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Golfers help raise 4000 Euro for Orobal in Tenerife

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An incredible achievement by the Smith family , Bill , Muriel and Paul. who are the owners of the very successful Golf Shop you see from the TF1 motorway. They have been running their “Hole in One for a holiday competition “ at Amarilla Golf Course and Adeje Golf Courses for the the last nine months and in that time have given an amazing 4000 Euros to the charity group Orobal and its an ongoing commitment.

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Orobal (founded 1990) are an association for the parents of physically and mentally disabled children based in Los Christianos, where they have their own fully equipped centre for the kids and parents. When I went along on the day Bill was presenting the cheque I was shown around the centre and seen a lot of the specialist soft area furnishings that the money raised went towards paying for

The Smiths run a Holiday for a Hole in One competition,which is based at the above courses, is a 10 Euro entry fee, of which 20% goes to the Orobal charity. Even if you hit the green you receive a quality prize such as a Taylormade hat, balls, socks or pitch mark repairer but if you get a hole in one you are awarded a voucher there and then for a holiday for 2 at the 5* Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje for the following summer

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So if your coming on a Golfing holiday to Tenerife this year ? If you see the “Win a holiday for a hole in One” girl at the major courses here in Tenerife please give it a go as you are safe in the knowledge 20% off your money goes to Orobal and helps kids get those special wee things that makes their life’s that little bit better.

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

Club Amigolf Tournament Costa Adeje Golf 12th Oct 2010

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Amigolf Club Tenerife 6th Tournament at Costa Adeje Golf 2nd Oct

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Iberostar Anthelia Hotel Golf Tournament at Las Americas Golf Course 18th Sept

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You don’t want to miss this one Tenerife Golfers..

A game of golf at The championship Golf Las Americas golf course with a gala dinner at the 5 *Iberostar Anthelia Hotel Prizes for each category winners and entry into a great raffle…

The raffle prizes include a weeks holiday in Brazil, Andalusia and the Canaries at one of the Iberostars great 5 * Hotels plus many more I would like to win prizes.

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Spring Hotels Annual Golf Tournament at Las Americas Golf Course

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Spring Hotels announce that their annual Golf Tournament will take place on the 25th September at Golf Las Americas. This is the third tournament organized by Spring Hotels and judging by previous years looks to be a top class event offering on course drinks and snacks and after the tournament there will be a raffle and presentation of prizes.
This is one no to be missed a great day out with some great prizes.

Join in the fun and book today

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Why not make the most of it and enjoy a mini break at Springs’ award winning Hotel Arona Gran with prices starting at just 50€ per person per night on half board. Bookings can be made through our website where we offer 2 and 3 day packages including the green fee for players and accompanying persons. Please let us know your handicap and your licence number (if applicable) by putting them in the booking comments.

Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us @ spring@springhoteles.com
If you would like to participate in the Tournament (without accommodation) and book the green fee only, the fee is a mere 45€ per person and can be booked directly with the Golf course here.

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……

Heading Overseas to play Golf but this time not too far

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So here  I am off again overseas to play golf, one of the drawbacks of living on an island, but this time I am really looking forward to it as I will be travelling by Fred Olsen Express ferry rather than by plane as I am going to  La Gomera , a small island off the West Coast of Tenerife, about 40 min by Olsen fast ferry.

Fred Olsen runs  the ferry service to the island from Los Cristianos in Tenerife , you may have seen their big yellow ferry’s in the harbour at Los Cristianos to San Sebastian in La Gomera,, The golf course we are going to play and hotel of Jardin Tecina is also owned and operated by Fred Olsen SL. as you  would expect from one of the Islands foremost companies both are amongst the best in the Canaries.

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Don’t take my word for it have a look at the Jardin Tecina Web site and you will see the views and condition of the Golf Course are second to none with the hotel built in a village style  which complements the islands beauty but has all the requirements of the most concerning clients.

This U tube Video gives you the experience that’s only 40 min away but out of this world if you love Golf.

This is the fifth  match in the 1vTenerife and La Gomera Golf circuit is being played at the Tecina Golf Course on Saturday 7th August 2010. 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 who all help make the day run smoothly and that all the participants have a fun day out.

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The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holiday makers alike and for just 50 Euro you get a round at the championship course , 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..

Hotel Jardin Tecina and Tecina Golf are offering a special rate to circuit players and partners  of just 49 Euros per person per night on a half board basis, single person supplement of 15 Euros is applicable and bookings are subject to availability.

Hotel Jardin Tecina can be contacted on 0034 902222140 or by email tecina@fredolsen.es full details are on the website www.jardin-tecina.com. If you want to book a round at Tecina Golf call 0034 902222130, email tecinagolf@fredolsen.es

Happy Golfing

August 7 – Tecina Golf

€ 50 per person

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

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

Looking for a Holiday and want to Golf in the Sun

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Look no further than the Island of Tenerife this Summer… Great courses, Great weather, Great Hotels, Great nightlife, Great Restaurants, Great Flight access from Europe and beyond and most of all Welcoming people….

The Golf Courses have got together and came up with this great value for money package which will benefit all golfers of whatever ability…

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Golf Las Americas Golf Course

So what’s on offer ?

The package includes 3 Green Fees at 3 different championship golf courses on the island to choose from:

  • Buenavista Golf
  • Golf Costa Adeje
  • Golf las Americas
  • Golf del Sur
  • Tecina Golf
  • Click on the courses to see their own web sites….

    Players must play 3 different golf courses and these are not possible to be repeated.

    Price is 135€ per player and package.

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    Costa Adeje Golf Course

    Furthermore, package buyers will get a special extra offer :-

    Package buyers can play 1 extra round at Abama Golf for a special rate of 150€ (official rate is 200€), and/or 1 extra round at Golf los Palos (9 hole) for a special price of 15€ *

    * The players have to call directly to Abama Golf or/and Golf los Palos for tee times bookings and have to present the Summer Package Voucher upon arrival at the club house in order to get these special rates. Payment is upon arrival and only valid for 1 round of golf at each golf course.

    For more information

    circuito@isladegolf.com

    (0034) 922 753 613

    If you want to win the Golf package just become a fan of ..

    The Tenerife Magazine  here

    Zulu and Golf in Tenerife what can they possibly have in common ?

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    The first thing that intrigued me was the name, I mean who would call a charity that’s holding a Golf day at Costa Adeje Golf Course in Tenerife, “Ingane Yami” so I set of to Callao Salvaje on Tenerife’s West Coast to find out from the man behind the golf day South African James Beckley.

    On meeting James, and his assistant Gina, the first question I had was “why the name Ingane Yami ?” “ You don’t speak Zulu then ?” James laughed and went on to explain that Ingane Yami means “My Children” In Zulu. I then got the picture, What a great name !

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    The reason why its such a great name is that in two words, although to many alien, it sums up the whole concept of the charity, “ My Children.” Yes we are all God’s children some born more fortunate than others in this world.

    The idea behind the charity,with all the money raised, is to build a children’s village children’s. The village of  Ingane Yami will consist of 25 individual houses, each of which will be home to 6 children of varying ages and a “house mother”, thus recreating a stable family unit and enabling these vulnerable children to be brought up in a loving, Christian environment which in turn will grow leaders to take care of the future. This is not a new concept but a proven formula which has been shown to work very successfully  at Watoto Village in Uganda.

    From my point of view I think it’s a great idea a game of golf at one of the premier courses on Tenerife and being able to help such a great charity at the same time.

    So please ring Gina and get involved and I hope to see you at Costa Adeje Golf Course on Saturday June 5th 2010..

    All proceeds from the day’s events will be donated to the Ingane Yami Children’s Village Charity. Why not become a fan of theirs on Facebook, or  follow them on Twitter and take a look at their Photos on Flickr.

    The event starts at 9.00am and it promises to be a great day.

    The format will be:
    Pairs
    2-ball better ball
    Shotgun Start

    Entry fee is €50 per person and this includes Buggy & Buffet
    Places for this event are limited so to make sure you are registered please book early.

    To reserve your entry please contact either of the following:
    Email: gina@pearlygrey.com or telephone Gina on 657 628 544
    Call into the Costa Adeje Golf Course or telephone them on 922 710 000

    Golfing In Tenerife visits Costa Adeje Golf Course in Tenerife

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    Just thought I would take my camera and take a few shots of Costa Adeje golf course as I am playing here with Club Amigolf on 10th April 2010, also to have a look at the overall layout and condition. Last year Costa Adeje Golf hosted the Tenerife Ladies European Tour event to great success and has more recently been the venue for a Rod Stewart and Elton John concerts.

    The director Mr Paul De Sterck was more than helpful giving me access to all areas and supplying me with a buggy to get round the course. The course is moving into low season after a very busy winter but it was surprisingly busy on the day I visited.

    The course I must say was in fantastic condition and the greens have held up well over winter and were lightning fast, as was commented on by some of the players I spoke with that day.

    I must also add a comment on the buffet lunch, which for research purposes only I just had to try, It’s an all you can eat set up with a large  salad bar with everything you could expect including smoked salmon to a grill area with chicken, steak and pork followed by the most delicious sweets. It was honestly some of the best food I have had at a golf club and for a set price.The lunch service on the Terrace was full with many non golfers taking advantage of the fine food on offer as the restaurant area is open to the public but the dress code must be observed.

    I am immensely  looking forward to Saturdays competition and Amigolf have negotiated a special price for members to include green fee, buggy and the buffet lunch…will my waistline cope ? …you bet it will.

    Los Gigantes Golf Society March Outing

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    Another great day out was had by the good folks of the Los Gigantes Golf Society on Sunday the 28th March.They held their monthly Golf Stableford competition with full handicap at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in Tenerife playing the Links and South courses.

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    They had 22 players attending with the weather being very kind to them and it turned into a fantastic day.

    Afterwards they all returned to the Pilgrims Diner for the presentation.

    The Landlord put on a lovely spread as usual. Many thanks to Stewart.

    The monthly raffle was won by PETER BROMLEY

    First place. – DAVE PRITCHARD 39 pts

    Second – DAVE MORGAN 38 pts

    Third – WALTER FUCHS 38 pts

    Nearest the pins:

    DAVE PRITCHARD, STEVE COWELL, BRADLEY GREENWOOD (2)

    There were 5 winners of the 2’s competition

    KEVIN SPENCE, DAVE PRITCHARD, STEVE COWELL, WALTER FUCHS,

    IAN MOTTERSHEAD.

    Special mention again to Bradley Greenwood our youngest Junior member who again shot a creditable 30pts and 2 nearest the pins.

    Here are the pictures of the presentation of prizes

    Our first dinner this year was our Easter Dinner, which was held at the Blarney Stone, where all who attended, received their Lindt chocolate Easter Bunnies.

    The next competition is on SUNDAY 2nd MAY first tee 9.30am and guests are welcome, telephone any of the names below if you would like to play or e-mail spencek@btconnect.com..

    Some late news just in…

    NOW ARRANGED A FIXED PRICE FOR OUR SOCIETY AT GOLF COSTA ADEJE GOLF COURSE.. A+B COURSES FOR THIS SUMMER.. ONLY €40 WALKING PLUS €20 FOR A BUGGY.THEY HAVE A LIST OF MEMBERS SO YOU JUST TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH THE LOS GIGS SOCIETYWHEN BOOKING.

    The Information sheets will be in the Bamboo Bar in Los Gigantes and Pilgrims Diner and Blarney Stone in Playa de la Arena or call everyone is welcome

    President : Dave Morgan : 922 86 00 45

    Chairman/handicap secretary : Paul Fellows : 690 193 228

    Captain for 2009/10 : Andy Willison : 922 86 75 10

    Vice Captain : Ian Mottershead : 677004103

    Secretary: Kevin Spence 650730337

    AmiGolf at Golf Costa Adeje 10th April 2010

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    We just got finished a great tournament at Golf Las Americas and I get on Email an invitation to the next Amigolf tournament to be held at the wonderful Costa Adeje Golf Course on April 10th.

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    Its the 3rd tournament in the order of merit series of Amigolf and Costa Adeje Golf Course is a great venue to have it at. They will have the usual 18 holes of medal play golf with two categories of handicap golf and the scratch. Members have a Very Special price which includes buggy and lunch, now how could I let that pass me by…

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    Costa Adeje Golf I cant wait ..should be a great one …..May even try to get a practice round in a day or two before…..

    Have a look at this great championship course, Costa Adeje Golf Course

    The AMIGOLF Club at Las Americas Golf On Saturday 27th March 2010

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    On Saturday the 27th March 2010 AMIGOLF are holding their second tournament of the year at the fabulous Golf Las Americas Golf Course here in Tenerife.

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    AMIGOLF is a group of about 100 Spanish golfers and six European golfers who run a full program of Golf tournaments and activities throughout the year at the different golf courses on the Island of Tenerife. Sir Old Golfer had the honour of becoming the first Non –Spanish member.The Europeans have been well accepted into the club and are enjoying the fellowship of AMIGOLF and trying to learn the language although I now know most of the more colourful golfing terms in Spanish by heart !

    The format for the tournament is medal play over 18 holes with two handicap categories,0 to 13 and 13.5 to 26.4 and a scratch winner. This tournament is a qualifier for the  order of merit for the years overall club winner.

    I have an early tee time again! think they know I don’t like mornings, but I will be trying to get the European guys on the score sheet at this one…..

    1st Tourneo Circuito Aymerich 2010 at Golf Del Sur Golf Course Tenerife

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    March 21st saw the first tournament  in the Aymerish  Golf Club  Circuit here at their wonderful golf facility  Golf Del Sur Golf Course in Tenerife.We had fabulous conditions, shorts were the order of the day, with the temp at 25c and very little wind so scoring was good. Golfing in Tenerife were represented by Sir Old Golfer who played off a handicap of 4 in this premier event of the season.The course was in great condition with the greens playing “true.”

    Sir Old Golfer had an 8.02 tee time so almost the first group out in a field of about 90 players split into 3 categories. 0-18.4 and 18.5 –28 for males and a female category.

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    A very welcome sight for all competitors was the tent at the 10th tee where Aymerish golf had supplied us all with refreshments and nibbles. After the golf you were invited back to the tent to fill in your score cards and to enjoy the hospitality once more with a beer or two whilst waiting for the full field to complete their round.

    It was great to see a four ball of “Youngin’s” all low handicappers and lovers of the game of golf, who behaved impeccably throughout the day, one of which won the scratch off a handicap of 6…well done to Alvaro, I’ll get you next time.. Another in the group plays off 3, wonderful  I just wish I was that age again…

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    The Golfers of Tomorrow !

    At around 5 pm people gathered in the lounge area of the club house at Golf Del Sur for the presentation hosted by the club Directoria Maca Rodriguez and Nelly Platano .

    The Winners on the day were as follows :-

    1st Cat … Gonzalez Delgado,Francisco

    2nd Cat…Bermudez Iglesias,Juan Car

    Ladies…Watts, Carol Anne

    Scratch… Hernandez Cabezuela, Alvaro

    Sir Old Golfer missed the scratch by one shot, how many times does that happen.

    Great day was had by all and we are all looking forward to number two in the series which is held at Golf Del Sur on the 17th of April 2010.

    Some nice pictures of the day Here …..

    A special mention to Spring Hoteles who gave a great raffle Prize of two nights half board, for two people, at one of their  delightful 4*Hotels in Tenerife.

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    Winner :  Mr Ray Dunne

    Brendan Breen The New Commercial Director Of Las Americas Golf Course.

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    I met with Brendan, for the first time, last week at the lovely Las Americas golf course in the Centre of Las Americas in Tenerife and to be honest we could have been in a country club rather than a busy town centre golf course as its completely surrounded with palm trees and lovely colourful bougainvillea which more than blocks out any traffic noises, and now as all the construction is finished around the whole course it makes this place a little oasis for the disconcerting golfer.

    We sat on the raised balcony,outside the restaurant, overlooking the 18th green in 22 degrees,  the perfect setting for our chat. Brendan  I found  to be a very approachable chap, when we met he immediately ordered the coffee, which put him in my good book’s right from the start.

    We started by discussing Brendan’s past employment and the time he has been here in Tenerife. After leaving  Clonkeen College in Dublin, Ireland he joined a merchant bank and was on track to complete a career in Banking but like most things in life fate kicks in and his career path was changed.

    A good golfer as a young man, playing off low single figures. Whilst at the bank he was asked one day if he would be interested in showing a group of wealthy American tourists round some of the better Golf courses in his native Ireland on behalf of the Irish tourist board as they had just started “Golf Ireland” a new initiative  to bring American golfers to Ireland. Brendan jumped at the idea, a chance to play some of the best courses on offer and get paid for it, little did they know this would change the path of his future career.

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    Within a few years the trips were a great success and Brendan was offered a senior position with a newly founded company to represent Canadian & American Golf Tour Operators in Ireland and the company went from strength to strength.Things went well,  very well, and profitably for the next few years as they gained a loyal, growing and repeat customer base. Then disaster struck – Lockerbie and the American bombing in Libya in 1997. After this occurrence the tap was effectively turned off as American and Canadian golfers decided it was safer to stay within their own boundaries rather than travel to Europe. The company which managed to survive the crisis still continues today but Brendan decided to leave in those dark days to find pastures new.

    Tenerife was the next stop on Brendan’s career as the new Sales and Marketing Manager for a new real estate development on Golf Del Sur called Sunningdale Village which was owned by an Irish company who wanted to develop the Sales & Marketing of the business and needed a man on the ground to look after their and the owners interests, he was that man for 7 years where he settled down into local life and of coarse learned to be fluent in the Spanish language. The neighbouring complex Las Adelfas which was also Irish owned subsequently lured Brendan to work as General Manager of their Tenerife Operation for a period of 9 years.

    La Gomera the picturesque island off the coast of Tenerife was the next stop on his career ladder going to work with Fred Olsen at the Jardín Tecina hotel and Golf Course as Sales Director. He spent two years there, in a job he loved, but its a small island and I’m sure island fever got to him and he returned to the mainland of Tenerife this time as Sales and Marketing director of one of the most exclusive 5* hotels in the Canary Islands, Hotel Las Madrigueras.

    The Hotel Las Madrigueras is a small luxurious golf hotel overlooking Golf Las Américas golf course and as we were at the course we jumped on a golf buggy and drove across the course to the hotel,with the press of a button a gate slid open and we drove the buggy right into the heart of the hotel where I was given a tour of this stunning establishment. The owner of the hotel is the same man who owns the golf course and as with all things Santiago Puig certainly does it well and exceeds ones every expectation, 6* would not go a miss here. Brendan tells me many celebrities have stayed here from the world of show business, sports, business and politics but he was far too modest a man to name them.

    That brings us to his present position as Commercial Director of Golf Las Americas golf course a stunning 18 hole golf facility in the South Of Tenerife, with an attached newly purpose built conference centre. Golf Las Americas is one of the best and busiest courses on the island of Tenerife with all the modern facilities you would expect at such a prestigious  establishment. Apart from the day to day running Brendan has to deal with the tour operators and hotel groups who send customers to the course, also in the promotion of the groups business interests both here in Tenerife and abroad attending the many golf fairs and Expos throughout Europe and  beyond.

    He is also heavily involved with the Tenerife Golf Association which promotes  all of the islands golf courses and runs the premier golf tournament every year called Tenerife and La Gomera Golf Circuit. Open to all classes of players with a round  being played on each course throughout the islands and sponsored by some of the top brand names on the island and also the Tenerife government and tourist board.

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    Since Brendan has started at the course he has already got to work by assisting in the introduction of a new web site, also linking into the social media of Twitter and Face book, I am sure customers will see the benefits as they visit Las Americas golf course in the future. One such benefit, which I revealed , is the total closure of the golf course for two months in the summer to relay all 18 greens and practice facilities with a fantastic new grass which will do well with the watering and management systems in place at Las Americas.

    Brendan added, as I was leaving, that a great inspiration in his life has been the cyclist Lance Armstrong whom he has met on several occasions. Lance brought the whole cycling team Astana to Tenerife as a winter training camp, staying of course at The Hotel Madrigueras. Lance Armstrong  a cancer survivor himself  founded a charity in 1997 called The Lance Armstrong Foundation.The LAF states that its mission is ‘to inspire and empower’ cancer sufferers and their families, under the motto “unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything”  This foundation and its founder mean a lot to Brendan.

    Sir Old Golfer.

    I Circuito Aymerich at Golf Del Sur Golf Course 20th March 2010

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    Aymerich Golf  are holding their first tournament of the year on 20th March at Golf Del Sur Golf Course : Tenerife




    It will be a stableford competition with two category’s for men and one for ladies

    CATEGORIES:

    1st GENTS  ( 0 – 18,4)
    2nd GENTS  (18,5 – 26,4)
    LADIES        ( 0 – 36,4)

    Trophy’s for the winners in each category  and an overall scratch prize.


    PRICES:

    Platinum Members…………………………15€
    Vacational and Corporate………………30€
    Guests……………………………………………..60€

    Golfing in Tenerife plan to play in this event with Sir Old Golfer leading the challenge !

    Captains Day at Golf Del Sur

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    Saturday sees a big day in the golfing calendar for the members and guests of The Golf del Sur golf club. We have around 8o playing in a Stableford competition over 18 holes with some great prizes for each category along with nearest the pins and longest drives.

    Afterwards there is a dinner dance with  a champagne reception at the clubhouse so a chance for some to get suited and booted.

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    The event this year is shadowed by the loss of  the serving Captain Mr Gwyn Evans who passed away 16th November 2009 . His Vice captain stepped up to take over the role as captain. As  a tribute to Gwyn all the money raised and entry fees for the competition are going to Gwyn’s favourite charity, The White Feathers at La Chafiras

    I will be playing and have invited the President and Captain of Amigolf Juan Antonio Gallindo and Jose Miguel Martin-Fdez Periquet to play with me along with Past captain of the Peanuts Golf Society Mr Jim O’ Connell. As you can see I am in exalted company so better be on my best behaviour.

    I hope the weather stays kind as another storm is forecast , but as I sit here and type this its 25c outside with not a cloud in the sky, so lets hope we are lucky.

    Update Here are the Photo’s from the evening dinner dance

    The second Ladies Carnival Golf Day at Golf Del Sur

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    Golf Del Sur and Buenavista golf courses are holding a series of  seven sponsored golf days especially for Lady golfers throughout the season, with the second being held yesterday 13/02/2010 at Golf Del Sur Golf Course.

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    It was a very special “Carnival” golf day with prizes for the competitors with the best costumes and some went out of their way to win, with some fabulous costumes, this really made this Ladies golf day a lot of fun.The two ladies pictured above won first and second prize in the costume section.

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    There was around 60 competitors who all enjoyed 18 holes of stableford golf,with a special green fee rate for the day, followed by a lovely dinner and prize giving . There was also a super sponsored raffle with some great prizes donated and most competitors seemed not to go home empty handed.

    The winner of the category 1 Ladies was none other than Maria Luisa Fornies Fernandez del Castillo, who happens to be the President of the Canaries golf Federation, with an excellent score of 38 points from a 16 handicap. Winner of the category 2 Ladies was Jane Sykes with an incredible 41 points off of a 24 handicap… Well done to both Ladies.

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    The next golf day in the series will be held on March 13th at Golf Del Sur and all lady golfers are welcome just contact the Golf Del Sur reception on 0034 922 738170.

    I have put  all the pictures of the day from their tee off to the prize giving on this web sitehttp://picasaweb.google.com/SirOldGolfer/CarnavalGolf?feat=directlink

    Las Americas Golf Course to close for Major Renovation work.

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    A very brave and expensive decision has been taken by the owners of Golf Las Americas golf course, that is to close the golf course for two months from 1st July to the 1st September, 2010. The reason for the closure is to replace all their 18 greens and aprons along with  all the practice area greens, which is great news for their autumn/ winter customers as they will have brand new greens to play on.DSCF1771

    They plan to use a revolutionary  grass called Paspalum Grass, the variety, sea isle 2000 for greens   http://www.paspalumgrass.com/

    SeaIsle 2000 Paspalum Grass….

    Was developed at the University of Georgia from a sample collected from Alden Pines Country Club in Bokeelia FL. Alden Pines is owned and operated by Stewart Bennett. SeaIsle 2000 is ideal for golf greens, tees, fairways and roughs, especially in salt-challenged environments. It’s similar to the dwarf bermudas in texture and playability when maintained at 1/8″ mowing height. With regular verti-cutting, light topdressing and periodic rolling, SeaIsle 2000 will deliver stimpmeter readings of 10 feet or more. It’s also well-suited for fairways (1/2″ to 3/4″) and roughs (1″ to 2″) and can be maintained over two-inch mowing heights for penalty roughs. It’s a grass that thrives on salt water as well you can irrigate SeaIsle 2000 using a seawater blend, or even straight ocean water with the right management practices. It also grows quite well when watered from recycled or effluent sources. As drinking water becomes more and more scarce, ocean water and these other low-quality alternative sources are going to be the only option for many golf courses.

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    As you can see Golf Las Americas golf course is taking the lead and planning for the future.  Water is a precious commodity here on an island with low rain fall, with a golf course using up to 1000 sq meters a day of recycled water in summer.

    I wish Las Americas golf course all the best in this new endeavour and I will hopefully be following the evolution of the new greens and look forward to playing on them come September time.

    A weil kent face returns to Golf Del Sur Golf Course

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    Dougie (the Scot’s marshal/Starter)  known to many of golfers who have played Golf Del Sur Golf course, has just returned to work today after a new hip operation which he had some 9 weeks ago here in Tenerife. Still in a little discomfort but keen to get back to work he was back on the tee at 8.00am this morning.

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    Must be us Scot’s were made from girders as it says in the Iron Bru advert.

    Nice to see you back Dougie…….

    The First International Annual ABAMA PRO-AM Golf Tournament.12th/15th Feb 2010

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    To celebrate its fifth anniversary,  Abama Golf and Spa Resort on the beautiful Spanish island of Tenerife is hosting the first annual ABAMA PRO-AM Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place from February 12 to February 13, 2010.

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    Cash prizes will be awarded to professional players and prizes for amateurs include stays at other Ritz-Carlton hotels around the world!

    I love this world-class golf course, a great challenge for all skill levels. And you won’t get a better view. This resort in the Canary Islands is situated on top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The course features lakes, waterfalls and lush landscapes in addition to the amazing view of the water.

    Guests can stay for three nights, five nights or seven nights, and the ABAMA PRO-AM 2010 packages include:

    • Lunch at Casa Club restaurant during the 2-day tournament
    • 1 dinner per person at El Mirador Restaurant (excluding beverages)
    • 1 Thermal Circuit at Abama Spa per person per stay
    • Complimentary 1 hour tennis court per stay
    • VIP services at Abama pools and beach
    • Special discounts in the Golf Pro Shop and Spa Boutique

    Here are full details on the Pro Am from the Abama Web site

    Here is my report on when I played Abama and what you can expect

    The Game we play It’s Called Golf

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    • In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
    • The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up work to get his mind off golf.
    • Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!
    • Golf is an expensive way of playing marbles.
    • The secret of good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often.
    • There are three ways to improve your golf game: take lessons, practice constantly … or start cheating.
    • An amateur golfer is one who addresses the ball twice … once before swinging, and once again, after swinging.
    • Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize or laugh.
    • Golf is a game in which the slowest people in the world are those in front of you, and the fastest are those behind.
    • Golf: A five mile walk punctuated with frequent disappointments.
    • There’s no game like golf: you go out with three friends, play eighteen holes, and return with three enemies.
    • Golf got its name because all of the other four letter words were taken.

    I haven’t written much in the last few months

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    I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

    I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

    A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

    from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.

    July 2010 Ladies Tenerife Open to be held at Buenavista Golf Course.

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    Its has just been confirmed that 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. More on this as the year unfolds, but I for one expect to be there, maybe as last year, doing a bit on local radio.

    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...

    This appealed to my sense of humour !

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    A man walked into the Dentist’s office saying  “I have 2 buddies waiting in the car for us to go play golf on the best golf course in town. The tee off time is 10a.m and it’s 9.30a.m already, I dont have time for the anaesthetic to take effect so just pull the tooth out”.

    The dentist thought what a brave man he is!! he asked what tooth it was and the man turned to his wife and said, “open your mouth honey, and show him”.

    Top Ten Signs Your Too Old for the Senior Tour

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    • When you take off your golf shoe, you notice a tag around your toe.
    • Your foursome tells you to be quiet but it’s just your bones creaking
    • You need a cart just to get to your car
    • One of your competitors loses his ball in your prodigious ear hair.
    • Every time you swing, the waistband on your knickers chafes your nipples.
    • You have 3 walking speeds: doddering, shuffling and wobbling.
    • You strain your groin area just telling a joke.
    • Your golf ball: 384 dimples. You: 384 liver spots.
    • You have only two groupies – Margaret Thatcher and Kate Hepburn.
    • Good news: You make it into the Golf Hall of Fame. Bad news: it’s posthumous.

    Felicity Johnstone of England Wins Tenerife Open

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    Its all over..Tenerife Ladies Open.

    Felicity Johnstone, the 22 year old from Birmingham, wins her maiden L.E.T tour victory by two shots from overnight leader Becky Brewerton, so close Becks yet so far, hope you will be back next year I for one enjoyed your golf. Four great days entertainment played in good spirit at Adeje golf course. Wonderful for Tenerife. The L.E.T were great ambassadors for the game and many a man could learn from their swings.

    Here is Felicity Johnstones web site.

    How they finished up….

    274 – Felicity Johnson (ENG) 69 72 66 67

    276 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 66 69 69 72

    281 – Bettina Hauert (GER) 69 73 67 72

    282 – Melissa Reid (ENG) 69 75 71 67, Tania Elosegui (ESP) 71 70 68 73

    284 – Laura Davies (ENG) 72 77 66 69, Anja Monke (GER) 65 74 74 71

    285 – KM Juul (DEN) 69 74 70 72

    286 – Joanne Mills (AUS) 72 73 73 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 72 71 69 74

    287 – Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (FRA) 71 73 70 73

    288 – Caroline Rominger (SWI) 75 68 75 70, Veronica Zorzi (ITA) 71 72 74 71, Karen Lunn (AUS) 72 74 70 72, Beatriz Recari (ESP) 68 70 73 77

    289 – Paula Marti (ESP) 72 71 70 76, Stefania Croce (ITA) 68 76 67 78

    290 – Christel Boeljon (NL) 74 71 71 74, Nina Reis (SWE) 72 69 72 77

    Golf Competition At Golf Del Sur 19th Sept 2009

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    Golf_del_Sur_CourseAYMERICH Golf Club invites everyone with a handicap to participate  in a stableford competition at

    GOLF DEL SUR  in conjunction with HARRYS BAR (LOS CRISTIANOS) TOURNAMENT

    19TH OF SEPTEMBER

    SHOT- GUN at 9 a.m.

    STABLEFORD INDIVIDUAL

    3 CATEGORIES (0-11,4 / 11,5-18,4 / 18,5-26,4)

    PRIZES FOR THE 1st AND 2nd of each category

    RAFFLE SPECIAL PRIZES FOR HOLE IN ONE !!!

    PRICE : GREEN-FEE + BUFFET

    Platinum Members………………………………25 EUROS

    Corporate Members……………………………..40 EUROS

    Vacational Members…………………………….40 EUROS

    Guests………………………………………………45 EUROS

    Contact :-

    Golf del Sur

    Urb. Golf del Sur – Galván Bello – 38639 San Miguel de Abona – Tenerife Tfno: 922 738 170

    The Golf Pro Prayer

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    The golf pro Prayer

    The Pro is my Shepherd,

    I shall not Slice.

    He maketh me to Drive Straight

    Down Green Fairways;

    He leadeth me Safely

    across Still Water-Hazards;

    He restoreth my Approach Shots.

    He Leadeth me in the Paths of

    Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

    Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

    in the shadows of Sand Traps,

    I will fear no Bogies.

    For his Advice is with me;

    His Putter and Irons,

    they confort me.

    He prepareth my Strategy for me

    in the presence of mine Opponents;

    He anointeth my head with Confidence:

    The Cup will not be runneth over!

    Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

    me all the Rounds of my Life,

    And I will score in the Low Eighties

    Amen

    RUBINA Restaurant – Los Cristianos

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    RUBINA

    (Extensive menu to suit all tastes, warm friendly atmosphere and loved by locals).

    This restaurant has been on my list for a little while and as our friends have visitors this week we decided to try it just the two of us.

    We were met at the door by Mo the Lebanese owner who is a first class host, you feel as if you have known him forever after just a few minutes. His English is faultless and he also speaks 5 other languages so this guy is no dummy.

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    We sat inside, in case it turned cool and it is very tiny, 6 tables each set for two people. Nicely decorated – typical Spanish style. There is no fast food in this place, just a tiny open kitchen where you can watch everything being made from scratch, so be prepared for a little wait. There were several tables taken outside and while we were there 4 people came for take-away pizzas. The menu was extensive but based around tourist tastes rather than anything Middle Eastern as he feels it might be a step too far for the majority of clients.

    I had the ‘devil’s on horseback’ starter the dates were lovely and fresh as were the walnuts, OH had prawns in garlic oil. Neither were huge portions but big enough and certainly very tasty. For main course Mo recommended the fillet steak which he gets from Argentina. This comes in several forms all around €16.50 – €17.50. OH had this, cooked with onions and honey and served with mixed vegetables and sliced fried potatoes. I opted for the house special which was strips of chicken cooked in ginger, served with sliced potatoes and half a red pepper filled with a honey and ginger sauce. Having sampled OHs I can honestly say they were both delicious.

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    Mo the owner of Rubina – named after his wife.

    They don’t have a large selection of puddings, mainly ice creams plus one main dish of the day, today it was a type of tart with caramel however because the main course was quite large we had no room for dessert. We had four drinks, plus a café con leche and a baraquito and the bill was (including tip) €51.00 While not the cheapest around it was very good value for money and I will certainly go back.

    My only criticism is that OH would have liked some bread to mop up the garlic oil from his starter although it was only afterwards we realised it was an extra on the menu and had to be ordered.

    If you are planning to visit it is easy to find, just up from the Aguamar Hotel and on the roundabout opposite the Language School in Los Cristianos and if you want to sit indoors it is best to book

    Jardin Tropical :Tenerife Golf Tournament 2009

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    The fabulous  Hotel  Jardin Tropical : Adeje are holding their 15th annual Golf tournament at the world class championship golf course of Abama here in Tenerife on the 6th of June 2009. There will be 3 prize categories for men and 2 for women, there is also a scratch prize and one for the best senior along with a car for a hole in one on a designated hole.

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    So if you have a Spanish Federation handicap and 86 Euros you can enter by calling the hotel’s Golf lounge on Tel : 0034 922 746 001

    I will be playing at the event and I am looking forward to a great day out. Pictures and full report will follow…

    RESTAURANTE – PIZZERIA EUROPA

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    You can have a good meal at any time of the day or evening at Restaurante Europa, on the corner of the pink building across the street from the entrance to the Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz.

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    With comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant opens at 10 am and closes at 11 pm, so you can spend a leisurely time visiting the gardens and still cross the road for a meal afterward without wondering about closing time.

    There is a menu of the day as well as pizzas and a varied choice from the à la carte menu.

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    Some sample dishes with prices: Solomillo à la pimienta (pepper steak) €13.50; Pork filet medallions with herb butter €11.50; Prawn cocktail €8.50; Pork chop, salad & chips €8.75; Mixed salads €5.75 to €7.52;

    Spaghetti carbonara €7.50; Tortellini gorgonzola €7.50; Roast chicken & chips €6.75; Pizzas from €6.15 to €8.25; Papas arrugadas & mojo €4.00; Local fish with papas & mojo €9.00; Desserts, mousse and ice creams €3.00 to €3.50;

    Pork Chops Pork Medallions

    1 bottle Dorada beer €1.50; 1 glass wine €1.25; 1 cafe cortado €.75.

    The pork medallions with herb butter and sautéed vegetables is delicious but my favourite dish is the tortellini in gorgonzola sauce.

    Tortellini Gorgonzola Roast Chicken

    Open every day including Sundays 10:00 to 23:00h.

    Address: Calle Retama No.3, La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz

    Telephone: 922 371 524

    Recommended for casual dining.

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    Restaurante Los Asadores (The Roasters)

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    If you like going to simple typical restaurantes, which serve meat and chicken from the grill (carne a la brasa),

    Canary soups such as rancho Canario, lentil potaje and chickpea stew (garbanzos) then you will probably enjoy a visit to Los Asadores.

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    This restaurant has been open since 1972 and I can remember when we used to sit on long wooden benches to be able to have some of their crispy grilled chicken, local wine, bread and chips.

    But now there are tables and chairs it continues to be popular with locals and visitors alike.

    There are usually no menu cards to be seen.

    The waiter will tell you what they are serving that day, and so I have not included prices here but you can be sure they are reasonable.

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    More Canary dishes offered there: chicken and mojo, roast pork (asado de cerdo), lentil potaje, chicken livers, ribs in sauce, salad, fresh bread, frangollo (raisin pudding), leche asada (milk & egg pudding), rice pudding.

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    Los Asadores is located on the main road from Las Arenas down to Puerto de la Cruz at Carretera General de Las Arenas, 98.

    You will find a convenient parking lot just below the restaurant, as well as a few places right outside the door.

    If you are driving up the hill from Puerto de la Cruz it is on the right hand side, and the adjoining parking lot is just before the restaurant.

    Open every day from 12 noon to 11 pm.

    Telephone: 922 385 184 Their website with map.

    My recommendation: This is one of those typical Canary restaurantes to visit for good, simple local dishes and Canary style grilled meat or chicken.

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    New Members Wanted : Amarilla Golf Offers

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    Amarilla Golf Club  is keen to add new local members both of men and women between now and the end of the year. The only proviso is that you need to join either on June 1 or on July 1 and pay the subscription up front which will cover you for the rest of the year.

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    To take advantage of their offer, you don’t need to have a handicap  – they can organise that for you and you don’t have to be an experienced golfer.  If you want to join from June 1, you pay 1,400 Euros which will cover you to the end of the year. If you join from July 1, the amount will be 1,200 Euros this is for unlimited golf on the course. . You also get discount in the bar and the pro shop and a guest discount on their green fee.

    They also do a twilight  card for residents allowing you to  play 18 holes for 20 Euro any day after 3pm. This makes a lot of sense to me as all the courses are empty at this time of day, only thing I don’t seem understand is that they don’t seem to advertise their offers !

    All you need is an NIE number to get the card.

    My New Book : Chapter by Chapter !

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    Many of you may not know it, but I have been very busy  over the last 2
    years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a  book. I am very proud of the results and to assist with the marketing, I am asking friends and family to help me out.

    I believe my new book on golf gives the reader valuable playing tips and
    insider information that I have gained through my years of struggle and
    experience. I’m hopeful you find this a useful tool to help you enjoy your
    game that much more as you enjoy the great outdoors.

    Chapter 1 – How to Properly Line Up Your Fourth Putt.

    Chapter 2 – How to Hit a Nike from the Rough, when you Hit a Titleist from
    the tee.

    Chapter 3 – How to Avoid the Water When You Lie 8 in a bunker.

    Chapter 4 – How to Get More Distance off the Shank.

    Chapter 5 – When to Give the Ranger the Finger.

    Chapter 6 – Using Your Shadow on the Greens to Maximize Earnings.

    Chapter 7 – When to Implement Handicap Management.

    Chapter 8 – Proper Excuses for Drinking Beer Before 9:00 a.m.

    Chapter 9 – How to Rationalize a 6 Hour Round.

    Chapter 10- When Does A Divot become classified as Sod.

    Chapter 11 – How to Find That Ball That Everyone Else Saw Go in the water.

    Chapter 12 – Why your Spouse Doesn’t Care That You Birdied the 5th..

    Chapter 13- Using Curse words Creatively to Control  Ball Flight.

    Chapter 14-When to Let a Foursome Play through Your Twosome.

    Chapter 15 – How to Relax When You Are Hitting five off the Tee.

    Chapter 16 – When to Suggest Major Swing Corrections to Your Opponent.

    Chapter 17 – God and the Meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey Three Putt.

    Chapter 18 – When to Regrip Your Ball Retriever.

    Chapter 19- Throwing Your Clubs: An Effective  stress-Reduction Technique.

    Chapter 20 – Can You Purchase a Better Golf Game?

    Chapter 21-Why you always get that 30 foot putt… For an 8  ?

    Thanking you in advance for your order.

    Golfing in Tenerife ? Welcome to The Golf Shop.

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    Its so nice to see in this economic climate a family with an eye on expansion and that’s what the Smith family, Paul, Bill and Muriel the very successful owners of Tenerife’s longest established Golf tour company, Going-Golfing.com have embarked on by becoming the new proud owners of Tenerife’s long established British owned Golf shop in La Chafiras. Seen by almost everyone  coming from the airport on the tf1 on the left hand side upstairs and very well established in its own right.

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    I spoke with the new owners about their future plans for the Golf shop and they see it linking well with their existing business due to the fact they have clients coming from all over Europe so as well as booking their tee times and hotel accommodation they can now offer deals on shoes, clubs,bags and all things golf related right down to tee’s. As for the local golfers they hope with the range of stock they will be carrying and the discounts they are offering it wont be long till The Golf shop becomes their first stop for golf products. They also hope to forge links with all the local golf society’s  and have already made inroads into that by issuing prize vouchers for their competitions.

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    The family have set about the shop with some gusto, when I went in I hardly recognised the place, it looks so much bigger and brighter. Bill tells me they are not stopping there, they plan to take a wall down and open up a practice/trial net area to allow customers to get a feel for the clubs before purchase. They are carrying more stock in all departments and are busy on the phone with all major suppliers to arrange to carry even more product ranges in the club, shoe,golf bags, clothing ( both for Ladies and Gents) and accessory departments. Paul says” if we don’t have it in stock, I will try my best to get it for you. “ You get the feeling just talking with him, this man means business .

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    Paul is the main man in the shop, with his considerable  golf experience and customer service dealing for years with golfers from all over the world,he is well placed to know the needs of golfers. He plans to stock all the top named brands in golf for clubs, Putters.wedges, golf bags, shoes and clothing  like Callaway, Taylor-Made, Adidas, Cleveland, Ping, Titleist, Nike, Mizuno,Foot Joy, Ashworth and Cobra.  Mum Muriel is helping out on the Ladies side of the shop in both the latest in clothing,shoes,gloves and in clubs for the fairer sex.

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    In the shop at the moment they have reduced a large number of products to make way for all the new stock that has been ordered. Some wonderful bargains on the clothing side to be had like Lady’s Callaway shoes that were 90 Euro’s they have been reduced to only 25 Euro and gents shorts from Calloway from 50 Euro to only 24.99Euro.

    On the club side they have reduced all Odyssey Putters by 30% and Calloway wedges also have 30% off. If your new to golf they have a Full set of clubs (irons,woods and putter), bag and shoes, Paul says he will also throw in balls and tees, everything you need to get started for only 300 Euro.

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    They also have a Club repair workshop in-house where an experienced man is on hand to repair clubs, re-new grips, lengthen or shorten clubs they will even replace or renew shafts.They have in stock a large range of both club and putter grips and are running a special on re-gripping for only 4 Euro’s per club. Paul himself is very keen to learn this art and plans to go on a manufacturers course himself back in the UK as soon as possible.

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    Add to what’s already been mentioned Gloves by all the top manufacturers,tees all shapes and sizes, Soft spikes for your shoes, Carry bags for the aircraft,Trolleys and probably a lot more that I have failed to mention and you get an idea that the Smith’s mean business in this New Golf shop and will go out their way to help you the customer in any way they can, giving you a good deal along the way.

    The Opening hours of the shop are 

    Monday-Friday : – 9am-6pm

    Saturday  :- 9am-2pm on

    Their telephone number is 922-735129 Fax 922 735098

    and you can Email them at thegolfshop@hotmail.com

    Golfing in Tenerife: The Spring Hotels Tournament

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    Spring Hotels,  who are a major chain of 4* Hotels throughout Tenerife held their 2nd annual golf tournament at Golf Del Sur golf course on  Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of May 2009 attracting some 110 competitors, both men and women, of all handicap levels from all over the Island of Tenerife and beyond. Both my Wife and I had the pleasure in playing both days in this most prestigious event.

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    No hurry guys its a nice day !

    On arrival at Golf Del Sur we were met at the reception area by representatives of Spring hotels where we registered and were each  given from the sponsors  a lovely “goodie” bag containing a hat, pen, soaps, T-shirt and golf balls .

    We were then given our buggy keys and score cards, all the hard work on them had already done for us,  by working out how many shots each competitor got by handicap, thanks to the Golf Del Sur staff.

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    The Sun was shining for this competition

    The format on Day 1 was a pairs competition, the better ball format was used,whereby both players play and the best score at each hole using the stableford scoring system was used. This brought in some great scoring with one pair managing some 48 points.

    Day 2 was for the Canada cup an individual stableford event.

    The scoring system  for day two was  individual and the scores for each pair were counted then added to the first days score. Both days we were given super hospitality at the 9th hole which was appreciated by all competitors I am sure.

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    Hospitality was supplied at the 9th hole

    To round off two great days of golf, fellowship and fun there was a cocktail party and prize giving on the final day.The prizes were some of the best I have ever seen at any event. Spring Hotels had organised from various sponsors a variety of prizes including overseas trips, plane tickets, All-inclusive hotel stays,  ferry tickets, blackberry phones, Large ham, Montblanc gifts,and many cases of wine.

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    The Course was in great order

    How did we do ? Well as I had a bad back I did not so well, but my Wife came 4th overall so she won one of the two night stays at the Costa Los  Gigantes Spa and resort hotel and a beautiful trophy, which I may add put all my trophies to shame. So well done her, and as her prize was for two I will be going to Los Gigantes with her. I am looking forward to my visit as the facilities look first class and I have heard the food is great.

    They had a fantastic raffle in which some of the top prizes were included, having watched it I think its fair to say most couples won something . To make matters worse my wife also won a case of wine in the raffle afterwards, me I won nothing ! … But I for one, god willing,  will be entering this fine competition again next year…

    BING CROSBY AND GOLF

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     No, I don’t have any golf tips from Bing Crosby, but I thought  you might enjoy hearing him sing his classic “Straight Down  the Middle.”    (Make sure your speaker is turned on.) It was  written for him by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen and  recorded in 1957.  Bing sang it at each of his “Crosby  Clambakes.” There are a zillion jokes about golf, but Bing’s ditty is the only   song about golf that achieved any prominence. While his fame has faded over the years, Bing was a legend  in his day.  As many as 50 million (one-third of the U.S.  population at the time)  listened to his Kraft Music Hall radio  program from 1935-46.  The next largest audience for a series  since then was 36 million watching “Who Wants to be a  Millionaire.” In the late 40s, he was ranked as the most popular man alive  by a national poll. From 1934 to 1954 he was the king of all three entertainment  media — phonograph sales, radio ratings and movie grosses. He had more recordings than any singer in history — 400  more than Frank Sinatra. He scored the most number one hits ever — 38.  The Beetles  had 24.  Elvis 18. Bing was an especially avid golfer, playing at every  opportunity.  His wife Kathryn said he was a golfer who sang  for a living. A 2 handicap, he won several club championships and once  qualified for the National Amateur Championship. In 1937, he created the first and longest-runing celebrity  pro-am golf championship, the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am,  hosting it for 35 years and raising millions for charity. Bing died of a massive heart attack in 1977 after walking off  the 18th green of the La Moraleja Golf Club near Madrid.  He  shot an 85 and, with his partner, won $10.  His last words  were, “That was a great game of golf, fellas.”  He was 74. Source: “Bing Crosby — Pocketful of Dreams,” by Gary  Giddens; Little Brown, Publisher Photo courtesy of Steven Lewis

    Golfing in Tenerife by Golfing in Tenerife

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    Golfing In Tenerife the blog started off some four months ago now, it was started to give me something to do in my spare time, as one can only golf so much, I love it. Golfing in Tenerife has became popular with many coming back time after time, I thought I may not have enough to fill a few pages but find myself involved in the subjects Golf and blogging that now seem never ending.

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    I had never been involved in Blogs, had never really read any, thought they were a bit nerdy, but as I got more into it there are some great Blogs around and some very talented people behind them. Canarybird my restaurant guide writer is one for sure.

    I have had some help along the way from other Bloggers, and great advice its been too, with regards SEO and have spent hours trying to learn how to optimise my blog, to this end I see no easy option, but one must improve listings by content and workload. I have never paid or signed up for any “help” but have plodded along, learning as I go and to be honest I have enjoyed every minute although at times it has felt a bit like a lost cause.

    So where does Golfing in Tenerife go from here, Why upwards and onwards, I know there’s lots more to write about and I hope you are there to read my stories. This week I am involved in the Spring Hotels  Golf Tournament over two days at Golf Del Sur, Golf Course so I will have a full report on that coming up, just hope I win one of there great prizes……..

    Sir Old Golfer

    "Pato Laqueado Pekin"Chinese Restaurant

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    “Pato Laqueado Pekin” Chinese Restaurant

    (The Laquered Peking Duck)

    This pleasant little Chinese restaurant is located in the La Paz area of Puerto de a Cruz, at the far end of Calle Aceviño on the ground floor of Edificio Mar y Cumbre. Open seven days a week from 12:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 24:00 this restaurant has ample parking outside and attractive cloth-clad tables in the roomy interior.

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    Prices are reasonable with combo meals for one starting at € 5.95, a menu for six priced at € 60.50 and several choices in a childrens’ menu for € 3.75.

      There is a large à la carte menu as well as take-away service. Examples of à la carte : Chicken chow mein €4.45, Sweet & Sour Pork € 4.65, Chicken with Almonds € 4.65, Sweet & Sour Prawns € 8.35,Chinese SaladSpringroll & Salad sm

    Fried Rice Three Delicias € 2.95. Their spring rolls are good and generous in size with a price  € 1.15 each.of onlySpecialty of the house are the eleven different duck dishes, priced from € 10.75 to €11.95.

    Topping the list is the ‘Duck Special of the House at € 28.05, which must be ordered in advance.

    I was there the other evening with three friends and we ordered the menu combo for three persons, at € 27.50, adding an extra spring roll and dessert for the fourth person, with a bottle of wine (€ 6.25) and a beer (€ 1.50). With tip it worked out to around twelve Euros each for our dinner.

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    Service was efficient and discreet, with both English and Spanish spoken by the young lady who attended us. I think I will also come here for a takeaway meal on days when we prefer to dine at home since it’s so easy to find a parking space right outside the door.

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    The location is on the same street as Supermercado 2000 (Spar), around the corner on the right and at the far end, after passing Hotels Masaru, Teidemar, Riu Bonanza and Riu Canarife.

    Recommended for a quiet lunch or dinner with good food,  good service and easy parking.

    Calle Aceviño s/n Edif Mar y Cumbre, Pto. De la Cruz .

    Open every day 12:00 – 16:00 & 18:00 – 24:00

    Telephone: (922) 373 489

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    Lady Old Golfer and I have a very special house guest Tonight !

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     This is normally a Golf only site but I bowed to pressure and accepted this little man…Sorry Purists

     

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    His name is Basil and we love him to bits, His mum and dad have went to a concert in Santa Cruz, these dam youngsters, and left us in charge of young Basil….I am coping well but Lady Old Golfer does fuss a bit…

    Normally this is a golf only site but for Basil one must make an exception…

    Better Photo’s will be posted tomorrow as we go on our jaunts.I promise !

    Canarian Tourism Board want more Golfers?

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    The Canarian Tourism authorities want to see more golfers here in the islands, so to that effect they have doubled the islands golfing advertising budget.The advertising will be targeted at the English and German market but also looking at emerging markets such as Croatia and Slovenia.

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    I am sure this will have some effect, but think, is it enough? or is it too late when one sees how Turkey, Ireland,The Algarve and the Costa del Sol have all been actively trying to get their act together by encouraging tour operators, improving facilities, running very professional advertising campaigns and reducing prices.

    Marketing is one thing but the golf courses themselves here must try to do more to attract a diminishing market due to the recession in Europe and the high rate of the Euro.I am afraid the gravy train days are over, and only the strongest may survive.

    Bar – Restaurante – Pizzeria Aguamarina

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    It’s not often you find a restaurant that will make a fresh paella, including mussels and shrimps in the shell, for one person alone.

    But at the Aguamarina you will find that and many other fish and shellfish dishes, as well as a full menu at economical prices.

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    Located in The Canary Centre on the main carretera Botanico leading in and out of Pto. de la Cruz, and across the street and down from the Hotel Botanico, this open air awning-covered terrace restaurant is open every day except Saturdays.

    There’s a two course menu special for €8.90 which includes drinks, dessert and bread with much to choose from, including garlic prawns, spaghetti bolognese, grilled steak or cherne fish.  Their salad ingredients are grown on their own farm.

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    The all day breakfast menu lists seventeen types of egg dishes, averaging €3.50 including toast, butter and jam and a breakfast at €3.00.

    There’s a full tapas menu as well as a choice of pastas and pizzas.

    More prices: Pork Escalope in Pepper Sauce with chips and salad €5.90; small mixed salad for one €1.50; Mixed Fish Grill for 2 persons €15.00;

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    Spaghetti à la Carbonara €6.00;  Beef Stroganoff €8.50; Fillet Steak with Bearnaise Sauce €8.50; Sole with Shrimp Sauce €8.50; Paella for One €7.50; (for two €15.00); 1 glass of house wine €1.50; 1 bottle Dorada beer €1.50; cafe cortado €1.00.

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    Opening Hours from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm. Closed all day Saturday but open every other day including Sundays.

    Located in The Canary Centre Shopping on the main Carretera Botanico road, Puerto de la Cruz.

    Recommended for casual outdoor dining and seafood at very reasonable prices.

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    Restaurant San Diego:La Orotava:North Tenerife

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    Restaurant San Diego

    As you step out of your car at the bottom of the hill in El Rincon, where the wide TF 176 road meets the narrow crossroad which leads to Bollullo beach and where you see the two storey terracotta building on your right, you may detect the aromatic scent of eucalyptus wood smoke emanating from the grill in Restaurante San Diego.

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    Exterior and interior View of Restaurant San Diego

    This is one of our favourite Canary-style places to dine.  It’s also well loved by friends who’ve lived here for years.  This is where we go when we want to indulge in a table filled with salad, papas arrugadas con mojo, the best pimientos de padron we’ve ever tried, garlic prawns (gambas al ajillo), local wine, wonderful bread toasted on the grill with garlic ali oli that is so good you almost forget to leave room for the second and third courses.

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    Some mouth watering garlic prawns and pimientos de padron

    Here you can try some of their delicious morcilla – a black sausage made in the local way with honey and almonds, chicken flattened and grilled, drizzled with creamy garlic sauce, fish of the day or a plate of stewed chickpeas with pork ribs (garbanzos), a veal steak, chocos or roasted goats’ cheese with mojo sauce. There are so many good dishes on their menu.

    Ensaladilla & Tuna Croquettes Grilled Garlic chicken

    (Russian potato salad)                            Chicken Flattened

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    Stewed Rabbit                                             Stewed Rabbit

    Papas Arrugadas & Vino Salad

                         Papas arrugadas                                        Lovely fresh Salad

    One must not forget their ensaladilla rusa (Russian potato salad) and tuna croquettes, another favourite combo of mine.

    The dessert cooler holds an assortment of puddings, flans, chocolate mousses and soufflés.

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          Mouth watering deserts                        The Chef at his large grill

    When we go there I always take a couple of lidded plastic containers because invariably we order more than we can finish, so a bit of morcilla, a couple of potatoes and crusty bread dipped in garlic ali-oli are often taken home for a late night snack.

    The restaurant is up one flight of stairs and I understand the downstairs entrance has just been converted into a guachinche, or typical simple wine and food bar.

    Upstairs is divided by a glass wall into smoking and non-smoking. The non-smokers have the area by the windows which overlook the banana fields and the sea.

    Price we pay is usually around €15 per person, including local wine, beer and water,  without dessert.

    Recommended as excellent for Canary-style food.  Service is efficient.  If going for lunch, best to get there before 2 pm to get a table near the window.

    Opening hours are from 1 pm until 11 pm non-stop. Mondays closed.

    Address: El Rincon 43, La Orotava. Telephone: 922 331 242

    A local TITSA bus – No. 376 – every two hours from La Orotava bus station stops near the restaurant entrance.

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    Rotary Club Golf Charity day at Adeje Golf Club : Tenerife

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    Golf Costa Adeje stages one of Tenerife’s biggest charity events

    The 14th annual Rotary Club, Tenerife South tournament takes place on Friday May 1 2009. All Golfers get the chance to  play golf on one of the islands top courses, and in turn help those less fortunate than you.

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    This year the money raised will go to day centres for disadvantaged and handicapped youngsters across Adeje, Arona and San Miguel. After the Golf there will be a prize winners presentation, followed by a buffet lunch, and cocktails.

    To find out more, and to register, call at Golf Costa Adeje, phone 922750000, or email direccion@costaadejegolf.com . 

    Lynn Francis eliminates golfers problem shot

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    Here is the feedback, I promised following my EFT treatment with Lynn Francis. I had heard through the grapevine that Lynn was achieving great results with Golfers who were experiencing psychological blocks in their game using a technique called EFT (emotional freedom technique) I read many articles about Lynn and learned she is well respected in the sports world and had even appeared on Sky sports TV. Her success in curing the nightmare problem known as the yips has brought people from all over the world for treatment with her. I was intrigued, so arranged to meet her for a chat.

    During our discussion Lynn told me how she now wishes to play down her work with ‘yippers’ saying she feels that because of her success with the yips it actually stops many golfers from benefiting from her treatment. She went on to explain that although she now has enough ‘yippers’ to keep her going until retirement, helping local golfers with their psychological blocks is her aim now. Lynn’s main clients are golfers who are confident that their technique is correct yet still feel anxiety over certain shots and situations, loss of confidence, pre match nerves to name but a few can all be quickly and easily eliminated.

     I explained to Lynn that although I was confident that my technique was fine I still found myself questioning it due to the fact that I experienced an anxiety whilst chipping onto the green from 40yds in.  In practice I was fine and I could stand there all day and chip well but when playing in competition I over analysed and was aware of an inner tension over this particular shot.

     Lynn’s face lit up, excellent she said, that is a prime example of what I can sort out.  Really! Said I, so you can stop this happening, how long will it take. She explained that some problems can be quite complex and may take a few sessions but in many cases 1 or 2 sessions were all that were needed.. Now I really was intrigued so I booked a session.

    Well all I can say is, it is a very strange technique indeed, and I now understand why she preferred not to try and explain anything about it prior to the treatment. I honestly would have thought she was a little crazy and me even crazier to go along with it. However what I do understand now is why she is so confident in her abilities, after only one 2 hour session, the problem has gone, yes completely gone, I no longer feel the anxiety and tension I felt prior to treatment, I now feel totally different when approaching this shot and chip with ease, it really is amazing!! I also feel more relaxed throughout my whole game.

    It’s a feeling like going back to your “youth “when you really enjoyed your golf rather than putting pressure on yourself with these must get the ball close to the hole shots. I now believe I can achieve more in golf, at the moment I play off a handicap of five which isn’t bad at 50 plus and I am also the current club champion of our local golf club. With Lynn’s help I feel I can go much lower in handicap and may even have the confidence to enter larger amateur events in the UK to try to push myself even more to see in the end what is achievable. This technique has also eliminated my lack of tolerance, enabling me to accept other playing partners more readily and not to apply my standards to them as I now understand they are playing to their standard, This allows me just concentrate solely on my game rather than being upset with myself and others.

     All these changes were not gradual, but happened within a few days of my meeting and treatment with Lynn, I really was unaware that there was any changes in my game, the mind seems to trick you into thinking you are just playing better, nothing to do with the treatment. Lynn is fully aware of this phenomenon so for this reason before your first session she asks you to write down your feelings about the shot or situation that bothers or makes you anxious, just as well she did as you soon forget just how you felt prior to the session as you seem to think you have fixed yourself rather than accept that the treatment actually worked.  I cannot thank Lynn enough for what she’s done and will certainly be recommending her to all fellow players who may be experiencing psychological blocks or anxiety in their game.  Although Lynn is better known for curing the “Yips” she has definitely been a great help to me sorting the problems I had with my short game.  I highly recommend you give her a call, believe me, you have nothing to lose except your problem.

    Thank you Lynn….

    This technique is available to all,  Check out Lynn’s own site Here

    The Mental side, where does it start ?

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    Thinking of having a great round on the golf course can be a lot of mental work. The most important part of having a great round on the golf course begins with a few thoughts……..Question is where and how many? 

    Preparing your mind for a great golf game can be quite time consuming and unhealthy, depending on where you start your mental game. Triggering your thoughts for a great game of golf should not be in the car on the way to the golf course. If you’re approaching a curve ahead of you going downhill on a slippery roadway, and you see a sharp curve ahead of you. Do you start thinking on how you are going to fly the bunker on the first hole? Trying to dream up a great game of golf in a coffee house can have your lips seared with hot coffee as well. Thinking of sinking that long 30-foot putt on the first hole, while having dinner out with your wife or girlfriend, could have that same coffee all over your lap. 

    Trying to conjure up a great game of golf, while doing other things at the same time. Does not work!  No matter how good you are!  For some of us trying to play a golf hole in our mind is our way of preparing ourselves for the game to come. Thoughts on visualizing how you plan on conquering the fifth, or seventh golf hole that you always seem to have trouble with, could have you playing it over and over again in your mind, until you get it right. I think it gives us the self-satisfaction before we approach the notorious golf hole, that in our mind we have conquered the golf hole the night before. Have you ever lost sleep the night before trying to conjure up a great round of golf for the next day? 

    The thoughts of having a great round of golf, and a good game plan, should start on the first tee box, looking down the fairway and visualizing the shot at hand. If you start thinking of anything other than where you want the ball to land on your shot at hand. You will find yourself scratching your head, and thinking of where you went wrong. 

    Thoughts on a good game plan should be on your immediate task at hand. Most of us have been told to play one golf shot at a time. I think the same would apply on playing one golf hole at a time, taking one curve on the roadway ahead of you at a time, and taking one sip of coffee at a time, and leaving your golf game plan thoughts at home when you go out for dinner.

    Written by Sir Old Golfer

    March 21, 2009 at 9:12 am