European Tour professionals sing the praises of The Grove
Story published at 23:51, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Page last updated at 12:19 am, Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
A host of Europe’s finest golfers have given The Grove, London’s country estate, and venue for last week’s British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, a huge thumbs up.
Competitors in the European Tour event consistently heaped praise on the conditioning, preparation and layout of the golf course during the week of tournament play, which eventually saw Swede Alex Noren claim the 2016 title with an 18 under par total.
The golf course, designed by Kyle Phillips, is already acknowledged in a number of influential Top 100 rankings lists, and rated ‘England’s Number One Pay-and-Play Golf Course’ by Golf Monthly. It forms an integral part of a 300-acre country estate located less than 20 miles from central London.
Headlining the stream of positive comments, the 2007 winner of The British Masters, Lee Westwood, said: “Visually, The Grove is a spectacular golf course. If you are hitting the ball well, it gives you a lot of birdie chances and certainly on the few times I have been here, the course has been in fantastic condition. This week is no different.”
England’s Robert Rock added: “The greens are probably the best greens we’ve had so far on The European Tour, bar the Middle East. For England at this time of year, they’ve done an amazing job.”
Winning 2012 Ryder Cup captain José María Olazábal was returning to The Grove for the first time since playing in the WGC-American Express Championship in 2006, an event won by Tiger Woods.
He said: “I have to say that the course is in pristine condition. The fairways are firm, the greens are firm and the ball rolls really well. The playing conditions couldn’t be better.”
Ireland’s Shane Lowry summed up his experience: “The hotel is great, it’s the best players’ lounge we’ve had this year on The European Tour. The hotel rooms are amazing and everyone’s been great. I really enjoyed it.”
Anna Darnell, Director of Golf & Resort Experiences at The Grove, added: “Preparing The Grove for the tournament was a huge team effort and it is rewarding to hear the players’ positive comments throughout the week.
“We have also received many positive comments from the 53,000 spectators during the week and we look forward to hopefully welcoming back as many as possible over the coming months to experience the hotel and its facilities, and play our championship golf course.”
To commemorate Alex’s victory, The Grove has also announced a special one-night stay-and-play offer for two people – based on the winner’s total of 266 (18 under par). The dinner, bed and breakfast offer includes an overnight stay and two rounds of golf on the championship course for £266 per person, based on two people sharing.
To take advantage of this offer, bookings must be placed between October 18 – October 31, 2016, for overnight stays between November 1 and March 31, 2017, subject to availability. (Offer excludes Dec 24-31, 2016 and Jan 3-7, 2017).
“We are proud to be an open-to-all venue, and we wanted every customer to enjoy and celebrate Alex’s win. We hope this limited availability offer for two people will encourage golfers to visit The Grove over the coming months,” added Anna.
Golfers interested in taking advantage of this special offer should call 01923 296010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting reference: Winner2016.
The Grove www.thegrove.co.uk