Thomas Levet will be looking to draw inspiration from his 2009 Open de España victory when the European Tour Destinations Senior Classic gets underway at PGA Catalunya Resort, in Spain, from July 12-14.
The Frenchman, who is enjoying his first full season on the Staysure Tour after turning 50 last September, will be joined in the field by a star-studded line-up, which includes Masters Tournament Champion Ian Woosnam, 2014 Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley and 1997 Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Martin.
Levet captured the fifth of his six European Tour victories at the acclaimed Girona venue, home of Spain’s No.1 course*, which has hosted three editions of the Open de España and nine consecutive editions of European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage until 2016.
‘’I have great memories of playing at PGA Catalunya Resort and of my win at the venue back in 2009,’’ he said. ‘’The Stadium Course is an outstanding test of golf and hopefully I can try and use my experience to help secure my first win on the Staysure Tour.’’
Former World Number One and World Golf Hall of Fame Member Ian Woosnam will be looking to add to his tally of five Staysure Tour titles when the tournament heads to Spain for the first time after visits to Finland’s Linna Golf Club in 2017 and to Lighthouse Golf and Spa Resort, Bulgaria, in 2018.
The Welshman, who captained Team Europe to a record-equaling 18 ½ - 9 ½ victory over Team USA at The Ryder Cup in 2006, is one of two players in the field who have led the continent to victory in the biennial contest, with the 2014 winning captain Paul McGinley set to compete as he also bids to win his first title on the over-50s circuit.
Other notable Ryder Cup players set to contest the title include Jarmo Sandelin, who narrowly missed out on victory at the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship in June and 2019 Senior Open Hauts de France by Jean van de Velde champion Peter Baker.
Bob May, best known for his memorable battle down the stretch with Tiger Woods at The 2000 US PGA Championship, adds to a large international contingent, which includes The 2017 Staysure Tour Order of Merit winner Clark Dennis, Australia’s Peter Fowler and Argentinian José Cóceres, who will be looking to reclaim his position at the top of The 2019 Staysure Tour rankings.
The three-round European Tour Destinations Senior Classic runs from July 12-14 at PGA Catalunya Resort, marking the 20th Anniversary of the venue’s celebrated Stadium Course.
Ten of Discover Qatar’s sales team experienced Education City Golf Club during a 3 hours familiarization trip. The sales team toured the extensive facilities and then experienced golf via a putting clinic and tournament. Education City Golf Club is a landmark project for Qatar and the world of golf, offering a revolutionary and holistic approach to growing the game of golf, with a number of short game formats. The course is due for soft a soft opening in October 2018.
Education City Golf Club has a state-of-the-art learning and practice facility housed in the Centre of Excellence, a facility designed for golf development. The course features an innovative TrackMan range, an 18-hole championship golf course, a floodlit 6-hole championship course with 7 teeing ground options per hole for quick and multi-generational golf and a floodlit 9-hole par-3 course all designed by two-time major winner Jose Maria Olazabal. The amazing golf courses are serviced by a clubhouse and academy building which will both offer all-day dining options. Surrounding the clubhouse are large gardens where a number of lawn sports will be available.
Education City Golf Clubs General Manager Michael Braidwood said: “We were delighted to receive the team from Discover Qatar for our first familiarization trip. Working with Discover Qatar is extremely important to the success of the club as they will promote and coordinate a large number of our international visitors to the club. Seeing is believing so we are very keen to get as many tourism stakeholders to the club before we open in October. Furthermore, they had a great time and we might see some new golfers emerging from the visit”
Earlier this year, Discover Qatar, the destination management subsidiary arm of Qatar Airways, announced its latest selection of pre-bookable city and desert tours for passengers transiting through Qatar, making it one of the world’s leading inbound tourism providers for transit passengers.
Initially launched in 2015, the transit tours are aimed at passengers with a transfer time of between 6 and 12 hours at Hamad International Airport. The latest selection of tours include visiting key landmarks including The Pearl-Qatar for the finest quality shops and restaurants; Katara Cultural Village, a centre dedicated to celebrating arts and heritage; Souq Waqif, for traditional jewellery, spices and handicrafts; and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), for its stunning collection of art, architecture and beautiful park. In addition, passengers can book a unique desert experience and visit Sealine Beach and the sand dunes of Mesaieed either in the exclusive off-road monster bus or a luxury 4 X 4 vehicle during their stopover. Alongside city and desert tours, transit passengers can also book the ‘Stop & Shop’ tour which offers a chauffeur-driven car to the Mall of Qatar – home to luxury fashion brands and world-class restaurants.
The 1st tee shot at the fully renovated PGA National Cyprus The official re-opening of the renovated Aphrodite Hills Golf Course, The PGA National, Cyprus happened on Friday 19th January 2018.
The most important section of the major investment upgrade and complete modernisation of €4 million; including the rebuilding of greens and bunkers, has been completed earlier than it was originally estimated. The Clubhouse facilities and the creation of a Members’ Lounge is well on schedule and will open in the months to follow.
“The European Golf Resort of the Year 2018” has brought forward the opening date and the club captain Tony Raphael hit the 1st tee shot on Friday the 19th of January at 07:46am. The Club members followed the club captain playing a team competition. With multi awarded facilities, the unique winter sun and amazing Mediterranean climate, Cyprus offers the highest of the quality of thematic tourism.
The renovated PGA National Golf Course is now ready to welcome players from all over the world.
The Stadium layout at PGA Catalunya Resort, near Girona, has once again been named Spain’s No.1 course in top100golfcourses.com’s latest Spanish rankings.
The 7,333-yard layout designed by Neil Coles and Angel Gallardo, which also achieved a final position of 4th in the influential website’s latest Continental European listing, fended off competition from Spain’s other 348 courses to retain the crown it has held continuously since 2012.
Top100golfcourses.com’s judging panel were especially impressed by the immaculate conditioning of Spain’s no.1 course and the ambience created by its special setting on a forested 300-hectare estate.
Andy Newmarch from top100golfcourses.com’s listing, said: “The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort remains our Spanish #1 for 2018-2019. This continues to be a huge achievement as growing numbers of top-end courses in this country are making our listing ever more competitive.
“I have said before that the Stadium Course has improved on each visit in recent years – and that was true again in 2017. The course delivers superb design, first-class conditioning, a big challenge… and it is quite simply a wonderful place to be. The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort is a Must Play.”
The continued improvements to the Stadium Course and its sister Tour layout – itself securing a top 25 position – reveal the determination of PGA Catalunya Resort, a European Tour Destination, to offer its guests and residents world-class golf as part a luxurious, active lifestyle.
David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, said: “Once again top100golfcourses.com has ranked the Stadium layout as the best course in Spain, and this reflects the consistency of the its challenge and presentation. While we are investing heavily away from the fairways – including the luxurious 5* Hotel Camiral and new sport and leisure facilities – the Stadium Course is the jewel in our crown and fundamental to our drive to deliver the ultimate golf and lifestyle resort.”
PGA Catalunya Resort’s three-year, multi-million Euro investment programme is seeing a wealth of new facilities introduced – including football pitches, tennis courts, a new Forest Park and a man-made recreational lake – which are helping it become a valuable ecological reserve. The resort’s prestigious, five star Hotel Camiral, opened in 2016, is taking the leisure offerings, as well as the dining experiences of PGA Catalunya Resort to a new level.
Less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, the 36-hole resort is building on its IAGTO 2015 award for Golf Resort of the Year in Europe, steadily becoming the ultimate golf and lifestyle resort.
For further information about PGA Catalunya Resort, its golf courses and private residences, please visit www.pgacatalunya.com