Guardiola leads football icons at Pula Golf Resort’s Legends Trophy

Ronan MacNamara
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Guardiola leads football icons at Pula Golf Resort’s Legends Trophy

Pep Guardiola (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola led a star-studded line-up as a host of footballing greats headed to Pula Golf Resort in Mallorca this week for the annual ‘Legends Trophy’.

The event, which came to fruition in 2018 and is fronted by Guardiola, brings together icons of the game to help celebrate their combined passion for golf and football. The three days, involving a Monday pro-am followed by a two-day stableford competition for the footballing ‘Legends’, were fiercely – but respectfully – contested as old rivals rekindled memories of their playing days.

Former France midfielder Alain Boghossian – who won 26 caps for Les Bleus between 1997-2002 – took the spoils in the players’ stableford, edging out Chelsea favourite Gianfranco Zola. Boghossian’s victory, his third Legends Trophy title in row, came after Ronald Koeman – most recently manager of Barcelona – had claimed the honours in the pro-am, playing alongside his two sons and DP World Tour player, Pep Angles.

Lazio goalkeeper Pepe Reina was also present, along with ex-Liverpool and Norway full-back John Arne Riise, Argentina marksman Gabriel Batistuta, France defender Laurent Blanc and Dutch great Ruud Gullit.

Commenting on the success of the event and the stunning set-up at the Mallorca venue, Guardiola said: “It has been a wonderful three days at Pula Golf Resort enjoying golf, some good friends and all the players who made long trips to be here with us.

“I would like to thank the team here. It is always great to be back at Pula and, as usual, the course is in great condition and we have all enjoyed getting out and experiencing some great golf.”

Considered one of the finest golf resorts in Mallorca, the course at Pula has a distinguished history and was redesigned by two-time Masters winner and 2012 Ryder Cup captain, José María Olazábal.

Situated in one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots on the island in the municipality of Son Servera, the par-72, 6,246m layout has hosted a number of professional tournaments, including the Mallorca Classic and later the Iberdrola Open on the DP World Tour. It is defined by sweeping fairways and well-placed greens, with a number of water hazards testing players’ precision from the tee.

As well as the course, players can practise with state-of-the-art facilities featuring a two-tiered driving range and a newly installed Trackman system – the revolutionary leader in ball flight and club-data measurement.

Off course, accommodation comes with a huge choice of rooms set inside the Finca, which was built in 1581, and 21 free-standing suites, seven of which were finished earlier this year, providing a rustic charm and relaxed atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy their time in the Mallorcan sun by the outdoor swimming pool, while also taking time to experience the modern gym, sauna and spa facilities.

Arnau Sala, general manager at Pula Golf Resort, said: “It has been a brilliant week with a lot of memories made, and we thank all the tournament’s participants for being here at our resort and treating us to some impressive golf.

“The course is in brilliant condition thanks to the hard work of our team, and the players really enjoyed it out there. We are already looking forwards to the tournament returning next year!”

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