Pravets Welcome New PGA Head Golf Professional

Pravets Golf & Spa, Bulgaria, are delighted to welcome their new Head PGAGolf Professional, Robin Jacobs, who arrived last week and has been settling into his new role.

Robin arrives at Pravets from Minsk in Belarus, where he was most recently the Director of Golf at Belarus’s first indoor golf facility. Prior to that, Robin was theGolf Professional at the first golf course in Belarus - Minsk Golf Club.

A native of The Netherlands, Robin completed his PGA training with the PGA of Great Britain & Ireland, whilst an Assistant Golf Professional in Germany. During this time, Robin also set up his own company, managing golf events, corporategolf days and custom fitting for Wilson.

Robin commented “When I started in Minsk, golf was virtually non-existent. Over the past 3 ½ years, we have grown this to over 550 registered golfers and introduced the game to many people including kids, diplomats, politicians and leading business people. I look forward to contributing to the great work already done at Pravets to grow the game in Bulgaria and deliver first class instruction to the members and guests of Pravets Golf & Spa Resort.”

Robin’s travels now mean he speaks fluent Dutch, German, English and an excellent proficiency in Russian, which will all come in useful for teaching and communicating with a growing international golf clientele at Pravets.

Robin was recruited by Braemar Golf, who continue to support Pravets in the operation and development of the business. Keith Haslam, Managing Director ofBraemar Golf stated “Robin is a great new addition to the Pravets team. His experience of working in an Eastern European market such as Belarus will really help his work in Bulgaria, where the game is still at a relatively early stage as well. Plus, his language skills were of great interest to us during the recruitment process. We are keen to develop business from certain markets and Robin will play an important role in this strategy. I heard in his first week he was giving lessons in Russian and has attracted a new member already”.

Alan Rogut, Director of Golf at Pravets also commented “We are delighted to welcome Robin to the Pravets team and look forward to him helping us to continue to develop our golf business. Robin will also play an important role in mentoring and developing Krassimir Panayotov, our Bulgarian Assistant PGA Professional. I know Krassi will learn a lot from Robin and together ensures we can deliver great coaching services to our diverse clientele.”


Notes for Editors:

Pravets Golf & Spa has fast gained a reputation within the Bulgarian golfing fraternity for the quality and condition of the golf course. The club is the centre-piece of an excellent 4-star resort that offers a 240-key hotel, spa, conference, leisure and a host of other activities. Situated only 40 minutes from the Capital City Sofia, the resort is a popular weekend retreat and it is now gaining attention from international visitors.

Braemar Golf is a leading golf management, construction and advisory firm with its headquarters at the home of golf in St Andrews. They currently have projects in Russia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Oman, France and the UK.

For Further Information Contact:
Keith Haslam, Braemar Golf, +44 (0)1334 478578keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk
Kameliya Staykova, Pravets Golf Club, +359 882 550 813info@pravets-golfclub.com

Braemar Golf and Mosaic Form Strategic Relationship

Braemar Golf and Mosaic Clubs and Resorts have formed a strategic relationship to enhance their development, management and advisory services to clubs worldwide.

Braemar Golf, headquartered in St. Andrews, Scotland, help clients with the planning, construction, management and marketing of golf facilities. The company’s clients have included some of the world’s most recognized names in golf, real estate and resort development, located in Africa, Europe and Asia. Please see www.braemargolf.co.uk.

Since 1997, Mosaic, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has been a provider of club solutions and management services for developers, lenders, club boards and municipalities across the United States. Collectively, the company and its founders have experience at more than 200 clubs in the U.S. and overseas.  Information about Mosaic can be found at www.mosaicclubs.com.

Keith Haslam, Managing Director of Braemar commented, “Our core services have typically been the front end development and early operational phases of projects. This relationship with Mosaic will increase our strength, resources and benefits we can deliver in the ongoing management and support of clubs and provide both companies with a more global platform in which to operate”.

"The benefit of having offices in Atlanta and St. Andrews makes great sense given golf is growing worldwide,” said Whitney Crouse, Chairman of Mosaic. “When we marry the experience and complimentary skill sets of the two companies together, we have a platform with the power to serve clients anywhere, while providing them with compelling reciprocity offerings, enhanced management systems and cost savings.”


Notes for Editors:

Braemar Golf Developments Ltd is an international golf services company head quartered at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland. They construct, support and manage high quality golf developments in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Mosaic Clubs & Resorts, LLC, is an Atlanta-based golf management company whose partners and principals have broad experience building, owning, and operating over 200 clubs worldwide. The company currently manages private, resort, and daily fee clubs and has more than more than 1,500 associates. Mosaic Clubs & Resorts brings expertise to all aspects of golf, country, and athletic clubs.

For further Information Please Contact: 

Keith Haslam
Managing Director
Braemar Golf
+44(0)1334 478578
keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk

Kaitlin Looby
Partner, Director of Sales and Marketing
Mosaic Clubs & Resorts
+1 678-679-0523 x303
Kaitlin.Looby@MosaicClubs.com

Golf Retailing Competition Winner All Set for Pravets

Pravets Golf & Spa in Bulgaria are looking forward to welcoming the Golf Retailing competition winner, Mike Wynn, to the beautiful resort in April. Mike was the lucky winner of the competition for PGA Professionals, run in conjunction with Golf Retailing magazine, the number one magazine for the golf trade .

Mike Wynn at Silvermere

Mike Wynn at Silvermere

Mike is an experienced PGA Golf Instructor and a custom fit club specialist, based at Silvermere Golf & Leisure, one of Surrey's premier pay and play courses and home of the Doug McClelland Golf Superstore, one of the busiest retail outlets on a golf complex in Europe.

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Mike commented "I cannot wait to get to Pravets and Bulgaria. I would not really have thought about taking guests to Bulgaria, but having learnt more about the superb facilities and heard the feedback from some of the Professionals who have played in events there, now cannot wait to experience it myself. I would like to say a huge thanks to Pravets and Golf Retailing for the competition."

Mike will get to sample what Pravets has to offer;

  • A beautiful golf course, as challenging or fun as you want to make it and with the best conditions in Bulgaria - and as good as you will find in more well known destinations.

  • Practice facilities that are second to none - with areas set aside for your private use if coaching.

  • Superb spa and leisure facilities.

  • Hotel with 240 bedrooms of a 4* International standard.

  • A friendly welcome by Alan Rogut, the Director of Golf and his professional team - they will ensure your stay is tailored to your needs and that you will want to return again!

Alan Rogut, Director of Golf at Pravets Golf & Spa added "We are always delighted to welcome PGA Professionals to Bulgaria and Pravets. Congratulations to Mike on winning the Golf Retailing competition and we are confident Mike and his guests will be blown away with Pravets, as many first time guests are. We hope this will encourage more Professionals and amateur golfers alike to think about Bulgaria and Pravets for short golf breaks, or as a venue for coaching trips".


If you would like to receive further information on Pravets, please contact;

Kameliya Staykova, Pravets Golf Club, +359 882 550 813
info@pravets-golfclub.comwww.pravets-golfclub.com

We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful view!

View from Clubhouse down holes 9 and 18 and over Lake Pravets to the Hotel & Spa

View from Clubhouse down holes 9 and 18 and over Lake Pravets to the Hotel & Spa

Braemar Golf Partner with Turfgrass to Elevate LaLargue

Braemar Golf have teamed up with the industry leading Turfgrass, to assist Golf Club de LaLargue with their vision to elevate their golf course to one of the best conditioned and presented in their region of France and Switzerland.

Golf Club de LaLargue, a Swiss Club but located in the Alsace region of France, have recently appointed a new General Manager, Graham Stewart, and developed a strategic business plan to develop and enhance the club into one of the top clubs in the region and the country. A major part of this is to review and improve the condition and presentation of the golf course.

After initial discussions, Braemar Golf presented a solution to LaLargue which met all their criteria. This has involved Braemar teaming up with John Clarkin and Julian Mooney of Turfgrass, the leading golf course consultancy. The scope of services will involve an audit of the entire golf maintenance department and how it manages the golf course, as well as supporting the team to develop and implement improved agronomy programmes and elevate the condition and presentation of the golf course for the members and guests. In time, beneficial changes to the golf courses are also to be considered.

Graham Stewart commented “the club have prioritised the golf course as a key area to improve as part of a longer term strategic plan. The Board and I required the best knowledge and skills, but importantly experience of the market LaLargue operates in. Keith and Braemar have taken all this on board and delivered LaLargue a solution which met all our criteria. The Board and I are looking forward to working with Julian, John and Braemar on this project and to seeing positive results to achieve our vision”.

John Clarkin (l) and Julian Mooney

John Clarkin (l) and Julian Mooney

John Clarkin stated “we are delighted to partner with Braemar on this exciting project with LaLargue. Our demonstrable experience of working with other high end clubs in Switzerland and France, along with our track record of delivering exceptional golf course conditions with our clients, ensures we can meet LaLargues’ criteria. We are confident in delivering positive results this season with Graham and his team at LaLargue.

Keith Haslam, Managing Director of Braemar added “We look at every client and role uniquely, to deliver the optimum solution for the client. This can mean collaborating and bringing in the right people with the specific experience required to deliver the solutions and we are delighted to team up with Turfgrass. LaLargue are taking the right approach with their strategic plan and we are proud to be helping them deliver certain aspects of that plan.”


If you think your club could benefit from this type of assistance or discuss if your club could be performing better commercially, then please contact Keith Haslam at keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk or call +44 (0)1334 478578.


Notes for Editors:

Golf Club de LaLargue is located in picturesque Alsace, near the Swiss border and the city of Basel. The beautiful 18-hole Championship golf course is unique in the Basel region and offers members and guests an exceptional playing experience. Nestled in the undulating landscape, our golf course is a challenge to golfers of all levels and a perfect escape into nature. Golf Club de LaLargue also has a 9-hole course with first class practice facilities and golf academy, making it a perfect club for beginners and experienced players alike. The beautifully located Club House has superb views over the course and includes “LeBistro” restaurant and is a picture perfect location for events and functions.

Braemar Golf is a leading golf management, construction and advisory firm with its headquarters at the home of golf in St Andrews. They have been delivering bespoke solutions to owner and developers of golf projects globally, for nearly 20 years.

Turfgrass are a world leading golf course consultancy who have been delivering services to clients for 20 years. Their approach is very simple, to immediately understand their clients’ needs and to act upon them. Using our personal service, scientific approach and experience, Turfgrass endeavours to create the best possible golf course with maximum commercial responsibility. 

For further Information Please Contact: 

Keith Haslam, Managing Director, Braemar Golf
enquiries@braemargolf.co.uk
+44 (0)1334 478578

Braemar Golf Partner with Turfgrass to Elevate LaLargue

Braemar Golf have teamed up with the industry leading Turfgrass, to assist Golf Club de LaLargue with their vision to elevate their golf course to one of the best conditioned and presented in their region of France and Switzerland.

Golf Club de LaLargue

Golf Club de LaLargue

Golf Club de LaLargue, a Swiss Club but located in the Alsace region of France, have recently appointed a new General Manager, Graham Stewart, and developed a strategic business plan to develop and enhance the club into one of the top clubs in the region and the country. A major part of this is to review and improve the condition and presentation of the golf course.

After initial discussions, Braemar Golf presented a solution to LaLargue which met all their criteria. This has involved Braemar teaming up with John Clarkin and Julian Mooney of Turfgrass, the leading golf course consultancy. The scope of services will involve an audit of the entire golf maintenance department and how it manages the golf course, as well as supporting the team to develop and implement improved agronomy programmes and elevate the condition and presentation of the golf course for the members and guests. In time, beneficial changes to the golf courses are also to be considered.

Graham Stewart commented “the club have prioritised the golf course as a key area to improve as part of a longer term strategic plan. The Board and I required the best knowledge and skills, but importantly experience of the market LaLargue operates in. Keith and Braemar have taken all this on board and delivered LaLargue a solution which met all our criteria. The Board and I are looking forward to working with Julian, John and Braemar on this project and to seeing positive results to achieve our vision”.

John Clarkin (l) & Julian Mooney

John Clarkin (l) & Julian Mooney

John Clarkin stated “we are delighted to partner with Braemar on this exciting project with LaLargue. Our demonstrable experience of working with other high end clubs in Switzerland and France, along with our track record of delivering exceptional golf course conditions with our clients, ensures we can meet LaLargues’ criteria. We are confident in delivering positive results this season with Graham and his team at LaLargue.

Keith Haslam, Managing Director of Braemar added “We look at every client and role uniquely, to deliver the optimum solution for the client. This can mean collaborating and bringing in the right people with the specific experience required to deliver the solutions and we are delighted to team up with Turfgrass. LaLargue are taking the right approach with their strategic plan and we are proud to be helping them deliver certain aspects of that plan.”


If you think your club could benefit from this type of assistance or discuss if your club could be performing better commercially, then please contact Keith Haslam at keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk or call +44 (0)1334 478578.


Notes for Editors:

Golf Club de LaLargue is located in picturesque Alsace, near the Swiss border and the city of Basel. The beautiful 18-hole Championship golf course is unique in the Basel region and offers members and guests an exceptional playing experience. Nestled in the undulating landscape, our golf course is a challenge to golfers of all levels and a perfect escape into nature. Golf Club de LaLargue also has a 9-hole course with first class practice facilities and golf academy, making it a perfect club for beginners and experienced players alike. The beautifully located Club House has superb views over the course and includes “LeBistro” restaurant and is a picture perfect location for events and functions.

Braemar Golf is a leading golf management, construction and advisory firm with its headquarters at the home of golf in St Andrews. They have been delivering bespoke solutions to owner and developers of golf projects globally, for nearly 20 years.

Turfgrass are a world leading golf course consultancy who have been delivering services to clients for 20 years. Their approach is very simple, to immediately understand their clients’ needs and to act upon them. Using our personal service, scientific approach and experience, Turfgrass endeavours to create the best possible golf course with maximum commercial responsibility. 

For further Information Please Contact: 

Keith Haslam, Managing Director, Braemar Golf
enquiries@braemargolf.co.uk
+44 (0)1334 478578

Pravets Perfect for PGA Professionals

Pravets Golf & Spa, Bulgaria, Set to Welcome Familiar Faces and First Timers in 2017

Pravets 18th Green, 10th Tees and Hotel

Pravets 18th Green, 10th Tees and Hotel

Pravets Golf & Spa are looking forward to the up and coming season and happily are seeing a few returning faces. In particular, Pravets are delighted to see an increasing number of Golf Professionals travelling with their clients and using Pravets as a venue for tournament weeks, golf breaks and specifically Coaching Camps.

The combination of the picturesque golf course, practice and academy facilities that would grace any venue in Europe, along with the onsite Riu Hotel with superb spa and leisure facilities, makes it an ideal venue. Professionals have their own private areas to work in, can utilise the superbly equipped swing studio’s as well as indoor classrooms.

Pravets Swing Studios

Pravets Swing Studios

Pravets are delighted to see UK based PGA Professional Gary Pike returning for a 3rd straight year with his “Golf Tuition Holidays”. Gary spends a number of weeks in Pravets, with a different set of clients arriving each week. 

Alan Rogut, Pravets Director of Golf commented “it is great to see Gary and his Golf Travel Services clients returning for yet another year. Our aim is to ensure Gary’s clients are well looked after and we also make Gary’s week as easy as possible by providing the right access to all the facilities and ensure our friendly and attentive staff are on hand for anything.”

Gary added “Pravets has amazing practice facilities, a superb golf course and comfortable hotel. Along with the service we receive from Alan and his team, that covers everything I require to host a successful golf coaching week”.

Gary with Two of His Clients at Pravets

Gary with Two of His Clients at Pravets

Gary joins Professionals and returning groups from the UK, Sweden and Romania and we will be welcoming new Professionals with their members from Russia, in what we project with be Pravets busiest season so far. Pravets hosted the UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe for the past 6 years and golf professionals from over 30 countries have visited each year. The aim was to give them the best tournament experience and this continues in providing the visiting Professionals with the facilities and service to ensure their clients have a great experience.

For further details of Golf Travel Services and Gary's escorted and hosted golf holidays please see www.golftravelservices.co.uk

Pravets offers packages for Professional led groups that can be tailored to the requirements of each Professional and his travelling clients. Please contact Kameliya Staykova at Pravets Golf Club on +359 882 550 813 or email info@pravets-golfclub.comfor rates and further details.

Turkish Airlines World Cup of Golf 2016 Lands at Pravets, Bulgaria

The latest stage of the 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, the sport’s biggest and most exciting amateur tournaments, takes place at Pravets Golf Club in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 May 2016.

The next of 101 qualifiers for the global event, which is enjoying a growing reputation after three hugely successful previous years, will feature more than 60 players, all personally-invited guests of Turkish Airlines.

One winner will progress to the Grand Final in Antalya, Turkey, this October, while there will also be memorable prizes for, the runner-up, third place, best gross and nearest-the-pin prizes for men and women.

“We are proud to be hosting the latest 2016 Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifier in Sofia,” Bilal Arpaci, General Manager for Turkish Airlines Sofia, said. “We are excited to be welcoming everyone to the world class facilities at Pravets Golf Club. We are sure the players will have a day to remember and wish them all the very best of luck.

”Winners of the Grand Final progress to play in the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open pro-am, while all finalists are to enjoy a seven-night stay in an all-inclusive hotel, two rounds of golf and VIP passes to the Turkish Airlines Open, the $7,000,000 European Tour event, from Thursday to Sunday.

The event is backed by Global Sponsor the Financial Times, with Conte of Florence the Official Clothing and Fashion Partner.

Turkish Airlines, which was recently voted Best Airline in Europe for the fifth consecutive year, as well as World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining in 2015, launched the World Golf Cup in 2013. It featured 12 qualifying events and was won by China’s Han Liang. His prize for victory was partnering world number one and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods in the Turkish Airlines Open pro-am. 2015 winner Neill Bam from Johannesburg proved successful in the 2015 series and went on to partner Rory McIlroy, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

TK Brief Story

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 300 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 284 destinations worldwide with 235 international and 49 domestic. According to 2015 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "BestAirline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business AirlineLounge" prizes in 2015 Skytrax survey. Turkish Airlines flies to more countries and international destinations in the world than any other airline (113 countries over five continents). 


TK Quality

In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines invests in its quality of service, in-flight entertainment systems, comfortable seats, gourmet cuisine and its qualified human resources. TurkishAirlines is always on the forefront of the latest technological advances and innovations in the aviation industry and boasts one of the youngest fleets. As the airline expands its routes and number of aircrafts, continuing training of its employees is of the utmost importance in insuring the safety of its passengers.

Turkish Airlines regards flight safety and service quality as two of the most indispensable necessities. The carrier currently holds a four-star ranking and consistently strives to secure a five-star ranking.

Understanding the responsibility of being a leading airline within the global aviation community, Turkish Airlines is determined to carry out its mission moving forward with its unparalleled service concept, superior quality, trustworthiness and reliability.

In addition to Europe, Turkish Airlines is also strategically expanding its network into Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America. As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Turkish Airlines holds a strategic position between the East and West.

Facts & Figures

  • Number of aircraft: 300 (passenger and cargo)
  • Aircraft types: A340-300, A330, A321, A320, A319, B737-400, B737-800, B777 ER
  • Hubs: Istanbul, Ankara
  • Frequent flyer program: Miles & Smiles
  • Number of destinations: 284 (235 international, 49 domestic)
  • Network strengths: Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America.

Notes for Editors:

Pravets Golf & Spa has fast gained a reputation within the Bulgarian golfing fraternity for the quality and condition of the golf course. The club is the centre-piece of an excellent 4-star resort that offers a 240-key hotel, spa, conference, leisure and a host of other activities. Situated only 40 minutes from the Capital City Sofia, the resort is a popular weekend retreat and it is now gaining attention from international visitors.

Braemar Golf is a leading golf management, construction and advisory firm with its headquarters at the home of golf in St Andrews. They currently have projects in Russia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Portugal and the UK.

For Further Information Contact:
Keith Haslam, Braemar Golf, +44 (0)1334 478578, keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk
Kameliya Staykova, Pravets Golf Club, +359 882 550 813, info@pravets-golfclub.com

R&A Support Helps Drive Bulgarian Junior Golf Development

The R&A, through its "Working for Golf" Programme has thrown its support behind the Pravets Golf Club Junior Programme in 2016 with a grant award. Each year Pravets Golf Club strives to develop young golfers in Bulgaria through its complimentary junior programme. Spearheaded by PGA Professional William Dow and Bulgarian Assistant PGA Professional Krasi Panayotov, the programme focuses on developing the skills of juniors of all ages and introducing kids to golf.

Kids enjoying the R&A supported golf development programme

Kids enjoying the R&A supported golf development programme

Alan Rogut, Director of Golf at Pravets Golf Club, stated ‘’The generous financial support from The R&A will allow the Club to offer even more coaching hours and competitions for the young Bulgarian golfers to participate in. Pravets Golf Club has superb facilities and professional instructors and we are committed to taking the game forward in Bulgaria at grass roots level. I would like to thank The R&A for their confidence in us and for their support.”
The Junior Programme has been running now for 6 years and growing steadily. It is supported by the owners of Pravets Golf & Spa and also from such generous grants from The R&A.


 

 

Pravets Hosts EGA Team Shield & PGAs of Europe "Coaches Circle"

Pravets Golf & Spa has again proved why it is one of the best golf event venues in Europe, having succesfully hosted the PGAs of Europe Coaching Circle, followed by the European Golf Association Team Shield Championship.

2015 Coaches Circle Delegates and Speakers at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort

2015 Coaches Circle Delegates and Speakers at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort

EGA Team Shield

The entry to the inaugural 2015 event, hosted by Pravets Golf & Spa Resort in Bulgaria, has attracted a diverse field of 12 European national teams including those from, Albania, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. The championship is open to EGA member national golf authorities who, this year, have not fielded teams in the EGA’s other European team championships.

Richard Heath, the General Manager of the EGA commented "We are delighted to have added the European Team Shield to our busy annual schedule of around 20 European title championships and International Matches. The championship’s main aim is to assist and motivate the participating nations to develop their elite golf programmes and national team infrastructure so that greater playing opportunities are open to their players in the future. The event has received tremendous support from The R&A, for which all participants are very grateful".

A number of top coaches from the PGAs of Europe are also present to offer guidance to the teams in the form of a training camp, which has followed staging of their successful Coaches Circle Conference at Pravets earlier in the week.

PGAs of Europe Coaches Circle

The PGAs of Europe Coaches Circle concluded prior to the EGA Team Shield, with more than 40 PGA Professionals from 21 countries from all over Europe, together with more from Canada, being stimulated after a series of workshops and presentations at Pravets Golf & Spa Resort, Bulgaria.

With subject matters such as working with federations, junior player development, high performance in youth golf, junior academies and coaching relationships, the event has already received hugely positive praise: “The feedback we’ve received so far has been excellent – really first class,” said PGAs of Europe Director of Education & Membership, Tony Bennett.

Tony added " The Coaches Circle is a ‘mastermind’ group where coaches are of a like-mind but also a like-task, having similar things to do in terms of dealing with players, national teams, etc., are given an opportunity to work together, bounce ideas off each other… and perhaps give a bit of support.”

Pravets Proud to Host Such Prestigious Events

Pravets has developed into one of the most sought after event venues in Europe and this back to back conference and EGA Championship is one of the highlights of Pravets year. Later in 2015 Pravets will host the EGA European Senior Men's Team Championship and the fifth hosting of the UniCredit PGA Professional Championship of Europe. 

Alan Rogut, Pravets Director of Golf commented "the resort facilities, the superbly conditioned golf course and extensive practice facilities make Pravets a great venue for such tournaments, conferences and group golf events. We are proud to host such organisations at the PGAs of Europe and European Golf Association and this has seen a year on year increase in PGA Professionals and amateur groups alike choosing Bulgaria and Pravets as venue for golf weeks and events.

Notes for Editors:

Pravets Golf & Spa has fast gained a reputation within the Bulgarian golfing fraternity for the quality and condition of the golf course. The club is the centre-piece of an excellent 4-star resort that offers a 240-key hotel, spa, conference, leisure and a host of other activities. Situated only 40 minutes from the Capital City Sofia, the resort is a popular weekend retreat and it is now gaining attention from international visitors.

Braemar Golf is a leading golf management, construction and advisory firm with its headquarters at the home of golf in St Andrews. They currently have projects in Russia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Portugal, Gabon and the UK.

Related Websites:
www.braemargolf.co.uk
www.pravets-golfclub.com
www.pgae.com

For Further Information Contact:
Keith Haslam, Braemar Golf, +44 (0)1334 478578, keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk
Kameliya Staykova, Pravets Golf Club, +359 882 550 813, info@pravets-golfclub.com

Braemar Golf Recruit New PGA Team for Zavidovo, PGA National Russia

Braemar Golf have completed the recruitment of the PGA Golf Professional team on behalf of Zavidovo PGA National Russia. Recently, George Scott joined Alex Day who had arrived pre season to set up the golf operation and golf instruction services. Together they will deliver all golf instruction and lead the golf operations at one of Russia's finest golf facilities.

Alex Day (left) & George Scott at Zavidovo

Alex Day (left) & George Scott at Zavidovo

Alex Day is the Head Golf Professional and brings a huge amount of international experience and a high quality teaching reputation to Zavidovo. Alex has worked with Braemar previously at Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club in Oman, as well as having Eastern European experience after a period in Bulgaria. Prior to this Alex worked at the ex Ryder Cup venue, The Belfry, not only as a Golf Professional but in the Golf Sales Team.
 
Keith Haslam, Managing Director of Braemar Golf commented "Alex had to compete against over 40 applicants for this role, but having seen what an exceptional job he did in Oman, both in terms of the quality of his tuition and the success he generated commercially, it gave us the confidence to appoint him. This blend of teaching credentials coupled with the business and sales skills are a great combination and will be put to great use at Zavidovo."

Alex has now been joined by graduating AGMS Student, George Scott. The plan is to have an experienced Professional alongside a trainee or student Golf Professional. This is the third year an AGMS student from Birmingham University has been placed and there is no doubt they are turning out some great Professionals.

George has just finished his third year and this placement will see him complete his course. Keith Haslam went on to say "George had the benefit of completing an international placement last year under the guidance of an excellent PGA Professional, as well as having worked in quality properties such as Mere Golf & Country Club in the UK. This experience and understanding of the quality levels expected will ensure George is a success in Russia."

Zavidovo Club President, Alexander Yarunin added "just as month in, the feedback from members and guests has been very positive and Alex and George have made a big impact to date. We look forward to a successful season and thank Braemar again in recruiting what looks like will be a great team".

Notes for Editors:

Zavidovo, PGA National Russia is the countries first and only golf course carrying the prestigious PGA title. Situated at the popular destination of Zavidovo, 100 km west of Moscow. The golf course has been designed by European Golf Design, and has the look and feel of the ancient Scottish golf courses. The golf course forms the centrepiece of a residential and touristic development featuring a Radisson Blu Hotel, Marina and superb clubhouse. The membership philosophy is centred on camaraderie and we hope our members will regard Golf Club Zavidovo PGA National Russia as their luxurious second home.

Braemar Golf is a commercial golf services company head quartered at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland. We offer development, management and construction services, assisting owners and developers plan, construct, pre open and operate high quality golf developments in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

For Further Information: 
Keith Haslam, +44 (0)1334 478578, keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk

Espiche Awarded 3rd Place in Prestigious Golf Inc. "Clubhouse of the Year" Award

Western Algarve Club the Only Non US Clubhouse Nominated

Espiche Golf is delighted to announce it has been awarded 3rd place by Golf Inc. magazine, in the much sought after "Clubhouse of the Year" award. Espiche Golf was the only club outside of the US to be nominated for this years award.

The Award is just recognition for the owners vision and ethos of Espiche Golf which has the environment and sustainability at the heart of the development. 

Espiche Golf Clubhouse

Espiche Golf Clubhouse

What the Judges Said:

"The Project showcases a spectacular building on a spectacular site. This kind of beautiful architecture demands to sit on top of a hill as a reference point for golfers." Angel del Monte

"It's a small scale gem." Kenneth Hart

"What a spectacular design. Modern clean lines and gorgeous views. This design is a few years ahead of its time." Franz Benzakour


Golf Inc. commented "The juncture between sustainability and history is best displayed by architect Nadine Berger's use of reclaimed materials. All original stones from the pre existing ruin and surrounding area were used to construct external walls. Solar panels, energy reflecting glass, harvested rainwater and drought resistant grasses all further contribute to the projects environmentally conscious practices."

The Algarve Daily News recently  reported "The nomination and award is a huge boost to the vision of the owners, the Algarve's reputation, and that of the clubhouse architect and golf course management."

Espiche Golf is located in the picturesque Western Algarve, to the north of Lagos and Praia da Luz. From the outset, the development of Espiche Golf has been firmly rooted in the goal of creating a sporting experience that celebrates the unique beauty of the Western Algarve. The guiding principle, from the course construction and maintenance criteria, to the ethos of the clubhouse design and operation, through to our relationships with the local community - has been to respect and wherever possible, enhance the surrounding landscape, ecology and economy.

Luis Rocha, General Manager of Espiche Golf commented, "The Gecko Restaurant within the award winning clubhouse has also been receiving great reviews and is now a sought after spot for lunch, dinner or just drinks with fabulous views. This award will no doubt further enhance the growing reputation of Espiche Golf".

Notes for Editors:

Espiche Golf is located just outside Lagos in the Western Algarve and includes an 18 hole course and fabulous clubhouse. It is set in an Ecological Reserve providing a great golfing experience within a stunning natural environment. Golf course architect Peter Sauerman sympathetically designed the course to integrate into the surrounding scenery. 

Braemar Golf is a commercial golf services company head quartered at the home of golf in St Andrews, Scotland. We offer development, management and construction services, assisting owners and developers plan, construct, pre open and operate high quality golf developments in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

For Further Information: 
Luis Rocha, +351 282 688 250, general-manager@espiche-golf.com
Keith Haslam, +44 (0)1334 478578, keithhaslam@braemargolf.co.uk

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Millerbrown Golf takes a Professional Approach to Tazegzout with Help of Braemar Golf

Tazegzout Golf Club is part of the Taghazout Bay Resort, a new development on the Atlantic coast of Morocco near Agadir, owned and operated by SAPST (Societe d’Aménagement et de Promotion de la Station de Taghazout). When the time came to fit out the golf shop, lead contractor Braemar Golf recommended Millerbrown Golf to ensure a professional retail design was achieved.

In a country fast gaining a reputation for some superb new golf destinations, the brand new development at Tazegzout is right up there, both in terms of its scale and also the quality of golf on offer. From a retail design perspective the building style, coupled with the general layout of the clubhouse, provided a perfect canvas to create a contemporary, bright retail store.

Too often not enough retail space is planned into new developments for a shop to achieve the full turnover potential of a resort. However, at approximately 100 square metres, and with additional separate areas for fitting rooms, a stockroom and an office, the architects at Tazegzout had allocated a sufficiently large retail footprint to create a shop that would make visitors really want to spend time looking around.

Increased customer ‘dwell’ time in any shop, usually results in greater turnover, and initial feedback from Laila Bensouda, Partnerships and Development director for SAPST, has been extremely positive. “The shop opened in September 2014 and we are delighted with it. The quality of the design and also the quality of the installation work carried out by Millerbrown Golf are superb”.

In line with an increasingly common trend in golf worldwide, there is a very minimalist display of hardware at Tazegzout. “We see our key sales areas very much as being non-hardware lines such as clothing, footwear and accessories. We also sell our own ranges of Tazegzout branded items, as well as popular local specialities, including cosmetics based on locally produced and currently trending argan oil”.

Using a combination of textured pale mushroom wall coverings, weathered oak timber finishes and brushed stainless steel detailing, the shop feels modern and welcoming. According to the staff, the state-of-the-art display system is ‘so easy to change around’, meaning that it will always be easy to keep it looking fresh and interesting.

Millerbrown Golf was initially recommended to SAPST by Braemar Golf Management and Millerbrown Golf’s design director, Paul Sanders worked closely with Braemar’s Andrew Glen. Keith Haslam, the MD of Braemar and Braemar as a company have worked with Sanders specifically over many years, going back to Haslam’s days at Gleneagles. So it was a natural step to ask Sanders and Millerbrown Golf to assist with Tazegzout.

Braemar recognises retail is a key component to the whole experience and can assist in spreading the word and brand of Tazegzout as well as being an important contributor to the business. Haslam commented, “A key issue is the retail fit-out and design and we are delighted that Miss Bensouda took on board our advice to allow us to bring in experts in their field for such a task. This is not always the case and unfortunately more often than not, we are disappointed and compromised in our retail operations when a client tries to do it themselves.” Working with Braemar Golf , Sanders provided a design bespoke to the retail space and the type of business anticipated. The client felt confident enough to allow Millerbrown to do full design, manufacture and fit out with the results speaking for themselves. This approach ensured a professional result and a smooth and efficient process. Braemar Golf recommend this approach and now look forward to working with Sanders and Millerbrown again in the future.

Concluding Sanders said, “Having just returned from Tazegzout to see the shop in operation I’m delighted that we have been involved in this stunning development. SAPST have been a great organisation to work with, and their professionalism is evident throughout the golf operation. A great result”.

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The Russian Golf Hole in One - BRIC Magazine

Talk of Russian birdies, eagles and albatrosses might make you think you were deep in a discussion on Russian wildlife. More often than not you would be right but, as Etan Smallman discovers, the rise of new Russian golf courses all over the country is now changing that conversation. Here he talks to one of the leaders of that change, Keith Haslam; managing director of UK based Braemar Golf.

As odd couples go, it’s up there with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Russia and golf are two words one does not readily expect to hear in the same sentence. But the sport is gaining a surprising foothold as the perfect game for any aspiring (or indeed fully-fledged) oligarch. The first 18-hole golf course was only built there in 1994 and the sport only really started to gain momentum in the 2000s. It still remains very much a rich man’s sport in Russia – with memberships ranging from £14,500 ($25,000) a year to more than £176,000 ($300,000) – but as it gains wider recognition, and Olympic status in 2016, it looks like golf could soon be a pastime for the Russian masses.

Many foreign companies are being drafted in to design, build and maintain world-class courses there – despite huge cultural differences and a climate that means, in most parts of the country, members can only enjoy five or six months of play per year. One firm at the forefront of this sporting revolution is Braemar Golf, based in St Andrews, Scotland, which has been involved from concept to the operation of a PGA branded facility in Russia, advised the owners of the highly anticipated Skolkovo Golf Club and is about to commence project managing the building of another club in St Petersburg, with one or two more similar projects in the pipeline.

The firm, established in 2000, has offices in Scotland, Russia, Bahrain, Bulgaria and Morocco. Braemar helped build and now continues to work with the owners of the PGA National Russia in Zavidovo, 90km from Moscow, which is the only club in Russia that carries the prestigious PGA brand. Opened in September 2012, the course actually has the look and feel of the ancient traditional golf courses to be found in Scotland. Meanwhile, just 25 minutes from the Kremlin, Skolkovo will be one of the most easily accessible golf clubs in the Moscow region. The club is located close to one of the most high-profile development projects in Russia, the Skolkovo Innovation Centre, which is being hailed as Russia’s Silicon Valley.

Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow

Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow

Keen Sportsman

Managing director Keith Haslam, who grew up in Bolton in Lancashire, north England, has been obsessed with golf since he caught the bug aged just 14. “I was a keen sportsman as a child,” he says. “I used to play football, cricket, tennis, table tennis…but I didn’t take up golf seriously until I was 14 or 15 – after realising I was never going to make any money as a sportsman. The fact that it was an individual sport appealed to me. I liked watching it on TV and it was a ball game. I liked all ball games really. Then I went to university in Sheffield at 19. After I graduated, I went to Scotland and I’ve been here ever since.”

The 43-year-old studied leisure management at university, which culminated with a work placement at the world-famous Gleneagles resort, followed by a two-year golf management training programme. He has now been with Braemar for 11 years. Haslam says his company is currently working in nine or ten countries at the moment – including projects in the UK, Portugal, Morocco, Gabon, Montenegro and Bulgaria. And, of course, two – “and about to become three” – courses in Russia. “I think when we say we do work in Russia it definitely surprises people,” he says. “Golf in Russia is still very much in its infancy. We started work there in 2008/9 and there were only five or six courses in and around Moscow. They were all very private and exclusive clubs, therefore there wasn’t very much of an interest in golf in the rest of the country and very little from outside. It would still be fairly down the list of places people would expect us to work but, with golf now part of the Olympics in 2016 in Rio, that could easily change.”

With the sport still so new in Russia, just how much competition does Braemar face? “Some of the other golf management companies are definitely there. But we’ve taken the steps of setting up a branch office in Russia so that, administratively, we can invoice in roubles and employ people with proper work permits. Because of the hard work we’ve done it’s definitely allowed us as a relatively small company to punch above our weight. I think we’re very much seen as one of the big players in Russia now which we’re really pleased about.”

Having said that, making golf a viable business venture does not come without manifest challenges. As Haslam explains: “The climate is one of the big issues. Golf courses only open in St Petersburg and Moscow after the snow has melted. In an average year, you’re looking at May before the courses are really open for business. And once you reach mid-October that’s pretty much it. Even in Scotland, even though it can get pretty cold and miserable in the winter, on the coast and in certain areas, you’re playing 12 months a year. In Moscow, you’re talking five to six months.

“The demands in terms of quality there are often higher as well – they tend to go very high-end and try to get them in really tip-top condition. In many mature markets there’s anything from one or two stars through to five star facilities, and there’s a market for each of those levels. In Russia you’re starting very much at the top end so, usually, you’re dealing with top quality golf courses, often with signature brand architects, and the expectations are very high. That’s an extra challenge.” Golf in Russia, at least at the moment, is becoming very popular among the very affluent Russians. They’re internationally travelled; they like brands; and they like great quality. But, it seems, the challenge for Russia in the future will be whether there will be a market for three or four-star courses as this would potentially be the level that would appeal to the wider customer base and make the industry sustainable in years to come.

Zavidovo, PGA National Russia

Zavidovo, PGA National Russia

Costs

“It will be very interesting if golf courses are built more in the Sochi region, down on the Black Sea coast,” says Keith. “There you could probably play 10 or 11 months of the year. The only way to grow the game is to have facilities that are less costly to build, more maintenance-friendly and with more accessible price points.” So how much does it cost to build a golf course fit for Russia? “You’re talking anything from £5.8 million ($10 million) to £10.5 million ($18 million). In the Middle East, in places like Qatar, I’ve seen golf courses costing £29 million ($50 million) to £35 million ($60 million) plus. It really depends on the quality and the architect fees.”

The experts at KPMG’s golf advisory group have recently reported that Russia’s highest-end clubs have even come in at well over £29million ($50 million) when including costly extras like clubhouses, polo grounds, marinas and private ski slopes. Maintenance costs alone can be as high as £900,000 ($1.5 million) a year. In fact, some of the Russian courses started off as oligarchs’ playgrounds – uber-exclusive, executive, nine-hole shorter courses. “Some of these courses were built to be very, very private in the early days, but the cost of maintaining them meant that even if they started very exclusive they soon became more open – it’s a very difficult business model to get right.” Indeed, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is right now in the middle of deciding whether or not his course in the Moscow suburbs will be public or remain private in the future.

It’s enough to make one wonder how much is about a love of the sport and how much is about a love of the elite trappings. “It’s a very good question,” Haslam responds. “I think it’s quite split – from what we see, there are some people out there who absolutely love their golf as a sport and then there is an element of the market where the trappings of being a member of a club, and all the business of networking and social status, are very important.” It is a fact that in the early days of Russian golf people were members of two, three or four different clubs at the same time, even though they were very, very expensive to join. It was just the ‘in’ thing to do and the status of it was almost above all other considerations.

“We have a client in Russia whose owner said to us: ‘Look, I’m not going to have the time now in my stage of life to play golf with the business commitments I have, but I want my children to learn how to play golf because, a) I think it’s a great sport and, b) the social and business opportunities available on the course – internationally, that’s the place where business is done.’ So I think for a lot of parents in Russia, even though they may not be that keen themselves, there is definitely a sense that they would like their kids to play, even if it’s just for the traditions of the game. After all, it’s a sport about honesty as well as about aspiration.”

And, as the leader of one of Golf’s most innovative course developers, just how much golf does Haslam actually get to play himself – or is he sick of the sight of clubs and tees once he’s clocked off? “Not as much as I would like,” he laments. “I’ve played less and less over the years as the business has grown bigger. But I’m very lucky to be in the industry. Obviously, we do need to monitor our own golf courses once in a while – to check they’re still in mint condition – so there’s always an excuse,” he says with a smile.

For more information visit Braemargolf.co.uk

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