García Continues Love Affair with Valderrama

There is something almost inevitable about Sergio García’s annual sojourn at Royal Valderrama Club. Inevitable as in… who’s going to finish second? In 2011, he became the first Spaniard to win a European Tour event at Valderrama – after 16 Volvo Masters, two World Golf Championships and one Andalucía Masters.

When the event returned to the Tour calendar in 2017, he won again – and he successfully defended his title in 2018. In addition, he has 10 other top-10 finishes from 14 appearances at a course he says is his favourite in the world. After his first round this week in the newly named and upgraded Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, García said, “I love this place, there is no doubt about that. It kind of has something that helps me.”

For 2019, he was back in familiar territory, second one stroke behind Frenchman Victor Perez after a first round five-under 66. He found things more difficult on the second day, but a one-over 72 still left him with a share of second place, albeit four strokes adrift of the halfway leader, South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout. Keeping him company, and the home country fans even happier, on 138 were local (Guadiaro) star Álvaro Quirós and Adri Arnous.

The highest world-ranked player in the field (11th), Jon Rahm was joint 23rd after opening 69-72 – a significant improvement on his debut in the 2017 edition, when he missed the cut in his first start as a professional on home Spanish soil.
Of the rest of the field, 2016 Spanish Open winner (also at Valderrama) Andrew “Beef” Johnston (70-73) had a share of 42nd place, while the only Spaniard to win (so far) on the European Tour this season, Jorge Campillo (73-71), was 55th with another local-based Spaniard, Alejandro Cañizares (71-73), right on the weekend cut-off mark (two-over 144).

Notables missing the cut included Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (74-71), 2008 European Tour number one Robert Karlsson (73-72) and José María Olazábal (71-77) – as well as last week’s winner in Germany, Andrea Pavan (73-73).

After his second round, García said, “Obviously it was very difficult this afternoon; the greens were very firm and it got quite windy, more than yesterday afternoon. I just didn’t make any putts, but I felt like I played really well under the conditions and the difficulty of the course. The way the course is playing you have to pick your spots, there are some good spots where you can be aggressive, but you also have to be a little bit careful. It’s always great to play in Spain. Playing in front of Spanish people is amazing; I always enjoy it, it’s one of my favourite things, and thanks to that I’ve been very successful in Spain.”


And the winners are…

We want to thank all the participants for helping make the contest a success and congratulations to the winners who will be able to attend the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters with 2 adult tickets valid for any day of the tournament to redeem through a promotional code on the ticket sales website.

Winner of the Facebook giveaway :

Angeles Nacher Piera

Winner of the Instagram giveaway :

@teresagimenezr

Winner of the Twitter giveaway :

@marlore2

Winners of the Golf in Spain giveaway :

  1. Pascual Aguirre
  2. Rosa María Ruiz Cabral

Please contact us by private message within 24 hours (or call us on +952474848) to get your free access code. Otherwise we will pass the invitations to the alternate winners.


Giveaway tickets for Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters

We are giving away two sets of 2 adult tickets between our clients

We want to reward your loyalty. If you have made any reservation with us over the past 18 months, register here to participate in our raffle. We are giving away two sets of 2 adult tickets valid for any day of the tournament. You can also follow our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account where we will make a second giveaway in a few days. Check our package with accommodation in case you want to convert it into a golf break.

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Real Club Valderrama from another point of view

This week is the Valderrama Masters, perfect timing to throw back some of the content we created last year for the event. Embark with us and admire the golf course with our 360º aerial panoramic. Ver a pantalla completa


The Open de España will take place in Madrid!

It is one of the oldest and most celebrated tournaments in Europe and it will return to the European Tour in April. After its absence from the schedule in 2017, the 91st playing of the Open de España will take place at the Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid from April 12-15.

Pelley said: “I am delighted to announce the return of the Open de España to our schedule. The roll call of champions reads like a Who’s Who of the game itself and we look forward very much to seeing who will add their name to that illustrious list in a couple of months’ time.

“Our game thrives on prestigious national championships such as the Open de España and we thank everyone at the Royal Spanish Golf Federation and the Madrid Golf Federation for helping us make this happen.”

The first contested played in 1912 was also the first tournament played in the European Tour’s inaugural season in 1972, with home favourite Antonio Garrido crowned as champion. Several Spanish greats followed onto the Roll of Honour including Seve Ballesteros, Sergio García, Álvaro Quirós and Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

Also victorious in the Championship have been Major Champions Arnold Palmer, Bernhard Langer, Sir Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington and Charl Schwartzel, alongside European Number Ones Colin Montgomerie and Robert Karlsson.

Schwartzel’s victory, in 2007, came at the Centro Nacional de Golf itself and was the second of his current 11 victories on the European Tour, four years before he won the Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

Gonzaga Escauriaza, President of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, said: “The Open de España is back on the European Tour International Schedule, which is great news for Spanish golf and we are doubly delighted to be welcoming it back to our home at the Centro Nacional de Golf.

“Our country has always held a relevant position in Europe, not only because of the outstanding performances of the Spanish golfers, both professionals and amateurs, but also for being one of the main tourist destinations. Therefore, Spain deserves its Open and I am convinced that our professionals will support the event with their presence. I especially would like to thank Keith Pelley and the European Tour, the Madrid Golf Federation, and all who have contributed to make it happen.”

Ignacio Guerras, president of the Madrid Golf Federation, said: “The Open de España is set to return to its origins. In total, 43 of its 91 editions will have taken place in Madrid, one of the great cities in Europe, and also host to the first 17 editions of the tournament. Throughout history, Madrilenian golf courses have attracted the greats of the game including Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Davis Love III and Fred Couples.”

Aside from the 2007 Open de España, the Centro Nacional de Golf has also played host to the 2009 Madrid Masters on the European Tour and the 2006 Challenge de España on the European Challenge Tour.

With the Open de España now confirmed, the number of Race to Dubai counting tournaments in 2018 still stands at 47 after the news that the Philippines Golf Championship, scheduled for March 15-18, will not take place this year.


Gran Canaria Golf Summer Festival

This year Gran Canaria Golf will be hosting it’s first annual Gran Canaria Golf Summer Festival taking place from June 17th – 24th. You will be able to combine playing golf with some social activities to meet other golf players from all around the world and, of course, discovering the beautiful island of Gran Canaria.

Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Resort is the official accommodation, located beside two 18 hole courses, with spectacular views to the mountain and the ocean. Below you can find the full program.

 

June 17th, 2018

Day 1 – Arrival day

— Arrival to Gran Canaria. Welcome at the Airport and transfer to your hotel.

  • 20:00 Departure for the “Gran Canaria Golf Summer Festival” Welcome Cocktail. Meet all the participants on the Event. An evening to enjoy of local music and food.
  • 23:00 Return to the hotel

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 18th, 2018

Day 2 – Maspalomas Golf

— Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 09:00 Transfer to Maspalomas Golf.
  • 09:30 Tournament (Shot Gun Start)
  • 14:00 Price giving cocktail
  • 16:00 Return transfer to the Hotel
  • 20:00 Socialize with the other participants* (place to be confirmed)
    *Transport and drinks not included

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 19th, 2018

Day 3 – Lopesan Meloneras Golf

— Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 09:00 Transfer to Lopesan Meloneras Golf.
  • 14:00 Price giving cocktail
  • 16:00 Return transfer to the Hotel
  • 20:00 Socialize with the other participants* (place to be confirmed)
    *Transport and drinks not included

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 20th, 2018

Day 4 – “Sunset at the Roque Nublo”

— Breakfast at the Hotel

— Free day to enjoy the hotel facilities or making a trip by yourself. The technical secretariat can arrange a trip for you if you wish.

— Optional: Extra Golf practice at the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas can be arranged for participants. Ask to the Technical Secretariat.

  • 17:00 Departure for the centre of the Island
    Hiking route: Sunset route to the Roque Nublo (6,5 km). A wonderful celebration of colours and nature on the highest point of Gran Canaria
  • 23:00 Return to the Hotel

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 21st, 2018

Day 5 – Anfi Tauro Golf

— Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 09:00 Transfer to Anfi Tauro Golf. Lunch (after tournament) with the other participants
  • 09:30 Tournament (Shot Gun Start)
  • 14:00 Price giving cocktail
  • 16:00 Return transfer to the Hotel
  • 20:00 Socialize with the other participants* (place to be confirmed)
    *Transport and drinks not included

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 22nd, 2018

Day 6 – Salobre Golf and “farewell evening”

— Breakfast at the Hotel

  • 09:00 Transfer to Salobre Golf “The Old Course”.
  • 09:30 Tournament (Shot Gun Start)
  • 14:00 Price giving cocktail
  • 16:00 Return transfer to the Hotel
  • 20:00 Transfer from to the farewell evening.
    Local food and entertainment.
    Awards Ceremony
  • 23:00 Return to the hotel

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 23rd, 2018

Day 7 – “Charming Vegueta & Vibrant Las Palmas de Gran Canaria”

— Breakfast at the Hotel

— Free day to enjoy the hotel facilities or making a trip by yourself. The technical secretariat can arrange a trip for you if you wish.

— Optional: Extra Golf practice at the Salobre Golf “The New Course” can be arranged for participants. Ask to the Technical Secretariat.

  • Tour to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and surroundings: “The charm of Vegueta and vibrant Las Palmas de Gran Canaria”. Tapas dinner included.
  • Return transfer to the Hotel

— Accommodation at the Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort*****

June 24th, 2018

Day 8 – Return Day

— Breakfast at the Hotel

— Transfer to the airport 3 hours before the flight departure

 

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Next Monday will be another #GREENMONDAY

Our popular #GreenMonday promotion is back this week with a series of exclusive offers and discounts up to a 35% for bookings confirmed by next Monday 20.

Most published offers will be valid for any combination of nights, green fee or dates so take (quick) advantage to save for your December or 2018 golf break to Spain. Check some of the offers already published, the rest over the next few days.

Save up to a 126€ per person on a week golf holiday for 2018 on AR Golf Almerimar 5* hotel  or  99€ per person per week if you stay at Montenmedio hotel in Cádiz.

We’ll also have various green fee only deals available. On Montanya in Barcelona and Son Parc in Menorca, save a 15% on any booking, any date.