La Manga Golf Course Creator Dies
American entrepreneur, Gregory Peters, the former owner of Spain´s flagship golf course, La Manga, has died aged 86 at his home in Las Vegas.
La Manga Club has paid tribute to the man who was the driving force behind one of the country´s premier leisure resorts.
Peters opened La Manga Club in 1972 after 2 years of work on the project in Murcia which was to be at the cutting edge of European sports and leisure resorts.
Set in an area three times the size of Monaco, the resort has won ´Best Golf Hotel in Spain´ by readers of Today´s Golfer magazine for 3 years in a row.
La Manga, which hosted the Spanish Open from 1973-1977, boasts world-renowned facilities including three18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre, eight full-sized football pitches and a spa. There is also a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, and more than 20 bars and restaurants.
La Manga Club General Manager Jose Asenjo said: “Gregory Peters was a true visionary and he will never be forgotten at La Manga Club.
“The role he played in establishing the resort as a household name across Europe was essential to the success that La Manga Club continues to enjoy today. He provided the blueprint for modern-day resorts and he will be sadly missed.”
The venue, the overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), is now in its fifth decade of being a leisure destination favourite around the world, for amateurs and professionals alike.