Ten interesting facts about PGA Catalunya

11/28/2012 11:20:34 AM
A view of the third green on the Tour Course  (Getty Images)
A view of the third green on the Tour Course (Getty Images)

Incredibly, the PGA Catalunya Resort on which the Qualifying School Final Stage takes place this week may well have been hosting Formula 1 cars and not European Tour hopefuls as it was initially intended to be a racing circuit. Read our ten facts you may not know about the stunning Spanish resort:

1. The 230-hectare site of PGA Catalunya Resort was originally intended to be a Formula 1 racing circuit.

2. The Stadium Course was developed as a potential venue for the 1997 Ryder Cup.

3. Neil Coles MBE and Angel Gallardo, Chairman and Vice Chairman of the European Tour’s Board of Directors respectively, designed the Stadium Course, with the assistance of European Golf Design – it is ranked the #1 golf course in Spain by the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World.

4. The fairways feature the same drought-resistant Bermuda grass used at Augusta National.

5. New practice facilities include a 2,000 square-metre putting green and bunkers with five different sand types – Augusta, St Andrews, Pebble Beach, Hawaii volcanic and PGA Catalunya Stadium Course.

6. In November 2012, the world’s first Sergio Garcia Junior Academy opened at PGA Catalunya Resort.

7. Former Barcelona and Real Madrid footballers play an annual El Clásico golf match at PGA Catalunya Resort.

8. The iconic bronze statue of a reclining golfer in front of the clubhouse was created by official Olympic sculptor Rosa Serra, whose credits include the Tiger Woods statue at Nike headquarters in Oregon, USA.

9. A new residential community at PGA Catalunya Resort features homes designed by acclaimed Barcelona architecture practices DeBlacam & Meagher and Lagula, as well as London based Studio RHE.

10. PGA Catalunya Resort has hosted the Sarazen World Open (1999), the Spanish Open (2000, 2009) and European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage (2008-2014).