The 2020 PGA European Gold Tour announced three new tournaments in Europe as part of its reshaped 2020 International Schedule with the sprawling, hilltop Aphrodite Hills Resort having the honour of being selected to be one of the hosts of this prestigious sporting event.
Having achieved PGA status in January 2018, the Aphrodite Hills Resort course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe, with 360-degree views of both Cyprus’ spectacular and dramatic landscape, and coastline, including the site where Aphrodite herself is said to have emerged from the sea.
The resort is also home to a world-class tennis academy, state-of-the-art-spa, stunning 5* hotel – the “Aphrodite Hills Hotel by Atlantica” – and a range of luxury apartments, villas and residences to choose from. Aphrodite Hills Resort is open 365 days a year with the same delivery of service and activities available throughout. Nestled in the midst of a protected forest with unparalleled views of the Mediterranean Sea, the resort offers a staggering choice of 18 restaurants and bars offering a unique mix of gourmet delights with both local and ethnic flavours catering to any taste bud’s desire.
The Cyprus Open will take place from October 29th – November 1st followed by the Cyprus Classic from November 5th-8th. Both events will be played at Aphrodite Hills Resort member of Prodea Investments & Invel Real Estate, with prize funds of €1million for each tournament. Both tournaments will be played without spectators and will be subject to the European Tour’s comprehensive health strategy and based on Cyprus Government guidelines.
500 visitors which include some of the best professional golfers of the world as well as golf and media professionals, will be attending the event, whilst the tournaments will have full tv and media coverage from the European Tour Productions and Sky Sports Television networks reaching more than 400 million subscribers. The back-to-back tournaments will be promoted and staged by International Sports Management (ISM) based on its long and successful history of promoting tournaments.
Andrew Darker, Director of Golf at Aphrodite Hills Resort, said: “Hosting these two consecutive tournaments, clearly turns our country’s vision into reality, to become the favourite sports and thematic European destination. It seems that the future of Cyprus is already here.
“Golf in Cyprus is growing on an upward scale as we join forces to promote our top-class facilities and the year-round excellent weather. What an honour to have all these distinguished players at Aphrodite Hills Resort! Our PGA National Cyprus Golf Course is a must play course in the region.
“Cyprus has well proven its resilience as well and its crisis handling ability to adapt to situations (covid-19) and this sense of security offered by our Government, is one of the major factors to achieve our vision”.
George Misirlis, CEO of Aphrodite Hills Resort, also commented: “The fact that we have been chosen to host such an event is a privilege not only because it recognizes the quality and excellence of our sports facilities but mainly because this is a vote of confidence towards our country. Our island is about to have one of the greatest promotional opportunities as a sports, tourism, investment, and safe destination. Golf is one of the main pillars of the development of Cyprus’ sports whilst it also promotes quality tourism. This is a lifetime opportunity to promote our dynamics as a core of thematic and alternative tourism”.