The 15th annual World Golfers Championships & Invitational was held in the European Capital of Sports, Marbella, Spain, October 24 – 31, 2009.
Marbella, one of Costa del Sol’s major tourist centres, is a paradise for golf lovers and the home of a dozen magnificent golf courses amidst the unusual backdrop provided by the sea and the mountains. Surrounded by 26 kilometers of of sun-drenched beaches, Marbella houses modern hotels, residential complexes, shops and restaurants.
Everyone stayed at luxury Hotel Puente Romano and played at the prestigious Marbella Club Golf Resort, Rio Real, Santa Clara and Flamingos Golf Clubs.
Hotel Puente Romano is a 5-star world renowned luxury resort tucked between the lush subtropical gardens of the Mediterranean and the glistening blue sky of Costa del Sol.
Marbella Golf ClubThe Marbella Club Golf Resort is a world class golf course that exceeds even the highest expectations. With a total length of 6,247m, the course is enhanced by carefully contoured fairways, beautiful waterfalls, lakes and strategically placed bunkers, as well as undulating and protected greens, maintained to perfection.
The course was designed by Dave Thomas and is situated only a 20 minute drive from the Hotel, amidst the hills of Benahavis, this magnificent Marbella golf course in the heart of the Costa del Sol enjoys spectacular views of Gibraltar, the African Coastline, the Mediterranean and the surrounding mountains.
The bottom right picture below shows Marbella Club’s unique view over Africa and Europe.
Rio Real is a magnificent course set in a beautiful sloping valley, offering challenging greens and spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
Santa Clara Golf Club was designed with utmost respect for the natural environment of indigenous wildlife and vegetation, providing a fantastic meeting place for golf enthusiasts.
Flamingos Golf ClubFlamingos Golf Club is characterized by its carefully conserved landscaping. This 18 hole, 5,714 m. par 71 course, was designed by the renowned architect Antonio Garcia Garrido and it boasts a pristine landscape, with lots of different varieties of trees and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Greens are generous in size; the fairways are narrower on the first part of the course, where more precision is required than in the second; the bunkers are filled with crushed white marble sand; the fairways are covered in Bermuda, except on certain holes where grass has been used, whilst the greens and tees are covered in Penncross.
Flamingos Golf has hosted prestigious tournaments such as the European Seniors Championship in 2002, 2003, 2004, Spanish Women’s Open in the year 2010 and of coiurse World Golfers Championship in 2009.
2009 World Champions
World Team Champions
Indonesia: C. Suharsono, Wawan Setiawan, Putut Wibowo, Dian Moriya, Isna Wibowo
Ukraine, Roksolana: Veronika Boyko, Olena Movchan
World Individual Champions
Flight 0-5 Martin Rudecky, Czech Republic
Flight 6-10 David Jukus, Hungary
Flight 11-15 Oscar Garcia, Portugal
Flight 16-20 Atiwat Yiamrueng, Thailand
Flight 21-25 Bohacs Zsolt, Hungary
Flight 0-5 Dermoth Oneill, Team Dubliner
Flight 6-10 Choksamarn Sriravongse, Thailand 3
Flight 11-15 Sumit Rathor, India
Flight 16-20 Uriy Kiselev, Russia
Flight 21-25 Olena Movchan, Roksolana
Flight 26-30 Janusz Wisniewski, Vienna Sobiesk