European School Championships

Desert Springs Resort will be host to the ‘III Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ between Sunday 14th to Thursday 18th February 2016.

The Team Championships is open to boys and girls of all ages with a maximum handicap of 24 and will be held over 3 days (54-Holes).


Sixty-seven (67) full time students accompanied by twelve (12) coaches and staff representing; defending Champions Loretto, with Millfield, Bradfield and Whitgift Schools, will compete for this year’s coveted title.


The tournament format is 4 Ball-Better-Ball Stableford Points on Day 1 & 2 with 3/4 Handicap allowance. The best two-stableford points scores from each team will be combined to achieve the team score. The competition format for Day 3 is Best two Individual Stableford scores (Full Handicap Allowance) from each team being combined to achieve the teams’ total Stableford score over the three days. 


The EGA has an established Handicap Conversion for CONGU players depending on the course                   slope rating. The Handicap conversions below will be applied:


Championship Tee – Handicap Conversion +1.1

Men's Tee – Handicap Conversion -0.5

Ladies Tee – Handicap Conversion +1.4


Additional prizes during the event shall include;

A trophy to the player with the best Individual Stableford score on tournament day three.

A trophy to the player with the best Scratch score playing from the Championship Tees on tournament day three.

A trophy to the player with the best Scratch score playing from the Ladies Tees on tournament day three.


Karen Nichols, Millfield School Director of Golf, commented:

“Millfield are very pleased to partner Desert Springs in the hosting of the III European Schools Team Championships. The tournament enables all age groups, levels and standards of golfers to play together. School golf is the future of golf and this event provides opportunities to all. Desert Springs is a great resort with a great golf course that provides a challenge to all.”


The students coaches and school staff will be accommodated in some of the privately owned Apartments, Townhouses and Pueblo Villas normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the Crocodile Club and El Torrente Restaurant.


Simon Coaker, Desert Springs Director of Golf, remarked:

“Desert Springs has become renowned for successfully hosting warm winter weather golf training for national and county union golf teams, as well as club and school teams, from throughout the UK and Europe. The inaugural competition in 2014 was what we saw as a natural progression, an event that  

provides the opportunity for schools from within Europe to come together at one meeting point and compete against other schools in a friendly atmosphere, some of whom they would not normally compete against. The event now in its third year has gone from strength to strength and we are very much looking forward to welcoming all of the competitors to what we are confident is going to be another great tournament and a fun packed few days.”


For more information, please contact Desert Springs Golf Operations Manager Alfonso Castineira.