Cadiz set for Challenge Tour’s Spanish Swing
These events will precede the Challenge Tour Grand Final which will close a season which was shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was Seve Ballesteros' first design in Spain and the current members of Magnolia Golf Design have already participated in it.
Two magnificent golf courses designed by Seve Ballesteros, protagonists of the European Tour
In September the European Tour will be held in two golf courses designed by Seve Ballesteros and in which the members of Magnolia Golf Design participated.
THE SHIRE LONDON
The Rose Ladies Series 2020
The Shire London is to host the penultimate event on the new Rose Ladies Series on July 30, as a selection of the UK’s best and most promising up-and-coming female golfers compete for a place in the Grand Final.
Created by Olympic Champion Justin Rose and his wife Kate, the Series has already drawn interest from across the golf industry since it was first announced at the start of June – so much so, the 2013 US Open Champion was keen to add another event and chose The Shire London as its venue.
Owned by the Bridgedown Group and designed by Seve Ballesteros, the 18-hole layout, which measures 7,028 yards from the Championship tees, will provide an appropriate challenge for the players to battle it out.
Justin Rose said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest the Series has received and we were keen to add another event. The Shire London is a perfect venue in which to play it for a few reasons – it is the only Seve designed course in the UK and he was one of my idols growing up, but also the location and course conditioning. For me, it really will be a special place to hold our penultimate event.”
The Justin Rose Ladies Series will feature seven one-day tournaments, followed by a three-day, 54-hole grand final held at North Hants, the Berkshire, and Wentworth from August 5-7.
The format for the grand final, which is being dubbed the Race to the West, will see the top 35 and ties after 36 holes progress to Wentworth’s famous West course.
Georgia Hall's superlative run of results in the Rose Ladies Series continued as she made it back-to-back victories at The Shire in London.
Hall was in a class of her own in the last event before next week's Grand Final, firing a five-under 67 to cruise to a three-shot victory which took her to the top of the American Golf Order of Merit.
The Open For The Ages
The Open For The Ages, in association with HSBC, begins on Thursday and culminates in a final-round broadcast on TV, digital and social media platforms from 11am BST on Sunday 19 July.
he event has been created to offer fans a special celebration of golf’s original major, in the week The 149th Open was originally scheduled to take place.
Malcolm Booth, Sales and Marketing Director at The R&A, said, “The Open For The Ages is a world first and must-watch experience for golf fans and sports fans globally. We have worked closely with our partners to utilise video, AI technology, data and advanced television production techniques to create a compelling broadcast that we believe will excite people and spark conversation.”
A smiling Seve Ballesteros opened up a slender advantage on day one of The Open For The Ages, but Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were close behind the charismatic Spaniard.
Ballesteros converted lengthy birdie putts on the 16th and 18th holes to complete a six-under 66 in the first round of this innovative event, which is using real archive footage from past Championships at St Andrews to create an exclusive celebratory edition of The Open.
Ballesteros, the Champion Golfer of the Year at the Old Course in 1984, had a wide grin on his face as he received prolonged applause after finishing his day in style with a three at the last
Ballesteros showcased his short-game genius with a superb up-and-down on the eighth hole, while a fired-up Watson delivered a fist pump after his birdie on the 15th.
Faldo, meanwhile, produced the shot of the day, holing out for eagle with his final shot of the round as he bumped a chip through the Valley of Sin and straight into the hole on 18.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
Our solidarity with all the families that are suffering this pandemic most severely, with the death of loved ones or serious cases of illness. Our admiration and support for those who are working intensely doing their best, to alleviate ourselves from this situation and ensuring at all times for the health and well-being of ALL.
The “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus” campaign promotes five key steps for people to follow to protect their health in line with WHO guidance, focused on handwashing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.
The coronavirus outbreak has prompted authorities around the world to promote measures proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as social distancing.
The recommendation to stay at home is intended to prevent infection and the spread of the disease, although this is not incompatible with activities within our home.
We show different home situations experienced during this period of confinement.
The crisis caused by COVID-19 has recommended canceling the sport of golf on all Tours in different parts of the world and any sporting event including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has officially been postponed to no "later than summer 2021" due to the fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic.
Van Meijel Serves Up A Royal Result In Provence
The European Challenge Tour returns to Golf International de Pont Royal for the second edition of the Hopps Open de Provence with a buoyant Swede looking to recreate past success in the French challenge from September 26-29.
STUDY REFORMS IN REAL SOCIEDAD DE GOLF DE NEGURI
The Board of Directors of Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri (the Royal Golf Society of Neguri) has commissioned Magnolia Golf Design to study certain aspects that are subject to possible reforms in the area of tees 1 and the driving range.
In the tee of hole 1 a new back tee has been projected, accompanied by a delimitation between the tees and the paddle and pool area, in addition to a cart parking area next to the currently existing road.
BUENAVISTA GOLF, THE BEST VALUED COURSE OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
Once again, Buenavista Golf has been highlighted as the best option to play golf in the Canary Islands, according to the most recognized European tour operators.
Magnificent design of Seve Ballesteros where the long game is combined with the ability to perform the approach to green, some of which are next to the Ocean. A perfect combination of beauty, sport and nature that has earned him the most important environmental distinctions in Spain.
The members of Magnolia Golf Design are proud to be responsible for all the execution of this extraordinary tour.
CENTER GOLF IN SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE
In a private estate of 6,500 m2, of the Municipal Term of Güímar, Magnolia Golf Design has designed and projected a Golf Training Center consisting of two greens and a Putting Green that together with seven tees located in different places make it possible to perform all kinds of golf shots up to 100 meters. The golf facility is complemented by a pool, two paddle courts and a tennis court.
The similarity to the reality that the player can find is extended with a waterfall that flows into a lake that embraces the greens, conditioning a good part of the approaches that are made.
Its sustainability is guaranteed with the installation of last generation artificial grass with a texture similar to the grass of the best maintained courses.
In the 2,500 m2 occupied by the golf area there is a space for the placement of two cabins with golf simulators, for swing analysis and to be able to play virtually on the most recognized world courses.
REFORMS IN REAL SOCIEDAD DE GOLF DE NEGURI
The remodeling of all the Green bunkers of the 18-hole course of one of the most traditional clubs in Spain is being completed.
Evolution of works bunker hole 2
In the spring of 2018 the renovation work of the bunkers began, which in the first phase ended in June. With the arrival of winter, a second stage of remodeling began, which is ending with the arrival of spring 2019.
Magnolia Golf Design has the supervision of these works that the Golf Técnicas Naturales company is carrying out professionally.
IZKI GOLF CELEBRATES THE 25th ANNIVERSARY
25 years have passed since we finished building Izki Golf, one of the first 18-hole public courses that were made in Spain. The Diputación Alavesa believed from the beginning in this project and had the unconditional support of Severiano Ballesteros that together with his team, in which we were already, we began to work selflessly to reach the current reality.
The expectations were met and Izki turned out to be a development engine of this Alava region together with the popularization of golf in both Alava and La Rioja that at that time had no golf course. Its proximity to the capital of Rioja caused the seed of the fans to germinate in the neighboring community.
The characteristics of this magnificent installation have made it possible not only to get golf across Álava, but to be a reference in the North of Spain as one of the best courses, as proof of this, is the fact that it is the course of the Peninsular North which more international professional tournaments has hosted.
Many are the anecdotes that occurred during its construction and that we collect in the book EL GRAN RETO DE SEVE (THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF SEVE)
Congratulations Izki Golf!
BUENAVISTA GOLF HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THE BEST GOLF COURSE IN TENERIFE
15 years have passed since the official inauguration of Buenavista Golf with the presence of Severiano Ballesteros as designer of this magnificent tour located in the north of the Island of Tenerife. On December 10, 2003, this important milestone took place for the entire Region of Isla Baja with the presence of the highest authorities of the Canary Government
Recently it has been chosen as the best course in Tenerife by the prestigious specialized magazine Golf World in its section "Top 100 continental resorts Europe 2018".
The entire history of its constitution and design, as well as an important collection of unpublished photos, is collected in the book EL GRAN RETO DE SEVE (THE GREAT CHALLENGE OF SEVE), written by its collaborators in all aspects of the design, project and construction of this public field in Tenerife. A real gem.
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France Sep 20, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018
At the Pont Royal International Golf, the Hopps Open de Provence belonging to the European Challenge Tour has been successfully celebrated. As usual in recent years, this course designed by Seve in the early 90s, has become the venue of a Challenge Tour tournament.
The simplest hole in the tournament turned out to be hole 14, a par 5 in which Seve performed eagle, on opening day (September 1992), in his match against Marie-Laure de Lorenzi. Severiano Ballesteros signed 66 hits.
MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF FORMER ISU WOMEN´S GOLFER CELIA BARQUIN.
Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former Iowa State golfer and the 2018 Big 12 champion, was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames
Barquin Arozamena, who was 22 years old, finished her NCAA career during the 2017-18 school year and was completer deing hgree this semester. Last year, she was named the Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year and was one of the most accomplished players in ISU golf history. .
In a news conference and court documents filed Tuesday, authorities laid out what they believe to be Richards' movements in the hours after the body of Iowa State University golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found in a pond at the Coldwater Golf Links public course. She suffered stab wounds to her head, neck and torso, court records show.
“We are all devastated,” Iowa State head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said in a release. “Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life.”
A native of Cantabria,Spain, Barquin Arozamena had a tremendous career at ISU, making four straight NCAA Regional appearances and earning three All-Big 12 honors.
She is ISU’s career leader in stroke average (73.44).
“Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed,” Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said in a release. “Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador.”
Monument to Seve Ballesteros. (Golf Santa Marina). Celia Barquín with Juan Postigo. https://twitter.com/celiabarquin.
REFORMS IN REAL SOCIEDAD DE GOLF DE NEGURI
Two months have lasted the works of reform of 50% of the bunkers of green made in the golf course of 18 holes of one of the most traditional clubs of Spain.
The Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri was founded in 1911. It had 11 holes in the municipality of Leioa. 50 years later, new land was purchased in Punta Galea (Guecho) near Bilbao. Javier Arana designed the current 18 holes that were inaugurated in 1961.
Between April and June under the project and construction management of Magnolia Golf Design the reform has been carried out. The company Golf Técnicas Naturales has executed the new drains of half of the green bunkers, while another construction company, Laziturri, has been responsible for the execution of the 16th approach area and new 17th tees.
CEGONHA NEGRA GOLF RESORT & SPA
The construction of this Portuguese golf course has begun in Gonçalo, Guarda, which is part of an important Resort.
The main elements of this residential complex are golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and five-star hotel built by Frank Gehry
Magnolia Golf Design is responsible for the Construction Management of this magnificent golf course. The members of Magnolia Golf Design made the construction project when they worked with Seve Ballesteros in Trajectory.
Magnolia Golf Design has made a reform in the previous design that affects five holes given the modification of the previous Master Plan due to the inclusion of a Senior residence in the vicinity of holes 14, 15 and 16.
REAL SOCIEDAD DE GOLF DE NEGURI
Bunker Renovation. Magnolia Golf Design do everything necessary to ensure renovated bunkers are in line with the advancement of the game. Of course, the aesthetics of a bunker is important, but we also take care to focus on other aspects such as functionality and maintenance.
THE REAL SOCIEDAD DE GOLF DE NEGURI WAS FOUNDED IN 1911 WITH AN 11-HOLE COURSE, LOCATED ON LAND IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF LEIOA. DUE TO THE DEMOGRAPHIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA, LAND WAS ACQUIRED IN PUNTA GALEA, GUETXO MUNICIPALITY, WHERE THE NEW GOLF COURSE WAS BUILT AND INAUGURATED IN 1961.
The course has an 18-hole course with a total length of 6,280 meters, with a par 72 and a slope value of 126. It is located 60 meters above sea level and was designed by D. Javier Arana.
The golf course includes a first round of 9 holes located on the cliff and overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, where the most frequent factor affecting the game is the strong northwest wind that whips the area. The second round of the course has a character quite different from that of the first holes. In this turn the difficulty is centered in the mass of plantation, mainly of marine pine that surrounds each hole.
Located on a knuckle of land which protrudes into the Bay of Biscay on the outskirts of the port city of Bilbao. Offers some classic parkland and clifftop phases which both have their merits, the former enhanced by tree planting.
Magnolia Golf Design has made the project and is directing the work of reforming the bunkers of one of the most famous golf courses in Spain.
The Shire London is celebrating its new status as London’s #1-ranked golf club, as voted for by the users of Golfshake.com.
With 169 reviewers giving the club an overall rating of 4.86 out of 5 – higher than any other golf club inside the orbital M25 motorway – The Shire London is confirmed as the capital city’s favourite place to play golf in 2016.
The club, which lies near the M25/A1 junction north of London, is also among the ten most-frequently reviewed golf clubs on the website, with more reviews than many world-renowned venues such as Turnberry, Gleneagles and Wentworth.
The Shire, which opened in summer 2007, features the UK’s only complete layout designed by Severiano Ballesteros, with the intervention of the current members of Magnolia Golf Design.The Magnolia Golf Design team collaborated on the design, work supervision and construction of this golf course
According to the survey, which is based upon statistics compiled from local golf associations in 46 European countries, the continent’s golf markets are displaying positive signs of stability and growth in 2015.
In fact, when taking a closer look at Europe’s golf markets, 67% of local golf associations indicated in 2015 that their level of participation had either stabilized or increased. The remaining 33% of European markets still experienced some decline, including key markets such as England, Spain and Ireland.
Overall, the study identified that golf participation in Europe has begun a period of stabilization since the declines it suffered following 2009 during the global financial crisis.
World Golf Awards Gala Ceremony 2015
Portugal's Best Golf Course 2015: Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort
In this same contest, it was chosen, Switzerland's Best Golf Course 2015: Golf-Club Crans-sur-Sierre, which was redesigned by Seve Ballesteros with the intervention of the current members of Magnolia Golf Design.
World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.
Golf tourism constitutes a vital segment in the global travel and tourism marketplace. The overwhelming success of the first year launch has created much discussion in the golf tourism world this event will grow year on year. 2015 will see World Golf Awards returning to the Algarve and the amazing Conrad Algarve.
The worldwide voting process begins on 2nd March 2015 and closes 27th September 2015. Votes will be made by professionals working within the golf travel and tourism industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals. Votes may also be cast by the public (golf tourism consumers). The voting works on a first-past-the-post system to ensure impartiality and independence. Votes are submitted online via the World Golf Awards website. The winners of each national category will go head-to-head with the winners of the other countries before the unveiling of the World Winners.
World Golf Awards is part of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 22nd anniversary.
Our global media partners include the leading brands: TV5Monde, International Herald Tribune, Newsweek and CNBC. This global media partner network has a monthly readership of 1.7 million and a TV audience reach of 90 million.
Global golf travel industry celebrates another successful IGTM
Golf Resort of The Year:
In the following link there is gathered the news of the concession of better destination of Golf in Europe for 2016 to Royal Obidos, the last golf course that the current members of Magnolia Golf Design we realize with our chief and friend Seve Ballesteros. It is the best possible honoring to his figure and the major honor to our work.
Golf is going global – and so is the opportunity to buy a home overlooking the pristine fairways and greens of new golf courses and resort communities.
This year, the European Tour’s 48 professional tournaments will be played in 27 different countries across all five continents of the globe.
Fuelled by television coverage and the celebrity status of top players including World Number One Rory McIlroy, golf’s appeal is extending beyond professional sport to a leisure led lifestyle on and off the course.
Golf Participation in Europe 2015 Insights & analysis of current demand and supply trends in the golf industry across Europe
KPMG Golf Advisory Practice has released a new edition of the report on Golf Participation in Europe. The fourth edition in the series of Golf Participation in Europe reports provides insights and analysis of current demand and supply trends in the golf industry across Europe over the past two years. This time KPMG overviewed 33 European golf markets and provided a snapshot of the current state and an outlook of golf in the region.
Despite the economic downturn and the decline in golf participation in recent years, golf maintains its popularity and significance in most European countries. In 2013, when the last Golf Participation Report was published, golf in Europe was suffering a very difficult time. The European golf market improved slightly in 2014, recording a slowdown in the decrease in golf participation as well as stabilisation in the number of available golf courses across Europe. We believe that the recent tentative European economic upturn and the continuing initiatives aimed at recruiting new members (which we address in this report) will have a positive impact on golf in Europe in 2015.
Remodelation of the Pinaillas Golf Course
West London Golf Centre nine-hole course to open 5 July
The Magnolia Golf Design team collaborated on the design, work supervision and construction of this golf course
The new course at the West
London Golf Centre will open next weekend.
The nine-hole, 3,037 yard, par-36 course has been designed by an in-house team from The Bridgedown Group, the centre’s owners.
“The launch of what we believe to be one of London’s top nine-hole courses is a significant moment for West London Golf Centre, and indeed for all golfers in the area,” said Tony Menai-Davis, West London Golf Centre owner. “It is an amazing full-length golf course, and we are looking forward to hearing people’s reactions to it. Not many brand-new courses open in the UK these days, and we think we have created a real cracker here at West London Golf Centre.”
The Bridgedown Group previously worked with Seve Ballesteros on the course at The Shire London, and is currently working with the Dye Designs team on the new Bury Farm course in North London.
“Over the last ten years we have been fortunate to meet many of the world’s great golf course architects, including of course Severiano Ballesteros and the Dye Designs team,” said Ceri Menai-Davis, director of The Bridgedown Group. “We have put what we have learnt from them to good effect at the new nine-hole course. West London Golf Centre stands for affordable yet very high-quality golf, and I believe that our new golf course lives up to that claim.”
The Bridgedown Group is also behind a new 18-hole course named West London Links, which is currently under construction on a site opposite the West London Golf Centre. West London Links is set to open in 2017.
The West London Golf Centre will host an opening weekend gala on 5-6 July to celebrate the new course’s opening.
As a leading example of sustainability in sport and golf’s strengthening voluntary responsibility for nature, resources and communities, the game’s leading administrative bodies have launched a pioneering initiative that will help ensure the sport of golf delivers the greatest combined economic, social and environmental value in the years ahead.
The economic value of the golf industry in Europe is estimated at €18.1 billion (Sports Marketing Surveys), and the sport provides jobs and healthy, lifelong outdoor recreation for millions of people. The 6,800 golf courses in Europe are set in half a million hectares of carefully stewarded greenspace, with up to 60% of this left in its natural state. More than 97% of these courses are available to the public and used by a growing number of families.
Worldwide golf holiday sales by golf tour operators have grown by more than 20% over the past two years, according to IAGTO, the global trade organisation of the golf tourism industry.
IAGTO also assesses the relative importance that its member operators (550 in 62 countries) attach to different golf destinations. Spain, Portugal and Ireland maintain the top three positions that they held in 2012, while Scotland leapfrogs Turkey into fourth place. Malaysia has moved up into 14th position, making it the second most important Asian golf destination for IAGTO operators after Thailand (maintaining its sixth place after the USA, in fifth). The Dominican Republic is the leading Caribbean destination, in 15th place, with Indonesia showing the greatest advance, moving up nine places to 20th.
We celebrate the future opening of this new center of training and development of golf in the same metropolitan area of London, where the members of Magnolia Golf Design had the pleasure of intervening actively in its accomplishment.
“West London Golf Centre stands for affordable yet very high-quality golf, and I believe that our new golf course lives up to that claim”.
Among several striking holes, the short and strategic Par Four 8th is perhaps the stand-out, with a downhill drive which must avoid a lake to set up the approach to a well-guarded green.
With two Par Fives, two Par Threes and five Par Fours, West London GC mixes stadium-style target golf with links-style golf, with gorse, rolling fairways and several lakes to negotiate. There is plenty of elevation and several greens and tees offer stunning panoramas of both the golf course and the surrounding area.
“The new course is similar in spirit to The Ballesteros Masters Course at The Shire London” said Ceri Menai-Davis. “It is designed for golfers who like to have fun on the golf course, and yet you will need to think your way around to build a good score”.
The new course is an additional attraction at the West London Golf Centre facility, which was opened in December 2012 by England footballer Les Ferdinand MBE. The golf centre already has a 26-bay floodlit driving range, a 4,500ft american golf superstore, a licensed bar and restaurant and parking for 150 vehicles.
Golf is worth €15.1 billion annually to Europe’s economy a new study has revealed.
The game’s impact is particularly significant in Great Britain & Ireland where it is valued at € 6.1 billion – a total that accounts for 41 per cent of the European total.
While the well-documented economic downturn has hit popular European golf destinations such as Spain and Portugal, golf tourism still contributes €1.5 billion of the annual impact.
IAGTO’s ground breaking global golf travel survey published last year showed that golf tourism grew by an average of 9.3% in 2012. According to the global golf tourism industry organisation, golf travel grew strongly once again last year and all the indications are that this trend will continue in 2014, which will then mark three years of consecutive growth.
THE ROYAL TROPHY
Europe beat Asia to win Royal Trophy in thrilling finish
Spanish publisher Turner Libros is launching the first detailed study of the work of golf architect Javier Arana.
Arana, the designer of many of Spainʼs top courses, including El Saler, often ranked among the vest in continental Europe, has remained unknown, despite being arguably the greatest designer Europe has yet produced. The author of The Golf Courses of Javier Arana, Spanish golf historian Alfonso Erhardt Ybarra, wrote his first monograph on the architect in the pages of GCAin 2009.
The 300-page large format book, which is being published in both Spanish and English, is divided into two sections. The three chapters of the first part cover Aranaʼs career as Spainʼs top amateur golfer, his apprenticeship with Tom Simpson and his design career, and finally an overview of his design philosophy. The second part covers each of his ten best courses individually, with a detail of each club’s inception and a brief overview of the course and its most iconic holes.
The book will be available from mid-December, priced at €60. Golf architect Tom Doak has written the foreword.
Campo do Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort no ranking dos
100 melhores da Europa Continental
O campo de golfe do Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, desenhado por Severiano Ballesteros, alcançou a 82ª posição no ranking dos 100 melhor campos da Europa Continental publicado pela revista Golf World. Trata-se da mais prestigiada referência classificativa do sector, efectuada a cada dois anos.
Esta distinção, reflexo de uma rigorosa avaliação com critérios exigentes a toda a operação de golfe, atesta a excelência do campo e da qualidade dos serviços prestados.
Aberto desde Janeiro de 2012, o campo de golfe do Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort foi uma das apenas quatro entradas a figurar no ranking.
Continental Europe clung on to regain the Seve Trophy by Golf+ for the first time since 2000 as the singles went down to the final match at Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche.
José María Olazábal’s side had lost the last six contests to Great Britain & Ireland, and having led after both of the first two days they entered the final day locked together at 9-9 after a spirited fightback by Sam Torrance’s team in the foursomes.
“Very emotional - it's been a tough day,” said Olazábal, after leading Continental Europe to only their second triumph in the event. “Everything went to the last match. The boys really played well today and I'm very, very happy to have won the Seve Trophy this time.
A disappointed Torrance admitted his side had lost to the better side on the day. “They were very strong,” he said. “We gave it everything, but came out just short”.
CHANGES IN CRANS SUR SIERRE GOLF CLUB
By Steve Todd, europeantour.com
Some of the leading contenders in Omega European Masters have voiced their support for the extensive changes made to Crans-su-sierre Golf Club.
The 10th, 12th, 13th and 17th holes of the Seve Ballesteros Championship course
have all been modified, giving a new look to the spectacular venue which has
hosted the tournament since 1939.
More than 2.7 million Swiss Francs (approximately €2.2 million) has been invested since last year’s tournament to reshape the four holes, and the work has been met with widespread approval by The European Tour players.
In particular, the new 13th has attracted universal praise, with a natural gallery created allowing 3,000 spectators to watch the action at the revamped par three, which is now protected by water, as is the 12th hole. A further water feature has been created on the 17th hole, with a stream now running across the landing
“The changes this year are nice,” he said. “The 13th looks spectacular. You have the theatre behind which is spectacular for the people and it is fairer for the players. If you hit a good shot you have a birdie chance, if you hit a bad shot you are in the water. On the 12th too you have to control the spin. And the 17th too, you have to place the ball now. The changes are very good.”
Defending champion Richie Ramsay, who claimed the title by four shots last year, also gave his backing to the alterations.
“The course changes are pretty significant in places, but they flow well and are a big improvement,” he said. “The 12th, with the water down the right makes the second shot tougher.
You have to be quite pin-point with your approach there. The 13th is a dramatic change. You ask most guys what was the weakest hole here and they would have said the 13th last year. It is completely changed with the water down the left and an amphitheatre, but ultimately also making it a better golf hole. It is a better spectacle than it used to be as you can fill those natural seats around the back of the green. That’s where the tournament gets to the nitty-gritty. Guys can make two there or five, so that can lead to big swings on the leaderboard.”
Three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington noted the significant enhancements as he returned to the Swiss venue for the first time since 2000.
“I’ve got to say, I’ve only seen improvements,” he said. “The condition of the course is immaculate and there is a substantial difference in the quality and condition of the course from back when I played it. It has come on a lot."
“I think the new changes are great. They have done a tremendous job with the 13th. It is a spectacular hole for the tournament, with the amphitheatre feeling. They’ve added to a couple of other holes as well, but that one in particular, I’m pleasantly surprised.”
José María Olazábal has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for Sports, Spain’s most prestigious sports award .
Describing Olazábal as "one of the greatest golfers in history," the award jury pointed to the Spaniard's two Masters wins and four Ryder Cups, "a competition in which he also demonstrated his leadership ability when captaining the European team to an epic comeback in 2012".
The 47 year old is a "worthy successor to the spirit of the legendary Severiano Ballesteros,
The Sports Award is bestowed upon the individual, group or institution whose lives are not only examples to others, but who have also reached new heights in mankind´s struggle for excellence, and who have contributed by their efforts to perfecting, nuturing, promoting and disseminating sport.
There are eight awards across different social categories including arts, science and literature with previous recipients including such figures as Nelson Mandela, Woody Allen, Mijail Gorbachov, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Arthur Miller, Stephen Hawking, Umberto Eco, Günter Grass, Plácido Domingo, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Hicham El Guerrouj, Yehudi Menuhim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Paco de Lucía, Severiano Ballesteros, John Glenn, Susan Sontag, Anthony Giddens, Jean Daniel, Claudio Magris, Lula Da Silva, Hussein I of Jordan, and organisations such as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
Del 7 al 9 de junio de 2013 se ha celebrado en Talayuela Golf (Cáceres) el Campeonato de España de 2ª Categoría.
Francisco Crepo Marques, se ha proclamado nuevo Campeón de España Amateur Masculino de 2ª Categoría (244 golpes), con una diferencia de cuatro golpes sobre Pablo Nicolás Sánchez e Ignacio González-Panizo. En cuarto lugar y a dos golpes de los anteriores, se clasificaron Javier Chiralt Pérez y Jose Mª Barrena Enríquez.
Una vez más, Talayuela Golf ha sido escenario de un torneo del máximo nivel nacional. Desde su inauguración han sido varios Campeonatos de España de diferentes modalidades (Senior, Mujeres, Hombres), los que se han disputado en estos 18 hoyos perfectamente integrados en la preciosa Dehesa extremeña. El recorrido se ubica en los alrededores de Talayuela enmarcado entre las Comarcas de Campo Arañuelo y La Vera, en las proximidades de la Sierra de Gredos.
La Casa Club de Talayuela Golf dirigido por D. Jesús Barrena, se encuentra integrada dentro del moderno Hotel del Golf & Spa, que ofrece unas magníficas instalaciones que complementan a la oferta de golf.
1 de diciembre 1952
Diario MARCA, 1 de diciembre 1952, entrevista a Gonzalo Lavín Sr. director de Golf de la Real Sociedad Hípica Española Club de Campo, sede de la candidatura olímpica Madrid 2020.
Today on the 9th of April 2013 we have started our website, coinciding with Severiano Ballesteros´ birthday, our maestro, who was born in Pedreña 56 years ago.
Our intention is for all of our work to show our most profound recognition to Seve´s persona.