Registration is now open for the second annual Montecristo Cup Pro-Am golf tournament to be held at the Varadero Golf Club from April 22nd to 24th, 2010.
This event is open to professional and amateur golfers worldwide. The updated schedule is available online at TheMontecristoCup.com and now includes a practice round on Thursday, April 22nd for all registered players. The opening reception will follow later in the evening.
Three days of Pro-Am golf in Cuba
A single entry fee of £100 offers golfers a two-person team-play competition on Friday April 23rd for the Esencia Cuba and individual stroke play on Saturday April 24th for the Montecristo Cup tournament. This Saturday event will include a five hole professional playoff between Spanish golfer Alvaro Quiros and another world class golfer to be announced. The evening awards dinner will be held at the DuPont family Mansion, Xanadu in Varadero Beach. The awards will include a Habanos humidor, a Cuervo y Sobrinos gentleman’s fine watch and a monogrammed Swarovski golf club given out by professional golfer Alvaro Quiros.
Last year’s event, with guest of honor Ernie Els, a three-time major championship winner, was a truly international competition, with golfers representing many countries including the UK, Canada, Spain, Andorra, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and China as well as Cuba.
The tournament is limited to 120 competitors, with a maximum handicap limit of 26 golfers.
Early bird registration for the tournament is currently priced at £80 until January 31st. Space is limited and early booking is recommended.
The main sponsors of The Montecristo Cup & The Esencia Cup are Habanos SA, the world’s leading premium cigar company and purveyor of the famous Montecristo brand and Esencia Hotels and Resorts, one of the supporters and developers of golf in Cuba. The event is hosted by Palmares, a Cuban organization supervised by the Ministry of Tourism.
Varadero Golf Club & Xanadu Mansion
With a design that meets the highest international standards, the Varadero Golf Club has presently the only professional, 18-hole par golf course in Cuba. It is a par-72 course running 6,856 yards (6,269 meters) and features several salt water lakes that connect directly with the sea, a rare feature in golf course design. This is the first and (currently) only 18-hole Cuban golf course, designed by Canadian golf architect Les Furber (President of the Canadian company Golf Design Services Ltd. and also once an associate with Robert Trent Jones), which offers luxurious surroundings and an entertaining round of golf, both for beginners and experts. The course opened in 1998 and hosted two European Challenge Tour Grand Finals in 1999 and 2000. It is challenging yet extremely fair with wide fairways and few hidden hazards. The signature hole is the par-5 18th, which runs along the ocean with an elevated green protected by bunkers and with the wind sweeping in from the north. The course offers practice facilities with a driving range, two putting greens, a chipping green, and two practice bunkers. Club rentals are available as well as a Golf Academy.
The course runs from the San Bernardino Hill, the highest point at Varadero beach, all the way down. On the hilltop is the clubhouse – the monumental Xanadu Mansion, former residence of multi-millionaire Irenée Dupont de Nemours which has been refurbished strictly respecting its original construction in 1930. Upstairs is the Casa Blanca Panoramic Bar featuring cocktails and live music and a great view of the beach. The mansion has six guestrooms, each with private balconies, featuring 1920’s classical furniture. Pure air, lush vegetation and peacefulness characterize the green and blue environment of the Varadero Golf Club, the grounds on which the Mansion Xanadu is set.
Varadero is Cuba’s primary tourist destination, 120 kilometers (75 miles) from downtown Havana with a series of all-inclusive hotels stretching along the beachfront of the peninsula. The Varadero Golf Club caters almost exclusively to the hotels located along a 3.5 km resort strip along Varadero Beach.
Note to US citizens: Due to the long standing Embargo against Cuba, US citizens may be prohibited by the US government from participating in this Cuban golf tournament.