2016 Q-School
Almenara Golf Club , Spain
The MENA Golf Tour breaks new ground, teeing off the 2016 schedule with the inaugural Qualifying School to be held at Almenara Golf Club in the Spanish resort Sotogrande in the Cadiz province in February. In a first for the tour, the Q-School, conforming to the guidelines set forth by the game’s apex body, will pave the way for the MENA Golf Tour to become eligible for Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status. With the Olympics on the horizon, the ranking status is a must for players from a multitude of different countries who aim to qualify when golf returns to the programme later this year after a 104-year absence. Open to all professionals and amateurs, the 54-hole Q-School will be held in two stages. The first stage, on February 14-15, will see players compete over 36 holes of stroke play when the half-way cut will be made, narrowing down the field for the final stage 18-hole competition to be played the following day. The top 60 players from the final qualifying round will be eligible for Category-7 membership of the MENA Golf Tour for the 2016 season which will have close to 20 events, covering new destinations in Kuwait, Egypt, Spain, Thailand and South Africa.
Hotel Almenara, Sotogrande

The Hotel Almenara in Sotogrande overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is surrounded by some of the best golf courses in Europe. It is easily accessible from the airports of Malaga, Gibraltar and Jerez de la Frontera and is located 30 minutes from Marbella.

Located in the heart of the Almenara golf course, the hotel has 148 rooms whose decoration is based on natural materials that provide a sense of warmth and local colour. The rooms in the main building all have views of the green, gardens or the Mediterranean Sea.

The 27-hole Almenara golf course designed by Dave Thomas is set in an exceptional landscape with two large lakes surrounded by pine and cork trees. The Elysium spa in Sotogrande offers a refreshing and relaxing treat for body and mind. The spa, wellness room and swimming pool offer innovative and varied beauty treatments and activities. The hotel has two restaurants to suit different moods and tastes. Gaia is a gourmet restaurant which specialises in international cuisine. Veinteeocho is more informal and much loved by golfers, with a terrace overlooking the golf course and sea. In the main building is the cosy Pentagram bar and in addition, the hotel has the Sotogrande Golf Academy.