2022 Coring

Our greens received their second coring of the year on the 1st and 2nd August.

Coring is an essential maintenance practice that includes removing “cores” from the greens and topdressing with sand. On this occasion, our greenkeeping team used 10mm cores.

Coring helps to avoid soil compaction and allow the grass to oxygenate and create new roots to grow stronger and more luxuriant.

Coring is carried out in order to:
– allow a correct exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the soil and the surrounding environment;
– decompact the soil avoiding the excessive formation of organic matter;
– allow the correct development of the roots of the stems;
– favor the deep penetration of water, avoiding surface stagnation;
– favor fertilization operations, thus ensuring the constant supply of nutrients;
– ensure optimal preparation for new grass seeds.

This type of maintenance is necessary to preserve the health of the turf and for being able to offer players a course that is always in the best playing conditions.

During this delicate phase of recovery it is even more important to observe the rules of label and therefore the repair of the pitchmark becomes fundamental to allow the green to recover as soon as possible.

Our maintenance team thank you for your understanding during the period of recovery and can’t wait to see you all face the course in it’s the best conditions.

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La Bagnaia takes third place in the Golf Digest ranking

Also this year the famous American magazine, Golf Digest, wrote the
ranking of the 10 best Italian courses that saw Tuscany as the protagonist region with 3 clubs on the list. First among the Tuscans, La Bagnaia Golf&Spa Resort took third place in the ranking among the best Italian clubs.

 

Happy and proud for this achievement, we will continue to do our best to improve further. A heartfelt
thanks to all the guests and members who support us every day and help us to pursue this goal.

 

To visit the page with the ranking click here.

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THE SHIRE LONDON JOINS IMG PRESTIGE

IMG announced that The Shire London has joined the IMG Prestige global network of world-class clubs and resorts. 

The Shire London is Seve Ballesteros’ only designed golf course in the United Kingdom. Set within 220 acres of Hertfordshire countryside, The Shire London is a unique course layout consisting of three distinctive styles; links, parkland and American. Alongside the championship golf course and contemporary clubhouse facilities, The Shire London is also home to the first Seve Academy. 

The Shire London has automatically upgraded to Prestige+, allowing the club to access a range of unique marketing services and opportunities which includes expert support in multiple areas such as PR campaigns, tour operator relationships, extensive media coverage through the IMG Prestige global channels and access to unique media partners.

Russell Hannah, Vice President, IMG Golf Course Services, commented: “We are delighted to welcome The Shire London to our network. The club is already recognised as one of the finest courses around London and we’re confident that any IMG Prestige member visiting will also thoroughly enjoy playing Seve Ballesteros’ only designed golf course in United Kingdom”.

Ceri Menai-Davis, Director, The Shire London, commented: “We feel extremely honoured to be part of the IMG Prestige global network. This is a fantastic benefit to our members as they really enjoy playing at other quality golf clubs around the world, whether they’re travelling on business or leisure. ​The extra coverage and added marketing benefits we’ll receive through Prestige+ are a fantastic complement to our agreement and we’re really looking forward to work with IMG.”

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2022 ROYAL GOLF LA BAGNAIA PRO-AM

IMG managed Royal Golf La Bagnaia will host the 2022 Pro-Am from 8th to 10th of July 2022.

Nestled in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, and located just 12 km outside of Siena, the stunning La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort provides a world class 5 star experience that is regarded as one of the best in Italy. The resort, a converted authentic medieval hamlet, features 101 rooms and suites decorated in an authentic Tuscan style. The hotel is composed of two separate hamlets, Borgo Bagnaia, hosting 72 rooms and Borgo Filetta, with its 29 rooms located 1 km away.

 

PRO-AM ENTRY FEE: €250

PROGRAM:

  • Registration & Welcome Pack

  • Practice round: 8th July (must be reserved in advance)

  • Saturday 9th: Round 1 – 18 holes

  • Lunch & Dinner with live entertainment

  • Sunday 10th: Round 2 – 18 holes

  • Prizegiving Presentation & Aperitif

FORMAT:

  • Teams of 4 including the Pro

  • Pro-Am limited to 35 teams

  • 36 holes, 2 best scores from 4

  • Professional Appearance fee: €450

  • Professional Prize fund: €4.000

  • Prize pool divided for the first 5 Professionals

STAY AND PLAY PACKAGE (Golf + Hotel):

  • €490 per person for single occupancy room

  • €1.650 team package (€550 per amateur, Professional included – based on three amateurs and one Professional sharing two double rooms)

For information & reservations, contact the Golf Secretary +39 366 655 0031 or infogolf@labagnaiaresort.com

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Winter Closure

Royal Golf La Bagnaia will close over the winter period from Monday 13th December 2021 until Sunday 26th December then reopen between Christmas and New Year:

• Monday 27th December, 08:00 – 16:00

• Tuesday 28th December, 08:00 – 16:00

• Wednesday 29th December, 08:00 – 16:00

• Thursday 30th December, 08:00 – 16:00

• Friday 31st December, 08:00 – 16:00

Royal Golf La Bagnaia will be closed for the entire month of January 2022, 1st January – 31st January and reopening on 2nd February.

We would like to thank you for your continued support during the 2021 playing season.

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NH Hotel Stay&Play Package collaboration

We are pleased to announce the collaboration with the NH of Siena for Stay & Play packages that will allow you to play until the end of the year, in our course at a really advantageous price and to take advantage of a discount on the overnight stay!

 

By entering the promo code GOLFBAGNAIA on the NH Hotel website by clicking the following link ow.ly/bpyY30pxxHT you will have a 15% discount on the B&B stay in the hotel and a 35% discount on the daily green fee for a minimum of 2 entrances.

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Royal Golf La Bagnaia PRO-AM 2021

On 2 October 2021, more than 100 professional players and amateurs gathered at the Royal Golf La Bagnaia to participate in the long-awaited Pro-Am of 2021.

 

Some of the best Italian professional players were present, including Jacopo Vecchi Fossa who set the course record last year, finishing the first day of competition with 62 strokes.

 

The competition included both a team ranking and a single ranking for professionals.

 

Among the PROs, the Milanese Federico Zucchetti, also with a background on tours, won the Pro-Am by completing the 18 holes in 68 strokes. Behind him Patrick Actis Alesina, Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Rocco Sanjust and Adrea Perrino, all with 69 strokes.

 

For the team classification, the team made up of Jacopo Vecchi Fossa, Matilde Trocchi, Andrea Squarcetti and Bruno Riffeser Monti has kept faith with the prediction, winning with 130 total strokes.

 

“I thank all those present for the beautiful day of golf spent together – said Bruno Riffeser Monti during the award ceremony – It was a competition that combined fun with competitive spirit and was made possible with the support of the companies that have decided to support the our daily sponsorship but also the people who worked with commitment and passion for the success of the event. “

 

Numerous awards have been made available by the companies that have supported La Nazione.

 

A special thanks to all the sponsors of the race including: Bisonte, with its leather products, Acqua di Fiesole, with natural creams, Banfi, which gave away magnums. Also Banca Arval, Locman and the La Bagnaia olive oil.

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IMG golf course services clients recognised in the Golf Digest Editors' Choice Awards

Golf Digest magazine honoured 7 IMG designed and managed courses in the category of “Best Golf Resorts” in its prestigious 2021 Editors’ Choice Awards. Golf Digest is one of the world’s most respected and widely read golf publications, and its annual awards helps identify the best golf resort experiences across the globe.

 

IMG Golf Course Services clients named in the 2021 Golf Digest “Best Golf Resorts” category include:

 

  • La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort (Italy)
  • Garden City Golf Club (Cambodia)
  • Vinpearl Nam Hoi An (Vietnam)
  • Vinpearl Phu Quoc (Vietnam)
  • Le Touessrok Resort & Spa (Mauritius)
  • Michlifen Resort & Golf (Morocco)
  • Dreamland Golf Club & Golf Hotel (Azerbaijan)

 

Paul Burley, Senior Vice President, IMG Golf Course Services, commented: “This is excellent recognition for our resort clients and partners that offer world class stay and play experiences at their properties. Our global portfolio features some of the most stunning clubs & resorts in the world, and these venues are a great example of that. We look forward to international travel resuming in the near future, so golfers once again have the opportunity to experience these magnificent resort destinations”.

 

IMG Golf Course Services is a global leader in the design, development, marketing and management of world class golf courses. For more than 25 years, the group has set the standard for excellence in golf course design and golf club management. IMG’s golf course services team currently provides a diverse range of management and marketing services to more than 20 award winning clubs and resorts.

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First look at Verdura resort' spectacular new course

Ahead of the opening in October of this year, golfers can now enjoy a tantalising glimpse of the new golf course at Sicily’s Verdura Resort, part of Rocco Forte Hotels.

 

Viewers can plot their way along the spectacular new par-four hole – and you can almost smell the ocean breeze along the coastline.

 

The new signature ninth hole on the East Course is part of the major renovation project – scheduled for completion in October with nine of the holes ready for play in August – as world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips returned to the site of his original design in Sicily to work his magic again.

 

The result is a remarkable success with the new hole offering those trademark, incredible views across the Mediterranean, while asking some serious questions of accuracy, strategy and distance control with a slight dogleg design.

 

The tee shot demands careful placement to avoid water on the left and right, while a fairway bunker lurks on the right side. Once that is safely negotiated, an undulating green is guarded by two bunkers, which requires an approach shot with enough loft to clear more water and hold the green – and all with the beach and the lapping waves just a few steps away.

 

Phillips said: “The drama of the coastline has been improved, so we have made the most of it.

 

“That ninth hole is an example of what happened and how we have managed to make a fantastic new hole out of it. We have certainly made the most out of what was available to us and we’re proud of what has been achieved.”

 

The extensive renovation will see a number of new features and modification of the course route, so some of the hole numbers have been adjusted. But this has allowed for the restoration of previous favourites and also some exciting new additions.

 

Phillips said: “One of the things that we didn’t have before – but we have now – is a double green, a bit like some of those huge greens at St Andrews. It will be the new eighth hole (par five) and the new 10th hole (par four) which will share a green.

 

“It was something I had pondered at one time before. But Sir Rocco is a golfer, we were out there walking one day and talked about doing it and he was excited about it.

 

“The green is absolutely massive and could be very interesting if you are putting on the wrong part of it!”

 

He added: “It is new, fresh, the result is great and I think it will be really well-received. I expected it to turn out well but it’s definitely reached the level we were striving for.”

 

The resort – home of the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open – boasts a wealth of exclusive luxury facilities that have helped establish the venue as one of the world’s elite golf and lifestyle destinations and is nestled in 230 hectares of stunning Mediterranean landscape on Sicily’s southern coast.

 

Part of the IMG Prestige network, the resort is famous for offering guests an unforgettable five-star golf experience in one of the most beautiful settings in world golf, and was recently named as a recipient of Golf Digest magazine’s coveted ‘2020 Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Resorts in Continental Europe’ for the fifth year in a row.

 

Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, which offer a perfect solution for family holiday. In addition, the venue is set to add to its luxury accommodation portfolio with 20 new modern and spacious private Rocco Forte Private Villas open on May 13, each with its own private swimming pool and affording unparalled panoramic views of the Sicilian coast and Mediterranean.

 

Away from golf, guests can enjoy an extensive array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, as well as the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gastronomy, wine, history and culture.

 

Guests can also take advantage of the Unlimited Golf package until November 21, 2021, which includes an unlimited number of rounds, daily full breakfast, and €100 F&B credit per stay. Complimentary additions also include shared buggies, use of the driving range and spa facilities.

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Royal Golf La Bagnaia to host 2021 PRO-AM

The IMG managed Royal Golf La Bagnaia has announced that the 2021 Pro-Am will take place on Saturday 2nd October. After a successful event in 2020, the Club is ready to provide all Professionals and Amateurs with an unforgettable experience in the heart of Tuscany.

Nestled in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, and located just 12 km outside of Siena, La Bagnaia’s 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and provides one of the best golf experiences in Europe. The course plays to a par of 71, measures 6600 yards from the back tees and is set on magnificent rolling Tuscan hills offering incredible views of the surrounding landscape and the medieval city of Siena in the distance.

 

Golf facilities include a practice range and world-class short game centre. The Clubhouse was originally an old farmhouse which has been renovated with great care and respect for the authentic Tuscan style.

 

The Pro-Am will be limited to a total of 35 teams and the golf course will also be reserved on Friday 1st October for the practice round. The entry fee is EUR125.00 per player and includes tournament entry, refreshments on arrival, welcome pack, lunch and a prize-giving cocktail at the end of the event.

 

Brodie MacDonald, General Manager at Royal Golf La Bagnaia commented: “Last year’s event was a huge success with a total of 124 players, including European Tour player Lorenzo Gagli, Alessandro Tadini and Jacopo Vechi Fossa, last year’s winner and course record holder who is currently having a great season on the Alps Tour. The feedback from all guests was exceptional which inspired us to repeat the event in 2021. La Bagnaia is a unique venue and is located in a region with so much history and beauty. We’re confident that any Professional or Amateur joining us for the event will have a wonderful experience.”

 

About IMG

 

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