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A Tenerife Lad who is hoping to make it on the European Professional Golf Scene

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I had the great pleasure in meeting an exciting young professional golfer who was brought up right here in Tenerife. The young man in question is James Ferraby a 19-year-old from the South of Tenerife. Born in Leeds, James came to Tenerife with his family as a two-year old and grew up here going to the Luther King School in Aldea Blanca. He left the school at 16 to pursue his dream as a professional golfer and that’s where the real story begins…

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Rather than drop out of school and try to teach himself golf or get a job as a junior in a golf shop James decided, with the help of his family, to get some of the best instruction in the world by going to Hilton Head: South Carolina, USA to further both his golf and his academic future.

James went on to the Heritage Academy one of the top schools in the world for the development of golf with its tie up with the Hank Haney International junior golf academy , Hank Haney just happens to be the Instructor to the #1 Player in the World, Tiger Woods…That’s the level of instruction James has received..

James said “The Heritage Academy was a special place for me which allowed me to continue my education and practice my passion for golf every day. The day started with normal academic lessons till lunch time then the afternoons were for practicing or playing golf with gifted players, both boys and girls, from all over the world, the weekends were for practice or playing tournaments “

After graduating from college in America, James returned home to the island of Tenerife, he then turned professional in 2009. His first outing as a fully fledged Professional was at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in the October of that year at the Jimmy Golding memorial tournament where he came 4th in a very experienced field, shooting 72.70.69 over the three days. He is planning to try for his European Tour card at Q-school this September which, if successful, will entitle him to play in all PGA European Tour events and put him on track to the career he has worked towards for years.

Living on an island, he has to travel to all the major Pro tournaments throughout Europe, which is very expensive, so he is looking for sponsorship from local Tenerife business people in return he is prepared to give on course instruction or range lessons on a one to one basis. I got a 15 min round the green chipping lesson, its amazing how little pointers help your game.

He has based himself at Amarilla golf course and uses their practice facilities for up to six hours a day, six days a week, this boy means business and through hard work and dedication, I really hope he achieves it.

To contact James E-mail: –  james_giry@hotmail.com

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AmiGolf at Golf Costa Adeje 10th April 2010

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

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

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

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

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.

Las Americas Golf Course to close for Major Renovation work.

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

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

SeaIsle 2000 Paspalum Grass….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming up in February 2010 here on Golfing Tenerife ….

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I have some exciting things lined up this February here on Golfing in Tenerife…..starting with an interview with a long established golf pro on the island who is going out of his way to accommodate me with some tips, help and pictures. We have a full golf course review of one of the islands top courses with beautiful pictures and an interview with their general manager on how he see’s the future of Golf in Tenerife, which should be interesting.

On the restaurant review side, I have a new restaurant reviewer for the south of Tenerife and I have promised to do a review myself on a local restaurant that we use on a regular basis…Well they promised me a free beer !