Back at Arcos Gardens

I have been here many times now but I still have to pinch myself to realise that this actually did become a reality. Simon Holmes, the golf professional who could easily talk for England, had this idea that having a great practice area and specialising in becoming a European training centre for Elite players would be good for business. In his usual way he convinced the right people, the Landmark company and their local partner, the Mora-Figueroa Domecq family, who owned the land, to go ahead with the idea. I got involved when they wanted to partner up with a brand (Swedish Golf Federation) that could give them recognition as an elite players’ choice. Simon and I started talking to Chris Cole who designed the course about what we needed from a practice area and the rest is, as it is said, history.

The interesting thing is that when courses in southern Spain are struggling in the current economic climate Arcos Garden’s figures are going the other way. The list of countries that want to send their teams here for training is long and tour pros come down because they like the quiet surroundings and the professional arrangements. I know that normal members and visitors also enjoy being around good players and I think Arcos has found a unique mix. I suggest you go check it out!

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