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YOUR GUIDE TO GOLF BREAKS IN CATALUNYA 2013/14

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DESTINATION FEATURE: THE SITGES SWING

HOTELS: THE TOP4

Day Trips: The Big 8

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destinationgolf@live.com destinationgolf@live.com www.destinationgolf.travel www.destinationgolf.travel nPUBLISHER PUBLISHER DermotSynnott Synnott Dermot n EDITOR EDITOR Karl Doyle Karl Doyle n CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Marshall CONTRIBUTORS Paul Marshall Andrew Marshall Aidan Bradley Paul Marshall nAidan DIRECTOR Bradley Vincent Synnott DIRECTOR n FINANCIAL Vincent Synnott CONTROLLER Darren Maguire FINANCIAL nCONTROLLER CREDIT CONTROLLER Darren MalloryMaguire Courell n OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR CREDIT CONTROLLER Helen Duggan Mallory Courell INTERNATIONAL OFFICES/ OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR REPRESENTATION Helen Ferrer Duggan(Spain) • Albert • Peter Barnes (UK) INTERNATIONAL • Gene Oberto (Sweden) OFFICES/ • Gianni Attanasio (Italy) REPRESENTATION • David Cooney (China) • Albert Ferrer (Spain) •Front PeterCover: Barnes (UK) •PGA GeneCatalunya Oberto (Sweden) • Gianni Attanasio (Italy) DISCLAIMER: Text, photographs and illustrations • David Cooney (China)in this publication are protected by copyright. Repro-

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estination Golf is thrilled to welcome Aidan Bradley to our team of contributors as our Official Golf Course Photographer. Widely recognised as among the best in his trade, Aidan’s golf course images regularly feature in golf magazines and coffee table books around the world. As for us – our ‘Picture Perfect’ section will be converted into an art gallery to display some of Aidan’s stunning photography from around the globe – starting with some amazing images of Hawaii and the State of Virginia. Originally from Cork in Ireland, Aidan now resides in Santa Barbara, California, from where his work takes him to places that the most passionate golfer dreams of: Saint Andrews in Scotland, Augusta National in Georgia, Ballybunion in Ireland, and The Challenge on the island of Lanai. Whatever the assignment, Aidan’s focus on light and the surrounding natural environment consistently produces images that evoke a mood even non-golfers find attractive and compelling. Our travelling duo of Andrew and Paul Marshall have recently attended a Press Trip to Belgium, but we’ll keep that report for Issue 11. In this edition, the Marshall brothers are reporting about ‘The Magnificent Seven’ in Gran Canaria – voted Golf Destination of the Year 2013 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

Welcome to Catalunya

Our golf club feature for this issue brings us to Fancourt - South Africa’s Barcelona Golf celebrates its 10th north, leading golf resort, located along the Garden Route –the where GaryBarcelona Player city, which is centrally Anniversary in 2013 and I am delighted to located and finally Costa Dorada to the south. has made his stamp on some quality golf designs. be collaborating with Destination Golf Media As well as being renowned as a tourist Porto and the Regiongolf haveguide long been in launching thisDouro new digital to welcoming tourists to destination, this popular destination, but we focus our attention on Casa Da Barcelona is also known around Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia. the world as a hugely important corporate Calçada, a particularly romantic and charming hotel that’s often Having spent nearly 20 years here now I can hub. I feel that the sport of golf plays a large regarded as one of the very best luxury hotels in Portugal. safely say and with the utmost confidence part in the business world and a great many

that it is not only a fantastic golf destination important decisions have been made on the but somewhere which offers back so much golf course where directors can mix with Last but not least, we report frommore. the family-run their clients and employees in a relaxed Esperanza Hotel in Mallorca on the shores Catalonia is famed for its fine wines fromof Playa de Muro atmosphere. beach. regions such as Penedes and Priorat, its internationally acclaimed restaurants, I very much hope that you enjoy our guide and spectacular beaches, breathtaking scenery that it will help you decide on your next golf Enjoy! and richness of its culture. holiday, club outing or business meeting. Our team here at Barcelona Golf is always here Our guide aims to bring together all these on hand to make your stay stress free and enticing compliments and combine them with relaxing. the superb range of top class golf courses Ian Denham, that can be found here, so giving I think, the complete and overall picture. Barcelona Golf EDITOR Catalonia in my eyes is a golfers paradise Barcelona’s Premier Tour Operator and includes the Costa Brava/Pyrenees in editor@destinationgolf.ie Specialised in Golf

Karl Doyle

Dermot Synnott

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Destination REPORT: Sitges (BARCELONA)

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Golf & Tourism in Catalonia Regions:

Barcelona page 12-15

Costa Brava

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Costa Dorada

Pyrenees/Andorra

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Golf Hot Shots

Real Club de Golf El Prat Page 28-31

PGA Catalunya Page 36-39

Lumine Golf Page 44-47

Sitges Terramar Page 32-35

Emporda Golf Resort Page 40-43

Bonmont Golf Page 48-51

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HOTELS: The TOP 4

Silken Gran Havana

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Barcelona Golf Hotel

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Park Hotel St. Jorge

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Dolce Sitges Hotel

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DAY TRIPS: THE BIG 8

Vineyards Page 68-69

Montserrat Page 72-73

Girona & Dali Triangle Page 76-77

Tarragona Page 80-81

La Roca Village Page 70-71

Gaudi & Barcelona Page 74-75

Camp Nou Page 78-79

Costa Brava Page 82-83

Corporate Golf

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OTHER SERVICES

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(Barcelona) Sitges is the ideal Catalan seaside town in which to spend a relaxing day, whether it is visiting the numerous museums and magnificent colonial seafront houses or relaxing on one of the many terrace bars and excellent restaurants, there are well over 100 to choose from. One of the most beautiful marinas in Catalonia, Port Aiguadolc Sitges is a haven for those who enjoy excellent food or maybe sipping an exotic cocktail whilst taking in the tranquil scene of boats gently swaying on their moorings. The marina boasts two excellent hotels, a Pacha nightclub and a large selection of quality restaurants which serve something for everyone whether it be international or local seafood cuisine. In summer the marina quite often has live music of all types, attracting a large number of visitors to the port. Obviously, being a marina there are plenty of aquatic activities including a sailing school, excursions in Catamaran and kayak to name a few. The port has two excellent beaches on either side of it and both offer safe bathing.

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Sitges Sitges has a fantastic annual tourism agenda of festivals to include the world famous Carnival and Film Festival, the wine festival, a vintage car rally and the Corpus Cristi Flower Festival where the streets are decorated in carpets of flower petals. A holiday destination, Sitges is also the ideal place to unwind any time of the year with its microclimate and over 320 days of sun annually. The town is situated 15 minutes from Barcelona International Airport and 35kms south of the city, with excellent connections to both by bus, train or road. It has a vibrant nightlife at any time of the year and has something to offer all ages via its discos or terrace bars. The town’s beaches are almost never ending with safe bathing and clear waters. As a Corporate destination Sitges is superb with 4500 beds and hotels that can accommodate large groups with ease, and our golfing clients are catered at Sitges Terramar Club overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There are also numerous other courses within 20-40mins of the town.

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Barcelona Tourism & Golf Barcelona and the region of Catalunya has, in recent years become one of the most popular and desired destinations in Europe. Current day Barcelona is a thriving city for tourism, exhibitions, sports and culture. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, with a population of 1,620,943. Due to its perfect location on the Mediterranean Sea, it’s fascinating Gaud i architecture, as well as Dali’s eccentric presence to the north on the Costa Brava, its superb cuisine, the huge variety of leisure activities or simply the football team. Barcelona has become extremely popular for golf over the last few years, as private clubs have slowely opened their doors for green fee business. Golfers can now enjoy superb golf courses like St. Cugat, Vilalba, Vallromanes, Saint Vincenc de Montalt, Caldes, and Llavaneres. Sitges Terramar is a beautiful course on the shores of the Mediterranean. After recent renovation works, more and more visitors are choosing this seaside course as one of their stops while in Barcelona. Golfers can also play courses like Club de Golf de Barcelona, formally known as Masia Bach Golf Course. Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and founded in 1990, this very demanding and tight course has hosted numerous professional tournaments including the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters, part of the Ladies European Tour. But the most well know course in Barcelona must be Real Club de Golf el Prat – host venue to eight Spanish Open – part of the European Tour. It’s 45 holes and designed by Greg Norman are set in beautiful rolling countryside on the outskirts of Barcelona.

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Costa Dorada Tourism & Golf Costa Dorada, which means the golden coast is the stretch of coastline along the province of Tarragona on the eastern side of Spain. It is known for its wide golden sandy beaches by the beautiful promenades lined with pine trees, crystal clear waters and the silhouette of the Roman ruins covering the region. Tarragona is both a province and a town in the region of Catalonia, which unfolds around the Mediterranean Sea. The town is rich with historical splendours including medieval walls and the remains of a Roman aqueduct. Salou is one of the main holiday resorts in Tarragona. Amongst other things, it is also home to one of the largest theme parks in Europe – Port Aventura. With direct flights into Reus Airport, Tarragona is the ideal holiday destination for both families and groups of golfers. There are seven golf courses in the Costa Dorada. Lumine boasts three of these courses – Lumine Lakes, Lumine Hills and Lumine Ruins. 170 hectares has been devoted to these courses and two club-houses cater for golfers every need. Each of these courses gives the player a different experience due to their unique design and different natural environments. Golf Bonmont Terre Noves is a magnificent Robert Trent Jones Jnr course. The course features numerous natural and man-made hazards. These include imposing gullies, six lakes carved out of the rock, bridges, copses, more than 90 bunkers and ample, beautifully manicured greens. The other golf courses are Costa Dorada Golf Club, Reus Aiguesverds Golf Club, and La Graiera Golf Club – three superb courses that form this exciting golf destination.

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Costa Brava Tourism & Golf The province of Girona is located in north-eastern Spain. It’s coastline is known as Costa Brava, one of the most beautiful areas of Catalonia and probably the whole of Spain. Its coast is lapped by the crystal waters of the Mediterranean and its interior overlooked by the spectacular and mighty Pyrenees. This area has been a mecca for tourists since its tourism boom in the 1950s. Girona benefits from a combination of a very good summer climate, 60km of coastline, natural beauty and excellent beaches. It is often effected by winds coming off the Pyrenees, keep the city cool in hot summer temperatures. The town’s airport which is located 10km away has become a tremendous asset to the town, as a wide range of scheduled flights bring holidaymakers to this part of Catalonia. Costa Brava has been welcoming golfers for many years – and is widely regarded as one of the finest golf destinations in Europe. PGA Catalunya has two excellent golf courses The Tour Course and the Stadium course – which has been voted one of the ten best golf courses in Europe by Golf World magazine. It truly is a stunning place with the Pyrenees as a backdrop, which only adds to the magic. Emporda Resort also boasts 36-holes (Links Course and Forest Course) with a hotel, a spa and a golf school. Torremirona is another stunning golf and spa resort – a championship course that’s situated a few kilometers from Figueres and a stone’s throw of the Costa Brava. Built high above the resort of ‘Platja d’Aro’ in a spectacular setting with panoramic views is Club de Golf D’Aro - Mas Nou.

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Pyrenees/ Andorra Tourism & Golf The Pyrenees are a rugged mountain range which forms a natural line of over 400Km which acts as a natural border between France and Spain. Stretching from The Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic sea, the mountain range is popular all year round. The peaks are snow covered throughout the winter months, while hikers and walkers avail of the stunning natural terrain throughout the summer months. In fact, the Pyrenees are often regarded as the finest destination for hiking around Europe. Due to its extreme nature, the mountain range provides unique flora & fauna, jaw dropping lakes & waterfalls, and jagged peaks with incomparable views. In the middle of the Spanish and French Pyrenees is the independent principality of Andorra, which is globally recognised for its ski slopes. There are 3 golf courses in Pyrenees & Andorra – Fontanals Golf, Real Club de Golf de Cerdanya and Aravell Golf. Founded in 1994, Fontanals is situated 1150m above sea level with scenery that is second to none with peaks touching almost 3000m in altitude. The Peugeot Golf guide listed this course amongst the top 11 in Europe and it’s not hard to understand why. The Royal Golf Club of Cerdanya is situated 1km from the town of Puigcerda. It also has stunning views with immaculate fairways flanked by pine, poplar and fir trees which offer incredible landscapes to the player. Aravell is a testing Jose Maria Olazabal course , with water coming into play on various occasions in the form of a river and lake.

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Real Club de Golf el Prat “One night in DoubleTree La Mola by Hilton hotels with green fee El Prat from €107” The Real Club de Golf El Prat Golf course comprising of 45 holes and designed by Greg Norman is set in beautiful rolling countryside on the outskirts of Barcelona and is a test for any golfer. It is widely regarded as one of the most important and prestigious clubs in Spain, having been granted the title of Royal (Red) by King Alfonso XIII to introduce golf to the region of Cataluna in 1912. Eight time host venue to the Spanish Open, famous players like Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer, Watson and legendary players like Cotton, Bradshaw, and DeVicenzo and John Jacobs have played here. Real Club de Golf El Prat is an exclusive and private club but arrangements can be made to play here Facilities at the club include snack bar and restaurant, driving range, buggy hire, proshop, golf school and 9-hole public course. The impressive DoubleTree La Mola by Hilton hotels completes this prestigious golf resort. LOCATION:  This course is located in Terrassa (Barcelona), only 22 Km away from Barcelona.

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Sitges Terramar Golf Club “3 nights in Estela Sitges with 2 green fees from €277” The Sitges Terramar Golf Club is the second oldest in Catalonia, being founded in 1927 and designed by FW Hawtree, Manuel Piñero and Jim Fazio. The course is not particularly difficult but the 6431 yard par 72 course has strategically placed greens and water hazards on many holes, which makes the golfer use strategy rather than power on this all-together pleasant course. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the town of Sitges (Barcelona), a popular areas that is known for its beautiful beaches and microclimate that permits golf to be played in perfect conditions at any time of the year. Owing to its privelleged location, many holes display beautiful views out over the Mediterranean – a very welcomed distraction. In 2009 Sitges Terramar Golf Club also extended its clubhouse and facilities. Today the club offers, members and visitors new facilities that are well integrated in the environment to avoid disrupting the town’s distinctive personality and style. Sport, leisure, culture and gastronomy are brought together in one place. LOCATION:  Location is in Sitges, 37 Km south from Barcelona, 60 Km north from Tarragona.

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PGA Catalunya Golf Course “1 night in Melia Vichy Catalan with Green Fee at PGA Catalunya this autumn from €138” The PGA de Catalunya golf course on Catalonia’s Costa Brava has been voted one of the ten best golf courses in Europe by Golf World magazine, It truly is a stunning place with the Pyrenees as a backdrop, which only adds to the magic. The PGA Catalunya Stadium course is set on undulating land with evergreens, oak trees and heather lining its perfect fairways. It is a technical course which suits professionals and amateurs of a good standard and boasts some truly spectacular holes. PGA Catalunya Stadium Course has hosted the Spanish Open in the year 2000 and again in 2009. This spectacular course is not to be missed. October 2005 saw the opening of the new Tour Course at the PGA de Catalunya. The course has been planned and laid in the same meticulous way as the championship course but offers wider fairways and larger greens. The new course has given the PGA de Catalunya new impetus, offering golfers of all levels the chance to play on one of the best and most beautiful courses in Europe. The Resort also boasts the luxury 4 star Meliá Golf Vichy Catalan hotel. LOCATION:  50-minutes north of Barcelona, 5-mins from Girona airport, and 20 minutes from Costa Brava Beaches.

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Emporda Golf Club “Double Tree by Hilton Emporda Resort various offers from €186” The Doral in Miami, Deepdale in New York, Horal CC in Japan, Seignosse in southern France… these are but a few of the approximately 250 golf courses designed by Robert von Hagge, the architect responsible for Emporda Golf Club. While this marked his entry into the Spanish market, he has since gone on to create some of the world’s most renowned courses. At Emporda Golf Club, he has managed to improve an already stellar setting by creating technically perfect courses that allows for a wide variety of swings and techniques. The first 18 holes are of a links type with lakes, dunes and extensive bunkers. The second 18 are immersed in Mediterranean pines, typical of the area and the third nine are again protected by them, ideal protection for those days when the Tramontane north wind decides to blow. Considered one of the best courses in Catalonia, Emporda Golf is also one of the PGA European Tour Qualifying Schools. It has excellent training facilities and has on site a four star hotel giving it its status as Emporda Golf Resort.

LOCATION:  Located in Gualta, in the Heart of the Emporda, just 30 minutes from Barcelona (Girona) airport.

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Lumine Golf “Range of special offers available, from 7 nights/unlimited green fees to 2 nights/1 green fee” Located on Spain’s stunning Costa Dorada, just 40 minutes south of Barcelona near the historic town of Tarragona, LUMINE Mediterranean Beach & Golf Club is a stateof-the-art Spanish resort that is fast gaining a reputation for being one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations. LUMINE is a true golfing haven, with 45-holes that offer a wide-variety of challenges for players of all skill levels. The flagship golf course at LUMINE is the Greg Norman designed Lakes Course. A technical test that unfolds over the colourful network of water hazards that wind around the Sequia Major wetlands. LUMINE’s second championship course, The Hills course is topographically very different as its undulating layout weaves its way through picturesque pine woodlands, olive groves, natural quarries and rocky outcrops, not forgetting its’ incredible views over the Mediterranean Sea. Completing the golfing experience at LUMINE is another Greg Norman designed course. The Ruins course is aptly named after the traces of Roman archaeology that form some of the defining course features. A wide range of facilities offered by LUMINE include a Golf School, Pro Shop and two worldclass restaurants.

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international airports - Reus International airport (5 minutes), Barcelona International Airport (45 minutes).

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Bonmont Golf Club “4 nights at Tryp Cambrils with 3 green fees at Lumine and Bonmont from €296” Bonmont Golf Club is a magnificent 18-hole par 72 course, which has been created in a most attractive setting. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, one of the Worlds’ leading expert designers who describes the courses as “a real gem of a course, every bit as magnificent as King Solomons Mines, created out of the living rock and converted into an emerald oasis with numerous challenges for the golfer.” Bonmont Golf course features numerous natural and man-made hazards to challenge the golfer. These include imposing gullies, six lakes carved out of the rock, bridges, copses, more than 90 bunkers and ample, beautifully manicured greens. Its natural undulations, the lakes and the community’s gardens and homes all blend seamlessly against this stunning backdrop. Extensive facilities include a Golf shop, natural grass driving range,Golf School, Buggy hire, Bar & terrace. It’s also ideal to cater for large groups with and business groups, with meeting rooms onsite and a hotel very close to course.

LOCATION:  This golf course is located in Mont Roig at 20 Km from Tarragona and 90 Km from Barcelona.

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Silken Gran Havana “Stay here with the Barcelona Elite Golf Pack, play fabulous courses and see a Barcelona game” Barcelona is a city that is known worldwide for its importance in terms of its culture, finance, commerce and tourism. It has one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean and it is also an important transport link between Spain and France due to its motorway and high-speed train connections. Silken Gran Havana is a luxurious 4-star hotel located in the centre of Barcelona city. A historic building that dates back to 1872, the hotel has perfectly combined a traditional 19th century front façade with a 20th century design inside. The hotel offers a wide range of rooms: from a comfortable Double room to a lavish Havana Suite, or even rooms with an outdoor terrace to soak up the lively city atmosphere. For a unique gastronomic experience, the panoramic terrace on the 7th floor offers an attractive option with good wines & cavas served by the glass, where you can have a drink in an exclusive setting, or enjoy an informal dinner or tapas al fresco. Other exceptional services include the outdoor terrace pool, solarium, sauna, and car park. LOCATION:  The Silken Gran Hotel Havana is located on Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes 647, right in the centre of Barcelona, a few steps from The Sagrada Familia, the famous Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter.

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Park Hotel San Jorge “4 nights overlooking the Mediterranean with 3 green fees at the best Costa Brava courses” On a stunning spot in the Platja d’Aro area of Costa Brava, rising over two crystalclear water coves surrounded by pine trees overlooking the blue immensity of the Mediterranean Sea, Silken Park Hotel San Jorge offers erfect place for enjoying a restful holiday or a short weekend break. Its excellent location near the main golf courses in the province of Girona, along with an excellent climate that allows golf to be played all year round, make it a unique place to relax and enjoy golf, leisure activities and nature. This part of the Costa Brava was one of National Geographic’s “Top Travel Destination” picks. Modern facilities feature an outdoor area and recently renovated infinity swimming pool overlooking the sea, “Mar Blau Cafe”, new Winter&Summer Colours Spa, and fitness room. All 121 bedrooms come fully equipped with air-conditioning, interactive TV with satellite dish, Wireless Internet and more.

LOCATION:  An excellent location right on the coast, between Platja d’Aro and Calonge.

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Barcelona Golf Hotel “The gateway to the Penedes wine region various offers available at a great price” Set between the Mediterranean and the famous mountains of Montserrat is the Barcelona Golf Hotel, a luxurious hotel constructed according to the specifications of modernist style in the Penedes area, a province characterised by its wine, cavas and its exquisite gastronomy. The Barcelona Golf Hotel is perfect for incentive trips, meetings and conventions with its spacious meeting rooms and gardens as well as for those who would like to visit the beautiful wine region of Penedes with world famous names such as Freixenet, Torres and Cordoniu, not to mention the spectacular scenery of Montserrat. The Barcelona Golf Hotel has 150 spacious and luminous rooms, all tastefully decorated to the highest standards and many with superb views of the Jose Maria Olazabal designed golf course and surrounding countryside. Hotel facilities include a Bar, Restaurant, Room service, Business centre, Parking, Massages, Video conference, Cybercorner and terrace bar.

LOCATION: 20 minutes from Barcelona and airport.

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Hotel Dolce Sitges “The gateway to the Penedes wine region various offers available at a great price” Sitges is widely regarded as the Jewel of the Mediterranean with fantastic restaurants, elegant buildings, beautiful beaches and never ending list of cultural events. Located only 30-minute drivde south of Barcelona, it’s the perfect base to explore The Penedes wine growing region, the World Heritage centre of Tarragona, or the surrounding Championship golf courses. Dolce Sitges hotel is a very popular hotel that is located on a hilltop facing the Mediterranean Sea and overlooking the local golf course, and the city of Sitges with magnificent views. The 219 guest rooms and 41 suites are beautifully designed sea/pool terrace views and an extensive range of in -room services such as High-Speed internet and Satellite TV. There also is a large Conference Centre and full a-la-carte restaurant.

LOCATION:  Sitges, Barcelona. Barcelona airport 25kms, Barcelona 35kms, Tarragona 40 mins, Sitges train station 5 mins.

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Winetasting Vineyards and Cavas of Catalonia “The gateway to the Penedes wine region various offers available at a great price� Penedes, Priorat and other wine producing regions of Catalonia are well known around the world for both their wine and Cava, so why not come with us to see how it is all done, have a sample and maybe order to take home. The wine visit can be combined to include lunch at a typical Catalan Masia restaurant. A visit to the Torres winery in Barcelona is a fantastic option for an alternative day out when visiting Barcelona or the surrounding areas such as Sitges, Reus or Salou. Only 30 minutes from Barcelona city centre by direct train or a bus transfer, the Torres winery experience is like no other. The tour which takes approximately 90-minutes is suitable for all ages. The cultural visit is broke down into different stages: a welcome video and historical synopsis of Torres through the ages, an interactive tunnel of smells and seasons, a tour by train through the winery, a 3D show, and the all-important Torres wine tasting session at the end to get the taste busts tingling.

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La Roca Village Shopping La Roca Village and its sister Village Las Rozas Village offer the only up-market luxury outlet options in Spain. Barcelona La Roca village is a Chic Outlet Shopping malls located midway between Barcelona and Girona, approximately 45-minutes north east of Barcelona city on the AP7 (A7) Motorway. It enjoys a commanding view of nearby castles, country estates and the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range. Trading since 1998, it has become a landmark for the fashion conscious, drawing in affluent individuals from its 11 million residents and the 17 million tourists who visit Catalonia each year. La Roca Village and its sister Village Las Rozas Village offer the only up-market luxury outlet options in Spain. La Roca Village was the first of the Villages to open in Spain. Inspired by the historical Modernista movement, the architecture of La Roca Village is an interpretation of a traditionalturn-of-the-century Catalan town, complete with detailing inspired by historical buildings in the region. Barcelona Roca village is home to more than 90 international and domestic brands including Antonio Miro, Dolce e Gabbana, Farrutx, Loewe, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and more.

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Montserrat The monasteries of Catalonia provide a fantastic religious tourism option, as residents and tourists alike come for prayer, meet friends & family, and simply to view the stunning architectural designs. The region of Catalonia is dotted with vast amounts of shrines and monasteries, especially in the mountain areas, which are largely dedicated to the Virgin Mary. One of the most important of these monasteries is at Montserrat, which is widely regarded are one of the main spiritual reference points in Catalonia. When in Catalonia a visit to the Mountain of Montserrat is a must for anyone with its spectacular peaks rising over 4000ft and the Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century. The Virgin of Montserrat is housed in the abbey and is the Patroness of Catalonia. The Abbey has also become world famous because of its boy’s choir “Escolania� and school of music, considered to be the choir of oldest European tradition. A trip to the top of the mountain gives some breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

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Gaudi & Barcelona “The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudi’s work give the viewer a truly breath-taking visual experience.” Gaudi’s work is admired by architects around the World as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see, from the very beginning his designs were different from those of his contemporaries. Gaudi’s work was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms. Gaudi also adorned many of his buildings with coloured tiles arranged in mosaic patterns. This added another important dimension to his buildings which is so often overlooked by architects the use of colour. The combination of original design, interesting shaped stonework, and vibrant colours in Gaudi’s work give the viewer a truly breath-taking visual experience. His masterpiece is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – one of the most visited monuments in Catalonia which is still being constructed. Most of his work is based in Barcelona – and other Gaudi designs like Casa Mila and Park Guell prove popular. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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Girona & The Dali Triangle “Girona is worth a visit at any time of year, offering gastronomy at its very best and some delightful terrace bars to pass the time of day.” Girona, the capital of the Costa Brava has all the charm of a large city but without the crowds; a very “human-sized” city that will leave you walking around awestruck with your eyes wide open and your mouth agape at all it has to offer: its streets, festivals, cultural activities, restaurants, tourist services and events. Girona is worth a visit at any time of year, offering gastronomy at its very best and some delightful terrace bars to pass the time of day. The Dali Triangle includes Cadaques, Figueres and the lesser-known Púbol. They’re great places to visit to enjoy Costa Brava art, local food and the sea. Portlligat, Dali’s House in Cadaques, is a group of fishing houses which Dali reformed in order to install his workshop and place of residence. The Dali Museum in Figueres, originally a theatre, houses the spectacular building designed by the man himself. It’s the most well-known of the three points of the Dali Triangle in the Costa Brava. Púbol Castle, close to L’Estartit, is the last dot to connect the Dali triangle in the Costa Brava. It’s a small fortification from the 11th century, which Dali gave to his muse Gala in order to fulfil his promise to make her the queen of a castle.

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Barcelona FC Stadium Tour Barcelona Football Club is an undisputed giant in word football – with a long list of winning official titles such as Copa del Rey, La Liga, Champions League, Spanish Supercup, European Supercup and Clubs World Cup. Past and current day players are one the best to ever put on a pair of boots One of Barcelona’s most visited museums is the Museu del Futbol Club Barcelona, next to the club’s giant Camp Nou stadium. The interactive museum, renovated in 2010, provides a high-tech view into the club, with massive touch screens, interactive wall spaces, audiovisual displays and more to allow visitors to explore arcane aspects of the team. The best bits of the museum itself are the photo section, the goal videos and the views out over the stadium. The visitor experience gives the chance to walk through the most important areas of the stadium: the away team changing room and the players’ tunnel, the dugouts, the press room, commentators box and of course the Museum.

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Tarragona & Costa Daurada Tarragona is both a province and a town in the region of Catalonia, which unfolds around the Mediterranean Sea. The town is rich with historical splendours including medieval walls and the remains of a Roman aqueduct. Tarragona boasts a superb coastline, the spectatuclar Costa Daurada. Here you are invited to golden sandy beaches, clear shallow waters and an oasis of calm. Salou is one of the main holiday resorts in Tarragona. Amongst other things, it is also home to one of the largest theme parks in Europe – Port Aventura. With direct flights into Reus Airport, Tarragona is the ideal holiday destination for both families The World Heritage Centre of Tarragona is one of the most important Roman cities in the Mediterranean and an extraordinary place to visit. From the Aqueduct on the outskirts to the amphitheatre and walled city within it contains some of the most precious monuments and remains from these ancient times.

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Costa Brava The Costa Brava is one of the most beautiful areas of Catalonia and probably the whole of Spain. Its coast is lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean and its interior overlooked by the spectacular and mighty Pyrenees. The stylish central area of Baix Empordà between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Pals is popular with those from Barcelona and boasts some wonderfully scenic stretches of rolling coastline around Palamós, the beaches and villages of inland Palafrugell and hill-top Begur. The more rugged Alt Empordà in the north is marked by the broad sweep of the Golf de Roses, site of a nature reserve, the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, and the alluring peace of the ancient Greek and Roman settlement of Empúries, and extends to the bohemian Cadaqués, which attracts an arty crowd paying tribute to Salvador Dalí; the artist lived most of his life in the labyrinthine warren of converted fishermen’s huts in a neighbouring cove, which is now a fabulous museum to visit.

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Corporate Golf

“A dynamic way to improve the image of your company� Some of the most popular enquiries received are incentive activities and business meeting trips for companies. Company golf days are an excellent way of achieving ones goals; to reinforce relations with clients or suppliers, provide incentives to employees, to present a new product, or to simply raise money for a charity foundation. What better way to spend some time with your clients, suppliers or employees in relaxed environment away from the working place? Golf is a sport where you can achieve client loyalty or simply do some great networking. Many great decisions have been made on the golf course! Some of the hotels and golf courses featured are suitably adapted to cater for this type of client, be it a small group or a full blown congress meeting

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Golfing Extras in Barcelona

CAR HIRE For larger groups we have arrangements with a reputable companies based in each destination offering luxury coaches of varying capacities, all equipped with TV, mini-bar and air conditioning. For smaller groups we offer the comfort of travelling in Mercedes Vito style mini-buses or we can arrange self-drive car hire. If you prefer to organise your own car hire, Car Trawler Rentals offers excellent deals on car and van rental in Spain (most of Western Europe too). They’re our preferred supplier. CLUB HIRE Barcelona Golf provides you or your client with 40 sets of golf clubs including MacGregor & Callaway X20’s, avoiding the risk of getting your clubs lost, delayed or even damaged on your flight to your chosen destination. With this in mind we can now offer our clients both male and female the opportunity to hire golf clubs at competitive rates. Our golf clubs can be transported to the golf courses. Price varies according to numbers and transportation distances. TUITION / GOLF SCHOOL Barcelona is an ideal place to improve your golf or for beginners to learn to play. Many clubs have Golf Academies with Englishspeaking professionals such as Torremirona, Playa de Pals, PGA Catalunya in the Costa Brava, Bonmont, Panoramica and Aiguesverds in the Costa Daurada and Sitges and others around Barcelona. A wide range of courses are available ranging from one hour to a 5-day programme including video analysis, which tends to be very popular.

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Barcelona Golf Carrer de Francesc MaciĂ , 32 Sitges, Barcelona, 08870 Spain Tel (Spain): +34 93 894 25 16 Tel (UK): +44 (0)20 3239 4764 Fax: +34 93 811 21 11 Email: info@barcelonagolf.com

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Catalunya Golf Guide  

A comprehensive golf guide about Catalunya (Catalonia), exploring the regions of Barcelona, Costa Brava and Costa Daurada. Brought to you fr...

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