It gives us great pleasure to announce that Desert Springs has been selected to host this years European Tour Qualifying School Second Stage for the first time between Friday 3rd – Monday 6th November, 2017.

Desert Springs Director of Golf, Simon Coaker &

Mike Stewart, European Tour Qualifying School Director



Since 1976, The European Tour Qualifying School has been held at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a qualifying competition.


It’s a tough school for one of golf’s most coveted prizes, namely Membership of The European Tour and a place among the golfing elite. Along the way, dreams are made and hopes dashed in equal measure. The Qualifying School is held in three stages – dependent on the individual’s status – at a series of venues in the UK and Continental Europe. In the region of 1,000 competitors enter the Qualifying School each year, all aiming for a European Tour card, awarded to the top 25 and ties following the Final Stage.

A player progressing through all three stages will have to play 252 holes under the most intense pressure.

The leading 25 players (plus those tied for 25th place) will earn Category 15 Membership of The European Tour for the following season.

Desert Springs Director of Golf, Simon Coaker remarked:

“Desert Springs Resort is both delighted and honored to have been invited to be host to the second stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.

The Indiana course is a stimulating test of golf, it’s a thinking man’s course, not easy to overpower, offering a variety of shot making challenges to test the skill level of every player and one that requires excellent course management skills.

For Desert Springs Resort and the Indiana course to be part of the journey that the best players in Europe travel, is a factor of both benefit and prestige to all at the Resort. 

We very much look forward to welcoming the class of 2017 to Desert Springs Resort and to providing them with a wonderful experience.”


Mike Stewart, European Tour Qualifying School Director said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Desert Springs to the Qualifying School network.

After doing such a phenomenal job when hosting the PGA EuroPro Tour Grand Final for the past two years it was an easy decision to ask Desert Springs to join our schedule. 

We are delighted that they have confirmed, and we must thank everyone at Desert Springs Golf, particularly Group Sales and Marketing Manager & Director of Golf, Simon Coaker.

He and his team have made an exceptional effort over the years to develop this beautiful resort, and I am sure our players will enjoy the fruits of their labours during the Second Stage Qualifier in November.”


Desert Springs Director of Golf, Simon Coaker remarked: –

“Obviously it is imperative that we give our property owners and members as much notice as possible of the programme of events, enabling them to plan their holidays accordingly.


Therefore, please see below the schedule for the 2017 European Tour Qualifying Second Stage.”


Wednesday 1st November                  Official Practice Day

Thursday 2nd November                      Official Practice Day

Friday 3rd November                            Tournament Round 1

Saturday 4th November                       Tournament Round 2

Sunday 5th November                          Tournament Round 3

Monday 6th November                        Tournament Round 4

Tuesday 7th November                          Reserved in case of bad weather


We wish to advise all of our members and property owners that the Indiana Course and Academy of Golf is closed for the duration of the event.


Tuesday 7th November is reserved in case of bad weather and the need for the event to be played with an extra day. Please be advised that in accordance with the tournament schedule, that if all tournament rounds are completed at the end of Monday 6th November that both the Indiana course and Academy of Golf will be fully open for general play in the normal manner on Tuesday 7th November.