Valle Guadiana Links, host of the 2022 Alps de Andalucía. Photo Credit: Isla Canela Golf Club
21st June 2022 | Alps Tour Golf

The Tour heads to Andalucía for the 12th event of the season.

Ayamonte, June 21st 2022- The tour heads to the south of Spain, near the Spanish- Portugal border for the 12th event of the season, the 2022 Alps de Andalucía. The event will be played at Isla Canela Golf Club, specifically on the Valle Guadiana Links course in Huelva, Ayamonte, Spain from June 23rd until June 25th. On Wednesday June 22nd, the traditional pro-am will occur. This year will be the 10th edition of the Alps de Andalucía, even though it is the first time it will be played at this golf course. Past winners of this event are now DP World Tour players, for example Lucas Vacarisas, winner in 2020.

The Field-

A strong field is expected this week for the 2022 Alps de Andalucía. All of the current Top 10 players in the Order of Merit rank are scheduled to compete, including the current leader and most recent back-to-back winner, French amateur Tom Vaillant. His most recent win at the 2022 Aravell Golf Open by Crèdit Andorrà has moved him into the lead of the Order of Merit rank with a 5,457.66 points advantage over Netherland’s Koen Kouwenaar. Joining the top 10 Order of Merit players are all of this season past winners, except for Markus Brier, winner of the 30th Gösser Open.

There are 18 different nationalities represented among the estimated 140 players scheduled to play this week. The players are competing to earn a spot in the top 5 Order of Merit rank which at the end of the season, will give them access to the 2023 Challenge Tour. Furthermore, the players will contend for a prize fund of € 40.000 and 45,000 Order of Merit points. The tournament winner will earn €5,800 and 6,525 Order of Merit points.

The format of the tournament is a 54 holes stroke play and a cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 40 players and ties.

To view the most up to date field click here or go on the official Alps Tour Golf app.

The Course-

Valle Guadiana Links by Isla Canela is a 6540 meters par 72 course, inaugurated in 2007 and designed by José Canales. The course is located on the left bank of the Guadiana River, which serves as the border between Spain and Portugal. The golf course is integrated into a Nature Reserve and part of the Costa Esuri Urbanization, in the city of Ayamonte in the heart of the Spanish Algarve. There are some spectacular views especially from the tee shot on the 7th hole.

The course is characterized by its wide fairways and Bermuda greens. It has a typical American golf architecture with a distinguished links style. The front nine holes of the course run through the estate with a large presence of pine trees. However, on the back nine the landscape opens where there is almost no vegetation and the holes run parallel to the river giving it a links style characteristic to the course. The prevailing winds from the Guadiana River makes it very unpredictable for the players.

It is sure to be a compelling week where players will be subject to a new course, and its subsequent conditions.

Tournament Promoter-

This tournament is promoted and organized by JGolf.

The Alps de Andalucía can count on the support of the joint collaboration between two main sponsors, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Real Federación Andaluza de Golf. The tournament also has the support of numerous co-sponsors: Valle Guadiana Links, Consejo Superior de Deportes, EDP Solar, Allianz, AON, Kyocera (servicios oficiales de impresión), Tag Heuer, BCD Sports, Mahou San Miguel, Solán de Cabras and JGolf.

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