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‘Mike Probert talks Golf – Covid 19 Update

Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Golf Courses and Covid-19 – Update

Since the 11th May 2020 many local courses have re-opened to the golfing public but all operating under the umbrella of the covid-19 safety protocol instructions and of course travel for golf or any other reason is restricted to the province in which we live.

Also announced during the last week it is now a mandatory instruction to wear masks in public places and these included the reception areas of golf courses but not for conducting the sport itself.

Having played under the umbrella of the covid-19 safety protocol for a few weeks it is clear that by far the biggest single factor is buggies with single occupancy because most of the local resident golfers are retired and now find it difficult to walk 18 holes and this problem will only get worse as the temperatures rise during the summer months.

A number of the  courses have responded by reducing the prices for single occupancy buggies and are allowing a buggy to carry two sets of clubs so at least the walker is not pulling or pushing a trolley for 18 holes BUT the feedback from potential clients is that this in many cases still makes golf too expensive for them.

Until the air bridge is commences which allows tourist flights between European countries the courses will be heavily reliant on the local resident golfer and so the courses need to be further pro-active in this issue and may need to consider fitting screen partitions within the buggy space to allow the use of shared buggies.

Below is an update on the situation at local golf courses:

Alicante Province

Alenda, Bonalba, Campoamor, Don Cayo, El Plantio, Font del Llop, La Galiana, La Marquesa, Lo Romero, Puig Campana, Vistabella and Villamartin are open but Alicante, La Finca, Las Ramblas and Villaitana will remain closed.

Murcia Province

Altorreal, El Valle, Hacienda Del Alamo, La Serena, La Manga North, Lorca, Mar Menor, New Sierra Golf and Saurines are open but Alhama, La Manga South & West, La Torre and Hacienda Riquelme will remain closed.

Roda will re-open on 27/05/20.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best POST COVID-19 PRICES currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €52 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €30)
Altorreal €55 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €25)
Bonalba €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €28)
Campoamor €49 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €29)
Don Cayo (Altea) €46 Green Fee + single buggy or pull trolley or elec. trolley
El Plantio €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €5)
El Valle €59 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Font Del Llop €59 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €10)
Hacienda Del Alamo €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Galiana €100 Golf, Buggy,3 Golf Balls,20 tees, water & practise balls
La Manga North €75 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €27)
La Marquesa €42 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
La Sella €40 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €35)
La Serena €47 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Las Colinas €77 Green Fee (9am to 2pm – single occupancy buggy €45)
Las Pinaillas €40 Green Fee (including single occupancy buggy)
Lorca €34 Green Fee (8.30am to 10.30am)
Lo Romero €50 Green Fee (shared buggy allowed €36)
Mar Menor €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
New Sierra Golf €36 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Puig Campana €49 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €26)
Roda €45 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €20)
Saurines €35 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €15)
Villamartin €55 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €30)
Vistabella €53 Green Fee (single occupancy buggy €10)

*Most courses may allow shared buggies for couples that have self-isolated in the same accommodation and as for more details for these.

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf  (Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services).

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Contracted Professionals

In the early days of the European Tour the best young amateurs would be offered FREE clubs, hats, clothes and golf balls by well known manufacturers such as Titleist, Mizuno, Calloway, Ping, Nike etc so that when they turned professional and hopefully became successful their BRAND would be seen on TV’s across the land when any large golf tournaments were played.

When they did turn professional these players would also be rewarded with a contract to play a certain brand of clubs or clothing and for the better players this could be worth more that the average player could earn in a year giving them a head start in the professional ranks and for the vey best players this could be a six figure sum.

Now this didn’t always work out as expected and I remember that at the end of 1987 Ian Woosnam was world number one and had been 242 under par for the year playing Mizuno clubs and switched to a new manufacturer called Maruman (who no one had heard of) and started 1988 playing that badly with the new clubs that he actually had a set of Mizuno club made but stamped with the name Maruman.

Things have now changed significantly and may of the worlds best players now prefer not to be contracted to one manufacturer, no matter how big they are and the result is that many have a mixture of woods, irons, wedges and putters from different manufacturers that best suit their games and the likes of Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood and Patrick Reid are just a few examples.

They do of course make a whole bunch of money from winnings and other endorsements and appearance money so don’t have to be beholden to one manufacturer.

How times have changed!

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €158 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €146 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €116 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €146 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €92 Two Players and Buggy
GNK Golf Courses €150 Two Players and Buggy (El Valle,Riquelme & La Torre)
La Finca €150 Two Players and Buggy
La Manga West €75 Single Green Fee
La Marquesa €60 Single Green Fee
La Serena €47 Single Green Fee
Las Colinas €172 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €112 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €136 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €135 Two Players and Buggy
UGolf Courses €153 Two Players and Buggy (Mar Menor & Hac.Del Alamo)
Villamartin €130 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €57 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €122 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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La Marina GS by Lesley Cullen

6th February 2020, A chilly but bright sunny morning greeted the players of the La Marina Golf Society at Font Del Llop for their 3rd game of the year.  As always, the course was in a good condition which made for a great day’s play and some high scores were achieved.

First in the Gold section was Barry Thorogood with 38 points, Barry also had a nearest the pin on hole 17 and collected a share of the two’s pot.

First in the Silver section was club secretary Jeff Wiszniewski also achieving 38 points, Jeff also had a share of the two’s pot.

Our other winners of nearest the pin were Rod Loveday on hole 3, Bill England on hole 5 and Gill Ludkiewicz on hole 16, Gill also won a share of the two’s pot.

We at La Marina Golf Society, welcome new members and if you would like to join us, please email our Secretary Jeff Wiszniewski at jeffwiz999@gmail.com

We still have tickets available for our Valentine’s Dinner Dance on the 14th February. Tickets are €15 which includes a three-course meal and great entertainment to follow. Please contact our Secretary, Jeff Wiszniewski at jeffwiz999@gmail.com  or our Social Secretary, Iain Lyall at Iain.lyall54@gmail.com  for more details.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 3.2.20

It was a game of Change Partners (golfing partners that is!) on Monday and taking 1st place, with 88 points, were Benedicte Kruse, Hendrick Oldenziel, Pete Dunn and Nigel Price.

There were some very good scores in Wednesday’s Stableford competition despite the wet conditions. Top of the list was Paul Brown with an excellent 42 points. He was followed closely by Richard Connock on 40 and in third place it was Ron Luffman on 38 points. Three ‘2’s today going to Benedicte, Richard and Graham Murray.

Friday and it was a warm welcome back to our former President John Wheeler. To ring the changes we played ‘Greensomes’. Played in pairs, both players tee off, choose the best one and after that the ball is played alternatively.

Richard, alongside Nora Betts, took the title with a nett score of 65.5. Just 0.5 behind them were Dave Pulling and Lindsay Forbes. John Dobson and Paul Brown claimed bronze with 66.5. A very enjoyable format although John Wheeler and Mick Bretnall might argue that as they scored 15 the 4th hole!

This week we have a great insight from a certain Henry Beard who observed, ‘When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.’

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

 

 

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TERRY WINS ON HIS FIRST OUTING AS A MEMBER OF MONTGO

Today, 7th February, saw a full field of 40 players take part in a bogey competition sponsored by Susanne and Franz Budnik. There were lovely prizes the first of which was won by Terry Griffiths with a score of 3 up. This was Terry’s first game as a new member with Montgo. Second on countback was Roy Jones, and one hole behind in 3rd was Simon Fox.

Jan Jones and Stella Fox were nearest the pins for the ladies. George Braddick commented that Jan’s shot never left the ground but he has been known to tell fibs! Steve Crossan and Peter Gardiner took the men’s prizes in the card draw. Liz Butler had the only 2 of the day.

Montgo also welcomed Sabine Popiol and Michael Longmire as guests today. Next week’s competition is the stableford Santana Shield sponsored by Steve Crossan

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SMGS at Las Ramblas. February 5th, 2020

Early rain had cleared up, although grey skies remained, for the 44 players and one guest making their way to Las Ramblas for SMGS’s annual visit. A course it seems you either love or hate, society scoring is never particularly good, and today was no exception.

Low handicappers always seem the best able to deal with the Las Ramblas difficulties presented and it was Gold Category players who more commonly exceeded the thirty points’ barrier. Robin Eastman led the field with a 37, with runner-up Andy Imrie three back. It only needed 21 points from Steve Sutherland in Bronze Category to make the prize winners, helped somewhat by another example of a signed card being submitted, although unknowingly, incorrectly completed. Be careful members, the administrators are tough!!

Bronze; Norman, Ron, Brian and Mick
Bronze; Norman, Ron, Brian and Mick

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Steve Sutherland (21), 4th Norman Padmore (24), 3rd Mick Seymour (28), 2nd Ron Stenhouse (32) and 1st Brian Butler with 33 points.

Silver Category: 5th Alan MacDonald (28 on CB), 4th Richard Cleary (28 on CB), 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (29), 2nd Hugh Reilly (30 on CB) and 1st Mike Greatorex, also with 30 points.

Gold Category: 5th Russ Bailey (31), 4th Norman Cahill (32), 3rd John Osborne (33), 2nd Andy Imrie (34) and 1st, with the day’s best score, Robin Eastman with 37 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 6 Phil de Lacy, Hole 10 Barry Lane, Hole 12 Scotty Philips, Hole 14 Geoff Giddy.

Abacus (Sponsored by Ron Stenhouse and Gordon Wilson): Margaret Wilson

Guest Prize: Graham Jordan.

Silver; Richard, Alan, Kyrre, Hugh and Mike
Silver; Richard, Alan, Kyrre, Hugh and Mike

Our thanks go to all Las Ramblas staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Font de Llop, then on following weeks at Altorreal and Vistabella. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Phil de Lacy a call on 652 553 362.

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf – Sponsored by Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and resident alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

Relaxation

Performing well under pressure is a “coping skill” which champions apply naturally and golfers without these skills are only there, to make up the numbers.

Fear will always be a part of golf, and anger is sometimes a problem, just as excitement can be, but golfers can find comfort in the knowledge that there is a very easy way to reduce the effect of these feelings and this knowledge will then enable them to play well instead of failing under the pressure of competition.

Relaxation is the key and it is available to everyone who is prepared to practice it correctly, the golfer can then ask for the pleasant control, which the “peace” of relaxation provides.

The requirement for relaxation can start even before we play, particularly when trying to get to sleep the night before an important event, at these times, possible success or failure can pass through the mind, preventing the sleep needed to provide energy for the following day.

We must understand how to place all of the muscles of our body in a “state of peace”, because only then can we dictate peace of mind.

It may appear obvious that the relaxed feelings needed to sleep are not required at the time we play a shot, all shots need muscular effort, but the controlled muscular effort, which a good understanding of relaxation can provide and with TEMPO, which is a freedom of controlled movement needed to combat golf stress.

This inner calm is often needed when we have an awkward chip or putt, these times our mind can race along, and the endless ‘thinking’ before we attempt the shot extends the worry and stress to a state of impending failure.

If we know how to relax, then this situation is less likely to occur and we will play the shot with the “short time control” which offers success.

To deal with the build up of stress on the course we have to find ways to overcome the inevitable waiting time.

To reduce the worry which waiting can offer, we have to distract our thoughts away from golf until it is our turn to play, like tidying your bag or yourself.

Just do something other than worry about the next shot, and then you will be more successful when it is your time to play, you really could “smell the flowers”.

If you behave sensibly on a golf course and keep your smile going you will then be able to keep calm when there is the need.  If, on the other hand, you lose your temper and get up tight then you must expect less than satisfactory results.

We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us:

The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €158 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €146 Two Players and Buggy
Altorreal €120 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €116 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €88 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €146 Two Players and Buggy
Font Del Llop €92 Two Players and Buggy
GNK Golf Courses €150 Two Players and Buggy (El Valle,Riquelme & La Torre)
La Finca €150 Two Players and Buggy
La Manga West €75 Single Green Fee
La Marquesa €60 Single Green Fee
La Serena €47 Single Green Fee
Las Colinas €172 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €112 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €136 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €82 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €135 Two Players and Buggy
UGolf Courses €153 Two Players and Buggy (Mar Menor & Hac.Del Alamo)
Villamartin €130 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €57 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €122 Two Players and Buggy

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at info@costa-blanca-greenfees.com or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

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ALFIE’S GOLF SOCIETY – Las Colinas -Thursday 30th January 2020

Las Colinas was the venue for Alfies Golf Society’s first competitive match of the 2020 season. It was the first round of our championship and also the first of our Eclectic Cup.

The course was in fantastic condition with some very challenging tee positions. An ever expanding Alfie’s Golf Society fielded 36 players for this event and honours on the day went to Allan Sullivan (silver division) with a very credible 37 points. The runner’s up were Ove Collins 34 points (Gold division), Paul Skillet 29 points (silver division) and Ian Connell 28 points (Gold division).

Nearest the pin prizes and Sponsors were Joe Murphy (The Avenue Bar drinks voucher) Gudlaugur Kristjansson (Alfie’s Bar bottle of brandy) Harry Konrad (The Street Restaurant bottle of Gin) and Clive Beresford (Bentley’s Bar bottle of Brandy).

The blind pairs were won by Rachel Lee and Ian Ingledew who both kindly donated their prizes to our charity, Apanee Special Needs Education centre for which we raised €180 on the day.  A big thank you as always to Alfie’s Bar for their support and great food!

The next game is at La Torre on the last Thursday in February where we already have 38 committed players.

If you are interested in joining the best society in Orihuela Costa then please email us at alfiesgolfsociety@gmail.com or drop in to Alfie’s Bar for a chat.

Nick Lee, Captain 2020

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Imanyo Golf Society Raises €1270 for local Charities

  • Imanyo Golf Society Raises €1270 for Their Chosen Charities Village School Daya Nueva, S.A.T.S. Animal Rescue and A.E.C.C. Cancer Care.

Imanyo Golf Society started in October 2014 and has now reached the membership of 100 members.

We have raised money for various charities each year and in 2019 we decided to support the following three charities, they were Daya Nueva Village School, S.A.T.S. Animal Rescue and A.E.C.C. Cancer Care.

The money was raised with various events, raffles, football cards and extremely kind donations and we managed to raise a fantastic €1,270 therefore the village school and S.A.T.S received €400 each and €470.00 went to A.E.C.C. cancer care, the money raised for A.E.C.C. was all done on the golf day that was sponsored by plane parking.

We raised the money with balls in the water, football card and a raffle where all the prizes were donated.

At the announcement of how much had been raised Managing Director of Plane Parking, Nick Baker, said that he would make the money up to €1000 as without the A.E.C.C his wife, Marianne, might not have been so lucky.

 

The picture shows the donations being presented to Daya Nueva’s Village School, young mum Sofi collected this on their behalf, Mandy for S.A.T.S. and Pepe, the president of A.E.C.C. cancer care along with Nick, Marianne and golf society committee members Steve, Mick and Dons, our main fund raiser “AKA Charity Queen”.

 

www.imanyogolfsociety.com

imanyogolfsociety@gmail.com

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LIZ WINS MONTGO’S STABLEFORD COMPETITION

Today 31st January Montgo played at Stableford Competition; our sponsor was Denise Cooper. Following storm Gloria 2 weeks ago Oliva Nova was in very good condition.

The prizes on consisted of some of Denise’s homemade Artwork and some tins of biscuits.

Liz Butler won on countback from Richard Fox both having 35 points, 3rd place went to Ilona Mathieu with 34 points. There were 4 nearest the pins on offer today.

On the 5th holes second shot which was won by Hans Duer at 1.98m, on the 11th for the Men it was Barry Butler at 37cms and for the Ladies it was Ilona Mathieu with 7.4m, on the 14th with his 3rd shot it was again Barry Butler  with 3.04m. we had no player get on the green on the 16th so a card draw was made and this was won by Ian Bonser. We had 2 twos today and Barry Butler and Mick Farmer both received a coveted Montgo ball.

We welcomed 4 guests today Terry Griffiths, Caz Welch, Jerome and Mimi Van Helvoort. The best guest prize which went to Terry Griffiths with 24 points.

Next week is a Bogey Competition and the sponsors being Franz & Susann Budnick.

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