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worldclass.golf The World’s Premier Golf Destinations

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Welcome to worldclass.golf Autumn/Winter 2019 – Volume 3 worldclass.golf

worldclass.golf The World’s Premier Golf Destinations

As publisher of GMé – a business magazine focusing on all aspects of golf management – I have worked within the golf industry for the past 22 years, and, in that time, have been fortunate to have travelled the world visiting some spectacular golf courses. I have always held the belief that a great golf experience needs to extend beyond the 18 holes of golf, and, far too often, I have visited a ‘Top 100’ golf course, only to discover that, aside from the course itself, the experience really wasn’t anything special. No meet-and-greet, no customer service and no lasting memory to take away from the visit, except a distant memory of how well you did, or did not, play. Many golfers – irrespective of ability – aspire to play some of the greatest golf courses around the world, and worldclass.golf has been created in order to guarantee that every destination featured within this portfolio delivers an exceptional customer experience, one truly warranting the term ‘world-class’. All 22 clubs featured within the AW’19 portfolio – including newcomers Adare Manor, Ireland; Château du Coudreceau, France, and Royal Bled, Slovenia – have been personally evaluated to ensure they offer a ‘world-class’ visitor experience, and on each page you will find an info panel detailing all of the elements that are included when you visit. Membership to worldclass.golf is limited to premier destinations that meet the strict entry criteria, with invitations to join extended to only a handful of ‘world-class’ golf facilities each year.

Michael Lenihan | lenihan@portman.uk.com Publisher & Managing Director

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5 Championship Courses 5 Countries 1 Luxury Floating Hotel 1 Exclusive Golf Concierge Program

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The Visitor Experience The definition of a ‘world-class’ golf facility worldclass.golf

worldclass.golf The World’s Premier Golf Destinations

To meet the strict entry criteria of worldclass.golf, prospective member clubs must demonstrate uncompromising standards across four key areas of their golf operation, while demonstrating it delivers a visitor experience which is truly ‘world-class’. Course Presentation The starter should provide tees, pin positions, yardage books and pace-of-play information on the first tee, while the condition of the course should be pristine, with tees, greens, surrounds and fairways maintained to a high standard. Whenever possible, the starter should recommend preferred tee boxes based on ability, allowing guests of all standards the opportunity to play well and enjoy their round. Practice Facilities Practice facilities need to be of the highest standard, and must include a range, short-game area with putting green, and the ability – climate permitting – of hitting range balls from grass as opposed to mats, or artificial tee lines. Range balls should ideally be stacked in pyramids, and only quality practice balls used. If a ball dispenser is in operation, all tokens must be included as part of the green fee. Clubhouse & Locker Rooms The clubhouse needs to be warm and welcoming, while at the same time functional, with guests greeted with sincerity before being invited to make use of the changing facilities. The locker room should include the use of premium-grade lockers, with complimentary toiletries and light-refreshments on offer, while the pro shop would be expected to be stocked with quality apparel brands from the world of golf. Food & Beverage Superb cuisine paired with fine wines should be on the menu for any dining experience after a round of golf, coupled with a selection of local beers and low-alcohol alternatives, all served in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. On-course, and at the halfway house, a range of snacks and hot and cold beverages should be available, with a refreshment cart on-course in hotter climates.

Bag Tag

Buggy

Bag Tag (Personalised)

Caddie (Cost Option)

Club Cleaning

Fresh Fruit

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Pyramid Range Balls

Refreshments On-Course

Shoe Cleaning

Valet Parking

Water

Wi-Fi

Explanation of icons Aspects that are included as part of the visitor experience for visitors and guests

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Barbados

Tee Time Reservations +1 246 419 7242 | proshop@royal-westmoreland.com


Royal Westmoreland St James, Barbados royalwestmoreland.com At Royal Westmoreland in Barbados, you can leave your everyday cares and responsibilities behind you. Established in 1994 as the only gated resort will full amenities on the Caribbean island, Royal Westmoreland boasts a par-72, 6,442 metre Robert Trent Jones II-designed course, offering superbly maintained fairways and greens that surround the luxurious estate. The golf course is as enjoyable as it is demanding, and visitors will discover a mixture of challenging holes, the highlight being a collection of wonderful par 3’s. Enjoy the Caribbean sunshine and clear blue skies, whilst taking in the breathtaking views, thriving greenery and flourishing tropical landscape. Just be sure not to embarrass yourself, as the local wildlife – particularly the monkeys – will be watching on if you play a bad stroke! The stunning sea views, immaculately landscaped grounds, world-class security and exclusive lifestyle that Royal Westmoreland has to offer is an experience to be relished for any visiting golfer. Rated as one of the finest courses in the Caribbean, once you’ve holed your final putt on the 18th green, be sure to head to the colonial-style clubhouse to enjoy some light refreshments. With a selection of villas and apartments available for ownership on the resort, Royal Westmoreland also features a members only beach club on the famous Mullins Beach; fitness centre; salt-water swimming pools; clay tennis courts; clubhouse; short-game area and halfway house. Royal Westmoreland is a private estate with golfing access available to villa owners, rental guests and a limited number of tee times available for non-residents.

Course Statistics... Royal Westmoreland Opened 1994 Par 72, 6,442 metres (7,045 yards) Architect Robert Trent Jones II

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Cyprus

Tee Time Reservations +357 26 828 200 | golfreservations@aphroditehills.com


Aphrodite Hills Paphos, Cyprus aphroditehills.com With stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and an exquisite setting amongst natural vegetation, Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus is paradise for the golfing enthusiast. Following a recent €4m investment upgrade which included the renovation of every green and the modernisation of the pro shop, changing facilities and clubhouse, Aphrodite Hills has attained the accolade of becoming the PGA National, Cyprus, and voted by tour operators as the ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2018’. The course at Aphrodite Hills overlooks the site where Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love – is said to have emerged from the sea. Designed to blend into the natural contours of the surrounding landscape, the course spans a 130m wide ravine which comes into play off the back tees on the par-5, 3rd. The signature hole at Aphrodite Hills is the simply spectacular par-3, 7th, which plays back across the ravine, with the tee chiselled into the side of the rock face with the green below awaiting a precise tee shot. The course at Aphrodite Hills offers the perfect mix of challenging holes many of which feature large bunkers, coupled with manicured fairways boasting lush Bermuda grass and generous tiered greens. In addition to the 18-hole PGA National Cyprus course, Aphrodite Hills also has a 3-hole academy course, ideal for golfers of all standards and ages. Beginners and experienced players of all abilities are also given the chance to learn and improve their game at the Aphrodite Hills facilities. A team of four resident PGA qualified golf professionals equipped with the latest swing analysis technology are on-hand to provide the very best in one-on-one golf tuition, and a large, double-ended driving range, provides the optimal environment for learning the basics of golf and perfecting your skills before progressing to the main course.

Course Statistics... PGA National Cyprus Opened 2002 Par 71, 6,289 metres (6,877 yards) Architect Cabell B. Robinson

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Denmark

Tee Time Reservations +45 4817 4020 | contact@thescandinavian.dk


The Scandinavian Farum, Denmark thescandinavian.dk The Scandinavian, located about 25 minutes north of Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen, is one of the few golf clubs with two courses that is consistently ranked in the Top 50 of Top Courses in Continental Europe. The club provides discerning golfers with a choice of 36-holes designed by Robert Trent Jones II, which are laid out in 200 hectares of forest separated by streams leading into natural ponds. At The Scandinavian, the golf experience is in an environment that seems to have been untouched for centuries. The silence and tranquillity provide a stress free, yet fabulously enticing experience for any golfer. Both the ‘Old Course’ as well as the ‘New Course’ were built using the latest technology – without compromise on construction quality – and offer immaculately presented playing surfaces and a golf experience unlike anything else in Denmark. The award-winning clubhouse, designed by Henning Larsen Architects overlooks both courses, and offers both members and visitors a blend of contemporary Scandinavian design and rustic feel, notwithstanding having all the modern amenities required to function in today’s fastpaced world. Søren Kjeldsen, who is a member at The Scandinavian said: “There are a great many reasons why my game has strengthened over the past few years. One reason is that I became a member of The Scandinavian, where I have, not only great practice opportunities, but two international world-class courses to play. In addition, the atmosphere in the club is always totally relaxed, and I’m always greeted with a warm welcome, so I really feel comfortable.”

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CPH

Course Statistics... Old Opened 2010

New Opened 2011

Par 72, 6,361 metres (6,956 yards)

Par 72, 6,481 metres (7,087 yards)

Architect Robert Trent Jones II

Architect Robert Trent Jones II

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England

Tee Time Reservations +44 01753 717 184 | proshop@stokepark.com


Stoke Park Buckinghamshire, England stokepark.com Stoke Park, Britain’s leading Hotel, Spa and Country Club, is set among 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past one thousand years, and is the perfect place to enjoy life in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Encircling the 300-acre Buckinghamshire parkland estate, the famous 27-hole golf course is one of the finest parkland courses in England which features three loops of nine. Created in 1908 by Harry Colt, each course has undergone major bunker refurbishment work in recent years, and has been the inspiration for many of the world’s most famous holes, including Augusta’s infamous 16th. In 1998, Stoke Park reopened the Lane Jackson course after reacquiring 70 acres of parkland and restoring nine-holes originally created by Colt. The Alison & Colt courses combine to form the main 18-hole course which has seen many impressive rounds in its prestigious history, including James Bond’s epic golfing duel in the 1964 classic 007 movie ‘Goldfinger’. Stoke Park also offers fantastic practice facilities including a putting green located in-front of the iconic clubhouse; double-ended practice range; new short-game area built to USGA specification and an indoor swing studio featuring video analysis and Trackman technology. Stoke Park is also the European headquarters for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy with seven teaching professionals on site. Situated only 35 minutes from central London and 11km from London Heathrow, Stoke Park offers luxurious five AA Red Star accommodation; an award winning spa; 13 tennis courts and three restaurants, including the three AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, Humphry’s.

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LHR

Course Statistics... Alison Opened 1908

Colt Opened 1908

Lane Jackson Opened 1998

Par 71, 5,772 metres (6,312 yards)

Par 70, 6,261 metres (6,847 yards)

Par 71, 5,862 metres (6,411 yards)

Architect Harry Colt

Architect Harry Colt

Architect Harry Colt

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France

enquiries@cducestates.com


Château du Coudreceau Loury, France cducestates.com Enjoy your own private golf course at Château du Coudreceau, an 18th century private home in the Loire Valley, now available for exclusive use. Château du Coudreceau redefines luxury golf with no members, no tee times and no restrictions allowing guests the freedom to express their game on a world-class championship-quality golf course. Tour-quality fairways and USGA greens carve through mature woodland within the Château’s 200-acre estate. Bordering France’s largest national forest, golf may be played without interruption or distraction in the peaceful French countryside. Each hole is perfectly designed around the rich landscape to provide a firm and fair challenge for golfers. Guests experience the perfect balance of risk and reward thanks to an expansive lake that features on ten holes, as well as clusters of bunkers. Caddies, buggies and golfing instruction are also available, plus staff will store and clean golfing equipment in your private, luxury locker room. A nine-hole putting green, adjacent to your own private swimming pool, offers a more relaxed opportunity to hone your game. Seven beautifully appointed suites take inspiration from French artists and pay homage to the Château’s heritage. Enjoy superb dining in the Château’s resplendent dining room with wine from the 250-year-old cellar, with Michelin-starred chefs commissioned for an extraordinary gastronomic experience. Lunch may be more casual in the recorder’s office or alfresco in the sunken garden. Fully-staffed, Château du Coudreceau provides an escape from your day-to-day life, allowing guests to truly relax and enjoy the sprawling grounds in quiet seclusion from the outside world.

Course Statistics... Château du Coudreceau Opened 2013 Par 72, 5,490 metres (6,005 yards) Architect Martin Hawtree

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France

Tee Time Reservations +33 1 3043 3600 | concierge@golf-national.com


Le Golf National Paris, France legolfnational.com Situated on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, Le Golf National has been the host venue to the French Open for the past 28 years, and in September 2018 the Albatros course hosted the 42nd Ryder Cup which saw Europe triumph over the United States by 17½ to 10½. Furthermore, the Parisian Venue will also host the golf competition of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, becoming the first venue in the world to host both prestigious events. Designed by Hubert Chesneau with Robert Von Hagge as a consultant, the Albatros Course was imagined to one-day fulfil the ambition to host prestigious international tournaments, and allies the traditional feel of a links course with the expansive features of a modern stadium course. Slick greens, vast undulating fairways, water hazards and links-style bunkers define its outstanding layout, with the spectacular finishing four holes surrounded by water. The second course at Le Golf National is the Aigle, a links-style course which draws its inspiration from Scotland, and on-site facilities include two driving ranges including a large short-game area. Visitors wishing to enjoy the ‘Ryder Cup Experience’ at Le Golf National, have the option of staying on-site at the four-star Novotel overlooking the finishing holes of the Albatros Course, or the luxurious surroundings of the Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace in the heart of historic Versailles. Located just 10km from the famous Palace of Versailles and 25km away from the Eiffel Tower in the south west of Paris, Le Golf National is a fine destination to enjoy the French Art de Vivre, by combining a memorable golf experience with the fantastic sights of Paris – the most emblematic and romantic city in the world.

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CDG

Course Statistics... Albatros Opened 1990

Aigle Opened 1991

Par 71, 6,649 metres (7,271 yards)

Par 70, 5,776 metres (6,317 yards)

Architect Hubert Chesneau

Architect Hubert Chesneau

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France

Tee Time Reservations +33 494 39 36 93 | proshop@terreblanchegolf.com


Terre Blanche Côte d’Azur, France terre-blanche.com Located in the eastern side of Provence, and only 45 minutes from Nice International Airport, Terre Blanche spreads out over 750 acres of lush nature, facing hilltop medieval villages and the Provençal countryside. As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this peaceful luxury destination prides itself in being one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world. The two 18-hole golf courses – both designed by former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas – are set in stunning surroundings and bring together performance and love for the game. Le Château runs over 6,616 metres with bunkers, water hazards and greens worthy of a championship course, and is considered to be the more challenging of the two manicured courses. The second course at Terre Blanche is Le Riou, which is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and members and offers a slightly different game. High above the valley, Le Riou is a technical course with hilly, winding fairways and fast greens that reward strategic and precise play. In addition, the resort boasts a one-of-a-kind Albatros Golf Performance Centre, labelled ‘European Tour Performance Institute’ complete with the Terre Blanche Golf Academy and a Biomecaswing Centre where you can enjoy unique training facilities and sophisticated analyses. Off the course, you would appreciate the five-star hotel made of villas designed as a charming Provençal village with flourished coble stone alleyways amidst peaceful gardens. In harmony with nature, every suite has alluring views, luxury space, comfort, privacy and large terraces but the 600m2 infinity pool, with its awe-inspiring backdrop, is without doubt the resort’s masterpiece.

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NCE

Course Statistics... Le Château Opened 2004

Le Riou Opened 2004

Par 72, 6,616 metres (7,235 yards)

Par 72, 6,005 metres (6,567 yards)

Architect Dave Thomas

Architect Dave Thomas

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Ireland

Tee Time Reservations +353 61 605 200 | golf@adaremanor.com


Adare Manor Co. Limerick, Ireland adaremanor.com Masterfully designed, magnificently maintained, and perfectly set within the glorious estate of one of Europe’s most spectacular manor house hotels, The Golf Course at Adare Manor is ready to take its place among the best championship courses in the world, and will be the host venue for the 2026 Ryder Cup. The recent reconstruction, designed by Tom Fazio, has taken what was already an award-winning Robert Trent Jones-designed course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature treescaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue flow through the landscape. Despite only opening for play following its reconstruction in April 2018, The Golf Course at Adare Manor has the quality and infrastructure in place to host the world’s largest golf tournaments. Off the course, a cherished heritage of Irish hospitality has been distilled into the spirit of welcome you feel within these walls. Adare Manor was a labour of love from the very start, created to delight, astonish and impress. That legacy is alive in the manor house itself: sumptuously restored, brimming with Gothic splendour, and perfectly appointed in every detail. As you roam the 840 acres of pristine parkland, play your way through the magnificent golf course, and sound the depths of relaxation in the spa, you will start to understand the soul of Adare Manor. It’s prestige without pretence and magic without nonsense.

Course Statistics... The Golf Course Opened 1995 Par 72, 6,866 metres (7,509 yards) Architect Tom Fazio

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Mauritius

Tee Time Reservations +230 402 3991 | teetimeanahita@anahitagolf.com


Anahita Beau Champ, Mauritius anahitagolf.com Situated within a very large 530-acre property on the eastern coast of Mauritius, between the hilly interior and the sparkling Indian Ocean, the golf course at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort was constructed to USGA standard in 2008 by Ernie Els in association with Ciel Properties. The Ernie Els-designed course makes the most of its tropical setting, and is set out on generously proportioned fairways on a former sugar plantation with two distinct loops of nine, incorporating some old drystone walls and a links-like stream into the layout. Backed by the lush Bamboo mountains and fringed by the crystal-clear lagoon, it has six stunning ocean-front holes with the final three fairways hugging the rugged coastline back to the clubhouse culminating in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world. “One of the strengths of this golf course is we were able to maximise the visual impact of the surrounding scenery, but at the same time preserve the coastline’s natural beauty,” commented Ernie. “The hole routings move in and out of the trees, along the water, and back, giving players great variety and magnificent views of the ocean.” Anahita Golf Club first hosted the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open (ABMO) in 2016 and most recently in November 2018 as the golfing world’s first Tri-sanctioned tournament endorsed by the European Tour, Sunshine Tour and Asian Tour. Golf is complimentary (excluding golf cart) and unlimited for all Anahita Golf and Spa Resort and Four Seasons Hotel guests.

Course Statistics... Anahita Opened 2008 Par 72, 6,828 metres (7,467 yards) Architect Ernie Els

worldclass.golf Anahita Golf & Spa Resort

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MRU

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Mauritius

Tee Time Reservations +230 402 7720 | info@iacgolf.mu


Ile aux Cerfs Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius ileauxcerfsgolfclub.com The morning rays of sunshine reveal an exotically picturesque island off the East coast mainland of Mauritius. Uninhabited and relatively unspoiled, it’s not surprisingly a tourist dream playground. But beyond the sun seekers on the private south side of the island – accessible from the mainland by either the exclusive golfing boat shuttle from Pointe Maurice jetty or by a scenic helicopter flight – is home to a golf course as beautiful as one is likely to find anywhere on earth. Designed by Bernhard Langer, the spectacular 18-hole course promises an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by one of the biggest lagoons in Mauritius, and winding across 38 hectares of natural beauty, there are incredible ocean views from virtually every hole. White sand bunkers are liberally scattered everywhere, whilst craggy volcanic outcrops, lush tropical vegetation and lakes and mangrove forests flank the fairways, all adding enormously to the aesthetic appeal and challenge of this spectacular golfing island. Improve your golf at the Golf Academy, which offers state-of-the-art facilities and training using innovative technology. There is also a driving range, on-course refreshments, GPS golf carts, an equipped pro-shop as well as rental facilities. A wide array of dining outlets are available on the island, including Langers’ Bar & Grill at the clubhouse which overlooks the 18th hole, famous for featuring with two greens. Excellent service and a superb menu combine to create an extra special experience in the most magnificent of settings. For golf enthusiasts who appreciate the finer things in life, the peak of the day is to enjoy the sublime exclusive golfers’ beach.

Course Statistics... Ile aux Cerfs Opened 2003 Par 72, 6,469 metres (7,074 yards) Architect Bernhard Langer

worldclass.golf Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club

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Morocco

Tee Time Reservations +212 525 060 770 | golf.reservations@assoufid.com


Assoufid Marrakech, Morocco assoufid.com Assoufid Golf Club in Marrakech is one of Morocco’s finest golf clubs, and offers an exceptional experience for the discerning golfer by delivering high levels of service in a unique, indigenous setting. Built against the backdrop of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Assoufid’s 18-hole, par72 golf course winds its way through a unique, and naturally undulating desert landscape that features palm trees, cacti and olive trees. Located just 10km from Marrakech’s Medina – a UNESCO World Heritage site – Assoufid Golf Club provides golfers with an exceptional golfing experience that is excitingly diverse and challenging. Scottish designer and former European Tour player, Niall Cameron, had the vision to create a desert-style golf course that would look and feel as natural and as integrated into the existing landscape as possible, while maximizing the beautiful views of North Africa’s Atlas Mountains to the south. Designed to complement the golf course, the clubhouse is conveniently located on one of Assoufid’s many hills, overlooking the course and the Atlas Mountains. Open every day, the clubhouse houses the reception desk and features a pro shop, locker rooms with showers, a private members’ lounge and the exclusive, La Colline restaurant which offers a variety of exquisite main dishes, salads and drinks served throughout the day. Assoufid also features a private pavilion – an exclusive facility next to the clubhouse which can host small, private events for up to 15 people. The golf club is one component of Assoufid, a larger mixed-use, gated development that will spread over 222 hectares and that will include a residential villa community and a hospitality component.

Course Statistics... Assoufid Opened 2014 Par 72, 6,440 metres (7,042 yards) Architect Niall Cameron

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Portugal

Tee Time Reservations +351 281 950 960 | golf@monterei.com


Monte Rei Algarve, Portugal monte-rei.com Set in over 1,000 acres of glorious countryside in Portugal’s unspoilt Eastern Algarve, Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is firmly established as one of the jewels in the crown of European golf. The centrepiece of Monte Rei is its Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, Monte Rei North. Each hole is an individual design triumph, blending effortlessly into the natural canvas; from its ingeniously shaped and sculptured bunkers, to the attention to detail which makes every hole as remarkable as the next. The course at Monte Rei is consistently praised for the quality of its design, pristine conditioning, tranquil setting and service excellence, both on and off the course. The standard of service is unmistakably excellent, with the golf team taking the utmost care of their guests from the moment they arrive to the time that they leave. Intervals between tee times are always a generous 12 minutes, so play is never rushed and there is always time to fully appreciate this world-class course. Monte Rei’s practice facilities are equally impressive with pyramids of complimentary, top-quality balls to help you warm up on the driving range and short game practice areas before you head for the first tee. There are also unrivalled teaching facilities, overseen by a topflight team of PGA pros available for members, guests and visitors to use. The North Course – the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in Portugal – will soon be joined by a second course, also a Jack Nicklaus Signature. Construction on the second course begun in spring 2019, and when this course opens for play, it will make Monte Rei a true world-class golfing destination, and one of a select group of golfing destinations worldwide to showcase multiple Jack Nicklaus Signature courses.

Course Statistics... North Opened 2007 Par 72, 6,567 metres (7,181 yards) Architect Jack Nicklaus

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Qatar

Tee Time Reservations +974 7773 7973 | info@ecgolf.com


Education City Doha, Qatar ecgolf.com Education City Golf Club, in Qatar, comprises three golf courses – an 18-hole championship golf course, a 6-hole championship and a floodlit 9-hole, par-3 course all designed by José María Olazábal, with fairways, greens, tees and rough built to USGA specification. The 18-hole championship course takes you through the desert and wadi terrain of Qatar. Olazábal has purposely led the first few holes of the golf course to an ancient wadi wall, allowing its charm and beauty to set the tone for your whole round. The 6 hole course is a full-length championship course and consists of one par-5, two par-3’s and three par-4’s, with seven tee box locations to suit a range of abilities from professional to children. The 6-hole course is the realisation of Education City Golf Club to not only attract newcomers to take up the game, but also offer the experience of playing a beautifully manicured championship course in less than 90 minutes. The 9-hole par-3 course is designed to allow golfers of all abilities to experience the fun of the game, day or night. The varied short holes create a fun and family-friendly opportunity to test your golf skills. As a more experienced golfer looking to sharpen your short game, the course offers you a selection of different tee positions and subtly undulating greens. The impressive Centre of Excellence is a state-of-the-art learning facility for golf development. Golfers can receive golf lessons in one of the five private swing studios, or putting studio, which open out towards the Trackman driving range and offer the latest in camera and ball flight technology. The Centre of Excellence is the most innovated golf-learning hub in today’s modern era of golf.

Course Statistics... Education City Opened 2019 Par 72, 6,680 metres (7,306 yards) Architect José María Olazábal

worldclass.golf Education City Golf Club

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DOH

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Scotland

Tee Time Reservations +44 01463 796 111 | bookings@castlestuartgolf.com


Castle Stuart Inverness, Scotland castlestuartgolf.com This stunning championship course at Castle Stuart opened in 2009, and already has a remarkable history hosting some of the world’s leading golfers in the European Tour’s Scottish Open on four occasions. The spectacular setting overlooking the Moray Firth offers visitors a memorable seascape punctuated with local landmarks such as the Kessock Bridge, Chanonry Lighthouse, Fort George and Ben Wyvis. Designed by Mark Parsinen and Gil Hanse, the Links Course at Castle Stuart is regarded as a model for modern golf course architecture, being fun, engaging and playable for golfers of all abilities, whilst challenging for the very best. At Castle Stuart, nature bequeathed an opportunity for a links golf course to enjoy a rich landscape texture of whins, gorse and broom, heather and marram – a landscape mosaic of rugged beauty. It is a true links experience with rumpled fairways, offering changes in lie and stance; partially revetted, natural bunkers and infinity edge greens that allow the scenery and key landmarks to be put on display. The course has won plaudits from some of golf’s leading players and writers, including Phil Mickelson – winner of the 2013 Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and one week later the The Open championship – who said: “It should almost be a prerequisite to play Castle Stuart before you are allowed to design golf courses.” Three years later, when the Scottish Open returned to Castle Stuart, Mickleson added: “I love coming back here. I love Castle Stuart. I’ve loved the golf course even before I played well in 2013.”

Course Statistics... Links Opened 2009 Par 72, 6,409 metres (7,009 yards) Architects Gil Hanse Mark Parsinen

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Slovenia

Tee Time Reservations +44 386 1 200 99 01 | info@royalbled.com


Royal Bled Lesce, Slovenia royalbled.com Since 1937, when the then Yugoslav King Aleksander Karađorđević chose Bled as his summer residence, Royal Bled has welcomed guests from around the world, with the facility comprising the 18-hole King’s Course and the 9-hole Lake Course, world-class practice facilities and boutique accommodation. In 2017, the King’s Course re-opened after an extensive two-year design renovation programme under the watchful eye of architects, Howard and William Swan, with the course now fit to host royalty. Offering a new-look strategic layout, perfectly manicured surfaces and improved breathtaking views of the local mountains and out across to the famous Bled Castle, Royal Bled is fit for a Prince. Set atop a small perch offering uninterrupted views of the golf course, the King’s House offers an extensive array of luxurious facilities for golfers and non-golfers alike. The unique King’s House, originally built in 1938, is a real testament to regional Slovenian architecture and showcases a signature restaurant with open kitchen, an expansive terrace overlooking the 9th and 18th double green along with ten luxurious suites on two floors. Training and practice facilities have also been extensively upgraded and extended, and now offer what is widely regarded as one of the finest learning centres in Europe. With its central EU location, just 25 minutes from Ljubljana airport and located within five minutes of Slovenia’s most visited tourist attraction, the Bled area has so much to offer, and is ideally placed for an ultimate golfing getaway.

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Course Statistics... King’s Opened 1937

Lake’s Opened 1993

Par 72, 6,563 metres (7,177 yards)

Par 36, 3,047 metres (3,332 yards)

Architect Donald Harradine

Architect Donald Harradine

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South Africa

Tee Time Reservations +27 21 847 2525 | reception@erinvale.com


Erinvale Somerset West, South Africa erinvale.com Erinvale is widely considered to be one of the finest golf residential estates in South Africa, with the development process starting in 1990 and completed five years later in 1995. The golf course was designed by Gary Player who said: “When I first laid eyes on Erinvale, I was struck by the incredible beauty of the farm and the potential for a golf course of world-class standards!” One of the jewels of Cape Winelands golf, Erinvale Golf Club is without doubt one of the best golf courses in South Africa. Surrounded by the majestic Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains, Erinvale offers two very distinctly different loops of nine holes, with the front nine on the lower part of the estate winding its way through narrow fairways flanked by exquisite properties, blended perfectly with the landscape and environment. The second nine flows beautifully into the foot of the Helderberg’s and eventually offers the most rewarding and magnificent sweeping views over False Bay, surrounding vineyards, olive groves and the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Erinvale combines the best of all: The benefit of excellent security in a gated community; the tranquillity of the surrounding nature; a worldclass golf course on your doorstep and the various amenities of the Estate and other local facilities that translate into a five-star lifestyle. At Erinvale, Gary Player has created a true Championship Course which tests the best golfers in the world but also provides great enjoyment to amateur golfers of all skill levels.

Course Statistics... Erinvale Opened 1995 Par 72, 6,506 metres (7,115 yards) Architect Gary Player

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Spain

Tee Time Reservations +34 856 560 922 | lareserva@sotogrande.com


La Reserva Sotogrande, Spain lareservaclubsotogrande.com Opened in 2003, the Cabell B. Robinson-designed championship course has quickly built its reputation as one of the premium golf and leisure resorts in Europe. Carved into the Andalusian hillside with natural vistas in every direction, La Reserva hosted the European Tour’s NH Collection Open in 2014, and has become a firm favourite with golfers worldwide and is considered a must-play for any golfer visiting the area. Highlighted by generous, sweeping fairways and large, undulating greens, La Reserva Club is always in exceptional condition and will test every aspect of even the most accomplished golfer’s game. The opening hole is as picturesque as any in Europe, with an elevated tee overlooking a wide fairway that doglegs sharply to the left, with a stream short of the green awaiting any poorly struck approaches. Water features on no less than seven holes, most noticeably all the way along the left of the signature par-4, 8th hole, while elevation changes across the Costa del Sol valleys place a particular emphasis on club selection throughout the round. La Reserva features a set of iconic and varied par-3s which offer a distinctly different challenge depending on which tees you play from. The 18th winds its way up to the stunning clubhouse which offers spectacular views of both the Mediterranean Sea and mountains of La Gran Reserva, as well as contemporary Andalusian cuisine in L’Olive Restaurant. A remarkable selection of amenities including a tennis pavilion and breathtaking new leisure development, The Beach enhances the visitor experience, bringing the best of the vibrant Sotogrande lifestyle into a serene and elegant setting. The club also boasts outstanding practice facilities including former Ryder Cup star Manuel Piñero’s academy and a pristine grass driving range.

Course Statistics... La Reserva Opened 2003 Par 72, 6,766 metres (7,400 yards) Architect Cabell B. Robinson

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Spain

Tee Time Reservations +34 956 791 200 | greenfees@valderrama.com


Valderrama Sotogrande, Spain valderrama.com Real Club Valderrama has been consistently ranked as the number 1 golf club in continental Europe since the late 80s, and has been described by top pros and leading golf writers as the best in Europe, if not the world. It is not an easy course – nor was it intended to be – and was designed so as to call forth thought and precision for every shot. The course was designed in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones – one of the great golf course architects of his era – and was originally known as Las Aves, or Sotogrande New. In 1984, Jaime Ortiz-Patiño acquired the golf course and committed to bringing the course to an extraordinary level, never before seen in Europe, with Trent Jones agreeing to redesign his original layout of ten years earlier. The pair shared a common aim to create a course that would present a test of golf to the everyday golfer and the first-class player alike. The course was renamed Valderrama after the ancient estate on which the land is situated, and in 1988, began hosting the Volvo Masters, the flagship tournament of the PGA European Tour. In 1997 Valderrama famously hosted the 32nd Ryder Cup – won by Europe and captained by Severiano Ballesteros – and went on to host the first two editions of the World Golf Championships which were won by Tiger Woods and Mike Weir respectively. Since 2010, Valderrama has hosted the Andalucía Masters, one of the European Tour’s most prestigious tournaments. Located in Sotogrande, just a few miles north of Gibraltar, Valderrama is a private members’ club with a limited number of tee times offered for visitors.

Course Statistics... Valderrama Opened 1974 Par 71, 6,390 metres (6,988 yards) Architect Robert Trent Jones

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United Arab Emirates

Tee Time Reservations +971 4380 1234 | golfbooking@dubaigolf.com


Dubai Creek Dubai, United Arab Emirates dubaigolf.com/creek Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is a golfer’s paradise in the heart of Dubai. The resort incorporates an 18-hole championship golf course, 9-hole par3 course, golf academy, seven restaurants and bars, the 225-bedroom Park Hyatt Dubai, 92 residential executive villas and a 121-berth marina. Undulating alongside the Dubai Creek and capped by its iconic and stylish clubhouse, the course at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is a refreshingly different golfing experience. The par-71 course measures 6,370 metres off the back tees, and is a memorable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. The manicured fairways are pristine, undulating, and demarcated by mounds, date and palm trees, but also by water. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on four holes, several lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of the course. Multiple tees ensure that golfers of all calibre enjoy their day out on the course. While length off the tee is certainly advantageous, emphasis should always be on accuracy – especially on approach shots – with many greens multi-tiered with subtle borrows. Dubai Creek sets up for a thrilling finale to a round with two closing par fours, with both holes guarded by the Creek which runs the entire length of the left side of both fairways. While the 17th can be conquered with some smart play, the 18th requires two well struck shots to find the putting surface in regulation. There is water on the left and a long bunker on the right, beyond which is water again. A good drive will still leave you with a long iron into the multi-tiered and sloping green, which is guarded at the front and right by a body of water.

Course Statistics... Dubai Creek Opened 1993 Par 71, 6,370 metres (6,967 yards) Architect Thomas Bjorn

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United Arab Emirates

Tee Time Reservations +971 4380 1234 | golfbooking@dubaigolf.com


Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates dubaigolf.com/egc Emirates Golf Club boasts two of Dubai’s finest must-play golf courses; The Majlis and The Faldo Course, which both combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious test of golf. The club also offers a 9-hole par 3 course, golf academy and a choice of three restaurants. The par-72, 6,676 metre Majlis championship course plays host to the annual PGA European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Sculptured around the desert dunes by architect Karl Litten, The Majlis was the first grass course to be built in the Middle East. One of the most challenging holes on the course is the par-4, dogleg 8th. Stroke index three and playing a full 397 metres, it has the unusual distinction of playing uphill and requires a long, well-directed drive to leave a reasonable second shot to its small, undulating green where the dreaded three-putt is always a threat. The Majlis has developed a worthy reputation worldwide as a testing layout for even the best golfers. This ‘desert miracle’ features hundreds of indigenous species of flora and fauna, beautifully complemented by meandering fairways and seven fresh and saltwater lakes. Emirates Golf Club’s second championship golf course was opened in 1996 and was christened The Wadi, taken from the Arabic word for valley. Redesigned in 2005 by golf legend and six-time major winner Nick Faldo, the course now combines a stunning visual design with the nuances and challenges of any championship course in just the right measure, providing visitors with an exceptionally enjoyable world-class golfing experience.

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Course Statistics... Majlis Opened 1988

Faldo Opened 1996

Par 72, 6,676 metres (7,301 yards)

Par 72, 6,448 metres (7,052 yards)

Architect Karl Litten

Architect Nick Faldo

@EmiratesGC

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United Arab Emirates

Tee Time Reservations +971 2810 7710 | reception@yaslinks.com


Yas Links Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates yaslinks.com Yas Links Abu Dhabi is a special place where noble heritage combines with stunning surroundings to enrich the game and the senses in a truly unique environment. The first links golf course in the Middle East region and the first to be designed by Kyle Phillips, Yas Links continues to be recognised as the best golf course in the Middle East. Despite the unlikely location, Yas Links successfully reflects traditional Scottish golf characteristics. Stretching over 4.5km of coastline, eight holes play along the shoreline offering stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. With dramatic fairway and greenside undulations, a total of 112 bunkers test the skill and imagination of golfers of all abilities. Yas Links offers a floodlit 9-hole Academy Course along with extensive practice facilities and a state-of-the-art golf academy with three in-door swing studios and expert tuition provided by PGA golf professionals. The unparalleled visual glory of the Yas coastline can be enjoyed when relaxing in the luxurious, yet traditional clubhouse. The Andalusian-style clubhouse boasts recreational facilities for all tastes including an infinity pool, fully equipped gym and yoga studio, steam rooms, spa facilities, a pro shop and a comfortable dining facility serving food with a touch of class in a relaxed environment. Year round temperatures range from 240c up to 400c in the summer months and with less than five days of rainfall per year, Abu Dhabi has the perfect climate for winter golf. Only a ten minute drive from Abu Dhabi International airport and located on the world famous Yas Island – home to attractions such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros Abu Dhabi and the Formula 1 circuit at Yas Marina – Yas Links is a truly sensational world-class golfing destination.

Course Statistics... Links Opened 2010 Par 72, 6,779 metres (7,414 yards) Architect Kyle Phillips

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Wales

Tee Time Reservations +44 1633 410 263 | golfsales@celtic-manor.com


Celtic Manor Newport, Wales celtic-manor.com Set in 2,000 acres of parkland at the gateway to Wales, the Celtic Manor Resort boasts three championship golf courses including the Twenty Ten, the stage for Europe’s dramatic Ryder Cup victory in that year. No golf fan will ever forget Graeme McDowell with his arms aloft after holing his crucial birdie putt on the 16th hole, or the rapturous scenes of celebration on the next green when he sealed the win that reclaimed the trophy by a single point. The spectacular Twenty Ten Course was purpose-built for the drama of team matchplay with water featuring on nine of the 18 holes and risk and reward challenges lurking around every corner. From lacing up your shoes at the same lockers which still carry the name plaques of the Ryder Cup players, to a post-round drink on the clubhouse balcony where Team Europe celebrated victory by spraying champagne over their supporters, there is a special atmosphere to every moment on the Twenty Ten Course. Like the Twenty Ten, holes on the Roman Road and Montgomerie courses have also seen action during the 15 years that the Wales Open was staged at Celtic Manor, and both are well-manicured championship layouts in their own right. The Roman Road is also the stage for the annual Celebrity Cup event but don’t let the wonderful views over the Severn Estuary distract you from the job at hand on some tricky, and sloping greens. The apres-golf is every bit as appealing with golfers able to choose from four hotels in the Celtic Manor Collection plus ten luxury Hunter Lodges which all sleep eight people and have outdoor hot tubs with superb views over the lakes of the Twenty Ten Course.

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Course Statistics... Roman Road Opened 1995

Montgomerie Opened 2007

Twenty Ten Opened 2007

Par 70, 5,857 metres (6,406 yards)

Par 69, 5,755 metres (6,924 yards)

Par 71, 6,851 metres (7,493 yards)

Architect Robert Trent Jones

Architect Colin Montgomerie

Architect Ross McMurray

@TheCelticManor

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