Real Club Valderrama is looking better than ever after undergoing improvements in preparation for next month’s Open de España hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.
The iconic layout now boasts a state-of-the-art short-game practice area, designed by Kyle Phillips, and significant work has been done on the bunkers and tees on the course, bringing them up to the same high standard as the fairways and greens.
Many of the cork trees lining the course have been pruned, allowing more aggressive play from the rough, and a brand new high-tech pumping system has not only improved playing conditions but has dramatically reduced water and energy costs.
Javier Reviriego, General Manager of Real Club Valderrama, said: “We are excited to stage on our course such a storied event as the Open de España, and we couldn’t have a better host than Sergio García, a great friend of Valderrama. Our maintenance team is making a big effort to have the course in top condition.”
Francisco Javier Fernández Hernández, Minister for Tourism and Sport of the Junta de Andalucía, said: “The hosting of the Open de España is a first class asset, not only for our tourism but for our sports promotion. At present, only around 14-15% of our golf tourists are Spanish, therefore we have a large margin of growth with regard to internal tourism.
“We are redesigning our promotion strategy, and we believe that the best way to attract golfing tourists is to show what we have. This tournament is a step in the right direction, as Valderrama is synonymous with excellence.”
Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, said: “The Open de España is the second oldest tournament in Europe and represents Spain’s great contribution to golf in Europe and worldwide.
“This edition is full of special ingredients, returning to Andalucía and Valderrama, one of Europe’s golfing icons. We thank the European Tour for their effort, as well as all those who are making this tournament possible, very specially Reale who, one more year, is giving us their support. We hope to have a big week, with a great atmosphere and all Federation members can attend for free.”
Ángel Gallardo, Vice Chairman of the European Tour, added: “I wish to highlight the great contribution of Spanish players to the European Tour along the years.
“Right now, top players like Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, or Ernie Els are hosting tournaments, and we are grateful to Sergio García for his commitment to the Open de España.”