It had been a long time since we had been around El Paraiso Golf Club. This “classic” Costa del Sol golf course was founded in 1973 and is one of the few designs of Gary Player in Spain. It’s a traditional members’ course of mainly british residents in southern Spain and a good option with reasonable rates (from 35€ in low season) for those staying around the Puerto Banus, Marbella and Estepona area.
We found the course to be in great condition, even though El Paraiso had to remain closed for various weeks during the heavy rains in spring, specially the greens, making this a very enjoyable course for players of all levels. As the management (the course belongs to the members) wants to improve the course’s image and have some additional green fees available for non-members, we’ve been told that additional times will be made available in the future, specially between 10 and 12, that till now have been exclusively members’ tee times.
Costa del Sol Golf News is organising another of their regular tournaments next Wednesday 23rd at El Chaparral. This will be a Texas Scramble starting 09:30 with a price of 55€ including the buggy.
The Volvo World Match Play Championship is set for a new date in 2011 and will be held 19th to 22nd May, 2011 at Finca Cortesin Hotel in Southern Spain.
Securing a new permanent date for the Championship has been at the very heart of Monday’s announcement. With the global schedule becoming ever more congested in the Autumn months the aim is that the Volvo World Match Play will now be the sole dominant European Tour event played in the new date.
The 16 man field will also be increased to allow 24 of the world’s best players to compete. The prize fund for the 2011 Championship increases to €3.4 million with a first prize of €800,000, the highest on the European Tour outside of the Majors, World Golf Championship events and the Dubai World Golf Championship.
Eight groups of 3 on the round robin will play till Saturday morning with quarter final that same evening while semi-finals and final will be played on Sunday to 18 holes.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia was delighted to hear the news and hopes he will be able to include the tournament in his schedule, commenting, “It is great news that the Volvo World Match Play Championship has secured this key date in the schedule. Last year’s tournament was fantastic – Finca Cortesin provided a wonderfully dramatic backdrop for some thrilling match ups. Spain’s wonderful golf facilities were proudly shown around the world in doing such a wonderful job in hosting this historic tournament for the first time. I think we all enjoyed the ‘champions league’ style groupings and I believe that the increased field and amended format in 2011 will make for an even more thrilling Championship.”