Antognolla Golf Selected to Host the PGA of Italy Championship 2019

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(Umbria , Italy)

Antognolla Golf is proud to announce they will be the host venue to the 2019 PGA of Italy Championship by +Energia.

Luca Cianchetti, 2018 Champion

Luca Cianchetti, 2018 Champion

2019 will see the 43rd edition of the PGA of Italy Championship, which this year is supported by title sponsor +Energia and is the premier annual event for PGA of Italy Golf Professionals.

The inaugural Championship was played in 1977 and previous winners have included names such as Constantino Rocca and Francesco Molinari, the current reigning Open Champion. Returning to defend his crown at Antognolla will be Luca Cianchetti, who triumphed in 2018 at Castelgandolfo Golf Club.

César Burguière, Golf Director at Antognolla Golf commented “the owners are excited that Antognolla has been chosen to host the PGA of Italy Championship. We have made huge progress in the last 18 months at Antognolla Golf and hosting this prestigious event is a great reward for all the hard work from the team and investment from the owners. We look forward to welcoming the Italian professional golfers to Antognolla and the Umbria region and we are confident they will enjoy playing in this most stunning location”.

The PGA of Italy Championship by +Energia will be played over three rounds, between the 14th and 16th September. The first two rounds will be a Pro-Am format, with the final round being for the Professionals only, to battle it out to be crowned the PGA of Italy Champion 2019. Competitors will this year be competing for a prize fund of €40,000.

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The PGA of Italy would like to thank the title sponsor, +Energia, along with other partner sponsors of Marazzi & Associati, Concessionaria De Poi and Maserati.


Antognolla Golf

Antognolla Golf


Notes for Editors:

Antognolla Luxury Resort & Residences - A new chapter in the history of Antognolla has begun, as the castle and estate are transformed into an exclusive international resort. Featuring a luxury hotel and one of the country’s finest golf courses, as well as a limited number of sumptuous residences, the project is one of the first of its kind in Italy. Integrating new building of the highest standards with historic original architecture and an unspoilt natural environment, Antognolla represents a unique marriage of authentic, ancient Umbria, with ultra-modern comfort and luxury. Original historic architecture will be preserved as a key element of the development, while new building will reflect the history, style and beauty of this exceptional place. www.antognolla.com.

Antognolla Golf - One of the most spectacular and challenging golf courses in Italy, the eighteen-holes at Antognolla feature long, cliff-lined fairways, beautiful water hazards and large, undulating greens. Conceived by renowned designer Robert Trent Jones Jr, the clever layout makes Antognolla an exciting and satisfying course for golfers of all abilities. The team at RTJII have carefully guided the improvements to the course as part of a significant investment in irrigation systems, total bunker renovation programme, tee resurfacing, introduction of unirrigated native fescue areas and substantial drainage to ensure all year-round playability. A new Golf Course Superintendent has also joined the team to deliver playing conditions comparable with the best courses in Europe. http://antognolla.com/golf/

For Further Information Contact:
Golf - César Burguière, CBurguiere@antognollagolf.com +39 335 845 1204
Resort - Alessandra Cagiotti, ACagiotti@antognolla.com +39 335 164 3642

Continued Investment as Gian Mario Geromino Joins Antognolla Golf as Golf Course Superintendent

Gian Mario Geromino at Antognolla

UMBRIA, Italy (April 15, 2019) – Antognolla Golf are delighted to welcome one of the top Italian turf professionals to their team. Gian Mario Geromino recently joined Antognolla Golf as Golf Course Superintendent, to help take the newly renovated golf course to the highest levels of condition and presentation.

Gian Mario joins Antognolla Golf from one of Italy’s other finest golf courses, Verdura Resort in Sicily. Gian Mario was responsible for the 45 holes of golf at Verdura and delivering the tournament conditions for a course that hosted two European Tour events (Rocco Forte Sicillian Open 2017 & 18), during his stewardship.

César Burguière, Golf Director at Antognolla Golf commented “We have invested substantial amounts in the renovation and enhancement of the golf course, but this is just the start and our aim is to now ensure the course becomes one of the best conditioned courses in Italy. We are delighted with the work Gian Mario has already started to deliver and thrilled to have one of the top Italian Superintendents leading our greenkeeping team.”

Gian Mario will now assume the responsibility of maturing the golf course following the extensive renovations of Antognolla Golf which took place in 2018. This work included a complete redesign and modernisation of the bunkering, along with 13.5 acres of irrigated turfgrass reduction, the resurfacing of all 18 tee grounds, newly designed practice facilities and an expanded drainage system that will create year-round playability. The highly regarded existing bentgrass greens that Antognolla is known for, remain intact as originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Burguière further added, “the changes have made a huge impact already, both visually but also in creating a golf course which is now playable all year round. We are excited to continue the agronomy development under the leadership of Gian Mario”.

The golf course renovation project is part of the wider development of Antognolla Luxury Resort and Residences. This project will see the stunning 12th-century castle sensitively integrated as part of a luxury brand hotel, with a new spa and country pursuits, as well as a limited number of magnificent residences that overlook the golf course and estate grounds.


Notes for Editors:
Antognolla Luxury Resort & Residences - A new chapter in the history of Antognolla has begun, as the castle and estate are transformed into an exclusive international resort. Featuring a luxury hotel and one of the country’s finest golf courses, as well as a limited number of sumptuous residences, the project is one of the first of its kind in Italy. Integrating new building of the highest standards with historic original architecture and an unspoilt natural environment, Antognolla represents a unique marriage of authentic, ancient Umbria, with ultra-modern comfort and luxury. Original historic architecture will be preserved as a key element of the development, while new building will reflect the history, style and beauty of this exceptional place. www.antognolla.com.

For Further Information Contact:
Golf - César Burguière, CBurguiere@antognollagolf.com +39 335 845 1204
Resort - Alessandra Cagiotti, ACagiotti@antognolla.com +39 335 164 3642

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

Source: http://www.golfincmagazinemonthly-digital....