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IAGTO Yearbook 2013

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort*****

T h e A n n u a l P u b l i c a t i o n of t h e G l o b a l G o l f To u r i s m I n d u s t r y


Dear Friends, Thank you once again for the 2013 Honorary Award which was presented to me in Vilamoura last year. I was delighted to receive this fantastic award and honoured to be associated with the past winners, a true roll call of great golfers and great designers. I very much enjoyed meeting all of you including some old friends and it’s also inspiring to see the variety of golf destinations promoting themselves to the worlds travelling golfers. After retiring from the competitive side of the game; I have put my energies into golf course design and I was delighted to announce at the Awards that I will be designing just 18 Signature courses around the world. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to enjoy a round of golf on one of my courses this year as we all work towards taking the game of golf and people to great destinations around the world. I wish to thank you once again for this prestigious award and wish you all the best for the year ahead. Happy golfing and best regards,

Tony Jacklin

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January 2013

Dear Colleagues, 15 years since its foundation, IAGTO’s membership rose for the first time to over 2000 companies and organizations in 90 countries last year, a landmark moment matched by the growth in golf tour operator members to almost 500 in 60 countries. 2012 also marked our 1st Asia Golf Tourism Convention, our 4th North America Convention, the 15th International Golf Travel Market and our final Mid Year Convention. Overall it was a solid year for the global golf tourism industry without too many surprises, which was a nice change! Stability and good planning are the bedrock for strong growth and the omens are therefore looking good for 2013. Important dates to take a note of including our 2nd AGTC which will take place at the Royal Cliff Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand from 29 April to 2 May; our 5th NAC taking place at the Marriott Marco Island in Florida from 26-29 June and the 16th IGTM on the Costa Daurada in Spain from 11-14 November. Golf resorts, golf courses, hotels and other suppliers should not forget that they can now contract online at www.iagto.com with more some 500 golf tour operators worldwide – a new service activated last year. This edition of the IAGTO Yearbook is full of great information, tailored for the needs of golf tour operators, on golf destinations worldwide, so please take a good look through it. Now for the 16th time, have a great year!

Peter Walton - President & Chief Executive

Managing Editor: Giles Greenwood

Editor: Peter Ellegard

Designer: Chris Brown

Print Manager: Giles Aston - Dexterity Cover Photo: Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resor t***** • www.terre-blanche.com IAGTO, 1 Trafalgar House, Grenville Place, London, NW7 3SA, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 8906 3377 Fa x: +44 (0) 20 8906 8181 Email: info@iagto.com Website: www.iagto.com IAGTO Ltd. is registered in England as a professional membership organisation No. 3507678. SIC 9112. VAT 710 1940 78. Directors: P Walton, C Carugati, G Greenwood.

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Advertising Index

Abu Dhabi Golf Club 31 Almouj Golf at The Wave Muscat 133 Aparthotel Playamarina II 5 Atlas Voyages 143 Awana Genting Highlands 109 Golf & Country Club Banyan Resort & Golf 105 Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, 17 Energy & Tourism Carnoustie Country 47 Chervo Golf Hotel Spa & Resort 130 Cornelia De Luxe Resort 127 & Cornelia Golf Club Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa 137 Destination Queenstown 85 Glenmuir 63, 144 Golfclub Toscana Pelagone Resort 145 Greater Palm Springs Convention 115 & Visitors Bureau Intercontinental Mar Menor & 141 The Residences at Mar Menor Kenya Tourist Board 131 La Manga Club 134

Malaysia Golf Tourism Association Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort Mississippi Division of Tourism Development Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort Pravets Golf & Spa Precise Golf Resort El Rompido Protur Hotels Reed Exhibitions - IGTM Resort Yacht & Golf Club Paraguayo Rixos Hotel Premium Belek Saadiyat Beach Golf Club San Domenico Golf Saujana Resort Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa Sueno Hotels Golf Belek Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort The Belfry The Residence Tunis The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Turnberry Isle Miami

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3-Page Feature €1850 Smaller golf destinations and individual golf resorts are invited to request a 3-page editorial feature. This can also include a full page colour advert, golf destination map, further photographs, and golf course data table with 500-1000 words editorial. 6-Page Feature €2950 Ideally suited for Tourist Boards, destinations and golf resort groups looking to promote their business straight to the Golf Tour Operator. Includes a golf course map, golf course data table, photographs and 1600-1800 words editorial. 6-Page Repeat Feature

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Yearbook Bookmark (only 1 available) €2500 A5 colour, double-sided bookmark with laminate protection and extended tab, creating a very strong design.

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO Review

15 Years, 2000 Members & 500 Tour Operators! 2012 marked IAGTO’s 15th year since its foundation, during which its membership rose to over 2000 companies and organisations in 90 countries, including almost 500 golf tour operators in 60 countries. 2012 also marked our 1st Asia Golf Tourism Convention, our 4th North America Convention, the 15th International Golf Travel Market and our final Mid Year Convention. Overall it was a solid year for the global golf tourism industry without too many surprises, which should allow all IAGTO members to enjoy strong growth from stability and good planning in 2013!

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO Asia Golf Tourism Convention We held our first Asia Golf Tourism Convention (AGTC) at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which was a tremendous success, with over 400 delegates and many new members from 18 countries in the Asia Pacific region. Over 6000 individual meetings took place between 138 buyers and 243 suppliers and there is no doubt that the staging of the AGTC is an important step in sustaining the growth of golf tourism to the Asia Pacific region. We are delighted that the 2nd AGTC will be taking place in Thailand, in the Award winning golf destination of Pattaya, at the Royal Cliff Hotel, from 29 April to 2 May 2013. The Chonburi province in which Pattaya is located boasts more than 20 golf courses nearly all of which are less than 50-60 minutes drive from Pattaya itself. Situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and a 90-minute drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Pattaya is a multicultural city and provides an experience unlike any other location in the world.

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention Mississippi is the genuine Blues & Golf destination, as we found out during the 4th IAGTO North America Convention (NAC) in June 2012. Some operators took the Blues & Golf trail down from Memphis through Tunica and Natchez whilst others toured the cluster of great courses on the Gulf Coast - a stretch of some 45 minutes driving time west to east with the closest courses only 45 minutes from New Orleans. The Convention was attended by 204 delegates including golf resorts, golf clubs, hotels, inbound operators and tourist boards from North American golf destinations, and golf tour operators from around the world. This proved to be a landmark moment for Tourism Mississippi and the Gulf Coast CVB in their efforts to harness the power of golf tour operators both at home and abroad to drive high revenue tourism to golf destinations throughout the state. The 5th NAC will take place at the Marriott Marco Island near Naples in Florida from 26-29 June 2013 and is expected to be the most important golf tourism event of the year for the North American market.

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO Mid Year Convention Our Mid Year Convention provides a unique opportunity for a different mix of 100 golf tour operators and suppliers to meet together and discuss industry issues over the period of 3 or 4 days. Gran Canaria were the hosts in 2012 and did an outstanding job of showcasing their immaculate golf destination and cultural heritage.

International Golf Travel Market The 15th IGTM returned to Vilamoura in The Algarve in Portugal for what was to become probably the most successful show of the current era, with more than 12,000 pre-scheduled appointments taking place between golf tour operators and exhibitors. The 2013 IGTM will take place in Costa Daurada in Spain from 11-14 November.

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IAGTO Review

Golf Fam Trips IAGTO’s golf tour operators participated in many familiarisation trips around the world with a record number in Asia took place in Sanya, Hainan Island, Thailand, Vietnam, Jakarta and Malaysia following our 1st AGTC. In Europe Sweden hosted their first Fam trip along with Cannes, The Azores, Northern Ireland, Dublin, The Lisbon Coast and Lithuania. In the USA, Mississippi and Orlando hosted a Fam trip. Whilst in other regions of the world Columbia held their first Fam trip along with Abu Dhabi, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic.

Golf & Spa Report In 2012 IAGTO published a review of Golf & Spa, looking at how Spa & Wellness offers can be used to increase golf tourism sales and deliver an even better experience for the visiting golfer. The report highlighted the importance of making spa facilities accessible to all golfers and offering discounted golf specific treatments for pre or post round relaxation. It was clear that the presentation of spa facilities to golfers can have a major impact on their overall experience and their assessment of the venue. With over 32,000 downloads of this report, IAGTO has committed to researching and publishing more industry reviews in 2013 and undertaking the most important annual golf tourism survey.

Online Contracting At the request of delegates attending the North America Convention, IAGTO has developed an advanced online contracting service on the members’ section of the IAGTO website. This enables member golf resorts, golf courses, hotels and other suppliers to contract direct with member golf tour operators with minimal administration and effort. This has been achieved without losing the ability to offer different contracts to different operators, with the same safeguards employed in the IAGTO Net Rate Library. Golf resorts including Pebble Beach Resorts, Kiawah Island and Punta Cana Golf Resort have begun to use this system for the majority of their golf tour operator contracting.

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IAGTO Review

Sustainable Golf Tourism In November 2012, IAGTO and the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), the international non-profit dedicated to sustainable golf, announced a new partnership, working together to support and promote sustainability in golf tourism around the world. The experience of golf is always better when integrated with landscape, culture and community, which means that positive environmental and social actions can have a direct bearing on the growth of golf visitors and the quality of their experience. By working together, IAGTO and GEO aim to bring new value to the most active resorts and destinations – helping them to connect their sustainability driven supply with awareness and growth in demand. By connecting with GEO, we can add more value to our members and golf destinations, promoting practical and relevant international guidelines for golf development and management; streamlined and easy-to-use business support programmes; and new communications channels to give messages more reach. Sustainable golf is a vital area of focus for the future, and GEO is the only organization entirely dedicated to helping the industry represent and improve their actions, bringing industry-leading experience, widespread connections, tailor-made programmes and the ecolabel for golf.

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IAGTO Review

IAGTO would like to take this opportunity to thank our 6 key partners who supported all IAGTO activities and events at IGTM 2012. Established in 1911 by double Open Champion, Harold Hilton, Golf Monthly is the world’s oldest monthly golf magazine. Written by golfers, for golfers, each issue comes packed with expert instruction advice from Golf Monthly’s top 25 Coaches and some of the biggest names on Tour, equipment reviews and advice on where to play and stay, plus star player inter views and coverage of issues affecting ever y level of the game. Golf Monthly produces an annual golf travel supplement every autumn, this 100 page supplement features some of the best golfing destinations. Golf lovers visiting Costa Brava will find a destination filled with quality golf courses which are open all year round. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate and pleasant temperatures you will experience service second to none. For this reason, you can see why Costa Brava has been nominated by IAGTO as the Best Emerging Golf Destination in 2001, and nominated for Established Golf Destination in 2006. Ireland offers golfers the complete package with top championship courses, stunning scener y, fascinating histor y and some of the best craic (good fun) around. Over the years’ Ireland has won six IAGTO Golf Tourism Awards with the region of North West Ireland picking up European destination of the year in Valencia 2010. Six majors captured by Irish players in just a few years is more than just coincidence. Find out exactly what it is by playing the courses where these champions shaped their games. World-beating links, exceptional parkland courses. Italy won the IAGTO Emerging Golf Destination in 2004. One of the leading Italian golf destinations is Tuscany. The region offers a wide range of opportunities to discover and experience its secrets. The peaceful Tuscan countr yside is the perfect setting for golf, thanks to its temperate climate and many exclusive golf clubs, immersed in unique surroundings throughout the whole region, close to art towns, in the mountains, nearby the sea and the hills. Tuscany offers challenging courses for all kind of players. At present the region has 27–hole course, eleven 18-hole courses and eight 9-hole courses. Winner of this year’s IAGTO Undiscovered Destination of the Year, Bulgaria is still a young European golf destination. The unforgettable country provides excellent conditions for golf tourism with golf courses, designed by the greatest present day golf designers in the world. The golfers can enjoy the magnificent golf along the Black sea at Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort, BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas and Lighthouse Golf Resort & Spa or in the mountains at Pirin Golf & Countr y Club and around the historic city of Sofia at Pravets Golf and Spa and St Sofia Golf & Spa. Bulgaria welcomes the golfer to come and discover it Scotland is known throughout the world as the undisputed Home of Golf. It is the country where the game of golf began and where it continues to thrive to this day. As host of the 2014 Ryder Cup and regular home of The Open Championship it is the perfect stage for the world’s biggest golf events. But with more than 550 courses the length and breadth of the country it is the dream destination for every golfing visitor, regardless of ability. From iconic Links courses to breathtaking inland tracks, Scotland is in a unique place to cater for all types of trip and budget. VisitScotland is the official agency for the promotion of tourism to Scotland. We work with Golf Tourism Scotland and the industr y as a whole to provide support and advice for operators wishing to develop existing or create new programs to Scotland.

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IAGTO Awards

IAGTO Awards 13th IAGTO Awards Ceremony The Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura provided a magnificent setting for the 13th annual IAGTO Awards on the last night of the International Golf Travel Market on 15th November 2012. The convenience of the location ensured that more than 1100 delegates were able to attend this glittering event. Since Arnold Palmer accepted our first Honorary Award back in 2000, we feel privileged that the top names in golf have taken the time to acknowledge the importance of golf travel and reflect upon their own experiences of travelling the globe playing golf as well as designing golf courses we all love to play. Tony Jacklin travelled to Portugal to accept the 13th Honorary Award in person which was warmly appreciated by the golf tourism industry as he is widely recognised as one of the greats of European golf. He was the most successful British player of his generation, winning two major championships as well as being the most successful European Ryder Cup captain in history often remembered for being the catalyst that reignited the spark back into this historic competition. It is events like the Ryder Cup and characters such as Tony that do so much to persuade people to take up the game of golf and travel with a set of golf clubs. The IAGTO Honorary Award is an acknowledgement of the importance of great champions and personalities to the growth of our industry worldwide. Once again IAGTO’s Giles Greenwood did a tremendous job as the Awards Master of Ceremonies where he presented the ten golf resort, destination and supplier awards in front of an expectant audience. Terre Blanche Resort picked up the European Golf Resort of the Year Award, with Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort in Florida and Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort in Morocco taking the Awards for North America and the Rest of the World. More than 150 destinations were nominated for the Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award, voted for by the journalists of the International Golf Travel Writers Association. Veneto; an exciting new golf tourism destination with enormous potential proved victorious, and the Veneto Region Tourism Councillor, Mr Marino Finozzi as well as representatives from Golf in Veneto gave a very passionate thank you. IAGTO’s golf tour operators, now numbering 485 in 61 countries, voted for the Established Golf Destination of the Year Awards which were deservedly won by Vietnam, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Monterey County and Gran Canaria. Lastly, our IAGTO Outstanding Supplier of the year award remained in Portugal for the second year with Onyria Resorts winning this very popular award. Congratulations to all shortlisted destinations and all winning resorts, golf countries, regions and companies for working so hard to deliver the best possible experience to the visiting golf traveller and we look forward to seeing you all in the Costa Daurada for the next instalment of the IAGTO Awards. 16


IAGTO Awards

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IAGTO Awards

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IAGTO Awards

13 Years of Winners Golf Destination of the Year Established

Emerging

2001

Myrtle Beach

Costa Brava

Argentina

2002

Northern Ireland

Dubai

New Zealand

2003

Lisbon Golf Coast

South Africa

Wales

2004

Ireland

Italy

British Columbia

2005

Scotland

Las Vegas

Austria

2006

Algarve

Thailand

Egypt

Africa, Indian Ocean & Gulf States

Asia & Australasia

Europe

Latin America & The Caribbean

Undiscovered

North America

Undiscovered

2007

South Africa’s Cape Garden Route

China

Lisbon Golf Coast

Mexico

British Columbia

Czech Republic

2008

Mauritius

Malaysia

Turkey

Argentina

Arizona

Vietnam

2009

Dubai

New Zealand

Andalucia

Dominican Republic

Coastal South Carolina

Kenya

2010

Morocco

Thailand

Provence & Côte D’azur

Jamaica

Orlando

Brazil

2011

South Africa

Australia

North West Ireland

Argentina

Scottsdale

Prince Edward Island

2012

Abu Dhabi

Pattaya

Fife

Los Cabos

Palm Springs

Bulgaria

2013

Dubai

Vietnam

Gran Canaria

Dominican Republic

Monterey County

Veneto, Italy

Golf Tourism Supplier of the Year 2012

Portugal Algarve Golf Services Lda

2013

Onyria Resorts, Portugal

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IAGTO Awards

Golf Resort of the Year 2004

2005

Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate South Africa

Europe

North America

Rest of World

Druids Glen Golf Resort

Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Belle Mare Plage

The Westin Turnberry Resort

Pebble Beach

Mission Hills Golf Club

Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort

The PGA National Resort & Spa

Sandy Lane

Carton House

Ginn Reunion Resort

Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa

Ireland

Mauritius

Georgia, USA

2006

California, USA

China

Scotland

2007

Portugal

2008

Ireland

Barbados

Florida, USA

Florida, USA

South Africa

2009

Hotel Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort

Doral Golf Resort & Spa

Half Moon

2010

Doonbeg

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Raffles Canouan

2011

The Celtic Manor Resort Wales

La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA West California, USA

PUNTACANA Resort & Club

Dominican Republic

2012

Fairmont St Andrews

Turnberry Isle Miami

Mission Hills • Haikou

2013

Terre Blanche Resort

Sawgrass Marriott

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort

Florida, USA

Jamaica

Algarve, Portugal Ireland

Scotland France

South Carolina, USA

Florida, USA

Florida, USA

The Grenadines

China

Morocco

Honorary 2001

Arnold Palmer

2008

Annika Sorenstam

2002

Gary Player

2009

José María Olazábal

2003

Severiano Ballesteros

2010

Nick Price

2004

Jack Nicklaus

2011

Colin Montgomerie

2005

Robert Trent Jones Jr

2012

Sam Torrance

2006

Nick Faldo

2013

Tony Jacklin

2007

Greg Norman

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Al Badia Golf Club

Al Badia Golf Club Stylish, sleek, spectacular An inspiring destination Enter a world of sleek, streamlined elegance, shimmering with natural light. In Dubai Festival City - a dynamic waterfront community set alongside the glistening waters of Dubai Creek - discover a dazzling destination for golf, dining and special events. The centrepiece is an iconic clubhouse, where unique design is matched with InterContinental’s unrivalled service.

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Al Badia Golf Club

An extraordinary golf course Rise to the championship challenge of the Al Badia golf course - par 72 and 7,303 yards. Capturing the character and beauty of Arabia, the 18-hole Al Badia course was designed on an oasis theme by internationally-renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones II. The championship course features abundant water, rivers of sand and plants indigenous to the Arabian Gulf. Water moves throughout the course. The layout incorporates 11 lakes, several smaller ponds, streams and numerous cascading waterfalls. Strategically, water is used for lateral hazards as well as carry hazards on 12 of the holes. The “rivers of sand� concept adds another layer of texture to the design - providing a visual extension of the lakes and streams. These sand areas provide visually crisp playing surfaces that, unlike bodies of water, give a golfer the opportunity to recover from an errant shot. With native Arabian plants and trees, the design also focuses on environmental responsibility - evident through the use of Paspalum grass, specifically SeaIsle 2000 on the greens and SeaIsle I on the tees and fairways. Providing a challenging round for the seasoned golfer, Al Badia is also welcoming for the recreational player. Four sets of tees are featured on each hole - with most offering a variety of teeing angles. The course can be played from the maximum 7,303 yards, for championship players, down to 5,398 yards for newer players.

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Al Badia Golf Club

High-tech golf academy Golfers can per fect their skills at Al Badia Golf C l u b by Inte r C o ntin e nta l D u ba i Fe sti va l C i t y’s world-class golf academy. Dedicated “on and around the green” practice areas include a floodlit driving range, chipping area and practice putting green. High-tech training facilities include the region’s only TaylorMade Performance Lab, featuring the MATT (Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade) swing analysis and club fitting system, as well as an indoor Science and Motion (SAM) PuttLab to improve putting skills. Under the guidance of a golf professional, the academy offers a range of specialised clinics and coaching, in addition to one-onone lessons, which can be booked individually or in packages.

Supreme dining experience Savour superb Dubai dining - distinguished by dramatic design, inspired cuisine and devoted service. At Blades, diners can enjoy a stylish Saturday picnic brunch, set on the lush lawns of the golf course. Or they can simply relax at café-style restaurant Spikes. Enjoy beverages in the airy atrium at The Tee Lounge or at Trent’s, Al Badia’s premium bar. Outdoor terraces present sweeping golf-course views. Attentive staff serve guests with the famous InterContinental hospitality and style. For more information on these outlets, visit www.diningdfc.com.

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Spikes Bar


Al Badia Golf Club

A haven in Dubai A sophisticated haven in the swirl of Dubai, Al Badia Golf Club rewards clients with elegant, engaging entertainment. They can custom-design an unforgettable day of golf, meetings and dining - and experience the distinction of internationally-renowned InterContinental hospitality and standards of excellence.

Luxurious sanctuary Restful and rejuvenating, the relaxation rooms calm with cool, minimalist comfort. Guests can ease tired muscles in heated Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms, and feel their stress wash away under gentle rain showers - all this in the privacy of the separate facilities for men and women. Golfers can also take advantage of the dedicated SPA InterContinental treatment suites, unwinding after a round in their very own spa suite at the Al Badia Golf Club. Managed by Spa InterContinental and their team of qualified therapists, they can enjoy a relaxing massage or one of the many signature treatments available in three private suites. Treatments available include a full menu of peak performance and restoration and rejuvenation treatments, through massage, facial, body rituals and day packages.

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Al Badia Golf Club

Al Badia Golf Club facilities • 18-hole, 7,303-yard, par-72 Al Badia golf course - appealing to all skill levels • Designed by celebrated golf architect Robert Trent Jones II • World-class golf academy with the region’s only TaylorMade Performance Lab and MATT swing analysis and club fitting system, and an indoor Science and Motion putting laboratory (SAM PuttLab) to improve putting skills. • Floodlit driving range, chipping area and practice putting green • Extensive golf shop • Luxurious men’s and women’s relaxation areas, including lounges, saunas, steam rooms, heated Jacuzzis, rain showers and private VIP suites with exclusive lounge, wardrobe and shower facilities. if

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Unrivalled hospitality InterContinental Dubai Festival City offers every feature of a world-class hotel - and then some. Located minutes away from Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Dubai Festival City pampers guests with luxury facilities, exceptional services and special extras. It promises absolute convenience and sincere attention, and its staff pride themselves on superb dining and entertainment, as well as smoothing the way for business opportunities and corporate interactions. Whatever guests need, InterContinental Dubai Festival City is waiting to provide that, and more. Adapted from copy supplied by Al Badia Golf Club

Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City PO Box 79126, Dubai Festival City, Al Badia, Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 (0)4 601 0101

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Dubai Golf

Dubai Golf It’s all in the experience! With over 25 years of golfing traditions, Dubai Golf manages two of the most internationally renowned and established golf clubs in the region - Emirates Golf Club and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. In addition to world class golf courses, the clubs also boast luxurious clubhouses, a wide choice of restaurants and award-winning golf academies, offering some of the most spectacular locations for golf, events and entertainment in the world. In 2011, Dubai Golf also announced the opening of Almouj Golf in Muscat, Oman, the first Dubai Golf-managed course outside of the UAE.

Emirates Golf Club Emirates Golf Club, host of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988.

Majlis Course

Taking pride in its 36 holes of world class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo. In 2010, the Faldo Course became the only 18-hole course in the region to offer a night golf experience. Both courses feature natural, rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the recently refurbished signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catching in the region.

The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 25-year history, the most recent of which were its 2011 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World and its award for Best Course Middle East in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010. Emirates Golf Club also offers a challenging nine-hole par 3 course and renowned Golf Academy run in association with Peter Cowen, one of the world’s most respected golf instructors. Off the course, Emirates Golf Club offers everything from fine dining to bar bites, available alongside top-notch pool and fitness facilities, squash and tennis courts and a spa.

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Dubai Golf

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

The Dubai Creek clubhouse resembles the sails of a dhow

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is the premier golf resort in the Middle East and located in the heart of Dubai. The 18-hole championship golf course was voted one of the world’s “Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses” and offers a memorable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. There is a unique charm to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, nestled between the serene settings of the tranquil Creek and just a short drive away from the bustling city centre. A round of golf at this sporting oasis in the heart of the city is a delightful journey across the fabled landscape of Dubai, a city that thrives in all seasons. Well groomed fairways lined with date palms and coconut trees, and Aerial view of the Dubai Creek course attractive water hazards and shrubbery lend a tropical air to the club’s magnificent 18-hole, par 71 championship course. The club also boasts a floodlit nine-hole par 3 course, golf academy, six restaurants and bars, gymnasium, tropical swimming pool and a 121-berth marina. The clubhouse, modelled on the sails of a traditional Arab dhow, became an internationally-recognised landmark and was named Best Clubhouse in Golf World’s Best of the Best awards.

Almouj Golf Almouj Golf is a brand new Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole championship golf course located at The Wave, Muscat in Oman and managed by Dubai Golf. Norman has captured the essence of the surrounding environment and enhanced it to produce a links-style course that runs alongside over two kilometres of beach. The course is 7,342 yards in length, and the breathtaking views of the Sea of Oman and the Hajar Mountains are visible from everywhere on the course. Almouj Golf is also home to a golf academy with a state-of-the-art swing studio, driving range and private golf lesson area. Dining facilities are available and offer true Omani hospitality, Hole 5 at Almouj Golf, Oman welcoming all guests. 29


Dubai Golf Night golf on the Emirates Golf Club’s Faldo Course

Dubai Golf Awards & Accolades Dubai Golf & Dubai • Outstanding golf courses in design and quality (2012 Rheingolf exhibition, Germany) • Golf Destination of the Year - Africa, Indian Ocean & Gulf States (2009 IAGTO Awards) Emirates Golf Club • Top 100 Golf Courses in the World: Majlis Course (2012, 2011 and 2010 Golf World) • Best course in the Middle East: Majlis Course (2010 Asian Golf Monthly Awards) • Runner-up, best championship course in the Asia Pacific region: Majlis Course (2010 Asian Golf Monthly Awards) • Top 100 Golf Courses outside the United States: Majlis Course (2009 Golf Digest) • No1 Golf Course in the Middle East: Majlis Course (2009 Golf Digest Middle East) • Golf Club of the Year Overall in the Region (2009 Middle East Golfer) • Best Order of Merit Event for the Emirates Amateur Open (2009 Middle East Golfer) • Best Golf Club in the Middle East (2007 Business Traveller) • Top 100 Golf Courses outside the United States: Majlis and Faldo (2007 Golf Digest) Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club • • • •

Best Academy Instructor in the Middle East: Stephen Hubner (2011 Middle East Golfer Awards) Best Hole in the Middle East: 18th hole at Dubai Creek (2011 Middle East Golfer Awards) Best Golf Club in the Middle East (2008 Business Traveller) Best Golf Academy (2008 Middle East Golfer)

Online tee-time booking Dubai Golf also manages an online tee-time booking system for its three Dubai golf courses - the Majlis, Faldo and Dubai Creek courses, as well as servicing a central reservations office that allows guests to make golf reservations at courses throughout the United Arab Emirates. To book tee times online, the Central Reservations can be contacted as follows: Tel: +971 4 380 1234 Email: golfbooking@dubaigolf.com For more information, visit: www.dubaigolf.com Copy supplied by Dubai Golf 30


Joburg Tourism

Joburg Tourism Golfing in the City of Gold Johannesburg is traditionally one of South Africa’s lesser-known golfing destinations, yet of late has started attracting more and more interest amongst the golfing fraternity. Perhaps it’s the fascination with the history of the city, often called “Egoli”, which means “Place of Gold” in Zulu as gold was discovered in Johannesburg in 1886. The region then became the biggest gold-producer in the world and soon after that, in 1905 the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond, was found. Hence the name Joburg Gems was coined, made up of Joburg’s finest golf courses and hotel establishments on offer for locals and internationals alike to enjoy.

Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club

It could even be a fascination with the beauty of the city, as Johannesburg is the world’s largest man-made forest, with an estimated 10 million trees. You certainly won’t feel as if you are in the middle of Africa’s most powerful commercial centre, and South Africa’s financial capital, when playing on any of Jozi’s 32 beautiful parkland layout courses. Bryanston Country Club

Perhaps it’s the great year-round weather with minimal windless days and a year-round average of 8.7 hours of sunshine per day, or because the golf ball travels so much further at altitude – golfers simply love playing golf in Jozi. More than likely, the reason why golfers are requesting a night or two in Johannesburg either at the beginning or end of their trip to South Africa is the absolutely superb golfing facilities that are extremely cost-effective and value for money. A round at a top course in Johannesburg costs approximately 30 euros for the green fees!

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Joburg Gems - who’s who Bryanston Country Club www.bryanstoncc.co.za Founded in 1948, the Bryanston Country Club is located in one of Johannesburg’s most attractive areas, enjoying a rich heritage and quality of life. The club has a distinct family atmosphere with facilities that include a full service clubhouse complete with restaurants and an array of function venues. Also to be enjoyed are the 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, bowling greens, squash and tennis courts. The golf course was designed by Charles H Alison in 1949 and remains one of the most enjoyable layouts in Gauteng province. Glendower Golf Club www.glendower.co.za In 1935, 10 businessmen joined together, formed a company and purchased the Glendower farm with the purpose of creating a country club. The club opened in March 1937 and, after only two years, played host to its first major tournament. It has since hosted numerous prestigious events including the South African Open. Extensive course renovations were made in the 1980s and again in 2008, resulting in Glendower Golf Club being named one of the top 10 golf courses in the country. Randpark Golf Club www.randpark.co.za Winner of a recent Best of Joburg award, Randpark offers golfers of varying ability an unforgettable experience on two of the finest layouts and bestmanicured golf courses in the country. The older of the two, Bushwillow, was designed by SA’s best-known course architect, Bob Grimsdell, while the younger Firethorn course, opened in the early 70s, has hosted two South African Opens. Club facilities include newly-renovated function rooms and boardrooms, as well as a two-tier, floodlit driving range. Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club www.royaljk.za.com The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is regarded as one of the most prestigious golf clubs in South Africa due to its almost 130-year heritage and for having hosted numerous prestigious tournaments, including seven South Africa Opens. Both courses (East and West) have enjoyed high positions on the country’s national rankings. The club has an abundance of forested woodlands and in 2005 was proud to be the first golf club in South Africa to be accredited as a Certified Audubon Environment Sanctuary. The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort www.thefairway.co.za Situated on the Randpark golf course, this five-star hotel within the Guvon Hotel & Spa Group provides the ultimate destination for golf, wedding, conference and leisure guests. There are 62 hotel rooms and 14 double-storey Golf Villas, complete with four en-suite bedrooms. Hotel facilities include the Fairways Spa, a gym, private pool, conference centre, ballroom, wedding chapel, Verve bar and the Balata restaurant, a fine-dining dream. The resort was the proud host of the Brazilian football team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 33


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Glendower Golf Club

Some other reasons to visit Joburg are the great cultural experiences that the city presents, including finding out more about the fascinating history of South Africa, by visiting the Apartheid Museum, or the famous Vilakazi Street in the township of Soweto - the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Other attractions to visit include the Cradle of Humankind, Gold Reef City, Sandton City and some of the wildlife parks close by. Whatever the reason, Joburg Tourism, the four premier golf clubs in Johannesburg, Joburg’s only golf resort - The Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort - and PelePele Travel & Marketing, which markets the route, welcome you to this vibrant, dynamic city of gold, or rather city of golf! For more information and bookings, please contact Natalie van Blerk on natalie@pelepele.co.za or by calling +27 82 805 6643. Randpark Golf Club

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The Fairway hotel and spa entrance

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Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah A tranquil escape in the United Arab Emirates A short 45–minute drive north from Dubai International Airport takes you away from the hustle and bustle of major city life to the peace and tranquillity of the most northern of the UAE’s seven emirates, Ras Al Khaimah. This emirate is fast becoming one of the must visit golf destinations for any international golf enthusiast.

Al Hamra Golf Club Set against the backdrop of the majestic Hajar Mountains and alongside the glittering waters of the Arabian Gulf you’ll find the Al Hamra Village development, offering golf, marina, residences, shopping and five-star hotels. The centrepiece is Al Hamra Golf Club - this golf resort beckons golfers to sample its first-class facilities.

The 455-yard, par-4 10th hole

Designed by renowned golf course architect, Peter Harradine, the course incorporates both open water lagoons and desert landscapes, resulting in a stunning par 72 championship course measuring 7,325 yards at full length. Offering five varying tee options on each hole, it provides a fun and enjoyable test of golf for the seasoned professional or fledgling enthusiast.

The Al Hamra Golf Academy offers golfers and non-golfers the perfect place to improve or learn the game. The purpose-built centre is comprised of two designated indoor/outdoor studios providing the PGA professional and student the comfort of an indoors environment with all the benefits of outdoor ball flights, enabling students to get the maximum of feedback during their lessons. Outdoors, the large two tiered grass driving range allows for the golfer to practice diligently with varying shot options catered for on the multi-purpose range, combined with dedicated short-game practice and putting greens.

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The academy par 3 course also offers golfers the chance to improve on vital scoring clubs, with holes ranging from 60 to 127 yards in length, or even as a fun and fast alternative to the championship course. If it is range practice you are after, you can enjoy the fully-floodlit practice facilities before testing your short-game prowess around the academy par 3 course. Al Hamra doesn’t stop when the sun sets, either, with floodlit golf available on the championship course. The floodlit nine-hole course is made up of a composition of the front and back nine…ideal for those warm summer days. Al Hamra dining Al Hamra Golf Club boasts an array of dining options, from elaborate dining or quick snacks to private functions. With three dedicated food and beverage outlets, visitors and golfers are sure to find the perfect dining experience. Zahara’s - the main restaurant, it offers an international menu with Asian elements. This modern, luxury outlet features a large show kitchen, which can be used both as a live cooking station as well as an easy buffet service area for those special events. Diners have the choice of indoor dining in a classy modern restaurant or outdoor dining on a large terrace that borders the Arabian Gulf Lagoon and the 18th hole. Lagoons Sports Bar - considered by many as the perfect meeting place either before or after golf or just for a casual meal, this all-day dining outlet features a menu of local and international dishes as well as the chef’s specials. In addition, the bar features four plasma screen TVs showing the latest in live sports action. The Lagoons Sports Bar terrace offers spectacular views of the 18th hole and the Arabian Gulf Lagoon, which is the perfect venue to discuss the day’s golfing tales over a beverage and shisha. Dunes Café - located in the academy clubhouse, this is a calm and relaxed dining experience offering an optional light and healthy menu as well as an array of international dishes. Dunes Café also offers a fine selection of pastries and ice creams to eat in or take away. Relaxed sofa seating on the terrace can be the perfect environment for any occasion.

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Tower Links Golf Club Tower Links has long been considered as one of the most natural golf courses in the Emirates, with as many as 11 out of the 18 holes meandering around a mangrove reserve. Not only does the reserve provide a natural and safe habitat to many aquatic and bird species, but it also presents new golfing challenges to test the skill level of every player. The combination of the mangrove reserve, green golf course and expanses of sandy waste areas make Tower Links Golf Club an unforgettable experience for all who come to test their skills. The 18-hole course, which is now in its eighth year of operation, features a fully-floodlit driving range, putting and chipping greens as well as a specific teaching area. The course measures 7,199 yards from the professional tees and caters to golfers of all standards, as holes feature four tee boxes to provide golfers of varying abilities the opportunity to enjoy their round. For those who like to beat the summer heat, Tower Links offers the opportunity to golf both day and night, as the back nine – holes 10 to 18 – are floodlit. Floodlit golf is a must-try for any golfer and provides an extra dimension to your golfing experience when visiting the UAE. If you are not a golfer then you need not worry; the club features a fully-equipped spa and gymnasium where you can relieve the stress of life or sculpt that body back into shape.

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Tower Links Dining Just because your round has finished does not mean that the enjoyment stops there. The panoramic views of the golf course can be savoured while enjoying a succulent meal or snack from Tower Links’ wonderful restaurant and coffee lounge. Guests are able to dine in or out, depending on their mood, with the large veranda offering unobstructed views over the golf course and making a perfect viewing area to cheer on your friends as they attempt to birdie the signature 18th hole. If your game did not go to plan, you can always get yourself back in the swing by visiting the Sports Bar, which features a pool table, dartboard and multiple screens showing the latest sporting action from around the globe as well as an array of bar snacks.

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Accommodation at The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah Located on an idyllic inlet of stunning turquoise water, The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah offers discerning travellers the pleasures of graceful living and a multitude of activities. Indulgent amenities, such as well-appointed leisure and fitness centre and an excellent choice of restaurants and bars, all come together to create a new and irresistible oasis of enchantment in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Combining intimacy, comfort and exclusivity with the personalised service and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of Rotana, The Cove Rotana redefines the resort experience. It is an ideal destination for families, honeymooners, leisure travellers and weekend breakers. In short, people who are looking to relax and enjoy a short or extended holiday break. With 204 hotel rooms and 79 one, two and three-bedroom villas, the resort can accommodate individuals, couples, or groups, and special considerations, such as double rooms with queen beds, cater for families. Guests are given a taste of Arabian splendour in the design touches that give every room a distinct sense of place, and most of the guest rooms offer breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from private balconies or terraces, while to two and three-bedroom villas are also equipped with private plunge pools. All rooms are also equipped with modern day amenities, such as multi-channel TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, IDD telephone, mini-bar and personal in-room safe box. The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah is all about fun, leisure and relaxation. Its Bodylines leisure and fitness club includes a fully-equipped gymnasium with advanced resistance training and cardio equipment, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms, and seven exquisitely-designed massage rooms. It also boasts a wide range of water sports, Flippers Kid’s Club, two infinity swimming pools of 700 square metres each and 600 metres of sandy beach. 40


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The Cove Rotana Resort Dining Guests at the resort can choose from a wide variety of food and beverage venues, from the lobby lounge, Breeze, Breakers beach bar and the relaxing Lugana Bay and Sunset poolside bars to the casual and lively Cinnamon, the all-day dining restaurant, and Basilico, where skilled chefs serve up an array of many traditional and modern dishes from all over the Mediterranean with an Italian emphasis. The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah also features three fully-equipped and stylishly-decorated meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment and IT facilities, perfect for holding small to mid-sized meetings of up to 120 delegates. The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah is situated a 10-minute drive from both Al Hamra and Tower Links golf clubs, making Ras Al Khaimah the perfect destination for any enthusiastic golfer or leisure visitor.

The natural topography of Ras Al Khaimah, which consists of 65 kilometres of sun-kissed sandy beaches, the Al Hajar Mountain range, the desert plains in the central region and the green belt in the southern region, has added to the success of Ras Al Khaimah as a destination of choice. Golf Club

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We look forward to welcoming you to Ras Al Khaimah in the near future. For more information, go to: Al Hamra Golf Club Tower Links Golf Club www.alhamragolf.com www.towerlinks.com or call +971 7 244 7474 or call +971 7 227 8555

The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaimah www.rotana.com or call +971 7 206 6383

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Carnoustie Country

Carnoustie Country Welcome to a natural, historic golfing paradise Carnoustie Country, on Scotland’s east coast, is a golfers’ paradise. With 30 golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Country’s jewel in the crown - the Open venue, Carnoustie Championship - there’s no shortage of fabulous places to play or friendly clubhouses to relax in at the end of the day. Over the years, the very best golfers in the world have competed on Carnoustie Country’s courses, among them Henry Cotton, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and top British women’s golfer, and Carnoustie Country Ambassador, Catriona Matthew. “I’ve wonderful memories of the games I’ve played on Carnoustie Country courses,” says Catriona, who was one of the top competitors in the Ricoh Women’s British Open when it was held in Carnoustie for the first time in 2011. “For those who want a true challenge, Carnoustie Championship is famous for its ability to test and hone golfing skills.” Many visiting golfers describe their first experience of Carnoustie Championship as a “dream come true” but it’s only one of many memorable links courses in the area. The Open qualifying courses of Montrose Medal, Panmure and Monifieth Medal cling to the dramatic coastline of the county of Angus, while across the impressive Tay Estuary lies another Open qualifier, Scotscraig. Further inland, there’s an abundance of glorious parkland courses, such as the immaculate Blairgowrie Rosemount, the beautifully tree-lined Downfield in Dundee and the picturesque heathland courses of Alyth and Kirriemuir, which are overlooked by majestic mountains. If that’s not enough, Carnoustie Country is also within easy travelling distance of the golf courses at St Andrews, Gleneagles and Donald Trump’s newly-opened course on the Aberdeenshire coast, Trump International Golf Links. In fact, we reckon Carnoustie Country marks the halfway point!

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Carnoustie Country’s location is one of the reasons it’s becoming an increasingly-popular destination for short golfing breaks and golfing holidays. Dundee has its own airport with direct flights from London City, Birmingham and Belfast. Located in the heart of Carnoustie Country, it is only 20 minutes from Carnoustie Championship itself. And at little over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports, with flights from most UK airports, Europe and the USA, Carnoustie Country is easily accessible to golfers from all over the world. In addition, the area is well served by the national road and rail networks. Getting here is easy - it’s persuading golfers that it’s time to go home that can be the problem! There’s a fabulous choice of accommodation in Carnoustie Country, with somewhere to suit all budgets, from four-star hotels to top-class B&Bs, and from self-catering lodges to budget bunkhouses. But no matter where golfers stay, they can be sure of one thing - a warm welcome. Widely known as “the Cradle of Golf”, Carnoustie Country’s golfing heritage stretches back to the very earliest days of the game. This is where golf clubs were first swung, where many of the rules of the game were devised and where many of the first golf tournaments were held.

Glamis Castle

Celebrations have been taking place throughout 2012 to mark 450 years of golf on Montrose Links, where Montrose Medal is the fiftholdest golf course in the world, while Carnoustie Ladies Golf Club is the oldest functioning ladies golf club in the world. In fact, in recognition of our golfing heritage, the World Hickory Open Championship was held at Monifieth and Carnoustie Burnside in October 2012 and attracted golfers from across the globe.

Many of our historic courses were designed by golf’s legendary architects, chief among them being Old Tom Morris and James Braid. However, there are also a number of newer courses designed by some of today’s top golf course designers, such as Drumoig, Glenisla and Strathmore Rannaleroch. As well as being a wonderful environment for golf, there’s a host of other activities and experiences awaiting visitors to Carnoustie Country. Restaurants, pubs and bistros serving delicious, fresh Angus produce, excellent fishing, a wide range of shops, vast expanses of hill-walking country, mountain bike trails, bustling marinas, busy harbours, historic castles, abbeys and mansions, award-winning museums, historic towns, quaint villages, miles of sandy beaches - and a fascinating history that’s still evident today. The Bronze-Age Picts left behind their standing stones, intricately-carved monuments which are scattered across Angus. Arbroath Abbey, site of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath, dominates the town’s skyline. Glamis Castle, as mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, is one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. RRS Discovery, the ship that carried Captain Scott on his first expedition to the South Pole, is berthed in Dundee.

Arbroath Abbey

The City of Dundee is home to several courses, including Camperdown, Downfield and Ballumbie - and can boast a lot more besides. There’s a bustling city centre with excellent shopping, visitor attractions and entertainment, including theatres, cinemas and nightclubs. In addition, the city is currently undergoing an exciting transformation which will reunite Dundee with the River Tay and will include the V&A Museum, Scotland’s International Design Centre. 43


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Deil’s Head, Arbroath Cliffs

Carnoustie Country’s scenery is another of its secret weapons. The beaches, cliffs, mountains, forests and rivers of Angus provide the stunning background to many Carnoustie Country courses - and are also a fabulous environment for getting away from it all or trying out a new activity. How about gorge walking, mountain biking, canoeing or horse riding? On a golfing break in Carnoustie Country, there’s no shortage of things to do or places to go when not on the golf course! Great golf, breathtaking views and, of course, a good time are all part of the package!

Carnoustie Country golf courses The 30 links, inland and parkland golf courses within a 40-minute drive of Carnoustie Championship can test the skills of even low-handicap players to the limit but are also perfect for golfers who take a more relaxed approach to their game, making Carnoustie Country the perfect location for a golfing break. And, no matter where golfers play - or what their handicap is - they all agree on one point… Golf in Carnoustie Country is golf in its natural, historic environment. Often referred to as “the toughest links course in the world”, with its legendary bunkers and testing final three holes, as well as its immaculately-maintained fairways and greens and a new golf centre with excellent visitor facilities, Carnoustie Championship is one of the world’s must-play golf courses. Established in 1889, Blairgowrie Rosemount is one of Scotland’s finest inland golf courses. With luxurious green fairways set amidst pine, birch and heather, the course hugs the natural landscape, providing a satisfying, enjoyable golfing challenge for golfers of all abilities.

The 18th green at Blairgowrie Rosemount

Monifieth Medal is a testing combination of parkland and links, with gently-undulating ground flanked on many holes by rows of pine trees and deep bunkers - leaving golfers wanting to return again and again.

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Scotscraig The 12th at Panmure

With tight fairways and compact, undulating greens, Panmure is much admired by golfers from home and overseas. In fact, the legendary Ben Hogan included the 6th at Panmure in a list of his top 18 holes! Scotscraig in Tayport, like Monifieth and Panmure, is an Open qualifier course but that’s not its only claim to fame. It’s also the 13th-oldest golf club in the world. Although close to the sea, an abundance of trees line many of the fairways and, with more than a touch of the heathland about it, Scotscraig can provide a challenge to even the most experienced golfers.

With its panoramic views of Cairngorms National Park, Edzell is one of the most scenic golf courses in Scotland. It is renowned for its well-maintained fairways and greens – and for being a straightforward, highly-enjoyable course. Kirriemuir, with avenues of woods, gorse and broom surrounding lush, undulating fairways with impeccable greens, is further proof that there’s much more to Carnoustie Country than links golf. Situated on the edge of the Grampian Mountains, this James Braid-designed course is a perfect example of heathland/parkland golf. The generous fairways and rolling greens of Strathmore Rannaleroch ensure this course is popular with golfers of all levels of skill and expertise. And, as the course overlooks the beautiful Vale of Strathmore, there’s the added bonus of a fabulous backdrop.

Camperdown Golf Club

These are only a few of the fabulous Carnoustie Country courses. To discover more, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com

The Montrose Medal course

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Carnoustie Country golf resorts Carnoustie Golf Hotel Although not strictly speaking a golf resort, as the hotel is a separate entity from the three courses on Carnoustie Links, Carnoustie Golf Hotel is a fabulous base for a golfing holiday. Located right on the edge of Carnoustie Championship, with views stretching up the fairway and the first tee only a few steps away, this four-star hotel is in the ideal location for many golfers. Carnoustie Burnside, Carnoustie Buddon and Panmure are within walking distance, while the links courses at Monifeith, Arbroath and Montrose are only a short drive - or train journey - away.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel Spa

Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses Situated in 350 acres of beautiful park and woodland populated by deer, hare and wild birds, luxurious Murrayshall House Hotel offers stunning views across the Tay valley, excellent accommodation, fine dining and great golf! As well as its own 18-hole golf courses - Murrayshall and Lynedoch - this hotel is only 40 minutes from St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie.

Murrayshall House Hotel restaurant

Piperdam Golf & Leisure Resort Located on the edge of a loch in the heart of the Sidlaw Hills, Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort offers a range of high-quality self-catering lodges - as well as a first class restaurant, excellent leisure facilities including a swimming pool, fitness suite and a range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, quad biking, target shooting and, of course, golf.

Piperdam has an 18-hole and a nine-hole golf course, as well as a driving range, short-game practice area and putting green, PGA tuition and a pro shop. Golfers can also take advantage of Piperdam’s golf-inclusive deal, where a one-off payment entitles residents to unlimited golf during their stay.

Carnoustie Championship course from the hotel

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Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort The luxury, four-star self-catering lodges at Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort are ideal for a golfing holiday in Carnoustie Country and a range of play-and-stay golfing packages are available As well as Kingennie’s nine-hole golf course, driving range and 18-hole putting green, there are another 29 courses within easy driving distance and Carnoustie Championship is just 10 minutes along the road. Forbes of Kingennie also offers world-class fishing, a waterside restaurant – and instant access to the beautiful Angus countryside. In 2014, the Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort will feature a new addition - The Angus. This 18-hole golf course, designed by none other than Darren Clarke, is part of a £55 million development which will also include a world-class youth golf academy and a five-star hotel.

Luxury four-star lodges

“I first stayed at Kingennie during the Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and fell in love with the place,” said Darren Clarke, the 2011 Open Champion. “It’s beautiful and perfect for a championship course. “We have some beautifully-contoured land to work with and, being so close to Carnoustie, a short drive from St Andrews and on the road north towards Royal Aberdeen, The Angus will be in a magical position. I can’t wait to play it myself.” To find out more about these resorts, and other places to stay in Carnoustie Country, visit www.carnoustiecountry.com Copy supplied by Carnoustie Country

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Lisboa Golf Coast

Lisboa Golf Coast Top-quality golf in striking landscapes around Portugal’s vibrant capital The Lisbon region is the perfect golf destination. The tranquillity and satisfaction to be found on the greens are matched only by the quality, number and diversity of Lisbon’s golf courses. The region’s natural features are a major attraction for this inspiring and invigorating sport. The nearly year-round sunny and temperate climate combined with a striking landscape of ocean, beaches, rivers, cliffs, dunes and lakes make this a truly exhilarating experience.

Penha Longa

Over 20 golf courses can be found along Estoril and Sintra, the Oeste region, and Setúbal/Tróia. All courses are top notch – the only difficulty is selecting one. Lisbon is much more than outstanding golf courses; it’s an intimate personal experience waiting to be discovered.

City highlights The historical quarters of central Lisbon are perfect for visitors to the Portuguese capital to experience for themselves. Their culture, history, architecture and the people are fundamental aspects of Lisbon’s identity, and those who explore them will discover their own personal map. The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive quarters of the city. Traditional restaurants nestle alongside cosy bookshops, tea rooms, funky design shops and the boutiques of the most respected Portuguese fashion designers. The Bairro Alto is a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere. From Bairro Alto, stroll down to the Chiado, the sophisticated hub for the city’s young people, artists and intellectuals. The Chiado is an area of iconic cafés including “A Brasileira”, art schools, theatres and of living history.

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And strolling down again you will find the Baixa, the city’s traditional shopping district where visitors can stroll around the streets and find dozens of shops offering a wide range of temptations. Rua Augusta is the main artery of the Baixa, leading north from Terreiro do Paço (known as Black Horse Square by the English) to the beautiful square of Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro V). Just north of Rossio, discover Avenida da Liberdade, which in the 19th century was the favourite promenade for the Lisbon élite. Today, the Avenida is home to exclusive international boutiques to tempt and inspire. The tram is one of the most famous and typical forms of transport in Lisbon. From the Baixa to the top of the hill in Alfama, you will find typical Lisbon streets and alleys and be able to discover the unique and extraordinary views of the city and river – either take a traditional tram or explore Alfama on foot. By tram along the riverside you can reach Belém, the neighbourhood with the most imposing symbols of the city – Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Torre de Belém – both classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Although these two monuments were built in the 16th century, they are located near a modern cultural centre – Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) – where you can find art exhibitions and take a walk along the gardens. Not to be missed in Belém is the “pastel de nata”, a traditional and delicious pastry. The Parque das Nações (Nations Park) – the riverside venue for Expo98 – is ideal for all ages. Located in the eastern part of Lisbon, this extensive cultural, entertainment, residential and corporate complex is a focus of the city’s cultural life. The gardens along the river frame the facilities, including the Pavilhão Atlântico (Atlantic Pavillion), venue for concerts and major international sports events, and the new Casino de Lisboa. The Oceanário de Lisboa (Aquarium), not to be missed, and the Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Knowledge Pavillion) are other attractions in this unique part of Lisbon. Take a ride on the cable car offering breathtaking views of the river and the city along its one kilometre circuit.

Night life Lisbon is an extremely lively city. There is always something happening, 365 days a year. But it is at night that the main doors of entertainment open, with whole neighbourhoods dedicated to fun and partying in good company. Join in and help maintain the tradition of night life entertainment into the early morning. The Bairro Alto – or the Bairro as locals call it – has a unique tradition in the history of Lisbon night life. Always changing, the narrow cobbled streets fill with people every night, especially to Fridays and Saturdays as everybody is taking the best possible advantage of the weekend. The number of restaurants, venues and the highly diversified clientele make the Bairro Alto a mixed and friendly place to be. Everybody is welcome, from young people in search of lively cocktail bars, to older customers who seek out quiet bars with good music. In Bairro Alto and Alfama you can also hear Fado, a vocal music unique to Lisbon. You can find numerous Fado houses, from the most formal to the most informal where everybody sings spontaneously. 51


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The riverside The riverside areas offer lively nightlife and the most well known bars, dance venues and clubs are on Avenida 24 de Julho, and in the Santos area. In the Docas, from Alcântara to Santa Apolónia, you will find plenty of entertainment, right next to the river. These areas, which are also lively during the day, offer the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable evening. Besides dancing and enjoying the unique atmosphere, you can also listen to concerts or to the best international DJs. In this riverside area, you will also find excellent restaurants.

Shopping Shopping in Lisbon is really worthwhile. In addition to the many international brand boutiques, designer shops and shopping centres, you will also find best quality Portuguese articles to bring home. Most of the shops are located in the Baixa quarter and Chiado area. But, to find the most exclusive international brands, try another traditional shopping area, Avenida da Liberdade. Antique shops are generally concentrated in Rua Dom PedroV, Rua do Alecrim and Rua de São Bento.

Gastronomy Lisbon is the ideal destination for good food lovers. You will find restaurants with typical food and excellent service, which is no wonder since good food is widely appreciated by the Portuguese themselves. Lisbon offers a wide range of typical dishes and excellent wines to be enjoyed at its many restaurants. Because of its location by the sea, Lisbon is ideal to try delicious fish dishes. “Bacalhau” (dried, salted cod) prepared in a 1001 ways is the national Portuguese dish. Steaks (bifes) are among the most popular dishes, “Bife à Café” being the most typical in Lisbon. Walking through the streets in the Autumn or Winter you will find the famous and delicious roast chestnuts – sold in the streets. Among the desserts and cakes offered everywhere, the “pasteis de Belem”, in particular, are a must. Made from a special recipe that belonged to a friar from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, they have been a delight to Portuguese taste for over 160 years.

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Golf courses and popular attractions Estoril & Sintra All in one, all year round The Estoril and Sintra region has a number of superb golf courses to choose from. This unique part of Europe, just half an hour from Lisbon’s International Airport, offers good weather all year round among its many attractions. Golf courses designed by the world’s most famous architects to satisfy the demanding golfer, and a wonderful varied coastline are among its attractions. We also have Europe’s largest casino, excellent hotels and restaurants, Sintra’s World Heritage area full of culture and history, sparkling nightlife, great shopping and a whole lot more. All within easy driving range! Setúbal / Tróia This region has a wide natural diversity of landscapes and environment, favoured by the presence of the sea, and is a wonderful region to discover. This area also extends into the interior, combining unforgettable beaches with two estuaries, mountains and pure vegetation on the quiet inland plains. The area boasts a mixture of colours that radiate a unique light that always has a special charm. Oeste The Oeste is a fertile region, full of natural and cultural attractions. Its landscapes, full of colour, varying with the seasons of the year, are dominated by thousands of hills scattered with whitewashed villages and the characteristic windmills that symbolise the Oeste region. The Oeste connects the sea and the countryside, in a land with the marks of many different cultures. With its golf courses, golfers can find here the perfect symbiosis between the sea and the countryside, in a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere. Green Fees (€) Length (metres) Weekday Weekend

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Caddies

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37

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50-95

50-95

40

No

Visitors welcome

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78 / 20

90 / 25

38

35

Championship Course: weekends & national holidays only for members

71

6303

115

150

70

On request

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18

72

6290

49-97

65-130

40

On request

Visitors welcome

18

72

5716

60

79

33

No

Visitors welcome

Clube de Campo Aroeira I

18

72

6044

52

83

Weekday 30 Weekend 40

On request

Visitors welcome

Clube de Golfe do Montado

18

72

6224

99

99

30

No

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Quinta do Peru Golf & Countr y Club

18

72

6036

90

90

38

No

Visitors welcome

Ribagolfe I

18

72

6707

80

80

35

No

Visitors welcome

Ribagolfe II

18

72

6214

80

80

35

No

Visitors welcome

Santo Estêvão Golfe

18

73

6382

45

60

35

No

Visitors welcome

Troia Golf - Championship Course

18

72

6317

85

102

38

No

Visitors welcome

Bom Sucesso Golf

18

72

6238

100

120

Included

No

Visitors welcome

Campo Real Golf Resor t & Spa

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72

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100

120

30

No

Visitors welcome

Golden Eagle Residence & Golf Resor t

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72

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84

100

35

No

Visitors welcome

Praia d’el Rey Golf & Beach Resor t

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73

6467

110

130

42-50

No

Minimum handicap: 36

Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resor t

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100

120

40

No

Visitors welcome

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Holes

Par

Belas Clube de Campo

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72

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Clube de Golf Quinta da Marinha

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71

5870

18 + 9

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Oitavos Dunes Natural Links Golf

18

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites / historic sites One of the most imposing symbols of the city is here – the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the construction of which was started in 1501 by King Manuel I and finished a century later. Overlooking the magnificent Praça do Império, the monument is an outstanding example of late Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is regarded as one of Lisbon’s finest landmarks. Royal, religious, naturalist and nautical decorative elements combine to create a building that is considered the jewel of the distinctively Portuguese Manueline style, and it has been recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. Also in Belém, on the river bank, is another marvellous Manueline monument, again classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Torre de Belém. Designed in the 16th century by Francisco Arruda, the Torre de Belém is a square tower with a polygonal bastion facing the river Tagus.

Torre de Belém

The exterior facades, balconies and verandas are covered with abundant decoration, with Arab and Venetian influences which contrasts with the austerely decorated interior. The organic elements of the Manueline style – such as plants and animals - are represented in many different forms and the Torre de Belém has the first sculptural portrayal of an African animal, in this case a rhinoceros. Oeste Two of the most important National Monuments, both commemorating landmarks in Portuguese history and both recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO are here: Mosteiro da Batalha and the Mosteiro de Alcobaça. Sintra Sintra is an inexhaustible attraction. The perfect symbiosis between nature and its man made heritage led to its UNESCO World Heritage status in the Cultural Landscape category in 1995. The town has been adored over the years by artists and writers from all over the world. The passion for the town reached its peak in the 19th century, in the heart of the romantic era. Poets such as Lord Byron, who called it a “Garden of the Earthly Paradise”, and Portuguese writers such as Eça de Queiroz, who described it in many passages of his works, helped create an aura of the town, which is theirs by right.

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Belas Clube de Campo

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Clube de Golf Quinta da Marinha

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Estoril Golf Course

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Oitavos Dunes Natural Links Golf

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Penha Longa - Atlântico

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Pestana Beloura Golf Resort

7

Clube de Campo Aroeira I

8

Clube de Golfe do Montado

9

Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club

10

Ribagolfe I

11

Ribagolfe II

12

Santo Estêvão Golfe

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Troia Golf - Championship Course

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Bom Sucesso Golf

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Golden Eagle Residence & Golf Resort

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Praia d’el Rey Golf & Beach Resort

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Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort

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SESIMBRA

13

Contact details Turismo de Lisboa

atl@visitlisboa.com

www.visitlisboa.com

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Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club

Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Club Lumine leads golf tourism drive on Spain’s Costa Dorada Located on Spain’s stunning Costa Dorada, just 40 minutes south of Barcelona near the historic town of Tarragona and seaside port of Cambrils, Lumine Mediterránea 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. 18th hole on the Hills Course

Although still in its infancy, the facility has already been showered with praise from international media and industry experts alike as to its intriguing vision and strategic development. Blessed with a broad variety of attractions, including 45 holes of championship golf, a variety of hotel options to suit all budgets, a first-class events and conference centre, restaurants serving modern Mediterranean cuisine and a magnificent Beach Club, Lumine offers a luxurious haven in which to unwind and get away from the stresses of daily life.

Under the management of the world’s leading management company, Troon Golf, this allencompassing resort offers the finest in service and Spanish hospitality and is fully equipped to welcome golfing groups, families and business travellers. With two international airports, Reus (10-minute drive) and Barcelona, Lumine can be easily accessed from anywhere in Europe and further afield. The north-east coastline also plays host to a beautiful Mediterranean climate of long, hot summers and short, mild winters and benefits from a steady sea breeze that helps to cool the heat on summer evenings.

45 holes of golfing paradise Lumine is a true golfing haven, with 45 holes that offer a wide variety of challenges for players of all skill levels. With Troon Golf at the helm alongside dedicated staff, guests are guaranteed pristine course conditioning, smooth and fast greens alongside first-class service and hospitality. The three Lumine courses are the first in Spain to be awarded the Audubon International Gold Signature Sanctuary Certificate, regarded worldwide as the kite mark for the most environmentally-aware leisure developments. The flagship golf course at Lumine is the Greg Norman-designed Lakes Course. Opened in 2008 with a Sergio Garcia Pro-Am, its reputation is now such that it has been chosen as a venue for the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School for the next two years, starting in November 2011. The Great White Shark’s fins are certainly all over this challenging, technical test that unfolds over the colourful network of water hazards winding around the Sèquia Major wetlands. 56

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Using the natural setting, the two-time Open Champion has created a unique expression of golf’s tests and rewards. The Lakes has also hosted the PGA of Europe’s prestigious annual fourball event, with that body formally promoting the resort in partnership with the Tourist Board of the Tarragona Provincial Government. Lumine’s second championship course, The Hills, is topographically very different to its sister course. Designed by Spanish course architect Alfonso Vidaor, this undulating layout weaves its way through picturesque pine woodlands, olive groves, natural quarries and rocky outcrops, and puts a precedent on shot shaping and course management. Those who choose to play this enthralling layout will also be treated to incredible views over the Mediterranean Sea. Completing the golfing experience at Lumine is another Greg Norman-designed course. The Ruins would arguably fit comfortably into a ranking of the Continent’s top nine-hole layouts and is appropriately named after the traces of Roman archaeology that form some of the defining features on the layout. This exquisite course is blessed with a five-hole stretch that descends down a sweeping hillside – starting at the short, par-4 3rd with its shelf-like fairway cut into the slope and culminating in a plateau green with fine views of PortAventura and beyond.

Ruins Course

For those looking to home their skills during their stay, a team of professionals at the Lumine Golf Academy are on hand with numerous group courses for beginners right through to the more accomplished golfer. A Junior Academy also introduces the game in a fun and relaxed environment.

Meetings and events The Conventions Centre at Lumine is one of the largest in Europe and provides the perfect location for meetings or events. The facility has five main rooms which can be divided into as many as 18 multi-function spaces and hold up to 4,000 people. Fully equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, it has all that is required for business meetings. This was reflected when the PGAs of Europe opted to hold its annual Training Summit & Coaching Seminar there earlier this year.

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Après golf

Pool at Lumine Beach Club

Once you step off the final green, a wealth of world-class facilities, including two fully-equipped clubhouses and the luxurious Lumine Beach Club lie in wait. Situated on 1km of golden Spanish beach and set seductively in the pine-clad hillsides above the sweeping bay of Tarragona’s Playa Del Llarga, it offers the perfect mix of style, relaxation, excitement and fine dining.

With nine swimming pools laid out on a series of terraces with luxury beds and loungers, this has become a fashionable venue for a trendy young crowd as well as families and couples. The Beach Club also provides the location for the award-winning Lumine Restaurant. Offering superb Mediterranean cuisine, head chef Eduardo Cuesta has already become somewhat of legend in the area.

Surrounding region and attractions Beyond the serenity of the resort, the Costa Dorada region is brimming with leisure, cultural and historic attractions. Spain’s largest theme park and one of country’s biggest entertainment attractions, PortAventura, lies just 5km away. To the north lies the Priorat wine region, the birthplace of exquisite reds that many wine writers and collectors consider to be Spain’s most elite. The historic town of Tarragona is also just a 15-minute drive from Lumine. With 2,200 years of history and a Roman heritage preserved in dozens of monuments and architectural remains, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Essential Roman highlights include the amphitheatre, the circus depicting the route of early chariot racing, a 1km stretch of original walls and fortifications from the 2nd century BC, and a temple with its surviving portico. If it’s bustling nightlife or seaside sophistication you are looking for, then the choice is yours; with both the busy resort of Salou and the more peaceful marina port of Cambrils just a few minutes’ drive away. Both have superb beaches, facilities and some of the finest restaurants in the region. For those wishing to experience the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, it is just a 100km drive up the coast. So why not combine a golfing holiday at Lumine with a trip to the Nou Camp stadium to see the likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta or take in the iconic Gaudi architecture? With such a fantastic location, world-class golf, expansive leisure facilities and a breadth of local attractions it’s time to let Lumine surpass your expectations. To book your Lumine experience, visit: www.lumine.com

Contact details Address: Camí de Racó s/n, 43481 La Pineda, Tarragona, Spain Tel: +34 977 12 90 70

Fax: +34 977 370 435

Lumine Beach Club & Golf Lumine Community

golf@lumine.com info@lumine.com

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Machrihanish Dunes

Machrihanish Dunes Award-winning accommodation, Top-100 links course and two historic hotels re-opened... Now is the time to visit Machrihanish! The world’s most natural golf course. Luxurious seaside cottages. Historic hotels restored to their former grandeur. New fine dining options - plus a village pub with an atmosphere that transcends time. All of these things and more are why The Village at Machrihanish Dunes is fast becoming the quintessential holiday village - and why it’s fast becoming Scotland’s most exciting resort destination. For golfers, or anyone looking to enjoy a rejuvenating holiday in one of Scotland’s most scenic corners, Machrihanish Dunes offers the best of everything. Great golf. Elegant accommodation. A wealth of dining options. And much more. The amenities and personal service are nothing short of first-class. And all the magic of the scenic Kintyre Peninsula is right at our doorstep. For tour operators, it’s a destination that clients will love and will want to return to again and again. And with our generous commission structure and attentive service, it’s an ideal way to build your business, too.

The Ugadale Hotel - modern comfort with historic charm Once regarded as the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in the west of Scotland, the Ugadale Hotel has been restored to its former glory and serves as the centrepiece of The Village at Machrihanish Dunes. Since the hotel’s grand re-opening in February 2012, it has already been named “Golf Hotel of the Year” at the 2012 Scottish Hotel Awards! Twenty-two stunning guest rooms and suites pamper guests in an atmosphere of casual elegance and modern amenities graced with historic charm.

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The Royal Hotel - the crown of Campbeltown A mere five miles from Machrihanish in the heart of historic Campbeltown, a second hotel has been restored to its former majesty. The Royal Hotel, with a prime location overlooking bustling Campbeltown Harbour, serves as the “in-town” option for visitors to Machrihanish Dunes. Re-opened in May 2012, The Royal ushers visitors back to an era when Campbeltown was a thriving fishing and shipbuilding town - as well as the malt whisky capital of the world. Within the hotel, you’ll find all the conveniences and amenities you’d expect in a modern luxury accommodation, steeped in old-world elegance. In addition to its 23 sumptuously-appointed guest rooms, The Royal also boasts the lively Black Sheep Pub, and elegant dining at the Harbourview Grille. Complimentary shuttle service is available for guests who fancy a visit to the Ugadale Hotel & Cottages, Serenity Spa, the Old Clubhouse Pub or Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club.

“The world’s most natural golf course” In Scotland, true links golf courses are not created, they are born of the land. Of the 275 acres on which Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club sits, only seven were disturbed in creating this thrilling 18-hole adventure. Only the tees and greens were shaped and seeded under the watchful eye of renowned course designer David McLay Kidd; thus the fairways you tread today are just as nature intended them. The championship-calibre links at Machrihanish Dunes was named one of the UK’s Top 100 Golf Courses by Golf World, and the No. 1 Eco Golf Course in the world by ABTA Magazine. The course offers you a rare opportunity to create and craft golf shots just as the men of Scotland did centuries ago, when they conceived the game. For the golfer who accepts the invitation and challenge, the reward is a truly unforgettable experience.

What’s more, guests at Machrihanish Dunes are within a pitching wedge of Machrihanish Golf Club (where guests receive a reduced rate), a world top-100 course known for its prodigious challenges and possibly the most famous opening tee shot in all of golf. Guests are also just a short boat ride from the top courses of Northern Ireland and Scotland, including Royal Portrush and Turnberry. 61


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The Ugadale Cottages - perfect for golf groups! Surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty, with the grandeur of the Atlantic and Hebridian Islands on your doorstep, the award-winning Ugadale Cottages offer holiday accommodation that’s perfect for groups. Each cottage is as comfortable as it is luxurious, with interiors graced by natural stone, hardwoods and wonderful touches that conjure up the coastal Scottish cottage at every turn. Named 2010 Hotel of the Year (Small Hotel/Guest House) by Golf Tourism Scotland, the Ugadale Cottages provide smart accommodation in two spacious and well-appointed bedrooms (each with its own private bath), plus a kitchen, dining area and living room. The cottages have been thoughtfully configured to perfectly accommodate visiting golfers - as well as families, walkers, and other visitors to the area.

The Old Clubhouse Pub The Old Clubhouse Restaurant & Pub has been the site of good times and warm welcomes for more than 100 years. Originally the clubhouse of the Machrihanish Golf Club back in the days of Old Tom Morris (who designed that famous course), it is now a cosy and lively pub that serves full Scottish breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and gourmet dinners, before becoming the site of nightly revelry for locals and Village guests alike. A place to unwind after a round of golf or to relax with family and friends, the Old Clubhouse is enjoyed by all who pass through its doors.

Call on us - count on us At Machrihanish Dunes, we pride ourselves on offering professional, attentive service - both to our guests and to our tour operator partners. You can count on us to provide the information and followthrough you need to make your business successful, and to accommodate your clients in the manner in which they deserve. We are the proud recipients of the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence and your guests will see; exceptional service is not just a goal, it’s the norm. We look forward to welcoming your clients to The Village at Machrihanish Dunes soon! Feel free to call on us at any time at: +44 (0) 1586 810000. Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club Machrihanish, Argyll, Scotland, PA28 6PT www.MachDunes.com Copy supplied by Machrihanish Dunes 62


Oristano

Oristano Enjoy nature, history and golf in Sardinia’s smallest province Oristano is the smallest Sardinian province and offers a rich heritage away from the crowds, together with interesting shopping, cafÊs and the friendly social life of its capital city, also called Oristano, where locals meet at night in the Piazza Eleonora. Ancient civilisations were drawn to this south-west area of Sardinia with its diverse landscape of pine forests, lagoons, sheltered sandy beaches, mountains and precipitous cliffs; the first settlements on the Sinis peninsula date back over two thousand years. In medieval times, Oristano vied for power over Sardinia, waging wars against the other Sardinian kingdoms which culminated in the attempt to conquer the whole island in the late 14th century. Reminders of its turbulent history include the 19-metre-high Tower of St Christophoros, built in 1290 and the most striking remaining evidence of the old walls. Today, this still untouched and unknown area provides a welcome escape from the crowds for visitors, who can also discover its culture, traditions, history and excellent Sardinian cuisine and local wines. Around the city, the lagoons and the ponds are a natural habitat for pink flamingos while offshore island Mal di Ventre is home to thousands of sea birds and its underwater life is a haven for divers. Not far from Oristano city lies Is Arenas, which means sand in the local language, an appropriate name for this long, pristine beach which offers breathtaking sunsets over the sea.

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Is Arenas Golf Course But Is Arenas is not only beach and sea. Here, in the heart of Sardinia’s west coast, you will find one of Europe’s most spectacular golf courses, both from a technical and a location perspective. An 18 hole, par 71 championship golf course designed by acclaimed American architects Robert Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril, it is set in a 750 hectare (1,850 acre) private pine forest, not far from the beach, and measures over 6,300 metres (6,890 yards). The course was conceived to blend in with the surrounding environment, with its natural dunes, lush forest and four lakes. Each hole is framed by pine and juniper trees, while the course design provides challenges for every golfer. The signature 17th hole offers an extraordinary view over a 6km (3.7 mile) stretch of uncontaminated sandy beach. The pine forest is an oasis which is home to birds, turtles and foxes; indeed, the turtle is the symbol of the club. Practice facilities comprise a three-hole executive course, a driving range with 40 covered bays, pitching and chipping greens with bunkers and two putting greens. Instruction is also available in group or individual clinics, with lessons available in Italian, French, English, Spanish and German. “If you play golf there is nothing better than to treat yourself to a lovely experience at Golf Is Arenas”, according to Robert Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril head architect Richard Baril. “All the natural elements that it offers – sand dunes, forest, water and an exceptional climate – are a perfect combination for a unique experience of golf playing. Is Arenas is an unlimited carpet of colours, fragrances and vital energies.”

Golf Hotel Is Arenas Adjacent to the course and surrounded by Is Arenas’ lush pine forest lies the five-star Golf Hotel Is Arenas. Guests enjoy exclusive green fee discounts and stay metres from the course. Set near a natural reserve, the resort complex incorporates the highest technology and energy-efficiency standards, its design inspired by the surrounding nature; buildings never rise above the vegetation and blend in with the forest. Architect and designer Lorenzo Bellini personally chose the natural interiors and building materials, which include Sardinian marble and ceiling chestnut beams. Most of the 58 rooms and suites feature an open space, a veranda, a private garden, a patio or a balcony. The elegant interiors are minimalist-style, with touches of purple. Golf family suites are villas set in the pine forest that can accommodate up to five people, perfect for families or groups of golfers. The hotel offers several restaurants and bars, serving food including traditional Sardinian dishes. Guests can also dedicate time to their wellbeing and “rediscover their inner selves” at the hotel’s Boutique Spa. Set in a natural location, it offers an innovative and holistic approach with its massages and treatments. Sardinia is a perfect location for families and children with its clean beaches and crystal-clear sea. Golf Hotel Is Arenas offers dedicated children’s activities in summer. Is Arenas is within easy reach of Sardinia’s main airports, with a driving time of between 75 and 110 minutes. 65


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Other area hotels Foresteria Is Arenas: a small but comfortable four-room lodge which has been blended into the natural pine forest. Staying in the lodge allows guests to savour being in a paradise of relaxation, immersed in green and where total silence reigns. Agriturismo Archelao: a farmhouse offering five mini-suites 5km (3 miles) from Oristano, with all dishes made using farm produce and combining Sardinian tradition with innovation. Corte Fiorita: a small, historic hotel in the heart of the old town of Bosa. The hotel is an “albergo diffuso” with different units spread along the centre of Bosa facing the Temo river. The bedrooms and the mini suites have TV, air conditioning, internet, minibar and private bathroom. Hotel La Baja: located in the seaside resort of Santa Caterina di Pittinuri near the Sinis Peninsula, the hotel overlooks a beautiful natural bay and offers guests breathtaking sea views, a swimming pool with bar service and a restaurant with a panoramic veranda that offers a large choice of dishes inspired by Sardinian gastronomy traditions. Hotel Villa Asfodeli: open all year round, it is set within a restored “liberty villa” and a traditional Sardinian house alongside the twin bell towers of Saint George in the town of Tresnuraghes and has a charming garden, swimming pool and fitness centre. The eight-room hotel overlooks the sea. Villa delle Rose: a three-star hotel located two minutes from Oristano town centre in the peaceful Piazza Italia. All rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and heater. Its strategic position allows guests to easily reach local beaches and archaeological sites. B&B Sa Cotilla: this bed and breakfast establishment is set within a villa in a quiet area in the centre of the town of Cabras just a few metres from the seas, with an enclosed garden and patio which is overlooked by the rooms. Sardinia Way: a villa with one double-bed bedroom and another bedroom with bunk beds, it also offers a bathroom, living room with sofa bed, fireplace and kitchenette, veranda, terrace, washing machine, TV, BBQ and a swimming pool. Country Resort & Spa Capo Nieddu: a wine-making farm in the Sardinia countryside, 7km (4.3 miles) from Santa Caterina di Pittinuri beach. The elegant suites offer views of the sea in the distance. All junior suites and suites feature a rustic Sardinian style, with terracotta floors and a patio. It includes two outdoor swimming pools and a wellness centre with Jacuzzi, salt cave and hammam. Information & bookings: Luna Lughente Viaggi & Turismo Via Mazzini 8, 09170 Oristano Tel: 0783 779085 Fax: 0783 768779 info@lunalughenteviaggi.it www.gooristano.com/westsardinia/en 66

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Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort Emotional golf on Lake Garda The best golf destination in Italy with over 10 golf courses easily reachable from Palazzo Arzaga At Palazzo Arzaga, you will find the best solution for your golf holiday. You will enjoy the first golf and spa resort in Italy with two golf courses on-site, designed by Jack Nicklaus II and Gary Player, a few minutes from Lake Garda and 30 minutes from Verona, the Franciacorta Wine Region and the Alps. The two breathtaking courses of Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort virtually adjoin the design course of Gardagolf (a few minutes away) and give life to a single collection of greens, for everybody to enjoy their passion for golf.

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Stay at Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort and you can play 54 holes at Arzaga Golf and Gardagolf, the golf courses of excellence on Lake Garda.

The hotel features 84 hotel rooms and suites; most rooms have view over the golf courses or the surrounding countryside. The collection of Fresco Rooms and Suites preserve the original frescoes of the 15th century and enjoy stunning views of the Arzaga golf courses. Before and after a round of golf, the recently-restyled Arzaga Spa is a wonderful place to be: pure relaxation and pleasure for the five senses. The Arzaga’s well-being experts will drive the guests along the most suitable path to achieve their balance: the Path of Clouds (includes: low temperature sauna with essential oils, Finnish sauna, steam bath, emotional showers and the cloud room, relaxing area tasting herbal or flower tea); the Path of Country; the Path of Flame (the one and only exclusive Spa Suite in Italy with whirlpool bath, sauna, steam bath, emotional shower); the Path of Water.

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More facilities include: outdoor pool, fitness centre, tennis courts and jogging track; main meeting room with up to 180 seats; and up to six break-out rooms located on the ground floor of the Palazzo – all immersed in the 365 acres of natural reserve surrounding the resort.

Il Moretto

Il Moretto is the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, serving fine Italian cuisine accompanied by fine wines from the local vineyards of Franciacorta and Valpolicella. During summer, dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the 18th hole of the Jack Nicklaus II course, while the Clubhouse Grill restaurant meets golfers’ needs for lunch or a quick morning or afternoon bite with refreshing drinks. The mild, Mediterranean climate of Lake Garda allows golf to be played almost all year round. The golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus II (the championship course) and Gary Player (the nine-hole inland links) are able to satisfy the needs of beginners as well as keen golfers.

Gardagolf

Located a few minutes’ drive from Palazzo Arzaga is Gardagolf. Experts consider Gardagolf one of the best golf courses built over the past 10 years; it has hosted the PGA European Tour’s Italian Open twice. The golf course stretches over an area of 110 hectares (over 270 acres) and was designed by British golf architects. The Gardagolf Country Club course is a 27-hole golf course which spreads between the Rocca di Manerba promontory, the Castle of Soiano and the Valtenesi hills, and offers a breathtakingly-beautiful panorama.

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Sunset over the Jack Nicklaus II course

Jack Nicklaus II course 18 holes, par 72 designed by Jack Nicklaus II. A course of obstacles to avoid in order to keep your ball in play, set among ponds and deep grassy bunkers, and through trees. And with wide fairways so you can play your best strokes, before reaching the 18th hole, the signature hole for the course. This was the way Nicklaus liked to play. How about you?

Jack Nicklaus II course

Gary Player course 9 holes, par 36 designed by Gary Player. Texture: higher-levelled greens and deep bunkers, as in Scotland, with heathland, like in England. To play the course, you need to follow well-devised strategies. Trajectories: the pinnacle of Bedizzole’s church, a point of reference for the 3rd hole; the imposing line of the Drugolo’s Castle for the tee shot on the 1st hole, considered to be one of the most spectacular holes in Europe.

Gary Player course

It is a course for everybody – from those who have just started to those who are never satisfied… For more information, go to www.palazzoarzaga.com Adapted from copy supplied by Palazzo Arzaga Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort Via Arzaga 1, 25080 Calvagese della Riviera BS – Lake Garda, Italy Tel: +39 030 680600 Email: golf@palazzoarzaga.com 70


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Son Gual Golf

Son Gual Golf Mallorca dream blossoms into one of Spain’s top golf courses When German businessman Adam Pamer was disappointed by the courses he played on holiday in Mallorca, he went about putting it right. He decided he would build a golf course that came up to the standards he and his friends would demand. Pamer, who had been visiting the island since 1974, bought a track of attractive land just east of the island’s capital, Palma, engaged the three-time German amateur champion, Thomas Himmel, to design a course and dug deep to the tune of €30 million to fund the development which opened The impressive putting green officially in October 2007. It features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than one thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough areas and vineyards in several areas around the course. The olive trees and vineyards have already borne fruit – literally – as the club has its own wine and olive oil. As investments go, it has proved sound. Just four years after Golf Son Gual opened, it was recognised by Golf World magazine as the number one on the island and ninth best in Spain – quite an achievement given that much of the competition has been around a lot longer. The magazine’s review stated: “When Golf World visited in June, we could not have been more impressed – hence the significant rise up the rankings. Son Gual could have hosted a European Tour event the following morning by doing nothing more than take out the white tee markers and send the pros off the tips…”

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That is a stunning testimonial for a golf course prepared only for a normal day’s play for members and visitors, and the outstanding condition was clearly one of the reasons for Son Gual’s leap from 91st to 53rd position in Europe – an upward move of 38 places in just two years. In May 2009, it hosted the Mallorca Senior Open and received gushing praise from a number of the participants: former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam even compared the greens to those at Augusta National.

The par three 17th

The 1991 Masters winner said: “It’s a bit like Augusta. There are a lot of slopes on the greens. You’ve got to get the ball on the right side of the hole – if you don’t you’ll be struggling. Miss it on the wrong side and you’re dead.” Compliments like that must have been music to the ears of Pamer and designer Himmel. And the Pamer family – Adam’s son Andreas is the club’s general manager – has refused to rest on its laurels and has continued to push the boundaries as far as customer satisfaction levels are concerned. Andreas explained: “From the very first day my father envisaged this golf course, the priority was to enhance the golfing experience, whether you were a member or just a day visitor. That was one of the reasons we instigated the 15-minute gap between tee-times. “We feel we have a championship course here but it is essential that a visit here can be enjoyed by all: low-handicappers or high-handicappers; golfer and non-golfers – which is why we also put such effort into the quality of the off-course experience too. “My father is very happy with the development of Son Gual and its positioning among other top European golf courses. But, at this stage, we cannot talk about the finished product, because we are still working hard on further projects to enhance the overall experience.” The outstanding off-course experience includes exceptional food, which can be experienced on an expansive terrace with wonderful views across the course. Tight planning regulations – “tight”, at least in Spanish terms – meant that initially a hotel was not a consideration on the site, but the burgeoning international status of Son Gual and the desire to boost the local economy may at least soften opposition in the near future as Pamer jnr confirmed.

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The well-protected green at the 7th

“We are currently negotiating the possibility of having either a small boutique hotel in the old palacio (a magnificent building which dates back to the early 20th century and currently houses greenkeeping equipment) or maybe a new-build hotel in the additional land at the back of Son Gual with one of the international hotel chains. But it is essential we don’t do anything which will impact negatively on the visitor experience here. That’s why we will be very careful about how we develop and won’t do it merely just so we can say ‘we have beds’. It needs to be a positive addition to the overall experience.” Big names are no strangers to Son Gual, with the course regularly hosting corporate events for the likes of Rolex, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. And the “big-name” visitors aren’t just in the guise of major brands – celebrities are also a regular sight. Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, who was born on the island, is a frequent visitor when his schedule allows, while another tennis legend, Boris Becker, has been seen walking the fairways. Spanish World Cup winner The 18th - a great closing hole and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has also visited on more than one occasion, while a plethora of football pundits – including Jamie Redknapp, Andy Gray and Alan McInally – held an end-of-season golf day there. It is the relaxed attitude to the whole golf experience which makes Son Gual such a pleasure – though if the golf isn’t perfect, people won’t return. That they do speaks volumes. “The secret of our success isn’t really a secret,” smiled the affable Andreas Pamer. “We work constantly on the quality of the golf course and the service in the clubhouse and restaurant – and that is what everybody in our position should be looking to achieve. We aim to offer a high quality golf experience at fair prices with the best service. Plus, being on a wonderful sunshine island like Mallorca helps too…” Despite its impressive clientele and international appeal it remains, at heart, a family business. Other members of the Pamer family are present on a daily basis ensuring the standards are kept up. “Yes, it’s true that it remains a ‘hands-on’ family business,” added Pamer. “The whole family is involved in day-to-day running and this might also be a reason for our success, because we have a very personal relationship with our regular customers and especially all our members. “I hope to continue in the job for a few more years, because I love it. But I also think it is very important in the first few years to be there personally, controlling everything and setting the standards you wish to see maintained.” One could argue it’s “job done”, therefore. Copy supplied by Son Gual Golf 74

Contact details Son Gual Golf, Finca Son Gual, Palma de Mallorca, 07199, Spain

Tel: +34 971 7858 88 Fax: +34 971 7858 99 info@son-gual.com www.son-gual.com


Colombia

Colombia Colombia offers the greenest putts in the golf realm Colombia’s international golf scene has become the talk of the town. In part because of its privileged topography, year-round unparalleled weather and unique courses designed with the highest international standards that will stimulate professional golfers, amateurs, tourists or entrepreneurs alike. The country today offers as many as 50 exclusive golf courses, blueprinted by renowned international designers such as Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Mark Mahannah and Jack Nicklaus.

Club Rincon de Cajica, Bogota

Within the last 10 years, the country has been chosen to host important international tournaments including PGA Nationwide Tour events in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This amazing accomplishment has positioned Colombia as the first country in South America to host such events that involve more than 130 international golf participants.

In addition, the European Challenge Tour has been played in Colombia for the past three years as part of the Pacific Colombia Tour, co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the Canadian Tour. Both championships include five tournaments which award their participants ranking points to attain world classification. Colombia was also a finalist in the 2012 IAGTO Awards as Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year.

Los Fundadores Course at the Bogota Country Club

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Proexport Colombia, the government entity in charge of promotion of international tourism, has helped national tour operators to position Colombia as a golf destination on the world stage. Internationally, Proexport has also deployed a tourism campaign to position the country as a major golf destination. The biggest advantage of selecting Colombia as a destination to play golf in is the incredible diversity of its climate and luscious landscapes. Colombia has eight regions, offering 365 days of golf in many different scenic locations. The regions are: Bogota, Centre, Antioquia, West, Atlantic Coast, the Coffee Triangle, Santander and Villavicencio. To fully take advantage of the diversity in these regions, golfers can enjoy a quick putt in the Andes Mountains, next to the Caribbean Sea, at the edge of the Chicamocha Canyon or nestled in the mountain coffee-scented farms in the Coffee Triangle, the landscapes of which have recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colombia’s regions Colombia’s different regions offer a variety of contrasts turning the country into a magical destination for golfers who enjoy the beauty of the landscapes, the diversity of climates and the excellence of the courses, combined into perfection.

Bogota city centre

Colombia’s eight regions are suitable for playing golf in year-round: Bogota, DC The Colombian capital has a population close to eight million inhabitants and is situated at 2,640 metres (8,661 feet) above sea level. With more than 24 courses and a pleasantly cool climate, Bogota is a golf epicentre that invites players to practice the sport all year round. Also, due to the altitude above sea level, the ball flies up to 12% further than on other courses around the world.

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Club el Rodeo, Medellin

Central Zone The Central Zone encompasses the departments of Cundinamarca, Huila, and Tolima, and offers a variety of golf courses and a strategic location allowing golfers to travel short distances between one course and another. The scenery and climate vary greatly depending on the altitude above sea level, with “thermal floors” forming different levels of temperature, humidity, sunshine and therefore creating different natural environments for playing golf. Antioquia Zone: Medellin The department of Antioquia is located in north-western Colombia. Its capital, Medellin, is the secondbiggest city in Colombia given its population size and strong economy. By the natural virtue of its pleasant climate, Medellin is called the “City of Eternal Spring”. Medellin is the ideal place for those who wish to experience history, unparalleled infrastructure and a climate conducive to year-round golf. Its golf courses demand good skills from all players to overcome the difficult hurdles the present, such as 30-metre-high trees, bunkers and lakes. West: Cali and Popayan The western zone includes the departments of Cauca and the Valle del Cauca, and their capital cities of Santiago de Cali and Popayan. Playing golf on these courses makes the game an unforgettable experience due to the topography and the vast expanses of land that allow the free execution of all kinds of strategic golf designs.

Club Farallones, Cali

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Club Caujaral, Barranquilla

Atlantic Coast Zone: Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Monteria Colombia’s Atlantic Zone is the country’s main continental and maritime area and is named for its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The three main departments offering golf attractions are Atlantico, Bolivar and Cordoba. Cartagena de Indias

A warm climate dominates most of the Atlantic Zone. Golf in this zone is distinguished by its high-end, well-maintained and manicured courses. To take the most advantage of the diverse game opportunities, it is recommended to pick a strategic course and combine it with the golfer’s own skills, adding the festive spirits of the local people and the sea breezes that roll into the region.

The Coffee Triangle: Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira The departments of Caldas, Quindio, and Risaralda are part of the famous Coffee Triangle. This is the magical place from which the best coffee in the world has come and which has put Colombia on the map due to its traditional haciendas and high-end tourist lodgings.

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The Coffee Triangle also offers its visitors several thermal baths located at 900m (2,953 feet) above sea level and rising up to the region’s snow-capped mountains. The Coffee Triangle region offers many tourist attractions, allowing visitors to tour the entire region and experience the deeply-rooted coffee culture.

Club Campestre de Pereira, Pereira

Santander Zone: Bucaramanga, Cucuta, and Barrancabermeja The Santander Zone is located in Colombia’s north-eastern region and includes the departments of Santander and Norte de Santander; both of which are characterised by the richness of their historical sites and their extreme sports. The golf courses here have a contrasting terrain and a mountainous geography that characterises the region.

Ruitoque Club Campestre, Bucaramanga

It is an unparalleled experience to be able to play in the city or on top of a mountain next to the Chicamocha Canyon, considered the second-largest canyon in the world. This combination of energy emerging from the nearby cities, rivers, natural settings and indomitable mountains creates a sense of relaxation as well as a vibrant and challenging setting for any sport lover.

Meta: Villavicencio The department of Meta is situated in the country’s central region to the east of the Andes Mountains and to the west of the Eastern Plains. Dreamy sunsets and the culture of the plains form the framework of this zone. Golf in Villavicencio Zone is characterised by the top-notch grasses, abundant low-lying bushes and floral-rich forests Learn more about golf in Colombia by visiting: www.colombia.travel/en/mice/golf Copy supplied by Proexport Colombia

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Hamilton Island Golf Club

Hamilton Island Golf Club Spectacular golf on the edge of the world’s largest protected marine area Perfectly located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island Golf Club has some of the most spectacular views and settings of any golf course in the world. Designed by champion golfer, Peter Thomson of Thomson Perrett, and set on neighbouring Dent Island, Hamilton Island Golf Club is the only championship golf course on its own island in Australia and is the perfect destination for your clients’ next golfing holiday. T he par 71 championship course measures 6,120 metres (6,692 yards) and has been designed to challenge all levels of golf enthusiasts, from resort guests to professional golfers. The changes in course elevation; restricted landing areas and the ever-present breezes provide a definite challenge from the back tees and enjoyable resort golf from the forward marks. The course is designed as a series of holes strung along the ridges and played across steep valleys and the course layout works with the landform, with generally broad fairways taking the “line of least resistance”, avoiding the steeper, more sensitive areas. The 18-hole course features two distinctly different nine hole circuits returning to the central clubhouse with panoramic views of Dent Passage and Hamilton Island. The outward nine holes are a more compact layout around the centre of the island and the inward nine are strung out along the ridges to the south. The island’s natural and rugged beauty, together with its mountainous terrain affords stunning 360 degree views across secluded coves and beaches to adjacent passages and islands, and the mainland beyond.

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The stunning Chris Beckingham-designed clubhouse is ideally perched to catch the soft sea breeze and to take in the stunning views of Passage Peak and the sparkling Coral Sea. The clubhouse offers a stylishly-relaxed restaurant and bar that is perfect for a laid-back, long lunch or morning or afternoon snack and refreshing drink. Also housed in the clubhouse is a well stocked pro shop and ladies’ and men’s locker rooms, including showers and toilets. Our team of staff can assist golfers with a variety of services including bookings, rental clubs, on-course refreshments and comprehensive expert tuition to help them fine-tune their game. From conception and construction, through to the day-to-day operations, the Hamilton Island Golf Club is strongly committed to preserving the pristine environment of the world’s largest protected marine area – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

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Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited, of which the golf club is a part, participates in the Eye On The Reef programme; a collaboration of 40 marine tourism operators who report and collect data on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Due to the fragile ecosystem surrounding the Hamilton Island Golf Club, the importation of building materials and specific logistical challenges demanded careful preparation and planning, and sophisticated construction and erection techniques. Innovative building design, guidelines and regulations ensure that the impact on the environment is minimised. With Hamilton Island Golf Club located on Dent Island, only a short ferry ride away from Hamilton Island, it is the perfect destination for your clients’ next golfing holiday, with a range of hotels and resorts nearby. On Hamilton Island, they will find styles of accommodation specially designed to match their holiday needs and budget. Indulge in the luxury of qualia or the boutique Beach Club, or enjoy more family-friendly hotels and self-catering apartments. Hamilton Island accommodation is all about choice. Please visit www.hamiltonisland.com.au for more information.

Green fees 9 holes $100 (includes use of a two-seater golf buggy 18 holes $150 and return Hamilton Island transfers) Driving range

$15 for 50 balls

Prices quoted in Australian dollars and subject to change without notice.

Contact details Hamilton Island Golf Club, Dent Island, Whitsundays, Hamilton Island, Queensland, 4803, Australia Tel: +61 7 4948 9760 golf@hamiltonisland.com.au www.hamiltonisland.com.au Copy supplied by Hamilton Island Golf Club

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With scenery like this... The challenge is keeping your eye on the ball! If golf is your clients’ passion, look no further than Queenstown. Home to five stunning golf courses, Queenstown is an internationally renowned golf destination.

Kelvin Heights, Queenstown

Facilities are world-class, and there’s plenty of variety between Queenstown Golf Club, Jack’s Point, The Hills, Millbrook Resort and Arrowtown Golf Club. And when it’s time for a break from the greens choose from over 120 bars and restaurants with superb local produce and award winning wines.

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Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club A relaxed environment set amid floral splendour The beautiful fairways of Sime Darby Property’s Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) lie in the unspoilt landscape of Bukit Kiara, just 8km away from the heart of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur. Strategically located amidst the capital’s prime residential suburbs and well served by major roads, it is a most conducive backdrop for business, entertainment and leisure for the discerning few who are members of this exclusive golf and country club. Some facilities are also open to visitors. KLGCC is surrounded by nature preserves and is home to some unique species of flora and fauna. It is a quiet, thoughtfully-planned environment of relaxed elegance and natural beauty. Renowned as one of Asia’s premier golfing destinations, KLGCC’s two championship courses play host to Malaysia’s blue chip corporate golfing events as well as to the nation’s two largest international tournaments, the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Originally opened in 1991, KLGCC is one of Sime Darby Property’s leading leisure centres under its hospitality arm. Both the West and East Courses were completely redesigned by renowned international golf course architects, E & G Parslow, and then re-opened in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby and incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and impressive attention to detail. Since then, KLGCC has redefined superior service and excellence; its facilities and hospitality have helped put Malaysia at the forefront of Asia as a prime golfing destination. KLGCC’s recent accolades include: • Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2011-2013 – Best in Asia, HAPA Golf Course of the Year • Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2011 – Best Course in Malaysia (KLGCC West) • Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2011 – Best Clubhouse in Asia Pacific • Par Golf Awards 2011 – Golf Club of the Year 2011, Malaysia • Expatriate Lifestyle magazine’s The Best of Malaysia Award 2012 – Best Golf Experience Golfer’s Terrace

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Dining options KLGCC’s dining options include: China Treasures: Set in a classical Chinese ambience, this restaurant accommodates up to 130 people and features the classical contemporary Chinese cuisine. Flame: A classic Western grill featuring modern and contemporary presentation and cooking methods, the philosophy is to source the best available ingredients and prepare them with passion and simplicity. Golfer’s Terrace: Offering all-day indoor and al fresco dining, the Golfers Terrace offers a selection of Asian and Western cuisine in a modern setting overlooking the stunning views of the West Course. 86


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KLGCC’s golf courses West Course: The West Course was completed in October 2008 and offers pristine playing conditions, exceptional detail and aesthetic beauty combined with the importance of player strategy – a “flagship” to the future of golf course design and quality of playing mediums in Asia.

Among its holes, the par-4 14th and 16th both offer the option of taking a safe option or going for it, while the par-5 5th is described as a “fun hole” which offers up potential eagles for long and accurate drives. Get your camera out on the par-4 17th, said to be one of the most beautiful holes in the world of golf. The fairway is split by a beautiful meandering stream, housing exotic plants and flora, leading to a well-protected and undulating green. The magnificent backdrop and waterfall really adds to the enjoyment of this pristine golf course. East Course: An exceptional risk-reward layout, this is a parkland-style course with beautiful vibrant coloured landscaping. Designed to reward the intelligent golfer, the length, layout and toughness of this course offer the potential for major international tournaments. The magnificent golf course features impeccable fairways and greens, challenging elevation changes and an environment that enhances the essence of the local terrain, with natural grasses and wetlands and a sanctuary to provide a habitat to the numerous forms of wildlife and birds in the area. The par-3 5th has a pretty waterfall to the left and high-faced bunkers on the right, while the par-4 6th is an intimidating hole from its island tee, located across a board walk through native wetlands. The par-5 16th is a visually-beautiful hole offering much risk-reward strategy from its elevated tees, the highest point on the golf course, and a tempting 240-metre carry over the edge of the right-hand lake. 87


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Meeting facilities Meetings can be elevated to another level in any of our four meeting rooms equipped with the latest state ofthe-art equipment and amenities, while our elegantly designed banquet hall overlooks the picturesque fairways.

Business Centre

Business centre: For executive meetings and business networking, look forward to our new executive lounge which will incorporates three private meeting rooms.

Sports and recreation The club boasts complete, state-of-the-art sporting and recreation facilities: Bowling alley: Located on the lower level of the west wing, the bowling alley provides a stimulating and high-quality entertainment experience with its AMF equipment as well as bumper lanes for kids. Bowling alley

Gymnasium: Our extensive gym is complete with state-of-the-art equipment for your total body fitness.

Driving range: Practice makes perfect at our three-level facility comprising 78 spacious bays. It features a fully-automated ball collection and delivery system, where ball credits are downloaded onto stored value cards for ease of use.

Driving range

MST Golf Academy: The MST Golf Academy offers various levels of golf learning programmes and schools for individual golfers and groups as well as specially-tailored programmes and clinics for the corporate sector. It uses the latest teaching aids and equipment, including multiple cameras and swing analysis room to accommodate lesson packages for beginners to advanced players including the most established and structured junior golf learning programme in South East Asia. MST golf pro shop: Offering a complete range of top-branded equipment, apparel and accessories available, it is situated on the upper floor of the driving range complex and offers the best in selection and service. An additional boutique shop at the main clubhouse caters more specifically for soft goods, accessories and club crested merchandise. Lil’ Baby Haus: The latest addition to the Club, Lil’ Baby Haus offers infant care services for babies aged three months and above as well as day-care service for older children. Chill-Out Lounge: Designed as a casual lounging or relaxation space for club members, the lounge (accessed via the changing rooms) is divided into two sections, men and ladies, for ultimate privacy. East Lounge: An octagon-shaped open layout and high dome ceiling, the East lounge offers some of the most beautiful views of the East course. This space is ideal for various types of events such as executive meetings, private functions and small scale cocktail events with karaoke facility. Other facilities available at the club include an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, badminton courts, theatrette, Golden Showers florist, Cantek Hair & Spa and Athina Spa. For more information and membership enquiries please call +6 03-2093 1111 or email klgcc@simedarby.com. Visit the KLGCC website on www.klgcc.com Sunset over the clubhouse 88

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GOLF TOURISM MALAYSIA

Welcome to Malaysia. No other country offers golf above the clouds, beside the beach, in virgin rainforests, at night and on world class championship courses. Come experience golf in Malaysia for your next holiday, adventure, corporate getaway or to learn from the experts in the best settings on Earth

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Mission Hills China

Mission Hills China The world’s number 1 golf, leisure and lifestyle destinations Mission Hills in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Haikou, China, has grown to become the world’s premier golf and resort destination. Besides 22 championship courses designed by renowned players and architects from five continents, it offers three independent hotels offering fully-integrated resort destinations, an international convention centre, over 160 volcanic mineral springs, fully-equipped golf academies and the Mission Hills Spa – ranked as the world’s largest spa resort in 2012.

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Faldo Course

The world’s largest golf club at Mission Hills Shenzhen and Dongguan Located 30 minutes north of Hong Kong, Mission Hills Shenzhen and Dongguan’s 12 golf courses make it the world’s largest golf facility as accredited by the Guinness World Records™. Massive in scope yet luxurious to its core, it stretches over 4,500 acres of land (seven square miles or the approximate size of five New York Central Parks) and boasts 12 courses designed by legendary golfers and golf-course architects from five continents: Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, David Duval, David Leadbetter, Jumbo Ozaki and Zhang Lian Wei. This world-class calibre offers a challenging and unforgettable experience, attracting professional and amateur golf players alike throughout the past decade.

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Golf – signature courses WORLD CUP COURSE – The masterpiece by legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus This 7,294-yard course was the venue of the World Cup of Golf hosted in 1995, the first course in China to be accredited by the US PGA for major professional competitions, and many of the world’s greatest players – including Tiger Woods and Greg Norman – have played on it. It is also the winner of multiple international awards and heralded by the authoritative US golf publication Links as “one of the 10 most significant and influential courses of the last 20 years”. Mission Hills’ World Cup course is widely hailed as one of Asia’s best golfing experiences. GREG NORMAN COURSE – Asia’s most challenging courses This 7,228-yard offering at Mission Hills follows suit, as narrow fairways surrounded by long, native grasses and dense forest vegetation contribute to the layout’s reputation as one of the most-difficult courses in Asia. The front nine meanders through dramatic mountain ridges and hillsides, while the back nine lays gingerly in one of the property’s many lush valleys. OLAZABAL COURSE – The “Olympics of Golf” Host course for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup, it measures 7,300 yards and boasts 155 bunkers (including 24 on hole 15 alone) – reflective of Olazabal’s reputation as a master with the sand wedge. Numerous majestic vistas of untouched jungle and natural flowing streams create outstanding backdrops throughout the golf course. The signature square tees, along with its undulating concave fairways, are two distinguishing features of this true championship course. In November 2012, one of the four World Golf Championships – the HSBC Champions – was played on the award-winning Olazabal Course. This significant event offered a prize fund of $7 million and presented golf fans in southern China an opportunity to witness the world’s best professionals. Looking to work on your game before hitting the links? The golf academies at Mission Hills Shenzhen and Dongguan offer the most personal, comprehensive and systematic approach to improve your game. Mission Hills has hosted more than 100 international tournaments, including the World Cup of Golf in 1995, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The storied championship is considered golf’s closest approximation to the Olympic Games and will be held at Mission Hills for a record 12 consecutive editions.

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Poolside at Shenzhen Resort

“Golf and More” philosophy at Mission Hills But there’s much more than just golf at Mission Hills Shenzhen and Dongguan. It sports three spas, two five-star hotels, a 51-court tennis centre, a three-level indoor recreational centre, kids clubs, fitness centre, supersize indoor and outdoor swimming pool, Asia’s largest pro shop, meeting facilities, Asia’s most exclusive residential community and more.

Dongguan Spa treatment suite

Spa – a sanctuary of bliss The three Mission Hills Spas located in Shenzhen and Dongguan exemplify the property’s unrivaled spa experience. A sanctuary to nourish the soul, soothe the mind and pamper the body, they offer a streamlined menu of basic and Western relaxing treatments ideal for people on the go. Extensive offerings include Chinese healing therapy room, providing a comprehensive health and wellness experience for guests. The resort spa, Spring Valley, is located at the Country Club and offers resort-style spa service liberally furnished with a luxurious hydrotherapy lounge, wellness lounge, yoga pavilion, private treatment rooms and a teens zone. You will be pampered to perfection by the first-class facilities that combine treatment with leisure and pleasure. Within hours, you will find yourself rejuvenated and revitalised and you feel as though you are enjoying a spa in a Thai resort!

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Grand Deluxe Room, Shenzhen Resort

Hotel – indulge in style Mission Hills Hotel Dongguan houses 330 well-appointed deluxe guest rooms and suites, each with unobstructed panoramic views of the golf courses. With the recent renovation of Mission Hills Resort Shenzhen’s 188 rooms, an unmatched bookend of luxury lodgings awaits to cater to guests’ every need.

Holes

Par

Length (yards)

Visitor Access

World Cup Course

18

72

7294

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed Members-only on Sundays & Public Holidays until 1pm. Handicap limits: Men 24, Ladies 36

Vijay Course

18

72

6833

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Ozaki Course

18

72

7024

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Els Course

18

72

7049

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Nick Faldo Course

18

72

6892

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed Members-only on Sundays & Public Holidays until 1pm. Handicap limits: Men 24, Ladies 36

Annika Course

18

72

6703

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Duval Course

18

72

6966

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Olazabal Course

18

72

7320

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Leadbetter Course

18

72

7117

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Norman Course

18

72

7228

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Pete Dye Course

18

72

6828

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

Zhang Lian Wei Course

18

54

2299

Only open for members, members’ guests and hotel guests. Visitors not allowed

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Mission Hills Centreville begins new chapter in club’s celebrated history The newest addition to the amenity-laden property is Mission Hills Centreville, a family-friendly metropolitan leisure complex highlighted as the group’s tourism-related business expansion. To be completed by the end of 2013, Mission Hills Centreville will be the area’s only H.O.P.S.C.A. (hotel, offices, parks, shopping, convention and apartments) development – a one-stop shopping, entertainment, leisure and business hub. It will cover 500,000 square metres, with plans to feature more than 200 international brands and numerous shopping, dining and entertainments attractions. Besides these, it will also include renowned hotels, a financial district and a “SOHO” area with residential units and enterprises with world-class leisure and living experiences. With the World’s Largest Golf Club at its core, Mission Hills has become a tourism landmark, as evidenced by achieving a Level 5A tourism designation from the Chinese government. For more information, please visit www.missionhillschina.com Tel: +86 755 2802 0888 ext 33333 Copy supplied by Mission Hills Group

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Mission Hills Haikou – there’s something for everyone Mission Hills Haikou, IAGTO’s Golf Resort of the Year for 2012, lies in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, China, has been named World’s Largest Spa Resort by the Guinness World Records™.

The world’s greatest volcanic golf courses Nestled amid lush, green gardens, it features 10 acclaimed golf courses, each designed by American Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley Design. Mission Hills transformed Hainan Island’s ancient rocky terrain into a golf resort featuring playing experiences of unmatched variety. Golfers can select from a global menu of golf design genres where each layout has a distinct “personality”.

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Signature volcanic golf courses include: BLACKSTONE – China’s premier tournament venue Golf Magazine’s Best New Asia Course for 2010, it weaves through a striking landscape of mature trees, thick jungle and expansive wetlands. Lava rock walls and village ruins created years ago remain as a testament to the site’s past. As a premier tournament venue, the Blackstone course provides extensive spectator mounding for fans and thrilling world-class golf capable of challenging the world’s greatest players. LAVA FIELD – Big and bold surrounded by black rock While similar in many respects to the Blackstone Course, with its irregular lines of turf and wild bunkering, Lava Fields presents an expansive and open look, featuring rolling waves of tall grasses in place of dense trees. Black rock and wild bunkering dominate the landscape like no other course in the world. THE VINTAGE – Traditional “lie-of-the-land” Golden Age golf course Patterned after courses built at the turn of the last century, this 7,363-yard course features a lie-of-the-land routing with tree-lined fairways. The distinct, natural terrain is mixed with quirky features that utilise odd, sometimes geometric shapes, abrupt mounds, deep pot bunkers, square edges, and the occasional blind shot. Wicker basket pins and man-made features resemble the handiwork of days past, evoking a classic charm. Other examples include: Sandbelt Trails, inspired by the Australian Sandbelt’s iconic courses and distinguished by large, high-flashed bunkers with crisp, thick lips; and Shadow Dunes, which Sandbelt incorporates the towering dunes and native Trails vegetation found along the vast, unspoiled beaches of Hainan Island. Family-friendly par-3 tracks such as Double Pin and Stepping Stone are perfect for guests just picking up the game or simply seeking to sharpen their iron and short games. On and off the course, Mission Hills Haikou offers something for everyone. Highlights include 518 elegantly-designed guest rooms and suites, a three-story clubhouse, China’s first Hank Haney Golf Academy, meeting facilities, world-class restaurants, fullyequipped sports and recreation centre, Hainan’s only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs and a spa oasis.

Holes

Par

Length (yards)

Visitor Access

Blackstone

18

73

7808

Visitors welcome

Sandbelt Trails

18

72

7297

Visitors welcome

The Vintage

18

72

7363

Visitors welcome

Stepping Stone

18

54

2176

Visitors welcome

Lava Fields

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72

7475

Visitors welcome

Meadow Links

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70

6673

Visitors welcome

Stone Quarr y

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54

6029

Visitors welcome

Double Pin

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54

1921

Visitors welcome

The Preser ve

18

70

6535

Visitors welcome

Shadow Dunes

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70

6428

Visitors welcome

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Yao Ming

Michael Phelps

Darren Clarke

2012 Team Champions Andy Garcia & Matt Kuchar Minka Kelly

Pat Cash

Adrian Brody

Ronald Lima

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The stars come out on Hainan With a series of high-profile golf tournaments contested on its world-class courses, Mission Hills is at the epicentre of Asia’s golfing scene, earning a reputation as the place to see and to be seen. In October 2010, the red carpet was rolled out for the Mission Hills Star Trophy, which, for the first time in history, brought together the golf pros, Hollywood celebrities and athletic superstars to enjoy a four-day pro-am tournament and gala events, celebrating the grand opening of Mission Hills Haikou. The star-studded line-up included Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Catherine Zeta Jones, Christian Slater, Maggie Cheung, swimmer Michael Phelps, Greg Norman and many more. In the autumn of 2012, the Blackstone hosted its most recent “must see” event – the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am. One of three major international celebrity proams on the global golf circuit, it attracted international movie stars, singers and celebrities and a field of leading golfers, premier international athletes and stars of stage and screen, who vied for a first-prize of $1 million. The World Ladies Championship 2012 sparked off an unprecedented women’s professional golf competition in China. The China Golf Association (CGA), Mission Hills China, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) were committed to creating a world-class tournament at its first time featured 108 elite players from the US, Korea, Japan and China on the Vintage Course. The World Ladies Championship 2012 is an integral part of the LET calendar adopting a new format compatible with the Olympics. It achieved success in supporting the development of professional women’s golf and breakthroughs in the women’s game. The famous tournament will be once again showcased in March 2013 at Mission Hills Haikou. More than just golf tournaments, the World Ladies Championship and Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am also included a gala dinner, charity fund-raising events, golf clinics, a youth golf championship and much more. The ground-breaking tournaments turned into the region’s leading lifestyle and entertainment events.

A heavenly spa built on lava rocks Adjacent to the 10 spectacular golf courses can be found Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa in Haikou, endowed with abundant natural resources in a breathtaking natural environment. It is home to the largest natural springs reserve in the region, and one of the world’s largest spa facilities. Its grandeur and magnificent beauty has captured the attention of travellers from around the world. Its 88,000-square-metre space is divided into three areas, aiming to offer a variety of wellness experiences to cater to different target segments – from nourishing, authentic spa rituals for the spa connoisseurs and therapeutic bathing experience drawing the power of the natural mineral spring water to a more high-energy, family-friendly option at Lava Lagoon... Mission Hills Spa and Volcanic Mineral Springs in Haikou is designed to offer a holistic wellness experience to all guests.

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Spa in Mission Hills Haikou

Mission Hills Spa – indulge in wellness Mission Hills Spa is located in spectacular architecture inspired by a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Hakka Earth buildings. The inviting space stylishly brings together both Western and Oriental design essences in their most refined form, while genuinely honouring the long-standing Chinese philosophy of balance and harmony. Scented herbs steam

Spa treatments are rooted in the profound wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine featuring three vital elements for holistic wellness – earth, water and energy. Energy refers to our connection to light, heat and healing powers. Earth highlights our connection to Mother Earth and water connects us to the source of all life. A comprehensive array of treatments and rituals has been created in collaboration with a team of experts from Asia and Europe, bringing together the best of Eastern and Western healing philosophies and practices. Signature treatments include Volcanic Energy Massage and Lava Shell Massage, aiming to stimulate the body’s detoxifying system to revive and energise.

To show our respect for nature and commitment to the local community, we use nourishing native ingredients indigenous to the local area, including pearl, volcanic stones, bamboo and seasonal fruits. Every treatment is designed for a veritable feast for the senses, and is potent in restoring balance to the body.

Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs – drawing nature’s healing power

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Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs in Haikou span a total area of 44,000 square metres, continuing the ancient bathing rituals and healing journeys. Guests can roam and relax at more than 160 springs and water features originating from five continents. Pure spring water drawn from 800 metres underground is rich in minerals and trace elements that are well recognised for their healthboosting and therapeutic benefits.


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In each zone, there are over 30 pools featuring different ingredients, bathing experiences and temperatures, honouring the centuries-old bathing rituals and healing philosophies from that particular region:

Turkish Steam Dome

• Signature experiences in the Asia zone include Hot Stone Bath, Foot Reflexology Tunnel and Lingzhi Spring, drawing from the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. • In the Middle East zone, the Turkish Hamman and Dead Sea experiences are replicated for guests to enjoy the distinctive benefits drawing from the mystical region’s therapeutic traditions. • The unique bathing experiences in the North and South America zone include the Amazon River Aqua Massage Therapy and the Red Indian Hot Sand Bath. In addition, guests can also enjoy the exquisite Grotto Springs set in an extraordinary volcanic landscape.

Cambodia Mineral Spring

• The Europe zone boasts an all-season Indoor Roman Bath House, bringing the ancient Roman bathing rituals to life. It also features two heated swimming pools, a tepidarium (steam room), an ice fountain, aqua massage pools and a kids’ playhouse built in the kids’ pool.

Lava Lagoon – play and relax The island’s only outdoor aquatic theme park, Lava Lagoon is a perfect venue for family gatherings, special events and occasions, featuring a massive swimming pool, a man-made sandy beach, football and volleyball courts, as well as an adventure park for kids with lazy river, slides, water games and sports.

Fun for kids

Themed pool parties, live performances and creative dining events are held throughout the year. Imagine pool parties and live concerts adding excitement and entertainment to your holiday!

Mission Hills and Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong team up The newest project at Mission Hills Haikou is a joint effort with Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong Group. Scheduled to open at the end of 2013, Mission Hills Lan Kwai Fong Haikou is a low-carbon footprint town centre that will be a hub for business, leisure, wellness and entertainment. It boasts 240,000 square metres of shopping, entertainment, cultural and dining attractions. Several hotels will also be showcased, among them Marriott International’s Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotel brands. The Ritz-Carlton and Marriott Renaissance will become the brand’s first golf resort hotels in Greater China, jointly providing more than 500 rooms. Guests at the two hotels will enjoy privileged golf access to the renowned Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Haikou.

The place to be Mission Hills China has achieved many milestones and become the preeminent conglomerate in the sports, tourism, leisure and entertainment industries. Visit our unrivalled resort destinations in Shenzhen, Dongguan and Haikou and see why Mission Hills is on the list of every global golf and luxury travel connoisseur. For more information, please visit www.missionhillschina.com Tel: +86 755 2802 0888 ext 33333 Copy supplied by Mission Hills Group 101


Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club

Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club A world of its own… Tropical North Queensland is the world’s leading reef and rainforest destination, where two pristine world heritage wonders meet along the tropical coastline of North Eastern Australia. The region has become a quality golf destination, offering modern resort-style courses built to accommodate an increasing number of golf loving tourists. Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club is by far the standout course in the area with the highest ranking in Australia’s top 100 golf courses. With modern golfers seeking a holiday that offers a range of activities on top of quality golf, the attractions of Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef are second to none. Home to one of Australia’s most picturesque 18-hole championship golf courses, a grand Queenslanderstyle clubhouse that incorporates the Fifty Nine Restaurant and Bar, as well as a modern 96 room resort and a range of recreation facilities, Paradise Palms is a getaway destination with it all. The resort development was opened in 2009, with 96 rooms offering a range of lodging types from resortstyle accommodation to fully self-contained apartments.

Fifty Nine Restaurant & Bar

The club’s signature restaurant, Fifty Nine Restaurant & Bar, allows visitors to experience delicious food or a refreshing drink on the golfers’ deck overlooking the course. Visitors can expect to feast on an ever-changing, seasonal menu showcasing the region’s best produce through a combination of contemporary dishes with traditional favorites.

The Great Barrier Reef is a major attraction

For golfing quality, Paradise Palms stands out with a tough and uncompromising course built on a former sugar cane plantation nestling between UNESCO World Heritage rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. The beautiful mountains of the Great Dividing Range provide an ideal backdrop to the majority of holes, with fairways lined by dense native eucalypts and lush, tropical rainforest. The course has six main lakes as well as a number of meandering creeks throughout waiting to snare an errant shot.

The clubhouse was built by Japanese company Daikyo. Opened in 1990, course designers Graham Marsh and Ross Watson were aiming to create Australia’s most difficult tournament venue.

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Paradise Palm’s back nine

In November 2004, Paradise Palms was purchased by the experienced North Queensland development company, H & S Vision Group, which subsequently developed the award-winning Paradise Palms Resort.

Paradise Palms golf course The greens are predominately long and narrow and play tighter than their size suggests. The steep slopes make chipping and bunker play tough with plenty of subtle humps and hollows to negotiate. Wildlife is a feature on the course

The course is instantly testing from the first hole. A long doubledogleg, this hole is certainly not an easy opener as it’s protected on both sides by thick foliage all the way to the green.

The feature hole on the course is the 182-metre par-3 7th and is the most spectacular of any golf hole in Far North Queensland. From the elevated Taipan Tee, it provides panoramic views of the dividing ranges, local beaches and out onto the Great Barrier Reef. The tee shot on this hole needs to be extremely accurate as the long green is protected front to back on the right-hand side by a pond, and by thick rough and bunkers on the left. On the back nine, the largest lake on the course dominates the daunting 10th hole, which measures 540m from the blue tees. Water runs down the right side of the fairway; the second shot is played blind over a rise and needs to be well positioned as the fairway slopes towards the hazard. The closing hole is extremely picturesque, again boasting views of the Great Dividing Range but is a hole that that can win or lose a tournament. It runs parallel to the 10th and is a relatively short par 5 by modern standards - but trouble lurks around the green when going for it in two as the approach shot is to a blind target over a creek and lake on the right.

The front nine

Tournaments Paradise Palms has held numerous major events, highlighted by the course’s opening event in January 1990: the Daikyo Skins Tournament featuring Greg Norman, Bernard Langer, Curtis Strange and Isao Aoki. Paradise Palms has also played host to the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Von Nida Tour events. In addition, the course holds annual amateur and professional events including XXXX Gold Super Skins, TORO North QLD Cup, PGA Pro Am, Holden Scramble and the LDI Constructions Blue Tee Challenge. 103


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Golf academy & clinics Paradise Palms runs an international golf academy, inviting students from overseas to participate in programmes run and hosted by legends of Australian professional golf. The club is also heavily involved in promoting the game locally, through clinics and individual lessons to resort guests and the local community.

Golf packages Paradise Palms hosts international groups each year for the four major in-house tournaments. It also organises international golfing tours from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Korea. The Golf Sales Coordinator at Paradise Palms provides flexibility in creating personalised packages to suit each individual group. For keen golfers wanting a taste of adventure, Paradise Palms offers the ultimate day tour. Taking in three of North Queensland’s most stunning courses, golfers will travel by helicopter, experiencing breathtaking views and playing 27 holes of golf at Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club, Sea Temple Port Douglas and Cooktown Golf Links at Walker Bay. Taking flight in a state-of-the-art, five-seat R66 Robinson Helicopter, they will play nine holes of golf on three distinctly-different courses. This is a once-in-alifetime experience with every desire cared for.

Ranking In February 2012, an all-round improvement at Paradise Palms golf course saw it rise 10 spots in the latest Australian rankings to number 67, the biggest increase of any course already in the top 100. This well-deserved achievement was a direct result of the A$400,000 investment in all-new Toro equipment and the continued efforts of the stellar grounds and maintenance teams.

View from the clubhouse balcony

Paradise Palms has its sights firmly fixed on climbing the rankings even further over the next four years and changes to the course that have been proposed by its original designer, Graham Marsh, will provide further leverage to do this. Changes include a range of modifications to the greens, tees, bunkers and an overall lengthening of the course to better suit the challenges of modern golf equipment. Paradise Palms Resort & Country Club Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach, Queensland, 4879, Australia Tel: +61 7 4059 9999

Fax: +61 7 4059 1120

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Course facts Par 72

6,593 metres

3 tees

98 bunkers

1.2 hectares of greens 18 hectares of fairways 20 hectares of rough Grasses: Greens - TifEagle Fairways & tees - Green Lees Park Grass height: Greens - 4mm Fairways - 12mm Rough - 50mm


Starwood Hainan Golf Safari, China

Starwood Hainan Golf Safari, China Play some of the best golf courses in the south and east of China’s tropical Hainan Island and stay at luxury Sheraton hotels Hainan Island is the most southerly part of China and its tropical climate allows golf to be played year-round. A three-day Starwood Hainan Golf Safari combines golf on top-quality courses with a stay at three Sheraton properties, and an opportunity to extend your stay and add more golf.

Shenzhou Peninsula The Hainan Golf Safari encompasses two days on the beautiful, untouched Shenzhou Peninsula in the Wanning region, on the east coast of the island, and one day in Sanya, the international resort on Hainan’s southern tip.

Golf room at the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort esort

On the first two days of the safari, golfers can stay at either the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort or the Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula to play The Dunes, a 36-hole masterpiece that features two seaside courses carved out of the native sand dunes on the natural peninsula, right on the hotels’ doorstep. The Dunes has been thoughtfully designed by internationally-renowned Tom Weiskopf to make the most of the distinctive geography and dramatic beauty of this unique location – from the rugged coastal dunes to the strong, craggy boulders. It comprises the West and East Courses, which can be combined to form a separate Composite Course, together with an additional five practice holes. The courses present golfers with mature trees, natural waterways, dunes, seaside vegetation, gentle elevation changes and spectacular ocean views along with the majestic rock outcrops. In the words of Tom Weiskopf: “The consistent wisps of wind from the South China Sea and the refreshing sounds of the water breaking along the coastline rocks on the seaside holes will surely leave an everlasting impression to each golfer’s journey.”

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Rear view of the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort

Located in Shenzhou Peninsula’s Festival Bay and facing the South China Sea, the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort features 308 capacious and comfortable guest rooms and suites, each with its own beautiful ocean view. The hotel provides a variety of gourmet choices: Feast, which features the freshest international and local ingredients; authentic Cantonese food in Yue, the hotel’s fine dining Chinese restaurant; and, on the lobby floor, the South Seas Terrace – an ideal place to chill out with a wide range of wines and cocktails in a comfortable setting. Shine Spa for Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort offers five signature treatments by Spanish cosmetics producer Germaine de Capuccini, including a massage, facial, body treatment, manicure/ pedicure and a treatment for two – to help guests find their glow. The facilities include 12 elegant treatment rooms set amid tropical lush gardens. Opened in December 2011, the Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula is the first Four Points by Sheraton resort in Greater China and combines tropical gardens with funky and contemporary architecture styles. The hotel features 338 guest rooms and suites, and most rooms have a beautiful sea view. The Eatery, featuring a wide range of Western and Asian favourites, is fun and big on value. Sample tasty grills at the beach-front Brazilian BBQ restaurant, Casa Churrasco, and immerse into an allnight festivity with the live band. Relax with a selection of ice cold beers from the Best Brews beer programme in Jive after a long day at the beach, playing golf or sightseeing.

The Dunes West course

Golfers can extend their stay with an Unlimited Golf Package at the Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort, from RMB 1,100 per person per night. The package features accommodation with breakfast in a Deluxe Room, one day with unlimited rounds at The Dunes, including all day green fee, first 18 holes caddie and buggy fee. Options for non-golfing companions include beginner’s or advanced golf lesson or a 90-minute signature spa session. It also includes transportation between the hotel and Wanning train station and between the hotel and The Dunes. A Comfort Golf Getaway Package at the Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula costs from RMB975 pppn and includes unlimited golf at The Dunes with caddies and buggies for the first 18 holes, shuttle transportation and accommodation with breakfast in a Comfort Room. 107


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The third day of the Hainan Golf Safari is spent in Sanya, in the far south of the island. Golf here is at Yalong Bay Golf Club, a tour de force by American master-designer Robert Trent Jones that has hosted several international professional golf tournaments.

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Yalong Bay Golf Club The course concept for the initial 18 holes was designed to create a links land championship resort course. It is dotted with 98 deadly bunkers and streaked with a winding river. Each fairway has five tee boxes and with its large stretches of grass, the course, shaped like a dragon’s claw, is hemmed in by adjacent green hills and beautiful Yalong Bay, all combining to form a beautiful landscape.

The Sheraton Sanya Resort, overlooking the clear waters of the sun-kissed South China Sea in the heart of the world-class Yalong Bay resort district, is situated directly opposite the magnificent 18-hole Yalong Bay Golf Club and sets new standards for luxury resort accommodation and facilities in mainland China’s most exotic tropical resort location. It commands a prime beachfront location, with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters providing an excellent sanctuary for the abundant marine wildlife and a wide-range of recreational activities. Approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport, the resort offers 511 tastefullyappointed guestrooms including 49 suites and five villas, all rooms providing the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and commanding spectacular vistas of Yalong Bay, lush tropical gardens and mountain Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort scenery or the golf course. This is accompanied Tel: +86 898 6253 8868 by a selection of four restaurants, five bars, a night www.sheraton.com/shenzhoupeninsula club and 24-hour room service. Mandara Spa, the finest in the destination, features a beauty salon and a variety of treatments to relieve stress, pamper the body and calm the mind.

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Tel: +86 898 6253 8838 www.fourpoints.com/shenzhoupeninsula

In addition to the Hainan Golf Safari, golfers can Sheraton Sanya Resort also indulge in a Golf & Spa Package at the resort. Tel: +86 898 8855 8115 Costing from RMB2,455 per room per night, it www.sheraton.com/sanya includes daily accommodation with breakfast, round-trip Sanya airport or train station transfer, welcome drink, complimentary return golf course shuttle, and one round of 18 holes at Yalong Bay Golf Club or Yalong Bay Sun Valley Golf Club (with green fee, caddie and golf buggy fee plus clubhouse facility fee), as well as three 60-minute or two 90-minute treatments at Mandara Spa. Adapted from copy supplied by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort, Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula and Sheraton Sanya Resort

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It is the most populous and most visited state in America. The plethora of picturesque landscapes offer opportunities to explore mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys, forests, desert and 1,264 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, making the Golden State of California also one of the most attractive and diverse destinations in the world. More importantly, these geographical wonders provide for the pursuit of a multitude of outdoor activities, including one that can be challenged year-around – golf!

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Ever since fortune hunters rushed to this western territory for gold nuggets during the mid-1800s, California has been at the forefront of daring pioneers and entrepreneurs pursuing their dream. It just so happened some of those early 20th century trailblazers began carving some of the greatest fairways and greens in the world and, fortunately, for golf enthusiasts, that boom continued to the present day to the tune of over 600 public accessible golf courses that will test your skills on any type landscape.

“Quality, quantity, variety and value is what separates California from all the other major golf destinations,” says Shaw Kobre, author of The Golf California Survival Guide. With that said, perhaps, is it your dream to take your game to a loftier level? If so, ascend to California’s highest elevated course, Sierra Star Golf Course at Mammoth Lakes to launch a golf ball at over 8,000 feet. Then, only four hours away by car, bring your game down a notch at Death Valley’s Furnace Creek Golf Course, the world’s lowest course at 214 feet below sea level!

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River Course at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

There are numerous self-proclaimed golf “meccas” throughout the world but, undeniably, California can boast bragging rights to two true such regions. First, a two-hour drive south of San Francisco is the acclaimed Monterey Peninsula, where you can challenge the golfing ghosts of Pebble Beach Golf Links, host site for the annual PGA TOUR AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and five US Open Championships (1972, 1982, 1992, 2000 and 2010). Also situated along the famed 17-Mile Drive is Spyglass Hill Golf Course, a notoriously-long layout, features the first five holes playing through sandy seaside dunes and the remaining 13 cutting through majestic pines of the Del Monte Forest. Just down the beach is Pacific Grove Golf Links, known as the “poor man’s Pebble Beach.” Located away from the coastline but still taking advantage of the ocean views are sister courses Black Horse and Bayonet, a long-time venue for the PGA TOUR Q-School Stage III tournament and, most recently, the PGA National Championship.

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For another California golf haven, if your game and body is more suited to the desert environment, another California golf haven in Palm Springs is certain to keep your swing loose. Located 1.5 hours east of Los Angeles, this popular retreat for the celebrity crowd offers the highest density of courses anywhere around the state with price ranges to appease all golfers and plenty of hotel rooms to match, including such notable venues as La Quinta Resort, Indian Wells Resort, and PGA West.

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Indeed, one of California’s most famous exported product ships in bottles so, it’s not surprising with the number of wineries outnumbering the state’s golf courses more than three to one, that there are a few intoxicating layouts winding through vineyards.

Zaharias Course at the Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms

Playing off the name off a popular varietal, Chardonnay Golf Club, located in the heart of the Napa Valley, weaves around the grapes along with the adjacent Eagle Vines Golf Course designed by Johnny Miller. The PGA TOUR legend has also purchased and renovated both the North and South Courses at the iconic wine country’s Silverado Resort.

Neighbouring Sonoma County sets the stage for the ultimate vintage California golf destination with a variety of off-course diversions and the opportunity to play in natural settings from Northwood Golf Club, an Alister Mackenzie nine-hole masterpiece in the redwoods to Robert Trent Jones Jr’s The Links at Bodega Harbour on the coast that will challenge every club in the bag.

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With a myriad of fairways stretching between the California borders from Oregon to Mexico and Nevada to the Pacific Ocean, there are scores of doglegs along California’s highways leading to a variety of golf adventures in regions such as San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Santa Barbara and the Gold Country.

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One of its key thrusts will be to put a heavy focus on offering experiential golf packages that will be presented by one or multiple regions, by theme, by budget or by the target market the packages are designed for. Few other destinations in the world can offer the experience of oceanside, desert, mountains and vineyards golf courses, all within hours of each other. Nor can any other golf destinations offer skiing in the morning and golf in the afternoon or golf in the morning and surf in the afternoon, or golf through vineyards followed by a winery tour, or a Hollywood studio tour in the morning with golf by the Pacific Ocean in the afternoon. It never stops in California!

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To simplify bookings for your golf holiday, a non-profit marketing consortium called Discover California Golf has been formed. With stakeholders such as golf courses, golf resorts, accommodations, convention and visitor bureaux, Discover California Golf is developing a “one-call-does-all” reservation centre and concierge service to make booking a golf trip to California easier than ever. It aims to make its website and booking engine one of the most advanced of its kind, highlighting its members, booking flexibility, real-time tee time and room listings and featuring some of the most unique golf packages available in the world. Since Discover California Golf is non-profit, the net rates from consortium members can be transferred to its travel trade partners.

With new golf regions emerging on the scene – such as Temecula, Santa Barbara, Orange County, Lake Tahoe, Gold Country and the Central Coast – California has many hidden gems to be explored, offering some of the BEST VALUE of quality golf anywhere in the world. For your one-stop service to arrange a first-class golf experience in California, contact Robert Kaufman at Discover California Golf (robert@discovercaliforniagolf.com) or, for further information, log onto www.discovercaliforniagolf.com Robert Kaufman 113


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Greater Palm Springs, California Greater Palm Springs includes nine unique cities and offers over 100 championship golf courses with more than 2,000 holes, plus resorts, spas, arts & culture, shopping, outdoor adventure, and a dining and nightlife scene, all in the heart of Southern California’s desert region. Many of golf’s top names, including Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Ted Robinson, have designed desert courses and own personal residences. Arnold Palmer’s Restaurant in La Quinta serves the golf legend’s own favourite speciality dishes. Here are some of the area’s most outstanding golf holes: Classic Club, Palm Desert Hole 12, a 162-yard par 3, is Arnold Palmer’s favourite. The tee shot is all carry over water, with a creek and a waterfall to the right… and bunkers to the left and back. Gary Player Course – Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage Head golf pro Jeff Beier says hole 11 is a par 5 with water along the right side of the holes, making it a “classic risk-reward from Mr South Africa.”

Indian Wells Golf Resort Celebrity Course

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TPC Stadium/PGA West – La Quinta Resort & Spa, La Quinta Pete Dye’s course has witnessed many historic moments including Lee Trevino’s hole-in-one on the par-3 17th – the notorious Alcatraz Island hole – which netted him a skin worth $175,000 in the 1987 Skins Game.

Indian Wells Golf Resort – Players Course, Indian Wells Stretching over 600 yards, hole 9 is one Southern California’s longest par 5s. After a drive left of a fairway bunker to gain the best angle, the ideal second shot must find a relatively-narrow sliver of grass sandwiched between a lake and bunker. The Firecliff Golf Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort – Resort Course, Palm Springs Nicknamed Terminator, the 8th is a par 3 that’s all carry over water to a small protected green. Desert Willow Golf Resort – Firecliff Course, Palm Desert The 18th hole is a picturesque yet difficult par 5 that measures 535 yards from the back tees; a creek on the left meanders across the fairway into a lake guarding the right side all the way to the two-tiered green.

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Greater Palm Springs was named 2012 North American Golf Destination of the Year by IAGTO, which means it’s time you played a magical round on one of our many championship courses. The best of the world’s golf architects have left their mark, with courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and more, waiting for you to tee-off. Experience this Southern California premier vacation destination. It’s what an oasis is meant to be and being a winner is all about.

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Grand Golf Resorts of Florida

Grand Golf Resorts of Florida Play your way across the Sunshine State on a new collection of some of Florida’s finest golf resorts Three of Florida’s grandest golf resorts have united to create the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, a Salamander Hotels & Resorts collection. This powerful new collection features Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Bay, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast. From the Gulf to the Atlantic, Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features a total of 1,200 spacious villas and homes, numerous family-oriented activities, world-class spas and top-notch golf. Florida is the world’s greatest yearround and most accessible golf destination, and Grand Golf Resorts of Florida provides the ultimate getaway for families, couples and, of course, golfers in any season.

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Innisbrook Resort

Celebrating more than 40 years of excellence, Innisbrook Resort is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently and completely renovated, the resort features four courses of championship golf designed by living legend Larry Packard. It also features 550 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art fitness centre, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. The resort hosts the PGA TOUR at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA-supported Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally-challenging Island Course. Innisbrook Resort golf courses Copperhead Course Par 71, 7,340 yards Island Course Par 72, 7,310 yards North Course Par 70, 6,325 yards South Course Par 71, 6,620 yards 36750 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684-1239 www.innisbrookgolfresort.com

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Reunion Resort

Located in Orlando, Reunion Resort features 330 accommodation units, including luxury condominiums, private villas and deluxe vacation homes surrounded by 2,300 acres of lush landscape and nature preserve. Accommodations are highlighted by the 82-suite Reunion Grande, an 11-story hotel complete with stunning lobby and bar, exquisite décor, elegantly-appointed meeting space, and two restaurants — including the hip Eleven, which features a rooftop pool and nightly views of the fireworks from nearby Walt Disney World.

The Eleven Restaurant

The resort is the only location in the United States with golf courses designed by golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, and it also features the exclusive ANNIKA Academy by Annika Sorenstam. Additional facilities include a boutique spa, multiple pools, slides, water playgrounds and a 1,000-foot lazy river.

Reunion Resort golf courses Palmer Course Par 72, 6,916 yards Watson Course Par 72, 7,257 yards Nicklaus Course Par 72, 7,244 yards 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747 www.reunionresort.com

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Located along 2.4 miles of pristine Atlantic beach on Florida’s Palm Coast, the AAA Four Diamond-rated Hammock Beach Resort features 320 accommodation units, including a 12-story tower of ocean view luxury suites, and an intimate 20-room lodge that features spectacular ocean and golf course views. Conservatory Course

Hammock Beach is famed for its two spectacular golf courses. The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of Florida’s highest rated and plays six holes directly along the Atlantic Ocean as well as winding along pristine wetlands and sparkling lakes. The Conservatory Course was designed by Tom Watson and is one of Florida’s longest layouts, characterised by waterfalls, babbling brooks and field stone work. The resort also features countless amenities for families and groups, including a multilevel water and swim pavilion, indoor atrium pool, spa and fitness centre, oceanfront meeting and function space, and numerous dining choices, including the oceanfront Atlantic Grille restaurant.

Hammock Beach golf courses Ocean Course Par 72, 7,201 yards Conservatory Course Par 72, 7,776 yards 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137 www.hammockbeach.com

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Legends of Golf Trail In addition to stellar accommodation, the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida features its main attraction: the Legends of Golf Trail. Golfers can play their way from coast to coast on the golf trail designed by golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Larry Packard. The Legends of Golf Trail boasts 162 holes that traverse 200 miles between the resorts. The Grand Golf Resorts of Florida’s courses are consistently ranked among some of the best in Florida, the nation and the world. Innisbrook Resort’s famous Copperhead Course has been ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world in 2008 and 2009 and is currently rated number three among the best courses to play in Florida. The Copperhead Course, a PGA TOUR location, is a favourite among PGA TOUR professional players and the most recognisable of Innisbrook’s four courses. Tree-lined fairways and rolling terrain define the more than 7,300-yard course providing a challenge for even the longest hitters.

Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course

Reunion Resort’s Watson Course has been ranked among the nation’s top 100 resort courses and is currently rated the 18th best golf course to play in Florida. The 7,100-yard Watson signature design course is Tom Watson’s first design in Florida. Hammock Beach’s Ocean Course has been ranked among the top 100 courses to play in the USA and is currently rated as the 10th best course to play in Florida. The Hammock Beach Resort course is lauded for its uniqueness, charm and beauty. The “Bear’s Claw”, the Ocean Course’s final four signature holes bordering the Atlantic, creates a challenging yet picturesque finish to a game of golf. For more information about the Grand Golf Resorts of Florida, visit www.GrandGolfResorts.com or call +1 540 687 3710. Copy supplied by Salamander Hotels & Resorts

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Mississippi Golf and the blues – a logical and enjoyable twosome in Mississippi Mississippi is the indisputable home of the blues, country music and rock ‘n’ roll, which makes the state’s musical landscape much like its golf scene. It’s exciting and varied and reflects regional influences. With the creation of the Mississippi Blues Trail a few years ago, visitors to the state can now discover the fact that musicians from Mississippi have been instrumental in not only the birth of the blues, but also the growth and popularity of other musical genres. The song lyrics boast of our history and the beats and rhythms reflect our diverse heritage. The Mississippi Blues Trail, which now features more than 120 markers, takes visitors on a musical journey through the state to sites honouring BB King, Muddy Waters, Son House and more.

Although the game of golf was not born here, famous course designers and architects, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate and Tom Fazio, have come to Mississippi to create challenging layouts. And the experts have weighed in with resounding applause. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golfweek have all rated Mississippi courses as some of the best in the nation. Both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour have made Mississippi a regular stop in their schedules; and even competitive amateur golfers come to challenge one another in the International Golf and Blues Experience event hosted each year. You’ll find great golf in Mississippi’s five topographically-diverse regions: the Hills Region’s rolling landscapes; the Delta Region’s open flatlands; the Capital/River Region’s winding waterways and rich history; the Pines Region’s blanket of quiet forests; and the Coastal Region’s sparkling water and Gulf beaches. As you make your way along your own Mississippi trail of golf, stop along the Blues Trail to play and listen. It might not improve your game, but you’ll surely learn more about our musical roots.

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Cherokee Valley Golf Club

Mississippi’s regions

The Hills Region is home to many exciting golf courses. One of the most beautiful is Cherokee Valley Golf Club, located just minutes from the Memphis International Airport. This par 72 course features a state-of-the-art practice facility which includes a three-tiered driving range, two putting greens and a chipping green. The lodge-style clubhouse features spectacular views of the 9th and 18th greens from both the snack bar and the banquet hall. The Delta Region is defined by its wide, open fields of cotton and quaint, small towns, as well as Tunica, the number one casino destination between Las Vegas and Atlantic City. This region is remarkably flat and contains some of the most fertile soil in the world, as evidenced by the verdant green fairways of its golf courses. It was also fertile ground for the cultivation of America’s only indigenous art form, the blues. As the “Birthplace of the Blues”, the Delta Region has the largest concentration of Blues Trail markers. You should begin your Delta Blues Trail experience at the Tunica Visitors Centre on Highway 61, the entrance to America’s Blues Highway. In addition to the America’s Blues Highway marker, there are four other Blues Trail markers in Tunica. And although most of the golf and high-energy entertainment is centred around Tunica, just south is the state’s blues mecca in the small town of Clarksdale. It’s the home of the historic Delta Blues Museum, as well as Morgan Freeman’s famous Ground Zero Blues Club. Book a tee time at The Links at Cottonwoods, Harrah’s Tunica. This Hale Irwin-designed course offers adventure and fun. It’s a genuine Scottish links-style course with gently-rolling Zoysia fairways and beautifully-manicured greens.

The Links at Cottonwoods, Harrah’s Tunica

The Capital/River Region is a study in contrasts, consisting of both the state’s largest metropolis, Jackson, and small, historic river towns such as Natchez and Vicksburg. Golf layouts range from wide, open flatlands to water-laden fairways. The region’s musical legacy is as diverse as its golf, with blues, rock ’n’ roll and jazz having flourished here. Vicksburg contributed to the blues and jazz heritage as the home of Willie Dixon, known as the “Poet Laureate of the Blues” and jazz piano legend Hank Jones. Jackson played an important role in the development of Mississippi’s musical contributions with several record companies based here in the mid-20th century.

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The Pines Region is located on the Alabama border and has a powerful golf pedigree. At Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, two courses – the Azaleas and the Oaks – were built on the lands of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. These courses, designed by Tom Fazio and Jerry Pate, have received accolades from Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Golf Digest.

Dancing Rabbit Golf Club

The Coastal Region is an eclectic mix of award-winning golf, exciting musical entertainment, intriguing history, and stunning scenery. Along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in the Biloxi/Gulfport area lies a chain of glitzy casino resorts, exciting music venues, beachfront condominiums, convenient hotels and, of course, championship golf. The region’s musical culture is closely tied to neighbouring New Orleans with jazz and blues influences. Blues greats Jelly Roll Morton and Bill Johnson lived here in the early 1900s. Yet its musical heritage is more modern than the other regions, with the casino’s world-class performing venues and the renowned Hard Rock Casino’s extensive collection of musical memorabilia. The Mississippi Gulf Coast hosts amateur golfers at the International Golf & Blues Experience, an annual festival of golf and music that spotlights everything the coast has to offer. Additionally, the coast hosts professional golfers on the Champions Tour. The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is played each spring at Fallen Oak – named the second-best new upscale course by Golf Digest in the top 10 new courses you can play by Golf Magazine, plus the best course you can play in the state and the second-best casino course in the country, according to Golfweek. Shell Landing Golf Club, in Gautier, designed by Davis Love III, was named the fifth-best new upscale course in America by Golf Digest and the third-best public access course in the state by Golfweek.

Shell Landing Golf Club

Golf and the blues make a logical, and most enjoyable, twosome in Mississippi. Combined with moderate annual temperatures, excellent amenities, and so much to see and do, Mississippi is unlike any other golf destination in the country. Come find your true south and a golfer’s paradise in Mississippi.

For more information about golf and blues in Mississippi, go to www.visitmississippi.org Copy supplied by Mississippi Tourism

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Find Your True Game There’s nothing like a real Mississippi golf experience. Play fabulous courses designed by all the top names in the game. Experience great weather year-round that makes any time a good tee time. Appreciate the unspoiled landscapes without the crowds. And while you’re here, take in the authentic sights, sounds and flavors that make Mississippi the most Southern place on earth. So come join us— and Play in the True South.

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Get on the dance floor! Whether you're trying your best moves on one of our famous courses, or practising your 'swing' at our on-site nightclub, The Belfry is the perfect setting for 'clubs' of all kinds!

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The perfect place to perfect your game Almouj Golf. Inspired by Oman. Designed by Greg Norman. Expertly designed by golfing legend Greg Norman, the 18 hole Almouj Golf links course provides a unique challenge, making it the perfect place to enhance your game. Its setting is equally unique, giving you the choice of teeing off early and watching the sun rise over the Hajar Mountains, or playing late and watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. Located just minutes from Muscat Airport and The Wave, Muscat, Almouj Golf delivers a world-class experience in every respect: in addition to the 7,342-yard, par-72 Championship course, it boasts a floodlit 9-hole par-3 course and driving range, fully-equipped clubhouse with pro-shop and a restaurant that serves a variety of delicious culinary delights throughout the day. For more information or to make a booking, visit www.almoujgolf.com or call the reservation team on +968 22 00 59 90. THE GOLF COURSE

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Challenge yourself at the beautifully designed championship golf course, created by Robert Trent Jones II. Unwind at our luxurious Thalasso-Spa inspired by roman baths. Close to ancient Carthage, this timeless elegant palace dazzles with its refinement and unparalleled service.

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Combining exceptional golf with spectacular views in an exclusive club atmosphere, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club provides the golf experience only dreams are made of. Take in the view from Gary Player’s Beachfront Course, with several beachfront holes along the Arabian Gulf’s glittering, crystal blue waters fringed by pristine white sands. It is located 15 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. A hidden gem along the Arabian Gulf of Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the setting for your next great golf outing. For more information email us on info@sbgolfclub.ae or visit www.sbgolfclub.ae

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Golfclub Toscana Pelagone Resort Loc. Il Pelagone, I-58023 Gavorrano (GR) Tel. +39 0566 820 111, Fax +39 0566 820472 chpelagone@cordial.at www.pelagone-golf.com The CORDIAL Hotel & Golf Resort Il Pelagone offers a first class golf experience combined with the perfect mixture of tuscan landscapes, culture, extraordinary cuisine with exquisite wines and the typical italian lifestyle. Within the Resort, the Golf Club Toscana Championship Course benefits from the mild climate and is playable all year round.


Tony Jacklin IAGTO’s 2013 Honorary Award Recipient

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…the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry…

…the golf tourism industry’s annual trade show sponsored by IAGTO… 11-14 November 2013 - Costa Daurada, Spain

…the world’s leading golf travel writers brought together by IAGTO…

…the golf travel industry’s annual gala awards event hosted at IGTM…

...exclusive event for IAGTO members selling the Asia Pacific... 29 April - 2 May 2013 - Pattaya, Thailand

...exclusive event for IAGTO members selling North America... 26-29 June 2013 - Marco Island, Naples, Florida

…publications approved by IAGTO for their golf travel content…

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