The Montecristo Cup Golf Tournament,
11-13 April 2014
THE SIXTH ANNUAL PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT IN CUBA
January 2013 ‐ Habanos Esencia and Palmares SA are proud to announce the benchmark fifth annual Montecristo Cup which will be held on April 11-13th 2014 at Varadero Golf Club, Cuba. The exciting three‐day event will include
Thursday April 10th 2014 - Transfer from Havana to Varadero Hotel, Registration (handicap certification by appointment), practice and the evening Welcome Party including a meeting with Tony Jacklin.
Friday April 11th - Saturday April 12th 2014 There will be two tournament days of individual play. The 2014 Inaugural Glenfiddich Cup will be given to the best individual gross score from those days. The 2014 Montecristo Cup will be given to the best individual net score from those days. The competition is open to those with a handicap of 24 or under (men) or 30 or under (women).
Sunday April 13th 2014 - A day of relaxation reflecting on the weekend's triumphs before a transfer back to Havana Airport José Martí.
The event is being hosted by the Varadero Golf Club and Palmares SA in association with Esencia Group. The Montecristo Cup is being sponsored by Habanos, the purveyors of the world´s finest cigars.
British golfer Tony Jacklin, winner of The Open and the US Open, says: "Cuba is an ideal location for golf tournaments and has a bright future with regards to courses. The Montecristo Cup and Esencia Cup tournaments lead the way offering a challenging and enjoyable game… plus where else can you light up a cigar and strike the ball!” .
The awards dinner will take place following the competition on Saturday 12th April 2014 at the Xanadu Mansion, which was built in 1930 and was once the luxurious residence of the Dupont family, and is within the grounds of the Golf Club.
In the news
Fifth annual pro-am golf tournament in Cuba is unqualified success.
Varadero Cuba, April 2012 – On April 20th and 21st, Palmares SA, the organization responsible for golf development in Cuba, hosted the third annual Montecristo Cup at the Varadero Golf Club in Cuba.
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The 2012 Tournament
Cuba is an ideal location for golf tournaments and has a bright future with regard to courses, and The Montecristo Cup and Esencia Cup tournaments lead the way, offering a challenging and enjoyable game - where else can you light up a cigar and strike the ball?
– TONY JACKLIN, The 2011/2012 Guest of Honour
There's a lot of great potential here and it's only going to get better.
– ALVARO QUIROS, The 2010 Guest of Honour
I'm very pleased to see so many people enjoying a wonderful day on this great course, and I look forward to coming back and seeing much more Cuban golf.
– ERNIE ELS, The 2009 Guest of Honour