La Reserva Golf Club is a magnificent facility featuring an expansive 18-hole course designed by Cabell Robinson, as well as a spectacular clubhouse. The golf course opened for play in August 2003 and is already considered one of the best courses in Europe.
The rest of the facility opened on 21 July 2004. The club is situated in a spectacular spot featuring marvellous views of both the mountains and sea. Its 18 holes cover 72 hectares, and in addition there is a practice area, as well as one of the largest and best clubhouses in all of Spain.
“This is a course where you will use every club in your bag. It is very fun and offers the option of making it easy or difficult. It is a very large course, with ample but perfectly shaped fairways and greens.” Santiago Luna, four-time Spanish national champion and a twenty-year veteran of the European golf circuit.
You can also book tee times on golf courses in the area through Hotel Almenara: (Service exclusively for guests staying at the Hotel Almenara) Central Reservations and Information (CIR), Telephone: +34 902 181 836 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the South of Spain, where the mountains of Andalusia and the Guadiaro River converge as they meet the Mediterranean Sea, you will find Hotel NH Almenara. Its stylish and inspired design comprehends life in a special way.
Say good morning to the Mediterranean, lose your thoughts to the immense, green sea or simply let your mind drift freely in the gardens. When we talk about luxury rooms we are not just referring to the inside.
Elysium, Sotogrande’s Spa. A centre where you will find the perfect setting to relax, to let your self slip away with beauty and relaxation experiences, to pamper yourself in an unbeatable space for wellness.
The centre has the most innovative treatments and a wide variety of activities designed for your health and beauty, with advice from the best professionals in the sector. In Elysium you will find the harmony you seek between the body and the mind.
Airport transfers will be provided to/from both Malaga Airport and Gibraltar Airport by the organisation if requested. Very early/late arrivals and departures may fall outside of the transfer service. In which case you may need to organise alternative transfers.
Please ensure that both your luggage and your golf bags are well labelled, as this will ensure that they can be transferred to your hotel room and La Reserva Clubhouse respectively. Golf Clubs can be kept securely in the Caddy Master’s store room overnight, and can be collected by the competitors/guests on
a daily basis, however this is the responsibility of the competitor/guest to organise this.
Check-in at the Hotel
On check-in, competitors/guests will be asked to produce a credit card against which all extras (outside of all official World Corporate Golf Challenge events), such as snacks, lunches, drinks and telephone calls will be charged on departure.
There will be a shuttle car service provided from Hotel NH Almenara to La Reserva Club de Golf during the event. Please make sure you leave plenty of time to catch your shuttle from the front of Hotel NH Almenara.
The general dress code is Smart Casual except for the Welcome Reception which is JACKET AND TIE and the Prize-Giving Gala Dinner which is BLACK TIE (equivalent for ladies) or NATIONAL DRESS
Note: please make sure you adhere to the dress codes outlined.
Note: This is provisional General Information and details are subject to change.
Competitors are not allowed to use buggies during the official practice and competition rounds, unless genuine medical reasons apply – this must be agreed in advance with Harry Lloyd (Event Director) and if suitable arrangements can be made we will endeavour to make them.
Caddies will be allocated to all competitors for the practice round (2nd July) and official competition rounds (3rd & 4th July) at no cost. Competitors will keep their same caddy for all three days of the competition. The tipping of your caddy is strongly advised. 10 Euros is recommended as a minimum.
Golfing World TV will be filming the event from the 1st – 6th July 2014. On arrival at the WCGC Event Desk all competitors/guests will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing that they are happy to be filmed during the week. If you have any problems with this then please let Harry Lloyd, Event Director know in advance.
Golf Club Hire
There are a very limited number of Hire Clubs available from La Reserva and it is highly recommended that you travel with your own set. If this is not possible then please notify Harry Lloyd, Event Director, who will assist in booking them for you. The cost of hiring a set is 40 Euros.
From a TV point of view, we ask that each team co-ordinate the same colour trousers for the competition days. Shorts or ¾ length trousers are NOT permitted during the competition rounds.
All competitors should be provided with Team Uniforms by their National Event for the World Final (with the WCGC National Logo, Road to Sotogrande Logo and local media partners/sponsors logos). These must be worn for TV purposes during the competition rounds and also for organised photo calls.
Competitors will not be allowed to use trolleys for the official competition rounds (3rd & 4th July). Guests, Sponsors and Licensees who are taking part in either the Guest Competition on the 2nd & 3rd July or the Corporate Cup Invitational on the 4th & 5th July will be allowed to use trolleys. Push trolleys will be provided, free of charge, from La Reserva, subject to availability.Tee Times
Competitors and Licensees/Sponsors/Guests tee times will be allocated on the day prior to play and will be displayed on the event notice board in both the NH Almenara Hotel lobby and at La Reserva.
During the Practice Day (2nd July) teams will tee off in their allocated groups. Tee Times for the Practice Day will be on display on the event notice board in the Almenara Hotel lobby on the 1st July.
Tee times for the first World Final competition round will be drawn at the Welcome Reception (Tuesday 1st July). These will be displayed on the event notice board in the NH Almenara Hotel lobby by the morning of 2nd July.
Teams will play in reverse order on the final competition round, taking into consideration the first round scores. Lowest stableford points score will tee off first and so on. Tee Times for the final competition round will be displayed on the event notice board in the NH Almenara Hotel lobby on afternoon/evening of 3rd July.
The Guest Competition will be organised on the 2nd and 3rd July. This will be an Individual Stableford Points competition off Full Handicap. On the 4th & 5th July all invited guests will take part in the Corporate Cup Invitational, a Ryder Cup style event captained by WCGC Ambassadors Manuel Pinero and Simon Holmes. Tee Times will be allocated and displayed on the event notice board on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th July.
Corporate Cup Invitational Itinerary
Hosted by Manuel Pinero & Simon Holmes
Friday 4th July – Day 1 Corporate Cup
12:30 – Check In, Welcome & Team Talks from Captains, Golf Clinic with Manuel Pinero & Simon Holmes
13:30 – Official Team Photos on 1st Tee
13:30 onwards – Official Tee Off from 1st Tee (Foursomes)
Saturday 5th July – Day 2 Corporate Cup
09:00 – Check In & Team Talks from Captains
09:30 onwards – Tee Off from 1st Tee (Fourballs)
To book tee times outside of all organised golf please make bookings and payment directly with Central Reservations.
Tee times will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Provisional schedule as follows:· Competitors, Guests, Licensees & Sponsors arrive
· Transfers from Malaga / Gibraltar Airports to Hotel NH Almenara
· Check-In at WCGC Desk & Hotel NH Almenara Reception
20:00 Welcome Cocktail Party / Official Team Draw – Hotel NH Almenara08:30 Guest Competition (Day 1) & Official Practice Day
La Reserva Club de Golf
16:00 Annual Licensees Conference – NH Almenara
PM Free Night for Competitors & Guests08:30 Official Team Photos
09:00 Day 1 Official Competition Day – Tee 1 La Reserva Club De Golf
09:00 Guest Competition (Day2) – Tee 10 La Reserva Club de Golf
18:00 Jeremy Dale Trick Shot Show – La Reserva Club de Golf Driving Range
PM Free Evening08:30 Day 2 Official Competition Day (World Corporate Golf Challenge World Final) – Tee 1 La Reserva Club de Golf
13:30 Day 1 Corporate Cup Invitational – Tee 1 La Reserva Club de Golf
PM Free Night for Competitors & Guests09:30 Day 2 Corporate Cup Invitational – Tee 1 La Reserva Club de Golf
Rest Day: Golf, tourist excursions and activities available for competitors, guests, licensees & sponsors.
20:00 ‘Bayswater Gin & Indi Tonic’ Welcome Drinks Reception – NH Almenara
21:00 Black Tie Prize Giving Gala Dinner – NH Almenara· Check-out & Depart
· Transfers to Malaga / Gibraltar Airports from Hotel NH AlmenaraNote: This is a provisional itinerary/schedule of events and timings are subject to change.
Fittingly it was the Scottish team of Chris Aitken and William Macmillan, representing Rolls Royce PLC, who came out on top in the 20th anniversary edition of the 2013 World Golf Corporate Challenge.
For the first time in the history of the event the World Final was held in Scotland at De Vere Cameron House and on The Carrick, Loch Lomond, and was supported by VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
The World Corporate Golf Challenge is the biggest corporate golf tournament in the world. Established 20 years ago, over one million golfers have competed from over 25 countries for the chance to represent their corporate company and country at the World Finals. The event is supported by national media partners in each territory and the World Finals are filmed by Golfing World TV and distributed to international broadcasters globally across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australasia.
Teams representing companies from all over the world secured their place in Scotland by winning their National Finals in their respective countries. Countries represented included Australia, Belize, Brazil, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, Finland, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and Wales.
Competitors, Sponsors and Guests had an experience of a lifetime getting the chance to visit some of Scotland’s most stunning attractions and places of interest as well as playing some of Scotland’s top rated golf courses. They also had the honour of meeting with two time major winner, Ryder Cup legend and WCGC Global Ambassador Tony Jacklin who was in attendance all week, along with 1989 European Tour Order of Merit Winner and Ryder Cup player Ronan Rafferty. Jeremy Dale, one of the world’s leading golf trick shot exponents showed guests his breath taking skills during his show and throughout the week.
The opening round of the tournament played on The Carrick on Loch Lomond, presented a tough challenge for all, with the course playing particularly long. For the second time, the World Final was officially being scored using VPAR’s interactive technology which provided each competitor with a live leaderboard via a handset. By the close of play on day one the team from Bantrab, Guatemala, were leading on 62 points with Rolls Royce PLC from Scotland 9 points behind in second on 53 points with New Zealand team of Rob Simmonds and Mark Jackson, way back in 9th on 46 points.
Nine behind the Guatemalan team of Sergio Anibal Hernandez and Pablo Hernandez representing the bank Bantrab, the Rolls Royce engineering specialists purred gently through the field on the final day of the competition, before taking the lead at the short 16th. There, the wheels started to come off for the Guatemalan duo, who hit successive balls into the gorse. New Zealand, on 101 points, were still a worry, after making a stunning surge through the field, but when Aitken holed from eight feet at the 17th the home pair went ahead on 102 points before finishing on 105 to win by three from Guatamala.
“Have we actually won?” queried the cack-handed MacMillan after six and a half hours’ of golf in weather that one particularly polite overseas visitor referred to as “a friendly drizzle.”
The Scots acknowledged that they experienced “a few nervy holes” but their putting over the wet greens was mostly first class.
Ronan Rafferty, the former Walker and Ryder Cup player who was co-hosting the event with Tony Jacklin, pointed to how the winners and Guatemala were at the opposite end of the spectrum. Where Scotland boasts 578 courses and 236,000 golfers, Guatemala has but six courses and 500 players.
“It just goes to show,” said Rafferty, “that even the smallest golfing nation can make its presence felt. The growing global appeal of the game never ceases to amaze me.”
The 28-year-old Pablo Hernandez, though he and his partner had failed to hang on, said he had had the best of experiences at the World Corporate Golf Challenge. “The event was terrific,” he said. “The only bad thing was the Scottish weather but it was all part of the adventure.
“The Scots had a bit of an advantage because they know their weather but they also played well. My partner and I congratulate them heartily.”
De Vere, Cameron House, Loch Lomond
Cameron House on Loch Lomond,
Tel: +44 (0)871 222 4681
Fax:+44 (0)871 222 4719
Note: It is advisable to book restaurants and spa treatments before your arrival.
The world-renowned bonnie banks of Loch Lomond conjure images of a majestic world of heather-dappled glens and roaring open fires. What better place to watch the theatre of the Highlands unfold than from Cameron House. Find your true love here. Whether it be fine dining, loch cruises, championship standard golf, spa breaks or simply chilling out with your new favourite 20 year old single malt, Cameron House on Loch Lomond may soon become a true love of yours. It is not just about the timeless splendour. Cameron House is legendary Scottish hospitality at its very finest and very warmest. There will always be someone on hand to impart age-old tales of clansmen or point you in the right direction in choosing the best red to go with your steak. You could say Cameron House is our true love. One day, I sincerely hope it will be yours too.
Stephen Carter OBE
Managing Director, Cameron House on Loch Lomond
Golf Course – The Carrick
The Carrick on Loch Lomond is the 71-par course designed by the acclaimed golf course designer Doug Carrick, this stunning course uses every inch of the dramatic landscape straddling the fault lines between the Scottish lowlands and highlands with nine holes set in each. Elevated holes offer spectacular views of Loch Lomond to the west and Ben Lomond to the north, this stimulating and challenging course for golfers of all abilities has played host to the Ladies Scottish Open and recently to the PGA Cup. It boasts a spectacular layout, offering a truly memorable day’s golf of magnificently maintained, with velvet greens and testy sloping fairways. Nine holes stick to classic Scottish Lowland along the banks of Loch Lomond, while the other nine make you climb to tackle Highland heath and tee off on sloping fairways. Beware the distraction of the loch as you traverse the various lagoons and an incredible 118 bunkers. Make use of the stunning practice facility and prepare yourself for the island green in the middle of a lagoon, the perfect test for the most accomplished of golfers. A truly breathtaking day’s golf deep in the Highlands. Down by the Loch. True love awaits all who rise to the challenge.
POS COUNTRY TEAM NAME TOTAL
VPAR 1 Scotland Rolls Royce 53 52 105 +39 2 Guatemala Bantrab 62 40 102 +42 3 New Zealand New Zealand Post 46 55 101 +43 4 Ireland Claragh Nurseries 41 56 97 +47 5 Sweden Torgett A-C AB 48 48 96 +48 6 Portugal Nilfisk 50 45 95 +49 7= China WDX Plants Technology 53 39 92 +52 7= India Terrai Natural 47 45 92 +52 9= Wales Chemical Corporation 39 50 89 +55 9= Panama Continental Hotel 48 41 89 +55 11 Mauritius Sepl International 41 45 86 +58 12 Costa Rica Valle Esmeralda 40 43 83 +61 13= Nigeria Citec International 41 41 82 +62 13= Mexico Taac 38 44 82 +62 15= Australia Swimworld 42 38 80 +64 15= Brazil Embrase 47 33 80 +64 15= GSMA 41 39 80 +64 18 Spain Zaytec 35 44 79 +65 19 Italy Ramco Europe Srl 36 39 75 +69 20 Turkey Cornelia Hotels 46 27 73 +71 21 Belize Astrum Helicopters 39 29 68 +76 22 El Salvador JDB LTD 30 36 66 +78 23 England Alexander Stone 35 28 63 +81 24 Columbia GEFCO 37 25 32 +82 25 Finland Eklas Tammilukko 31 29 55 +89