Real Club de Golf El Prat uses past to create exciting future

Real Club de Golf El Prat, one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, is set to further enhance the golfing experience it offers to visitors after unveiling plans to reorganise its stunning array of courses this autumn.

The famous Spanish venue, a 10-time host of the Spanish Open, is going back to its roots from mid-November by offering guests the opportunity to play the highly-acclaimed Pink “Open” Course that was originally designed by Greg Norman, as well as its popular Yellow Course.

The iconic Pink “Open” Course is widely recognised as the best layout at El Prat – which features 45 holes designed by Norman – and was ranked fourth in US magazine Golf Digest’s latest list of the best courses in Spain.

Marcello Della Vecchia, director of sales and marketing at Real Club de Golf El Prat, said: “With so many different courses, Real Club de Golf El Prat has always delivered incredible choice for its visitors.

“We feel we can enhance and make the experience even better for golfers by focusing on two courses– the Pink “Open” Course and the Yellow. These iconic layouts are the most popular among both members and non-members.

“The current changes are how Greg Norman designed the two courses and how they were played until 2011 when the European Tour asked to use a different combination for the Spanish Open.”

Situated 35 minutes outside Barcelona, Real Club de Golf El Prat – which dates back to 1912 – is one of the oldest courses in Spain and remains one of only a small number of clubs to have been granted royal status by King Alfonso XIII.

The distinguished club was named one of the 125 Platinum Clubs of the World – Five-star Private Club – in recognition of attaining a standard of excellence by an international panel of experts, historians and connoisseurs in a confidential ballot, as well as being granted the Golden Plaque of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit.

Since 2002, El Prat’s layout stretches across the 518-acre estate of BonVilar has been home to major Spanish and international amateur tournaments, such as the 2013 European Amateur Championships and has held more than 250 national and international championships.

It has also hosted some of the biggest names in golf, including Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson and European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.

El Prat, which also offers a modern and friendly clubhouse and top-quality practice facilities, as well as a 300-metre driving range and a host of specialist short-game areas, has negotiated a range of incredible stay-and-play golf and city breaks for visitors.

There are discounted packages at some of the finest hotels in and around Barcelona, such as the Gran Florida Hotel, The Majestic, The Serras and Hotel Sant Cugat.

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