Golfers from across Europe and beyond will pay homage to a golfing legend as Buenavista Golf prepares to host the Seve Ballesteros Memorial Tournament.
The spectacular course in the north-west of Tenerife – designed by the great man himself – already offers a fabulous golf experience at a unique coastal location with stunning views of the imposing cliffs of Teno and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean acting as the backdrop.
A recent investment programme has also seen 500,000 Euros pumped into the course maintenance and facilities to further enhance those high standards.
But the four-day gathering (June 8-11) promises to live up to his legacy with professionals and amateurs alike following in his footsteps in three competition formats.
Day one kicks off with a special Pro-Am event with professionals teaming up with amateurs in a pairs format. The amateurs then take part in an individual Stableford competition on Saturday June 10 – an event organised by Gambito Golf. The main sponsors are Meliá Hotels International and Tenerife Golf, while media partners Movistar Plus TV and Radio Marca will also be covering the action.
The curtain comes down on what will be a memorable weekend on Sunday June 11 with a Ryder Cup-style contest as a Canary Islands team takes on the UK with professionals Luis Claverie (a former European Tour player from the Canaries) and Britain’s Michael McCarthy taking on the captain’s roles.
There will also be additional prizes throughout the competitions with a brand new Mini Cooper even up for grabs for a hole in one.
Aside from the attraction of the golf, the adjacent Meliá Hacienda del Conde provides a luxury stay as an unforgettable adults-only boutique spa hotel offering a treat of tranquillity and luxury after the round.
And with gala dinners and presentation evenings throughout the tournament, there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the exceptional hospitality too.
Juan José Moreno, General Manager of Meliá Hacienda del Conde & Buenavista Golf, said: “The name of Seve Ballesteros is rightly regarded as a legend throughout the world of golf and sport but even more so at Buenavista. His memory lives on here every day and this tournament is a fitting tribute to the great man.
“We are sure it will be a fantastic event with golfers from all over the world coming to participate and we look forward to offering a special welcome to everyone.”
The Meliá Hacienda del Conde also offers an exclusive and upgraded experience for personalised service – The Level -with private areas within the hotel and a number of extra privileges to enjoy.
Packages to play in the tournament start at 523 Euros per person, including three nights’ accommodation, welcome cocktail, participation at the Pro-Am (Friday June 9) and the Open (Saturday June 10) as well as prize-giving Gala dinner.
All players must be aged over 18 years old and have a recognised official playing handicap with upper limits of 26 for men and 36 for women.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 34 922 061 700 for more details.
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Koepka carded a superb 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening day.
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The four-time major winner shot 62 in his opening round.
The Northern Irishman needs to win to reclaim the world number one spot from Jon Rahm.
The 56-year-old, who is already the oldest winner on Tour, shot a 64 to claim a share of second place.
Rory McIlroy is excited about the jam-packed schedule that lies ahead.