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THE CHURCH COURSE at St. Enodoc Golf Club, Cornwall, takes it’s name from the tiny 13th century church that stands to the right of the 10th green (Peter Alliss’s favourite.) 

The 6th green involves a blind second shot over the “Himalayas,” a towering, 75ft high bunker.  The church itself, which can only be reached by a footpath crossing the fairway, was abandoned for many years, covered by drifting sand, and in the early 18th century the vicar had to be lowered through a hole in the roof to perform the rites necessary to keep it sanctified.  Jolly Poet Laureate and keen golfer Sir John Betjeman, who holidayed in the area as a child, loved the Church Course, and is buried in St. Enodoc churchyard. 

Doubtless he composed “Seaside Golf” after a blissful game, safe in the assurance that neither wife nor girlfriend would suddenly appear over the sand dunes after him.

Seaside Golf:  ”A glorious sailing bounding drive, that made me glad I was alive.”

Unforgettable, as is the parody penned by Lord Butler:  “ I hit the damn thing on the head, it made me wish that I were dead.”   Check it on Google if you want a good chuckle.

AFTER COMPETING IN THE British Masters at chilly, soggy Walton Heath, Sergio Garcia hosted the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama, expecting to defend his title in warm sunshine. Unfortunately, poor Sergio was cold and wet again, but did manage to complete his hat trick of Andalucia Masters victories with a 4 shot victory over Shane Lowry, who is no stranger to soggy weather either.

TO MAKE THE AMERICANS feel at home in Paris the French Ryder Cup organisers dished up burgers and French fries.  Very thoughtful of them; after the U.S. team’s disastrous weekend being confronted by escargots would have been the last straw.

PATRICK REED contradicted Jim Furyk’s explanation of why he wasn’t paired with Jordan Spieth, complaining: “Jordan doesn’t like me.”  I can’t imagine how that could be, such a likeable chap is Patrick.

RORY, DJ, AND JUSTIN ROSE play the P730s. Jon Rahm and Francesco Molinari play P750’s.  The P790’s are hugely popular with Amateurs.   Now, due to the rising popularity of forged irons, Taylor Made have introduced the P760 range.   

Apparently, the P760 short irons are compact and precise while the long irons have a hollow construction.   Revolutionary SpeedFoam is injected into the club head in liquid form and expands within the club, generating ball speed while dampening vibrations.  Taylor Made says: “With P760, we have designed a players iron for tour-level competition, combining the most desirable elements for the better golfer.”  They won’t be on my Christmas list then.

HAVING WON THE BMW International Open to record his third victory this year, England’s Matt Wallace was philosophical at being left out of Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup team.  ‘”Obviously I was disappointed, I thought I’d done enough to get the pick,” he says, “but I’ve had a lot of disappointment in my career and always used it as fire to get better, so watch this space.”  Obviously an ex- member of the boy scouts, commanded by Sir Robert Baden-Powell to “smile and whistle under all circumstances.”

AMERICANS ARE UNDERWHELMED by the much-hyped Duel in the Desert between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson which takes place at the 7,560 yd. Shadow Creek Golf Club, Las Vegas on 23rd November, not least because they will have to pay to watch it.   Seen as a cynical exercise in money grabbing, the 18 hole match play duel is not generating the enthusiasm the organisers hoped for, despite the players plugging it for all it’s worth, and agreeing to wear microphones to please the specially invited crowd.   There will be side bets in aid of charity, for NTP or longest drive.

Odds-on favourite Tiger (42) who has won 14 majors to 48 yr. old Mickelson’s 5, and has $116M to Mickelson’s paltry $88M, will probably pop the $9million winnings in his Piggy bank.  If ‘Phil The Flutter’ wins the casinos will hang the flags out.

Until next time: Happy golfing.

Contact Mick for your regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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The Royal British Legion and the On Course Foundation

Vistabella 20th September 2018.

Today’s competition(s) were to raise funds for the Royal British Legion and the On Course Foundation.

There were TWO separate competitions held on the day with shotgun starts starts at 8.15am and 2.15pm for 136 golfers.

Todays events were both a 4 person team texas scrambles played in approx 4 hours only

As you can imagine this was somewhat of a logistical nightmare as the afternoon players arrived at the course at approximately the same time as the morning players completed their rounds and there were cards,raffle tickets,meal tickets,buggy keys and money everywhere but with some good organisation all went as well as could be expected and if fact the afternoon players started slightly early due to the excellent speed of play in the morning.

We must say a big thank you to Joaquin Rocamora and his team for presenting the Vistabella course in such excellent condition for our competition given the long hot summer.

Our main sponsors for the day were Sapphire Properties and Currencies Direct and we thank them for their support.

These days don’t work without the efforts of many people and sponsors and we thank the other following people for their donations and support:

The Leader Newspaper,Mike Probert (Costa Blanca Green Fee Services),Mick the Grip,Mick Gossage,Jack Fanning,Kevin Reardon,Neil Reardon,Campoamor,Canal Print Rioja,Ortega Cash & Carry (San Miguel), (Villamartin),Albatross Golf Tours,Billy Wilson,Chris Dodd,Costa Calida Golf Tours,Euronics,Fantasy Golf,Galaxy Golf,Great Golf Company (Balsicas),Jane Knight Cakes,Jessie’s Bar,Kevin Barratt,Martin Kay,Michelle Eden,Nigel Bailey (Alicante Club Hire),Pia Koivuranta (Vistabella Professional,Richie Morgan (No Grow Grass),Pearse McMurray (Vistabella Professional),Robin (Vistabella Restaurant Owner) and Tony Head.

In addition the following golf courses donated FREE green fee vouchers for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the British Legion:

Altorreal,Alenda,Alicante,Bonalba,El Plantio.Font del Llop,GNK Golf Courses,La Manga,La Marquesa,Lo Romero,New Sierra Golf,Roda,Villaitana and Vistabella.

Once again a big thank you to you all.

The following are still available for purchase at special prices:

Altorreal – 2 players & buggy €90

Alenda – 2 players €90

Alicante – 2 players & buggy €90

Bonalba – 2 players & buggy – €90

El Plantio – 2 players €90

GNK (Any Course) – 2 players & buggy €90

La Manga (any Course) – 2 players & buggy €150

New Sierra Golf – 2 players & buggy €65

Roda – 2 players & buggy €90

To purchase any of these greenfees contact Mike Probert on 661345931.

The Competition Results on the day were as follows:

Competition 1 (shotgun Start 8.15am) – 92 players

1st – Costa Calida Golf Tours – 57.9 net, 2nd – Clarke’s Bar 2 – 60.0 net

Nearest Pins –  Clarke’s bar 1,Clarke’s bar 2,Jessie’s bar & Celts 2

2’s Pot  – Costa Callida Golf Tours,Clarkes’ bar 2,Clarke’s bar 5,Vistabella 1 & Jessie’s bar

Competition 2 (shotgun Start 2.15pm – 44 players

1st –  Lime bar 1 – 59.4 net, 2nd – Celts – 59.9 net

Nearest Pins – Phoenix,Team Evans (2) & Venus cars

2’s Pot  – Celts,Team Evans (2),Team Phoenix (2) & Team Venus cars

The day was a huge success overall with in excess of €2000 being raised on the day and after the sales of the green fee vouchers the total should exceed €3000.

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In the Bunker with Mick the Grip

DESPITE MELTING in 38 degrees Justin Rose triumphed at the Fort Worth Invitational, then smiled gamely after being presented with a hot tartan jacket and a two-ton cake stand.  His eight birdies in a 6-under par 64 gave him a 20-under par victory and a 9th U.S. PGA Tour title, matching Sir Nick Faldo’s record.  His wife no doubt said as he staggered in with the trophy: ”If you think I’m polishing that thing ….”

When Justin won the Turkish Airlines Open the (mercifully smaller) trophy was flown in on a drone.  Very trendy.  Will we see the Captain of the esteemed R & A descending on a drone at the Open with the Claret Jug?  Probably not. 

PLACING THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC, Illinois, on the PGA Tour schedule just before the Open caused some whingeing (sorry, criticism) from U.S. pro golfers.    Illinois is six time zones behind the UK.  In addition, Bob Harig, golf columnist commented:  “ Our golfers feel they don’t get enough time to acclimatize themselves and practice on a type of course they are not able to play regularly.”  Who’s stopping them?

The John Deere Classic now sponsors a charter flight that leaves on Sunday night and arrives in Britain the next morning, so the golfers can head straight for the nearest links.  There, happy now?

BEN HOGAN’S 1953 victory at the home of this year’s Open, Carnoustie, was his only appearance at the Open.   Always a perfectionist, he travelled to Scotland two weeks previously to acquaint himself both with Carnoustie and with the smaller golfball used in England. The victory was his fifth win in six starts that season, including three majors.  He couldn’t have a shot at the PGA as in those days it clashed with the Open.

Australia’s Peter Thomson, five times Open champion who died this month aged 88, tied for second place behind Ben Hogan, before going on to win the next three consecutive Opens in 1954, 5 and 6 at Royal Birkdale (with a set of borrowed John Letters irons)  St. Andrews and Hoylake.   Thomson dominated on the British links between 1952 and 1959, never finishing lower than 1st or 2nd.   Critics frequently suggested he was winning in an era when the world’s top players avoided the Open because there wasn’t enough prize money, but Thomson silenced them by winning the 1965 Open at Royal Birkdale, in competition with Nicklaus, Palmer and Player.  A worthy member of the Hall of Fame.

Another lasting memory of Carnoustie:  Jean Van de Velde’s eight on the 18th in 1999, with the famous image of him paddling in the Barrie Burn now written in Open folklore.  Needing only a double bogey to win, he made a triple bogey and lost the playoff to Paul Lawrie.

Incidentally, Tommy Fleetwood waltzed around Carnoustie last October with nine birdies and nine pars, including a three on the 18th where the Frenchman came unstuck.  Tommy must be worth an outside bet for the Open.

ALL FOUR MAJOR trophies currently belong to Americans, all aged under 30.   U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka,  Masters: Patrick Reed,  PGA: Justin Thomas, Open: Jordan Spieth.  Let’s hope a European wins the Open, or our cousins from over the pond may get delusions of grandeur before the Ryder Cup.

THAILAND’s ARIYA JUTANUGARN claimed ‘thinking happy thoughts’ helped her get back on top after her collapse at the U.S. Women’s Open.  After losing  a seven-shot lead on the back nine she prevailed on the fourth hole of a playoff against S. Korea’s H.J. Kim  to win her 2nd major championship.

TODAY’S GOLFER says:   “Poor reaction to bad play can turn one bad hole into three or four.  Try using facts rather than opinions.  Say to yourself: ‘I left the face open,’ or ‘I looked up.’   Instead of thinking: ‘I’m hopeless’ think of something definite (no, not  I’m definitely hopeless!)   A positive reaction will make you more confident that your next shot will be better.”   Failing that, like Ms. Jutanugarn, think happy thoughts.

Until next time: Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for regripping and repairs. 638 859 475.

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Almost 5000 euros for Prostate Cancer following charity golf day

What a tremendous turn out of men & women on Saturday, some travelling especially from the UK, to support Prostate Cancer.

Joaquin & his team at Vista Bella have assisted enormously, along with Robin and the staff in the clubhouse, who made sure that all golfers were fed and watered before and after their busy golfing day!

Following registration Richard Morgans from No Grow Grass set up a putting competition to get the day started. 100 € was presented to the best score. Adrian Rudge then spent some time conducting a golf clinic, the consensus being that it was an extremely valuable session.

23 teams then had a 1.15pm shot gun start with doubling up on Holes 3, 5, 10, 14 &18. It was lovely and sunny, quite hot and at times very windy. There were a few balls that drifted into the sand and the water and the occasional tree got in the way, but otherwise the 92 players had an enjoyable golfing experience.

A huge thanks has to go to all the sponsors of the holes: No Grow Grass, PJ´S Rent A Car, Chemies Lounge, Maria & The Pink Ladies, Ken & Aileen Carine, Gossip Bar, Rioja, Bob Chambers, Spain Property Shop, La Fuente, Welcome Estates, The Hub, Villa Martin, Gleam Team, Casa España, La Siesta

23 teams supported the event, all ghetting off to a shotgun start

Hole 11, sponsored by EURONICS, The Electrical Shop at Blue Lagoon, was a competition hole where golfers paid 10 €  and swung like they´ve never swung before to get a HOLE IN ONE and win themselves a 43″ LG Smart TV – on this  occasion the tv was not won which resulted in 100 € being given to nearest the pin

And on to the winners: First Prize of a Golf Cart Bag and a trophy, sponsored by Euronics, went to Tony Smale and his team, well deserving winners.

Second Prize of a T Shirt and Golf Towel, sponsored by Albatross Golf, went to John Brownless and his team.

Third Prize of a Golf Cap and Box of Balls sponsored by Prostate Cancer UK went to Richard Morgans and his team.

Back at the club house, John Brownless, an ambassador for PC UK, gave the golfers a short presentation. One of the main things that he spoke about, and very much the object of the day’s competition, was awareness. He said that Prostate Cancer can be detected by a very simple blood test (have you booked one yet?)

Thank you so very much to all the golfers and their family and friends, plus all the background helpers. It was a long but enjoyable day with lots of laughs. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes for the raffle. There were over 22 won by participants.

Extra thanks also has to be given to Tony Smale and all the members of San Miguel GS who not only entered 2 teams but also very generously donated their Blob Tin funds of 500 € boosting the day’s total to an amazing 4806 € for the Prostate cancer charity.

Sunday the golfers changing out of their shorts and shirts and into fine attire where they enjoyed a Charity gala dinner at Las Ramblas golf club. A report on the evening’s event plus the final figures will be provided next week.

Thanks again to everyone for their support – it was absolutely tremendous

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‘Mike Probert talks Golf 21 April 2018

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.


In previous articles you may have read on the subject the writers will have discussed relaxation techniques and these include the old faithful, have a good deep breath and exhale slowly.

Just how does doing this help you in times of stress?

The act of taking deep long breaths from the stomach causes a physical change in your body because the heart rate drops.

In addition the breathing process depresses the subconscious control.

This act is used in many sports just prior or during a given action to aid concentration before focusing on a target.

In effect the breathing process aids visualisation while giving the sense of cleansing or detoxifying the body making it pure and ready for action.

A number of years ago in Bulgaria a controlled breathing technique called ‘autogenics’ was developed as a mind calming process.

Essentially the technique involves a four-count process for counting your breathing in a one second per count.

Confused yet?

Basically the inhale stage involves you taking in equal amounts of air, each of four counts with the last breath fully filling the lungs.

The exhale stage involves you holding your breath for the four counts (approx 4 seconds) then releasing the air for fours counts and again the last exhale empties the lungs completely.

Does the process work?

This technique has been proven to work on all major golf tours BUT appears least effective if the player’s energy levels are totally out of control.

Therefore you should use this technique as you walk to the tee or the green not wait until you are over the tee shot or a critical putt.

The best time to use the autogenics technique is just prior to visualisation of the shot to be undertaken.

This technique can also be used in conjunction with proper tension control.

If you are to use your muscles effectively using proper energy levels is vital.

For example when putting you should grip the as firmly as possible in the address position for a few seconds and then lighten the pressure to that that you require.

This helps to reduce the tension directly in the muscles of action and should be incorporated with the deep breathing process.

If you would like to know more about how to improve the way in which you think on the golf course or would like to improve your golf swing call me today for lessons and see the results for yourself.

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 from 01/03/18:

Golf Course
Two Players and Buggy
Two Players and Buggy
Two Players and Buggy
Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea)
Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio
Two Players and Buggy (after 12pm)
Font Del Llop
Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca
Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa
Single Green Fee (after 1pm)
La Serena
Single Green Fee (after 2pm)
Las Colinas
Single Green Fee
Las Ramblas
Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero
Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf
Two Green Fees and Buggy
Two Players and Buggy  (from 2pm
Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente
Single Green Fee and Buggy
Two Players and Buggy


Deal of the week: Vistabella €200 for 4 players and 2 buggies.

For Bookings and more information contact Mike at or direct on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 quoting reference LEADER.

Quotation of the Week

“All my ex’s have Rolexes” – John Daly

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