Key golf dignitaries and coaches from across Europe converge at Spain’s hottest new golf destination
Lumine Golf Club, one of Europe’s most exciting new golfing destinations continued its growing status in European golf last week as it played host to the inaugural PGAs of Europe Coaches Circle and Heads of Training Summit. Situated a mere hour south of Barcelona on the stunning Costa Dorada, Lumine Golf Club was selected to stage these two high-profile events in recognition of its first-class practice facilities and 45-holes of championship golf designed by golfing icon and acclaimed architect, Greg Norman as well as the fantastic accommodation offering in the surrounding region, including the Gran Palas Hotel where the conference was held.
The week kicked-off on Monday with the inaugural Coaches Circle that brought together National team and elite player coaches for two days of intensive training on all aspects of the game from theory and practical sessions on the short game to discussion around long term athletic development and talent identification. Two heavyweights on the subject, Dr Ernst Zwick and Professor Dave Collins were also on hand to share their expertise and take questions in what proved to be an informative series of sessions.
Following a bridge day that included practical demonstrations on the range as well as golf on the challenging and immaculately presented Lumine Hills course, the Heads of Training Seminar began on Thursday with subjects ranging from developing golf in emerging markets and linking PGA education to national frameworks. Informative presentations were also conducted by Education Committee members and a number of influential figures, including Niall Flanagan, the former President/CEO of Loch Lomond and Jane Booth, author of the Right Coach, Right Place, Right Time philosophy.
“National coaches and Heads of Training from countries as far as Hong Kong, Canada and South Africa together with many European delegates enjoyed the unique and exquisite services offered by the
Gran Palas Hotel and Lumine Golf & Beach Resort in the Costa Dorada region of Spain,” commented Jonathan Mannie, Chairman of the PGAs of Europe Education Committee. “The staff and personnel at both venues offered fantastic service and made the occasion here an unforgettable experience that I’m sure will be repeated again sometime in the future.”
“It has been a privilege for us to welcome some of the leading opinion formers in European golf this week and showcase our credentials,” commented Calle Carlsson, General Manager, Lumine Golf Club. “We are committed to raising the profile of Lumine and golf on the Costa Dorada so the support of organizations such as the PGAs of Europe is crucial to us moving forward. With two championship golf courses on-site we are striving to host high-profile professional events, and following last month’s successful staging of the PGAs of Europe Fourball Championship we believe we are getting close to realizing that goal.”
Lumine boasts a host of world-class amenities, such as a stunning Beach Club, several restaurants, two clubhouses and three golf courses (two of which are designed by golf legend Greg Norman) and managed by leading management company, Troon Golf. Located on 170 acres, its three courses make up 45-holes of golf. The Lakes Course, a links-style championship course designed by golfing legend Greg Norman, features several water hazards that wind around the Sèquia Major wetlands. While The Hills Course, Lumine’s second championship course runs through white pine trees and offers spectacular views of the nearby coastline. Completing the golf offering is the 9-hole Ruins Course, another Greg Norman design, uniquely laid out amongst Roman archaeological remains from the second century BC.
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Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community is a first class resort located in the heart of Costa Dorada (Tarragona), at Playa Larga, Salou. The area consists of the golf courses (Lumine Golf Club), the restaurant areas (restaurant Lumine and restaurant Hoyo 19) and the Beach Club, an exclusive area to relax and enjoy. Lumine Golf Club has 170 acres which includes three golf courses. The Lakes Course, located between beautiful wetlands, with native flora and fauna, is a real challenge for the players. On the other side there is the Hills Course, also called the course of sensations, which is situated between rolling hills, surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. And finally, the Ruins Course, a 9-hole course, which is characterized by its location between amazing archeological Roman ruins. The facilities offered by Lumine Golf Club include the Golf School and the Pro Shop. The restaurant area consists of two restaurants: Lumine Restaurant; boasting creative cuisine on the sea shore where the dishes offer the most exquisite textures, aromas and flavors, and the Hoyo 19 restaurant, which offers a daily menu in a privileged position. There is also a Snack Bar, the perfect place to enjoy an appetizer. The Lumine restaurant won the award for the best restaurant of 2008 given by the Association for Gourmets of Tarragona and the prize for the best restaurant 2009 by the Gastronomic Guild of Costa Dorada. The Beach Club offers everything you require to enjoy a stay in a stunning natural environment.
Lumine is a company which belongs to the La Caixa Bank. In turn Lumine Golf Club is managed by TROON GOLF, the largest golf course management company in the world. The complex fulfills all environmental criteria for responsible water management and conservation of fauna and flora. As a result Lumine Golf Club was the first course in Spain to be awarded the “Gold Signature Certificate Sanctuary” by Audubon International.