Why You Should Experience PGA Catalunya Resort
Little over an hour north of Barcelona, PGA Catalunya is a short drive from Spain's famous Costa Brava coastline and is widely considered among the finest golf resorts in Europe. Home to a pair of highly regarded courses, this venue has become a premier destination during its two decades of existence, receiving many industry accolades and critical acclaim.
First opened in 1999, events like the Spanish Open and European Tour Qualifying School have graced its fairways, but what defines PGA Catalunya are the unforgettable memories taken away by those visitors and guests who have been fortunate to taste it for themselves. Should you be planning a golf holiday for this year or beyond, we believe that there is a strong case to be made that this is the venue that you must experience.
Designed by Angel Gallardo and the legendary Neil Coles, the Stadium Course at PGA Catalunya is held up as being arguably the best course in Spain, standing alongside rarified company as a modern classic in Continental Europe. Noted for its oak trees, evergreens, heather and numerous water hazards, there is a richly aesthetic challenge to this tremendous layout.
However, don't be fooled into thinking that you may not be up to the required standard, as five different tees ensure that this course is accessible for golfers of all standards, but you will love the test of navigating the Stadium Course's narrow fairways and undulating fairways, qualities that have been combined to build one of the most intoxicating experiences in the game.
Additionally, while the Stadium takes most attention, the Tour Course is no pushover either, delivering similar attributes, but it is that touch shorter and more welcoming off the tee. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful design, examining your strategic approach, requiring careful placing of tees shots to identify the best angle into the greens.
Both the Stadium and Tour are beautifully presented and intelligently routed, providing 36-holes of golf that would be hard to beat anywhere on the Continent, a pair of courses that all keen travelling golfers should have on their must play lists.
Reflecting the outstanding quality of the courses, visitors to PGA Catalunya can sample the delights of the 5* Hotel Camiral, which has recently been refurbished and offers 144 rooms each with spectacular views across the two layouts or driving range. Built in low rise art deco style, this is a visually distinctive venue that provides excellent accommodation.
While the facilities - including a spa - are of a superb standard, what makes Hotel Camiral special is its location, surrounded by many attractions to tick off. The striking spa town of Caldes de Malavella in the region of La Selva is nearby, while the cultural and historic city of Girona is only a short journey away, itself a gateway to a rich and atmospheric nightlife, with local wines and cuisine to ingest. That opportunity alone is worth the trip.
Elsewhere, you have the stunning beaches of the Costa Brava to relax upon, and the many other fantastic courses in the region beyond PGA Catalunya to play.
Ultimately, time spent at this destination can be anything and everything you want it to be.
How to Get There
Completing the many qualities of PGA Catalunya is its accessibility, easily reached by air. Girona Airport is merely 6km away from the Resort, while there is the option to fly into Barcelona, which in reality is only an hour away.
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