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‘Mike Probert talks Golf – 30 Dec 17

‘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.

Around and About the Courses – Vistabella II

Vistabella Golf

In the last article we informed you that as from 2nd January 2018 the Vistabella course designed by Manuel Pinero and originally opened to the public on 26th September 2009 as an 11 hole courses will finally open the additional 7 holes.

We promised a full review of the new holes but as of the date of writing this article the new scorecard with the par,slope and hole lengths is still unavailable but we will give you a brief review of each hole to give you the flavour of the changes to the course and how it will play.

Hole 1 (par 3) – Played from a slightly elevated tee to a well bunkered undulating green most players will need a mid iron and some of the pin positions could proved troublesome.

Hole 2 (par 4) – Again played slightly down hill this very slight left to right hole is of medium length but all the trouble starts at the green which is almost an island green surrounded by water with only a small run on area to the right of the green.

Hole 3 (par 4) – Slightly down hill with a slight dog leg to the right the landing area on the fairway is small and narrow and players must select a club to stay short of a large water hazard without leaving too much club to carry the water with the second shot played slightly up hill to an elevated well bunkered green with opportunities for some tricky pin positions.

Hole 4 (Par 5)This hole is a very long par 5 hole played all up hill with a fairway turning right to left to a slightly elevated well bunkered green and will be a monster into any head wind.

Hole 5 (Par 4) – Played down hill with a fairway turning left to right this will require a mid iron second shot for most players and distance control on the second shot will be the key to good scoring on this whole which again can be made difficult with certain pin positions

Hole 6 (Par 3) -Most unusually this par 3 played down hill from an elevated tee doesn’t have any bunkers but there are water hazards right and left for the really errant tee shot.

Hole 7 (Par 4) – This shortish par 4 finishing hole turns left to right and uphill for the second shot to an elevated,small well bunkered green with numerous difficult pin positions and no chance to see the bottom of the flag and this applies also to many of the other new holes.

The slope is still to be calculated and for those golfers with hand held distance measurement gadgets these are still to be updated so you will have to rely on the good old distance markers on the side of the fairways.

Without doubt this will prove a difficult test of golf for all standards of golfer and will become one of the best courses on the area and will be busy but we can offer a price of €86 for 2 players and buggy until 28/02/18 so get your booking in early by calling 661345931

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 until 31/01/18:

Golf Course Price Comments
Alenda €108 Two Players and Buggy
Alicante €57 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Altorreal €90 Two Players and Buggy
Bonalba €90 Two Players and Buggy
Don Cayo (Altea) €94 Two Players and Buggy
El Plantio €112 Two Players and Buggy (after 12pm)
Font Del Llop €86 Two Players and Buggy 
La Finca €110 Two Players and Buggy
La Marquesa €45 Single Green Fee
La Serena €112 Two Players and Buggy
Las Colinas €144 Two Players and Buggy
Las Ramblas €94 Two Players and Buggy
Lo Romero €136 Two Players and Buggy
New Sierra Golf €95 Two Green Fees and Buggy
Roda €96 Two Players and Buggy
Villamartin €102 Two Players and Buggy
Villaitana Poniente €57 Single Green Fee and Buggy
Vistabella €86 Two Players and Buggy (weekends)

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


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Glorious Weather for the PLaza Golf Society’s last game of 2017

On this beautifully warm winters day, TPGS ventured down to Roda where 32 players commenced battle! As usual there was a mixed bag of results.

By far the best though was Darren Hancock who won the Gold Division with 40 pts off his 4 hcap, not a bad knock although there were rumours of sandbagging as he bogeyed 16, 17 and 18 ✂.✂. ✂.

2nd place was Phil de Lacy with 35pts and Warren Harris clinching 3rd with 33pts. Silver division was won by Russell Bailey 34pts, 2nd was Bill Gillies 30 pts and 3rd came Captain in waiting Dickie McAllen with 29pts. There where 2 winners of the 2’s pot our Captain Simon Lee and Phil de Lacy.

Nearest the pins sponsored by The Ale House, won by Matt Taylor, Joost Boelhouwer, Kenny McPherson, Richard Palmer and Billy “hi ho” Lane who also won best guest with 33 pts. Lorraine Palmer was best lady and Gordy came bottom of the heap with 19 measly pts! 😂  Our next game is 12th January at Villamartin.

This will sell out fast so get your names down quick at or pop into The Ale House. Thanks and Happy New Year from all the Committee.

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Eurogolf Stableford

On Thursday 28th December 47 players took part in a post xmas Stableford. It was a good turnout considering the time of year and the weather was beautiful making way for some good scores.

The results were Cat1 1st Bill Martin 37 2nd  John Barraclough 35 3rd Arty Crammon 33  Cat 2 1st Sue Forbes 43  2nd Steve Sayers 38 3rd Bert Lawson 38 Cat 3 1st Linda Lynch 36 2nd Jeff Lynch 34 3rd Martin Welsh 33 Cat 4 1st John Hill 38 2nd David Valentine 35 3rd Lauraine Walker 34 

Overall winner Sue Forbes Best front 9 Phyllis Venables 17  Best back 9 Duane James 19  NTPs  5th Martin Welsh 11th Bill Martin 12th in 2 Glo Manning 15th Sue Forbes 17th Steve Yoxall Football draw Clive Horne Fred Reeve Glo Manning Bert Lawson and Ken Enever.

As Tuesday was Boxing day there was no organized Toffs game.

Happy golfing for 2018 and if you would like to join Eurogolf society and play at La Marquesa Tuesdays and Thursdays please visit the website

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SMGS at La Finca against Elite Golf Society

Due to SMGS playing member numbers being down at this time of year, a match against the La Finca residing Elite Golf Society was organised to be played alongside SMGS’s normal stableford competition.

For once guests (23) outnumbered members (22) as 7 competition flights took to the course along with other members and their visitors. An extremely strong wind made for a difficult playing environment, with relatively slow badly pitch-marked greens, and a lot of back placed white flags not helping scoring.

Only SMGS’s Tony Sims (37) and Kenny Reddington (39) conquered the conditions with excellent rounds, their efforts not enough to stop Elite winning the match 5-2. Congratulations to them.

The day’s stableford competition results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Silver Category: 4th Ralph Tilbrook (26 on CB), 3rd Brian Butler (26 on CB), 2nd Norman Padmore (30), and 1st Keith Stevenson with 32 points

Gold Category: 4th Ken McPherson (28), 3rd Matt Taylor (29), 2nd Tony Sims (37), and 1st Kenny Reddington with 39 points.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) Roger Brierley (hole 3), Steve Fleet (6), Mike Greatorex (13) and Matt Taylor (16).

The Abacus was won once again by Norman McBride

The Best Guest prizes went to winner Paul Gambrill (30), runner-up Dave Bishop (28) and third placed Ryan Rogers (27)

Our thanks go to the staff at La Finca for their contribution to an enjoyable day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Villamartin.

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It’s Absolutely Poppy-Tastic

Once again, the golfers from the Costa Blanca and surrounding areas came up trumps in support of the 2017 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. 

In total, there were 42 events, which included two charity days and a raffle for an electric bike during a fantastically busy two-month period.

The amount raised by the golf societies, organisations and friends was €12,169, and they should be congratulated for the amount of effort that went in to achieving this truly outstanding amount. 

I would also like to offer my own personal thanks to everybody who contributed, and to Mick Gossage, without whose help the Royal British Legion could not have been represented at so many different events.

Michael Reeves (Mick The Grip)

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In The Bunker With Mick The Grip – Christmas 2017

RECOMMENDED FOR CHRISTMAS VIEWING: “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the 2005 film telling the story of amateur golfer Francis Ouimet’s historic US Open win in 1913 at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass.  20 yr.old Ouimet was accompanied by his caddie, 10 yr.old Eddie Lowery, who was playing truant from school. 

Francis won the 18-hole playoff, beating England’s Harry Vardon by 5 strokes and Ted Ray by 6.  His victory was a stunning upset for the strongly favoured British, who were regarded as the world’s top two golfers.

 The first amateur to win the U.S. Open, Ouimet’s achievement on that soaking wet weekend, in his woollen suit and squelching shoes, made front-page news.  Francis Ouimet grew up in a rundown house across the street from the course, and could see from his bedroom window the most important holes he would ever play. Even allowing for Disney’s poetic licence, it’s a great story.  Suggest watching it after the evening news, these days enough to make anyone reach for the jolly juice.

DURING HIS FIRST trip to Japan, Donald Trump played a round of golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Hideki Matsuyama at the Kasumigaseki Country Club, proposed site of the 2020 Olympic golf tournament.  A local television station captured Prime Minister Abe’s shot from a fairway bunker.  

Trump and Matsuyama were walking off as Abe charged up the side of the bunker after them — even getting one foot on the top before losing his balance, tumbling backwards in a half-somersault and landing flat on his back at the bottom of the bunker.  It’s not often Donald is upstaged at getting a laugh.

JUSTIN ROSE just missed the Race to Dubai, but he did win back-to-back tournaments in China and Turkey.  He also received  £2,000.000 to put in his Christmas stocking.  Beats an orange.

The Turkish trophy was presented by the world champion hoverboarder who flew in on a drone.  Novel touch, however I can’t see the captain of the R & A flying in on a drone with the Claret Jug. (I wonder if they call it The Turkey Trophy).

TOMMY FLEETWOOD, who won the Race to Dubai, is back with his old coach Alan Thompson.  He says: “In 2015 I decided I wanted to hit like Henrik Stenson, so I switched coaches and asked Pete Cowen to help me, but I couldn’t get my body to swing the way we wanted, and lost my rhythm.  Pete taught me a lot anyway, but I hadn’t realised how difficult and dangerous it would be to try and change my swing.” 

If it aint broke etc.,

THE CUSTOM-MADE sunglasses worn by Henrik Stenson were designed by his very own company, named, amazingly:  “Henrik Stenson Eyewear.”  The company produces everyday glasses as well.  If they don’t help you hit a ball like Henrik at least they can help you see where it’s gone.

RG GOLF TIP FOR BUNKER SHOTS: If you just open the club face up, you’re not adding more loft, just pointing it further right. To hit this shot you need to drop the butt end all the way down to actually create some loft.  Merely opening the club face won’t do it. Take a wider stance with the butt end low and club flat, that will help you to hit a shallower shot which actually gives more elevation.

RORY MCILROY intends to begin his PGA TOUR season with the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Feb. 8-11, followed by the Genesis Open on Feb. 15-18 and The Honda Classic on Feb. 22-25.   Rory, who will be making his Pebble Beach debut, is scheduled to play alongside his father, Gerry.  Hope he can remember which end of his club to hold, or Pop may upstage him.

WHILE ON HOLIDAY, Frank went into a golf shop, and selected some new clubs. He walked to the checkout, pulling out his wallet. The pretty blonde cashier said: “Strip down, facing me.”

Not quite sure what was going on Frank did as she asked. When the hysterical shrieks of laughter finally subsided he asked, “What’s so funny?”

“I was telling you how to hold your credit card,” the cashier responded.

A very Merry Christmas to all, and Happy Golfing in 2018.

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

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Las Ramblas Social Club Weekly Report

On Monday we started out playing a Waltzer but by the 11th hole the rain came waltzing down on us to end the round.

On Wednesday things were much brighter but with a very cold wind. We played a ·Mulligan” and the results were as follows:

Cat 1: 1st Bryan Neal 37 pts. 2nd Olga Douglas 36 pts. 3rd Lindsay Forbes 33 Pts.

Cat 2: 1 st Terry Cullen 40 pts. 2nd Annemarie Weisheit 36 pts. 3 rd Reg Akehurst 34 pts.

2´s Club: Olga Douglas, Peter Wickham, Bryan Neal and John Conway.

On Friday, a nice sunny day ideal for golf, we played the Dusty Bin game and the winning team with a score of 86 were Reg Akehurst, Lindsay Forbes, Nick Campbell and Ulrika Barthe.

Mike Mahony

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Marabu Golf Society  at Las Colinas on 14th December 2017.

In association with Costa Blanca Green Fee Services

For this month’s meeting a group of 24 players visited the established course at Las Colinas  taking advantage of the excellent society deal obtained from Costa Blanca Green Fee Services.

The weather was beautiful and as usual the course was in good condition with very fast greens.

Today was our Christmas Competition which took the format of a best 2 from 4 stableford

The winning scores on the day were as follows:

1st – Fantom,MacDonald,Wright,Laidler – 84 points, 2nd – Probert,Jones,Hanaway,Bartlam – 80 points, 3rd – Smith,Fanning,Speakman,Belson – 78 points, 4th – Ollier, Dexter, Kelly, Greenwood – 77 points

Nearest Pins – Martin,Kristensen,Wright,Laidler and Dexter

Football Card – Mike Probert and Paul Greenwood

After the game we returned to LEAF’s Restaurante, which is located at Pueblo Brava, Quesada for our Annual Christmas Dinner and Annual Awards Presentation and we give our thanks for their continued support.

Our next fixture is the Interim Day at La Torre on 28th December 2017.

Report by Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services on 966 704 752 or 661 345 931 or see us at our web-site at

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T.M.G.S. Christmas Competition at La Marquesa 13/12/17

As the festive season approaches 40 members and guests played our annual Christmas Texas scramble at La Marquesa this was followed by an excellent Christmas Dinner in the clubhouse restaurant.

As in recent years special occasions are paid for from Society funds and this more than value for money meal was no exception.

Most members wanted to show their Christmas spirt and dressed accordingly, bright red could be seen on all parts of the course except for one person, Karin Alm who kindly showed the rest of us how in centuries gone by just how Christmas was celebrated in Sweden she was dressed as follows. In Sweden, Christmas begins with Saint Lucia ceremony on 13th of December.

Lucia was a Christian virgin who sacrificed herself for her devout faith in Christianity in the 4th century at Syracuse. The ceremony is held in her honour and is quite recent and is often associated with the traditional thanksgiving for the return of the sun. On this day, the youngest daughter from each family puts on a white robe with a red sash before dawn and wears a crown of evergreens with tall-lighted candles attached to it.

Just a short history lesson, thank you Karin!

Again the golf course was in good condition although a few fairways could be seen to be turning beige with the recent cold weather but playing great as usual. Results: N.T.P.’s hole 5 Ole Rong, hole 11 Bill Gillies, hole 15 Norbert Spaniol, hole 17 Sandra Twentyman. 3rd place team: N. Spaniol/L. Holmberg/L. Jernberg/K. Persson 63.3 2nd place team: J. Imrie/R. Rea/O. Haubner/C. Oatley 62.2 winning team: T. Roed/O. Rong/K. Aasebo/R. Nilsen 60.9  to see our members enjoying their Christmas meal.

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SMGS at Las Colinas. December 13th, 2017.

Another early start meant a morning chill greeted those arriving to tee off in the initial flights. Thirty-four members and 8 guests made it, a large enough number that meant things had warmed up a bit by the time the latest starters set off, the weather eventually, by half way through the round, requiring the stripping down to short-sleeved shirts.

The front 9 was set up long and some devilish pin placings (avoid days when placed in position C!!) and slick greens that did not hold meant short both long and short games were tested, especially the latter.

The difficulties were reflected in the scoring with 27 points enough to come in 4th in both Bronze and Silver Categories (although the latter helped by two good scoring members of that division unfortunately forgetting to hand in their cards,  later (too late) found in a rubbish bin).

Only Chris Ayres, the day’s best scorer with 35 points, came close to playing to his handicap, with both last and this week’s Category winner (Silver last, Gold this) Russell Bailey posting the next best return of 33 points.

SMGS at Las Colinas. December 13th, 2017.
SMGS at Las Colinas. December 13th, 2017.

The day’s stableford competition results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Mike Jordan (27), 3rd Brian Butler (29), 2nd Marg Birtwistle (30), and 1st Chris Ayres with 35 points

Silver Category: 4th Ken Flaherty (27), 3rd Ray Smithers (30), 2nd Alan Hill (31), and 1st Scotty Phillips with 32 points

Gold Category: 4th Robin Eastman (31 on CB), 3rd Bjorn Pettersson (32 on CB), 2nd Phil de Lacy (32 on CB), and 1st Russell Bailey with 33 points.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Kev Albright (hole 5), Marg Birtwistle (7), Charlie Harkin (10), Phil de Lacy (14), and Barry Roehrig (17).

The Abacus was won by Norman McBride

The Best Guest prizes went to winner Kev Albright (33) and runner-up Debbie Rose (25)

Our thanks go to the staff at Las Colinas for their contribution to an enjoyable day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Villamartin.

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