PGA Catalunya Resort, near Barcelona, Spain, has expanded its property rental portfolio for golfers wishing to stay on-site at the European Tour Destination, after seeing visitor demand increase by 30% over the last two years.
Significantly, visitors from the Nordic countries made up the largest group of holidaymakers who preferred to rent at the Costa Brava resort in 2015, accounting for 40% of the total occupancy, while 25% were from the UK, followed closely by France with 20%.
Since the low-density development first took shape in 2011, the resort which hosted the 2014 Open de España has enhanced its portfolio of rental properties by over 70% to include a larger mix of luxurious family houses, golf-fronted semi-detached villas, as well as exclusive apartments adjacent to the clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green of the critically acclaimed Stadium Course.
David Plana, CEO of PGA Catalunya Resort, commented: “With each property offering stunning vistas, comfort and the utmost in luxury, the demand from visiting European golfers has been very high, and is a trend we believe will continue in 2016, with forecasts showing a 20% increase in revenues.
“By making more guest villas, townhouses and apartments available, we are now in a position to offer more golfers the convenience of luxury stay-and-play holidays, supported by PGA Catalunya Resort’s extensive award-winning facilities.”
Every home type offers contemporary architectural design, high-specification interiors and large Mediterranean-style terraces which enable resident golfers to enjoy views over fairways, mature forests and the Montseny Mountains.
Marcus Brown, a regular visitor to the home of Spain’s No.1 golf course* and chairman of the Board of the PGA of Denmark, added: “One of the main reasons I stay at PGA Catalunya Resort is that I want to be on site with my clients 24/7, and have the opportunity to play and practice all day long.
“The close proximity of the apartments to both the Stadium and Tour courses makes it hugely convenient and delivers a fantastic experience. Also, the booking process and customer service offered by the resort’s reservations department could not be better, and this is why I return year after year. “
Visiting golfers benefit from 24-hour security and full management and concierge services that ensure all aspects of a golfer’s stay are taken care of. These include airport transfers, food hamper deliveries, beach club access, babysitting, restaurant and theatre reservations, as well as ski arrangements during winter months in the nearby Pyrenees.
Less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Barcelona and only 20 minutes from the Michelin-starred restaurants of Girona, the 36-hole resort has consistently ranked among the 10 best European golf venues since it opened in 1999, attracting discerning golfers, international elite amateur teams and professionals, as well as major international events, including three Spanish Opens, the 1999 Sarazen World Open and European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage events since 2008.