Conceived with golf professionals and enthusiasts in mind, there are very few destinations in the Middle East that offer the prestigious facilities and serene surroundings provided by Ayla. Designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman, the 18-hole championship course is situated at the heart of Aqaba’s newest waterfront development.
Europe’s most eagerly-awaited new golf course design project will officially open in Portugal this summer. Situated less than an hour north of Lisbon – on Portugal’s magnificent Silver Coast – West Cliffs has been designed by golf course architect Cynthia Dye ASGCA, of the world-renowned golf architecture firm Dye Designs Group, and is set to be unveiled to a worldwide audience in June.
Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal’s highest-ever ranked golfer, has returned to his family roots after signing a new multi-year partnership with Quinta do Lago – one of the world’s elite luxury golf and lifestyle destinations.
easyGolf Worldwide Travel & Tours chief executive Richard Tessel has announced that Ian Baker-Finch has joined the team as a new ambassador. Tessel described Baker-Finch’s love of sport and his professional career as being a perfect fit for the luxury golf travel company.
Sir Nick Faldo has led winners at the World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2016, taking the prestigious title of Golf Course Designer of the Year. Also celebrating was England’s The Belfry, recognised as Europe’s Best Golf Hotel, while Quinta do Lago took the title of Europe’s Best Golf Venue. Hundreds of thousands of ballots were cast ahead of the Gala Ceremony, which was this year hosted by the Conrad Algarve in Portugal.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Waldorf Astoria Golf Experiences, a collection of once-in-a-lifetime packages that pair the most elite golf experiences with luxury accommodation at select Waldorf Astoria hotels beginning in August. The annual programme will visit new destinations each year, with the inaugural year debuting at four properties: Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Waldorf Astoria New York, and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
The team behind the world-leading PGA Catalunya Resort have confirmed that a new five-star hotel will officially open at the resort in September, following an investment of €33 million. Hotel Camiral is set in the grounds of the scenic 300-hectare resort, on the doorstep of Girona and Barcelona, and will be a welcome addition to the five-star facilities currently on offer at PGA Catalunya Resort.
Troon, the leader in upscale golf facility management, development and marketing, has welcomed another Championship course to its global offering. The Grange Golf Club, located in New South Wales, Australia, becomes the latest club to choose Troon to elevate standards across the board for its members and the local golfing fraternity.
Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will host the spectacular Costa Smeralda Invitational at Pevero Golf Club on Saturday June 25th. Clarke, who won four out of five consecutive Ryder Cups he played in, will headline a host of stars from the world of sports and entertainment who will be announced in the coming weeks.
The innovative World Ladies Championship is poised to cement its position as one of the game’s premier tournaments in 2016. As well as announcing a 33 per cent increase in the prize purse to US$800,000, organisers have confirmed other notable developments that will elevate the status of the event. For 2016, the championship will be sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour, the China LPGA Tour and now the Korean LPGA as well.
The Celtic Manor Resort has exchanged contracts to acquire a 148 guest room property which is currently trading as Hilton Newport. The acquisition will add to Celtic Manor’s portfolio of guest residences which include the main Resort Hotel, the Manor House, the Newbridge on Usk, and ten luxury Hunter Lodges.