Real Club de Golf El Prat was established in 1954 in the beach by the Barcelona Airport, just 15 minutes from the city centre. The founders were members of Barcelona Golf Club that had to leave their original site in the city. The first 27 hole design was carried out by the most renowned Spanish architect Javier Arana. In 1987 was enlarged to 36 holes with a Dave Thomas 9 hole design.
The airport expansion in the period 1999-2004 required a new runway to be built in the land were the course was set, affecting a large number of holes. The board decided to select a new site as close to Barcelona city as possible and awarded or team with the Project and Construction management of the whole project (a 65 million euro budget).
A 270 hectare site at Terrassa city, 25 km north of Barcelona, was finally selected for the project, and the golf design was awarded to Greg Norman Golf Course Design Company after a selection process.
Our team was awarded the contract for preparing the project for permitting, based on GNGCD design documents, managed permitting, selected contractors, and managed golf course construction in full coordination with GNGCD representatives.
Project preparation and permitting for the 54 hole course plus 9 par 3 hole Golf Academy, 6.500 m2 Club House, and 1.800 m2 maintenance building, took three years. The construction works could start by the end of 2001.
The North Course is set in the area were elevations get more severe. The wooded area (pine trees, Ilex and Oaks) was kept with little damage, and large cereal areas were created for creating both food and refuge for wildlife, keeping the environmental balance of the area.
Generous bunkering, with deep faces, large greens with severe contours and high putting speeds, make this 18 hole course, par 72 of 6.492 meters a real test for players as it requires both power and accuracy.
The Spanish Open (PGA European Tour) and many other national and international tournaments have been successfully held in this course.