Valle Romano Golf & Resort is the latest venue to join The European Tour Qualifying School Schedule for 2013 in an otherwise unchanged, and all Spanish, Second Stage line-up which will take place from November 2-5.
Designed by celebrated golf course architect Cabell B Robinson, and located in the heart of the Costa del Sol just a few miles outside Estepona, Valle Romano, which opened in 2010, will pose a stern test to those looking to earn a place on The European Tour.
Those teeing it up in November will also notice that each hole on the almost 7,000 yards layout is named after a Spanish golfing legend, with the most notable being the daunting par three ninth, measuring 250 yards, and bearing the name of Seve Ballesteros.
The six-time Major Champion had a very close relationship with the club during its construction, donating numerous items of signed memorabilia, some of which are now on display in the clubhouse. Outside one of the entrances to the building is also a plaque commemorating Ballesteros’ affinity with the venue, having been unveiled in 2010 by his friend and compatriot José María Olazábal.
Returning to the schedule alongside Valle Romano, and fresh from hosting this season’s Open de España – won by Raphael Jacquelin in a record-equalling nine hole play-off – is Campo de Golf El Saler.
Situated on Spain’s east coast, a short journey outside Valencia, the venue is sure to test a strong field on a layout that has not only hosted its national Open, but also a number of other top level amateur events. It is thanks to this pedigree, and its willingness to be involved, that El Saler has agreed to host the Second Stage for the next three years.
This is a commitment that has also been matched by Lumine Golf & Beach Club, in Tarragona, which boasts a 45-hole layout designed by two-time Major Champion Greg Norman, and returns to the schedule after hosting a successful event in 2012.
The fourth and final course set to test the Second Stage participants is Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, located in Alicante, which returns for the third year in a row after successful tournaments in both 2011 and 2012.
Mike Stewart, The European Tour’s Qualifying School Director, is delighted to welcome back three of last year’s venues and, for the first time, Valle Romano into the fold, in what promises to be another stellar Second Stage.
He said: “I’m delighted to have Valle Romano involved for the first time this year, and alongside our other three fantastic Spanish venues, I think we are set for another great season of Second Stage events.
“At this stage, we have a number of players who have played at the top level looking to regain their European Tour card, playing alongside those who are just finding their way in the game having successfully navigated the First Stage, and I think these four venues will prove a stern test to all.”
Once again, full clubhouse scoring will be available from all four events on europeantour.com, as well as the latest editorial content from four events that are known for their compelling storylines from both the young guns and veterans of the game alike.For the full list of Second Stage venues, please visit the schedule here.