Alenda Golf in Alicante, Spain, has been named as a new host site for the Second Stage of 2018 European Tour Qualifying School.
Second Stage runs from November 2-5 across four locations with successful qualifiers advancing to Final Stage the next week.
Located at the foot of the Sierra de las Águilas mountain range with several vineyards nearby, The Alenda Course was designed and built by Roland Favrat in 1999.
Over the past three years the course has undergone a renovation project in conjunction with the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, which has seen several tee decks, bunkers and a cart path added to the course.
The front nine of the 6,882-yard par 72 course, features generous fairways lined by olive, pine, carob and palm trees, while the back nine narrows considerably and requires precision— especially on the difficult 17th and 18th holes, which are sure to test every competitor hoping to advance to Final Stage.
With direct access off the Alicante-Madrid highway, Alenda Golf boasts a magnificent location only 20 minutes from Alicante- Elche International Airport.
“A big opportunity to reach a new level has come this year as we have been given the chance to hold a European Tour Qualifying School event,” said Javier Borja, Manager of Alenda Golf.
“For us it is a real challenge to meet the requirements needed by such an important tournament but it is one which we are really relishing.
“We are looking forward to working with the European Tour, and for all the staff of Alenda Golf it is a huge honour to host this event.”
“We are thrilled to confirm Alenda Golf as the latest addition to the 2018 Qualifying School schedule,” said Mike Stewart, Qualifying School Director.
“After witnessing first-hand the outstanding facilities both on and off the golf course at Alenda Golf it was an easy decision to ask Javier and his team to join the Qualifying School network.
“We must say thank you to everyone at Alenda Golf, in particular the Manager Javier Borja.
“I am fully confident that those competing for a place on the European Tour will enjoy the tough test posed by this stunning venue.”
Competitors who successfully advance through Second Stage will earn a berth into the six-round Final Stage, where playing eligibility on the European Tour will be up for grabs.
Contested over three separate stages, the 2018 Qualifying School schedule culminates during the second week of November.
The top 25 players and ties will earn their European Tour Membership in Category 17, while players who make the four-round Final Stage cut, but finish outside the top-25, will earn their European Challenge Tour Membership in Category 22.