La Cala Resort has been chosen by Australian professional golfer Rebecca Artis, fourth in the Ladies European Tour ranking, to prepare her entry to the US Tour and the final tournaments of the LET. The golf and leisure resort, nestled between the sea and mountains, is home to excellent training facilities and is renowned amongst elite athletes who choose this complex to prepare for their upcoming tournaments.
Rebecca Artis, at just 26 years of age, is a professional golfer on the Ladies European Tour and member of the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf). She recently spoke to us about having spent a few days at La Cala Resort to train and get ready for her upcoming tournaments. After taking the time to assess the different options between Málaga and Sotogrande, she opted for this complex as, in the words of the lady herself, “it had the best training facilities and best practice balls”
Artis currently stands fourth in the Ladies European Tour ranking, meaning constant training is required to secure her world standing. Without a doubt, Spain, and in particular Costa del Sol, offer the perfect climate to play golf.
Director of Golf at La Cala Resort, Agustín Alonso, had the opportunity to speak to Rebecca, who revealed a few interesting titbits about the demands of training and her experience at the complex, in particular, at the different golf courses that form part of the complex.
A. Rebecca, how have you enjoyed your time at La Cala?
R. You guys have really treated me well, the resources that you have here are amazing. I have had time to enjoy the academy, the fitness centre and the two golf courses I’ve had the chance to play. On the one hand, Campo Asia, is a technical course; you really need to tee-off well to play the ball and, on the other, Campo America, is completely the opposite; it is much more spacious, with more open greens, but you have to hit the ball harder as it is a longer course.
A. How would you compare La Cala to the courses you play on the Tour?
R. As it is in the mountains, you have holes at different elevations, just like at the Evian Championship; also, the greens feature drops that you sometimes can’t see, just like the courses we play. I think it offers a great experience and is good training for the tournaments I have coming up.
A. Exactly which tournaments do you have coming up?
R. I’m heading to the Helsingborg Open in Sweden, the Evian Championship and the French Open. Afterwards, I will play a couple of tournaments in Asia before playing the LPGA Qualifying School at the end of the year.
A. I understand your objective is to obtain the LPGA Tour card and play there, but would you combine the two Tours?
R. The Ladies European Tour has meant a lot to me, I really enjoy playing the tournaments and can’t see myself leaving even if I get my card. Also, I’ve got some leeway as I have the card until 2017 after I won the Scottish Open this year, which makes life a lot easier for me.
A. Being Australian, what are the main differences between the European and Australian Tours? Where do you feel more at home?
R. I have to admit that I feel at home in both locations. Fortunately, the Australian tour is only played between January and February, when it’s winter in Europe and playing is just not the same here, meaning it is perfect.
A. What did 2013 mean to you?
R. 2013 was a really good year for me after I won in Helsingborg and obtained 3 Top 10s; however, I think this year has been the best by far. I am fourth in the Order of Merit ranking, have obtained 3 Top 10s and won in Scotland, which is one of the best in terms of prize money. That has given me enough peace of mind to try for the LPGA.
A. How are things on the Women’s Tour?
R. Honestly, it is getting much better. Over the last 4 years, 5 tournaments have started to offer more than €500,000 in prize money, which is important. Perhaps the number of events has dropped, but we are setting our sights on Asia just like the Men’s Tour and I think we’re heading in the right direction.
A. After you play in Australia, do you relocate to Europe or do you travel every time you have an event?
R. In Spring, we have a couple of tournaments in Asia. Afterwards, I head back to Australia until the European tour starts and I set up camp in England. After the French Open, I travel to Australia as I am based there for the Asian tournaments.
A. Why did you choose England?
R. I’m not sure really, perhaps because I have friends there. The weather there is awful though, so I’m thinking of relocating to somewhere else and the south of Spain has it all. Also, you have treated me so well, I wouldn’t rule out a repeat visit in the future.
A. Would you recommend this resort as a training camp for other players on the Tour?
R. Definitely, in fact, I came on a recommendation. Your training structure is excellent and the weather is perfect. I would like to come back to play Campo Europa, as I haven’t been able to do so this time.
A. You’re welcome here any time Rebecca, thank you very much
This is the 10th year that the Resort will be attending this specialized golf meeting that on this occasion will be held from the 5th to the 8th of October in Tenerife.
La Cala Resort will attend, for the tenth consecutive year, the International Golf Travel Market from the 5th to the 8th of October in Tenerife. This is arguably the largest International fair business within the golfing sector which brings together annually; more than a thousand companies specialized in the organizing of golf holidays.
The aim of La Cala Resort attending this event is to meet tour operators from around the world, and especially from Europe. We will strengthen relations and trade agreements, as well as create new opportunities. This is a very important opportunity to introduce La Cala Resort to new partners and promote the benefits offered by the Resort. La Cala is considered a golf reference in La Costa del Sol, as our resort has more than 4 million square meters, with three 18-hole golf courses, hotel, spa and several restaurants.
Taylor Wimpey Spain, a subsidiary of property developer Taylor Wimpey PLC (a listed company in the UK FTSE 100) and La Cala Resort, the company behind the prestigious complex of three golf courses and hotels in Mijas owned by FBD (the publicly traded Irish insurance company), have signed a long-term partnership that will allow them to develop 48 apartments and 55 houses over the next five years, with a total estimated investment of €21 million.
The partnership seals La Cala Resort’s position in the Costa del Sol, not just as a golf destination but also as one of the most attractive places for international tourist to visit and reside. The three excellent 18 hole golf courses, the exclusive hotel and four-star spa and the prime location just 30 minutes from Malaga airport, provide the perfect setting for capturing the growing European demand for second homes on the Costa del Sol.
Taylor Wimpey and La Cala Resort began working together in 2014, with the development of Miraval – a complex of 60 luxury apartments overlooking the golf course and sea. After 12 months of activity, more than 50% of Miraval’s properties had been purchased. In fact, the resort proved so popular that work was accelerated in order to provider owners with their new homes earlier in 2016.
This high level of interest from overseas buyers has prompted both companies to enhance and extend their working relationship. Thus January 2016 will see work begin simultaneously on a new complex of 55 townhouses and one of 48 apartments. The two developments will involve a total investment of €21 million over the coming five years.
A British company with a passion for Spain
Taylor Wimpey is an international developer, with its roots in the UK. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, it is a FTSE Top 100 company and one of the largest construction companies in the UK. During 2014, Taylor Wimpey delivered more than 12,000 homes. It has over 4,000 employees in the UK and Spain.
Taylor Wimpey España has operated in Spain since 1958, constructing prestigious real estate developments in popular areas such as the Balearic Islands, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol. The company is known for its sustainable approach and respect for both the environment and the local communities in which it operates.
Taylor Wimpey España delivered a total of 220 homes in Spain during 2014.
Taylor Wimpey España’s long-standing experience of purchasing land and developing property in Spain means the company is confident in its latest Costa del Sol plans, which are attuned with its aims of building to improve its clients’ quality of life and providing added value to their properties.
Through this value-driven approach, Taylor Wimpey España is about more than just building successful housing: the company focuses on providing homes that enhance clients’ quality of life, provide top notch facilities in an attractive environment and offer the best locations and settings. Their approach is to add social, economic and environmental value in every community in which they work.
Quality, reliable services
Taylor Wimpey España is governed by three principles: construction quality, buyer confidence and first-class service delivery.
The 60 apartments under construction at Miraval will form a private, gated community with swimming pool and communal gardens. The two and three bedroom apartments feature two bathrooms, storage areas and underground parking. As Taylor Wimpey España homes, they enjoy superior construction quality and facilities, including air conditioning and heating systems, cream marble flooring in the living room and selected bedrooms, high-end sliding windows with safety glass leading to all terraces and well appointed, fully equipped kitchens.
Miraval’s apartments have been designed to optimize space and light, with large, open place living areas leading onto terraces surrounded by safety glass railings.
For more information, please contact La Cala Resort today on +34 952 669 027 or visit Miraval New Properties.
The resort is the only golf complex in Andalucía which incorporates a running circuit, 8 kilometres long and with two levels of difficulty
La Cala Resort has designed a specific programme for those runners who would like to improve their results. We offer exclusive classes for performance improvement through personal training. The classes are organized in small groups and are supervised by a trainer, specialized in athletics who will work to improve the running technique of each athlete, focusing on posture, landing, efficiency in step frequency as well as proper breathing. Since the training circuit opened at the complex, a growing number of athletes have chosen it for their training.
“What’s more, it’s worth pointing out that we are visited by many foreign athletes in La Cala Resort. These international sports persons choose our facilities because of their quality as well as the opportunity for open air training on a circuit built into a natural environment with one of the most envied climates of all Europe,” says La Cala Resorts Sales Manager, Noemí Román. In the last few months, a Swedish half marathon and distance runner as well as another two athletes from Norway trained here for a month and a half along with many other runners.
Running as a sport is becoming increasingly popular and is being practiced by more and more people. Running enthusiasts are constantly on the lookout for new and pleasant places to train as an alternative to training in an urban environment. This is precisely one of the more attractive features of the running circuit at La Cala Resort. The complex provides the opportunity to practice sport in the open air, far from the hustle and bustle of urban centres, in direct contact with nature. With four million square metres, La Cala Resort is the only hotel complex in all of Andalucía where you can practice running within the installations. The running circuit is 8 kilometres long and is situated in the privileged natural environment of the resort along two of its golf courses.
The circuit has two levels of difficulty: on the one hand, the medium level, which runs along the America golf course, with a distance of 4,105 metres and an inclination of 74 metres. On the other hand, we have the low level difficulty which runs alongside the Asia golf course. This circuit is 3,860 metres in length with an inclination of 58 metres. All of the circuit is a cardio protected area with defibrillators.
Running is a sport which can be practiced by practically anybody regardless of their age or level. La Cala Resort gives you the opportunity to train one to one with a trainer or in group classes, according to your preferences. It’s also a sport that can be practiced as a family and the perfect complement for the best holidays taking advantage of the different programmes offered by the complex.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery and with plenty to do on site, La Cala Resort, Andalucía has announced the launch of their new Golf Summer Camps for 2015, inviting children staying at the hotel aged 5 to 14 to learn how to putt like the pros. Prices start at just € 235 per child for the five day programme which runs Monday to Friday, from 29th June to 14th August 2015. Families can stay at the hotel from just € 134 per room, per night with one child staying complimentary.
Whether a complete beginner or a budding golf champion, children can learn skills from chipping and putting, to the rules and etiquette of golf at the unique Summer Camp. Classes take place at La Cala’s onsite Golf Academy that has multilingual professionals on hand to help the youngsters improve their game.
When booking the summer camp, attendees are provided with complimentary top quality golfing equipment including clubs, balls and an academy polo shirt. Golfers can also enjoy delicious, three course lunches and complimentary transfers from the Academy to the Club House each day ensuring parents don’t have to organise a thing. At the end of the fun filled week, children are awarded for their efforts with a Diploma in the prize giving ceremony.
Situated in the region which enjoys 320 days of sunshine per year, La Cala Resort is world renowned as the finest golf complex in Andalucia and boasts three 18 hole championship courses, designed by one of the most prestigious golf designers in Europe, Cabell Robinson. The hotel also has two swimming pools, a FIFA football pitch, tennis and squash facilities and an extensive spa with incredible views, that offers complimentary use for exhausted parents in need of pampering.
While mum and dad are relaxing, there is also a kids’ mini club is open from 10am to 6pm, six days a week, and will keep the children from 4 – 11 years old entertained with a host of activities including water sports, crafts, discos and more!