How to repair pitch marks

Are you one of those who bends down?

We all like to find a “carpet” when we reach the green. An unrepaired pitch mark could take up to four weeks to recover, or just one or two days if repaired right on the spot. As well as being aware of the golfing etiquette of bending down, it is also important to know how to repair a pitch mark correctly.

In this video, recorded at a course with some of the best greens in the world, Royal Valderrama Club, you can see how the professionals repair pitch marks.

And you – do you bend down?

 


Update of rates to fly with golf clubs according to the different airlines

We have updated the chart of rates to be able to travel with golf clubs. There hasn´t been much of a variation in prices since the last update.

In most airlines, if you exceed the maximum weight of 23kg of luggage, you will have to pay a certain amount for the excess.

From the last rate chart that was published in 2019 and up to today, it must be taken into account that in the majority of cases it is cheaper to prebook in advance and it is very important to remember that the payment is usually per trip. Payment at the airport is usually more expensive than doing it beforehand online.

Regarding the golf clubs to transport them, invest in a good travel bag, preferably rigid, since this way they will be more protected. Pack your clubs carefully, if you use a soft tissue travel bag, protect your clubs by wrapping them with cloth, towels or bubble wrap.

If you want to travel lighter of luggage and more comfortable, we can offer you the possibility to rent golf clubs in almost all destinations.

 


Two Catalunya Events Added to 2022 DP World Tour Schedule

The Catalan region will be hosting two new events on this year’s DP World Tour. The Spanish double-header begins with the ISPS Handa Championship at Infinitum (Tarragona) from April 21 to 24, followed by the Catalunya Championship at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness (Girona) from April 28 to May 1. Each tournament will have a prize fund of US$2 million.

Previously known as Lumine, Infinitum Golf was a second stage Qualifying School venue from 2012 until it succeeded PGA Catalunya as host venue for the Qualifying School final from 2017 to 2019.

A European Tour Destination, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness was the Qualifying School final venue for nine consecutive years from 2008 to 2016, and it has also hosted four full Tour events: the 1999 Sarazen World Open won by Thomas Bjørn, and three Open de España events, in 2000, 2009 and 2014. In winning the latter, Miguel Ángel Jiménez extended his own record as the Tour’s oldest winner – to 50 years and 133 days.

Two other events on the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) are scheduled for Spain this year: the Acciona Open de España Presented by Madrid from 6 to 9 October at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid; and the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters from 13-16 October at Royal Valderrama Club. The week of 20-23 October is currently open for a yet-to-be-confirmed European event which may also be held in Spain.

 


Official Presentation of EDAM at Royal Valderrama Club

The traditional press conference to present the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters was held today at Royal Valderrama Club. The official presentation was presided over by Valderrama general manager Javier Reviriego, the deputy minister for tourism with the Junta de Andalucía (regional government), Manuel Alejandro Cardenete, a representative of San Roque Town Hall and Pablo Mansilla, president of the Royal Andalucian Golf Federation. 

Confirming the previously announced news that Jon Rahm would be teeing up in the tournament, Javier Reviriego thanked the world number one for his support. He also referred to measures adopted by the club as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, replacing some lateral grass areas with pine bark, commonly known as “munch”, and noted that the plan was to maintain the course’s high level of difficulty for this year’s tournament. Reviriego once again emphasised, without going into details, that Valderrama’s objective was to ensure that the tournament continued to grow in the future, indicating that he “hopes to have news soon” and adding that , if rumours of a joint circuit between the European Tour and U.S. PGA Tour materialised, he envisaged Valderrama being one of the venues.

Meanwhile, deputy minister for tourism Manuel Alejandro Cardenete highlighted data on tourism’s solid recovery in recent months, surpassing Cataluña for the first time as the premier national destination, and forecast a total of five million visitors during the autumn period.

 

Jon Rahm at Valderrama
Photo Bosco Martín

Jon Rahm Returns to Valderrama

World number one and reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm confirmed back in August that he would return to Royal Valderrama Club this year.

In his last appearance at Valderrama in 2019, Rahm finished runner-up to Christiaan Bezuidenhout in that year’s edition of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters.

“I have some unfinished business at Valderrama, that’s for sure,” said Rahm. “As a Spaniard, it’s a golf course where we all want to win. As soon as you arrive you get a real sense of the history of the venue and the great moments that have taken place there over the last 30 years. To be a part of that would really be an honour.

“I’ve had nothing but great experiences of playing in front of home crowds. Spanish golf fans are truly special, and I can’t wait to see them lining the fairways again.”

 


Los Lagos and Los Olivos now open in Mijas Golf

Great news coming from Mijas Golf in Costa del Sol. Both courses, Los Lagos and Los Olivos will now again be fully operational after their maintenance ends. This means low season rates until September 19th and both courses available thereafter.

Good to see our friends in Mijas Golf fully operational again.

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Spain is ready!

Our latest promotional campaign seeks just one simple thing… to encourage all golfing travellers to return. We are keen to see our clients enjoy a Spanish golf break again, just the same as if it was their first one.

That is why we have launched this self-produced video, which also marks a return to the celebrations for our 25th anniversary – unfortunately postponed last year due to COVID.

We hope you like it.

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It’s Time to Swing into Autumn!

Autumm Golf Offers

Fortunately, travel restrictions are gradually being eased and Spain is Europe’s leading country for vaccinations, with more than 70% of the population fully vaccinated. With a current average of 0.00195% of the population infected, some restrictions remain in place but life (almost) seems to be returning to normal – or at least the “new normal”.

Autumn is probably the best time of the year for travelling to Spain, and European golfers are anxious to return and enjoy a golf break during this pleasant and attractive post-summer season. But you need to be quick, because occupation due to previously postponed trips now being taken up is already very high for some weeks. Don’t miss out on your golfing holiday!

Fuengiro.la golf package playing Santana
Santana Golf – 10 minutes from the Occidental Fuengirola hotel

In our latest newsletter you will find golf breaks to Andalucía in Huelva and Granada, with an all-inclusive deal at Playa Granada; or on the Costa del Sol, at the conveniently located Occidental Fuengirola and playing at Mijas Golf, Santana and La Cala.

For those looking east of Spain… the renovated Marriot La Sella offers an interesting 10% discount if you book in advance. And for those wanting additional weather guarantees, you can choose one of our Canary Islands golf deals at Salobre in Gran Canaria for a great September deal or the super-luxurious Vincci Plantación del Sur in Tenerife.


Early bird catches the worm (extended!)

 

Our early booking promotion is back and now extended!

With courses and hotels becoming quickly booked, make sure you get the best deal.

Alltough travelling still feels like an impossible today, it’s time to start making plans for your golf getaway later this year – if you want to be certain on availability and best deals.

We have extended our “Save Now… Travel Later” promotion so early bookers will be rewarded with an additional 5% of their packaged hotel reservation with golf for their following booking – it’s now valid for stays from June 1st onwards only if you confirm before April 15th. May 14th.  This promotion is subject to opening changes and availability.

Further to that, we are compiling all the additional benefits for early bookers so you can benefit from savings of up to a 25% in some cases.

Check our early booking promotion and get an additional 5% for your next booking!

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