OPINIONS

PROS’ OPINIONS

  • SERGIO GARCÍA
    Real Club de Golf El Prat is, without a doubt, one of my preferred golf courses, not only in Spain, but anywhere in the world. Whenever I can I take a 3-4 day break from competition, I to go to this fabulous course and train a bit, since I’m lucky enough to have good friends I can play with who always make me work hard to beat them. One of the things I like the most is that it offers a wide range of shots, not only from the tees but also around the greens, options that are rare to find in many courses in our country. Another of the features I like a lot is that with 45 holes, you can play 9 different courses without leaving the Club. I just want to say that I am proud to be an honorary member of a golf course that, in addition to being good, gives you so many different options when you want to train.” Sergio García on the PGA Tour
  • PABLO LARRAZÁBAL
    Real Club de Golf El Prat is a medium-distance course with wide fairways, deep bunkers, forgiving roughs and fast greens. It can be very fun for amateur members, offering five very different 9-hole courses and the ability to start out from 7 different tees, all of them of a quality and state of upkeep that make them the envy of most of our country's golf courses. For me, a member since the day I was born who has practised here all my life, and thanks to its practice facilities, I was able to turn professional in November 2004 and play on the European circuit since 2008. My preferred hole is the 16th hole on the pink course, a par 4 stretching 470 yards on a downhill slant from the black tee, with a green defended by a lake to the near right and bunkers to the left. The hole requires power from the tee and great accuracy in the second shot. On this course you should not be too eager to make birdies - you have to be patient and use your head. I’ll be honest with you: I've travelled around the world playing golf and I have been able to play on many of the world’s best courses; RCG El Prat is, beyond doubt, one of the best on the continent. Playing and practising on it isa privilege.” Pablo Larrazábal’s website
  • ÁLVARO VELASCO
    Real Club de Golf El Prat is a club with a lot of tradition that has always been characterised by the fantastic quality of its facilities, the excellent work of its personnel, and the great level of play of its members, both at the amateur and pro level. The fields and practice areas are always in impeccable condition for maximum enjoyment of play. The course offers a chance to play a wide variety of courses thanks to its 45 holes, and also varying their difficulty thanks to the large number of tee positions available to suit all levels of play. All of the courses are impeccably designed and allow players to use all the clubs in their bag and practise a wide range of swings and strokes. The course is fully prepared to host top-flight amateur and pro competitive events. Personally, my favourite part is the backnine on the Pink course. It's a gently rolling course, usually among trees, with a wide variety of hole distances, and broad, fast greens. I think this course demands that you adopt sound strategic principles and deploy your best skills, putting a premium on accuracy in green approaches and putts. As a Club member, I would like to say that the Real Club de Golf El Prat is on par with Europe’s best golf clubs, and personally, it lets me develop and enjoy my work at the highest level.” Alvaro Velasco’s website
  • MIGUEL ÁNGEL JIMÉNEZ
    “You have to play this course with respect and great care.”

2011 OPEN DE ESPAÑA

  • JOSÉ MARÍA OLAZÁBAL
    “El Prathas 9 highly technical holes through pine forests. They're not too long but require a lot of precision, except the 17th, a tremendous par four with a very tough green. The other 9 holes are more open but far longer, making them more difficult. The par fours are long, the par threes are very solid, and the par fives are hard to reach the greens in two. It's a great combination - nine strategic holes and nine holes requiring power. Its greens are rolling and very fast.” José María Olazábal in the European Tour
  • ÁLVARO QUIRÓS
    “I love this course, and it’s in magnificent condition. It’s not an easy course for scoring birdies. It’s a course that doesn’t give any advantage to hitters, as the fairways stretch some 300 yards. On this course you can’t be off your game - it requires consistent good play throughout.” Álvaro Quirós’s website
  • OLIVER WILSON
    “The tournament is one of Europe’s best. A tremendous course in magnificent condition and a club with impressive services.” Oliver Wilson’s website
  • MARK HAASTRUP
    “It’s an awesome course.” Mark Haastrup’s website
  • MATTEO MANASSERO
    “I like this course, it suits my game. You have to watch your ball placement all the time, though there are also open holes where power is needed. The greens mark the difference. They’re a real challenge - you can make incredible approaches yet still struggle to complete the hole in two putts.”

    Matteo Manassero in the European Tour