European Tour Destinations secures commanding presence in new ranking of Europe’s top golf courses

23 September 2019

European Tour Destinations’ network of world class golf venues has once again dominated Golf World magazine’s Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe, with a total of 14 courses from across 11 of its venues making the renowned listing.

The ranking was compiled by a team of international experts, which was expanded this year to include specialists from each European nation, in an effort to make the listing the fairest and most accurate to date.

Over half of the eligible 20 European Tour Destinations located in continental Europe featured on the illustrious list, including all three courses at Quinta do Lago in Portugal and The 2018 Ryder Cup course at Le Golf National in France.

Ian Knox, Director of Operations for European Tour Destinations, said: “European golf is becoming more competitive every year, with some incredible new developments appearing across the continent. Therefore, to see European Tour Destinations not only maintain, but significantly grow our strong presence in the ranking is a testament to our overarching ethos of offering tournament-quality golf courses and experiences.

“European Tour Destinations is committed to working collaboratively with venues which display the very highest levels of course presentation and conditioning, and only courses that consistently match those standards become part of our network portfolio."

He added: “To play a European Tour Destinations golf course is to experience the same challenge faced by Tour professionals every week – and for this guarantee of quality to be recognised once again in Golf World’s latest ranking of Europe’s finest courses is a fantastic achievement for our venues.”

Also featured in the Golf World supplement is a listing of “The Next 100” that displays close contenders which the judging panel deems could easily make the coming ranking. This listing featured six more European Tour Destinations courses from across the continent.

The European Tour Destinations courses that featured in the Golf World Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe:
#6. PGA Catalunya Resort (Stadium Course)
#8.Troia Resort
#11. Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (Chateau Course)
#22. Le Golf National (Albatros Course)
#29. Quinta Do Lago (South Course)
#34. Tbilisi Hills
#40. Finca Cortesin
#61. Verdura Resort (East Course)
#76. Linna Golf
#88. Quinta Do Lago (Laranjal Course)
#91. Verdura Resort (West Course)
#96. Albatross Golf Resort
#97. Quinta Do Lago (North Course)
#100. Pirin Golf and Country Club


Picture caption 1: PGA Catalunya Resort's Stadium Course, European Tour Desitnations network's highest ranked layout of Golf World's Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe.
Picture caption 2: Le Golf National, Paris France, host of The 2018 Ryder Cup and No.22 in Golf World's Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe. (Photo credit: Millereau)

European Tour Destinations - Media Enquiries
Landmark Golf Marketing & Communications
Manuela Whittaker
+44 (0)1780 723 058

About The European Tour
The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage, combining innovation, diversity and world-class golf.

In 2019, the European Tour International Schedule will feature a minimum of 48 tournaments in 31 countries, including eight Rolex Series events, all part of the Race to Dubai.

Celebrating the global connectivity of the European Tour and Dubai, the Race to Dubai is a season-long competition to crown the European Tour’s Number One player, an honour which in 2018 went to Italy’s Francesco Molinari for the first time, and which, since 2009, has also been achieved three times by Rory McIlroy, twice by Henrik Stenson, and once each by Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Tommy Fleetwood.

Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 28 Members celebrate a total of 54 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed 11 Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on the Tour.

The European Tour also manages the developmental Challenge Tour and the Staysure Tour (formerly known as the Senior Tour) which is the men’s professional golf tour for members aged 50 and older.

The European Tour is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup. In 2018, the 42nd staging of the biennial contest between Europe and the United States of America took place at Le Golf National, France, from September 28-30. Europe were the victors with a score of 17.5-10.5.

The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Hilton and Titleist as Official Partners.

About European Tour Destinations
European Tour Destinations is a global network of over 30 world-class golf venues across more than 20 countries on three continents, which all have a close relationship with the European Tour, one of the game’s foremost organisations.

The network includes some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, the Indian Ocean and Russia, with many of the venues home to courses which consistently feature prominently in international rankings. European Tour Destinations also host an array of prestigious tournaments, including the Ryder Cup and DP World Tour Championship.

The network also boasts the only two European Tour Performance Institutes in the world, at Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort in Provence, and Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. The ETPI bases at both venues use the world class knowledge of the European Tour’s medical and performance services team and the latest in swing technology to improve the game of golfers of all abilities.


Manuela Whittaker - Planning Director
European Tour Destinations c/o Landmark Media
Tel: +44 (0)1780 723 058