Archive for Oct, 2010

A record entry of 59 players, of which 19 of them had their handicap reduced on the day!

I didn’t find it so easy with the greens the fastest they have been for some weeks. However, they are only recovering slowly from the work done a month ago. Looks like the grass is not growing in autumn, and there are lots of patches of sand around where the green staff are making repairs.The work on cracked clay areas is continuing with the worst area on the 16th looking better.

Results were:

1st division
1st Dave Lloyd 41pts
2nd Dave Gaskell 40pts
3rd William Markham 40pts

2nd division
1st Jan Holdus 41pts
2nd Chris Spence 40pts
3rd John Killeen 39pts

1st Lucy Speed 40pts
2nd Kim Lloyd 35pts

As well as prize money and a certificate, the winners of each division received a bottle of champagne donated by Kevin Smith and Cath Emmett-Smith. Cath also volunteered to hand the cards out and collect entry fees. She was on the tee from 08.20 (almost dark) until 11.00. Dave Lloyd also helped to collate the scores. He also has volunteered to organise society golf and rates on monday mornings while he is here.

The featured hole this week is the 18th, which is not particularly long but is protected on the left by the lake and on the right a deep fairway bunker. The green is large and sloping with 3 bunkers at the front. So the pictorial tour of the course is now complete.


you can see all the hazards from the tee......

view of the well guarded green from the 9th.....

looking back from green to tee......

evening shadows and block 7......

the 18th and 9th surround the lake.......

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News and photos 27th October

Looks like it maybe a record entry this week, with 54 entries even before we have had the Wednesday night meeting!

No sign yet of any progress on the clubhouse.

The Viking Cup is coming – at least 15 norwegians on their way over shortly to challenge players from the UK’ with various prizes sponsored by Jan Skold (who will be 60 on the day) and an annual trophy to play for.

Pictures now available of the 3 winning texas scramble teams from last Friday.

winners Gert Willumsen, Tim Beisegel and Barry Barker


runners up Brian Mills,David Niblock and Ian Murnin


3rd place Graham White, Mark Hyman and Paul Edwards

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Another great turnout of 47 players for the 3 person texas scramble. Some late cancellations and some late entries.

Cooler weather now so any tee time is good.

Antonio is not now going to work in the shop, but we still have another marshall, Paul, who is another yorkie from Rotherham like Darren who is from next door at Sheffield. My country after living 6 years at Worksop so I can translate!

Results are:


Barry Barker, Gert Willumsen and Tim Beisegel 59.5


Ian Murnin, Brian Mills and David Niblock 60.5

Graham White, Phil Edwards and Mark Hyman 62.3

Dave Lloyd, Kim Lloyd and Kevin Smith had 62.3 but lost on the back nine.

Tim was great off the tee, Gert put us near the flag and I holed the putts!

I have problems with my computer but will post pictures of winning teams as soon as possible.

Again we had to wait till 4pm for the Clover to open but hopefully they will reap what they sow!

The featured hole this week is the 17th


possibly the easiest par 3.....view from the tee.....

view from behind the green.....

pro golfers... but is that a pro caddy? (Graham!)......

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Last week we had 23 players – this week 53!

2nd highest entry so thanks to Dave Lloyd for helping out with the scores and prizegiving.

Winners were:

1st division

1st Paul Wood 40pts
2nd Gert Willumsen 39pts
3rd Steve Rooney 36pts

2nd division

1st Steve Marshall 43pts
2nd Simon Wroe 40pts
3rd Kevin Smith 39pts


1st Alicia Saunders 38pts

Work is ongoing on the course with greens still recovering from hollow tining, fairways and 1st cut off fairway have been slit and fed with fertilizer.

A new marshall has started and he is english.

Word is that the banks have signed off the clubhouse and it will be completed by the end of the year.

We played the new course at Saurines de la Torre (terrazzas) on sunday and were very impressed. It has a very linksy feel with grassed desert areas to the sides. Very picturesque, and the greens are fabulous! They have not been hollow tined and have many undulations and levels on large fast greens. Perhaps the downside is the empty penthouses and penthouse shells still being built. There is a small supermarket, bar and golf shop in the temporary building, but the town centre is near to completion and so is a magnificent traditional spanish hacienda which I think is going to be a restaurant (only  open in summer?).

6100 metres off the back with some water hazards but only 17 bunkers on the whole course. The front nine has 3 par 5’s, but the back 9 are nearly all long par 4’s and it is a real test. The 4 par threes are all great short holes.

Next month will see a competition between the 2 predominant golfing nations at Condado. A team of scandinavians will take on the UK on November 10th at Saurines for the Viking Cup which we will play for annually. Places may be limited, but any interested golfers contact me at barrybarker90@yahoo.co.uk

The featured hole this week is the monster 16th which gets harder the nearer you get to the green.


hit this bunker from the tee and you are looking at a 7 at least.....

this path and 3 bunkers deters the really big hitters......

avoid trouble with your 2nd then just a short iron.... but beware short and right....

at last..... the safety of the green where you may have a 100ft putt......

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Results from Friday October 8th

Everyone enjoyed the format today – 4 person team with 2 to count on 1st 6 holes, 3 to count on next six holes and everyone to count on last 6. Pressure or what?

Some great scores but fortunately my hand picked team of Barry Barker, Tim Rowley, Gert Willumsen and Terry Burgess triumphed with an unbelievable score of 127 pts!
Other scores were closer but in 2nd place were John Pearman, Robert Beaton, Scott McKetchan and Tom Sawyer with 118 pts.
Photos of winners and runners up below. Sorry that Terry Burgess didn’t make it on time but best looking players are on display!

Captain got on both photos without winning anything.

The greens still have some sand on them but were very true, and I expect them to be superb in a couple of weeks. I must have had my eyes shut (concentrating on winning putts) but Kevin assures me that the staff were putting benches out by the yellow tees.

Saurines de la Torre has opened this week and as usual it is secret service – free golf for residents of Olagolf until sunday. Willl tell you what I think of it next week.

Graham and I have a meeting with Alfredo  (director of golf)  hopefully next Tuesday. Mick Parsons will join us as a resident/member/level 2 president.

Featured hole is 15th this week.

Trouble to the right, lots of room to the left.....

Looking back from the green.....

Gert, Tim and me with captain standing in for Terry.......


John, Tom, Simon and Robert with the captain.......

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A quieter week with 23 players taking part in an individual stableford. With 5 ladies playing we were able to have 3 divisional prizes.

1st division
Barry Barker 35pts
Andy Fenton 34pts

2nd division
Kevin Smith 41pts
Steve Rogers 38pts

Julia Gibson 39pts
Eli Holdhus 33pts

A bit unfortunate for my playing partner David Wareing who played great for 37 pts, but won nothing in his division whilst I trailed in 2 pts behind him and took 1st prize!

The green maintenance has just been completed, and they now look like deserts. Didn’t know whether to book a buggy or a camel! The surrounds of the greens have been slit, all the rough has been cut right back and the fairways have been seeded. Alessandro said the heavy sanding would pay off with super slick greens in the winter. The gulleys in the sandy areas are being filled with rocks and other areas of damage are being smoothed out. Some pictures of the work are added below.

The Clover was opening from 11 for the last 2 weeks, but when we arrived for our presentation at 3 it had just opened, with no cushions out again. By the the time they had put them out and actually returned to the bar it was 3.30. 23 golfers and families had to sit and watch this fiasco. Nothing ever changes with Polaris customer service. So bar now opens at 3 again (or thereabouts).

Rumours still suggest that the Olagolf clubhouse will go ahead but no definite date has been given. Please hurry up so we don’t have to attend the clover.


smoothing out gullies by the 12th tee.....

rough cut back - can't lose balls now?........

slitting aroung the edges of the green........

the mean machine which attacked the greens.....

thought that was it with the cores filled in but..........

you can see why Kevin needed a heavy putter.....

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