Archive for Aug, 2010

Sorry there was no news last week as the course was closed but it is now open again after the torrential rain of 10 days ago. The greens staff have worked tremendously hard to make the greens and fairways playable.

However, the bunkers have been devastated with the sand being washed out of all bunkers and some are stripped down to the foundations with drainage pipes being exposed.

It wiil be necessary to get the bunker construction company back in to basically rebuild them from scatch. This should take perhaps 7 – 8 weeks.

Anyway, back to todays competition which was a 3 man team event with the best 2 nett scores to count on each hole. 8 teams took part and the winners were:

Nigel Bates, Paul Briggs, Dave Rollett 88pts

Ole Saeter, Anthony Howell, Dan Seex 87pts

The featured hole this week is the par 3 11th, which in my opinion is the signature hole – a tough 200 yd carry over the lake and a fantastic looking hole.

Great view but water level has gone up with all those balls in the lake......

6 tees to choose from but every one is fraught with danger.....

This is how the pros play it.......

If you played from the 10th fairway it's only a wedge.......

My favourite view over the green, lake, 10th fairway and mountains behind......

Bank holiday week next so hopefully a good entry for the individual stableford.

Read Full Post »

Captains day Friday August 14th 2010

This week we saw the 1st ever captains day, with another record entry of 56 golfers.

After the storms of Friday night we prayed for good weather, and sure enough the day was fine with more rain following only an hour after the last players came in!

The competition was followed at night with an open air party in the garden of naranjos 4 (again the rain stopped just in time).Live music was provided by one of the members (Mick Parsons) and Graham organised a hog roast for 90 people. With everyone bringing their own table, chairs and drink it was a cheap and enjoyable night out. Considering we did not know until last week that we couldn’t have the presentation at the Clover, everything was well organised.

10 of the 16 prizes were sponsored (see list below) with the main sponsor (Olagolf) providing 15 free rounds of golf for the winners of the main prizes.

This years captain, Graham White and Catherine Emmett-Smith presented the prizes which included a magnificent trophy which will be played for annually. Barry Barker presented Cath with an arrangement of flowers in appreciation of her work behind the scenes.

The winner of the captains prize this year was Dean Valentine with a great score of 46pts. He also received a personal momento, 6 free rounds of golf and a gel putter.

The society has had 300 different golfers take part in the last 6 months. Condado is a holiday resort so owners visit intermitently. This includes 50 single figure golfers so the standard is quite high.

The Jack Nicklaus signature course at Condado de Alhama is already in excellent condition and when it matures will be one of the best in Spain.We are hoping that a clubhouse will be completed by early October which will give the society a permanent home and make it an attractive destination for both holiday golfers and professional events.

Captains prize   Dean Valentine 46pts   

6 rounds of golf (Olagolf) gel putter (Tony Morton) momento (Graham White)
Best gross         Paul Edwards    79

gel putter (Tony Morton)

1st division      Jack Callan       44pts

3 rounds of golf (Olagolf), golf cap (golf factory)

Runner up      Frode Overli      39pts

golf shirt

2nd division   Mick Parsons  43pts

3 rounds of golf (Olagolf), golf cap (golf factory)

Runner up        Bill Edwards 37pts

golf shirt

Ladies prize     Karin Dahl     38pts

3 free rounds   (Olagolf), ornamental Bowl  (Barry Barker)

Runner up        Kristin Quamme       35pts

golf balls and socks  (Dorothy Simpson), golf shirt (pgm promotions)

Juniors              Magnus Johnsen      43pts

golf balls    (golf factory), golf shirt

Best par 3 aggregate    Jan Skjold

3 bottles of wine (Kevin Smith)

Best par 5 aggregate    Ronnie Brown

3 bottles of wine (Kevin Smith)

Longest drive                Borre Hagen

novelty headcover

Nearest pin

3rd                                    Dave Cooke

bottle of whisky (Andy the Electrician)

7th                                    Mark Nolan

bottle of whisky

11th                                 Fred Harrington

bottle of brandy

17th                                Connor Stewart

bottle of champagne (Fairways)

Great prizes and thanks to all the sponsors. A very succesful day but will look forward to hosting it at our own clubhouse next year!

Photos of 11th will have to wait until next week. Instead we have pics of presentation and party in the garden.

Sue and Jean with golfers and partners.........

Cath and Barry with her floral arrangement...........

The winner of the captains prize Dean Valentine with the trophy........

Read Full Post »

This week another record entry of 50 players – going from strength to strength. We must now be one of the most supported societies in Murcia.

Individual stableford this week with many sub par scores.

1st division

1st….Helge Kristoffersen 42 pts (best back 9)
2nd…Mark O.Reilly 42 pts

2nd division

1st…Magnus Johnsen 41 pts
2nd…Julian Wright 39 pts


1st…Ylva Johnsen 38pts

Captains day next Saturday which is sure to be another success.

Featured hole this week is the difficult par 4 10th.

Go the short way and this is what you face......

Risk the lake and go left....or leave along approach over numerous bunkers...

Apoor connection with your 2nd shot leaves you in here......

Fairway is fabulous now thanks to regular watering.......

Read Full Post »