Recently voted the No 1 golf course in Spain, The PGA Catalunya Resort, situated in 300 hectares of outstanding countryside, just minutes from the centre of Girona in northern Spain, has signed a five-year preferred supplier agreement with Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based turf maintenance equipment manufacturer and Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company.
Over the next five years, the entire fleet will become orange as the previous equipment is replaced with a range of modern turf maintenance products manufactured in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the company's European manufacturing base in Ipswich, Suffolk.
PGA Catalunya Resort took delivery of its first item of Jacobsen equipment last year with the arrival of a Fairway 405, a seven gang ride-on fairway mower.
Commenting on the signing of the agreement, David Bataller head greenkeeper responsible for the two 18-hole courses, the Stadium and the Tour said, "Our current fleet is seven years old and as Spain's number one golf experience, course presentation is highly important to us. The quality of cut we get from the 405 played a significant role in determining our choice of equipment. We mow the fairways every day as you would expect from a club of our standing and the finish it's producing is superb.
"I've been impressed with the level of service we've received from Ransomes Jacobsen's Spanish distributor, Green Mowers of Burgos, following the purchase of the Fairway 405 and this was also a contributory factor in our decision to go with Ransomes Jacobsen."
Bataller has worked most of his life in the Catalan region, starting his career when employed during the construction of Golf Girona in 1991 and later being appointed course manager. He subsequently worked at Barcelona Golf Club and Club de Golf Peralada before taking up his position at PGA Golf Catalunya.
Miguel Girbes, Golf Director at PGA Catalunya Resort added, "We strive continually to enhance the golfing experience for both elite players and visitors on golfing breaks and have recently upgraded our practice facilities which will make a visit to PGA Catalunya Resort even more memorable. We particularly want PGA Catalunya Resort to become the preferred winter training camp for golf federations and clubs around Europe and the signing of this strategic partnership with Ransomes Jacobsen will be a contributory factor to help us achieve this goal."
About PGA Catalunya Resort
PGA Catalunya Resort is situated on 300 hectares of rolling Catalan countryside, just minutes from the cultural streets of Girona. It is an hour drive from the diverse city life of Barcelona in the south and an hour from the slopes of the Pyrenees to the north. Girona-Costa Brava Airport is conveniently located just five minutes drive away.
In 2012, PGA Catalunya Resort's acclaimed Stadium course was ranked Spain's no.1 by Top100golfcourses.co.uk. It has also maintained its position within the World and Continental European Top 100 Golf Courses rankings (Golf World) since 2009. Originally designed by Angel Gallardo and Neil Coles along with European Golf Design to host the 1997 Ryder Cup, the Stadium Course has accommodated a number of major international events, including two Spanish Opens and four consecutive European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage events.