The 2021 Matchroom Tour Championship will be moved to Slaley Hall with the Tour’s visit to Club de Golf Alcanada pushed back to the 2022 season. This decision has been made to safeguard the tournament and the risk of the increasing costs and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dates will remain the same with the Tour’s season-ending tournament set to take place from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22, October on the Hunting Course at Slaley Hall.
Tour CEO Daniel Godding said: “In order to safeguard the event and the risk of increasing costs and isolation, the PGA EuroPro Tour is taking the decision to move the Tour Championships at Club de Golf Alcanada to 2022 when we hope all restrictions will be lifted. We feel there is increasing risk of Covid in Europe and therefore wish to limit the potential financial exposure and travel complications for our members.”
“We are exceptionally sad not to be visiting the wonderful coastline of Majorca and the phenomenal venue that is Alcanada in 2021. We thank Alcanada for all the preparations they have made to welcome us and we look forward to visiting the golf course in 2022.”
“We are delighted to be offering such a high-profile course and one of the UK’s best golf venues in replacement of Club de Golf Alcanada for this year’s tournament.”
Keith Pickard, The QHotels Group’s golf, leisure, and spa director, said: “We are incredibly proud that Slaley Hall will be hosting such a fantastic, and usually hotly contested tournament, and we thank the PGA EuroPro Tour for the opportunity to show off all that the course and facilities have to offer.
“It is a great shame that the tour is unable to visit Alcanada, but we will ensure, with the help of the wonderful staff at Slaley Hall, that everyone is offered a fantastic event to conclude the season, with golf that challenges the players and views that amaze the fans.”
Managed by The QHotels Group, the UK’s largest golf resort operator, Slaley Hall is considered one of the best courses in the North of England, with its spectacular surroundings and fantastic facilities.
Set in 1,000 acres of Northumberland moorland and forest, the venue boasts a magnificent four-star hotel in an elegant Edwardian mansion, with two challenging championship courses – the Hunting and the Priestman – which have played host to no fewer than 18 European Tour and European Senior Tour events.
The 7,000-yard, par-72 Hunting Course, designed by Dave Thomas, has lush sweeping fairways, streams, lakes, towering trees, and banks of rhododendrons – but aesthetics aside, it will catch out the unwary. Well-placed bunkers and tricky greens make this USGA standard course a real challenge.
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