PGA Catalunya Resort is set in one of the most enviable locations in Spain, and the statistics speak for themselves.
After coming first in the prestigious ranking of the website ‘Top 100 golf Courses in 2012’, the PGA Catalunya Resort has retained its position as the best golf course in Spain in 2013.
There are many factors that make this resort popular with golfers. Set in a stunning natural environment with a combination of attractions unique to this Mediterranean destination, it has superb tourist sites, coupled with the idyllic beaches of Costa Brava and the ski slopes of the Pyrenees.
PGA Catalunya Resort has two 18-hole golf courses – the Stadium Course and the Tour Course. The Stadium course has been named as the best in Spain, the third best in Continental Europe and one of the top 100 in the world, according to several publications. The golfing inspiration for the resort came from Ryder Cup star Neil Coles and the Spanish golfer Angel Gallardo who envisaged an environment that would provide the maximum level of enjoyment at every hole. The result is an architectural masterpiece with fairways bordered by dense mature forests and far-reaching views.
The on-site clubhouse is the hub of the resort. Golfers can take a moment to discuss tee shots in the members lounge with its bar and spectacular fireplace which is perfect for the early risers needing to warm up on frosty mornings. There is also a designer-stocked Pro GolfShop and function rooms are also available to host events and social occasions for up to 100 guests.
Food is taken care of at the Bistro next to the lounge area. The idea behind this venue is to provide an informal quick-service space where players can enjoy a wide variety of dishes and recover their strength after an intense morning on the gently sloping greens of the course. The food is by no means secondary though as exquisite dishes like Confited duck with reduction of Oporto, Beef loin with roasted potatoes and Pork sirloin with Roquefort sauce are all offered on the menu. They can all be complemented by the wide range of high-quality national and imported wines and beers.
The food may be quick to arrive at your table but you’re free to linger over it as long as you want. It’s hard not to when impressive views over the Montseny Massif from the terrace are so inviting. The resort may be a haven for golf enthusiasts but it is also ideal for those seeking an exclusive modern home who wish to combine leisure time as well as extend their experience of the Mediterranean lifestyle. So whether you are looking for a villa, semi-detached properties or a modern apartment, there is plenty to choose from. They can be built to the owner’s specifications in line with PGA Catalunya’s distinctive contemporary design, which, although beautifully striking, are subtly integrated with the natural surroundings with the use of glass and open-planning that result in interiors that bring the outside in.
The different projects have been designed by a number of Catalan architects including Damian and Francisco Ribas and big international names such as DeBlacam & Meagher and Richard Hywel. PGA Catalunya Resort is committed to putting environment at the top of their agenda, and the priority of the planning approach is to achieve a harmonic integration of the private homes, the golf courses and nature. Properties can be bought as either first or second homes or as a profitable buy-to-let investment.
PGA Catalunya has also recently launched its luxury rental programme for those looking to holiday at the resort. The properties’ striking design and stunning surroundings come with a full concierge service that can arrange everything from airport transfers, theatre tickets and restaurant bookings to babysitting, in-villa dining and more.
The resort is ideally situated 10 minutes from the picturesque town of Girona and takes just half an hour on the newly opened high-speed train service from the cultural heart of Barcelona. The latter is internationally renowned for its vivacity and energy and is a commercial hub for Spain as well as Europe. Whereas Girona on the other hand is a destination that lives life at its own pace, the main appeal is its vibrant big city feel without the crowds and tourists. The awe-striking history that exists here spans from the world’s largest nave at the Cathedral to the Carolingian wall and the six remarkable museums. Not to be upstaged in the culinary department, Girona boasts 20 of its own Michelin-star restaurants, including the three-star El Cellar de Can Roca.
To experience the golf resort for yourself, visit www.pgacatalunya.com
By Sabi Phagura