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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…

La Orquidea – French Restaurant

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La Orquidea – French Restaurant Located at the quiet end of a busy street in the La Paz area of Puerto de la Cruz, La Orquidea is a lovely French restaurant. A family business established several years ago, it is know for its pleasant atmosphere and good food with a choice of full or half portions of typically French dishes ranging from Salade Niçoise to Snails,and from Carpaccio to Crêpes Flambées.

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La Orquidea exterior                      La Orquidea interior

With comfortable seating, tables decked in linen and roses, it’s a perfect setting for a casual, pleasant luncheon or a special occasion dinner.

Here are some dishes and prices, some which are for 1/2 portions:

Salade Niçoise € 5 or € 8; Salad with Chicken Breast, Avocado & Roquefort € 5 or € 8; Snails Bourgogne with Mushrooms € 9; Lasagne Bolonese € 8; Spaghetti Provençale € 8; Veal Cordon Bleu € 9; Beef Carpaccio € 13; Veal Fillet Steak with Mushrooms and Cream Flambé € 19.50; Crêpes Flambées with Grand Marnier & Ice Cream € 5.20; Chocolate Profiteroles with Vanilla Ice Cream € 4.60.

Roquefort Salad Salade Nicoise

Lasagne Bolonese Spaghetti Provençale

It is situated 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, it’s the second location from the end of the street, easy to identify by the sign outside.

Crêpes Flambé   Veal Cordon Bleu

Hours are: 12 noon through to 10:30 pm. Closed on Tuesdays

Address: La Orquidea, Calle Los Aceviños s/n, Urb. La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz.

Telephone/Fax: 922 370 330

I give this a very good recommendation, especially for a celebration dinner.

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New Rules section : Written By Barry Rhodes

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I have added a new Rules section on the right hand side side panel, the reason for this is that many of us are breaching the Rules and don’t even know it. This section is written by Barry Rhodes an authority on” The rules” and one of the few people I have found that can interpret the rules in a form that we all can understand.

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So thank you Barry for letting me stream “the Rules” and I hope it helps me and others with our enjoyment of the game.

Barry’s has written a book  entitled 999 Questions on Rules of Golf and it is available from his web site

Lucas from Las Americas Golf Course

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The wonderful Club House


View from the 18th green


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Some More Views

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This is Lucas he wanders around the course, Nice touch

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.

I am not the Old Golfer mentioned here !

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When the old golfer died, Peter met him at the gates of heaven.
"Sorry, old man," Peter said, "But I can't let you in. You see
the big book here says you committed one unpardonable sin back
in 1978 -- You took the Lord's name in vain during a golf game." 

"Oh, yes. I'll never forget that one, and I'm terribly sorry
Peter, but I can explain...", the old golfer blithered. 

"Well," said Peter, "You'll have to take it up with The Big Guy." 

So Peter led the old golfer down a long golden hallway, to God's
office. "We've got another code 6 here, sir! Says he can explain..." 

"So," booms God, "You've been taking my name in vain." 

"Only once, your Almighty, Sir. But I can explain!" 

"OK. Try me, " replied the Lord. 

"Well you see sir, I was playing my best game of golf ever, and
I made it to the 18th hole, and I'd win the tournament if I could
just make par on this hole. I made my shot from the tee, and it
was sailing beautifully, when suddenly the wind shifted, and took
my ball off into the woods, and right behind this enormous oak tree..." 

"And that's when you took my name in vain?" 

"Oh, no, sir! I just took out my 6 iron and knocked that ball
clear out of the woods with one swing! It was gliding beautifully
toward the green, when suddenly it lost speed, and dropped into
a sand trap, right smack in the middle of a deep hole..." 

"So, that is when you took my name in vain?" 

"No, not then. I just took out my nine, and with one swing, drove
that ball right onto the green, and it rolled within two inches
of the hole..." 

"Don't tell me you missed a goddamn two inch putt!"

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, 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

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…

DA CANIO – NORTE Italian pizzerias

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This chain of Italian pizzerias and restaurants has a large and popular location in the El Trompo commercial centre, next door to the La Villa (Al Campo) shopping centre in San Jeronimo, the lower area of La Orotava. As there is plenty of seating, both inside and out on the patios overlooking the Orotava Valley, you should have no problem finding a free table as well as a parking spot right outside the door.  There is also a take-away service. Highchairs are available inside for seating small children.

Da Canio Norte B Interior

The menu possibilites are great, with several pages of traditional Italian pastas and pizzas as well as other options. Half portions of most dishes are also possible, priced at three-quarters the full price. The full size portions are very large. Here are some examples:

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Solomillo Roquefort €15.25, Revuelto (scramble) of egg, spinach and smoked salmon €9.40, Salad Caprichosa €8.50, Pizza Cuatro Estaciones (Four Seasons) €8.40, Pizza prices run from €6.25 to €9.95. Oriquiette in Gorgonzola Sauce €7.25, Spaghetti Bolonese €7.25, Tiramisu €4.05, 1 glass house wine €2.10, 1 bottle Dorada beer €1.80, 1/2 litre agua con gas €1.80, 1 cafe cortado €1.25.

Spinach, Salmon & Egg C Shrimp Oriquiette C

You can spot the shopping centre by the large sign on the roof. Trompo translates as ‘spinning top’ (child’s toy) and there is a cutout of one on the roof, next to the name.

My comment: Food is good and pizzas have that authentic Italian flavour due to their traditional wood burning ovens. 

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Service is prompt and efficient, but do check your bill carefully, as mistakes have been made on ours a couple of times during very busy hours.

Open every day from 12:45 to 00:30. Telephone 922 326 868.

Address: C.C. El Trompo, Local 9, 38300 La Orotava.

Here is a link to a webpage – in Spanish – with more menu options and photos.   (

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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

Have you got a Pre-shot routine ?

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No matter your handicap or amount of golf you play, one of the easiest ways to keep your swing tempo and distances consistent is to have a pre-shot routine. It is something that all Professionals on tour do, whether be drawn out or a quick swing of the club.

A notable candidate for his pre-shot routine is Miguel Ángel Jiménez. He always takes a practice swing first , lines up the clubhead behind the ball second, then aligns the rest of his body and makes a couple of short wrists movements behind the ball. From here he has established his tempo, target, and movement he needs to make at impact.

Next time you are on the practice range or on the tee, think about your pre-shot routine and make a concerted effort to repeat this before every shot. You will be surprised how much better your concentration and performance will be.

The Tenerife Ryder Copa : Golf Del Sur: Tenerife

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April 3rd and 4th 2009 saw the start of the inaugural Ryder Copa,the idea behind it was to bring together the two separate clubs within the Golf Del Sur golf course for a bit of fun but competitive golf and fellowship, with the UK and Ireland playing Spain. The squad from each team was made up of 24 members from The UK & Ireland,that being the members club at Golf Del Sur against 24 members from the Spanish Team Amigolf also from Golf Del Sur.


The Format

The tournament was played over two days at Golf Del Sur golf course .On day one the weather started off nice but became a bit cooler and overcast but by the mid afternoon the weather brightened up into a nice evening. Day two saw a much more windier  day but the sun shone for the duration.

Day one in the morning was the 2 ball better ball match play with 12 players from each side playing in four balls and in the afternoon we had foursomes match play again with 12 players from each team. Giving a total of 48 players on day one

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The results

Day one

Morning session : 8.34 tee off  was the “ball better ball match play” with some 24 competitors taking part,they went out in 4 balls 2 from each team over 6 groups.I was given the honour of hitting the very first ball on the first day of the first ever Tenerife Ryder Copa an honour I readily  wont forget.The score when we went in for lunch was 3.5 to Europe and 2.5 to Spain.

Afternoon session: 14.26 tee off was the foursomes match play with another 24 taking place 12 from each side.

“In a foursome match , two play against two and each side plays one ball. In a foursome during any stipulated round, the partners play alternately from the teeing grounds and alternately during the play of each hole” .

Many had never played this format and it proved a lot of fun and some head scratching by all involved. The score after this section was 3 to Europe to 3 to Spain.

The day overall score was Europe 6.5 to Spain’s 5.5, so not much in it going on to the next day both sides had it all to play for.

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What I particularly liked about the whole competition was the difference in skill levels from a low 5 handicap player to the highest handicap player of 24 and the age difference, we had a young lad of just 16 years old playing on the Saturday and also a more mature competitor of some 78 years old,  all of whom gave their all for their respective teams and in no way let their side down.


Day two

The Singles: 09.30 tee off. The Saturday seen the all important singles matches in which every 0.5 point counted , all the competitors knew that, for their respective team to win they would have to try their best half or win their game.

We played in four balls to allow us to get all 24 singles matches finished in time and to get  the results correlated to allow time for a late presentation lunch at 4pm.


The first game with no one in front raced round in just under 4 hours but as the competition got closer and fiercer  some groups took just over 5 hours to finish.

With about half the singles matches finished the score stood at 6.5 to Spain and 7.00 to Europe, remember Europe had a  1 point win to carry forward from yesterday,  it was imperative the players still out on the course held their nerve and their lead or if down tried their hardest to pull something out the hat for the sake of their respective teams.

With only 4 games out on the course it could go either way, what more could you ask for, a nail biting finish, in this the first time the event has been played.

The Result

In the end victory came Europe’s way wining by just 1 point over their Spanish rivals, the final score being Europe 18.5 points to Spain’s 17.5 points every competitor gave their best and it could be seen by the jubilation and relief on the faces of some whilst others seemed a bit down but all agreed the two days had been the best many have had in their long or short golfing career.

Game over now Lunch and the presentation

Win or loose almost all the competitors came to the lunch which was hosted at Golf Del Sur in their marvellous dining room,with all the tables set out in an almost Royal form and with wine on them and free beer for all. It was a buffet style meal with a large indoor BBQ on which they had Pork , Lamb and Chicken also a large salad table with all the accompaniments’ followed by a sweet table and cheese with coffee, all even the most hungry and thirsty golfer could handle.

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We all  sat down round the dinner table and enjoyed a meal and a drink together, whither we could speak each others language or not, we all got on well and played to the spirit of friendship and to the rules of golf over the two days. I for one got a lot out of it as I am sure others did too..

I must mention the green staff  who done a wonderful job with the course as over the two days it was in super condition and to all the reception and marshalling staff who all kept the whole thing running smoothly.

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Presentation of the Cup.

A welcome speech was given by the Director of Golf Del Sur Snr Nacio Cano Ortiz, a man who helped out with the starters job and I also roped him into being the official photographer as the teams went out and once his starting duties were over he drove round the course taking photo’s of both teams in action,for this we all thank him.

Then a presentation was given by the respective club captains Mr Gwyn Evans and Snr Jose Mi Periquet.

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Snr Periquet addressed the audience in Spanish and to the delight of all tried and did a great job of welcoming us all in English, Gwyn replied to him in English with the odd Spanish word but Maca was on hand to translate for both teams.


The Cup was handed over to the victors and both teams posed for team photos. The day then drew to a close with all going their own way with the thoughts in their heads, if only I had done this or that but whatever their thoughts were one thing was for sure they all, god willing, they all want to be in that team next year……

Did you know?
The Ryder Cup trophy is solid gold and weighs 4lbs (1.8kg). It cost £250 in 1927 and measures 17 inches high by 9 inches wide. The figure on top is Abe Mitchell.

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.

GolfPottySir Old Golfer still a handsome lad

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……..

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Colin Montgomery and John Daly to play in this Years Spanish Open.

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Its been confirmed European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomery and American veteran John Daly will both participate in this year’s Open d’Espana at the PGA Golf de Catalunya course in Girona.

images The event, which begins on April 30th, will involve a number of the European Tour’s most recognisable figures. Manuel Angel Jimenez will be taking part in the tournament, as will former Major winner Paul Lawrie. They will be joined by Anders Hansen, Paul McGinley and Gregory Bourdy, as well as a host of other star names.
Montgomerie and Daly needed invites to the competition, but will be welcome additions to the field. John Daly will be playing in his first event since receiving a ban for poor behaviour by PGA Tour officials.

Not Mastered The Driver, Yet ?

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Are you frustrated with your driving at the moment ..

The problem with most people who have trouble driving well off the tee is the fact that they haven’t mastered their swing before using a driver.

Sound like you ?….


If you are having trouble with your driver ,the best way to get back on track is to leave it at home and tee off with a 4-iron instead or a Hybrid.

While you won’t get the same distance initially you will have more room for error and you will have a better chance of hitting the ball a lot straighter.The best idea is to swing your 4-ironor Hybrid in the same manner, as you would do with the 7-iron.

When you have the right control with these clubs you will begin to get more distance and you will be swinging in a slower more controlled manner, of course this won’t happen over night.

Once you move on  to the driver you will realize that you don’t have to ‘hit’ the ball. You will focus more on control with a slower swing and let the club do the work that you might have been expecting your body to do.

So remember this golf driving tips. Sometimes it is faster to take a few steps back to progress sooner.

"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




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 !

Tenerife Golf Inter-Club Summer Challenge, 21st April 2009

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The Golf Clubs of Golf Del Sur, Adeje and Amarilla played in the Inter Club Summer Golf Challenge which started on Tuesday 21st April and of course Golfing in Tenerife was there, I had the privilege of playing with Snr Edwardo Tavio, one of the familly of the owners of the Amarilla Golf Club which I featured Here in an earlier post. Snr Tavio and his partner won their game over me and my partner Mr David Ellwell , but we await the next game where all going well, I will be in better form.

16 competitors from each club are chosen to compete on behalf of their club in a better ball match play competition, they play twice at each course during the summer period. I will be playing for the Golf Del Sur team.
The first of the six matches was played at Golf del Sur,weather was beautiful but in the home teams favour as the wind got up a bit, we had a small buffet afterwards which was enjoyed by all.


1st tee Nerves ?                                                     Afterwards all pals


After the first tournament the scores are as follows

Golf Del Sur 6 points

Amarilla Golf 5 points

Adeje Golf 1 point

The next match is at Amarilla Golf Club next month, so all to play for ! Come on Lads no beer this time the night before…..

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.


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.

Sidewalk ViewTable View

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.

Tapas CollageCarbonara & Salad

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;

Escalope in Pepper SauceBeef Stroganoff

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.

Mixed Fish GrillPaella for One

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.

Canarybird…..My Site


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If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. 

Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it. 

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. 

When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. 

If you’re afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.. 

The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. 

No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. 

The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors 

Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. 

A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck. 

It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt . For a 10. 

Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule is like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut. 

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts 

It’s not a gimme if you’re still away. 

The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree. 

You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. 

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three. 

When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again. 

Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. 

If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

To calculate the speed of a player’s downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; I.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph. 

One of my personal favorites:
There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove. 

Hazards attract; fairways repel. 

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. 

If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint 

It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to cut the grass.

A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. 

Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot. 

A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are….that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends. 

If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life. 

Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week. 

It’s amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps. 

If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).

My "Masters" Report

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Wonderful, Riveting, Exciting, Fascinating  are the words I use to describe the most thrilling Masters from Augusta in years, the last day course set up was a bit easier than normal and that led to one of the most thrilling climaxes I can remember.


There were some unbelievable shots, some great shots, some normal shots and some downright bad shots but put them all together and you had some 7 hours of seat hugging TV. The big two were on a run and at one stage I thought Phil Mickleson was going to do it, then a loose shot into the water, showed him as a mere mortal.

Kenny Perry kept his nerve till the 17th, then dropped shots on both the 17th and 18th making him finish level  with Chad Campbell the club house leader. Whilst Angel Cabrera kept just kept his head down went for the Par’s and came into the club house tied with the other two to make it  a three man play off.

On the first play off hole Chad Campbell and Perry pull both their second shots  right, after great drives, Cabrera stuck his second in the centre of the green. Perry hit a sweet chip close which he holed, while Campbell from the bunker failed to get up and down so he was out.

Cabrera and Perry went to the 10th, the second play off hole, the upshot of which was Perry bogied and Cabrerra pared to claim the famous Green Jacket and a place in Masters History as the first ever Argentinean to win.


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This is one lovely little restaurant that I can highly recommend for when you want to enjoy exquisite dining in an intimate setting at a very reasonable price. Located at No. 40 on the main Botanico road leading in and out of Pto. de la Cruz, it’s on the same side of the street and just a few steps down from the Hotel Botanico and although it is a recent newcomer to this neighbourhood, it has already begun to make its mark as a newly-discovered gem.

 C. General de Botanico 40 em Partial View Interior em

                  The exterior                                The entrance to dining rooms

The food is artfully presented and with the first taste, you will realize that chef-owner Raúl Brito has a special gift for creating beautiful food from seasonal ingredients. Menus are varied according to the available fresh provisions. He doesn’t use any frozen food. There is a 3-course daily luncheon menu priced at €13.90, and an evening daily dinner menu priced at €23.00. These menus also change from day to day.

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                    The ever changing Menu (click to enlarge)

And of course, there is the à la carte menu with interesting, delicious-sounding creations such as…’puff pastry stuffed with spinach sauce with goat cheese’…(€7.70)…, from the list of Vegetarian Dishes, or …’fillet of cherne in saffron sauce, with sautéed vegetables on a bed of risotto aromatized with macadamia nuts’ …(€13.50)…(see photo), charcoal grilled sirloin in bacon sauce with scalloped potatoes and vegetables…(€14.00)… (see photo), or the magnificent dessert I had the other day at the Friends of Tenerife charity luncheon held there…’ dulce de leche with Balinese vanilla sauce, almond croquant and caramel strands’ …(€3.50)… (see photo). When a table of chattering women suddenly goes silent, you know it’s because the food is so good it stops all conversation.

Risotto & Cherne in Saffron Sauce em  Cod Toast & Salad em

             Fillet of cherne                               Cod toast with salad

  The restaurant will also be holding special event story-telling evenings once a month in which a menu will be designed around a theme related to the entertainment and reservations will be taken after it is publicly announced. Char Grilled Sirloin & Bacon Gravy emDulce de Leche, Vanilla Sauce & Almond Croquant em

           Charcoal grilled sirloin                                   Dulce de leche

Private groups and parties are welcomed with flexible menus and group prices to be arranged with Raúl.

  One of Many Daily Menus emChef-Owner Raúl Brito em

        The Daily Menu                             The Chef and Owner Raúl.

Regular opening hours are 12:00 – 16:00 and 19:00 – 23:00. Closed Sunday evenings and all day Mondays. Smoking is permitted. Telephone 922 385 253.

Highly recommended as a really special dining experience.

Canarybird….My Site

Golf : Well ! What Exactly Is It ?

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Golf can best be defined as an endless series of
tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle,
followed by a good pint of beer. 

Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing
left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. 
And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks 

If you find you do not mind playing golf in the rain,
the snow, even during a hurricane, here’s a valuable
tip: your life is in trouble. 

Golfers who try to make everything perfect before
taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot. 

The term ‘mulligan’ is really a contraction of the
phrase ‘maul it again.’ 

A ‘gimme’ can best be defined as an agreement
between two golfers …neither of whom can putt
very well too cheat.

An interesting thing about golf is that no matter how
badly you play; it is always possible to get worse. 

Golf’s a hard game to figure. One day you’ll go out
and slice it and shank it, hit into all the bunkers and miss
every green. The next day you go out and for no
reason at all you really stink. 

If your best shots are the practice swing and the
‘gimme putt’, you might wish to reconsider this game. 

Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent
is you. 

Golf is like marriage: If you take yourself too
seriously it won’t work, and both are expensive.

The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is the pencil.

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.

Exterior San Diego Interior San Diego

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.

Garlic Shrimp Pimientos Padron

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

and tuna croquette                                  And then Grilled

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.

Flan The Cook and grill

      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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Had to add this ! Lady Old Golfer had some success

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Yesterday, my Wifie (Scots word),  Lady Old Golfer won outright the Bronze section in her Ladies Golf Club Championship at her local Golf course here in Tenerife. Ladies golf is a bit like trigonometry to me, I know its there, but don’t know much about it, but I am assured this was a great achievement .. 

So well done Lady Old Golfer, I am sure we will both enjoy your voucher prize… Now is my dinner ready ?


This was her taken after the event, you can see the look of achievement on her face, but wasp she was chewing was not so happy,  I surmise  !

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

WGC-CA Championship : Doral :Florida

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 Phil Mickelson wins a World Golf Championship title, as he tames the Blue Monster course at Doral,18 hours before his tee time he broke into a cold sweat and couldn’t stop shaking weakened and dehydrated by a stomach virus that sent him to the hospital on the eve of the final round.

He finished with a 3-under par 69 to win over young Nick Watney.

1. Mickelson (-19)
2. Watney (-18)
3. Furyk (-16)
4. Singh (-14)
T-5. Villegas (-13)
T-5. Wilson (-13)

 He is no longer the best player without a World Golf Championship apart from me, well in my mind anyway !

Restaurant Tiroler Alm : Puerto de la Cruz

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cid_065b49a409564f7e8d954585033835103800x2Restaurant Tiroler Alm :   Puerto de la Cruz 

Located just a stone’s throw down the street from the entrance to the Hotel Botanico on the main Carretera Botanico road in and out of Puerto de la Cruz is the Restaurant Tiroler Alm, owned and run for over 25 years by Teresa from Tirol , known for her German and Austrian cooking.p3142923-tiroler-facade


Generous portions of typical dishes such as eisbein (pork knuckle), rouladen,wiener schnitzel (the best I’ve ever found), come accompanied by gravy, sauerkraut, sautéd potatoes (bratkartoffeln), boiled potatoes, chips or German potato salad.  tiroler-collage-3-pepper-steakDesserts recommended are Teresa’s Apple Strudel, Palatschinken (Austrian crêpe with apricot jam), Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian souffled pancake with raisins). The cosy family atmosphere is enhanced by a rustic decor with wooden beams, comfortable booths and cloth covered tables. There’s also a roomy patio for outdoor dining. Service is fast and family groups or special event dinners are welcomed and served efficiently.eisbein-388x300There’s a seniors’ menu with half portions of main dishes, some having a price as low as 3 and 4 Euros. Daily specials are noted outside on their chalkboard but other dishes from the extensive menu appear on your table with surprising speed.


We dined today for €13.50 total for two, which included smoked trout with horse radish, potatoes and salad €5, chicken breast & salad €4.50, 1 each of beer, glass red wine, 1/2 liter water. 


 Her prices have been kept low and are very good value for money. Opening times: 12 noon to 3 pm and 6 to 10 pm Closed all day Thursdays and Lunchtime Fridays. Smoking is permitted inside the restaurant.

Telephone: 922 38 24 70 Spanish, German and some English spoken. Highly recommended.

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Rules for Senior Golfers Only

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Rules for Senior Golfers Only

I got this one on the internet and thought I would share it with you as I found them very appealing
If you have been playing under these rules, then please disregard this thread.
If you were not aware of these changes, you might want to make note of the following:
And…..sorry for the long post, but this is IMPORTANT STUFF.

Rule 1.a.5
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the
fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough
with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which
ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6 (b)
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is
simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior
player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had not
hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.b.3(g)
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near
the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making
it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging
himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4.c.7(h)
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped.
The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be
blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three
inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.

Rule 6.a.9(k)
There is no penalty for so-called “out of bounds.” If
penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not
occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7.g.15(z)
There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should
float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers’

Rule 8.k.9(s)
Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf
equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers,
one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes.
Carry a copy with you at all times, to refer to when playing with

The Golf Glove : Extend Its Life

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How many of you take your golf glove off after a round of golf and stuff it into your golf bag?

Well Being a Scot I will tell you how to make them last longer

The combination of your golf glove and sweat don’t mix well when you wad up your golf glove and stuff it into your golf bag. By doing that you reduce the life of your golf glove.

The next time you reach into your golf bag to pull out your golf glove you find a wad of hard leather. Combine this with the normal build-up of dirt and your golf glove can become kind of shinny and slick, which looses its effectiveness.

You can make your golf glove last longer if you do two things:

1. After a round of golf hang your golf glove out to dry. Find a way to clip it onto your golf bag. The easiest thing to do is wrap the glove around the golf bag strap.

2. When your golf glove becomes dirty and slick through it into the washer. Through it in with your clothes with cold water and mild soap.

Don’t put the golf glove in the dryer, but rather hang it up to dry so it doesn’t shrink. You’ll probably want to flatten the golf glove so it dries ready to be used the next time your out on the golf course.

Want to Drive the Golf Ball a Little Bit Further

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Looking to drive the golf ball just a bit further ?

Here are 3 simple steps to give you that added distance off the tee:

1. Widen your stance by moving your back foot about an inch farther back than normal.
2. Play the golf ball a little more forward in your stance than normal.
3. Tee the golf ball a fraction higher than normal.

Follow these 3 simple golf tips and it will set you up to launch the golf ball higher so you get more carry off the tee. No need to swing any harder, and its very important to maintain your balance. Just put your normal golf swing on the ball and watch it roll past your mates balls on the fairway.

Keep those Clubs Clean, It will show in your game

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Dirty Clubs !

It is common practice amongst club golfers to play with golf clubs caked in mud! A dirty club often means that the grooves on the club-face are filled in with mud. This has effect on the ball at impact (besides the extra weight). The point of the grooves is to create backspin as the ball runs up the face of the club at impact, which will keep the ball straight. Without this ‘grip’ the ball is more likely to fly with side-spin on it in the form of a slice or a hook. With short irons in particular it is this action that is responsible for stopping the ball quickly on a receptive green. Many amateurs should like to be able to make their ball spin back to the pin just like they see it on television – it is not easy, but you will certainly never achieve it with mud in the grooves!

Golf club cleaning

Golf club maintenance is easy and adds years of life to your set by simply keeping them clean and I think it gives a physiological advantage over an opponent just like dressing well and having clean shoes does. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taylor Made R9, The Review Sounds Great, but the Price !

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Yes, this is the review of the new TaylorMade r9 Driver, it all sounds very exciting, till it comes to the price, here in Tenerife they want around 450 Euros for this club. Does no one realises there is  a recession on ?

Its too much for my blood but I think the price will plummet when some one wakes up to the fact that a golf club is not one of life’s necessities and in this global resession can be done without. On saying all that its a nicely designed club and I would love to own one.



The TaylorMade r9 Driver has three movable weighting ports with eight position settings allowing you to tune the head to create a desired flight and launch conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

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Buenavista Golf Course : Tenerife North

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Geoff Ogilvy beats Paul Casey : 4 and 3

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Geoff Ogilvy beats Paul Casey 4 and 3, at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Its not that Casey played bad, just on the day Ogilvy was on his game, I dont think anyone would have beaten him, his second shots into the green were like lasers. This is Ogilvy’s third World Golf Championships event wins, it started with 64 of the worlds best and on the day Ogilvy was that man.

Lorena Ochoa Wins at the Honda LPGA Thailand

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Finishing with a final round of 66, Lorena Ochoa made up three strokes on third-round leader Paula Creamer to win the Honda LPGA Thailand for a three-stroke victory. Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 – shooting 71-69-68 the first three days – on the Siam Country Club’s Plantation Course, and earned $217,500, it was Ochoa’s 25th LPGA Tour title.

Well done that Lady

Golf Del Sur Golf Course: Tenerife

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View from the club house down the 9th on the links Course


View from the 4th green looking down to tee on the North Course


Approach shot into the 7th on the North Course

The Follow up to my Laser Range Finder Post

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Well my new toy a  arrived here in Tenerife safely, special thanks to Lady Old Golfer who brought it from Scotland , I bought the Bushnell Tour V2 its the world’s smallest, most advanced laser rangefinder – measuring a mere 1.6 x 2.8 x 4.3 in., weighing only 6.6 oz. and accurate 5 to 1,000 yards and comes  with a carrying case and straps.

Bushnell rangefinders have always been highly functional With the Tour V2, they have stepped up their game. Fitting their highly accurate optics and electronics into a palm sized device that looks sharp while taking up little space in your bag.






Reflectivity: 1,000 Yards
Tree: 600 yards
Flag: 300 yards
Accuracy: +/- 1 yard


The Tour V2 provides instantaneous measurements in yards and meters with incredible +/- one yard accuracy.

Other product features include:

  • 5x magnification
  • SCAN mode
  • In-view LCD display
  • Adjustable eyepiece with stops
  • Multi-coated optics
  • Built-in tripod mount
  • 3-volt battery included


Ease of use

It’s very simple and easy to use. It just requires a little understanding of how it works (although they give you full  instructions), so that one is reading the yardage to the correct object, especially in the Pin seeker mode. I can’t picture how anyone can regret buying this model. As I normally walk the course, the V2 is lightweight and the magnetic cover on the carrying case works very well, so that the case does not need to be zipped shut while walking a round. I don’t know how I ever played without a rangefinder before.

Here was my original Post……

Lynn Francis eliminates that problem shot

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Today I am having a session with this lady to improve my short game and relieve anxiety before I hit that short pitch or green side chip, I will keep you posted on how I get on. …….Here is the outcome of my treatment an interesting read

Short Game Mistakes To Avoid

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Are You Using The Wrong Club?

One of the biggest mistakes golfers make on the course is not using the right club. You can have a better short game, have more fun, and lower your score if you would just stick to a club which is the most comfortable for you when facing a specific shot. 

For example, if you are confident using a 7 iron club whenever hitting the ball from 35 yards in, then use it. Just because you may have read that an amateur or pro golfer prefers another club when facing the same scenario, or have seen a golf training video which stresses the use of a different iron, it doesn’t mean you have to follow their advice. Stick to what works, for you!

Short game success has just as much to do with your confidence and comfort levels as it does with technique and shot specifics. In time you will find what is called your “go to club” when playing through a specific shot. And when practicing your short game, those practice sessions should be focused around this club in order to improve at the fastest rate possible.

Stop Over-analyzing Everything

The reasons for choosing golf as your sport is to enjoy a game that is comfortable, confidence-building, and which is able to settle within your subconscious. This means avoiding the dreaded mistake over-analyzing everything. You must allow the game to come to you by just letting it happen.

The best thing you can do is develop a solid, consistent swing and grow your confidence with it. From that point on, the game of golf is simply hitting the ball towards the intended target, walking over and picking it up, and hitting it again, until you have reached the hole. 

This may seem like an oversimplification, and of course practice and preparation are important, but if you spend time analyzing every second of the game to the point of seriously frustrating yourself, you are on the wrong track. Rather, enjoy golf and use your energy to focus and concentrate when the time is needed instead of mulling over every minor detail.

Did You Know ? Scoring Terms Explained

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Scoring Terms explained,  no I was not around when they came up with them !

The common used phrases in the game of golf are birdie, eagle and par. The word “bird” was a slang term in the 19th century that referred to anything considered remotely cool, still used today for women. So that term was used then for a great shot in a game of golf – one that led to a score under par – and was eventually turned into birdie. The word eagle followed with the same pattern as expected from the bird mentality. Par was used long before it became associated with the game of golf and basically meant something that was acceptable or average. The word simply became associated over time with the game of golf to indicate an ideal score among golfers.

How Sad is this ? How to mark your balls !

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Titleist have came up with this Web site on  “how to mark your golf Balls”  and thousands have responded, they even have a gallery of designs, some of which are actually quite good. I mean just how sad is that, you can see Northern Hemisphere is in the winter season.

Restaurant Reviews

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I have introduced this section for Golfers and tourists so they may see and hopefully try some of the Non Tourist restaurants around the Island, the sort of place the locals would frequent. I have enrolled the help of a friend who loves to eat out and we will be giving a fair and unbiased opinion on what to expect in terms of service and quality of food we received. We go to these restaurants incognito so receive no special treatment or free food, I think this is the best way for us to give a fair assessment of the premises visited on that particular day and hopefully you will benefit from our experience.

Sir Old Golfer