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Lady Tour Pro chooses Tenerife as winter training camp

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Another Lady pro golfer that’s chosen Amarilla Golf Course as her practice course whilst here in Tenerife. The lady in question is Anna Dahlberg Soderstrom a young Member of the Swedish PGA 2011 and Nordea tour player who is heading to Q school this January …

She’s having great fun practicing and playing at Amarilla Golf Course in shorts and polo shirt and says it a wonderful place to be in October as the sun shines every day.

Anna says “ All the courses I have played here in Tenerife have been fantastic, its so nice to escape from the cold and rain and come to Tenerife and enjoy my sport in such wonderful conditions… I will defiantly be back and recommend Tenerife to anyone who wants to enjoy golf in the sun”.

We here at Golfing Tenerife wish this talented young golfer good luck at Q school and she promises to keep us all updated as her career evolves .

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Golfers help raise 4000 Euro for Orobal in Tenerife

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An incredible achievement by the Smith family , Bill , Muriel and Paul. who are the owners of the very successful Golf Shop you see from the TF1 motorway. They have been running their “Hole in One for a holiday competition “ at Amarilla Golf Course and Adeje Golf Courses for the the last nine months and in that time have given an amazing 4000 Euros to the charity group Orobal and its an ongoing commitment.

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Orobal (founded 1990) are an association for the parents of physically and mentally disabled children based in Los Christianos, where they have their own fully equipped centre for the kids and parents. When I went along on the day Bill was presenting the cheque I was shown around the centre and seen a lot of the specialist soft area furnishings that the money raised went towards paying for

The Smiths run a Holiday for a Hole in One competition,which is based at the above courses, is a 10 Euro entry fee, of which 20% goes to the Orobal charity. Even if you hit the green you receive a quality prize such as a Taylormade hat, balls, socks or pitch mark repairer but if you get a hole in one you are awarded a voucher there and then for a holiday for 2 at the 5* Adeje Gran Hotel in Costa Adeje for the following summer

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So if your coming on a Golfing holiday to Tenerife this year ? If you see the “Win a holiday for a hole in One” girl at the major courses here in Tenerife please give it a go as you are safe in the knowledge 20% off your money goes to Orobal and helps kids get those special wee things that makes their life’s that little bit better.

Tenerife – a different golf option. The Mar-Y-Sol Tournament For all.

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On November 30th 2010 we celebrated the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010 at Amarilla Golf & Country Club (Tenerife). This very special event, organized by the Mar y Sol Hotel was hailed once again as a massive success.

50 competitors from across the globe fought to win the 2nd International Mar y Sol Open 2010. Initially the tournament was to be played two days, but the torrential rain on Monday, 29th forced the competition to be suspended. On Tuesday with the sun finally shining this integration tournament was played in superb conditions.

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Each of the players has an official HDC, but many of the participants cope with an additional type of handicap. Some players are visually impaired; others may be single or even double amputees, paraplegic or hemiplegic. All over the world there have been separate tournaments for golfers with different abilities. So, able-bodied golfers would play in their own competitions, golfers with impaired sight would play in a tournament together or those with missing limbs would play in another one.

This tournament brings all of the golfers together and the vagaries of the golf handicap system allow them all to compete equally in a competitive integration tournament.

I spoke with Renate Kraus, manageress of Mar y Sol Hotel and organizer of the tournament.

“We were not sure if all of the able-bodied and disabled players would want to give up the separate tournaments and play together and whether it would affect the funding PB300089but it has come together.”

“It takes many hands to put this event on and it simply would not happen without them. We have players from Spain, England, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and as well from the Czech Republic. The able-bodied resident members of Amarilla Golf & Country Club are committed to mixing socially with and competing against disabled golfers on an equivalent competitive level.”

“All of the organizers give up a lot of time and money to make this event happen because we want to facilitate the integration of disabled players from the whole of Europe into a major event. We thank our sponsors: Titleist, TAG Heuer, Banco Santander, Sinpromi, Hotel Mar y Sol, Teralava – Centro de Terapias, Tui Vital, Condor, The Players Golf Shop, Canary Golf Federation, PBT (powergolfer.de), Cicar and Halcon Viajes.”

The President of the Canary Golf Union, Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo, said: “The quality of play was excellent yesterday. I watched one competitor hit his tee shot with a driver using only one extremely strong arm. A paraplegic player used the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair which allows him to stand up and chipped in from off the green straight into the hole.”PB300016

The Captain of Amarilla Golf & Country Club, Michael Baker, said: “One can not fail to be humbled by the way these extraordinary individuals overcome their disabilities to produce some exceptional golf.”

The inventor of the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, Christian Nachtwey, explained that each golfer has to individually adapt either through special equipment or by developing their own golf swing to find a way to get the ball around the course.

Golf is a unique sports option and Mar y Sol Hotel offers in Tenerife “get into golf” courses for the disabled from January to March 2011. An experienced coach will show the wonderful world of pitching and putting to all newcomers.

The Award Ceremony took place in the afternoon at Amarilla Golf & Country Club. The winners were awarded their prizes by Renate Kraus (Manager of Mar y Sol Hotel), Michael Baker (Captain of Amarilla Golf Club) and Mª Luisa Forniés Fdez. del Castillo (President of the Canary Golf Union).PB280256

The gross winner of 2010 International Mar y Sol Open was Luis Vicente Mateu Sisternas from Spain, with a score of 22 points. The net winner was David Hill from Great Britain, with a 37-point score.

The category one winner with a 25-point score was Joan Pere Morera Castell from Spain.

The category two winner with a 32-point score was Michael Baker from Great Britain.

The category three winner with a 34-point score was Miroslav Lidinsky from the Czech Republic.

The “nearest to the pin” prize was won by Linda Williams from Great Britain.

The “longest drive – ladies” prize was won by Marjo Boissovain from Switzerland.

The “longest drive – gentlemen” prize was won by Gerhard Fuchs from Germany.

All the players were pleased about the organization of the competition and fascinated by the golf course, announcing their participation in next year’s tournament according to the motto: “Tenerife – a different golf option”

Photos of this event are available here …some very remarkable people. I had a great time in their company and hope to play as well as Photograph the event next year

A great Day out at Abama Golf Course , Tenerife

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We set out from Golf Del Sur towards Abama Golf Course myself  Sir Old Golfer and Gary both single figure handicap golfers full of expectations as we had just been quoted 400 Euros for two players for a day ticket including a buggy at Abama Golf, Tenerife but both being Celts we decided to go anyway and beat them down on the price in a face to face situation as no Golf Course was worth that price, their will de a deal to be done.

We hit the TF1 and headed west to the end of the motorway then took the road towards los Gigantes passing Callao and then about 5km’s further along the road it hit us “The Pink Palace,” no not a place where gays hang out, but the beautiful Abama Hotel and Golf resort the sun was shining and it just shone against the ocean background. What a day we had picked it was 27 deg with no wind and low humidity. Game on, Gary boy !

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Turning the car up the slip road into the hotel grounds we came to a roundabout,turn left to the hotel and turn right up to the Golf course,academy and clubhouse.We drove into the clubhouse car park around 10.30am to be met by a charming girl with a name badge with Nicola on it. Good morning gents she said in perfect English will you be golfing with us today, “we may be” was our answer thinking we better get the price sorted out first.”I am Nicola and I am the caddy master,welcome to Abama Golf, are your clubs in the car ?” I will arrange for them to be transferred to your buggy, at this Gary was hooked and handed over his beloved car keys, he looks twice at me when I ask for them. Nicola then showed us down to the reception area where two girls in matching uniforms were dealing with a German couple one broke away and greeted us in English “can I help you, sir” We looked at each other and decided there was going to be no discount here, “two green fees please” Gary said and the bullet was bitten.Certainly Sir that will be 400 Euros and do you need any balls ect.

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After a slight moaning about parting with all that money, we headed back upstairs and on the hall met an old friend of mine Mark Pursey who nowadays happened to be the head teaching pro at the resort, so we three went for a coffee in the beautiful terrace bar overlooking the course. Mark then explained the set up about the academy and the course so we had a much better idea of how things worked.

Finishing our coffee we went with Mark outside, and as he had no lessons for an hour,he took us up to the academy and driving range where we could hit a few balls before teeing off. The academy is on the highest part of the estate and we needed a buggy to get up to it. It has a five hectare practice area that includes three par holes for beginners and a superb putting green, many wont bother driving up but its well worth the run and its free.From the top the views over the Hotel and the ocean are nothing more than spectacular. This amazing golf course reaches a low point of 78 metres above sea level and reaches a staggering high point of 315 metres.Half a basket later and warmed up we headed down to the first tee, Mark decided to come down with us and play 3 holes before his lesson, we agreed and set of in our new buggy.I must say a bit about the buggy which was pre loaded with our clubs, thanks Nicola, also on board they had water in an ice cooler,4 bananas Abama face cloths and pitch repair markersand tees, all which I still have as a souvenir of the day and also a divot repair earth vessel. At almost every Tee they had free water and Bananas just part of the service.

Tee No1.as we were all good golfers we decided to play from the back white markers, but they have 4 sets of tees for all abilities, and if your Golf is not to a good standard don’t come to the whites, you will enjoy the course much better off the yellows as it a championship course and is set up as one, some of the fairways looked narrow and a bit daunting from the back tee.The course is a highly competitive 6,232 metres long par 72, and is set in the most natural surroundings.There are 22 lakes along the course joined by impressive waterfalls and white sand bunkers you travel between hundreds of palm trees and cacti and more then 300 species of sub-tropical plants and lush vegetation. Visible from most holes are spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and the island of Gomera.The large greens provide an infinite choice of flag positions, which combined with the wide tee areas at each hole, makes it accessible to players with high handicaps, and a challenge for any professional player.

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After our round we went to the bar and had beer and then decided to do it all again,so we went back round another 18 giving us 36 holes for the day.By this time the 400 Euros was long forgotten, we played 2 rounds with a buggy and we thought it was great value for money and will be going back as a wee treat once a year if Wifie lets me.

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Pizzeria/Restaurante Zebra Maria

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Pizzeria/Restaurante Zebra Maria

Located on the main Carretera Botanico in the La Paz area of Puerto de a Cruz, across the street and down from the Hotel Botanico is the Pizzeria-Restaurante Zebra Maria.

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A popular restaurant for over 25 years, it has been one of the few that stays open through from 13:00 until 23:30.

The four separate dining areas are comprised of: the outer patio and side enclosed gallery, both which are smoking areas, to the windowed porch at the entrance and the interior dining room which are smoke-free.

Here you will see groups of both Spanish locals and tourists ordering from their menu of pizzas, pastas and international food.

Along with your drinks comes a starter dish of cheese, olives, maiz and chorizo nibbles . Good for a starter are the thick rounds of toasted garlic bread.

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Thin, crispy pizzas come in seven varieties, ranging in price from €6.00 to €8.00. My favourite is the Pizza Cariñosa, with onion, chicken, cheese and ham.One dish which has been on the menu for many years is the Escalope Zebra Maria, a pork schnitzel topped with baked banana, bechamel and gravy, served with chips and cole slaw. I especially like the shrimp cocktail, which is served in an elegant presentation bowl.

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The Sole Tout Paris, similar to the Sole Walesa, is topped with shrimp, lobster sauce, bechamel and piped potato. Spaghetti a la carbonara is another dish they do well. The thick vegetable soup topped with egg, “Sopa de Lupita” is delicious and is almost a meal in itself.

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Solomillo Robin Hood is another good dish, accompanied by mushrooms, chips and gravy. Dame Blanche is a rich chocolate ice cream dessert.

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Some prices: Solomillo €14.00; Sole Tout Paris €12.50; Escalope Zebra Maria €10.50; Shrimp Cocktail €10.50; Spaghetti a la Carbonara €7.75; Two bratwurst sausages with potatoes and red beet salad €7.00; Eggs, bacon, tomato, fries €5.00; Garlic Bread €3.00; 1 CCC beer €2.00; Glass of house wine €2.50; Cafe cortado or solo €1.30.

The service can sometimes be a little slow, so go there when you have plenty of time.

Otherwise I would recommend this restaurant, especially for the dishes mentioned.

During shopping hours, you can use the pay parking lot next door at Supermarket 2000 (Spar.)

Pay parking charges inside supermarket or free if you buy something there.

Zebra Maria –  Telephone: 922 381855

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Amarilla Golf Course: Tenerife

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Come off the TF1 at junction 24 and follow the signs down to the Golf Course, on arrival you notice right away that there is a new infrastructure going on all over the Amarilla area with the building of new roads and houses .In fact the road down to the course is almost as good as the TF1 having been newly upgraded and the views on the way down are wonderful over the ocean.

The day I went in mid January the weather was not the normal Tenerife south weather, it was a cloudy overcast day but dry and about 17 deg so nothing to complain about if you come from Northern Europe but for us locals we tend to wear a jumper and long trousers.

I entered the reception area and was met by a charming young lady called Vicky dressed in her Amarilla uniform of moss green polo shirts and trousers, which all the girls wore on reception very smart indeed and all multilingual as you would expect from a Golf course of this standard.

This championship course hosted a European tour event in 1990 namely the Tenerife Open it plays some 5846 meters off the back tees with a par of 71 it was designed by Donald Steel in 1989. The view from the first hole tee is quite daunting a narrow fairway with out of bounds down the right as it runs parallel to the driving range, with a spectacular view down to the first green the Atlantic ocean in the background, a tricky Par 4 at 380 metres and a good hole to get your round started if you get a par. Whilst on the first tee if you happen to look back you get a fantastic view over the mountain range including mount Teide which rises to 3,718m at its highest point, making it Spain’s highest peak and at this time of the year usually has snow on it.
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The signature hole of the course must be the 5th a par 3 of only115 meters, but as you are at sea level and you are normally hitting into the prevailing wind, one actually plays over the ocean as the waves pound into the rocks causing a white wall of water swirling round the cove, a very tricky little hole which gets the nerves going of many a good golfer to that end their ball ends up in the ocean. Some days a 9 iron will make the carry more often or not you could be down to a 6 iron.

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The course is surrounded by many “barrancos” or small ravines and rocky, volcanic areas. When Donald Steel first came here to build this course he must have wondered if it would have been possible when you see the rough terrain all around the extremities of the course and with a very limited yearly rain fall, but design it he did and has made a wonderful job of what nature laid out for him, with plenty of borrows and rolls with mountain and ocean views.

Your hat must take your hat off for all the green keeping staff because although the sun shines here almost every day they use lots and lots of water, which I believe is all recycled, as fresh water on the island is a very precious commodity and not to be used for leisure purposes. To keep this vast area green and in playable condition must be enormous and a very skilled job and when I was there the greens were running very fast and true although they did have some problem with the 17th green but it seemed on hand with a full reseed of the bottom half of the green.

Winter prices for visitors was 80 Euro per person but they do an after 2pm special price of 72 Euro another more economical way to play if you are going to play more than once is to ask about their Bono tickets. Buggy hire costs 30 Euro or trolleys at 4 Euro for 18 holes. Club hire was also available at 15 Euro for a standard set and with Callaway X series being 35 Euro per set. A handicap of 28 for men and 36 for women is required and the dress code is smart golfing apparel with shoes on soft spikes only which can be changed at the club house.

The course also has a full driving range with bunker and chipping areas as well as long range practice area. As you would expect from this facility it has attached to it two professionals, one of which is a well known player within the islands, Snr Javier Toll Messìa, himself playing on the Challenge tour they offer lessons on all aspects of your game. The cost is ½ hour 25 Euro or 1 hour 45 Euro per person they will also teach husband and wife, or small groups.

The Amarilla complex also has an excellent well maintained small tricky little nine hole pitch and putt course ideal for brushing up on your short game, maybe after a lesson, or for taking a youngster the cost is 13 euro including a trolley. If you can par this course you deserve a drink in the bar.

The 19th tee bar area is encompassed within the clubhouse where they also house a modern reception area with multi lingual staff and also a pro shop selling all the latest woman and gents golf fashion items along with shoes and balls, they also have a selection of Amarilla merchandise like ball markers, pitch repairers to enable you to remember your game here. The whole clubhouse eating and drinking area has nice comfy table and chairs with delightful views over the 1st tee down to the ocean. Food and drink are served all day and they have a snack menu to suit all tastes.

There is a lot of building going on around the course, with many of this project now completed; they have enhanced the area as a whole, with more people around the area and many restaurants and bars springing up. With the new road I mentioned earlier, all in all, Amarilla could be the next up and coming area especially as there is now a new marina with 350 berths of all sizes and plans to develop the area into a very upmarket tourist and commercial area. Here is the marinas own web site.

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Whilst in the Amarilla area I took a run along the marina area to the lighthouse at the end of the pier and found it was a café called Bar De La Torres you go upstairs into a nice seating area where they sell food and drink all day, as its at the end of the pier the views looking over the ocean are breathtaking and then you turn round and you have the mountain range a full 360 deg vista and also the offices of Submarine safaris, a yellow submarine operator which takes people on an underwater adventure into the ocean here is their web site and also a jet ski safari operator.

Would I give Amarilla Golf Course a try now, yes I would they have got their act together and now have a smashing golf course and a very professional and pleasant back up team.They have their own web pages with more info Here..

I for one will be back.

Rotary Club Golf Charity day at Adeje Golf Club : Tenerife

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Golf Costa Adeje stages one of Tenerife’s biggest charity events

The 14th annual Rotary Club, Tenerife South tournament takes place on Friday May 1 2009. All Golfers get the chance to  play golf on one of the islands top courses, and in turn help those less fortunate than you.

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This year the money raised will go to day centres for disadvantaged and handicapped youngsters across Adeje, Arona and San Miguel. After the Golf there will be a prize winners presentation, followed by a buffet lunch, and cocktails.

To find out more, and to register, call at Golf Costa Adeje, phone 922750000, or email direccion@costaadejegolf.com .