Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club Academy Director and Ladies Golf Ambassador Christine Langford has been made an Advanced Fellow of the Professional Golfers Association. Chris received her award at a ceremony at the PGA´s West Region Headquarters in March.
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said:
"PGA Advanced Fellow Professional status is awarded to members who have made a significant contribution to golf within their field of expertise. Many will enjoy strong national and even international reputations and the honor recognises their outstanding achievement within the sport."
Chris, who is one of the first women to receive the award, is also one of the best-known women coaches in Britain and has been in the profession for over thirty years. She has competed on all the major tours and is a founder member and former chairman of the Ladies European Tour.
Following a successful playing career, in which she won 5 tournaments Chris became the first woman professional to be appointed head professional at a committee run golf club in the UK.
Chris established her own golf school business in 1992 at Bowood Golf & Country Club. Since that time she has been a coach to the English Ladies Golf Association, National Coach to the Welsh Ladies Golf Union and numerous County Golf Associations.
Chris currently hosts the unique ‘Golf 4 Women’ programme at Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club in Almeria Spain where she is also responsible for the Desert Springs Golf Academy.
Speaking of receiving the award, Chris said:
“I am honored to have been recognised by the PGA in this way. I have been lucky to enjoy a very varied career in golf and after 32 years in the profession I am enjoying my work more than ever. Since coming to Desert Springs my enthusiasm for teaching and playing has increased considerably, I am also enjoying the promotional work that the ‘Golf 4 Women’ programme involves and working at a resort that has the potential to be one of the best in Europe”.
Simon Coaker, Director of Golf at Desert Springs commented,
“It is wonderful to see Chris’s achievements recognised by the PGA. With over 30 years experience in the world of professional golf, Chris has used her considerable expertise to offer a unique range of events and holidays specifically tailored for our lady guests, visitors and owners at the Resort.
|Christine Langford coaching|
About the ‘Golf 4 Women’ programme at Desert Springs:
The Golf 4 Women programme at Desert Springs offers a comprehensive range of tuition and playing events aimed specifically at the woman golfer. For beginners the ‘Get into Golf’ package will fast track the aspiring golfer whilst the ‘Golf 4 All Pro-Am’ featuring the players of the Ladies European Tour will satisfy the most accomplished and competitive players. Women golfers of all ages and stages are catered for in a wide range of special offers.
|Desert Springs Golf Academy practice grounds|
About Desert Springs Resort:
Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club is the only luxury desert resort in Europe. Located in the Almanzora in Almeria in south-east Spain, it has the warmest, driest and sunniest winter climate on the whole of the Iberian coast and in Europe without exception. It recently won the National Homes Overseas Landscape Gold Award, the Daily Mail Best Almeria Development Award, the Bentley International Homes Awards for Best Spanish Development and Best International Architecture, as well as the 2006 Spanish National Madera Verde Environmental Award and the 2007 Trade Leaders Club New Millennium Gastronomy Award, for the Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industry for its El Torrente Restaurant.
About The Indiana Course at Desert Springs:
Inspired by the famous desert courses of Arizona & California, The Indiana course is built to full USGA specifications. A spectacular example of man’s creativity in harmony with nature; its emerald green fairways are set amongst massive rocky outcrops, arroyos and dry rivers. The contrast of the immaculate fairways and “desert springs” with the arid landscape of cactus, rock and flowering desert, all framed within a panorama of landmark mountain ranges, is stunning at all times of year. Over 600,000 cacti and other desert plants grow progressively more dense and troubling, the further your shot is off the fairway, so the course is both demanding and exhilarating and offers a variety of shot making challenges to test the skill level of every player, from the beginner to professional.
The quality of the Indiana course is confirmed by its selection by both the Golf Union of Wales (GUW) and the Ladies Golf Union (LGU), as their “Spanish Home” for the warm weather winter training of their Elite Squad Members and also by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, for whom Desert Springs hosted the 2004 & 2007 Spanish Amateur Open as well as the 2007 Spanish Professional Seniors & Ladies Championships. Its Academy of Golf provides practice facilities, second to none, for LET and PGA European Tour players as well as National squad and County Union members.
For further information contact: Simon Coaker
Telephone: +34 678 235 716