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Real Club de Golf El Prat Uses Historic Past to Create the Future


The prestigious Real Club de Golf El Prat is set to further enhance the golfing experience it offers to visitors after unveiling plans to reorganize its array of courses this autumn.

The Spanish venue, a 10-time host of the Spanish Open, is going back to its roots from mid-November (new bunkering pictures above) by offering guests the opportunity to play the Pink “Open” Course that was originally designed by Greg Norman, as well as its popular Yellow Course.

The Pink “Open” Course is widely recognized as the best layout at El Prat. Which features 45 holes designed by Norman and was ranked fourth in Golf Digest’s latest list of the best courses in Spain.

Sets El Prat back to its origin

Situated 35 minutes outside Barcelona, Real Club de Golf El Prat, which dates back to 1912, remains one of only a small number of clubs to have been granted royal status by King Alfonso XIII.

— The current changes are how Greg Norman designed the two courses and how they were played until 2011 when the European Tour asked to use a different combination for the Spanish Open, Marcello Della Vecchia, director of sales and marketing at Real Club de Golf El Prat, said.

Since 2002, El Prat’s layout stretches across the 518-acre estate of BonVilar. It has been home to major Spanish and international amateur tournaments, such as the 2013 European Amateur Championships and has held more than 250 national and international championships.

It has also hosted some of the biggest names in golf, including Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson and European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.

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