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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 .

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……

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.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson In Tenerife !

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In 1995, Golf del Sur golf course in Tenerife hosted the Shell Wonderful World of Golf tournament and its head to head battle between Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson its again being shown on Sky sports this MONDAY 08/02/2010 AT 9.00PM.

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Why not tune in and see the course I play most of my golf and the wonderful conditions we have here in Tenerife for the golfer.

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.

Manure and Golf What do they have they in common ?

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Manure:  In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizers, so large shipments of manure were quite common.

It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, not only did it become heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas of course. As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.
Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening
After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the instruction ‘ Stow high in transit ‘ on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

Thus evolved the term ‘ S.H.I.T ‘ , (Stow High In Transit) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.
You probably did not know the true history of this word.
Neither did I.

I had always thought it was a well used golfing term.

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.