• Close House to host 2023 International Series England Qualifier
Close House, the premiere golfing destination in the North-East of England, continue their support of professional golf events with an International Series England qualifier in June, ahead of hosting the main event in August, which will boast an impressive $2,000,000 prize fund.
The qualifier will take place on Tuesday 27th June, with players set to take on the challenge of the impressive Colt Course from the championship tees. Entries for the qualifier are open to all amateurs and professionals, with the Asian Tour reserving six available spots for the August event.
“We’re proud to be hosting the International Series England later in August and are looking forward to welcoming the Tour for what is set to be a memorable tournament,” comments Jonathan Lupton, Managing Director at Close House. “I encourage any amateur or professional who is seeking an elevated tour experience to play in the qualifier, for a special chance to play this level of event on English soil.
“This is a great opportunity to compete in an event that now sits firmly on the strong Asian Tour circuit, amongst some golfing greats.”
Close House are no strangers to hosting best-in-class professional events, as recent hosts of the successful 2017 and 2020 British Masters. The Colt Course provides an unrivalled challenge to golfers, requiring your attention on every turn – the perfect setting for championship level golf to unfold.
The International Series England made its debut in Northumberland last year, and marked the first time the Asian Tour has staged an event in the United Kingdom. This year, the event looks to develop further and provide a unique stage for the next generation of stars to take their golf to higher levels, providing a pathway to compete in the LIV Golf League.
Entry into the qualifier is £125, with a limit of 144 players within the field – including a minimum of 20 amateur places.
To register for the event, or to find out more information, head to https://shop.closehouse.com/product-category/international-series-england-2023/
• La Cala Resort unveils latest leisure facility
Award-winning spanish resort adds new padel courts to strengthen their extensive sports facilities
At an inauguration on the 12th May attended by local media, residents and friends of La Cala Resort, and representatives from the Mijas council, officially cut the ribbon to mark the opening of three padel courts – the latest leisure facility at La Cala Resort.
With multiple existing facilities already available on-site, the leading 4-star golf resort in Spain has installed three state-of-the-art padel courts which are now open and available for use. It marks the completion of another phase of renovation works which have taken place at the resort. These have included extensive upgrades to the interior and exterior of the Resort’s Clubhouse.
Located next to the hotel and clubhouse at the heart of the resort, the three padel courts feature a panoramic design providing 360-degree views of the outstanding La Cala scenery.
Available for booking from 8:00am to the last booking slot at 9:00pm, the La Cala padel courts will be open every day. They are available for all La Cala guests, residents and locals living in the Costa del Sol area. Rates will be from €24 per court, for 90-minute slots.
“We are thrilled to have completed our renovations and to unveil our new padel courts to all our guests,” says Sean Corte-Real, Resort General Manager. “We are always working hard to provide our guests with a better experience with each visit, improving and adding to our facilities is a large part of this. Padel is becoming increasingly popular and providing our guests with the opportunity to experience this at La Cala Resort is something we’re very excited for.”
As a brand-new experience for guests, La Cala Resort is now proud to have its very own Racquet Club, offering padel, tennis and squash for anyone to enjoy. Providing a competitive and social experience for all visitors, the La Cala Racquet Club will offer all participants the chance to put their skills to the test in a friendly and active environment.
The efforts to improve and upgrade the facilities at La Cala have resulted in industry recognition and a series of awards. In recent weeks, the IAGTO golf tour operators voted for a second straight year that La Cala is one of the resorts that delivers ‘the best experience and service for their golf travelling clients.’ La Cala was awarded the 2023 IAGTO Outstanding Service Award, a title which only eight other resorts in Spain received in this year’s awards. This award follows recent recognition from the industry-leading Golf World Top 100 Rankings who rated La Cala as the 73rdbest golf resort in the world in their Top 100 World Resorts list.
Situated in the foothills of the beautiful Mijas Mountains with breath-taking views of the stunning Andalusian countryside, La Cala’s superb 54-hole resort offers an idyllic rural retreat just 20 minutes from Marbella and only 30 minutes from Malaga airport.
The three superb championship courses at La Cala - Campo America, Campo Asia and Campo Europa - each present unique challenges and slot seamlessly into a natural, undulating backdrop of trees and flowers, rich with birds and wildlife. Designed by famous golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson, each 18-hole layout has been created to ensure a truly exhilarating experience.
La Cala resort boasts accommodation of the highest standard, including a 107-bedroom hotel, plus a selection of on-site Real Estate for sale and rental. Residents can enjoy the luxurious spa and a selection of excellent restaurants and bars. There are further leisure opportunities also available with a FIFA-standard football pitch, running circuit, gym, tennis and squash courts.
Nestled between the arresting beauty of the Sierra de Mijas Natural Park and the shimmering Mediterranean Sea, La Cala is a genuine haven of tranquillity. It is the perfect base for exploring Andalusia and Spain’s fascinating cultural cities like Granada, Seville and Malaga.
For further information on La Cala Resort please visit www.lacala.com