Clube Golf Santo Serra - "Rolex World's Top 1000 Golf courses
Following the success of Europe’s Top 1,000 Golf Courses – Peugeot Golf Guide – which has been published for the past 15 years, D’Algue Selection has now put together an even more ambitious guide detailing the top 1,000 golf courses worldwide.
Gaëtan Mourgue d’Algue, one of France’s finest golfers of his generation, founder of Golf Européen magazine and the Trophée Lancôme, as well as being one of the main instigators of the European Tour, ably supported by his daughter Kristel, NCAA individual champion and former European Women’s Tour member, and Bruce Critchley, Walker Cup player and respected commentator with Sky Sports UK, persuaded Rolex to come on board for this far-reaching venture.
As a major sponsor of golf globally and with deep respect for the game’s values and traditions, Rolex is a natural partner of D’Algue Selection which has produced a genuine and totally independent world ranking for golf courses.
There are some 32,000 courses to be found around the world and the very best of them have been assiduously assessed by a network of over 200 independent inspectors, consisting of former champions, professional golfers, sports journalists and globe-trotting players, all with a passion for the game.
Each course has been the subject of an in depth examination based on a 100 point questionnaire to establish levels of site excellence, quality of course architecture and standards of maintenance.
To complete the picture D’Algue Selection has produced a comprehensive list of practical information, some recommended hotels, restaurants and sites of local interest, together with local maps to help with ease of access. The book also contains a copy of the Simplified Rules of Golf published by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews....
This initial and original Global Guide has already received an enthusiastic welcome from several well-know journalists.
- John Hopkins of The Times: “Call yourself a serious golfer? Then this is the book for you. Don’t leave home without it. It is invaluable.”
- Dan Jenkins, Golf Digest, “The spirit of golf is very much alive in this splendid Rolex book. Your duck hook or soaring slice can’t possibly spoil it for you.”
- Spencer Robinson, Asian Golf Monthly, “This work will prove to be an invaluable source of information for all those who are intrigued with the dramatic growth of golf in the Asia Pacific.”
- Finally, Jim Nantz, CBS Sports, “The fun of discussing the Rolex Top 1000 can only be topped by the actual quest of playing them.”
Madeira Islands Open returns to Santo da Serra
In May this year, Santos celebrated the 20th edition of the tournament with an emotional home triumph, becoming only the second Portuguese player after Daniel Silva to win on The European Tour.
Santos will be bidding to become the first player to successfully defend the Madeira Islands Open title when Santo da Serra stages the €675,000 tournament for the 18th time next year.
Situated on the beautiful holiday island of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean, Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s creation boasts spectacular mountain views, and was recently voted Portugal’s third best course in The Rolex World’s Top 1,000 Golf Courses.
The tournament, which will be held in the same week as the Volvo World Match Play Championship, will again form part of both The European and Challenge Tour Schedules, with the prize money counting towards The Race to Dubai and Challenge Tour Rankings.
António Henriques, President of Club de Golf Santo da Serra, said: “It is with great pleasure that we will host the 21st edition of the Madeira Islands Open on our Championship Course, which was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and welcomes visitors all year round. May is the month of the flower festival which celebrates Madeira’s natural beauty, so it is a perfect time to visit the island.”
Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Madeira Islands Open has become an established stop on the Tour Schedule, and provide a welcome opportunity for all of members to play and earn valuable Race to Dubai and World Ranking points.
“The beauty and ambience of the Island makes the week all the more enjoyable. We are grateful for the continued support of the Government and the members of Club de Golf Santo da Serra.
“Last year’s tournament will linger long in the memory for all those in attendance, and the fact that Ricardo has since been named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year will only serve to increase the excitement as we look forward to next year’s renewal.