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A European Tour Destination: PGA Catalunya Resort

A European Tour Destination: PGA Catalunya Resort

Find out more about PGA Catalunya Resort, part of European Tour Destinations

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Set in a stunning landscape against a breath-taking mountainous backdrop, PGA Catalunya includes two world-class golf courses consistently ranked among the best in Europe: The resort-style Tour Course, and the dramatic Stadium Course.

Situated just 60 minutes away from Barcelona, PGA Catalunya Resort’s extensive development over the last decade has enhanced its reputation as one of Europe’s very best integrated golf and residential resorts in Europe, with some of the best practice and coaching facilities in the world.

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Home to the Spanish Open on three occasions (2000, 2009, 2014), the Stadium Couse was originally designed by Spanish legend Angel Gallardo and Ryder Cup star Neil Coles MBE with a view to hosting The 1997 Ryder Cup – which is why it had spacious holes and banking.

It gained a new lease of life after it was acquired by Denis O’Brien in 2008, and the course underwent significant upgrades. The par 72 course was lengthened to 7,333yds, and some of its iconic holes were toughened, including the lakeside 3rd green, expansive par-3 11th and the 18th fairway.

It has since held the European Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage on numerous occasions, and the 2014 Spanish Open - a history making event which saw Miguel Angel Jimenez crowned as the oldest winner in European Tour history.

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 In addition, the 5* Hotel Camiral offers a luxurious blend of space, comfort and design and contemporary real estate nestled amongst the golf courses exudes sleek and innovative architectural design.

PGA Catalunya on the European Tour

When PGA Catalunya’s Stadium course originally opened it immediately held the 1999 Subaru Sarazen World Open, won by Thomas Bjorn, before going on to host three Spanish Opens.

The first two editions were won by Brian Davis (2000) and Thomas Levet (2009), before returning in 2014 for Jimenez’s victory following significant changes to the course.  

That year, 2018 Ryder Cup Captain Bjorn was quick to vocalise how impressed he was with the changes.

“Now it has matured as a whole and it is a very, very good track, a proper golf course,” said Bjorn.

“You have to think your way around, drive the ball very well to keep yourself out of trouble here and obviously try to get yourself fin the right positions on the greens.

“They have lengthened it a bit over the years and it is a big golf course today. There are no two ways about it, you just have to play well.”

PGA Catalunya also played host to the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School from 2008 – 2016.

Miguel Ángel Jimenéz

What is European Tour Destinations?

European Tour Destinations comprises a growing network of world class golf venues spanning Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Each of the venues has a close association with The European Tour and represent some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts found in their respective regions.

Visit the European Tour Destinations website to find out more.

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