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Lady Tour Pro chooses Tenerife as winter training camp

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Another Lady pro golfer that’s chosen Amarilla Golf Course as her practice course whilst here in Tenerife. The lady in question is Anna Dahlberg Soderstrom a young Member of the Swedish PGA 2011 and Nordea tour player who is heading to Q school this January …

She’s having great fun practicing and playing at Amarilla Golf Course in shorts and polo shirt and says it a wonderful place to be in October as the sun shines every day.

Anna says “ All the courses I have played here in Tenerife have been fantastic, its so nice to escape from the cold and rain and come to Tenerife and enjoy my sport in such wonderful conditions… I will defiantly be back and recommend Tenerife to anyone who wants to enjoy golf in the sun”.

We here at Golfing Tenerife wish this talented young golfer good luck at Q school and she promises to keep us all updated as her career evolves .

Tenerife – a different golf option. The Mar-Y-Sol Tournament For all.

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On November 30th 2010 we celebrated the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010 at Amarilla Golf & Country Club (Tenerife). This very special event, organized by the Mar y Sol Hotel was hailed once again as a massive success.

50 competitors from across the globe fought to win the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010. Initially the tournament was to be played two days, but the torrential rain on Monday, 29th forced the competition to be suspended. On Tuesday with the sun finally shining this integration tournament was played in superb conditions.

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Each of the players has an official HDC, but many of the participants cope with an additional type of handicap. Some players are visually impaired; others may be single or even double amputees, paraplegic or hemiplegic. All over the world there have been separate tournaments for golfers with different abilities. So, able-bodied golfers would play in their own competitions, golfers with impaired sight would play in a tournament together or those with missing limbs would play in another one.

This tournament brings all of the golfers together and the vagaries of the golf handicap system allow them all to compete equally in a competitive integration tournament.

I spoke with Renate Kraus, manageress of Mar y Sol Hotel and organizer of the tournament.

“We were not sure if all of the able-bodied and disabled players would want to give up the separate tournaments and play together and whether it would affect the funding PB300089but it has come together.”

“It takes many hands to put this event on and it simply would not happen without them. We have players from Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and as well from the Czech Republic. The able-bodied resident members of Amarilla Golf & Country Club are committed to mixing socially with and competing against disabled golfers on an equivalent competitive level.”

“All of the organizers give up a lot of time and money to make this event happen because we want to facilitate the integration of disabled players from the whole of Europe into a major event. We thank our sponsors: Titleist, TAG Heuer, Banco Santander, Sinpromi, Hotel Mar y Sol, Teralava – Centro de Terapias, Tui Vital, Condor, The Players Golf Shop, Canary Golf Federation, PBT (powergolfer.de), Cicar and Halcon Viajes.”

The President of the Canary Golf Union, Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo, said: “The quality of play was excellent yesterday. I watched one competitor hit his tee shot with a driver using only one extremely strong arm. A paraplegic player used the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair which allows him to stand up and chipped in from off the green straight into the hole.”PB300016

The Captain of Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Michael Baker, said: “One can not fail to be humbled by the way these extraordinary individuals overcome their disabilities to produce some exceptional golf.”

The inventor of the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, Christian Nachtwey, explained that each golfer has to individually adapt either through special equipment or by developing their own golf swing to find a way to get the ball around the course.

Golf is a unique sports option and Mar y Sol Hotel offers in Tenerife “get into golf” courses for the disabled from January to March 2011. An experienced coach will show the wonderful world of pitching and putting to all newcomers.

The Award Ceremony took place in the afternoon at Amarilla Golf & Country Club. The winners were awarded their prizes by Renate Kraus (Manager of Mar y Sol Hotel), Michael Baker (Captain of Amarilla Golf Club) and Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo (President of the Canary Golf Union).PB280256

The gross winner of 2010 International Mar y Sol Open was Luis Vicente Mateu Sisternas from Spain, with a score of 22 points. The net winner was David Hill from Great Britain, with a 37-point score.

The category one winner with a 25-point score was Joan Pere Morera Castell from Spain.

The category two winner with a 32-point score was Michael Baker from Great Britain.

The category three winner with a 34-point score was Miroslav Lidinsky from the Czech Republic.

The “nearest to the pin” prize was won by Linda Williams from Great Britain.

The “longest drive – ladies” prize was won by Marjo Boissovain from Switzerland.

The “longest drive – gentlemen” prize was won by Gerhard Fuchs from Germany.

All the players were pleased about the organization of the competition and fascinated by the golf course, announcing their participation in next year’s tournament according to the motto: “Tenerife – a different golf option”

Photos of this event are available here …some very remarkable people. I had a great time in their company and hope to play as well as Photograph the event next year

I went with Amigolf to play golf against the Portuguese May 2010

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Here is the video of what we got up too …The Portuguese won this time but we plan to make this an annual event..Great fun was had by all.

Spring Hotels have Announced Their Annual Golf Tournament 25th September 2010

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Spring Hotels have a hotel close to  all the major golf courses in the South of Tenerife which makes them the perfect partner for the golf visitor and the Golf Courses alike.

Every year they hold the Spring Hotels Golf Tournament, this year its on 25 September 2010, everyone’s invited to enter  guests, holidaymakers and locals.  This year its being held at Golf Las Americas Golf Course which will be newly opened and will be in great condition .

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To make the event that little bit special, why not take advantage of a mini break at the award-winning four star Arona Gran Hotel just along the shore in Los Cristianos. Prices start at 50 Euros per person per night half board, two or three-day packages include green fees for players and accompanying persons. To book go to our website or email spring@springhoteles.com. Please add your. handicap and licence number if you have one. If you are not staying with us you can still book the green fees, 45 Euros,  direct with the course through this link.

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After the golf they present the prizes and  hold a super raffle for all competitors. It’s a great day out, I wrote this from last years tournament, where I may add Wifie won an all-inclusive break at a Spring Hotel , we both had a great time with super food on our visit to the 4* Hotel so I’m hoping we win a break this year too……

July 1st-4th 2010 Tenerife Welcomes the Ladies European Golf Tour

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This years Ladies Tenerife Ladies Open, part of the Ladies European Tour, will be held at Buenavista Golf Course in the North of Tenerife on July 1st-4th. Buenavista Golf course is a beautiful setting for such a prestigious event, once again sponsored by the Canarian government and tourism dept in conjunction with the Tenerife golf association.

We can expect a full field of top class international Lady golfers including the 2009 winner Falicity Johnestone. So if you want to see how to swing a golf club properly and marvel at how a slip of a girl can knock a golf ball 50 yards past your best drive ,so effortlessly ,then this is the place you will see the best in Europe in action. Entry is free and I assure you of  super day out.. so come along and support the girls and have a great day out for all the family at Buenavista Golf Course.

Why not bring your clubs over and play the courses around the island and catch a few days of the open this summer holiday ?

Here is the beautiful Buenavista Golf Course Web site...

The Second Outing of the 1V 2010 Tenerife and La Gomera Golf Circuit

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The second of the 1vTenerife and La Gomera Golf circuit is being played at las Americas Golf Course on Saturday19th June 2010.I  am very disappointed that I  won’t manage to play in this event as I’m in Scotland.This is one of the evnts I was most looking forward to playing ..Golf Las Americas is in fantastic condition with the greens rolling very fast.

The circuit over the years has went from strength to strength due to the work put in by the Golf Association, the courses themselves and the sponsorship of the many Island based companies, like Gomasper, who all help make the day run smoothly and that all the participants have a great day out.

The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holidaymakers alike and for just 50 Euro you get a round at the championship course with buggy, the presentation of prizes, refreshments and a great opportunity to mix with the  locals and tourists who both have one aim in common ..to enjoy good competitive golf on a championship course in the Sun..

Although not at this event I hope to make the others and I will miss the fellowship of my fellow Tenerife Golfers this weekend..

If your out on holiday and want to play in the event contact the Golf Club directly for all the details just mention the Circuit ..Happy Golfing

June 19 – Golf Las Americas

€ 50 per personRegistration

July 10 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

July 24 – Golf Costa Adeje

€ 50 per person

August 7 – Tecina Golf

€ 50 per person

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

The IV Circuito de Tenerife and La Gomera started at Beunavista

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It was 5.45 am and the alarm went off, I was in my Hotel the Las Aguilas at Puerto de la Cruz having travelled up from my home in the south the night before. The date May 15th and the first game in the Golf  Tenerife Circuito 2010 held at the beautiful Buenavista golf course in the North of the island.

Leaving the hotel I followed the coast road to the Buenavista course it was dark, cold, windy with smirry rain a big change from the weather I had left in the South the day before. As I approached the course around 7.15am the sky was becoming lighter with the temp rising a bit, but blowing a gale.

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The event at Buenavista  is organised by the Tenerife golf association  and was the first of 7 tournaments held at Golf Courses throughout the island it was  oversubscribed which goes to show the popularity of the Circuito is within the golfing community here in Tenerife with around 160 players registered to play.

My tee off time was 8.05,  the 2nd group out after a three ball, I think the last tee time was around 3pm in the afternoon so a big field indeed and a lot of work for Beatriz and Jaime from the association who were on hand all day, and evening, sorting out the many problems that I’m sure did arise but were not obvious to the competitors.

I finished my game at around 12.30 so I had plenty of time to head back to the hotel in Puerto have a swim and relax as the presentation of prizes I expected to be at around 9pm. I had dinner at the hotel, as the food was excellent, met John Beckley who was staying in the same hotel and we headed back to the Golf course together for the evening reception . We arrived  just in time for the prize giving, just as well as unbeknown to John he had won his category and was presented with a lovely trophy.

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I must just mention the Golf course itself, Buenavista Golf which on July 1st- 4th is holding the Tenerife Ladies Open part of the European Tour. The greens for our tournament had been hollow tined, about two weeks before, so putting for us was tricky to say the least but I understand the management and green keepers position as I am sure by the time the Tour gets there the greens will be excellent and after all these Ladies make their living playing golf.

To sum up the day my golf was not up to standard so no prizes for me this time, but I enjoyed  the day,the golf, meeting old friends and some new ones. I am looking forward to the next outing on the circuito Las Americas Golf on June the 19th, here in the South,where I am sure the weather will be much kinder to us soft Scots….