The first edition of the International charity tournament of the Pevero Golf Club
Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose will headline a glittering cast of sports and entertainment stars at a new charity tournament poised to showcase Sardinia’s chic Costa Smeralda region and the spectacular Pevero Golf Club to the world with the main objective to raise funds for the children’s charity Unicef and Autism Rocks.
The 2013 U.S. Open champion and current world No.4 is the founding host of the Costa Smeralda Invitational to be held at the Robert Trent Jones Snr-designed Pevero GC, host of the 1978 Italian Open, this Saturday, June 27.
Rose’s highly-anticipated appearance comes just days after the 34-year-old Englishman finished tied 27th at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.
From the cauldron of quirky Chambers Bay, Rose can look forward to unwinding at an event that promises to become one of Europe’s leading charity golf tournaments. With stunning views over the turquoise Mediterranean Sea from almost every hole, Pevero GC has been a magnet in the Porto Cervo region of Costa Smeralda since its opening in 1972.
Rose will host an impressive list of sports and entertainment icons at the Celebrity-Am tournament with a cause. Indeed, the Costa Smeralda Invitational will raise funds for two great causes, children’s charities UNICEF and Autism Rocks. Along with European Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch, Rose will host football superstars Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo and Ronald de Boer, cricket gods Kapil Dev and Brian Lara and double Olympic Games gold medalist Edwin Moses in the 18-hole team stableford event. Scottish actor Dougray Scott, of Mission Impossible II and Taken 3frame, and television stars Denise van Outen (England), RannvijaySingh (India) and Federica Fontana (Italy) add further glitz to the tournament which will raise funds for two great causes, children’s charities UNICEF Road to Awareness and Autism Rocks.
“It’s an honour to be invited to host the inaugural Costa Smeralda Invitational,” said Rose.
“I have no doubt this can become one of Europe’s leading charity golf tournaments each summer. I can’t wait to see Pevero Golf Club and to help raise money for both Autism Rocks and UNICEF.”
The Costa Smeralda Invitational will see 18 celebrities captain teams of VVIPs and business leaders in a stableford competition around the 6717-yard, par 72 Pevero GC. As well as hoping to lead their fourball to the teams’ title, the celebrities will be gunning for individual glory with Rose to present the celebrity champion with the Costa Smeralda Invitational’s inaugural Blue Jacket.
The entire field will get the opportunity to test their game against Rose with the reigning Scottish Open champion to host a “Beat the Pro” competition on Pevero GC’s stunning par 3 10th hole.
Rose will also host a private clinic for the 18 celebrity captains prior to the tournament’s 11.45am shotgun start.
Pevero Golf Club Director Marco Berio is thrilled Rose, the winner of seven titles on each of the European and PGA Tours, including the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, has agreed to lend his name to the tournament.
“We are humbled that Justin has agreed to become the founding host of our tournament. To have such a brilliant headline talent for the inaugural Costa Smeralda Invitational only highlights how serious we are about this wonderful charity event,” said Mr. Berio.
“We are very proud of our course, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Snr, and hope the Costa Smeralda Invitational becomes an annual showcase of the club to the world as well as promoting the many other delights that the Porta Cervo regional and Sardinia as a whole has to offer.”
Tournament Director Jamie Cunningham echoed Mr. Berio’s sentiments and promises a memorable event for the celebrities and VVIPs set to rub shoulders with Rose.
The Costa Smeralda Invitational will start with an official welcome dinner on June 26 at the Hotel Romazzino, to be hosted Autism Rocks , and close with a stylish Gala Dinner at the iconic Hotel Cala di Volpe on Saturday night, with a live charity auction. following the golf. An exclusive partner’s programme – including spa treatments, a winery tour, horse riding and water sports – will run parallel to the golf tournament.
“We would like to thank Pevero Golf Club and Costa Smeralda for the opportunity to create such an exciting social and sporting event in one of the most spectacular locations on the planet,” Mr. Cunningham said.
“We are looking forward to raising a lot of money for our very worthy charities, UNICEF and Autism Rocks, and ensuring our VVIP guests and partners enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience on and off the course.”
About the Costa Smerald Invitational
The Costa Smeralda Invitational is Europe’s leading new golf tournament for celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment, playing alongside VIP corporate guests, to raise money for Autism Rocks and UNICEF.
To be hosted on June 27th, 2015 by one of world golf’s current superstars, Justin Rose, the event will be an unforgettable two days of world class golf and hospitality. Held at the majestic Robert Trent Jones Snr-designed Pevero Golf Club, with breath-taking Mediterranean views that are Costa Smeralda’s signature, the Tournament intends to become a must-attend annual event in diaries of VIPs and celebrities alike.
In addition to the unique opportunity and demographic reach for partners and media alike, the Costa Smeralda Invitational will raise precious funds for charities Autism Rocks and UNICEF.
About Costa Smeralda
There’s no end to the fascinating culture of Sardinia: the mystery of its megalithic ruins, town festivals that celebrate the glories of its past, handicrafts that demonstrate the illustrious traditions of its artisans, and a flavourful cuisine that highlights its local products.
World-renowned for the exceptional standard of its hospitality, Costa Smeralda is a second home for the international jet set who dot the lobbies, suites, and private beaches of four of the world’s most prestigious Hotels: Cala di Volpe, Cervo, Pitrizza and Romazzino managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts and all owned by Qatar Holding, together with Pevero Golf Club and the Marina.
As well as the centuries old history highlights and charming culture of this exclusive destination, celebrities, business leaders and discerning VIP guests can enjoy a range of wellness and active experiences including scuba diving and snorkelling, horse riding, caving, mountain biking, trekking, paragliding and sport fishing. The emerald seas are also home to some of the world’s most prestigious sailing events.
When the sun goes down, the glamour of the Costa Smeralda lights up – fashion shows, exclusive concerts, luxurious boutiques, world-class restaurants and the most exciting bars and clubs – nothing says Italian style like the Costa Smeralda.
About Pevero Golf Club
In the late 1960s, Aga Khan identified the peninsula between the bays of Cala di Volpe and Pevero on the Italian Island of Sardinia as an ideal location for golf. By 1972 his vision had been turned into spectacular reality by the world renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Snr with Pevero Golf Club opening to critical acclaim. The course was so lauded that just six years later it hosted the 1978 Italian Open, won by South African Dale Hayes.
Pevero Golf Club, situated in the Porto Cervo district of Costa Smeralda, is widely regarded as one of Trent Jones Snr’s most daring designs. The strategic 18-hole, 6717-yard layout is set on the edge of a jagged coastline with glorious views across the turquoise Mediterranean Sea from every hole. On a clear day, views of distant Corsica add to Pevero Golf Club’s alluring mystique.
Not that the charming views are to be taken lightly. When the famed North wind – the Mistral – blows, controlling your Titleist Pro V1 is a challenge for even the best ball strikers as the star-studded field (including Jacklin, Charles, Lyle, Ballesteros and Torrance) discovered during the 1978 Italian Open. Hayes won with a five over par total of 293 and was one of just two players to card a round in the 60s at that week’s European Tour event.
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