In a progressive step, golf courses in the Algarve – voted the world’s favourite golf destination 2020 by the golf tourism industry – have re-opened their doors.
From May 4, emerald swathes of land across the Algarve have once again been providing the natural habitat for enthusiastic golfers to experience what they have missed so dearly during the Covid-19 lockdown. What they have discovered is courses presented in excellent condition at what is an optimum time of the year for play.
Each golf venue is following strict public health guidelines and has implemented new measures under the Portuguese Golf Federation’s ‘The Game’ guidance, to ensure safety and responsibility for players and staff, with the initial demand for tee times proving very encouraging.
President of the Algarve Tourism Bureau (ATA), João Fernandes, commented: “We are delighted that our trusted golf course partners have shown such resilience and diligence in preparing our golf courses and implementing changes, which allow all golfers in the Algarve to play safely and enjoy the game.
“Coupled with the new national ‘Clean & Safe’ certification stamp from Turismo de Portugal for tourism-related businesses, we are making a huge effort to bring confidence and security to our incredible golf tourism industry.
“Portugal – and particularly the Algarve – has been relatively lightly affected by the coronavirus. However, for now, the message from the Algarve to all its admirers is to follow the rules on social distancing and to protect the most vulnerable in their communities. Then, when the time is right, we will meet again under the sun
Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, continues to support the long-running sustainability activities and extension of environmental policies at many of its facilities around the world, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including taking greater steps to reduce waste and conserve the environment.
One standout example of this is the prestigious UK property, The Grove. The championship venue have made a commitment to environmental practices in the last twelve months, such as removing single use plastic across their food and beverage outlets, use of compostable or reusable vessels, and implementation of a waste strategy to achieve zero waste to landfill. Their efforts saw them awarded a Green Apple Award for Recycling Initiative & Environmental Best Practice last November. The annual international campaign recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world and has become one of the most popular global environmental campaigns over the past 25 years.
Similarly, Las Colinas Golf and Country Club in Alicante, Spain, is making headway in reducing its carbon footprint by replacing all plastic water bottles on the buggy fleet and all one-litre bottles sold in the clubhouse with biodegradable Tetra-Pacs – a combined saving of more than 50,000 bottles per year. They are also now using compostable cups at their water dispensers in the gym, these cups are collected and composted onsite to use in and around the property. The sale of plastic tees will also be banned, in addition to the club implementing the sale of a new clothing brand called Ecoalf, a Spanish product created from recycled ocean plastic and drinks bottles.
Jon Brook, Director of Golf and Sports at Las Colinas, commented: “Sustainable golf development is successful golf development. The team at Las Colinas has worked hard by taking practical actions that make a difference, and it’s encouraging to see stakeholders within the industry realising the importance of small changes we can all make.”
Moving north-east, The PGA National Czech Republic at The Oaks in Prague has placed a strong emphasis on using natural resources to support sustainability with the recent completion of a Strategic Forestry plan to enhance native species in the region. This has seen the property develop its own bark mulch, which will not only smother weeds and eliminate the use of herbicides, it will also reduce watering requirements and provide a non-artificial surface for new paths and walkways.
Located in southwest Peloponnese in Greece, Costa Navarino is home to two of the finest Troon managed golf courses in Europe and, in 2019, saw the creation of one of the world’s first earth-sheltered clubhouses. Literally built into the natural landscape, the Bay Course building is directly aligned with the club’s sustainable principles and the design is based on a doctrine of bioclimatic architecture. Not only does it feature planted roofs, including a total of 27,500 plants and trees both around the clubhouse and on its rooftop, it also uses materials and systems that maximise the building’s energy efficiency.
In the Middle East, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club was designed with sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment and in compliance with strict environmental guidelines. Home to over 180 bird species, families of Mountain Gazelle and a natural nesting area for Hawksbill turtles, the club is dedicated to protecting its wildlife. As a result, the Abu Dhabi venue became a certified Audubon member, members of the program have demonstrated their commitment to environmental stewardship by completing our multifaceted certification process thereby reducing water and chemical usage, increasing wildlife habitat areas, and more.
Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi said: “Our vision for Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is to successfully operate a world-class golf course in full harmony with its natural environment. The club is immensely proud to be a fully certified Audubon International golf course and we will continue to assess our ongoing practises to ensure we are operating at the most efficient levels.”
Staying in the United Arab Emirates, Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah was the first golf club in the region to go fully plastic-free, having eliminated any item in September last year. The club has also introduced a high-quality water filtration solution, meaning members and guests are now supplied with a 500ml or one-litre glass bottle that can be replenished throughout their round and returned following play.
In Dubai, The Track Meydan Golf took steps last year to remove single-use plastic water bottles from the facility. To ensure the guest experience is not compromised, the facility have invested in additional water dispensers around the course allowing players to refill their bottles at the Mai Dubai water stations.
Mark Chapleski, President of Troon International, said: “It has been astonishing to see how much has been achieved by our properties. Our property leaders, alongside their expert teams, have all been working diligently to put practices into place that ensure our courses are more sustainable and efficient – ensuring the environment remains a top priority for everyone.
“Troon International is proud to be working with facilities around the world that are united in their environmental focus and recognise the important role golf can play in both bettering and maintaining the landscapes and communities around them. As the properties achieve global recognition for their efforts, Troon International hopes to inspire others to take action, becoming more environmentally friendly and sustainably focused in the process.”
Tournament for Professional Women Golfers at Acclaimed Property Moved to 2021
Circling Raven Golf Club – the No. 1-rated public course in Idaho and amenity of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel – today announces that the Circling Raven Championship, a Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” event, will be canceled this season.
The inaugural event was scheduled for Aug. 24-30, 2020, the first in a three-year partnership with the Tour. It was to have featured a full field of competitors battling for $200,000 in prize money.
“This is the right thing to do, and we look forward to working with the LPGA in hosting the Symetra Tour’s Circling Raven Championship in 2021,” said Laura Stensgar, CEO, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel.
“We anxiously await the inaugural Circling Raven Championship in 2021,” said Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer, Symetra Tour. “As we reworked this year’s schedule, the goal has been to provide as many safe playing opportunities for our Symetra Tour professionals as possible, with an eye towards the future as well. While Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort have decided to postpone their event until 2021, we know their team is anxious to build a long and fruitful partnership.”
The BMW International Open scheduled to take place between 24th and 28th June 2020 has been cancelled due to the German government’s ban on large events until 31st August. Tournament organiser BMW and the European Tour decided not to hold the tournament this year after close consultation. Both partners regret the cancellation of the iconic tournament, but agree that the health of everyone involved has paramount priority. Tickets purchased in advance will be reimbursed.
“It was by no means an easy decision to cancel the BMW International Open for the first time in 31 years of the tournament’s history, particularly in view of the golf fans in Germany and our tournament partners,” said Sebastian Mackensen, Senior Vice President BMW Group Germany and Tournament President of the BMW International Open, “but the health and well-being of visitors, players, media representatives, partners, organisers and volunteers has top priority. We would like to thank the European Tour for the cooperative partnership based on trust, also in this situation. Many thanks go to our partners and service providers as well, for their support to date in preparing the BMW International Open 2020.”
Keith Pelley, CEO of the European Tour, said, “The decision to cancel the BMW International Open, which has been a cornerstone of the European Tour calendar for three decades, was made in consultation with our long-term partner BMW with public health and well-being the absolute priority for all of us.
“Our thanks go to BMW for their constructive and conscientious collaboration in making this decision, and of course, for their ongoing support of the European Tour. We continue to monitor the effect of the ongoing pandemic on all our events, whilst also planning behind the scenes for a variety of different scenarios for when it is safe and permitted to resume playing. We will only announce details of these plans when we have clarity on the global situation.”
Scenarios such as holding the 32nd BMW International Open without spectators or postponing it until later on in 2020 were investigated by BMW and the European Tour and assessed as not feasible.
The cancellation of the BMW International Open and the cancellation announced today for the Open de France, as well as the postponement of the Scottish Open now sees all European Tour tournaments up to the end of July 2020 cancelled or postponed.
Special provision has been made for customers who have already purchased one or more tickets for the BMW International Open 2020 during advance sales. The purchase will be cancelled automatically in the near future and the full amount will be reimbursed. In addition, every customer will receive an e-mail informing them of the reversal of the ticket purchase as a cancellation confirmation. This special provision replaces the “Terms and Conditions for the Relocation or Cancellation of the Event” and applies for all ticket categories.
The BMW Championship (Olympia Fields Country Club, Chicago, USA) has already been postponed by a week. The new date for the penultimate tournament of the PGA TOUR Playoffs is the 25th to 30th August 2020. The BMW PGA Championship (8th to 13th September 2020, Wentworth Club, London, England) and the Ryder Cup with Worldwide Partner BMW (22nd to 27th September 2020, Whistling Straits, Kohler, USA) are currently still scheduled to take place as planned.
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Adare Manor makes it three in a row with another award recognising the Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain and Ireland 2020
The latest award from GD comes following a string of accolades for the resort in the last 12 months, with a golf course that is now recognised alongside some of the most respected layouts in the game and a resort capable of hosting the world’s most prestigious events.
Following its transformational two-year redevelopment, restoration and expansion, the future 2026 Ryder Cup host venue has welcomed thousands of visitors with moments of magic since reopening in 2018. Boasting a 500-strong, word-class team, every detail of Adare Manor’s highly praised experience is delivered with effortless luxury.
Away from the Tom Fazio-designed golf course visitors will experience a warm Irish spirited welcome and exquisitely curated bedrooms, and a striking, gothic-inspired Manor House. Last year, The Oak Room at Adare Manor was also awarded a Michelin star, making it the only starred restaurant in County Limerick. The experience at Ireland’s pre-eminent castle and golf resort impressed to hand Adare Manor another accolade with one of its ‘Choice Awards’.
Andy McMahon, Director of Golf Operations at Adare Manor, said: “We are delighted to receive this award once again and it is testament to all our teams’ hard work and dedicated service. At Adare Manor we’re completely committed to providing each and every guest a truly unique and memorable experience, so it’s fantastic to be recognised by Golf Digest as one of the best golf resorts in our region and certainly something we will strive to retain again next year.”
Set amidst a mature, 842-acre Adare Manor estate close to the picturesque village of Adare, golfers can expect the new golf course to match the timeless grandeur of the Manor House. Surrounded by medieval ruins, walled gardens and winding woodland paths, the resort encompasses a new 42-bedroom wing, expansive ballroom, La Mer spa, and an exceptional gastronomy programme to deliver an unforgettable guest experience.
The business, leisure and sports complex located in Cartagena, Murcia, has decided to donate essential products to three local charities with the aim of helping those who need it most during the COVID-19 crisis. Together we can all help beat COVID-19.
Given the current global situation caused by COVID-19, La Manga Club has donated different types of food to three local charities to support the work they are doing in favour of those in need and most affected by this global crisis.
The resort has given a combination of dairy products, fruit and vegetables, as well as gluten-free and dietary products, to three well-known local charitable organisations, such as the Good Samaritan Home (Hogar del Buen Samaritano), Saint Theresa’s Hospice (Hospitalidad Santa Teresa), and the Food Bank of Cartagena (Banco de Comida de Cartagena). With this action, La Manga Club is helping those at risk of exclusion and contributing to reduce the inequality gap during COVID-19.
The COVID-19 health crisis adds to the social crisis that already affects the most fragile and delicate people in society so now, more than ever, the help provided by the resort is essential. This symbolic contribution helps to improve the current situation and provides support to those that need it most.
In addition, La Manga Club takes this opportunity to thank the effort and hard work carried out by all the professionals across different sectors, from those involved in the day to day supply chain management, to those working in health, social care and in charge of protecting our society. They are all providing their resources while risking exposure to the virus. La Manga Club joins the entire community to express their support and praise their work. Together, by staying at home, we will overcome this pandemic.
Spielbetrieb auf Golfanlagen voraussichtlich ab Mittwoch, den 18. März 2020 bundesweit einheitlich untersagt!
Bereits heute (Stand: 17. März 2020) ist in verschiedenen Bundesländern das Spiel auf Golfanlagen durch behördliche Anordnung untersagt. In anderen Bundesländern gelten demgegenüber (noch) weniger weitreichende Regelungen, etwa in Nordrhein-Westfalen, das nicht den Betrieb, sondern lediglich „Zusammenkünfte in Sportvereinen, sonstigen Sport- und Freizeiteinrichtungen“ verbietet, oder aber in Baden-Württemberg, in dem sich das Betriebsverbot nur „auf Sportstätten in geschlossenen Räumen“ bezieht. Diese unterschiedliche Handhabung in den einzelnen Ländern hat auf Golfanlagen zu Verunsicherung geführt.
Mit dem offensichtlichen Ziel einer bundesweiten Vereinheitlichung geltender Regelungen haben sich die Bundesregierung und Regierungschefinnen und Regierungschefs der Bundesländer am gestrigen Tag darauf verständigt, den „Sportbetrieb auf und in allen öffentlichen und privaten Sportanlagen, Schwimm- und Spaßbädern, Fitnessstudios und ähnliche Einrichtungen“ für den „Publikumsverkehr“ zu schließen. Den vollständigen Text der Vereinbarung finden Sie unter folgendem Link:
Vor ihrem Wirksamwerden bedarf diese Vereinbarung allerdings noch einer Umsetzung in den einzelnen Ländern, die kurzfristig – sehr wahrscheinlich bereits am morgigen Mittwoch, den 18. März 2020 – zu erwarten ist und die auf Grund des unterschiedlichen Verwaltungsaufbaus durch verschiedene Rechtsakte, etwa in Form einer sog. Allgemeinverfügung oder mittels Landesverordnung, erfolgen kann. Ungeachtet dessen ist ohne Zweifel davon auszugehen, dass Golfanlagen als „Sportanlage“, oder jedenfalls als „ähnliche Einrichtung“, im Sinne der o. g. Vereinbarung sowie bereits bestehender Regelungen anzusehen sind und daher von Betriebsverboten betroffen sind oder sein werden. Entsprechende Untersagungen, denen unbedingt Folge zu leisten ist, betreffen den kompletten Spielbetrieb auf Golfanlagen. Lokale Behörden, z. B. Ordnungsämter, überprüfen dies nach Kenntnis des DGV bereits vor Ort.
Die Durchführung platzpflegerischer Arbeiten bleibt nach Überzeugung des DGV von den oben genannten Verboten unberührt. So stellt die Vereinbarung zwischen Bundes- und Landesregierungen mit der Wortwahl „Für den Publikumsverkehr zu schließen sind…“ auf den Besuch der Sportstätte durch Kunden und Mitglieder, nicht aber auf Maßnahmen zum Erhalt der Golfanlage, ab. Einer gesonderten Betrachtung bedarf auch der Betrieb einer Gastronomie, der momentan nicht generell untersagt ist. Hier sind die Länder durch o. g. Vereinbarung angehalten, Regelungen zu erlassen, die bspw. Öffnungszeiten und Tischabstände betreffen.
DGV-Bulletin Nr. 2/2020 vom 17. März 2020
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Weitere Informationen enthält das DGV-Bulletin Nr. 1/2020 vom 16. März 2020, das per Rundmail versandt wurde und im DGV-Serviceportal auf der Startseite heruntergeladen werden kann. Neben unseren Rundmails, stehen Ihnen stets die aktuellen Informationen des Verbandes im DGV-Serviceportal zur Verfügung.
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What’s more, with weather conditions in Thailand clear and sunny on a daily basis, the country’s top layouts in peak condition, and tourist crowds thinned out, many golfers are discovering that there has rarely been a better time to sample the nation’s incredible golf offerings.
The concern about the COVID-19 virus, has dominated headlines worldwide, has made it a challenging start to 2020 for the tourism industry globally.
Amid ongoing uncertainty about the illness, many visitors have reconsidered plans to visit Asia. Airlines have been forced to cancel flights while hotels around the region are reporting reduced occupancy.
TAT is pushing back against the climate of panic using the hashtag #wefightcovid19, as a theme as it drives home the message that Thailand has put the utmost effort to fight the virus.
Golfers too appear to be taking the virus situation in their stride. According to Golfasian, only 4.5% of confirmed bookings to Thailand have been cancelled due to the virus.
Mr. Mark Siegel, Golfasian Managing Director commented “We had 4,200 golfers on the ground between January and March, including 87 large groups of over 10 people. Golfers are a resilient bunch, and anyone who plans to travel to Thailand at this point can expect to have a great time.”
Indeed, clients currently enjoying a dream golf vacation in Thailand are being duly rewarded with a range of persuasive benefits.
All of Thailand’s golf courses are open for play, and there are no long queues or crowds at even the most sought-after layouts. Locker rooms are blissfully unoccupied, while service in clubhouse restaurants is prompt and gracious.
Many of the country’s golf courses are known for being immaculately groomed – even during busy periods. With visitor traffic down on its normal volume, these tracks are looking and playing as well as they ever have.
Off the course, the situation is just as agreeable. Hotels throughout Thailand are tabling some incredible deals with most offering low season rates a month ahead of schedule along with other specials.
Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said “TAT is delighted to know that golfers from around the world continue to choose Thailand as one of their preferred golf destinations and that only very few have cancelled their trips.”
Golfasian, which has been a market leader in golf tourism since its inception in 1997, is adopting a measured, practical approach to the COVID-19 virus. While the operator encourages clients to take sensible precautions; such as, washing their hands, it is pressing ahead with a “business as usual” approach.
It has two golf tournaments planned for March in Thailand – one in Pattaya and one in Hua Hin. Its staff, meanwhile, are shuttling throughout the region between Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
“Golfasian is here for the long term,” added Mr. Siegel. “We have been through tsunamis, floods, riots, airport closures, and will still be here after the virus runs its course.”
Israeli professional Asaf Cohen took the top honour at the fourth annual Messinia Pro-Am at Costa Navarino, in Greece - a destination he described as "amazing".
The PGA of Israel pro won by three shots from his rivals and used the experience of a previous play-off defeat at the venue to focus his mind.
He said: "I am very happy. Two years ago, I was close and lost in a play-off. This time I did not feel good with my swing, but my score was low, and I just tried to stay in the game and to make birdies when I had the chance."
Cohen's two rounds of 66 on the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed Bay Course, and 68 on the Bernhard Langer and EGD-designed Dunes Course gave him an overall eight-under-par total of 134.
He almost made a clean sweep of the prizes, too, with his team of amateurs - Igor Pyatiagorsky, Joseph Levy and Mendy Elbaz - finishing second on countback to Team Bossert, which comprised Swiss pro André Bossert and amateur teammates Richard Dillon, Dorian Huber and Iban Soroa.
Finishing second in the team competition did not dampen Cohen's enthusiasm for the event or for Costa Navarino as a destination.
"Everything is amazing here: the courses are nice, good condition, the accommodation at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is so good," he added.
"Every time I come with a group they say ‘please, let's come again next year' - and, for sure, we come again next year. It's my favourite event of the year. At this time of the year in Europe, it's very difficult to find courses in good condition, but here the courses are amazing. The best we can ask for. And I hope I can play more tournaments here."
Amateurs and professionals were in good hands at the event as the celebrity guests included Germany's FIFA World Cup-winning goalkeeper Sepp Maier and the designer of the Bay Course, Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Maier, now 75, said: "Costa Navarino is amazing. You have great landscapes and beautiful courses, so I have everything I need here. It's my first time in the Messinia Pro-Am and everything is organised perfectly - the only thing I need to take care of is my golf game … and that's difficult."
And Trent Jones added: "This is memory lane for me. A lot of memories came floating back … memories of Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos, whose dream this was.
"And today I'm creating new memories by playing in a competition here which I've never done before. The course is in excellent condition; I believe it's getting better and better and I complimented the superintendent on his work here.
"Obviously, when I first came here, Costa Navarino was not a golfing destination. Now they have two courses, which have been operating for 10 years, and are building two more courses, so this will make it even more special for people."
Players and guests were accommodated at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, a multi-award-winning five-star resort, and enjoyed several memorable social occasions away from the courses, as Costa Navarino - the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean - teed off the European golf season in some style.
The Troon Abu Dhabi Pro-Am 2020, took place on all three Troon Abu Dhabi courses, starting at the stunning Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, then Yas Island course Yas Links Abu Dhabi and finally, the ‘Home of Champions’ Abu Dhabi Golf Club. There were 25 teams competing with a strong line-up of professionals that consisted the likes of: former European Tour winners, current Ladies European Tour players and MENA Tour Professionals. The event, which is sanctioned and refereed by the Confederation of Professional Golf, was a source of great drama and fantastic performances across the three championship courses.
With it only being a month since the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, a Rolex Series Event was played at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the course was in immaculate condition and was a true test of golf. On the final day of the Tournament it was defending champion Busher that put himself in pole position for victory after going on a four-hole birdie run from the 2nd hole followed by another birdie on the 8th to leave him five under par for the front nine.
It was an exhilarating finale with Busher and Heraty both tied at the top but with Heraty missing a crucial putt on the 17th, it gave Busher hope going into the final hole of the tournament. Busher handled the pressure impressively, holing a slippery putt for birdie on the 18th Green leaving Heraty under pressure just one shot back as he played the famous last hole in front of the clubhouse crowd. Heraty couldn’t quite make his birdie to tie the lead meaning Busher was crowned Champion yet again!
Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi, commented after tournament: “The Abu Dhabi Pro-Am is a highly anticipated event here in Abu Dhabi and since its inception we’ve seen it go from strength to strength. Golfers who enter can look forward to an unforgettable tournament experience in peak season.
“I would also like to say, what an incredible victory for Robbie Busher for the second year running. To shoot a final round of 6-under par (66) around this golf course, to beat his fellow friend and MENA Tour Professional Joe Heraty who played so well by just one shot, it was a well-deserved win and a pleasure to crown him our Champion yet again!”
As well as three days of competition, participants also enjoyed the 5* Golf Hotel of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, exceptional culinary delights throughout the Welcome Cocktail, Lunches and Gala Dinner, and the additional experience of Go Karting at the world famous Yas Marina Circuit.
With the tournament season extending to March; golfers and tourists have the opportunity to visit Abu Dhabi to hone their skills and enjoy the action on and off the course. With three courses available to them, including Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Yas Links Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, it’s a golfer’s paradise. Although golf has made the headlines in Abu Dhabi recently, visitors should not forget about the incredible attractions including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Yas Island attractions.
Much beloved for its live entertainment, welcoming atmosphere, and dozens of leisure attractions, Branson is increasingly becoming known as one of America’s best golf destinations.
Located 20 minutes from the Arkansas border in southwest Missouri, Branson has added several new golf courses in the recent past, including three in the past three years. There are now 10 diverse yet complementary courses that golfers can choose from, all are open to the public and close to one another.
The newest course to debut may be the most exciting yet. Named Payne’s Valley, it’s an 18-hole championship course paying homage to Payne Stewart, the legendary former PGA TOUR player who grew up in nearby Springfield, Mo.
Designed by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture company, TGR Design, in tandem with Big Cedar Lodge and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris, Payne’s Valley features an extra hole for settling bets that is called the “Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™.”
The sprawling, pristine layout will open 13 holes for play on March 6, with a $195 greens fee. To book tee times at Payne’s Valley, call 800-225-6343. The remaining holes are expected to be ready for play this summer, when a Grand Opening will herald their completion.
Based on media visitor reviews thus far (10 holes were open for preview play last fall), Payne’s Valley is an outstanding layout that caters to the best players as well as those less skilled. The course design features a wide variety of hole types, undulating terrain, Ozarks beauty, immaculate conditions, and the ability to play the ball along the ground virtually throughout (minimal forced carries).
That Payne’s Valley has garnered early critical acclaim should not come as a surprise given that most Branson Golf courses have garnered “best-in-kind” ratings by local and national media. In addition to Payne’s Valley, Branson Golf courses include Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio/Johnny Morris), Branson Hills (Chuck Smith/Bobby Clampett), Ozarks National (Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw), LedgeStone (Tom Clark), Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus), Mountain Top (Gary Player), Thousand Hills (Bob Cupp), The Pointe, and Holiday Hills.
“Branson offers a variety of golf courses, with layouts and price points to suit every taste,” said Lynn Berry, Branson CVB, Director of Communications. “Branson has become one of the most compelling places to play golf in the world.”
A Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw creation, 18-hole Ozarks National debuted in May 2019. Mountain Top, a walking only, 13-hole course, opened on August 31, 2018. They join Payne’s Valley and two other golf courses at remarkable Big Cedar Lodge. The award-winning resort has garnered “Best Midwest Resort” by Travel + Leisure readers several times.
Branson Golf provides a first-class collection of courses, a tailor-made place for intrepid travelers who love exploring destinations with excellent places to place, coupled with an abundance of leisure, lodging, meeting, event, family, and dining options.
Four-time Major winner joins field as eight of the world’s top 10 now confirmed for Adare Manor
With six months to go until the eagerly-anticipated sixth staging of the JP McManus Pro-Am, world no.1 Brooks Koepka has been announced as the latest golfer to join the illustrious field headed for Adare Manor. The 29-year-old has been the name on everybody’s lips since capturing the 2017 US Open, and the Florida native has won at least one Major championship in each of the last three seasons, en route to the summit of golf’s world rankings.
Koepka is the latest in a long list of players to join a line-up also including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Niall Horan and Mark Wahlberg in Adare, Co. Limerick, next summer. Eight of the world’s top 10 players have now been confirmed for the two-day event, July 6th & 7th this year.
It will be a JP McManus Pro-Am debut for Koepka, who emerged from the Challenge Tour and European Tour in 2015 to land the Waste Management Phoenix Open on his side of the pond. That was merely a taste of what was to come from the 29-year-old, whose huge distance off the tee and superb all-round game have seen him become the dominant player in the men’s game over the past three years. After winning his maiden Major title at the 2017 US Open, Koepka went up another level in 2018 and a second US Open, a USPGA Championship and the 2019 USPGA Championship were added to his trophy cabinet. Indeed, Koepka’s 2018 US Open – USPGA Championship ‘double’ was the first since Tiger Woods in 2000, while that 2019 triumph in Bethpage saw Koepka become the first golfer in history to hold back-to-back titles in two Majors simultaneously.
Pro-Am host Mr. JP McManus said he is delighted Koepka will be at Adare Manor in July. “It’s fantastic for the Pro-Am that Brooks has committed to the event and I extend our sincere thanks to him for doing so. It promises to be very special for the spectators to see a player of his calibre in action this July and we are also extremely fortunate to have eight of the world’s top ten golfers confirmed to participate.”
The Pro-Am takes place July 6th-7th 2020 at the Tom Fazio redesigned Golf Course at Adare Manor. The course, along with the Adare Manor Hotel, reopened in 2017 after an extensive refurbishment which earned the hotel the prestigious ‘Hotel of the Year’ award in the Virtuoso ‘Best of the Best Awards 2018’ and the ‘#1 Resort in Europe’ in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2019.
Once again, charitable organisations in the Mid-West will benefit from the Pro-Am, with millions raised since the event was first held in 1990. Please note tickets for the event are sold out.
Major Champion and multiple Tour winner, Henrik Stenson, has been inspired by a global environmental campaign this week from SMBC Singapore Open host venue, Sentosa Golf Club.
The golfing superstar, who is playing in his second Singapore Open this week, caught up with the team at Sentosa Golf Club to discuss the role golf can play in stopping the effects of climate change and learn more about their latest environmental campaign, called GAME ON.
It’s an issue becoming ever more relevant for Stenson, who recently unveiled his own golf course design intentions with the opening of a new 18 hole course at Österåker Golf Club, north of Stockholm.
Of the eco-friendly measures he was introduced to by Andrew Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, Stenson was particularly impressed by the club’s plans for a food and horticultural digester, which can grind down waste to be used as fertiliser on the golf courses.
Stenson said: “That’s unbelievable, super impressive. So, when you’re playing your shot and you take a divot who knows what might be in there!
“The water savings through the single head sprinkler system is also pretty neat. It’s a massive saving and something I will definitely consider in my future course designs. At my first course we’re already saving water by carefully monitoring the rough areas we grow up, but there’s potential for loads for more efficiency.”
It’s model that aims to educate and inspire the global golfing community, creating a more socially conscious industry and consumer, who will be better prepared to introduce modern sustainability practices that will reduce golf club’s environmental impact, as well as improving the quality of facilities on offer throughout the world.
The model, which will become available in March as a free downloadable toolkit from the Sentosa Golf Club website, has been developed by one of the world’s leading agronomists, Andrew Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, who has more than 30 years of experience in golf operations. Johnston is also one of the leading figures in the golf industry when it comes to sustainability, helping Sentosa to become one of the most recognised eco-friendly golf facilities in the world through the measures he has implemented.
In recent years, Sentosa Golf Club has increased exposure for its own sustainable initiatives through the development of its #KeepItGreen campaign, which launched at the 2018 SMBC Singapore Open. Under its umbrella, which now includes GAME ON, the club continues to undertake wide-ranging actions to reduce its environmental footprint, both on and off the course.
Speaking about the launch of GAME ON this week at the SMBC Singapore Open, Andrew Johnston, General Manager and Director of Agronomy at Sentosa Golf Club, said “GAME ON will target the relevant issues that both golf and the world faces in its fight against climate change. Sentosa Golf Club is proud to be at the forefront of this campaign and hope to create a legacy with golf’s leading organisations and community that will have a huge bearing on our future.
Being able to launch the GAME ON campaign at an event like the SMBC Singapore Open is crucial to allowing us to spread our message to a wider international audience and encourage change within the game of golf.
Henrik Stenson added: “Spending time at Sentosa Golf Club this week has definitely made me think more about the importance of sustainability in golf course design. Their campaign is certainly inspiring the world of golf to front up, take action, and play its part in stopping the very real threat of climate change. This sport should act now, and I’d say it’s very much game on for the golf industry.
“Some of the modern-day sustainable practices implemented here by Andrew and his team are mind blowing. I’m impressed with their willingness to share this knowledge through the campaign, educate and inspire others. Many of the measures are so simple, which I can take and utilise for my first golf course design, and the ones I have planned for the future.
“What the club is doing here deserves huge credit and praise. They are at the forefront of the golf industry and an example to us all with their green agenda. It’s amazing to see a golf club so dedicated and committed to making an impact on the world stage.”
The 2020 SMBC Singapore Open, which is at the halfway stage, is the one of the biggest tournaments on the Asian Tour schedule this year, with Stenson joined by the two other 2016 Rio Olympic medallists, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar, who are both two shots off the lead. That lead is currently held by defending champion, Jazz Janewattananond, who has clearly been enjoying his time on Sentosa’s Serapong course once again this week.
The courses are located throughout the Island – from the northwestern tip to the East Coast – with several in northeastern Puerto Rico near capital San Juan. Accentuating tropical splendor and remarkable ocean views, all six are renowned for their first-class service and inspirational settings. There are 18 courses in Puerto Rico, all open to the public.
“There are more than 250 golf venues in the Caribbean and Mexico” said Leah Chandler, Discover Puerto Rico, Chief Marketing Officer. “Golfweek selecting six Puerto Rico courses for this best-of acclaim illuminates the collective excellence of our golf courses and resorts.”
To determine the “best-of” rankings, more than 800 Golfweek course raters continually evaluate courses and rate them based on 10 criteria annually.
Puerto Rico is an enchanting destination where history, culture, gastronomy, nightlife, beaches, hotels and resorts abound. It requires no passport for American citizens, is bilingual, uses the U.S. dollar for currency, and is the air hub of the Caribbean. There are more than 4,000 restaurants, an average of 200 daily flights via 24 airlines, and the lodging venues range from top hospitality brands to being named a top 10 Airbnb world destination.
More than 1,000 media from some 25 countries have made plans to attend and report from the 2020 PGA Merchandise Show. Golf Channel will broadcast Morning Drive live each day from the PGA Show to a worldwide audience; SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio network will originate more than 30 hours of live and recorded programming from the PGA Show and CBS Sports HQ will be streaming live each day from the Show Floor. Golf enthusiasts also can follow the latest daily news from the PGA Merchandise Show and through #PGAShow in social media.
As its Centennial celebration winds down, Pebble Beach Company looks to the future, announcing today it has entered into a partnership with Tiger Woods and his TGR Design firm to design a new short course on the former site of Peter Hay Golf Course.
"Pebble Beach has always been a special place to me," said Tiger Woods. "It's an honor for TGR Design and me to partner with Pebble Beach Company to design a new short course at such an iconic location."
Named for the former, long-time head professional at Pebble Beach, the Peter Hay Golf Course has been a focal point of the golf-centric community since its opening in 1957. Among its many uses, it has served as the home course for generations of young golfers and host to dozens of junior tournaments and charity events annually.
"Peter Hay's founding vision for this course aligns perfectly with TGR Design's ideals - introducing new players to the game, bringing families together, and providing a fun golf experience for players of all abilities," said Woods. "We at TGR Design look forward to building on and enhancing this vision with our redesign, which will incorporate more variety into the hole lengths and shot options, add more puttable areas within the green surrounds, and take advantage of the spectacular ocean views."
Pebble Beach Company's goal with the redesign is to elevate the year-round quality of its short course to that of its other golf courses (Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course). In addition, the new short course will leverage the first-class amenities of the adjacent Pebble Beach Golf Academy, and offer an incredible food and beverage venue with expansive ocean views. The experience will be a "can't miss" for golfers of all ages and abilities.
"We are thrilled to partner with Tiger Woods and TGR Design to transform the Peter Hay site into a world-class short course," said Bill Perocchi, Chief Executive Officer of Pebble Beach Company. "Tiger Woods and TGR Design are the perfect partners for this project, given Tiger's commitment to youth golf and experience in developing fun, creative, and playable courses for golfers of all levels."
The project is expected to take less than a year to complete, with a Grand Reopening targeted for the fall of 2020. Pebble Beach Company and TGR Design look forward to sharing more details on the design and reopening date in the coming months.
European Tour’s best newcomer Robert MacIntyre will be joined by tournament winners Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Guido Migliozzi, Erik Van Rooyen, in addition to Adri Arnaus and Matthias Schwab, at Emirates Golf Club
Hot on the heels of being named European Tour Rookie of the Year, Scotsman Robert MacIntyre has added his name to a world-class OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic field, where he will be joined by Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Guido Migliozzi and Erik Van Rooyen, who all claimed maiden European Tour titles in 2019.
The crop of rising stars will be joined at Emirates Golf Club by Adri Arnaus and Matthias Schwab, who themselves have both come close to a first victory this season, en route to finishing 41 and 17 on the Race to Dubai, respectively.
All six will arrive at Emirates Golf Club looking to emulate the success of defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, who will return to Dubai alongside fellow winners Rafa Cabrera Bello, Sergio Garcia, Haotong Li, Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett. In addition, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter, Matt Wallace and Lee Westwood are all set to inject their own star quality into the 31st edition of the event from 23-26 January.
Following a stellar amateur career, MacIntyre has impressed since earning his card through last year’s Challenge Tour Rankings, coming close to a maiden victory on several occasions – including runner-up finishes at both the British Masters and Made in Denmark. The left-hander will therefore hope to rubber stamp his rookie accolade with a first title very soon and the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic will be one of the first opportunities for him to do so in 2020.
“This year really couldn’t have gone much better,” said the 23-year old MacIntyre, who finished in a tie for sixth on his first Major appearance at the Open Championship earlier this year. “I’ve come close to winning on a few occasions, which has been a great experience. I learned a lot each time and feel it is just a matter of time until I put it all together and win. If that were to be in Dubai, it would be amazing. The Scots have a pretty good record there, so I’d love to follow on from Stephen (Gallacher) and Colin (Montgomerie) by putting my name on the trophy too.”
Much like MacIntyre in 2019, Van Rooyen had spent much of the previous 18 months knocking on the door of a first European Tour title, which subsequently came earlier this year at the Scandinavian Invitation. Rubber stamping his status as one of the Tour’s brightest young stars, the 29-year old has backed that up with three runner-up finishes and seven further top-10s, resulting in a career-best 10th place finish on the Race to Dubai.
“This has been a great year, but I hope it’s just the beginning,” said Van Rooyen, who graduated from the 2017 Challenge Tour Rankings. “To win in Sweden was an amazing moment in my career, but I have been just as pleased with the consistency I have shown this year. I want to build on this in 2020 and a win in Dubai, following in the footsteps of Ernie Els, would be amazing. I grew up watching him win all over the world and it would be great to achieve even a fraction of that myself.”
Migliozzi, fresh from a highly impressive first European Tour campaign, burst onto the scene this season. Claiming two victories in almost as many months, taking top spot at both the Magical Kenya Open and Belgian Knockout en route to 40th place on the Race to Dubai, the Italian will arrive in the UAE looking to kickstart his sophomore season in style by adding another title to his burgeoning resume.
“I cannot wait to play at Emirates Golf Club,” said the 22-year old, who would become the first Italian to win the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic title. “This has been an incredible first season, but I’m not going to stop here. I want this to be the start of a long career and the more I play in tournaments of this stature, the better I will get. I have not played in this event before, but I have heard great things, so I can’t wait to get going in January.”
It has been a roller-coaster journey for Bezuidenhout to get to this point in his career, but a victory at the Andalucia Masters back in June was a great example of triumph over adversity. His victory was no flash in the pan, however, as the South African racked up an additional five top-10 finishes and now sits as high as 90th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Rounding out the crop of emerging talent are Spain’s Adri Arnaus and Austria’s Matthias Schwab. The former has posted six top-10 finishes in 2019, including runner-up finishes in Kenya and the Czech Republic, while the latter narrowly lost out in a recent six-man play-off in Turkey – one of 10 top-10 results in just his second full season on the European Tour.
With the four-day event set to be bigger and better than ever, offering an enhanced hospitality experience, contemporary food and beverage offers and a rejuvenated kids’ zone, in addition to a truly world-class field, this is the perfect time to book daily, season or Terrace Hospitality tickets with prices starting from AED75.
The competitors in the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship were stunned on Wednesday night when the man himself made an unannounced ¬appearance at Quinta do Lago in Portugal before imparting his invaluable, world-class advice.
Rose will be back at the Algarve resort today/Thursday/Nov 14 to watch first-round leader Ben Schmidt, the 17-year-old from Rotherham, who shot an opening 68 to lie three ahead of nearest challenger Jacob Kelso after the first round of the 54-hole event.
On a day when the elements swung from drizzle to blazing sunshine, Schmidt, the world amateur number eight who has won the Brabazon Trophy and Carris Trophy this year, looked in complete control on Quinta do Lago’s North Course.
On the 10th, he drove his ball behind a tree before ¬ambling up and saying: “Perfect, eh?” From 116 yards – two yards to the tree – he conjured a lob wedge to 12 feet and holed for a three.
“You have to putt well here and I putted really well,” Schmidt said. “Being in the lead is something to -embrace, although I don’t really think about it too much.
Kent’s Kelso rolled his eyes when told after his fine 71 that Schmidt had “posted a good one”. “When does he ever post a bad one?” he said with a laugh.
Also in the final three-ball will be Hugh Adams, who is in a tie for third on level par alongside Devon’s Craig Passmore. It was a notable effort, considering that the Worcestershire player is the youngest in the boys’ field at 14.
In the girls’ event, Jess Baker had plenty to celebrate. The 17-year-old from Newcastle has signed up to join the University of Central Florida next year and posted a one-over-par 73 to take a two-shot lead over a group in second, comprising Mimi Rhodes, Rafiah Banday and Carmen Griffiths.
After an afternoon on the range and in the pool at this Algarve resort, the juniors ventured out for what they thought was a casual evening eating pizza. However, without any fanfare, Rose suddenly appeared and gasps filled the air. The world No 8, who is generously sponsoring this tournament for the first time, spoke of his excitement for today’s action.
“It was a brilliant day for me anyway,” Baker said. “But it’s just got even better.”
The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, which is supported by the R&A, European Tour Foundation and England Golf, is open to any juniors aged under-18 at midnight on January 1, 2019, with the finals set to be televised by Sky Sports later this year.
Located just 15 minutes away from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago is renowned among Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations and, with a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities, is the perfect choice for a sporting break.
As well as three 18-hole championship golf courses – the North, South and Laranjal – and outstanding practice facilities, guests can stay in shape at the state-of-the-art performance centre The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to keep fit.
A star-studded field is set to tee it up at this year’s Portugal Masters after former World Number One Martin Kaymer, 2020 Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington, four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace and 2017 Portugal Masters champion Lucas Bjerregaard all confirmed their attendance at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, from October 24-27.
The quartet join a field which includes a host of European Tour winners and Ryder Cup players as the 2019 season reaches its climax with just four events left to play following the Portugal Masters.
Kaymer, who won the U.S. Open Championship at Whistling Straits in 2010, will make his first appearance at the Portugal Masters since 2015. The German, who has played in four Ryder Cups, has a quartet of top-20 finishes this season and is looking to secure his place in the final three events on the 2019 Race to Dubai.
“It’s an event I’ve always enjoyed playing,” said Kaymer. “The move to October has given me the opportunity to add it to my schedule again.
“I’ve had some encouraging results this season, but it’s my goal to make the last three tournaments on the Race to Dubai, so Portugal gives me a great opportunity to take some momentum into those events.”
The Premium Golf NZ Summer Golf Experience Series is a two day international event that will be played December 29-30th at Gulf Harbour Country Club, New Zealand.
Gulf Harbour was built in 1997 and hosted the World Cup of Golf in 1998 followed by New Zealand Opens in 2005 & 2006. A championship tour quality course, the back nine offers tremendous scenic views and golf holes that are truly world class.
The two day event is open to New Zealand and International golf visitors
The format will be stableford on Day 1 and Gross and Net on Day 2 plus stableford for two day competitors. Shared carts, tournament gift bag, daily prizegiving including the major prizegiving and a buffet dinner on Day 2 is included in the entry fee. There will also be daily hole in one competitions and merit prizes for Nearest the Pin, Long Drive, Twos.
Merit commerative trophies will be given to the best New Zealand, Australian and International golfers - both men and women.
The $200 entry fee (both days) is complimentary to international golfers who book a Premium Golf NZ signature golf tour with inclusive dates. PGNZ offers a number of standard and bespoke packages around New Zealand to all major golf courses including Top World 50 course Kauri Cliffs in the nearby Northland region and all the way down the country to the Jack Nicklaus signature design Kinloch Club in Taupo to Cape Kidnappers in the Hawkes Bay and Jacks Point & The Hills in Queenstown.
Contact Linton at PGNZ for further information.
It’s the second year attending the IGTM as the PGA National Cyprus showcasing our 5-star Resort and Golf Course.
‘We are very excited for attending again together with our fellow partners, Argentario Golf Resort (Italy), Czech Republic (The Oaks), England (The Belfry), Ireland (Slieve Russell), Poland (Modry Las), Scotland (Gleneagles) and Turkey (Antalya), Russia (Zavidovo).’ A portfolio of exceptional resorts all being part of The PGA.
Nestled in the midst of a protected forest and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the award winning 5-star Aphrodite Hills Resort is located on two plateau and commands breathtaking views of the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love.
This idyllic and fully integrated Resort offers a diverse range of first-class facilities including luxurious accommodation, world class sports facilities, fine dining, relaxation and entertainment.
With stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and an exquisite setting amongst natural vegetation, the Resort is home to the Aphrodite Hills PGA National Golf Course. Visually spectacular, the course expands through indigenous olive and carob trees and is built on 2 plateaux separated by a dramatic ravine with outstanding views over the Mediterranean. The eco friendly layout has been awarded as Green Club and is a GEO-Certified Course that participates in an on course programme to continuously improve sustainability.
The Aphrodite Hills Hotel by Atlantica offers a first-class level of service for the discerning traveler. Rooms and suites offer the ultimate in luxury and include a selection of sensational ‘swim-up’ rooms. The hotel offers 290 luxury rooms with a variety of accommodation options, some overlooking the sea and the golf course.
Visitors wishing for the privacy of self-catering rental accommodation can choose from a variety of Holiday Residences properties. Short and long-term apartment and villa rental is available, and a dedicated team are onsite to ensure clients have everything they need.
The Retreat Spa by Atlantica offers something for everyone. With a fitness centre, swimming pool, extensive spa treatments, a hairdressing saloon and a Juice bar healthy restaurant.
At the heart of the Resort, the Village Square Restaurants by Atlantica offer something for all tastes. A plethora of fine eating establishments include: the popular ‘Pithari Tavern’ serving traditional island cuisine and local meze; ‘Gate to India’ offering innovative Indian cuisine; ‘Anoi Pub & Bar’ with an extensive variety of beers, ‘Zimi Trattoria’ serving assorted medley of salads pizzas, fresh pasta and other classic Italian dishes and the traditional Cypriot kebab house ‘Ladi & Rigani’. The Aphrodite Hills Golf Clubhouse offers elegant dining experience, serving a rich breakfast every morning but also authentic cuisine.
Aphrodite Hills Resort can be easily accessed from Paphos Airport by car in just 15 minutes whilst Larnaca Airport is just over an hour away.
On the eve of becoming host venue of The 2019 Solheim Cup (September 9-15), Gleneagles, the world-famous Scottish hotel and sporting estate, has staged a hugely successful launch session of love.golf, a pioneering social group coaching programme exclusively for women.
As part of Gleneagles' ongoing commitment to make its world-class facilities more accessible to everyone, beginner through to aficionado, it invited 20 enthusiastic females, many of whom were first-timers, to be part of an introductory session on the award-winning hotel's Pitch and Putt Course.
Overseen by Head PGA Golf Professional, Andrew Jowett, and guest love.golf coach from West Kilbride Golf Club, Linzi Dye, participants embraced the engaging approach, which is based on the academic study of award-winning Fellow PGA Professional and love.golf founder, Alastair Spink.
By adding social group coaching to the many routes golfers and enthusiasts can experience the game, Gleneagles continues to lead the industry by offering a range of innovative coaching programmes and events.
This is headlined by The Gleneagles Foundation, in its fourth year, that supports young and aspiring elite players. From six-years-old and upwards, the 850-acre Perthshire estate also stages Wee Eagles Camps in school holiday periods to inspire boys and girls into the game. These initiatives are supported by sell-out Junior and Women's Open competitions, the latter attracting over 150 participants at each event.
Following the love.golf session, Andrew Jowett, Head PGA Golf Professional at Gleneagles, commented: "While many non-golfers may perceive golf to be difficult to learn, by using the love.golf approach, this introductory session was able to demonstrate how inclusive, informal and engaging golf can be when shared with friends or colleagues."
Alastair commented: "love.golf is about learning together and getting out onto a golf course as soon as possible, not spending hours hitting golf balls on the range. Research shows that women who participate enjoy a sense of togetherness, a relaxed format, unexpected enjoyment and a boost in confidence.
"We are proud to introduce this concept to Gleneagles at a time when the female game is in the spotlight, and the Perthshire Estate gets set to welcome the biggest women's golf team event in the world."
Gleneagles, celebrating 100 years of golf this year, plans to stage a series of love.golf sessions from the Autumn onwards and create a lasting legacy of introducing women to the game following its hosting of The Solheim Cup.
It’s currently under construction and will be the first public venue to open by Tiger Woods and his golf architecture firm (TGR Design) – it will include an uncommon 19 holes, bringing to four the number of different hole totals found at various layouts in the destination.
Most courses have the widely accepted 18 holes, a lesser number have just nine, which many players view as substandard or “incomplete.” Branson breaks the mold with a 13-hole course (Mountain Top), a 9-hole course (Top of the Rock), and the soon-to-open Payne’s Valley (19 holes).
Add that Thousand Hills is a compelling par-64 design, deviating significantly from the most common par-72 configuration, and the destination supplies more playing variety than virtually anywhere. Many golf purists dismiss non-traditional courses – courses other than 18-hole designs – as somehow lacking. However, an examination of Branson-area courses counters that assumption.
Top of the Rock (Jack Nicklaus design) is a par-3 course with nine holes. It is played annually as part of Bass Pro Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge, a PGA TOUR Champions event, and the only par-3 course played as part of a PGA TOUR tournament. That it is deemed TOUR worthy, a course played by some of the world’s greatest golfers, speaks to its exceptional quality.
A Gary Player design, Mountain Top Golf Course is a walking only site, one where the tee boxes are special in their variety. Instead of the normal teeing areas, where largely ubiquitous sets of markers designate where players begin, golfers choose where they wish to start each hole. Given the size and shape of the teeing areas, this means holes can change dramatically with each choice.
The 19th hole at Payne’s Valley is dramatic in the extreme. Named “The Big Rock at Payne’s Valley™,” the striking par-3 “bet-settling” hole plays to an island green surrounded by streams and waterfalls flowing down millions-year-old exposed limestone walls to close the round. In addition to the abundant Ozarks beauty highlighted at the hole, this special finish concludes the round in memorable fashion.
Those seeking regulation 18-hole courses in the destination have several superb ones from which to choose, including Buffalo Ridge Springs (Tom Fazio design) and Branson Hills (Chuck Smith with Bobby Clampett), rated the top two courses in Missouri by Golfweek in its annual “Best Courses You Can Play by State.”
Two other top-notch 18-hole courses are LedgeStone (Tom Clark), which Golfweek rates No. 6 in the state, and Ozarks National (Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw), which opened to critical praise in April of this year.
Along with Top of the Rock, both Big Cedar Lodge golf amenities, Ozarks National is played during the Legends of Golf. Thousand Hills contains the traditional 18 holes, but its par 64 routing is anything but normal. This thanks to its author, Bob Cupp, a Jack Nicklaus design associate for 15 years before starting his own company. Cupp’s esteemed portfolio includes Old Waverly in Mississippi, which has hosted a U.S. Women’s Open, and Pumpkin Ridge and Crosswater at Sunriver Resort, both in Oregon and having hosted a PGA TOUR Champions Major and U.S. Amateur Championship, respectively.
While Cupp has earned acclaim for his conventional designs, his unorthodox creations feature unique twists. He built 12 replica holes lighted for nightly play at his Cloud Nine Course at Angel Park Golf Club in Las Vegas. A 2013 renovation of the Plantation Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee added a course within a course: The new "Quick Six" offers a six-hole loop that can be played in less than 90 minutes.
Thousand Hills is similarly unorthodox yet immensely satisfying. Suffice it to say, Branson-area courses span a collective spectrum from new to established, acclaimed to unconventional. It’s ideal for golfers who seek a one-of-a-kind, first-class golf destination experience.
The 148th Open will be played at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019, marking a historic return to Northern Ireland for golf’s original and most international golf Championship after nearly
70 years. The Open was last staged at Royal Portrush in 1951, when Max Faulkner became Champion Golfer of the Year. Northern Ireland will be at the center of the global sporting spotlight
when The Open is staged outside of Scotland and England for only the second time in the Championship’s more than 150-year history. Sports fans from throughout Ireland and around the world will
descend upon the town of Portrush to watch the world’s greatest golfers compete for the iconic Claret Jug.
Munich. In the world of golf, the third and penultimate round is often referred to as “Moving Day”, as the players strive to make progress up the leaderboard and play their way into contention ahead of Sunday’s final round. While Englishmen Jordan Smith (-13) and Matt Fitzpatrick (-12, T2), and Austrian Matthias Schwab (AUT, -12, T2) enjoyed a particularly successful day in this regard, Martin Kaymer found himself heading in the other direction. However, despite being five shots off the lead, Germany’s top golfer has still not given up hope of a second BMW International Open title.
Kaymer had to wait until the 16th hole for his first and only birdie in a round of 75 that saw him drop back to eleventh place. Whilst a five-shot deficit is by no means insurmountable on the final day, the two-time major winner will have to putt as well on Sunday as he did in the opening two rounds.
“I played similarly to the first two days, but the putts simply didn’t drop. You get days like that in golf. You have to stay calm and try not to play your way out of the tournament,” said the 34-year-old. “I am only five shots off the lead, so it is not an absolute nightmare. If I have a similar day tomorrow to the first two rounds then I might be able to make those ahead of me a little bit nervous.”
Smith (-6 for the round), Fitzpatrick and Schwab (-7) demonstrated emphatically what is possible on any given day. With the wind stronger than on the previous days, and the greens softer and therefore easier following the rain, the trio hit birdie after birdie to move to the top of the leaderboard.
“I have driven very well this week and hardly missed a fairway. That is the key when the greens are as hard as they were for the first two rounds. Today, the greens were very soft, which meant that you could attack them,” said Smith. “I really had my game under control today and feel right at home here in Germany.”
Like Kaymer, defending champion Matt Wallace (ENG, -11, T4) and Lee Westwood (ENG, -10, T6), the 2003 BMW International Open winner, are still in with a chance of winning their second title at Germany’s most iconic tournament.
With the exception of BMW Friend of the Brand Max Kieffer (-6), who climbed into a tie for 19th place, the remaining Germans who made the cut were unable to make up any ground on Saturday. Like Kaymer, Max Schmitt (-5, T24), Dominic Foos (-2, T46) and Marcel Schneider (even par, T60) will be hoping for a better Sunday.
Munich/Frankfurt. The BMW International Open kicked off with impressive performances on the course and Bavarian flair around the tournament site. The 15,500 spectators who flocked to Golfclub München Eichenried particularly enjoyed a dazzling opening round of 67 (-5) from Germany’s top golfer, Martin Kaymer, who played his way into an excellent position going into round two.
It is eleven years since Kaymer triumphed in Munich to become the first, and to this day only, German to win the BMW International Open. On Thursday, the two-time major winner remained bogey-free to set himself up nicely for an assault on title number two at Germany’s most iconic tournament. The 34-year-old underlined the impressive form he has shown recently with a controlled and virtually flawless performance.
“It was great fun with the crowds. There were a lot of people out there, even in the morning – and a lot of kids, which is good to see. I made very few mistakes and putted well. Unfortunately, I did not put myself in good positions on the third, fourth and fifth, which are actually birdie holes. I could have picked up another shot or two there. There is still room for improvement, but I am very happy,” said Kaymer. “Compliments to Golfclub München Eichenried, the greens are perfect – the kind of greens a tournament like the BMW International Open deserves.”
When the afternoon rounds were suspended due to a thunderstorm warning, Kaymer was tied for second place with England’s Oliver Wilson, one shot off the lead, which was held by Italian Andrea Pavan (66, -6).
Defending champion Matt Wallace (ENG, -3), Sergio García (ESP, +1) and Marcel Siem (GER, +1) were also among the players who were able to finish their rounds in the morning.
Many of the 15,500 spectators – the most ever recorded on a Thursday in the 31-year history of the tournament – had come dressed in Lederhosen or Dirndls. “Bavarian Day” served up a feast of Bavarian hospitality, including traditional oompah music and snacks in the tournament’s own beer garden, as well as world-class golf. (BMW)
Gleneagles' 2019 International Pro Am set to be The Glorious Playground's biggest celebration of competitive summer golf
Gleneagles, the world-famous Scottish hotel and sporting estate, is set for a Summer celebration of golf as its annual International Pro Am event, carrying a prize fund of £30,000 and staged the week after The Open at Royal Portrush, attracts its largest number of entries to date.
Close to selling out, the event mixes luxury hospitality, world-class service and five-star competitive golf across its three Top 100-ranked championship courses, The King's and The Queen's, both designed by James Braid, and The PGA Centenary Course, host venue for the 2019 Solheim Cup in September.
The four-day festival of golf (July 23-26), will see 24 teams, comprising three amateurs and a Pro, play for a prize fund that has increased by 60% from 2018 – with the winning PGA Professional receiving £8,000. The International Pro Am is a unique tournament in that it blends exceptional golf with luxury accommodation and some of Scotland's finest food and beverage experiences.
"This year's VIP golfing guests will enjoy a very special International Pro Am," said Gary Silcock, Director of Golf at Gleneagles.
"We will use this competitive showcase to celebrate the centenary of The King's and The Queen's courses, and undoubtedly raise a glass or two to the forthcoming Solheim Cup, as Gleneagles becomes the only venue in Europe to have staged both this and The Ryder Cup (2014)," he added.
The last few packages available for 2019 include a four-night stay in Sovereign Room accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, drinks reception and welcome dinner, post-tournament prize dinner and presentation, and daily use of the on-site range at The PGA National Golf Academy.
Non-playing resident guest rates and non-resident packages are also available. Contact us
The fourth annual Messinia Pro-Am – attended this year by the likes of Hollywood star Bill Murray – will take place from February 19-22, 2020, at Costa Navarino, the prime golf destination in Greece.
The event – played on both of the multi-award-winning signature golf courses, The Dunes Course and The Bay Course – is limited to 50 teams, each of which comprises one PGA professional and three amateurs, and is a great way to launch the new golf season.
Sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe and held under the auspices of the PGAs of Greece and the Hellenic Golf Federation, the Messinia Pro-Am not only provides a memorable three-day golfing experience in a mild climate and unspoiled Mediterranean landscape, but also includes a fascinating and enjoyable programme of themed events and activities which showcase the region in all its glory.
The par-70, 5,422m, Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed The Bay Course overlooks the historic Bay of Navarino. It is surrounded by olive groves and will welcome golfers in June to a new earth-sheltered clubhouse, blending into the landscape and almost invisible to the eye. The course meanders through three distinct settings – seaside, canyon, and grove – to provide striking contrasts.
The par-71, 6,018m, Bernhard Langer and EGD-designed The Dunes Course offers spectacular sea and river views and incorporates links-style features in areas closest to the sea, while occasionally venturing into olive and fruit groves.
The event’s official travel partner is Athens-based Erasmus Conferences & Events S.A. and team registration – which is strictly on a first-come, first-served basis – will open soon.
One of the world’s leading sustainable destinations, Costa Navarino is renowned for its pristine coastal location, breathtaking landscape, cultural heritage, luxury hospitality and real estate. A commitment to the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility exist throughout its operation, as well as a desire to promote the entire region of Messinia, while protecting and preserving both its natural beauty and heritage.
Wer gerne über Märkte schlendert und für den "Retro" kein Fremdwort ist, findet hier das ein oder andere Vintage Schätzchen. Zurückversetzt in frühere Zeiten bieten Händler aus ganz
Deutschland und den Nachbarländern ihre Waren an. Darunter Möbel, Einrichtungsstücke,Leuchten, Porzellan, sowie Schmuck, Grafiken u.v.m.
"Hipp" sind die Foodtrucks mit herzhaften und süßen Köstlichkeiten den ganzen Tag. Das Gelände der Klassikstadt im Osten Frankfurt bietet weitläufig Platz für alle Trödler und Sammler. Als besonderen kostenfreie Service steht ganztägig eine Gutachter zur Verfügung, bei dem man auch mitgebrachte Waren schätzen lassen kann. Der Familienausflug wird durch eine Möglichkeit für Kinder abgerundet, denn eine Schminkecke für die Kleinsten ermöglicht diesen eine besondere Freude.
Der Eintritt kostet 4 Euro (ermäßigt 3 Euro), Kinder sind kostenfrei, geöffnet ist der Outdoor Markt von 10 Uhr bis 18 Uhr, kostenfreies Parken. Klassikstadt, Orber Strasse 4a, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60386 Deutschland
Participants will be accommodated at the world renowned AA Five-Star Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa including golf transfers, lunches, evening meals and prizes.
PGA Professionals 1 Free in 8
The Scottish Golf Classic (20th October 2019) is a 5 night, 4 round event including Guaranteed Tee Times on Carnoustie Championship Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links, St Andrews Jubilee and St Andrews Old Course.
- Meet & Greet by our Representative
- Welcome pack upon arrival including all documentation & souvenir gifts
- Private luxury return golf transfers with experienced driver/concierge
- 5 Nights’ accommodation at ***** Old Course Golf Resort & Spa Old Course
- Twin or double room (2 persons sharing)
- Full Scottish breakfast each morning
- 3 x Evening meals as stated (excluding beverages)
- 3 x Golfers Lunch as stated (excluding beverages)
- 1 Round on St Andrews Old Course
- 1 Round on St Andrews Jubilee Course
- 1 Round on Kingsbarns Golf Links
- 1 Round on Carnoustie Championship Course
- Provision of all relevant travel documentation
- Financial Failure Protection Insurance
- Representative services throughout your stay
from £2,965.00 per person (sharing a twin or double room)
- Only 26 Places Remaining -
IAGTO Members receive -8% discount
Nestled on the banks of the Thames River in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada, just East of London, Ontario, you will find an extraordinary gem in the making.
2019 promises to be a year of wonderful meals, challenging golf, and fun filled golf classes and summer camps for kids at the “New” Dorchester Golf and Country Club.
The Poley family has taken on the challenge of re-branding and re-making this golf destination into one of Southwestern Ontario’s “gotta play” locations; and they’ve done it!
What makes this place so special? First, it’s the renovated clubhouse, with new floors, chandeliers, and furniture with a European décor, redesigned by an expert design team to enhance your dining experience. Second, after enlarging the kitchen, they hired one of London’s top chefs, culminating in the creation of the area’s newest culinary destination known as “Dining on the Thames”.
Finally, the course itself is in the process of being enhanced to incorporate the newest trend in the golf industry - that being an outstanding 12 hole course, with 3 par 5’s, 5 par 4’s and 4 par 3’s. Perfect for a quick, but challenging round to go along with a delicious meal from thethe expert chef.
Ladies league will be held on Tuesdays with the Men’s and Senior league on Wednesdays.
Looking to boost your game? Dorchester Golf and Country Club will conduct game improvement classes for adults, lead by the Fanshawe Golf Coaches School, twice monthly, along with kid’s golf enrichment lessons and summer camps throughout the season. Private lessons are also available anytime from the best coaches in the area.
A special offer for 2019 is all kids who attend any of the golf enrichment lessons or summer camps will receive a Fanshawe Golf Coaches School Playing Card that will allow them to play absolutely free when playing with an adult.
With emphasis on a great golf experience and outstanding food, what else is in store for the Dorchester Golf and Country Club?
Here’s what General Manager, Matthew Poley has to say: “We are redefining what a country club can offer your family!” “We have created a beautiful lounge in the lower level that offers a sauna and 4 deep tissue massage chairs, available to use any time before or after your game.
We have also added a fitness centre to strengthen your body and build your confidence.” “Our outstanding chef will be creating monthly, seasonally inspired, set menu feature dinners, in addition to his daily, mouth-watering creations. All complimented by our great selection of wine, whisky, and even cigars!” “Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or visit our updated website, to get more information about our daily specials and events!”
The Dorchester Golf and Country Club is quickly becoming the go to place for spectacular meals and a challenging golf course. Whether in the clubhouse or on the course, you’ll be drawn in with the views of the Thames River and the greens are impeccably maintained by an English born, European trained, greens keeper that haswith British Open experience.
This is a wonderful venue to plan weddings, banquets, business meetings or tournaments.
You will find the experienced personnel tops in their field, with customer service second to none. These folks are doing it right!
We highly recommend the Dorchester Golf and Country Club as a place you can have a great time playing golf, experience all the amenities such as massage chairs and a fitness centre, and enjoy a delicious dining experience, all at a price that won’t break the bank!
Die mit Abstand größte Golfanlage im Großraum Frankfurt - nur 15 Min. vom Frankfurter Flughafen entfernt.
Der Platz wurde 1984 gegründet und von dem Architekturbüro für Golfplätze „Städler Golf Courses“ entworfen. Nach modernsten Erkenntnissen wurde er später von der Spezialfirma Sommerfeld umgebaut bzw. renoviert. Der Golfclub Neuhof e.V. ist mit dem „Golf und Natur“ Silber Zertifikat ausgezeichnet und legt als „Leading Golf Courses of Germany” die Messlatte hoch.
Ein Golfplatz der Spitzenklasse, mit schützenden Bunkern meist in Drivelänge sowie vor den Grüns, interessanten Wasserlöchern und abwechslungsreichen schilfbewachsenen Hindernissen auf der Runde. Das Gras ist in drei Schnittlängen konsequent gepflegt und in bestem Zustand. Gute Platzkenntnis und ein entsprechendes Längenpotenzial sind von Vorteil beim Spiel. Trickreich sind das Loch-1 mit seinem Schilfhindernis, schmalem Zugang, Bunkern in Drivelänge und einem Graben. Wenn dann noch Wind in das Spiel kommt, ist absolute Präzision gefragt. Das Loch-13, welches als Par 3 zwar kurz ist aber über das Wasser zu spielen dennoch für Gäste eine Herausforderung stellt. Häufig wird hier ein Hole-in-one gespielt. Die Schlägerwahl, je nach Wind ist elementar. Der Platz ist flach mit eingewachsenem Baumbestand. Regelmäßig werden offizielle Turniere wie etwa die „Deutschen Senioren Meisterschaften“ u.v.m. ausgerichtet.
Das denkmalgeschützte Clubhaus und das Restaurant sind über die Grenzen für den „kulinarischen Hochgenuss“ frischer regionaler Spezialitäten bekannt. Der Innenhof wird für Feste genutzt und die Sonnenterrasse lädt zum Grill oder Abendessen nach dem Spiel ein. Die 2.500 m2 Driving Range – die Abschlagshütte ist teilweisbeheizt und beleuchtet sind ganzjährig bis auf die Frostzeiten nutzbar. Das „Putt und Pitch“ Übungsgelände ist großzügig angelegt. Auf dem zusätzlichen Kurzplatz lässt sich die Annäherung auf dem Platz perfekt trainieren.
Das Halfway Häuschen mit seiner liebevollen Verpflegung wird seit 20 Jahren von der Familie Hofmann geführt. Hier werden die Golfer mit hausgemachten Kuchen köstlicher Art, Frischkäsebrot mit Radieschen, Gurke und Tomate/Mozzarella und Frucht Cocktails herrlich für das Auge angerichteten Obstplatten verwöhnt.
Spielrecht: Gäste unter der Woche erlaubt- am Wochenende nur mit einem Mitglied. Der Platz verfügt über eine "Scope" Videoanlage
Über 400 Programmpunkte, informative Fachvorträge, Workshops, Seminare und Podiumsdiskussionen garantieren ein hohes Maß an Wissenszuwachs auf dem zweitgrößten Kongress für Orthopäden und Unfallchirurgen im deutschsprachigen Raum. Das vielfältige Programm auf sehr hohem Niveau bietet während der drei Kongresstage ausreichend Gelegenheit, sich umfassend auszutauschen, weiterzubilden und sich mit praktischen Anregungen und interessanten Neuerungen für die eigene Tätigkeit auseinanderzusetzen.
Wissenschaftliche Schwerpunkte des Kongresses 2019:
Individualisierte Endoprothetik, Versorgungsformen, Revisionen, Infektionen
Osteoporose, Insuffizienzfrakturen, periprothetische Frakturen, Gelenkerhalt vs. Gelenkersatz
3. Rheuma- und Tumororthopädie
Früherkennung, Therapieformen, Prothesen
4. Sportverletzungen und Sportschäden
Schulter-/Kniechirurgie, Muskel- und Sehnenverletzungen, Prävention, Rehabilitation
5. Digitale Medizin
Telemedizin, Navigation und Robotik, Medizintechnik, Teaching
6. Freie Themen
Hand-/Fußchirurgie, Kindertraumatologie und -orthopädie, Frakturversorgung, Wirbelsäule, Schmerztherapie, Forschung
Die Veranstaltung wird als ärztliche Fortbildung zum Erwerb des Fortbildungszertifikates der Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg anerkannt. Entsprechende CME-Punkte sind beantragt (Vorjahr: 6 FP pro Tag, 18 FB gesamt).
Industrieausstellung und Industriesessions
Begleitet wird die Frühjahrstagung seit Jahren von einer großen Fachausstellung der Industrie. Die Industriepartner haben erneut die Gelegenheit, das wissenschaftliche Programm mitzugestalten und zu selbstgewählten Themen hochkarätige Referenten einzuladen.
Evaluation VSOU 2018 – Zahlen & Fakten
Bei der durchgeführten Evaluierung wurde der Gesamteindruck der Veranstaltung 2018 mit 1,7 bewertet. Der Informationsgehalt der Vorträge sowie die Auswahl, Zusammenstellung und Aktualität der Themen erhielt die Note 1,8, die Möglichkeit zum Erfahrungsaustausch mit Kollegen die Note 1,7. Mit der erstmals eingeführten Kongress-App wurde eine moderne und zeitgemäße Form der individuellen Kongressgestaltung geboten – 546 registrierte User haben 14.658 Seitenaufrufe getätigt.
Besonders interessant: Knapp 85% der Befragten gaben an, dass neben den wissenschaftlichen Programmpunkten auch „Networking“ und der „Besuch der Industrieausstellung“ primäre und explizite Ziele des Kongressbesuches sind. Dies zeigt, dass das klassische Kongressformat mit begleitender Ausstellung und Möglichkeiten zum persönlichen Austausch auch in der heutigen „digitalen Zeit“ nicht wegzudenken ist.
Travel to one of the best golf destinations in Europe to play at some of the world's most famous courses in Marbella. Rich cultural heritage, exquisite cuisine, siestas, fiestas, and flamenco – all await you in the lush landscapes of the Costa del Sol. Nestled within this Spanish region lies the luxurious area of Marbella. Abundant in white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and the idyllic Mediterranean climate, golf in Marbella is definitely one to add to the bucket list! From challenging greens to sparkling sea views, explore our top recommendations to golf Marbella.
La Reserva Club Sotogrande
Often referred to as a ‘jewel in the Sotogrande crown’, La Reserva Club truly embodies the elegance and beauty of the region. This 18 hole championship course stretches across 7400 yards and offers one of the finest golf tests in dreamy Andalucia. With its immaculate greens spread along sweeping fairways, the course represents an exciting challenge for golf lovers. La Reserva is recommended course that just has to be played by those who plan to golf Marbella, Spain.
Situated within a stunning resort on the picturesque landscape of Marbella, the course at Finca Cortesin is an 18 hole championship layout. It is one of the best golf courses Costa del Sol has on offer. The attractive design of the course is the courtesy of Cabell B. Robinson. Furthermore, the design features natural Mediterranean vegetation, lush forestation, and rich flora.
La Zagaleta Golf Club
Originally designed by Bradford Benz in 1991, this spectacular 18 hole course was re-designed by Marc Westenborg in 2016. Exclusive to its members, La Zagaleta Golf Club is truly a Mediterranean golf paradise. In addition to this, it offers a challenging yet world-class golf experience complete with demanding bunkers. The course is nestled in a lush valley, hosting rising peaks and wooded hills, overlooking enchanting landscapes of Marbella, the Mediterranean Sea, and distant African shore.
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande
Officially opened in 1964, Real Club de Sotogrande is the first course Robert Trent Jones designed in Europe, and it should definitely be on the bucket list of those who plan to golf Marbella. The layout incorporates Trent’s design philosophy — it is subtly blended into the natural environment, highlighting wide fairways, and long tees. In fact, this fascinating par-72 course offers features enjoyable for everyone, yet challenging for advanced players.
Real Club de Golf Guadalmina
With its two 18 hole championship golf courses, Guadalmina Golf Club offers some of the most impressive facilities on the Costa del Sol golf scene. Opened in 1973, Guadalmina North is the design of Folco Nardi. It measures slightly shorter and features more water hazards when compared to Guadalmina South. The latter’s design was laid out by Javier Arana in 1959 and is nevertheless known for its more challenging layout.
Marbella Golf & Country Club
Design of the famous Robert Trent Jones Senior, Marbella Golf Country Club is one of Marbella’s shining golf stars - a spot that certainly should not be skipped by those conquering the golf clubs around the Costa del Sol. Set amongst rolling hills of the natural landscape, the course offers exciting downhill and uphill shots. Additionally, the combination of daring bunkers and tricky water hazards promise a unique challenge.
Chaparral Golf Club
With its rich vegetation, stunning sea views, and excellent facilities, El Chaparral Golf Club is set to charm its visitors. Each one of the 18 holes at El Chaparral offers views of different, yet captivating natural scenery. In addition to this, the course is nestled in close proximity to Fuengirola, a popular location on the dreamy Costa del Sol. Stretching across 6343 yards, the course is the only one in the region with 6 par 5’s, 6 par 4’s, and 6 par 3’s.
Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club
The course at Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club is a design masterpiece by the legendary Severiano Ballesteros. This stunning 18 hole layout was opened in 1991 and represents a true golf gem of the region. The philosophy behind the design was to achieve harmony with the course’s natural environment, which resulted in picturesque scenery that demands accurate play and curated precision.
La Resina Golf & Country Club
Designed by Craig Cook and Bradley Smith in 2005, La Resina Golf & Country Club is a particularly charming layout where elements of nature are tenuously preserved throughout the property. Ancient olive trees, romantic lakes, and beautiful tropical gardens form an atmosphere of elegance and serenity, promising an unforgettable round of golf.
La Quinta Golf & Country Club
Nestled in the very heart of Golf Valley, La Quinta Golf & Country Club was laid out by one of Spain’s golf ambassadors, Manuel Piñero. This 27 hole layout is subtly engraved into the natural topography of the Mediterranean coast, encircled with mountains, and overlooking the Sea. Furthermore, with the variety of world-class amenities, the club offers a stunning golf retreat for all players.
El Paraiso Golf Club
Situated within the beautiful El Paraiso Valley against the backdrop of La Concha Mountain, El Paraiso Golf Club has one of the best championship layouts on the coast of Andalucia. Featuring lakes, lush greens, and an abundance of Mediterranean flora, the course is a golfing paradise that will leave golfers feeling completely relaxed.
Campo America, La Cala Golf Resort
La Cala Golf Club is a stunning facility situated within the idyllic location of Andalucia’s La Cala Resort. The resort is home to three superb championship courses. Campo America is a 6572-yard course boasting views of the Mediterranean Sea and the dreamy town of Ojén. Rolling hills, lush fairways, and subtly spread water hazards make this La Cala one of the best golf resorts in Marbella.
Alferini Course, Villa Padierna Golf Club
Villa Padierna Golf Club is a breathtaking golf complex comprising of three fabulous courses. With Andalucia’s timeless beauty incorporated into the design of the courses, Villa Padierna is known as a magical golf oasis. The Alferini course is a spectacular 18 hole layout that spreads elegantly across 7263 yards of lush fairways.
Old Course, Atalaya Golf Country Club
Atalaya Golf Club features two spectacular golf courses, offering golfers one of Costa del Sol’s best golf experiences regardless of skill level. The Old course is the design of Bernard von Limburger and boasts stunning views of the La Concha Mountains. Additionally, the club offers one of the largest driving ranges in the area and also provides lessons in a variety of languages.
Rio Real Golf & Hotel
Established in 1965, Rio Real Golf Course is a layout designed by the world-renowned Javier Arana. The idyllic course is considered by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation as one of the most prestigious golf experiences in Marbella and one of the best in Spain. Just a short distance away from the city center, Rio Real is an incredible 18 hole course that runs alongside the Rio Real River.
Marbella Golf Club Golf Resort
Designed by the renowned Dave Thomas, Marbella Club Golf Resort is home to the 18 hole world-class course that exceeds the highest of expectations. Here, you'll find carefully contoured fairways with strategically placed bunkers to test your game, alongside the beautiful views of waterfalls and lakes. Enjoy this Marbella Golf Course in the heart of the Costa del Sol and take in the views of the surrounding mountains complementing the Mediterranean Sea.
Frankfurt Nov 2018 - Ab dem 1. Januar 2019 gelten die durch die weltweit anerkannten obersten Regelhüter des Golfsports, den Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) und die United States Golf Association (USGA), neu überarbeiteten Golfregeln. Aus gegenwärtig 34 werden 24 Golfregeln. Eine vergleichbare umfassende Reorganisation der Regeln liegt mehr als 60 Jahre zurück. Der Deutsche Golf Verband (DGV) hat das Regelwerk, als oberste Regelinstanz im deutschsprachigen Raum, übersetzt. Allen Golfspielern stehen - je nach Interesse - ab sofort zwei verschiedene Ausgaben zur Verfügung: Das komplette neue Regelwerk und eine Spieleredition.
Alexander Klose, Vorstand Recht & Services beim DGV, begrüßt diese Entwicklung ausdrücklich: "Vieles macht die Anwendung der Golfregeln logischer und zeitgemäßer. Ein besonderes Augenmerk liegt dabei auf der Beschleunigung des Spiels. Eine Golfrunde, egal ob über 18 oder neun Löcher, soll zügig gespielt werden können und damit insbesondere besser in den Tagesablauf der vielen hunderttausend Freizeitgolfer passen."
Mit der Reduzierung des Regeltextes um zehn Regeln von 34 auf 24 wurde ein klares Signal gesetzt. Die Vielzahl inhaltlicher Änderungen soll die Freude am Golfspiel fördern. Neben vielen weiteren Anpassungen wird die Suchzeit für einen Ball von fünf auf drei Minuten verkürzt, die Empfehlung ausgesprochen, dass jeder Schlag nicht mehr als 40 Sekunden dauern und üblicherweise schneller ausgeführt werden soll. Außerdem wird das Schlagen außerhalb der Reihenfolge im Zählspiel (Ready Golf) gefördert.
Darüber hinaus wird eine alternative Form des Zählspiels angeboten, bei der durch die Spielleitung eine maximale Begrenzung für ein zu notierendes Ergebnis je Loch festgelegt werden kann. Ab 2019 muss auch die Fahne bei einem Schlag auf dem Grün nicht mehr bedient werden und das Fallenlassen des Balles (Droppen) wird nicht mehr aus Schulter- sondern aus Kniehöhe erfolgen. Viele Verhaltensweisen, die dem Charakter des Spiels nicht widersprechen, sind künftig straflos, so zum Beispiel das versehentliche Bewegen eines Balls durch den Spieler bei der Suche, oder das versehentliche Treffen des Spielers, seiner Ausrüstung oder seines Caddies mit dem Ball. Das gilt auch für das Bewegen oder Berühren von Gegenständen wie Blättern, Steinen und Stöcken in einer Penalty Area mit der Hand oder dem Schläger. Entfernungsmessgeräte sind ab 2019 grundsätzlich erlaubt, es sei denn, sie sind durch die Platzregel verboten (Umkehrung der aktuellen Regelung).
"Der DGV hat, als oberste Regelinstanz in Deutschland, in den letzten Wochen und Monaten sehr viel ehrenamtliches und hauptamtliches Engagement in die Übersetzung der Regeltexte ins Deutsche gesteckt. Wir freuen uns, allen Golfspielern ein leichter verständliches Regelwerk präsentieren zu können, das außerdem zu kürzeren Rundenzeiten führt.", sagt DGV-Präsident Claus M. Kobold.
Die neuen Golfregeln sind in zwei verschiedenen Ausgaben erhältlich. Eine kürzere Spieleredition und eine umfassendere Vollversion. Beide Bücher sind beim Köllen-Golf-Verlag unter www.koellen-golf.de erhältlich.
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