We sat down with Miguel Girbes, Director of Golf at PGA Catalunya, to find out just what he loves about the resort…
How long have you worked at PGA Catalunya Resort?
I joined PGA Catalunya in September 2009, shortly after the Stadium Course hosted the Spanish Open.
How has it changed since then?
It has changed a lot since I first joined. At that stage, there were just two courses and a hotel. Today, we’ve got all the ingredients to become a major resort.
In 2009, we started on the next apsect of the development: our residential collection. We now have three show villas, 14 semi-detached houses, several apartments near completion and a state-of-the-art residents club opening summer 2012.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
There are always new things to do, always new projects to work on. For example, we have recently been named Spain’s number one course by Top 100 Golf Courses, which has spurred us on to create a number of new programmes and golf activities, such as the recently launched ‘Yours for a Day’ initiative offering guests exclusive access to the Stadium Course, as well as VIP treatment.
One thing’s for sure, I never get bored, as as I am always busy. I also get to meet so many interesting and special people – basically, I love my job.
Which is your favourite hole at PGA Catalunya Resort?
Number nine on the Stadium Course (427-metre Par-4). It’s an incredible hole and the perfect finish to the front nine.
You have to hit a great drive to be in the right position to attack the green with your second shot. Even if you achieve that, you have an incredible second shot into the green and then you have to contend with a two-tier sloping green.
What has been your favourite memory of working at PGA Catalunya Resort?
Hosting the European Tour’s Qualifying School Final for two years running. There is so much riding on that event for so many golfers and the atmosphere surrounding the event is fantastic.
What is your favourite meal in the clubhouse?
I do love the Squid Risotto from the main menu.
Describe PGA Catalunya Resort in three words.
Great, exciting, memorable.