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Ten facts for golfers about Spain’s 'rugged coast'

May 21, 2013

From Spain's No 1 golf course to the Best Restaurant in the World - the Costa Brava is full of surprises. Here are 10 things golfers might not have known about Spain's Costa Brava...

Flanked by the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea, Costa Brava offers 13 golf courses and 10 Pitch & Putt courses , each providing sharply contrasting landscapes and different playing experiences. There is a course to challenge players of all standards.

Costa Brava is home to Spain's No. 1 golf course - designed by the European Tour' Neil Coles MBE and golf legend, Angel Gallardo. Since 2012, PGA Catalunya Resort 's acclaimed Stadium Course has been ranked Spain's no.1 course by Top100golfcourses.co.uk . It's not the only Numero Uno in the region either...

The San Pellegrino listing of the World's Best Restaurants for 2013 revealed El Celler de Can Roca , in Girona, as the Best Restaurant in the World . The Catalan family-owned establishment is run by three brothers - Joan, the head chef, Jordi, the head pastry chef and Josep, the sommelier.

Food lovers may also be interested to know that Costa Brava is home to Spain's highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants - the province of Girona itself boasts 20 reputed establishments.

The land on which the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya Resort is built was originally intended for the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 and Moto GP race track.

Golfers wanting to play in Costa Brava can now arrive by high-speed rail thanks to the new AVE link that connects the region to Europe's major cities.

Catalonia comprises 2020 hectares of vineyards within the Alt and Baix Empordà regions. With 423 vine growers and an estimated annual production of approximately 50,000 hectolitres of wine, 3.5 million bottles of wine and cava are produced each year - enough to quench anyone's thirst after a round of golf!

Since 1998, The European Tour has held Qualifying School events at Costa Brava's leading golf venues, including PGA Catalunya Resort, Club de Golf Peralada, Empordà Golf, Torremirona Golf Club and Golf Platja de Pals.

The site of one of Costa Brava's oldest courses, Platja de Pals , was originally all dunes before it was covered by an immense pine forest with over 1,000,000 trees, which helped craft the foundations of the course as it stands today.

PGA Catalunya Resort's 2,000 square metre approach-play practice area is the country's largest putting and chipping green and the only one of its kind in Europe. It features Bent, Bermuda, Paspalum and Poa grass types, as well as different sand bunkers, including Augusta National supersand, St Andrews links, Hawaii volcanic, Pebble Beach and PGA Catalunya Stadium Course sand, enabling golfers to replicate shots from iconic courses around the world.








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