Men moved mountains for me to play the Anfi Tauro golf course. Dynamited out of Gran Canaria‘s black volcanic rock, this hedonistic and sometimes simply sadistic Par 72 course is a golfing Beauty and the Beast.
The medieval old town of Girona is just a few minutes drive away, but there is certainly nothing medieval about the PGA Catalunya Resort. This is the jewel in the crown of Spanish golf, a top luxury resort with two championship golf courses and a 5 star hotel tucked away in 300 hectares of prime Catalan forest.
Sam the assistant pro at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club is feeling particularly confident as we walk to the first tee. He’s “nailed a few memorable rounds this week” and adding another journalist scalp to his growing trophy cabinet would be a welcome addition it seems.
The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, has been named Spain’s #1 golf course for the third successive year in new 2014-2015 rankings published by influential website, www.Top100GolfCourses.co.uk.
The two-time Spanish Open venue, and European Tour Destination, has also been ranked #3 in the Continental European list and has risen six places to #92 in the website’s World Top 100 ratings, one of only two Spanish courses featured this year.
Andy Newmarch commented: “Based on many factors, we think we have got it right again – the Stadium Course’s variation, elevation changes and inspiring tee-shots, coupled with an exacting test of both long and short games made the decision relatively simple in the end. The Stadium Course is a must play and you will not be disappointed.”
This latest accolade follows PGA Catalunya Resort’s ranking in Golf World magazine, which placed the 6,705-metre course at #5 in its new Continental European classification, one of the oldest and most authoritative in European golf – up three places from its previous listing – which also made it the highest ranked course in Spain.
Julio Delgado, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Catalunya Resort, added: “These latest accolades underline the growing reputation of PGA Catalunya Resort on the global golf stage. However, we will not rest on our laurels – we plan further investments in the future to safeguard our position as one of golf’s must-experience destinations.”
For more information about PGA Catalunya Resort visit: www.pgacatalunya.com
The Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board commissioned golf course photographer Steve Carr to shoot a compelling portfolio of pictures capturing the beauty and challenge of the Costa Brava golf region’s leading courses.
The phrase capital city and golf doesn’t automatically spring to mind as an appealing combination does it. I mean, previous loving and harmonious duets might be capital city and nightlife, or perhaps rolling countryside and country club, or even city and history. But on a recent visit to Palma, Mallorca, I was introduced to the concept of Urban Golf and a new combination was born for Golf in Mallorca.
September 2008 was quite a special month for the Costa Brava. It was, no less, one hundred years old. Ferran Agullo wrote an article in the esteemed Catalan newspaper La Veu de Catalunya in September 1908, where he described the ‘rugged coastline’ around Girona as the Costa Brava which is Catalan and Spanish for you know what.