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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

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

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Abama Golf Course is Next on the Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit

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Saturday 21st August 2010 sees the Golf Tenerife and La Gomera Circuit heading to the West Coast of Tenerife and on to the Abama Golf Complex. (Have a look at this website its  impressive.) The Abama Golf course is a word class facility and gives players from the circuit the chance to play the course at a greatly reduced price.

Thanks to all the sponsors for making it such a great Golf circuit

I love the Abama Golf course with great views, where ever you look, over the ocean towards a Gomera or back towards Mount Teide . It also has one of he best driving ranges and teaching areas on the island where a friend of mine PGA member Mark Pursey is the head Pro.You will need a buggy to play this course, because of the steepness of the terrain, which is included in the price.

Picture 013_editedThis game counts towards the order of merit, I have just scraped into the top 20, so after this one I hope I can make it into the top 10, but whither I do so or not I have enjoyed the circuit immensely this year and met some new and some old friends along the way.

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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.

The circuit this year is also open to both residents and holidaymakers alike and for just 100 Euro you get a round on the Abama championship course with buggy, 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..

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

August 21, Abama Golf

€ 100 per person

GRAN FINAL September 11 – Golf del Sur

€ 50 per person

The John Lowe Golf Classic at Amarilla Golf Tenerife 18th September …Still places left

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The John Lowe Golf Classic is now in it’s 6th year at Amarilla Golf and Country Club, Tenerfe…Successive club captains have made it part of their charity, and members have given wonderful support, not only entering teams, but also sponsoring individual tee’s.

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The day begins with team photographs, and light refreshment, before the team’s head off to their respective Tee’s, at 10am the claxon sounds, and play begins. The format is Stableford, the best 2 scores to count at each hole, drinks are provided on some tee’s, and the refreshment cart is never far away. The golf is fiercely competitive, but also very friendly, at 3pm all teams are back at the club house, and the banter begins, “How did you do” “I hit the pin on the 5th” “If we had not missed so many putt’s” and of course the team who have 90 points, and are quietly confident they are the winners.Everyone is kept entertained by a Spanish group of musicians, and the barbecue gets under way.

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A charity auction is held, with some great lots to bid for, weekends in 5 star hotels, a trip to La Gomera on Fred Olsens fast cat, and many others. The day ends with the awards presentation, everything finished for 6pm. This year John Lowe will be joined by Eric Bristow and Bob Anderson, making the event a triple Legends Classic. There are places left at this time. for more information, how to enter, etc. contact John at: jloweprodart@aol.com

I won’t be playing as it clashes with the Tenerife Golf Circuit  as I am in the top 20 rankings I will be playing the circuit….

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...