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This appealed to my sense of humour !

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

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

Golf in the 2016 Olympics ?

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Golf and rugby sevens face one last test on Friday 9th Oct. if they are to be included in the Olympics from 2016.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board voted to include both at a meeting two months ago.

But the recommendation must be rubber-stamped by a full meeting of the IOC congress in Copenhagen.

Top Ten Signs Your Too Old for the Senior Tour

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

Whats on at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in October 2009.

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INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.


Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Premios a las 3 primeras parejas clasificadas y a la mejor pareja SCRACH.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de resultados.
15,16 Y 17/10/09

Salida a Tiro sobre las 09 de la mañana.
Trofeos a los 3 Primeros equipos clasificados.
Carpa durante el recorrido y Barbacoa al finalizar el PRO-AM.

PAREJAS MEJOR BOLA ¾ hdcps. DOS CATEGORIAS.(suma de 24 hasta 24 y mayor que 24).
Salidas cada 8 minutos.
Trofeos a las dos primeras parejas clasificadas de cada categoría.
Picnic en el recorrido y Coktail a la entrega de premios.



INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD. Dos categorías Caballeros y una categoría Damas. Salidas cada 8 minutos. Premios a los dos primeros clasificados de cada categoría.
Carpa y Coktail entrega de premios.

Felicity Johnstone of England Wins Tenerife Open

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Its all over..Tenerife Ladies Open.

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

Here is Felicity Johnstones web site.

How they finished up….

274 – Felicity Johnson (ENG) 69 72 66 67

276 – Becky Brewerton (WAL) 66 69 69 72

281 – Bettina Hauert (GER) 69 73 67 72

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

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

285 – KM Juul (DEN) 69 74 70 72

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

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

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

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

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


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beckyBecky Brewerton in action

Ladies’ European Tour Scoreboard

Costa Adeje, Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
Par 216 (3×72)
204 Becky Brewerton (Wal) 66 69 69

207 Felicity Johnson (Eng) 69 72 66
209 Bettina Hauert (Ger) 69 73 67, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 71 70 68
211 Stefania Croce (Ita) 68 76 67, Beatriz Recari (Spa) 68 70 73
212 Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 70 74 68, Emma Cabrera-Bello (Spa) 72 71 69
213 K-m Juul (Den) 69 74 70, Paula Marti (Spa) 72 71 70, Nina Reis (Swe) 72 69 72, Anja Monke (Ger) 65 74 74
214 Julie Greciet (Fra) 70 74 70, Virginie Lagoutte-Clement (Fra) 71 73 70
215 Melissa Reid (Eng) 69 75 71, Laura Davies (Eng) 72 77 66

Golfing with the Older Man !

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A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – and directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.”

With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

The old man offered one more comment, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”

Golf Competition At Golf Del Sur 19th Sept 2009

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



SHOT- GUN at 9 a.m.


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

PRIZES FOR THE 1st AND 2nd of each category



Platinum Members………………………………25 EUROS

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

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

Guests………………………………………………45 EUROS

Contact :-

Golf del Sur

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

Lining up accurately on the Tee Box

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Do you struggle to find your target consistently yet your ball striking and distances are good? You are more than likely not aiming correctly. Here is a simple tip to help you improve your alignment and ultimately your accuracy on the tee box:

1. Before teeing up your ball, stand behind the tee markers and find your target.

2. Once you have decided on a target, find a smaller target on the ground one metre in front of where you are going to tee it up. This small target can be anything from a leaf to a different colour piece of grass or even a previous divot. This must be in the same line as your target.

3. Take aim at the smaller target in front of you and this will automatically aim you at your desired target further away.

If your accuracy was previously offline, you may find this method slightly unusual the first couple of times. However, you will find yourself hitting your target more often and your scores will improve.

The laws of Good Club Selection

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A ten-foot putt counts just the same as a ten-foot drive
Even if it’s a 5-iron, the lowest numbered iron in your bag will always be impossible to hit
Everyone turns in a 2-iron, but you can kiss that wedge good-bye
Funny-looking putters have short life spans
If you have to keep the cart on the cart path, unless you take every single one of your clubs over to your ball, you won’t have the right club
If you want to hit a 7-iron as far as John Daly does, simply play to lay up just short of a water hazard
It always takes at least five holes to notice that a club is missing
Its the right club, but you decide it’s the wrong club
It’s the right club, but you think it might be too little club so you try to kill it, or it might be too much club, so you quit on the shot
It’s the wrong club
Never ask the pro if you need a new set of clubs
Never buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it
Never hit trick shots with demo clubs
Nothing cools off a putter quicker than a hot driver
The best thing about a 60-degree wedge is it’s a great club for getting the ball out of the lies you’re going to end up in if you’re dumb enough to use a 60-degree wedge
The best thing about hybrids is that no one can tell that your 150-yard club used to be a wood, not an iron
The best way to cause the reappearance of a club lost on the course is to order a replacement
The reason those fancy wedges are so expensive is they come with a free case of the shanks
The straightest iron shot of the day will be exactly one club short
The week after you break down and buy one of those super-duper new drivers, they’ll knock a hundred pounds off the price and release a brand new model with a better shaft and a bigger head
When in doubt, just ask yourself, What would Tiger hit?, and use six more clubs
When someone asks what club you hit, always subtract one or add two
When you’re between clubs, it’s always the other club, unless it’s the other other club
You can hit the ball 30 yards with any club in the bag
You can’t hit decent tee shots with a 3-wood unless you carry a driver you never use
You haven’t really hit bottom until you need to get your ball retriever regripped
You really need only four clubs to hit every bad shot in golf

Lo Nuestro ; Buzanada, Tenerife

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Those who have read my restaurant reports before know that we go out at least one night in the week with friends for a meal. It used to be that we would decide between us where we would go based on somewhere we liked or had been recommended. That has all changed. We have now decided to go somewhere that we DON’T know. Taking it in turn to choose a restaurant, no arguing. If it’s good – great, if it’s bad then at least we know to cross it of our list.

Our first jaunt was to Lo Nuestro a typical Canarian restaurant specialising in meat and fish dishes up a tiny unmade path off the main street in Buzanada (before the roundabout & opposite Excalibur).

We visited in March and as it was cold moved tables twice ending up in a cosy corner away from the door and any possible draughts there might be from people coming in and out.

The waiter was very attentive and took our order (fortunately there is a section in English). A large dish of deep fried squid and octopus (more than enough for 4 people) was brought to our table. We said it wasn´t ours, and were told it was complements of the house. This was followed by our starters of Fried Goats Cheese with two different mermeladeas (jams) and sweet black pudding (just love this stuff full of nuts and fruit).

All meals come with a selection of vegetables, plus Canarian potatoes and chips. If you want bread and mojos like many restaurants this is an extra. Our choice for the night was a large mixed kebab of chicken, pork and beef; pork chops; a chicken cordon bleu and I had the chicken lo-nuestro which was breast of chicken in a pineapple and pepper sauce (delicious).

Dessert – only the two boys (boys Ha!!) could manage these and they both went for the light options. A lemon sorbet and Bienmesabe a popular dessert, made of ground almonds, sugar syrup, cinnamon and lemon zest. To wash it all down we had 5 beers, 1 coke, 2 waters, 2 cafe con leche and a barraquito.

The bill for 4 was just €68 and the portions so large we brought one piece of my chicken and one of other half’s pork chops home (our dog was happy for almost 3 days).

There is no smoking in the restaurant but when two of us went outside for a cigarette the manager said it was too cold and to sit at the bar. He then gave us a couple of Ron Miel’s to warm us up. After the meal as there were only a few people left behind he came to our table with an ashtray.

The waiter spoke a little English and with our bit of Spanish it was good fun, once he learnt we lived here he was cheeky and when we asked for more water he replied ´No San Miguel´ then winked and brought our water.

Before we have a meal anywhere I like to check out the toilets, if they are not up to standard, we walk. These were spotless, up a few stairs and had recently been beautifully re-tiled.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Lo Nuestro. Both the food and the service were excellent – This will definitely get a second visit.

If you would like to book, ring Tel 922729912 Mov. 676383893 (Closed Wednesday).

Lo Nuestro – Buzanada, Tenerife : By Matilda

The Golf Pro Prayer

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The golf pro Prayer

The Pro is my Shepherd,

I shall not Slice.

He maketh me to Drive Straight

Down Green Fairways;

He leadeth me Safely

across Still Water-Hazards;

He restoreth my Approach Shots.

He Leadeth me in the Paths of

Accuracy for my Game’s Sake.

Yea, though I chip through the Roughs

in the shadows of Sand Traps,

I will fear no Bogies.

For his Advice is with me;

His Putter and Irons,

they confort me.

He prepareth my Strategy for me

in the presence of mine Opponents;

He anointeth my head with Confidence:

The Cup will not be runneth over!

Surely Birdies and Eagles shall follow

me all the Rounds of my Life,

And I will score in the Low Eighties


Golf Club Male Members MUST watch This !

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This Video says it all about Golf Clubs and Members

RUBINA Restaurant – Los Cristianos

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

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

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


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

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


Mo the owner of Rubina – named after his wife.

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

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

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

Jardin Tropical :Tenerife Golf Tournament 2009

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

jardin Tropical

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…


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

Interior EuropaView exter

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

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

Mixed Salad Prawn Cocktail

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

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

Pork Chops Pork Medallions

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

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

Tortellini Gorgonzola Roast Chicken

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

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

Telephone: 922 371 524

Recommended for casual dining.

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What’s on at Golf Del Sur Golf Course

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06/06/2009 MATCH AMIGOLF



27/06/2009 IV TORNEO ORDEN DE MERITO AMIGOLF.(Carpa y Comida).


11 y 12 julio PUNTUABLE DE VERANO.



26/07/2009 INTERCLUB.





24/09/2009 CHALLENGE-09.



10/10/2009 TORENO AETSAMI.





07/12/2009 FINAL SOTAPAR


19/12/2009 TORNEO NAVIDAD.

Restaurante Los Asadores (The Roasters)

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

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

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

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

There are usually no menu cards to be seen.

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

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Salad & bread b Garbanzos

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

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

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

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

Open every day from 12 noon to 11 pm.

Telephone: 922 385 184 Their website with map.

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

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Los Palos Golf Club Pictures

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Just some nice pictures of this little Gem

Los Palos’ Golf Tenerife Center is a par 27, nine hole course in the South of the  Island , five minutes from Playa de la Américas and Los Cristianos 

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III Circuito de Golf Tenerife Competition

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The III Circuito de Golf Tenerife-La Gomera your chance to play in competition at all the courses in Tenerife and La Gomera.

Here is a great Video from the Circuito from last year..

Just one thing, you need a Spanish Federation Golf licence 

It tees off on :-

30th May- Golf Las Américas 

13th June – Tecina Golf, La Gomera

4th July – Buenavista Golf

18th July – Golf del Sur

1st August – Golf Costa Adeje

22nd August – Abama Golf

19th September at Amarilla Golf.

Here are the full details and prices, its a stapleford full handicap competition. I will be in attendance at some events but cannot make them all this year…

New Members Wanted : Amarilla Golf Offers

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


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

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

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

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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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.

Rules of golf

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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                  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.

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             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.

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        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.

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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.

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Exterior and interior View of Restaurant San Diego

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

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