PGA News

Modry Las becomes PGA National Poland

The PGA has expanded its global Branded Properties portfolio with the addition of Modry Las Golf Resort as the PGA National Poland.

Situated within the peaceful West Pomeranian countryside, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the 18-hole Gary Player designed championship course, Modry Las was conceived as a contemporary living community with sporting endeavour at its heart.

Modry Las opened in the summer of 2009 and was the first course in Central Europe to be designed by the nine-time major winner. Created as a unique and unspoilt retreat that protects the environment while offering leisure and seclusion, Modry Las is within easy reach of Szczecin and Berlin airports and has been consistently ranked among the top resorts in Europe – it was named Poland’s Best Golf Course at the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Golf Awards.

Player described Modry Las as a ‘classy golf course’ and a ‘place of natural beauty’, with the venue itself evolving in recent years to include a second nine-hole course (Orli Las) and accommodation that echoes its charming landscape including boutique bedrooms in the newly developed clubhouse, ‘Swiss-style’ self-catering accommodation and six Garden Suites each overlooking the stunning 16th hole.
The venue also offers a professional golf academy and excellent practice facilities. Arthur Gromadzki, chairman at Modry Las, said the announcement with The PGA was the realisation of the vision for the West Pomeranian resort.

He said: “Modry Las has always been clear about its ambition to be one of the leading golf resorts in Europe. This began with the commissioning of Gary Player to design our award-winning course and continued with our PGA National Academy Course Orli Las and on-site accommodation options.

“Our objective has been to deliver a golf experience that exceeds the expectations of the most widely travelled golfer. The PGA recognised this goal and we graciously accepted their invitation to join its National brand programme.”

The PGA restricts its PGA National brand to one resort per country, all of which offer some of the very best golf, leisure and accommodation possible.

Modry Las joins the illustrious group of other PGA Nationals which includes Ryder Cup venues PGA National England at The Belfry and PGA National Scotland at Gleneagles, as well as PGA National Cyprus at Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Italy at Argentario Resort, PGA National Turkey at Antalya Golf Resort and more recently PGA National Ireland, Slieve Russell, which joined the world class group in May 2019.

All PGA Branded Properties benefit from direct brand association in addition to the specific media, marketing and operational assistance from The PGA to help raise awareness, profile and profitability.
Robert Maxfield, The PGA chief executive, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Modry Las Golf Resort to our exceptional list of world-class PGA Branded Properties.

“The PGA National Poland further strengthens the Association’s reputation in Europe and we look forward to promoting Modry Las to PGA Members and golfers across the globe.”

Golfbreaks.com becomes a PGA Principal Partner

Golfbreaks and The PGA have continued and expanded their relationship with the travel company becoming a Principal Partner of The PGA until at least 2022. 

As part of the commitment, Golfbreaks will become the exclusive travel partner for The PGA and its regions, delivering a dedicated travel service for PGA Professionals. 

This service will support PGA Professionals across a broad range of bookings, from hosted trips and tuition breaks, through tournament experiences and pro-ams. The PGA Professional will earn commission on group travel bookings, providing them with another revenue stream. Golfbreaks will also continue to provide expert golf travel advice, case studies, content and special packages to PGA Professionals, through the monthly PGA Professional magazine. 

As part of the continuation, Golfbreaks will carry on its headline sponsorship of the annually held PGA Fourball Championship, with this announcement following the company’s successful sponsorship of the first South & East regional co-sanctioned event, the London Open, held earlier in 2019. 

Richard Barker, Golfbreaks chief business development officer, said: “We’re delighted to announce the development of our relationship with The PGA. The PGA is integral to the development of our Pro Travel Business, and we look forward to working even more closely with The PGA and its membership over the coming years.”

Ben Foster, Golfbreaks head of Pro Travel,  added: “There are a large number of benefits on offer to PGA Professionals taking groups of Members away, whether it be a captain’s weekend, a coaching trip to Europe or a bucket list trip to The Masters. 

“Not only is it financially rewarding, it is a great way to strengthen relationships with your Members and increase your value as a PGA Professional by offering travel as a service.”

Robert Maxfield, PGA chief executive, commented: “As a long-standing partner of The PGA, our relationship with Golfbreaks.com ensures more PGA Members can enjoy the benefits of taking groups away on organised golf breaks and tuition trips to leading golf resorts and destinations. 
“Many of our Members already work closely with Golfbreaks.com so we are delighted to be partnered with a trusted market leader, further strengthening our offering to our PGA Members.” 

PGA executive director – commercial - Liam Greasley, added: “We are delighted our partnership with Golfbreaks has been extended and that they will continue to be the sponsor of the PGA Fourball Championship.
“We look forward to working with Richard Barker and his Golfbreaks team over the next three years as more PGA Members reap the rewards when organising golf travel.”

Plain sailing for Waltham Windmill duo in Staysure Trophy final

Amateur Martin Quickfall has described winning the 2019 Staysure PGA Trophy in tamdem with PGA Professional Stephen Bennett as the best moment of his 35-year golfing career.

The Waltham Windmill pair shared the overnight lead with Ian Graham and Neil Keir (Crow Wood), however Quickfall and Bennett produced some scintillating golf in windy conditions on the Heritage Course at The London Golf Club.

A three-shot lead looked healthy at the half-way point following an excellent opening front nine and the Waltham Windmill team held their nerve to finish on 82 points, with Crow Wood finishing as runners-up on 78.
“It feels absolutely fantastic to have won the 2019 Staysure PGA Trophy,” said Quickfall, a supervisor for a housing association in Lincolnshire. 

“This will take some beating. As far as my golfing experience goes this is top of the list. I can’t think of anything that could top this. I’ve been playing golf for 35 years and I’ve never
experienced this sort of level of golf.”

Asked how he handled the pressure on the back nine, Quickfall continued: “I’ve never stood on the tee and got the shakes. When you’re close and you’re playing well all of a sudden the reality that you might actually win kicks in. 

“There was a lot of pressure. Now I know how the top players feel coming down that final stretch knowing they need a birdie to win. I shall dine out on this a few times!”

Bennett gets to take home the Staysure PGA Trophy as well as cheque for £7,500. He can look back fondly at an electric start which saw them five-under-par after nine holes.

Bennett said: “Martin had a nett birdie on the second and I held my second shot on the fourth for an eagle then birdied the next. We teetered on the back nine quite a bit and held it for level par but fortunately we won which was brilliant. 

“This tournament is nice for the amateurs at the golf club for something they can build to. I don’t think Martin realised just how big this event actually is when he entered at the start with all of the other over-50s. 
“It’s great that a company like Staysure is promoting and sponsoring events like this. It’s fantastic for the golfing industry, for amateurs and professionals. 
“It’s been a great experience. You’re playing with one of your members and it’s a great day out for them and the pro.”

Cottesmore duo Stephen Grouwstra and Colin Niner (a) finished tied third place on 77 points alongside Garforth pair Gareth Johnson and Lee Bazeley (a).