEx becomes Title Sponsor of the Open de France on the DP World Tour

5th February 2024
FedEx assumes this sponsorship position in time for the 106th edition of the tournament being held at Le Golf National from October 10-13, 2024. Past champions include legends of the game such as Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, José María Olazábal, Sir Nick Faldo, Byron Nelson and Walter Hagen. The tournament now occupies a prime position in the DP World Tour’s new look Back 9, where players will be competing in nine of the Tour’s most historic tournaments and national opens from August to October to try and qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Play-Offs. The Strategic Alliance between the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour was pivotal in securing this historic agreement. FedEx has a long-standing relationship with the PGA TOUR dating back to 1986 with its sponsorship of the annual tournament in Memphis at TPC Southwind, currently the FedEx St. Jude Championship. FedEx expanded its involvement with the PGA TOUR in 2002 by becoming an Official Marketing Partner and then added the umbrella sponsorship position of the PGA TOUR’s season long FedExCup competition in 2007, which concludes with the FedExCup Playoffs each August. In addition to the significant on-course branding FedEx will receive, it will also be working closely with the DP World Tour’s award-winning original and branded content team to deliver creative content campaigns across digital channels in the build up to, and during, the tournament. Brian Philips, EVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at FedEx said: “We are proud to expand our reach in the world of professional golf by becoming the title sponsor of the Open de France on the DP World Tour. FedEx has been a long-time supporter of the PGA TOUR through the FedExCup and the annual tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, the company’s world headquarters. We look forward to working with the DP World Tour in France, home to our largest international air operation at Charles de Gaulle airport. The hub serves more than 45 countries across Europe and employs more than 5,500 team members in the greater Paris region.” Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the DP World Tour, said: “We’re excited to welcome FedEx to the DP World Tour’s global platform where they can build upon an already extensive golf marketing programme in the United States with the PGA TOUR. The Open de France is one of our oldest and most prestigious events, played on an iconic former Ryder Cup venue in Le Golf National. It will be a perfect platform for FedEx to showcase their global logistics capabilities to the sort of international audience that the DP World Tour attracts. This agreement is further evidence of how our Strategic Alliance with the PGA TOUR continues to enhance the DP World Tour and our members, by providing new commercial opportunities with prestigious brands.” Pascal Grizot, President of the French Golf Federation, said: “The 2024 FedEx Open de France is entering an exciting new era. In FedEx we have a new prestigious Title Sponsor with a strong track record in golf,

Costa Navarino to launch 2024 golf season with more experiences and offering than ever

2nd February 2024
Golfers can enjoy a round across four signature 18-hole courses – The Dunes Course, The Bay Course, alongside The Hills Course and the world’s first International Olympic Academy Golf Course, from February 19. In addition, professionals and amateurs can also participate in an array of prestigious golf tournaments and events such as the popular Aegean Messinia Pro-Am, on November 18-24. The destination recently featured in the Top 10 of Golf World’s acclaimed new “Top 100 World Resorts” ranking and won the coveted ‘World’s Best Golf Venue’ accolade at the 2023 World Golf Awards. Guests and players can choose from an array of hospitality offerings. This year marks the first full season for the ultra-luxury Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, which joins W Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, as well as the first full season for Navarino Agora, the vibrant marketplace, open to guests and locals. The season at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino starts on February 18 with a wide offering for sports aficionados and gastronomy enthusiasts alike. Guests can enjoy outdoors activities such as cycling and hiking, while exercising at 17 state-of-the-art courts of the Mouratoglou Tennis Center, where they can choose across  tennis, padel and pickleball. Kids and adults can enroll later in the season in the NBA Basketball School, and young football fans can join the FC Bayern Football Camps in the summer. Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino opens on April 1 for its first full season with five new three-bedroom villas and a five-bedroom Royal Villa, which will all be launched later in the season. The luxurious Royal Villa can accommodate up to 12 guests and spans across 1,095sqm of indoor and outdoor space. All the villas benefit from views of the historic Bay of Navarino and the unparalleled personalised service that Mandarin Oriental is known for. Guests can experience a wide range of new treatments this year at The Spa and younger guests can throw themselves into a vast array of activities at the new Kids Club. The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort will welcome guests from April 25. A new adults-only pool enhances the resort offering, alongside a series of exclusive wine, champagne and whisky events. The resort’s Ionian Exclusive Suites and Villas collection will benefit this year from new, personalised experiences, curated to address each guest’s needs. All pool villas benefit from total privacy and direct beachfront access. The adults-friendly (over 12yo) beachfront W Costa Navarino opens for the season on May 3, with a new programme of music, wellness, watersports, and gastronomy events. A ‘Wellness Sound Weekend’ kicks off the season for those looking to unwind and discover the benefits of music for their wellbeing, as well as a ‘Chefs on Fire’ festival, hosting well-known Greek chefs who will showcase the best of local cuisine with an innovative and creative twist. Navarino Agora, a microcosm of experiences, will welcome guests, locals and visitors of Messinia on April 1. This bustling area is a hub of arts and culture,
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