PGA Catalunya – A Spanish delight

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Set in a stunning landscape against a breathtaking mountainous backdrop, PGA Catalunya Resort is an award-winning golf and real estate resort which enjoys an enviable location situated just 50 minutes from Barcelona, 15 minutes from Girona and close to the fabulous beaches of the Costa Brava.

The addition of the new 5* Hotel Camiral is earning the resort the reputation as one of Europe’s finest golfing destinations.

Combining contemporary design with some striking urban-chic interiors created by critically acclaimed designers Lázaro Rosa-Violá, the hotel offers offers 149 contemporary rooms, suites and junior suites, with two restaurants, eight meeting and banqueting rooms, a pool bar, beauty centre, gym, outdoor pool and kids club.

The resort’s two acclaimed 18-hole Championship golf courses – the Stadium Course, voted No.1 course in Spain for five years in a row, and the more gentle Tour Course – weave their way through an expansive, mature pine forest with each hole providing its own challenges, risks and rewards.

Designed by Ryder Cup star Neil Coles MBE and former Spanish Open winner Angel Gallardo, with European Golf Design, the Stadium Course opened in 1999 and has since been consistently ranked among the top 10 golf courses in Europe. It features dramatic elevated tees and challenging approaches to greens guarded by the twin hazards of sand and water.

In 2011, the course underwent a significant upgrade to lengthen the par 72 layout to 7,333 yards (6,705 metres) and toughen up some of its iconic holes, including the par 5 third with its lakeside green; the eye-catching par 3 eleventh and the addition of trees to the right of the 18th fairway. The course continues to maintain its position in leading international golf course rankings, being one of only two Spanish courses in the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses according to Golf World.

The Tour Course provides a less challenging alternative. Set amid pine trees and lakes, the 6,562 yards (6,000 metres), par 72 layout is shorter and more forgiving than the Stadium Course and most holes have wider fairways.

However, the layout is by no means a walkover, as hopefuls of the European Tour Q-School Final Stage can testify. To gain full enjoyment, this unique course encourages players to use all their skills and their complete set of clubs.

In addition, the Resort boasts a modern clubhouse and state-of-the-art practice facilities, making it the preferred winter training destination for many Tour professionals and national teams. These include Spain’s largest chipping and putting green, Sergio Garcia’s first junior Golf Academy and Dave Pelz’s Spanish Golf School.

 

PGA Catalunya Resort also represents the next generation of luxury property development, offering a low-density community where the private residences blend with their natural surroundings and are exceptionally well finished with open-plan layouts and innovative use of glass that brings the outside in without compromising on privacy.

Spacious villas, townhouses and apartments epitomise contemporary living and luxury lifestyle. Expansive villa plots are also available for purchase and the resort was voted the ‘Best Golf Development Europe’ at the European Property Awards.

Visitors can discover the vibrant Catalan capital of Barcelona, the rich historical city of Girona or the region’s many peaceful coastal towns. Hotel guests and patrons can choose from a wide array of tailor-made experiences, ranging from local activities and outdoor pursuits to cultural tours, all arranged through an exclusive concierge service.

It’s all topped off with an abundance of Michelin-starred restaurants headed up by one of the best in the world, El Celler de Can Roca.

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