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A chance to stage a ‘Sunshine Golf School’

12.10am 6th July 2007 - Travel

PGA professionals from around Europe are taking advantage of all the benefits available at the Roda Resort in Murcia to stage coaching clinics there and to enjoy all the attractions of the increasingly popular destination.

The special packages on offer for PGA pros present the opportunity for them to assemble a group of seven or more amateurs for a week’s teach-in, using top-class facilities, along with rounds of golf on the Dave-Thomas-designed course and a relaxing social life in the sunshine…and they stay there free.

Although in its early days, Roda is showing all the signs of becoming a Belfry-style development of golf course, academy (and, in due course, 5-star luxury hotel), but with the added dimension of a range of properties for sale adjacent to the course.

The brand agreement between the PGA and the owners of the site, property company Calidona, means that golf professionals are catered for in all of the needs in terms of providing their own golf schools in ideal surroundings.

Comparisons with The Belfry are inevitable with the development of a De Vere Hotel under the general managership of Mike Maloney, who spent 14 years in a similar role at the English Ryder Cup venue. He is also responsible for the golf operation.

“During my time at The Belfry, I was fortunate to be involved in many exciting developments and events, providing invaluable experiences and the chance to build strong professional relationships,” he said.

“The facilities and opportunities we are creating at Roda are as exciting and challenging as anything I’ve been involved in previously. The partnership with Calidona, the PGA and De Vere Hotels and Resorts is a powerful collaboration, drawing together a team of people who not only understand the aims of PGA professionals but also have the knowledge and experience to help them deliver.”

Currently available for pro teach-ins are driving range, putting green, chipping and approach practice area and the golf course. When fully opened in December 2007 the PGA-endorsed academy will include three GASP systems, a SAM Lab putting device and K-Vests, all at the disposal of pros running schools.

One important milestone will be reached on Saturday, 1st December when, during the staging of the PGAsE Annual Congress and International Team Championship, the new Roda clubhouse will be officially opened, coinciding with the Pro-am that precedes the ITC.

Roda Resort

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