PGA Catalunya secures top 20 spot in new World Resorts ranking

A new worldwide ranking has crowned PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness as Spain's best golf resort and among the top 20 in the world, following significant investment in its courses and the opening of a new wellness centre.

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The European Tour Destination earlier this year spent €1 million to take its world-class Stadium and Tour courses to another level, while in April, the resort's new €5 million Wellness Centre opened to guests for the first time.

Such investments impressed the panel of experts for Golf World's Top 100 World Resorts, who placed PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness 18th overall – and Spain's highest ranked resort – in the first-ever list of its kind.

Chair and Editor Chris Bertram, who briefed a series of external contacts and consulted notable figures in the industry, such as golf tour operators, resort management groups and travel writers to compile the new ranking, said:



"As a resort, PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness has progressed significantly in the past decade. Where once it had two championship courses, including one of the very best in continental Europe, and a hotel, it has, over the years, transformed itself into a sought-after destination – and now one of the world's great golf resorts.

"With two onsite hotels, including a 5* establishment that offers some of the best accommodation in Europe – and not just in the golf sphere – a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre, critically-acclaimed training and leisure facilities, as well as a low-density real estate development, there is no doubt that PGA Catalunya is following its ambitious Master Plan of becoming one of the leading golf and wellness destinations in the world."

Chris Bertram added: "On a personal note, I love that its increasingly rounded offering is attracting a wider range of patrons yet it is still as appealing a golf resort – if not more – to its golf visitors, making them feel very much at home."



The ranking scored resorts on a points system, taking into account courses, accommodation, setting and non-golf amenities.

David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness, said: "Striving to become Spain's top resort was an objective we were elated to achieve; however, it is the hard work, commitment and belief that goes into maintaining that coveted status that is a true test of a venue's character. This latest accolade is testament to the incredible work that has been undertaken at PGA Catalunya, particularly over the last 12 months, and is even more prized as it arrives from a new worldwide ranking, pitting the resort against the very best in the world."
 
Major works on the Stadium Course have included rerouting holes, adding several kilometres of new buggy paths and redesigning hole layouts. The 36-hole resort has also undertaken a large-scale manicuring programme, which requires 25% less watering, to redefine the boundaries of both courses.

The opening of the Wellness Centre has added an additional dimension to the 500-hectare estate located just outside Girona and an hour from Barcelona, offering state-of-the-art healing techniques, such as full-body cryotherapy and oxygen chamber treatments, akin to those offered at clinics or elite athlete facilities, as well as more traditional therapies.

For more information about PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness, please visit www.pgacatalunya.com.

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