LIV Tour Event to be Held at Valderrama in Summer 2023

There had been intense speculation since this year’s decaffeinated Andalucía Masters, and now the rumours have been confirmed officially. LIV Golf has announced that Royal Valderrama Club will host one of the renegade tour’s 14 events in 2023, from 30 June to 2 July.

The announcement follows reports in recent months that Valderrama had become increasingly irritated with the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) at the diminishing status of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters, which attracted a second-tier field for the 2022 edition in October.  

Now, that annoyance has culminated in Valderrama agreeing to host a LIV Tour event for the next five years.

Announcing that El Camaleón (Mexico) and Sentosa (Singapore) would also be hosting tournaments in 2023, as well as the previously confirmed The Grange in Australia, LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said, “LIV Golf is truly a global league dedicated to expanding the sport throughout the world, and these destinations for the league’s 2023 launch showcase our commitment to tournament play at the highest level. These venues have played host to signature moments in golf, and we’re excited to build new traditions for the sport while delivering a first-class fan experience at some of the world’s best courses.” 

Valderrama chief executive Javier Reviriego said, “Royal Valderrama Club has a rich history of hosting extraordinary golf tournaments, and we are excited to initiate this new partnership with LIV Golf. The quality of players that will compete at Valderrama will no doubt attract many European fans that are eager to see some of the best golfers in the world. We will ensure that the golf course is presented in top condition and that it represents a true challenge, where precision and strategy will play a key role. There is no doubt that the five LIV Golf events that we will be hosting in the coming years will further position Andalucía as one of the top golf destinations in the world.”

 

 


5 Reasons Why Murcia is a Travelling Golfer’s Paradise

 

When considering a golfing trip to Murcia you can be sure that your key holiday bullet points are all well covered.

 

First, the weather will be superb for golf, in an area renowned for having more than 300 days of sunshine a year and justifiably known as the “Warm Coast” (“Costa Cálida”). 

Second, you will be able to play at a different club every day, as the region has 22 outstanding courses – both inland and in its popular coastal resorts. 

Third, away from the fairways you will have plenty of other leisure activities to keep you – and any non-golfing companions – fully entertained, from nautical activities to hiking in the mountains.

Fourth, the region offers a diverse and extensive selection of accommodation options, from five-star luxury hotels by the beach to rustic boutique hotels surrounded by stunning nature parks.

And finally, closing out our top five reasons for planning a getaway on the Costa Cálida, for golfing foodies and wine-lovers Murcia truly is a gastronomic jewel. The region was Spain’s official “Capital of Gastronomy” in 2020 and 2021, in recognition of its exceptional Mediterranean cuisine and three “Denomination of Origin” wine regions: Bullas, Jumilla and Yecla.

 


Reigning US Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick To Defend Title at Valderrama

Winning at Royal Valderrama last year meant Matt Fitzpatrick could tick off another achievement on his career bucket list. He had always wanted to win at the renowned Sotogrande course, and he was delighted when victory last year in the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters gave him his seventh European Tour title.  

This year, he made it eight – the most important of all, his first major – in the US Open.  Continue reading


Spectacular New Opening Grandstand Hole for 2023 Solheim Cup at Finca Cortesín

Finca Cortesín has officially unveiled a new opening hole at the Casares course as the 365-day countdown to next year’s Solheim Cup begins. Announcing the change to the course – part of a general revamp and upgrade overseen by original designer Cabell B. Robinson – the tournament organisers said, “The ambience on the first hole of the Solheim Cup is unlike any other golf tournament. The atmosphere and the decibels created by the European and American fans with their chants, music and colours mean that at that moment, the spectacle is turned from the golfers to the stands.” Continue reading


Countdown to 2023: Solheim Cup Another Historic First for Costa del Golf

The 2023 Solheim Cup will be the final link of a cycle that began with the designation of the “Costa del Golf” in 1997. The name was coined  in the lead up to that year’s historic Ryder Cup at Valderrama, with signs appearing along the coast declaring, “Costa del Sol-Costa del Golf”.

Twenty-five years later, the Costa is home to 70 golf courses, the most of any similar-sized region in Europe, extending for 120 kilometres from the Axarquía area east of Málaga city to Sotogrande – actually in Cádiz province but customarily grouped under the Costa del Sol moniker by local tourism authorities. Continue reading


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.