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Quinta do Lago Ladies Turn on the Style on Europe’s Fairways

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Quinta do Lago Ladies Turn on the Style on Europe’s Fairways - TOP25GOLFCOURSES.comQuinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal, July 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Quinta do Lago’s position at the forefront of ladies’ golf in Europe has received a ringing double endorsement with two of its new generation of stars excelling on the fairways across Europe this summer.

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Teenager Sofia Barroso Sá confirmed her prodigious talent by finishing joint-second in the German Boys and Girls Open while Sara Gouveia claimed first place in the ladies’ competition, and third overall, at the third event of the 2021 Portuguese Golf Federation Tour.

Staged this year at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club – venue for the 2015 Solheim Cup – the German Boys and Girls Open is one of the most prestigious junior golf tournaments in the world and Sá produced an outstanding display to finish ahead of more than 100 of Europe’s best juniors.

The reigning Portuguese under-16 girls’ champion saved the best until last on the Rot Course, defying tricky weather conditions in south-west Germany to shoot a course-record one-under 71 in the final round of the 54-hole event to finish on a total of 210, two strokes behind Sweden’s Meja Ortengren.

Following a stellar amateur career which included winning the Portuguese under-18 girls’ title, Gouveia – who is based at Quinta do Lago – turned professional last year and has wasted no time in making an impact in the professional ranks, with her latest impressive performance coming at Troia Golf.

After carding a 76 in her opening 18 holes, Gouveia charged through the field in the second and final round, recording six birdies and four in the final six holes to shoot a two-under 70, one of only two players beat par at the event.

There was further good news for Quinta do Lago and the resort’s academy at Troia with Swedish teenager Maia Samuelsson, who is also based at the top Portuguese venue, finishing as the top amateur in 11th place overall after rounds of 79 and 74.

Jose Ferreira, head professional and academy manager at Quinta do Lago, said: “These results are nothing short of outstanding and I couldn’t be happier for all the players. It’s one thing to hit the ball well in practice but quite another to take that form into a tournament environment.

“They have proved that they have what it takes to compete at the highest level and the signs bode very well for the future for all three of them.”

The trio’s performances continue a fantastic run for Quinta do Lago’s academy and its talented group of boys and girls after the resort’s juniors won seven national titles in 2020 – including being crowned Portuguese junior club champions for the first time in its history.

Overseen by Ferreira, and his team of coaches, the resort’s junior team features more than 35 children in each development category – elite, competition and beginner – and age group.

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations for nearly five decades and features a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities.

As well as three 18-hole championship golf courses – the North, South and Laranjal – and outstanding practice facilities, guests can enjoy an array of sports at the state-of-the-art performance centre The Campus, a world-class sports hub designed for professionals and amateurs alike to train and live well.

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Complementing the facilities is a choice of 13 first-class bars and restaurants that deliver a range of delicious world cuisines, including the acclaimed Bovino Steakhouse and UMAMI – the resort’s first Asian restaurant which opened in May – and accommodation at the boutique The Magnolia Hotel.

About Quinta do Lago
Since its inception in 1972, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf, hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well as numerous other international tournaments. Home to three world-class golf courses, the resort also boasts a wealth of cutting-edge practice facilities.

  • Quinta do Lago North Course – Opening in October 2014, the totally revamped North Course has been redeveloped by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and is set to become one of the new stars of European golf. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications with a €9.6m investment programme and has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
  • Quinta do Lago South Course – A favourite among European Tour professionals, the South Course calls for accurate drives and precise shots, but rewards players for their efforts with the stunning backdrop of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Regularly included in Golf World magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’, the par-72 layout has received widespread praise for its strategically-placed hazards and varying difficulty across the 18 holes. Having hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than eight occasions, the South Course is regarded as one of Portugal’s premier golfing venues.
  • Laranjal – Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva in the grounds of an orange grove, the par-72 course was named as Portugal’s Best Golf Course 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards, and poses serious tests for players of all abilities. Opened in 2008, Laranjal offers a pure golfing experience right next to the Quinta do Lago estate and features fairways sown with Bermuda grass, providing a challenging playing environment in a picture-perfect setting.
  • Paul McGinley Academy – Quinta do Lago is home to the only Paul McGinley Academy in the world, founded in October 2011 by Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup captain. With a strong involvement from McGinley himself, who is a regular visitor to the resort, the academy aims to cultivate and improve golfers’ play by providing them with the tools and techniques used on the professional Tours. The academy focuses especially on younger players, working in collaboration with local schools and is the perfect way to follow in the footsteps of the pros.
  • TaylorMade Performance Center – Quinta do Lago’s TaylorMade Performance Centre is the only facility of its kind in Portugal and is located on the resort’s expansive driving range. Opened in May 2013, the centre is operated by trained TaylorMade technicians, offering golfers a custom-fitting experience testing hundreds of club and iron options, ensuring the best combination for every player’s swing. It also has a fully equipped Tour standard workshop and utilises FlightScope X2 radar technology to measure the entire flight of the ball from impact to landing whilst displaying its 3D trajectory in real time.

Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and located just 15 minutes from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago offers residents and guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate, a variety of lifestyle pursuits and a strong sense of community.

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Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent Forge Partnership to Explore the World in Luxury

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Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent Forge Partnership to Explore the World in Luxury

New York, New York, United States, July 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Wheels Up the leading brand in private aviation, and Abercrombie & Kent, the world’s leading luxury travel company, announce a strategic partnership to offer Wheels Up Members bespoke travel experiences utilizing the Wheels Up fleet in North America and private small group journeys in international destinations.

The partnership will be launched with two domestic Abercrombie & Kent curated and customized journeys for Wheels Up Members to explore America’s National Parks and the Pacific coast. The exclusive itineraries can be booked on an individual basis at any time. Both domestic itineraries will utilize the Wheels Up fleet to fly between destinations, with private A&K guides for unparalleled insider access.

In January 2022, Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent will offer a once in a lifetime Wheels Up Members-only journey to East Africa for the Great Migration. This excursion combines the finest game viewing, and luxury accommodations that offer memorable views of the Masai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti.

Dedicated A&K Private Travel Consultants will collaborate with Wheels Up Members to design custom itineraries for all trips booked, bringing a rare blend of creativity, professionalism, and beyond-the-guidebook knowledge to planning the trip of a lifetime. Peace of mind comes from being met by a knowledgeable, English-speaking A&K guide in each destination, supported by A&K logistics experts on the ground.

Wheels Up and Abercrombie & Kent will announce additional Members-only itineraries to destinations such as Morocco, Southeast Asia, and more later this year.

“Our Wheels Up Members are eager to explore new destinations and this unique partnership with Abercrombie & Kent allows us to offer extraordinary private adventures,” said Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO at Wheels Up. “This is the first time we will offer Members-only curated trips and we are excited to do so with a world-class partner like A&K. We will continue to elevate our member benefits and partners for our loyal members, delivering exceptional experiences and value for their Wheels Up membership.”

“Our partnership with Wheels Up sets a new standard in private luxury travel,” said Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Co-Chairman & CEO at Abercrombie & Kent. “Working with A&K’s network of offices around the world, Wheels Up Members will enjoy privileged access to once-in-a-lifetime adventures, customized exclusively for them.”

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Begin with the quintessential Big Sur road trip and private tastings in two of America’s premier wine regions. Float over the Napa Valley in a hot air balloon at sunrise. Walk among the towering redwoods of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Watch wild mustangs roaming free at a ranch in the coastal mountains above San Luis Obispo. Cruise the whale-rich waters of the San Juan Islands, searching for orcas, sea lions, seals, and birds under the guidance of your expert captain. This 10-day private itinerary using a King Air 350i can be booked at any time and customized for up to 8 guests.

Tailor Made America’s National Parks by Wheels Up:
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This is a thrilling nine-day adventure in Yosemite, Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. Fly from one awe-inspiring landscape to the next aboard a King Air 350i, explore with knowledgeable local guides, and enjoy five-star hospitality along the way. Highlights include privileged access to historic buildings in the Grand Canyon with a private float around famous Horseshoe Bend, a thrilling off-road 4 x 4 adventure in Antelope Valley and a float down the Snake River in a traditional wooden McKenzie River dory. This 9-day private itinerary using a King Air 350i can be booked at any time and customized for up to 8 guests.

The Great Migration Safari: An Exclusive Small Group Journey for Wheels Up Members:
Departing January 17 and February 14, 2022

Experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet on a 12-day adventure with up to 16 likeminded Wheels Up Members. Thrilling game drives in custom-made 4WD vehicles with unobstructed views from every seat. Fly from one wildlife-rich park and reserve to the next, relaxing between game drives at the finest boutique camps and lodges, including one on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a privileged location that affords early access to the crater floor, Africa’s Garden of Eden.

Wheels Up Members will also receive special benefits while travelling with A&K, and A&K’s Marco Polo Club members receive preferred membership options to join Wheels Up for their private aviation needs.

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Golfasian Announces Acquisition of FORE Management Group

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Golfasian Announces Acquisition of FORE Management Group - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, June 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Golfasian, Asia’s largest inbound tour operator, is utilising strength in diversity to take Thailand’s golf industry to a higher level.

The Bangkok-based company has acquired FORE Management Group, a respected organiser of golf events in Thailand. Its formidable track record includes the Thailand Open (an Asian Tour event), the World Corporate Golf Challenge, and the Thailand instalment of the Faldo Series: the only global amateur series for juniors.

Golfasian has also forged a strategic partnership with FENIX XCell, one of the region’s most creative names in golf apparel.

“Together the companies will create the strongest brands in the Asia golf industry, particularly related to golf travel, golf events, and golf apparel,” commented Mark Siegel, the founder and chairman of Golfasian.

“The new status will facilitate additional vertical integration and allow the companies to offer a broader range of products and services for golfers and international partners.”

Since its founding in 2016, FORE Management Group has established itself as the go-to firm in Thailand for professionally run, fun golf tournaments — organising over 70 events per year.

Its acquisition will allow Golfasian to utilise its logistic expertise at a packed roster of events including corporate days, charity tournaments, and open events for domestic and visiting golfers at some of Thailand’s most premium clubs.

“FORE Management Group is delighted to become the event arm of Golfasian,” said Chris Watson, the co-founder of FORE Management Group who will now become Chief Commercial Officer at Golfasian.

“Golfasian already has an exemplary reputation worldwide thanks to its status as the region’s biggest tour operator. The new arrangement strengthens its position domestically and provides numerous synergies. It’s exciting.”

The pandemic has been devastating for the golf tourism industry in Thailand. But while most companies are in survival mode, Golfasian is utilizing strength in numbers to ensure that it emerges intact AND enhanced from the global crisis.

“We believe that we are the strongest Thailand-originated brands in the industry,” says Michael Moir, the founder of FENIX XCell. “These have been very uncertain times, but by joining together we can show potential partners that we offer foresight, vision, and stability.”

Golfasian has helped cement Thailand’s reputation as a must-visit destination for golf since its establishment back in 1997.

Utilizing expert knowledge of the game and the region itself, it prides itself on being the first choice for golfers embarking on a dream vacation to the Kingdom and other thrilling golf destinations in Southeast Asia.

With international travel severely restricted, clubs have been forced to rely on domestic clients since early 2020.

But with Thailand’s government proceeding with a mass vaccination program for its population, there’s growing confidence that international visitors will be able to return to the Kingdom’s fairways sooner rather than later.

With that in mind, Golfasian believes that diversifying its services can help Thailand build momentum with a domestic audience and also swiftly regain its status as a bucket-list destination for golf travelers.

“Thailand’s reputation as a golf destination was as bright as it has ever been before the pandemic,” said Boyd Barker, Golfasian Chief Operating Officer. “We can’t wait to showcase the country to visiting golfers again while growing the domestic golf market through compelling events.”

About Golfasian Co. Ltd.
Established in 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand, Golfasian is the most established dedicated golf tour operator in Asia. Golfasian’s quality of services and expert knowledge has made the company the first choice for golfers and golf tour operators worldwide.

Golfasian prides itself on its high number of repeat customers and referrals and maintains a membership base of 267,346 golfers seeking quality golf experiences in Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Laos, Myanmar, and the UAE.

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Greg Norman to Renovate Real Club de Golf El Prat under Sustainability Plan

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Barcelona, Spain, May 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Real Club de Golf El Prat designed a new Sustainability Plan including, among other things, the renovation of the acclaimed Yellow Course. The prestigious Club took advantage of the Pandemic to work on one of its two championship courses to make it more sustainable as well as improve its playability. The maintenance staff was able to complete the work…

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Adrenaline Delight with Skydiving at Niyama Private Islands Maldives

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Niyama Islands, Maldives, May 13, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Parachute into paradise with a thrilling new experience at Niyama Private Islands. The new tandem skydiving experience, which has just launched for guests to experience, takes off from Dhaalu Airport just a short speedboat ride from the resort in the Maldives’ southern Dhaalu Atoll. Tandem skydiving is the best way for dare devils to…

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Ariya Becomes First Thai Player to Win the Honda LPGA

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Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand, May 10, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Ariya Jutanugarn became the first Thai player in the 14 years the event has been held to win the Honda LPGA Thailand 2021 tournament after a drama-packed final hole at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course today. Ariya won by one shot when former amateur champion Atthaya Thitikul missed a birdie putt on the 18 th hole to force a play-off.

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Camille Chevalier Becomes Champion of Sustainable Golf

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Aix-en-Provence, France, May 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Camille Chevalier has become a Sustainable Golf Champion – partnering with the non-profit GEO Foundation to help support the group’s mission to advance sustainability in and through golf. 2017 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year partners with GEO Foundation to help raise awareness and encourage action across the sport. The move follows in…

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Peralada Brings New Dimension to Costa Brava for Golfers

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Peralada, Girona, Spain, April 28, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf is offering the country house feel to its five-star resort for visitors in 2021. Located in the north of the stunning region, the resort boasts an excellent par-71 course, which hosted the 1995 Catalonia Open and a sumptuous spa facility, famous for its wine spa treatment as well as a huge variety of luxuries.

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Casa de Campo Receives Prestigious Golf Digest Award

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La Romana, Dominican Republic, April 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – has received Golf Digest’s prestigious 2021 “Editors’ Choice Award” in the “Best Resorts in the Americas” (Caribbean / Bermuda category). The Editors’ Choice Awards annually honors the “best of the…

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Apes Hill Golf Course in Barbados Leads the Way in Sustainability

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St. James, Barbados, April 19, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Apes Hill Golf and Beach Club in St James, Barbados, is undergoing a major renovation with sustainability at the top of the agenda. With its ground-breaking sustainable initiatives, Apes Hill is working to become the most environmentally responsible golf course in the Caribbean – from the preservation of wildlife to operating in a power neutral…

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