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PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course - 'best ever’ for this week’s Open de España

May 13, 2014

As PGA Catalunya Resort's  critically-acclaimed Stadium Course gets set to host the 102nd  Open de España (May 15-17), officials at the  European Tour Destination  near Barcelona are confident the course 'will look and play its best ever', underlining its billing as Spain's Number One* golf course.

On the eve of the tournament , David Bataller, PGA Catalunya Resort's Golf Course Manager, said: " Since hosting  European Tour Qualifying Final Stage  last November, we have been focused on getting the Stadium Course as firm as possible.  

"We have implemented a full maintenance programme this year with the goal of creating similar, firm playing conditions to those experienced at the world's best golf tournaments  and I believe we are on track to deliver the best looking, best playing Stadium Course for an Open de España to date.

"One example of our work has been the regular testing of our greens to see how long they will last without water ,  an exercise that will ensure maximum firmness and optimal speed for the duration of the tournament." 

The Stadium Course fairways will also be mowed from tee to green for the week, to mirror what is done at tournaments like The Masters. This will not only provide a striking visual effect for the television cameras and spectators, but also increase the challenge for the players. 

Fast, consistent greens, and tall, dense rough - cut to 100mm on the Sunday before the event (May 11) - will also be a feature of this year's  Open de España .

David Gomez, Royal Spanish Golf Federation's Director of Greens, added: "PGA Catalunya Resort  is used to hosting high-profile events, and we have complete confidence its meticulous approach will deliver perfect tournament conditions across all four days of play."

Originally designed for high-level competitions, the Stadium Course has undergone significant upgrades in 2012, under the supervision of designers Neil Coles MBE and Ángel Gallardo, and as part of a three-year partnership with The European Tour. It has also seen an extensive upgrade in 2010/11 when fairway grass was switched to resilient, drought-resistant Bermuda grass, the same variety used at Augusta National, home of The Masters.

2012 upgrades included:

  • The construction of seven new championship tees
  • Lengthening of the Stadium Course to 6,705 metres (7,333 yards)
  • Tapering the rough of the iconic, lakeside 3rd green to make a narrower entrance, and extending the back of the green into the lake to bring the water more into play
  • Lowering the cut of the rough around the expansive par-3 11th green, to create more of an island green
  • Planting large cork trees to the right of the 18th fairway to add definition and tighten the landing area
  • Adding green-guarding bunkers to create more challenging approaches on selected holes

For more information about PGA Catalunya Resort visit:  www.pgacatalunya.com








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