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Thracian Cliffs, Bulgaria and the European Tour

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Volvo and IMG took a full European Tour event to Bulgaria this summer as their innovative plan to rotate the Volvo World Match Play Championship between a few very special venues around the world. The breathtaking Thracian Cliffs Course was the first.

The 18-hole Gary Player Signature Golf Course forms the core of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort. The golf course covers 85 hectares of beautiful cliff side with 4.5km of rugged terrain above the Black Sea. It is marketed as one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth.

Perry Einfeldt, General Manager of Thracian Cliffs was very pleased with the Tournament and talked to Sallie Taylor about it.

“It went really well, not just for us directly at Thracian Cliffs, but also for the whole Country of Bulgaria as a golfing destination. It rather put us on the map and we were very pleased to be able to show off our wonderful coastline.

The comments we received from the players on the standard of the course were exceptionally good, and I think the TV cover that we got shows just how fabulous the course was looking.”

I asked Perry what difference it made to his team to have our Tournament Support?

“Bernhard Tournament Support was a big help to us. Without this assistance we would not have been able to present the Course in the way it was presented. None of our existing staff were trained well enough to do proper grinding under this pressure. With the professional help you gave us, we are now in the position to keep up these high grinding standards.

The maintenance team have now learned everything from scratch on the machines, how to get the best from them and how to perfectly grind the blades. This is really big progress for us.”

Tell me about the finish, the even cut of the course. Did you notice the difference straight away?

“Immediately, yes, a big difference in the cutting was visible. The finish had never been that good before on the Golf Course. The European Tour was impressed on how a Course in Bulgaria could present itself – they clearly did not expect this!”

Grinders? How do they work for you?

“For us the machines do a perfect job, with good training they are relatively easy to use and they last forever. The perfect technique for Bulgaria.”

 

Letter from Perry Einfeldt. sent immediately after the event to Ulrich Kayser, Director of European Sales:

 

Dear Mr. Kayser,

On behalf of Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort and the entire Management team I would like to thank you for all your help in the preparation of the machinery for the Volvo World Match Play Championships 2013.

It has been a key point for the success of the event that all the mowers have been sharpened to an excellent condition, and I can say that I have never seen the course being cut that cleanly and tidily before.

I am sure that our team, and especially the mechanic, has learned a lot from your training and hard work here at Thracian Cliffs.

I hope we will keep our good and close relationship for the future.

Thank you again and all the best from the “Cliff”

Perry Einfeldt.