PGA Catalunya Resort celebrates 20 years of its iconic Stadium Course

26 March 2019

Two decades of winning accolades, welcoming thousands of golfers, and being a three-time host of the Open de España, to be recognised in a year-long celebration for residents, members and visitors

PGA Catalunya Resort, one of Europe’s finest golf experiences, today begins a year-long celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of its iconic Stadium Course, the No.1* ranked layout in Spain for the last seven years.

Since opening to huge acclaim in 1999, the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles MBE designed course has been one of the most talked about golf experiences in continental Europe and has consistently won praise and awards including, most recently, the ‘Best Golf Course in Spain’ at the 2018 World Golf Awards.

The course provides constant challenges for all true golf lovers, with each hole presenting a different test of skill thanks to a strategic combination of lakes, bunkers, tee boxes and huge greens encouraging player-concentration throughout the round.

The superb natural landscape surrounding the course gives players extra golfing enjoyment, especially at the signature 13th hole, commanding wonderful views of the Pyrenees’ dominating Montseny Massif.

The pedigree and appeal of The Stadium Course has also continued to attract major tournaments, including The Sarazen World Open in its inaugural year (won by 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjørn) and three Open de Españas, the first in 2000, won by Spanish legend, Miguel Ángel Jimenez.

Course designer, Ángel Gallardo, who calls his course ‘a masterpiece’, said: “The Stadium Course is undoubtedly one of the finest golf venues in the world, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. I would like to think that when I have passed away, I will be remembered for my role in creating it.”

Also home to the Tour Course, PGA Catalunya Resort boasts some of the finest practice facilities in Europe, including The Golf Hub (opened by former Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia, in 2018) an academy that integrates the latest state-of-the-art golf ball tracking system with social gaming experiences to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Kicking off a series of functions and events over the coming months, PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO, David Plana, commented: “We don’t feel 20 years old; we feel 20 years young! Our resort is more vibrant and exciting today than at any point in its history.”

Over the next few years, a further €20 million will be invested into new projects on the estate, which will include the creation of a recreational lake, with its own lake club and a variety of water sports, as well as a comprehensive new spa and wellness centre.

Among its wealth of current golf, leisure and lifestyle facilities, PGA Catalunya Resort boasts two on-site hotels: the five-star Hotel Camiral, where guests can find a consummate luxury experience with several dining options, extensive fitness and wellness facilities, and a comprehensive concierge service, as well as the contemporary and stylish LAVIDA Hotel, opened in 2018.

The European Tour Destination is just an hour north of Barcelona, 20 minutes’ drive from the glorious sandy beaches and rocky coves of the Costa Brava, and boasts one of the highest concentrations of Michelin starred restaurants in the world on its doorstep. What’s more, Girona-Costa Brava Airport is just 10 minutes from the resort, with Barcelona-El Prat International Airport (70 minutes) also providing easy access from across Europe, ensuring golfers from the UK and Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, France and Italy can enjoy one of Europe's finest golf venues.

For more information visit: www.pgacatalunya.com

* As ranked by top100golfcourses.com

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Key Awards: PGA Catalunya Resort
1999 - The UK’s Golf World magazine cites PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course as Best New Course in Europe
1999-2018 - Continues to be recognised in Golf World’s Continental European Top 100 Courses, listed in the Top 10 
2008 - Ranked among Peugeot Golf Guide’s Top 1,000 Courses in Europe
2009 - Voted No.3 in Golf Monthly’s Top 20 European Courses
2011 - Maintained its top-five position in the Top 50 Courses of Continental Europe rankings, published by the UK’s influential Golf Monthly magazine
2011 - Named among the World’s Top 100 Golf Course rankings of Golf World
2012-2019 - Ranked Spain’s No.1 golf course by Top100golfcourses.com
2013-2014 - Voted Best Golf Development in Europe by International Property Awards
2014 - Both courses recognised in Golf Journal 2014 course review: Stadium Course awarded 83/100 points and Tour Course awarded 69/100
2014 - One out of only two international courses included in Fairways Magazine’s Best Golf 2014
2014 - Ranked 4th in Golf Digest Spain’s Best Spanish Courses listing
2014 - Stadium Course voted Spain’s Best Golf Course 2014 at the inaugural World Golf Awards
2015 - Voted European Golf Resort of the Year by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO)
2015-2016 - International Property Awards recognises PGA Catalunya Resort as Best Golf Development in Europe for second consecutive time
2016 - Topped ‘Best Course’ and ‘Best Hotel’ categories for Spain in Today’s Golfer Travel Awards
2016 - Named ‘Best Grand Golf Hotel’ Golf Digest’s inaugural Editors’ Choice awards
2017 - Ranked 3rd in Golf World’s inaugural Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe
2017 - Hotel Camiral added to The Leading Hotels of the World portfolio
2018 - Both courses recognised in Golf Journal 2018 course review: Stadium Course awarded 83/100 points and Tour Course awarded 71/100 (up 2 points from the 2014 review)
2018 - Won Clubhouse Renovation of the Year Award – Golf Inc
2018 - Stadium Course recognised as ‘Best Golf Course in Spain’ at World Golf Awards 2018
2019 - Rose in Golf World’s Top 100 Resorts of Continental Europe ranking to 2nd

Picture caption #1: The iconic 13th hole of The Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort
Picture caption #2: Sergio Garcia opens PGA Catalunya Resort’s new academy, The Golf Hub

For information please contact:
Manuela Whittaker
Landmark Golf Marketing & Communications
Tel: +44 (0)1780 723058
E-mail:
manuela@landmark-media.com

About PGA Catalunya Resort
Opened in 1999, PGA Catalunya Resort quickly established an international reputation for outstanding quality. The Stadium Course is ranked the number one golf course in Spain by the www.top100golfcourses.com website. PGA Catalunya Resort is ranked the number one resort in Spain by Golf World magazine, which also recognises the venue in its World Top 100 Courses.

The 36-hole resort also offers two accommodation options – Hotel Camiral, a member of The Leading Hotels of The World and Girona's only 5* hotel, and LAVIDA Hotel, aimed at the active traveller. In addition, the European Tour Destination comprises a discreet, low-density real estate development, with first-class leisure facilities and a select number of villa plots, stylish modern semi-detached villas, and luxury apartments. Conveniently situated close to Girona-Costa Brava Airport (five-minute drive) and Barcelona International Airport (one-hour drive), the venue also benefits from the recently completed high-speed train line that links Girona (approximately 15 kilometres from PGA Catalunya Resort) to the rest of Spain and Europe, which provides even faster connections to major cities, including Barcelona, which can now be reached in only 37 minutes.
www.pgacatalunya.com | www.hotelcamiral.com | www.lavidahotel.com

Contact:

Monica Martinez Calls - Sales Director
PGA Catalunya Resort
Tel: +34 972 47 25 77
Fax: +34 972 47 04 93
Email: monica.martinez@pgacatalunya.com
Website: www.pgacatalunya.com