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La Quinta announce major environmental and design investment
February 9, 2010

Troon Golf is to work closely with La Quinta Golf & Country Club on plans for significant investment to further improve one of Europe’s most popular golf destinations.

The highly esteemed La Quinta has announced strategic redesigns of key holes and renovation plans for the irrigation system at the course in the heart of the Marbella Golf Valley, only 5 minutes away from Puerto Banus, which played host in 2009 to the Benahavis Senior Masters, won by multiple tour winner Carl Mason. The announcement of the “Plan de Adaptacion”, will see the Championship venue embrace a new decree recently set out by Junta de Andalucía, requiring golf clubs to review every aspect of their management of the course, and in particular the environmental efficiency of water use and safety standards.

The delightfully picturesque 1st hole at La Quinta Golf & Country Club

“This is a considerable investment and demonstrates the confidence and commitment of the Board to further establish La Quinta as one of the very best facilities in the region and Europe. Our plan to develop the layout and irrigation system coincides nicely with the recent announcement set out by Junta de Andalucía. We have developed a strategic partnership with the team at Ramon Davila of Promotur in making sure we are operating at our most environmentally sensitive and as efficiently as possible and we are all looking forward to seeing positive results,” commented Scott Evans, Director General of La Quinta Golf & Country Club.

Two new par 3s are under construction and the team at La Quinta are optimistic about presenting an altogether more challenging and fulfilling layout. The new irrigation system will allow a more efficient use of water and the ability to water greens and fairways independently. In addition, a planting programme to include many indigenous plants will reduce water requirements in non playing areas and add further character to the course.

The original layout designed by Manuel Piñero - a nine time winner on the European Tour and twice a Ryder Cup player with an unbeaten record in singles - is part of a 27 hole complex. Piñero, a resident of the area himself, commented, “La Quinta is my home and very dear to my heart; I’m delighted to see all the improvements and certain the new layout and playability of the course will be much enjoyed by all the members and visitors alike.”

La Quinta Golf & Country Club has formed a strategic alliance with Troon Golf, the world's largest golf course management, development and marketing company, for the enhancement of La Quinta as a golf resort. Regarded as one of the most prestigious courses on the Costa del Sol, the resort is also home to a luxury 170 bedroom five star hotel and Moroccan influenced SPA.

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