(Girona, Spain – April 16, 2008) PGA Golf de Catalunya welcomed Europe’s leading golf course architects, April 11-13, for the annual conference of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.
More than 90 course architects and golf industry professionals attended the event at the 36-hole resort near Barcelona, which will host the European Tour’s Qualifying School Finals in November.
Ken Moodie, President of the EIGCA and himself a golf course architect with 20 years’ experience, said: “PGA Golf de Catalunya has everything you want in a golf facility and it will be fascinating to see how the professionals at Qualifying School tackle both courses.
“It is an ideal location with pine trees, sandy soils and undulating topography, with good use of valleys and lakes. While the Green Course is well know for hosting championship golf, the new tees on the Red Course, and the speed of the greens, will make it a very good challenge.”
A wide variety of topics were covered during the three-day conference, hosted at PGA Golf de Catalunya’s stylish, on-site hotel, Melia Golf Vichy Catalan, from technical matters such as the problems of salt in water used for irrigation, to the topical, including the effect of Tiger Woods on changes made to Augusta National in recent years.
Julia Green, EIGCA Executive Officer, said: “The PGA Golf de Catalunya resort provided an ideal venue for our Conference and AGM, with modern conference facilities accommodating small meetings to large gatherings, superb food, and friendly, helpful staff to help with the organisation. I cannot recommend it too highly.
“From a golfing perspective, it was ideal for the playing of our President’s Cup, with two excellent and testing golf courses, as well as comprehensive practice facilities. We had delegates travel from all over the Continent, so being only a few minutes from Girona Airport, served by more than 30 destinations throughout Europe, it was highly accessible for all our members.”
PGA Golf de Catalunya was designed by Neil Coles, a senior member of the EIGCA, and leading Spanish tour professional Angel Gallardo, in association with David Williams, also a senior member of the EIGCA, and European Golf Design.
Pictured: Attendees of the EIGCA conference at PGA Golf de Catalunya
For more information about PGA Golf de Catalunya, visit: www.pgacatalunya.com