Spain knows how to throw an anniversary celebration — this one goes for an entire year. PGA Catalunya Resort, today begins a year-long celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of its iconic Stadium Course.
Since opening in 1999, the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles MBE designed course won the “Best Golf Course in Spain” at the 2018 World Golf Awards.
The golf course has lovely views of the Pyrenees’ dominating Montseny Massif. The pedigree and appeal of The Stadium Course has also continued to attract major tournaments, including The Sarazen World Open in its inaugural year (won by 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain, Thomas Bjørn) and three Open de Españas, the first in 2000, won by Spanish legend, Miguel Ángel Jimenez.
Course designer, Ángel Gallardo, who calls his course ‘a masterpiece’, tells World’s Best Golf Destinations, “The Stadium Course is undoubtedly one of the finest golf venues in the world, and I am so proud of what we have achieved. I would like to think that when I have passed away, I will be remembered for my role in creating it.”
Also home to the Tour Course, PGA Catalunya Resort has The Golf Hub practice facility (opened by 2018 Masters Champion Sergio Garcia) an academy that integrates the latest state-of-the-art golf ball tracking system with social gaming experiences.
Kicking off a series of functions and events over the coming months, PGA Catalunya Resort’s CEO, David Plana, commented, “We don’t feel 20 years old; we feel 20 years young! Our resort is more vibrant and exciting today than at any point in its history.”
Over the next few years, a further €20 million will be invested into new projects on the estate, which will include the creation of a recreational lake, with its own lake club and a variety of water sports, as well as a comprehensive new spa and wellness centre.
PGA Catalunya Resort has two on-site hotels: the five-star Hotel Camiral which offers several dining options, fitness and wellness facilities, and a comprehensive concierge service, as well as the contemporary and stylish LAVIDA Hotel, opened in 2018.
The European Tour Destination is an hour north of Barcelona and 20 minutes’ drive from the sandy beaches and rocky coves of the Costa Brava. Another airport option, the Girona-Costa Brava Airport is 10 minutes from the resort and the Barcelona-El Prat International Airport is 70 minutes away.