Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management and development, has announced that LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community, one of Europe’s most impressive new golf destinations, has been selected to host the Second Stage of The European Tour’s QualifyingSchool. The tournament will see some of the world’s brightest young stars convene at the stunning Costa Dorada development towards the end of the year to compete over the testing Greg Norman-designed LUMINE Lakes Course to earn playing privileges on The 2013 European Tour International Schedule. LUMINE joins Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, just south of Alicante and recently voted one of Continental Europe’s Top 100 courses, as Troon-managed facilities bestowed with the honour of hosting this year’s QualifyingSchool.
“We’re delighted for LUMINE that this honour has been bestowed upon them as it is testament to the resort’s rapid rise in the golfing world and the hard work and dedication of the management team in place,” commented Bruce Glasco, Vice-President and Managing Director, Troon International Operations. “To have The European Tour at both of our Spanish facilities puts us in a very unique and privileged position and this is a great opportunity for both Troon facilities to showcase their championship credentials on the international stage.”
Located just an hour south of Barcelona on the Costa Dorada, LUMINE Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community is a golfers’ paradise that is primed for hosting major golfing events, with 45 holes of championship golf in pristine condition all year round, world-class practice facilities, two clubhouses, impeccable service and hospitality, numerous accommodation offerings to suit all tastes and budgets, several stunning restaurants, a renowned Beach Club and within close proximity of Barcelona and Reus Airports.
Mike Stewart, Director of The European Tour’s Qualifying School, was delighted to welcome another Troon venue to the School’s roster, saying: “This is a hugely important event for The European Tour as it gives professional golfers, both young and old, the opportunity to realise their dreams of playing on The European Tour. Working with Troon managed facilities, we are assured of world-class course conditions and heightened levels of service and attention to detail that make our jobs that little bit easier, and I have no doubt that LUMINE will be every bit as good a venue as Las Colinas Golf & Country Club was in 2012.”
The challenging LUMINE Lakes Course is a links-style championship layout that features several water hazards, which wind around the picturesque Sèquia Major wetlands. Located within 170 acres, LUMINE Golf Club also includes the more traditional Hills Course, a second 18-hole championship course that runs through pine and olive trees, providing spectacular views of the nearby coastline. The aptly named 9-hole Ruins Course, another Norman design, winds its way through Roman archaeological remains from the second century and completes a 45-hole offering of immaculately presented golf to suit golfers of all ages and ability.
Calle Carlsson, General Manager, LUMINE Golf Club, sees the Qualifying School as the first step to bigger things for Spanish hottest new destination, saying: “We’re looking forward to welcoming the stars of tomorrow to Lumine Golf Club, and I can guarantee them a course that will be in great condition over the four days. The golf courses and the entire resort have been set up to headline and showcase major events, and I have no doubt this will be the start of something special for both LUMINE Golf Club and the Costa Dorada region.”
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