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G oLFER Costa Blanca´s Top Golf & Leisure Monthly Magazine-Guide...

La Costa

April Issue, 2018


and all the latest from the world of golf; feature articles and so much more...

Miguel Ángel Jiménez

"The most interesting man in the world"


B odegas & W ines with Colin Harkness

CONTENTS 4-5 Costa Blanca - Hiking in Jávea. 10-11 "Do you think that many people are giving up playing golf because It takes too much time to play a game?" by Tom McCowan 16-17 Fashion on the golf course, all the latest designs 18-21 Health topics! 22-23 Natural health - Mind over matter by Simone Segal 24-25 Finance How to look after your finances 28-29 The golf heritage by Tony Myles 36-37 Out and about - Places to visit 38-39 Food & drink - Selected restaurants and bars 44-47 Information on the Costa Blanca 52 Coolest Golfing Gadgets 53 Golfing Funnies 54 Entertainment - Box Office



La Finca Golf Resort

Miguel Ángel Jiménez Feature





Sergio García Profile


elcome to April´s edition of LCG. La Costa Golfer is a FREE monthly golf magazine & guide to the Costa Blanca with 56 colour pages directed to the Expat community and tourists who visit the Costa Blanca. It will cover all aspects of golf in the province of Alicante, these will include golf courses reviews, events, news, tournaments, players profiles and places of interest. Apart from the golf it will have features in finance, healthy eating, wine & Wineries (bodegas), where to eat, what to do and natural health therapy. We have great professionals that Las Fuentes de Algar Focus will contribute to the magazine every month, Tom McCowan (Golf ), Colin Harkeness (Wine & Wineries) Simone Segal (Natural Health), Tony Myles (Golf ) and Paul Tolley (Golf ). La Costa Golfer Magazine will be published digitally and this will give it greater exposure by being emailed to thousands of readers every month and promoted in Facebook. I invite you to be part of this exciting new project by advertising your products and services. I hope you enjoy the magazine and would welcome any feedback you might have, thank you in advance and remember to mention us to advertisers when contacting them. Colin Harkness´ Wine Column Regards y un Saludo Sergio Pérez Editor/Production Manager TO WIN TWO GREENFEES AT EL PLANTIO GOLF, SUBMIT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO: (A WINNER WILL BE DRAWN EVERY MONTH). CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST MONTH´S WINNER: DAVID ALEXANDER FROM DENIA, HE WINS TWO GREENFEES AT EL PLANTIO...

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ávea offers so much more than sea, sun and sangria. From the huge hulking mass of Montgó which extends its protective arm into the sea to the wide open natural spaces of Granadella to the south, the municipality offers plenty of scope for walkers of all ages and all abilities. Five official routes exist, almost 45km of trails opening up the beauty of both the countryside and the coastline and perfect for a brief afternoon saunter along the sea-cliffs or an energetic day-long push to mountain summits.


here are short strolls winding through the orange groves of the plain or cultural wanders through the narrow streets of the historic centre. There are more energetic rambles to the castle of Granadella or to the iconic windmills of La Plana as well as the amazing carved carverns of Cova Tallada. And there are challenging scrambles to the great open cavity popularly known as the "Eye of Montgó" and, of course, to the very summit of Montgó, standing over 750m above sea level and dominating the town to the north.


here also is plenty to offer within a short drive from the coast, including Aitana, the highest mountain in the region rising to 1,559m, and the enigmatic Barranco del Infierno, a popular hiking destination which is also known as 'La Catedral del Senderismo' - the 'Hiking Cathedral' - can be explored on the testing PR CV-147, a 15km route that boasts some 6,000 steps carved by the Moorish population that once lived in the area. So put on those boots, pull on the rucsac, fill the water bottle and get out WALKING IN JAVEA. 4


ne of the best ways to discover the beautiful landscape and coastline of Jávea is through its special network of walking paths. Taking in the wonderful natural spaces of the area, there are routes for everyone from gentle strolls along the headland of Cap Prim to the energetic climb to the summit of Montgó. Created by the Department of Tourism, the five trails total almost 45 kilometres in length and offer the visitor a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems as well as some of the local cultural and architectural heritage. A council-sponsored free guided service for these routes is offered through the Tourist Office with almost 30 excursions throughout the year. The Mirador Challenge is a mediumdistance endurance walk of approximately 29 kilometres which links a network of 15 viewpoints located along the wonderful coastline of Jávea. The concept behind the development of the Mirador Challenge was primarily to open up this official network of "miradors" to many more people who would be otherwise unaware of their existence. The secondary aim was to create a timed endurance walk covering many different types of terrain that would complement Jávea's excellent sporting and leisure calendar. The current record is 4 hours and 19 minutes with an average time to complete the route around 6 hours. There is something for all abilities in Jávea and you don't have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy the beauty of the area. A gentle walk around the historic centre takes in some of the most important heritage of the town, such as the fortress church of San Bartolomé and the route of the old walls which once protected the village from marauding pirates. The beautiful valley has some hidden delights within reach of everyone, including the ancient olive tree and the old wells of the ancient cattle tracks while the flat plateau of La Plana affords some fantastic views across the region whilst taking the walker to the very bottom of the path of the ascent to the summit of Montgó. For those who want a bit of adventure without too much effort, Jávea offers a number of opportunities to experience just a little bit more of

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its natural beauty. The remains of Granadella Castle sit at the end of a promontory which guards the cove of the same name and can be reached by a dramatic path which clings to steep cliffs. The amazing Cova Tallada on the northern flanks of the Cabo de San Antonio can be reached using an exciting loop which also takes in the old watchtower of Torre del Gerro whilst there is an exciting steep ascent to the cavity of Cova Ampla, popularly referred to as the 'Eye of Montgó'. And of course there

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are iconic windmills that sit about the town. At 752m high, the mountain of MontgĂł is the second highest peak so close to the sea in the whole of the Mediterranean area, rising dramatically from the valley floors surrounding it and dominating the skyline for miles around. From its summit, the Balearic island of Ibiza can be seen on the horizon to the east whilsttTo the south is the PeĂąon de Ifach (Calpe Rock), the Sierra Bernia and the Morro de Toix. To the west, the

Col de Rates, the Sierra de Aitana and the Val de Laguart and to the north, the gulf of Oliva and Cullera stretches up towards the city of Valencia. There are many ways to the summit and all demand complete respect, especially during the more unsettled winter months. The Costa Blanca region is not just sandy beaches and clear blue seas. The inland mountains offer some of the most dramatic scenery in the area with high mountains and deep valleys. At 1,559m, the Sierra de

Aitana is the highest peak in the province of Alicante and the obvious magnet for walkers as is the Puig de Campana with its special legend of the notch. Just a short car journey inland is the Vall de Laguart with the famous Barranco del Infierno, a popular hiking destination which is also known as 'La Catedral del Senderismo' - the 'Hiking Cathedral'. And there is even the Costa Blanca Mountain Way, a 110km hike from Villalonga to Benifato via some of the most special sights in the area.


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iguel Ángel Jiménez from the first round of the 2014 Masters, wearing his trademark aviator sunglasses, is just one more example of why some compare him to "The Most Interesting Man in the World" featured in the Dos Equis commercials. We're revisiting this piece, from Masters week 2014, on Miguel Angel Jimenez today in honour of his 54th birthday. To fellow pro golfers, Miguel Angel Jimenez is known as "The Mechanic" for his love of high-performance vehicles like his red Ferrari. To the rest of us who follow the game, he's become known as "The World's Most Interesting Golfer" because of the numerous similarities to "The World's Most Interesting Man" from the Dos Equis commercials. You can't help but smile when you look at Jimenez. He's a man with his own style, the red, curly ponytail under the PING hat and the aviator shades and, of course, the fine cigar and glass of Rioja that seem to occupy each hand after he signs his scorecard. It's hard to say when exactly the comparisons started. The ads made their debut in 2006 in the United States, but it would have certainly taken time to become the wellknown part of pop culture it is today.'s Jason Sobel, made the reference in a blog while at ESPN, covering the 2009 Open Championship. Jimenez held the firstround lead at Turnberry. That fictional character played by actor Jonathan Goldsmith in the Dos Equis commercials is known for the outlandish things he does. He enjoys fine cigars. His drink of choice -- naturally -- is Dos Equis beer. Overall, he seems to enjoy life more than anyone else.

"He's an enigma" We dug up an interview from from 2011. In the piece, agent Chubby Chandler (who represents Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood among others), had this to say of Jimenez: "He's a man of his own and everyone appreciates him. He lives his life and plays the game the way he wants to. He never rushes anything, he savours everything. He just inhales life, and he exudes it. I've never known someone more comfortable in his own skin than Miguel."

What's better than that? "It is important, no, to love what you are doing?” asks Jimenez. "It is important to enjoy the things that life brings you. I always know that when I start to play golf, that this is what I would like to do. I become good enough to be successful and have many good things for my life." Right then, Jimenez picks up the reporter’s tape recorder from the table and holds it close to his mouth, like a microphone: "I just want to say that golf is a beautiful game and it has given me a beautiful life." During the 2013 Open Championship, Sobel asked Jimenez if he was aware of his comparisons to the World's Most Interesting Man. Jimenez provided this fantastic, insightful response: "I don't compare myself with anyone. I try to live my life and enjoy myself. I think people ought to try to do the same thing." To recap: Jimenez loves fast cars, fine cigars, fine wine, has won 20 events on the European Tour, has played on four European Ryder Cup teams, today joined Fred Couples and Ben Hogan in the Masters record books with his third-round 66 that tied for low score by a player 50 or older in the tournament and, overall, loves life. It makes you wonder: Maybe those Dos Equis commercials are loosely based on Jimenez.



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M iguel Ă ngel JimĂŠnez

Most Interesting Man in the World"


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a Finca Golf Course in Spain is every golfer's dream. With luxurious housing, a friendly and accommodating clubhouse, a top quality champion course that's nestled amongst mountains and the coast, it's a true paradise. The climate is one of the best in Europe and even better for playing golf, all year round. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Algorfa at km.3 on the road from Algorfa – Montesinos. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 57Kms. I´ts a 18-hole, par 72 course that measures from the forward tees 5,411 to 6394 from the Championship tees. The course designed by José Gancedo, has some curious features to the assorted sizes of the greens 7th a Square green like a village Bowling Green, the 14th green is round and shaped like a “Wok”. Relatively young in years (2002) but already developed enough to test the best golfers while still being eminently playable for the beginner. The course is long and there is plenty of water, so a good supply of golf balls and probably a buggy is recommended.

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TOM McCowan

PGA España, auth

Pace of Play

Here are a few questions and some of my thoughts on the Speed at which the game of golf is being played at; "Do you think that many people are giving up playing golf because It takes too much time to play a game?"


owadays why does it take so long to play a round of golf? Golfers are not as physically fit as they used to be? The use of powered golf trolleys slows down the speed of play?

The ball does not fly far or so straight as before? The clubs are more difficult to use and therefore are not so efficient. Some courses have long distances between greens and tees for the next hole? Global warming makes the weather warmer causing the players to walk slower. Courses are more difficult to play on, many with an excessive number of hazards and playing shots with long carries over water making it a time factor when taking relief drops etc. There is a lot of talk about why there are not so many people playing golf. One of the main reasons that golf is losing players is that, it takes too much time to play a round. Have handicap limits for playing the course longer or shorter using the different tee’s, the markers on the teeing grounds indicating handicap levels. To reduce the time spent on the greens, or the number of 3 putts, make greens less complicated and or have the holes cut in easier positions on the greens. There are plans to play only 9-hole rounds or play 6 or


9-hole tournaments, make shorter courses, have more Pitch and Putt but with less water hazards? Will these options speed up play or take half the time to go round the course? None of these things will have much impact if the basic speed of playing the game is not reduced. The rules of etiquette state something like, “play at a good rhythm and maintain it throughout the round”. (Links Trust Webcam on the Old Course). A comparison between the pace of play in the 1957 and the 2015 Open Championships both played in St. Andrews over the Old Course. In July 1957 the 86th Open Championship was played over the Old Course at St Andrews. The course had been reduced two years earlier to par 72, (the 17th hole was reduced to a par 4), the course measured some 6636 yards. 295 golfers participated in the qualifying round over the Old and the New courses with 96 golfers qualifying to play in the championship proper. In the first round, played in the wind and rain saw the leader Laurie Ayton returned a score of 67, his round was completed a short time after the reigning US Open Champion Gary Middlecoff finished his round of par. Middlecoff, who completed his round in three hours 18 min-

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utes had caused some controversy with other players, who regestered a complaint with the Royal and Ancient over his “slow play”. Gary Middlecoff stated, “I took three hours 18 minutes, which is not slow. Of that time I spent 20 minutes on the 13th hole where my fellow competitor and I were both bunkered and made sixes. I took two strokes to get out”. The R & A defended his speed of play stating that, “the time taken was reasonable and as such no action was necessary”. The recommended time for a group of four visitors to play the Old Course is recommended as being 4 hours. For the 2016 Open Championship the distance of the Old course was extended to 7,305 yds. To accommodate the now-a-days the top professional golfers who are called athletes. These golfers play with super High-Tec equipment carried in general by professional caddies, combined have all the information necessary for the calculation of the distances to the greens together with the location of the hole, even the contours, every slope, hump and bump. With all this assistance they now take a playing time for a competition round of 18 holes, between 4hrs.30min. To 5hrs. 30mins. Compare this to the following; We all try to watch golf on television but with the policy of showing every shot of particular players (even when they take in excess of 5 mins. to make a play), due the time taken

On the “tee” 17th. Hole Old Course St Andrews 1920’s it is fortunate that there are commercial breaks that allow us to attend to basic necessidades. Not only from watching on television but also seeing in person players on the golf course, very many players copy their idols. There seems to be a lacking in respect or knowledge for and/ or playing to the rules of the game. Are players being taught how to play and enjoy the game of golf, that it is a sport, a pastime, a hoby, a form of exercise and maybe even a way of life. A game that has been played and enjoyed in Scotland since before 1457 the game must have some kind of attraction, so why waste it now.

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The Staysure Tour Comes to Benidorm


he Staysure Tour today announces its schedule for the 2018 season, featuring three new events in Denmark, England and Spain. The Shipco Masters Promoted by Simon’s Golf Club, Staysure PGA Seniors Championship and Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters are the latest additions to the calendar, which will see the Tour travel to four continents in 2018. United Kingdombased insurance company Staysure have also been named as title sponsors of the PGA Seniors Championship, which returns to the schedule for the first time since 2015. The field for the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship will be made up of Staysure Tour members, PGA professionals and a Monday qualifier will also take place prior to the event. The Staysure-sponsored tournament will take place the week after The Senior Open Presented by Rolex, which will see many of the game’s legends step foot

onto the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, from July 26-29. Bernhard Langer, who captured his record tenth Senior Major Championship at last year’s Senior Open, will bid to become the first golfer to defend the Senior Claret Jug since Christy O’Connor Jnr in 2000. Meliã Villaitana Golf Club in Alicante will host the first edition of the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Masters from November 29-December 1, and the 2018 season will conclude in the spectacular Indian Ocean setting of Mauritius at the eighth edition of the MCB Tour Championship from December 7-9. David MacLaren, Head of the Staysure Tour, said: “We are all very excited about the forthcoming season and the first year of our landmark partnership with title sponsors Staysure. We have made further progress in expanding our tournament schedule and are delighted to see the return of the PGA Seniors Championship to our calendar. “Our new events in Denmark, England and Spain are also welcome additions to our schedule, and we are working diligently to add further tournaments to our calendar for the 2018 season. “We look forward to seeing Clark Dennis begin his defence of the John Jacobs Trophy in Sharjah and wish all of our players the best of luck for the forthcoming season.”

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These all new Puma Ignite PWRSPORT golf shoes are possibly one of the most technically advanced spikeless golf shoes in the game and boast a number of key features which make them a simply outstanding choice for wearing both on and off the golf course in 2018. Key features which enhance your comfort levels include the signature Ignite foam cushioning and the newly introduced anatomically shaped hybrid bootie construction, while a perfect fit strap provides a customized fit. Locked down support and an impressive degree of stability is on offer with the powercage saddle and ultra thin TPU "PWRFRAME" wrap which targets high stress areas, both marrying well with the outrigger stability midsole for complete performance. Finally, the spikeless outsole features gripzone technology for traction on the course, while still feeling soft and comfortable enough to wear on any hard surfaces. The best spikeless shoe which Puma Golf have ever produced, in our opinion. 16


The Henrik Stenson Iceman golf sunglasses are the style of choice for the man himself on tour and this highly functional sports model has been specifically designed for golf and other sporting activities. The frame makes use of a lightweight material with a three point grip for a unique balance between comfort and performance, while the "Cap Grip" rubberised inner arm prevents slippage off your cap. The slip reducing rubber nosepads and tempel grip provides a more secure fit when active, while the frame shape also helps to provide maximum lens coverage.


We simply love this brand new Galvin Green polo which makes use of the outstanding Ventil8 Plus fabrication for incredible breathability and moisture wicking performance. The soft and lightweight nature of the fabric combines well with the engineered sleeves and shoulders for freedom of movement and maximum comfort, while the attention to detail within the design itself is equally impressive. The subtle zip chest pocket is both functional and aesthetically pleasing with the contrast panel finish, while the snap button placket is another classy touch. One of the best polo shirts from Galvin Green for 2018.

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LCG Golf Fashion RLX GOLF TROUSERS PRINTED ATHLETIC PANT - VINTAGE MOTO BLACK SS18 £145.00 These popular RLX golf trousers look modern and stylish with this all over printed motorbike symbol in black, a very welcome addition to the RLX collection for 2018. The lightweight, performance fabric with added four way stretch ensures maximum comfort is offered throughout your round, whilst the slim fit is perfect for a modern and stylish outfit on the golf course.


GALVIN GREEN GOLF GLOVES - BECK LEATHER FLEECE BLACK SS18 £29.95 Galvin Green are winter golf experts and these cold weather golf gloves feature a Cabretta leather palm for excellent grip in all conditions, with the windproof fleece lining offering total warmth and comfort. A brand new style for this winter, we are confident the Beck warm winter golf gloves will be a popular style and provide you with the performance you need this season.


Finished in the seasonal orange colour way to match in perfectly with the latest Galvin Green golf collection, the Delta snood can be worn as a neck-warmer or also as a bandana for on the golf course. Having been made with lightweight Insula technology which provides incredible warmth, this golf snood features Galvin Green branding and will be very comfortable to wear in a variety of ways this season. Another absolute winter essential for keeping you warm and cosy on the golf course.


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10 Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits You Never Knew


here's far more to extra virgin olive oil than meets the eye (and tastebuds). No Spanish kitchen would be complete without a tall bottle of olive oil. Be it to add flavour to your tostada at breakfast, dress a salad at lunch or include in your recipes for dinnertime. The beloved aceite de oliva has been a part of the Spanish diet for thousands of years and Spain is home to some of the world’s oldest olive trees.

1. It’s good for your sex life

No wonder the greatest lover in history was Italian: extra virgin olive oil may even improve your sex life. Casanova must have had excellent circulation for all those conquests; olive oil boosts circulation to all areas of the body, including those hard to reach erogenous zones.

2. Weight loss secret weapon

Twenty litres of extra virgin olive oil every year and most Mediterraneans still aren’t fat. According to Leandro Ravetti, Chief Oil Maker of the award-winning Cobram Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oils, a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil may deliver greater and longer lasting weight loss results than a low-fat diet.

3. Diabetes deterrent

Eating extra virgin olive oil as part of a balanced diet may help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Ravetti says extra virgin helps “regulate and balance our insulin levels, so you’re not really having those spikes.”

4. Pain relief

Extra virgin olive oil contains a substance called oleocanthal, which has anti-inflammatory agents, meaning olive oil is like a natural Ibuprofen. Research increasingly suggests 18

inflammation impacts a number of chronic diseases, so olive oil’s anti-inflammatory properties grow more compelling all the time.

5. Skin saviour

Extra virgin olive oil helps with anti-ageing, osteoporosis and skin damage. “One that’s proven is that it adds a protective coating on the skin, both through consumption and application,” says Ravetti.

6. Mental agility

Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat, which research suggests helps prevent or slow down the cognitive decline associated with diseases like Alzheimer’s.

7. It strengthens your immune system

Loaded with antioxidants – vital for strengthening and protecting your immune system – extra virgin olive oil may help you become more resistant to infection. This wide range of important antioxidants isn’t found in other oils.

8. It keeps your body running smoothly

It’s not just vehicles that benefit from a regular oil change; extra virgin olive oil contributes to the operational health of such vital areas as the stomach, pancreas and intestines.

9. Pregnancy aid

Not only can olive oil application assist in avoiding stretch marks, consuming extra virgin olive oil while pregnant may improve your child’s psychomotor reflexes and more.

10. Longevity

Since extra virgin olive oil assists in the prevention and/or reduced impact of so many diseases – including certain cancers – it’s no exaggeration to say it may even help you live longer. Not bad for something that’s also delicious.

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Make your smile cheesier !!!

other golfers who have not read this article and don't have any knowledge of this profound truth... lol ! This is the mentality of top golfing professionals, they master the art of positive thinking, in fact they know they have already won before the game starts, they wear their smile inside, but wearing your smile on the outside will serve your game, your happiness and health, more effectively for sure. Just so you know facts about serotonin Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is a chemical found in the human body It carries signals along and between nerves - a

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neurotransmitter. It is mainly found in the brain, bowels

The more you stretch it across your face

and blood platelets.

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ergio started playing golf when he was a child and soon he showed he had a special talent for the game. He swung his first club when he was only 3 years old under the supervision of Víctor García, his father, teacher and mentor. Víctor had worked as a caddie at Club de Campo de Madrid and then became a professional golf player. After that, he coached at Club de Campo del Mediterraneo (Borriol), where he guided his son’s career closely watched by Consuelo, Sergio’s mother, who at the time managed the club’s pro-shop. Sergio didn’t need too much time to stand out and when he was only 12 years old everybody knew that he was going to be a special player. When he was 15 years old he made the cut in an European Tour event and only three years later he turned pro. Garcia found his place among the best very quickly. His name went around the world when he qualified for the 1999 Ryder Cup after only a few months of competition. That same year, “El Niño” made international headlines at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, hitting a shot remembered all around the world. Trailing Tiger Woods by a single stroke, Sergio hit an incredible shot from an awful lie behind a tree on the 16th hole and managed to get the ball to the green. Woods ended winning that tournament, but that shot will be remembered forever. Since then, Sergio has had a brilliant career. Sergio has been in the OWGR top ten for more than a decade, winning tournaments everywhere (Europe, United States, Africa, Asia...). Sergio lives, breathes and bleeds Ryder Cup, and was a member of the European Ryder Cup team from 1999 until 2012 (excepting 2010), holding an impressive record. Besides golf, Sergio loves sports and enjoys playing tennis or football whenever he has some spare time. He is also a fan of Real Madrid and his passion for football took him to fill the dual role of President and player of Borriol CF, a Third Division team in the Spanish football league. He debuted on September 12th, 2010 in a match against Ribarroja CF. 2017 was memorable year for Sergio Garcia as he was named European Golfer of the Year. The 37-year-old Spaniard claimed the honour for the first time in his career, thanks largely to his memorable playoff win at the Masters in April.

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The Golf Heritage By Tony Myles


n the wonderful world of golf, one can often observe some strange sights. Over just a few recent years I have witnessed a grown man, filled with frustration after a wicked slice, hurling his four-iron high into the air where it caught on the branches of a tree and remained there only to be joined by his sand wedge which was launched in a vain attempt to dislodge it. I have also watched a fellow player run at top speed after his electric trolley as it headed inexorably towards the lake. The effort was as successful as the hurled sand wedge, as the trolley rapidly slipped down the bank and disappeared under water. These are somewhat tame when compared to the sight of a tartan bedecked golfer wearing full highland dress and, as is common practise, with no nether garment to protect the personal tackle. In mid-summer in Spain this could be more acceptable but, when the ex-pat Scot proudly displays his full highland regalia, it is usually around the end of January and in celebration of the life and times of Robert Burns. I have scoured many accounts of the life of Burns but have yet to find any reference to him in relation to Golf although he was born and raised in the country that has given the world the modern game. There are those who have concluded that his classic “To a mouse” could easily have been written with the golf ball in mind. “Wee sleekit courin timorous beastie . . . .”

The Burns Day event

Despite the fact that there is no apparent link between Robert Burns and golf, an annual event in most golf calendars is the Burns Day. Living and playing in Spain has no effect on this and typical of this Gaelic celebration


is the special day at La Sella. From a few dozen ardent competitors just a few years ago Campbell Lamont has grown this into the heavily over-subscribed and most popular event of the year. And it is with uncanny accuracy that in the midst of a period of heavy rain and wind, Campbell manages to select a date on which the sun will shine from dawn till dusk. So it was this year that the golfing clans gathered once again to the sound of the lone piper. Many of them wearing tartan trews and shirts that had been in storage since last year. I was joined by a special guest from Scotland who was astonished by the sound of so many Scottish voices. “Hows it goin’ Jimmy?” was frequently heard. It is important to point out that in order to be addressed as “Jimmy” it is not necessary for your name to be Jimmy or indeed any variation of it. “Jimmy” is a useful Scottish mechanism that allows you to be sociable when you have no idea who you are addressing. The regular format is a Texas Scramble with a shotgun start so that everyone starts and finishes around the same time. With the demand for places exceeding the course capacity it was necessary for several tees to host more than one group of players. Indeed with 112 players ready to start, many tees had two or three teams. Texas Scramble – for those unfamiliar with this format it requires each team member to tee-off and then one of the drives is chosen as the location for the second shot and so on until the ball is holed out.

The After Burns

Beyond the game itself there are other traditions associated with this day. Whisky is consumed throughout the day and, whilst the event is fiercely competitive, the social aspects are the most important. The Burns supper, where a piper will lead a solemn procession which will include the pre-cooked and mandatory Haggis. Inevitably the numbers will be increased as partners arrive to learn about the unlucky missed putts and other tales of the excepted. Speeches follow the main meal and the festivities and good humour continue for several hours thereafter. It is a glorious celebration and whilst it might be somewhat perplexing it is always well supported by many non-Scottish participants. In the case of the La Sella Burns Day there were 12 different nationalities represented. Here is a date for your scheduler – January 29th, 2019. I can guarantee it will be a fine day.

The Pipeline stops at eighteen!

In the previous edition of Costa Blanca Golfer I bemoaned the paucity of young golfers joining the sport and like an ancient soothsayer I uttered a dire warning that unless some positive steps are taken to address this shortfall the

LCG Golf game must surely wither and die or become the preserve of the super-rich who are prepared to fund the few remaining clubs with vast annual fees. This month I am the harbinger of good news because there are notable exceptions to that trend. There is a growing centre of excellence in this area. It is the Academy where Dino Ferrer, Jason Seed and Michael McCarthy coaches over 100 youngsters of ages from 8 to 18 and at varying levels of skill. Dino acknowledges the issue associated with the loss of new young players entering the game and identifies it as happening once the youngsters reach 18 years This is what he had to say. “We have a wide range of students and the numbers increase every year. I have seen this at first hand as I have been involved with the Academy for the last nine years. Fifty percent of our students are under 12 years old and at this level we endeavour to ensure that the game is a great fun experience where expectations are realistic. We have to be mindful that these days there is a expectation of ‘instant gratification’ and as every golfer knows, this is very rare in our sport. The problem becomes apparent with the over

Dino Ferrer 18-year-old players, when the demands of more intense studies or other activities mean a loss of interest in Golf.” Dino also makes the point that unlike other team games, where there are other potential team members to share the blame for any failure, in golf the player is solely responsible and that is an important and often a difficult lesson for a young beginner. Over the next few months we will feature some of the youngsters who are already demonstrating a strong desire to become accomplished players. It will be refreshing to hear their views on how the game could progress in order to encourage more of their peers to stay with the sport beyond the apparent cut-off age of eighteen.

The Local Societies

For many years from the 60s through to the late 80s the opportunities to play golf were somewhat limited. Golf courses had long waiting lists and when your name

eventually became close to the top you were expected to play a round with an official who would then either approve or disapprove your membership application. This lengthy process led to the formation of the Golf Society whereby a group of keen players would book a few rounds of golf every year at various courses. The numbers involved and the fact that these days were generally midweek meant that the courses welcomed the extra business. Everywhere today the game is more easily accessed, and the vast majority of courses are very happy to accept a new golfer provided he or she can afford the fees. Nevertheless, the Society concept is still very popular and in Spain it is thriving. Many of the local groups have been in existence for decades.

The Montgo Golf Society

One of the latest additions to this list is the Montgo Golf society which was formed in 2009 with the intention of limiting the membership to 30. This proved unsustainable as demand grew and, with an ever-increasing number of guests requesting membership, that limit has been raised to 80. They play each week at the Oliva Nova course with the exception of a few “away-days” and although they are close to their membership limit they still welcome guests. Their current captain is Denise Cooper. Denise has been Captain since 26th January taking over from John Feek who was one of the founding fathers. With a very respectable handicap of 17.4 Denise loves the Escorpion course which is very tough, but nevertheless that is where Denise scored a hole-in-one. Having said that she has a strong affection for Oliva Nova where she is a member. The Montgo is a highly regarded Denise Cooper Society with a wide range of abilities. Shaun O’Gorman, with a handicap of 4.5, is the lowest for the gents and with 6.5 Gerian van Ooijen holds that title for the ladies. If you would like to play with the Montgo or would like more information, then firstly check their website which is very well maintained and has all the contact details together with their playing schedule. The address is If you are involved with a society in the Costa Blanca, then I would like to hear from you. Email your contact details to


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The Star of the 2018 Majors - will be....?

By Tony Myles

Jordan Spieth Dustin Johnson

Jon Rahm

Justin Rose


s we approach the start of the Golf Major season it is very difficult to make a case for a single player who could become the Major Star of 2018.

· Dustin Johnson – so consistent and seemingly unflappable. · Jon Rahm - How good it is to see a Spaniard so high in the rankings as Jon holds onto his second place. · Justin Rose - Is this going to be the year when Justin improves his consistency and claims a second Major? There are so many players with similar abilities so how do you isolate one individual. Sadly, the crystal ball is not a reliable mechanism and so I have to resort to other more mundane methods. In the heyday of Tiger Woods, it was easy, and the only question was who would be the runner-up. Then came a young Texan who also appeared to be setting the greens on fire. His maturity belied the fact that he was still a teenager. His attitude more than his skill brought him im30

mense and well-deserved credit. Not only with the general public but also amongst his fellow golfers. He was undoubtedly a strong influence in the victorious US Ryder Cup team in 2016. Jordan Spieth. Still in his early twenties and recently engaged to his childhood sweetheart. I wonder if that is the catalyst that will bring him back to his best form in the current year? He has started 2018 in a reasonable manner and claims that he is feeling confident about the challenge of the Majors. The strongest part of his game has always been his putting and when that deserted him his success also diminished. He proclaims that this is back in peak and precise condition and if that is the case, he will once again be a formidable force in the coming events. It is possible that as you read this Sergio has reproduced the startling rounds that enabled him to win the Master at Augusta last year, but I would be very surprised if Jordan Spieth is not in contention.

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LCG Costa Blanca Focus


he Fuentes del Algar will take your breath away in more ways than one. They are spectacular with natural waterfalls and pools which are picture-postcard perfect. The water is also freezing, so be warned! You may be thinking these fountains look familiar. They featured in the TV comedy Benidorm and are also said to be the fountains for the famous (although now quite old) Timotei shampoo advert when a beautiful woman washed her long blonde hair under the waterfall. This main emblematic waterfall is a compulsory stop for photographs. The fall is more than 15 metres high with a clear stream of pure water tumbling down through the rocks into an impressive pool. You would be hard pressed to find a finer location for swimming, bathing and enjoying nature at her very finest. The waterfalls cascading down the impressive grey and green rocks are spectacular. You can take a refreshing – although freezing – swim in the crystal-clear pools of water. Visitors can also enjoy a 1.5 kilometre walk through the Algar riverbed to enjoy all the waterfalls, springs and natural pools. There is also an old dam, canal and ditches, which are still in use today. You can also find out more about the natural flora and fauna as well as visit the arboretum with typical Mediterranean trees. The waterfalls are great to visit at any time of year, although the icy cold water is particularly refreshing on those long, hot summer days. There is also a lifeguard on duty in the summer and at Easter. You can either walk along the riverbed to see the rock pools, take a picnic and simply enjoy the views, or go for a swim. The walk along the natural pools (known as tolls) is stunning as you will see five crystal-clear pools before arriving at a little oasis. The higher you climb, the colder the water in the pools so be prepared! The natural park is a haven for water lovers and nature lovers who will come across cascades of tiny streams and springs cutting through the rocks can be seen as you climb the wooden steps and bridges to the top. It’s perfect for a day out for all the family, although you will need to take care as the rocks can be slippery. This natural park is also a photographer’s paradise with perfect scenes of waterfalls, turquoise pools, a green oasis and views of the neighbouring mountains. Alongside the path to the entrance is a canal and 34

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100-year-old irrigation ditches which are still being used today. There is an exhibition of native aromatic plants and herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary as well as the local nispero fruit. You can buy a gift as a souvenir of your visit as well. Stalls are set up selling local vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, oranges, lemons and nispero by the entrance to the waterfalls. Callosa d’en Sarria is the best place to buy succulent nispero (loquat). The natural conditions of this mountainous region are ideal for growing nispero because of the mild weather and excellent quality of the water. It is now the main producer of nisperos in Spain, which is indigenous to south-east China. Alongside the roads

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around Callosa you will see massive sheets of netting in the fields protecting the nispero trees. The fruit is picked in April and May. There are five restaurants here so you can sample local cuisine from the Alicante region, including many rice dishes such as paella or fresh fish from the bay. Being between the mountain and the sea, Callosa picks the best dishes from both areas. As well as rice dishes, you can try Minxos, which are baked fish and vegetables; putxero amb pilotes, which is a meatball and vegetable stew; arros amb costra with rice and egg; sweet pastries and nispero, of course. A picnic site has been set up near one of the entrances, so you can bring your own food. About 500 metres

up the hill from the Algar waterfalls is a campsite and barbecue area, if you want to extend your stay to explore this beautiful mountainous area of Alicante. Dogs are allowed on leads except during high season, although they cannot go in the water. They are not allowed in the waterfalls at all from midJune to mid-September. The Algar waterfalls are about 15 minutes from Benidorm on the CV-715 road to Callosa d’en Sarria. Entrance is €4 for adults, €3 for seniors and students, €2 for children aged 4 to 10, and free to children under 10. From the Algar waterfalls, you can also enjoy a walk to the Bernia Fort, where you will discover a cave and a cattle corral. Information panels line the route to explain the sights along the pathway. Walkers will enjoy fabulous views of the coast stretching from Alicante in the south to Calpe as well as mountain views. You will also go past the Bardalet Cave The Bernia Fort was built in 1562 and is a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture. It was built to help the area stand firm against threatening invasions from the sea. However, it was demolished in 1612 because it was useless, being so far from the coast. You can still see the wall, well and a few arches. The 5.5-kilometre walk will take about 2 hours 30 minutes and is fairly easy, although you’ll need to take plenty of water if you are walking in the summer months, Time permitting, a visit to Callosa d’en Sarria is highly recommended. It started life as an Arab farm which was taken over by Admiral Bernat de Sarria in 1290 after the Christian Reconquest when the Moors were overthrown. You can see the Arab influence in the terraced farmland as you drive through the countryside to the town. Callosa has a beautifully-preserved historic quarter where you can visit the St John the Baptist church, the Calvary or Stations of the Cross, the public washhouse and an archaeological museum to find out more about the region. In the old town, you can pass through one of its medieval gateways, El Portal. Algar Waterfall in Callosa d’en Sarria, Alicante Also worth visiting, is the Cactus d’Algar botanical garden, which is about 1km from the waterfall. The landscaped area is home to more than 500 different species of cactus and other Mediterranean plants. 35

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Mundomar, Benidorm MUNDOMAR (SEAWORLD) is an attraction with marine animals and exotic birds. You can explore the various areas of the park and enjoy shows with parrots, sea lions and dolphins or see the sub-aquatic world of sea-mammals. There is also a self-service snack restaurant and shops. Enjoy the new show of the dolphins' synchronized ballet. It is a great unprecedented spectacle worldwide, where the dolphins from Mundomar dance together with the swimmers of the Spanish Synchronized Swimming Team, for the delight of the public. An unforgettable experience! Address: Sierra Helada, s/n CP: 03500 Benidorm (España) Phone numbers: +34 965 869 101 Fax: 96 586 88 89 Email: Web: 36


THE TURRÓN MUSEUM is a private institution dedicated to recuperating the technological heritage related to the production of turrón (a type of nougat) and marzipans, and more generally, the technology related to the economic development of Jijona throughout its history. The museum is spread over three floors on each of which tools and utensils are displayed and the processes are explained according to the following criteria: Top floor: prime materials (sugar, honey, almonds and eggs) Middle floor: Processes (Jijona and Alicante turrón, marzipans) Lower floor: Commercialisation of the product (points of sale, publicity, packaging, company history, local history) Address: Polígino Industrial Espartal II Opening times: Low season (January 1 to July 15): Monday to Saturday – Closed. Sundays and public holidays – tours are organised at the following times: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:00, 16:00, 16:45 & 17:30 High season (July 16 to December 31): Monday to Sunday, including public holidays – tours are organised at the following times: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:00, 15:30, 16:15, 17:00, 1745 & 18:30 Telephone number: 965 610 712 E-mail: Official web page: http://www.museodelturron. com/

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APRIL 22, 23 AND 24

Moors and Christians in Alcoy

La Finca Algorfa Golf



he most spectacular expression of the “Moors and Christians” festivities takes place in Alcoy, where a number of 13th-century events from the times of king Jaime I the conqueror, when the city was attacked by the Moorish chieftain AlAzraq and, according to legend, Saint George appeared on horseback to help the city, which swore to build a temple in his honour and to feast him, are commemorated. The festivities in Alcoy have been declared to be of international touristic interest. ON APRIL 22, 23 AND 24, Alcoy becomes a veritable explosion of joy, with thousands of white pennants with the cross of Saint George and many other green flags with the Islamic crescent moon decorate the city. Scenes, pageants and entries are held, representing the capture of the castle by the Moors and how the Christians recaptured it. The din of drums, trumpets, volleys of muskets in the thick of battle, the smell of gunpowder… impressive!

he course stands out for its generous fairways and its superbly designed and variously shaped greens, among other reasons. The 7th hole, for example, features a completely square green flanked on one side by a bunker so large it could be a beach. The preceding 5th and 6th holes include spectacular waterfalls and impressive lakes, adding both beauty and an extra challenge to your round, as well as making for an enjoyable game on a course that rewards accurate stroke play. When the course was designed and built, great care was taken to ensure the local environment was preserved, and the course is surrounded by nature. FEATURES: THE FIRST DAY HOSTS the two Entrances, with Designer of the field: José Gancedo the Christian entering in the morning and the Type of grass:groups Fairway: bermuda. Green: penncross Moorish ones in the afternoon. The richness colAddress:Carretera Algorfa-Los Montesinos, km and 3. Finca our of the costumes, the music, the colourful standLa Rellana CP: 03169 Algorfa ards and the966 twirls the corporals Phone: +34 729performed 010 - Fax: by +34 966 729 011 create a magical mood. Route: THE the SECOND DAY, theexit 23rd, is Saint Take AP-7 motorway, 743which towards Algorfa. In George’s day, is a day of devotion in the chapel, in Algorfa, turn towards Los Montesinos-Torrevieja. the procession with the relic, the30 figure of San JordiClosest airport: El Altet (Alicante), km. San Javier et, a child under the age of eight dressed as a Ro(Murcia), 50 km. man soldier. RATES AND OPENING TIMES: Holes: 18 ON THE 24TH, Day of the Alardo Opening times: the De 08.00 horas, hasta la(mock caída battle), de la noche. Abierto todo el año a series of skirmishes take place, in which muskets Green fees: 18 hoyos, 75 €. hoyos,and 39 €Moorish capes and blunderbusses, suits of 9 armour Putting Green: give shape to a 2 battle which has been won by ChrisCredit cards:since Visa,1276. Mastercard tians yearly Once calm has returned, San Services Club: Rental carts:by 5 €the - Clubs: 30 € putting Jordiet appears, acclaimed multitude, Practice 20 puestos - Chipping area: year. 1 an end torange: the festivities until the following 37

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Cafe d'Art Pizzeria Restaurant

La Plantación

Carrer Andres Lambert 4, 03730 Jávea Tel: 965 64 12 51

Partida Arenetes, 12 CV-758 Km, 7 03509 Finestrat - Alicante. Tel: 965 87 87 15 Meats on the barbecue, Ranger Ribs, T-bone Steaks and much more.

El Charro Negro

La Casa del Reloj

Plaza Castelar 4 03181 Torrevieja, Alicante Tel: 965 71 80 13 Mexican delights. 38

Avda. Oscar Espla, 15, 03580 Albir. Tel: 966 868 098 Speciality of the house rices and seafood.

Crta. Cartagena-Alicante km 33 San Pedro del Pinatar Tel: 968 182 406 19th century building Traditional cooking.


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Selected Bars Cromwell´s

Avenida Pintor Xavier Soler, 6, 03015, Alicante. Tel: 965 25 76 96 Irish Pub · Casual · Closes 4AM

The Loft Benidorm

Carrer Pintor Lozano 6 03501 Benidorm. Tel: 639 65 23 69 Cafe · Pub

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Avenida Pintor Xavier Soler, 7, 03015 Alicante.Tel: 633 26 55 25 Avenida Alfonso X el Sabio, Nº6 (Mercado) 03002 Alicante. Tel: 633 26 55 25 Great cocktails · Cosy · Casual

Carrer Concepció, 4, 03590 Altea, Alicante. Tel: +34 966 88 18 28 Bar · Cafe · Restaurant

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Ka Mi Suegra

Jefe's Bar

Medico Vicente Reyes nº19, 03015 Alicante, Spain. Tel: 966 355 739 - 966 592 415 Beers · Wines · Balinese food

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Bar Marco Polo

Calle Cala Dorada, 03185 Torrevieja. Tel: 680 58 89 49 Spanish · Bar · Cafeteria

Calle Cupido 5, 03183, Torrevieja, Alicante. Tel: 693 56 16 63 Great place to relax and chill Great music Great drinks. 10/10 Very good service and prices. Highly recommended.

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Drivers Bar Villamartin

Calle Tomás Bretón, 15, 03189 Villamartín, Alicante. Tel: 966 76 48 70 Pub · Sports bar · Beer garden

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Hepburns Bar

Chemies Lounge

Carre Ruperto Chapi 12,03581 03581 Albir, Valenciana, Spain Tel: 634 308 890

Calle Tomás Bretón, 13, 03189 Villamartín, Alicante. Tel: 634 06 40 61

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Pub · Sports bar · Lounge

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Bar Café Moonlight Albir

Guinness bar

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Av de l'Albir, 5, 03581 El Albir, Alicante. Tel: 602 54 19 09 Outdoor seating · Cosy · Bar

Av. de Alcoy, 7. edif. Pincipado Manila (next to beach) 03500 Benidorm, Spain Tel: 965 86 29 27 Irish Bar · Live Music · Football


LCG Colin Harkness´ Wine Column Hola! Welcome to La Costa Golfer’s regular Wine Column! My remit is to keep readers up to date with the Spanish wine scene in general and also, specifically, with the wines from our region, here in South East Spain.


o, I can’t really think of a better place to start than with, not only one of the most outstanding bodegas in our area, but also one of the best wineries in the whole of Spain – Bodegas Enrique Mendoza! (http://www. . The origins of this leading family bodega are of interest. Following local farming tradition, founding father, Enrique Mendoza, decided to give a plot of land to his first born, the current incumbent and Head Winemaker, Pepe Mendoza - to do with as he wished. Having always been interested in grapes and the family wine, Pepe elected to plant vines. Soon, the family had 2,000 litres of wine to keep them going. And, when second son also planted vines, well, there was more than enough to give to friends also! And, yes, you’ve guessed it, when the 3rd son also planted vines, the 10,000 litres of wine now being produced, forced the family to contemplate a journey into the unknown – commercial winemaking! They’ve never looked back and little did they know that, very altruistically, they were also paving the way for others in the DO Alicante to follow. Despite the critics of the time (the generation before mine, I hastily point out) pronouncing that good quality wine was not possible in the Alicante region, Enrique and the boys set about proving them wellwrong! Perhaps those critics of yesteryear didn’t possess a map? Had they access to one, particularly a map of the Wine Denominaciónes de Origen of Spain (DO, sometimes also referred to as DOP), they should have drawn a different conclusion. Whilst Alicante land runs along a large proportion of the coast of SE Spain, and is therefore basically only just above sea level, the geographical area of the zone heads inland a considerable distance, rising significantly as it goes. Although the Mendoza bodega building is to be found in Alfaz del Pi, but a few metres above sea level, their vineyards are inland in the Villena area, 40

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where the altitude approaches 800 metres. Now this is significant – those critics were correct to point out that during the growing season the temperature is way above that which vines prefer in order to produce their best grapes. However, at an altitude of 700m and above, there is a crucial and considerable drop in temperature at night time, giving the vines some respite from the furnace-like heat of the day. This means that the grapes develop perfectly in order for them to make top quality wine. Speaking of which – let’s have a look at the Bodegas Enrique Mendoza portfolio of wines. Firstly, from what we ‘wine types’ call, ‘entry level’ wines (in other words, the least expensive of the range) all the way through to the top wine(s) that the bodega offers, Mendoza represents excellent value for money! Indeed, when considering their top three wines – the equivalent of these in terms of quality, nay, excellence, made in more famous DOs (the likes of Rioja, Ribera del Duero etc), would be far more expensive,

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LCG Colin Harkness´ Wine Column probably double the price! And, secondly, it’s worth pointing out that in the excellent and wholly impartial Guía Proensa, the guide to Spain’s best 500 wines, there are only two DO Alicante bodegas represented, one wine from the other bodega, and an impressive five from Bodegas

of which come in at just about the 20€ mark. The original, much praised Santa Rosa, has been joined by the 100% Monastrell variety, Estrecho, and most recently, by the single vineyard Quebradas. Another much vaunted red is the Petit Verdot – is there a better wine in Spain made from this very French grape variety? And, it’s not only the red Mendoza wines that fit the bill. Indeed their highest 96 pointer above is the superb white Moscatel Dessert Wine, plus I love both the judiciously oaked, and the unoaked, Chardonnay. Finally, for this, the first ‘Wine a Little, You Will Feel Better’ article, a mention of Mendoza’s business development during the 21st century, so far. La Crisis, the dreadful recession suffered by us all here in Spain, affected the wine industry too, of course. Forward thinking wine producers put together plans to hopefully withstand the inevitable loss of sales, particularly in the domestic market. Some had already dabbled in the concept of Wine Tourism and found it to be, useful, revenue wise, if not, immediately lucrative. Along with others, Bodegas Enrique Mendoza embraced Enoturismo, making their tour and tasting perhaps the most envied (and copied/adapted) in the area.


Mendoza! Of these, the lowest score is 90, the highest – 96 points!

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Over the years I’ve tasted all of the different wines in the Mendoza range and I’ve never been anything other than delighted. There are three which are lauded as the flagship, the very top, wines of the bodega, all

I’ve taken groups as small as a dozen and as large as 30+ to the custom designed and built bodega in Alfaz - and I can tell you that it really is excellent. Twenty Euros gives you a tour, in English, if required, taking in: the small vineyard area that surrounds the bodega; the stainless steel fermentation tanks, where the wine making process occurs; the bottling plant; the crianza area, where those wines which to be fermented and/or aged in oak are kept; and finally leading to the tasting veranda! And what a tasting – a large selection of wines, including at least one of the top wines (and their luscious dessert wine paired with chocolate), all accompanied by an excellent and plentiful selection of cold hams, sausages, cheeses, bread and their own wonderful Extra Virgin Olive Oil! So, golfers – I give you Bodegas Enrique Mendoza! Colin Harkness is a National and International Wine Judge, Writer & Broadcaster specialising in Spanish Wines, active in Wine Tourism and living in Alicante Province.

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Selected Local Services Painters


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PINTORES ALONSO All types of paint work to a high standard in Torrevieja and surrounding areas. Tel: 966 707 135 - 616 701 771 - 638 511 910 (English)

WOOLLY SPANNERS PLUMBING SERVICES Looking after all your plumbing, heating and bathroom refurbishment needs along the Costa Blanca. Mobile 690 051 596

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Pool Cleaning




CLEARWATER POOLS Have been providing a quality pool maintenance service since 2001, we cover the Southern Costa Blanca, coastal & inland, including Torrevieja. Mob: +34 626 139 446

GARDENING SERVICES COSTA BLANCA Complete Gardening Service for all domestic and all Landlord properties in Costa Blanca and surrounding areas. Mob: +34 691 930 506

Car Mechanic

TOTAL SERVICIOS AUTOMÓVILES Provides car mechanic and vehicle servicing, repairs and ITV checks, on the Costa Blanca. 966 720 109 or 618 356 270 email:

Quentins Candles & Wax Melts

HANDCRAFTED CANDLES Please call: 0044-07522 559336. email: www.quentinscandlesandwaxmelts.



MBE BUILDERS COSTA BLANCA Offer a wide range of building services from windows and doors replacement, walls and gates, decking to complete remodeling and reforms Dave: 616096254/ 634328679

COSTA BLANCA ELECTRICIANS FULLY NICEIC APPROVED Do not risk the safety of your home and the people in it. Contact: Adam Sanabria Mob: +34 615 967 192

Air Conditioning

RELIABLE AIR CONDITIONING Maintenance, service and repair of air conditioning, heating and cooling for the past 17 years covering all areas in the Costa Blanca.687 234 502-622 359 278-966 799 815 -


MARK BOOTH JOINERY 25 years experience. I specialise in kitchen fitting, roofing doors skirtings etc. All flooring such as laminate,wood or vinyl fitted, fit gates fences pergolas and all types of garden furniture. Mob: +34 675 316 383

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Balance is an invisible key to the golf swing and it is something which most players take for granted. As with most common faults, poor balance at the address position results in a chain reaction of events during the swing which manifest themselves in a variety of different shots and results. When our balance is not correct then the body will always seek to balance itself by making compensations in various ways and as we know a compensating swing is not repeatable and will lead to inconsistency.



Most Players begin the swing with too much weight on their toes. During the backswing our balance point will move back on to our heels which causes the club to come too much inside and as a result the non target leg will straighten. On the downswing it gets worse and the weight is then thrown back onto the toes causing the club to move outside the ideal swing path. The opposite will occur if we begin with too much weight on our heels and our weight and balance can also be twisted to the right heel/left toe or left heel/right toe.

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The key to perfect balance is starting with your weight central; neither toes nor heels and keeping it there throughout the swing. To find this balanced point, in your address position, simply rock forward on to your toes, back on to your heels, back on to your right foot and forward on to your left. From those four extremes, you will find it easier to centralise your weight and centre of gravity. Once you have found your position you should be able to swing whilst you have your toes curled thus feeling the balance point throughout the swing. This an effective exercise to use mid round, if you start to feel imbalanced.

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LCG Information on the Costa Blanca Timetable Airport | Direct Bus Alicante | Benidorm | Alicante


The bus runs 13 times per day in each direction during the summer months (June, July and August). During off season it is operated 4 times per day from and to Benidorm. ALSA (spanish bus company) offers a direct bus line from Alicante Airport to Benidorm. The bus goes to Benidorm Bus station and Benidorm, Avenida Europa 8. Timetable Airport Alicante - Benidorm

Timetable Benidorm Airport Alicante


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HEALTH & PHARMACY INFO Tel: 900 161 161 ANTI-POISON Tel: 915 620 420 RED CROSS (Cruz Roja) Tel: 902 222 292 CRISIS LINE Tel: 965 131 122 DRUGS HELP LINE Tel: 900 161 515 SPANISH HIV|AIDS FOUNDATION Tel: 900 111 000 MARITIME SEA RESCUE Tel: 900 202 202 COSTA BLANCA SAMARITANS Tel: 902 88 35 35 English-language Costa Blanca-based helpline Open: Monday to Friday, 20:00-24:00 TRAFFIC INFORMATION (DGT) Tel: 900 123 505 EMERGENCY DOCTOR Tel: 1003 EMERGENCY DENTIST Tel: 965 242 945 EMERGENCY VETS Veterinario Marina Alta (Denia) Clínica San Esteban (Torrevieja) Clínica El Cabo (Alicante) Amigos (Alcoy) Clínica Felycan (Alicante)


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e all know how the areas around Costa Blanca and Costa Calida offer no shortage of fun as a result of the glorious climate and the beautiful beaches. But what can we do when the cooler months roll in? Thankfully the fun never stops in the south of Spain as there’s everything from chic gastro bars to decadent nightclubs and stylish casinos to help you get through the Spanish winter! We’ve already shown how the Browns gastrobar has quickly risen to become one of the stars in La Zenia’s nightlife scene. And whether it’s investigating the fine dining options at Aticcook or checking out the tapas at the Iberia Gastrobar in Javea, you’ll never run out of options for delicious food in the area. Those who fancy relaxing with a cocktail in some seriously stylish surroundings should head to Bela Dama in Moraira to try a romantic drink with some pretty views. And the Belroy Lounge in Benidorm always provides a great place to grab a low-key drink and enjoy the wide range of musical offerings that range from sultry jazz to some great Cuban and Latin sounds. Obviously it’s Benidorm that really excels in nightlife entertainment with the clubs on Avenida Communitat Valencia giving us all plenty of excuses to hit the dancefloor. And even if you tire of the beats, then the Casino Mediterraneo is located nearby and it can give you the chance to play the real-life versions of casino games like blackjack that you know from gaming websites like InterCasino. Other more relaxing nightlife options include heading to the Cine Colci, Cine Roma, and the Kinepolisto cinemas to check out some of the latest English language movies doing the rounds. But of course, there’s so much to see and do that you’ll rarely get chance to relax with a good movie. So that whether it’s checking out some of the uniquely Spanish festivals like one of the Moors and Christians fiesta, or just staying at home to practice your online blackjack skills, you’ll find no shortage of entertainment in Costa Blanca and Costa Calida this winter.

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There is over 100 kilometers of sandy beach from Valencia in the north to Murcia in the south, best known for the Blue Flags they have been given. The Blue Flag Awards are presented by the European Federation of Environmental Education (EFEE) every year, in recognition of the excellent quality of water and amenities.



t´s got to be arguably the most famous coast in Spain, Costa Blanca draws millions of tourists each year. Lying on the eastern coast, the White Coast is one of those resorts where everyone can find their place under the sun, from sophisticated towns where life goes on 25 hours a day to quaint little villages where the peace and tranquility is feature. Its clear blue waters and miles of white sandy beaches are certainly a major attraction. Beautiful mountains parallel to the sea are on the north coast. Here you can marvel at the Moorish villages where olive trees and hidden coves abound. To the south is where you will find the beaches mushrooming with palm trees, the sparkling, turquoise sea and rows of cafes and restaurants. Within the mountainous interior are a series of fascinating medieval towns and fortified villages which have been largely unaffected by modernism and tourism. Inland from the beaches, Costa Blanca has one of Spain’s most fertile areas. The region is renowned for its citrus trees supplied all over the world. Almond trees and date palms abounding with blossoms also blanket the earth. Every part of Costa Blanca is indeed a treasure to discover, a place to relax and enjoy. You can bask in the sun, hide away at some secret cove, or meet new friends and party like there s no tomorrow. Whatever you fancy, Costa Blanca is sure to please. Alicante is the capital and major city of Costa Blanca , but it is Benidorm that attracts the most visitors. Benidorm is an expansive holiday playground and tourist spot in every sense of the word. The place offers every amenity a tourist could want. With a safe, kindred atmosphere, safe waters and a host of activities to do, Benidorm is ideal for family vacations. It also has a lively nightlife, with hundreds of bars and clubs catering mainly for British tourists. There are good quality, cheap bus services within the main resorts and to towns in close proximity. Taxi cabs are also good value, especially for those traveling as a group. There are also some affordable, local car rental companies, best with those wishing to explore off the beaten paths. The Costa Blanca , with its striking mix of sandy beaches and top-of-the-line resorts, has somehow managed to fuse the sophistication of city life and the simplicity of nature into one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.

MONDAY: Agres, Callosa d’En Sarria, Cox, Denia, Elche, Formentera, Granja de Rocamora, Ibi, La Nucia, Llocnou de Sant Jeroni, Parcent, Petrer, Penaguila, Playa de Miramar (summer evenings), Monover, Real de Gandia, Santa Pola, Sax, Xeraco TUESDAY: Alicante, (Rastro), Aspe, Altea, Barx, Bellreguard, Benijofar, Campo de Mirra, Castalla, Elda, Orihuela, Palma de Gandia, Piles, Playa de Piles (summer evenings), Rafelcofer, Relleu, San Fulgencio, Sella, Tibi, Villalonga, Xalo(Jalon), Xeresa WEDNESDAY: Ador, Albatera, Alcoi, Alqueries, Almoines, Banyeres, Barx, Benjema, Beniaries, Benidorm, Benilloba, Benitatxell, Biar, Callosa de Segura, Calpe (Rastro), El Cammpello, Elda, Guardamar del Segura, La Font d’en Carros, Muchamiel, Monforte del Cid, Novelda, Orba, Ondara, Petrer, Polop, Potries, Rotova, San Miguel de Salinas, Sella, Teulada THURSDAY: Agost, Agres, Albatera, Alguena, Alicante, Aspe, Benidoleig, Cocentaina, Hondon de los Frailes, Llocnou de Sant Jeroni, Pego, Playe de Bellreguard (summer evenings), Rafelcofer, Rojales, Tavernes de Valldigna, Villajoyosa, Xabia (Javia), Xixona (Jijona) FRIDAY: Albatera, Almoines, Banyeres, Benejuzar, Beniarres, Benidoleig, Crevillente, Daimus, Denia (Rastro), El Verger, Finestrat, Gata de Gorgos, Granja de Rocamora, L’ Alfas del Pi, Monforte del Cid, Monstesinos, Moraira, Muro de Alcoi, Oliva, Onil, Petrer, Pilar de la Horadada, Playa de Daimus (summer evenings), Rafol d’ Almunia, Sella, Tibi, Torrevieja, Villalonga. SATURDAY: Alcoi, Alicante, Almoradi, Alqueria, Banyeres, Bellreguard, Benifairo, Benissa, Callosa d’En Sarria, Calpe, Castalla, Castell de Castells, Catral, Elche, Elda , La Font d’En Carros, La Romana, Gaianes, Hondon de las Nieves, Novelda, Ondara, Pedreguer, Tavernes de la Valdigna (summer evenings), San Vicente del Raspeig, Salinas, Relleu, Santa Pola, Xalo (Jalon) Rastro SUNDAY: Benidorm, Elche, La Nucia, Campoverde, Camp de Guardamar, Algorfa, La Marina, Zoco. 45

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USEFUL GOLF INFO TOURIST INFO ALICANTE Av. Rambla de Méndez Núñez, 23 03002 Alicante Tel. 965 200 000 TOURIST INFO VALENCIA C/ Paz, 48 46003 Valencia Tel. 963 986 422 FEDERACIÓN DE GOLF DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA C/ El Bachiller, 15 - 27ª 46010 Valencia Tel. 963 935 403 REAL FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE GOLF C/ Provisional Arroyo del Fresno Dos, 5 28035 Madrid Tel. 915 552 682 ASOCIACIÓN DE CAMPOS DE GOLF DE LA COSTA BLANCA Pl. Constitución, 7, entresuelo izq. 03550 San Juan de Alicante Tel. 637 889 102 ASOCIACIÓN DE CAMPOS DE GOLF DE LA PROVINCIA DE VALENCIA C/ San Vicente Mártir, 16, principal puerta 2 46003 Valencia Tel. 963 910 799 46

ASOCIACIÓN DE CAMPOS DE GOLF DE CASTELLÓN Urb. La Coma, s/n 12190 Borriol (Castellón) Tel. 964 321 227 asociacion@golfcastellon. com| INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOLF TOUR OPERATORS 1 Trafalgar House Grenville Place London NW7 3SA United Kingdom Tel. +44 (0) 2089 063 377 TOURIST INFO BENIDORM Av. Martínez Alejos, 16 03501 Benidorm Tel. 965 851 311



he beautiful Canelobre Caves lie in the small town of Busot, around 24 km from Alicante. This ancient cave system is believed to be the deepest and also longest in the whole of Spain. The entrance to the cave is some 700 metres high up on the Cabezón de Oro (Big Golden Head) mountain. canolbre caves busot This mountain is also a popular location for Hiking and Rock Climbing in the Alicante region. Formed several million years ago, Canelobre Caves are famous for it’s Cathedral vault. This vault measures 70 metres in height. CANELOBRE CAVES, BUSOT, ALICANTE The caves themselves for the most part are a forever changing wonder of the natural world. Upon entry, the caves open up into a spectacular underground cavern. The cavern is where minerals have been deposited to resemble “Candelabras”. And thus where the caves name originates. CANELOBRE CAVES Canelobre Caves Lighting and Guided Tours The natural appearance of the caves is enhanced using an intricate lighting system. The lighting system and natural acoustics also add to the Cathedral-like atmosphere. The caves often play host to musical events and concerts. Thanks to the high altitude and excellent acoustics. You will also encounter the stage used for concerts upon your visit. There are many guided tours throughout the day as the tour guides take you on a 40 minute walk through the caves. These tours also provide you with useful information as you proceed. There are usually English speaking guides in attendance. The guides will explain the history and also the general layout of the caves. OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES WINTER VISITING TIMES 1st September – 30th June Monday – Closed. Tuesday – Friday – 10:30am. – 16:50pm. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – 10:30am. – 17:50pm. SUMMER VISITING TIMES 1st July – 31st August and Semana Santa Weekdays – 10:30am. – 19:30pm. Saturday and Sunday after Easter open until 15.00pm. Closed for San Vicente (Monday after Easter Sunday), 25th December and also 1st January. Tickets are prices at 7 € for adults, 4.50 € for pensioners and 3.50 € for children and those with disabilities. Children under 5 years old are admitted for free. There is also limited parking which is free and a picnic area to have a spot of lunch during your visit.. For more information, you can call the information line on +34 965 69 92 50 or visit the Busot Tourism Website.

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TRAM Fares (FGV) zonas 1 Zone* Single Ticket 1,35 € I+V 2,30 € Groups 40% 0,85 € Pensioners 50% 1,35 €

2 zones 2,50 € 4,25 € 1,50 € 1,35 €

3 zones 3,75 € 6,40 € 2,25 € 1,90 €

4 zones 5 zones 4,85 € 6,05 € 8,25 € 10,30 € 2,95 € 3,65 € 2,45 € 3,05 €

6 zones 7,15 € 12,20 € 4,30 € 3,60 € 47

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Denia Tourist Information

Tourist Information Benidorn Europa

LAlfas Del Pi Tourist Office

Teulada Tourist Information

Alicante Tourist Office RENFE-Railway Station

Orihuela Tourist Information

14.00 and 16.00-19.00 Tel: 965 125 633

03300 ORIHUELA Tel: 96 530 46 45

Seasonal opening times apply. Open Monday to Sunday 09:30-14:00 and 17:00-20:00 in summer. Winter open Monday to Saturday 09:30-13:30 and 16:00-19:00. Tel: 966 422 367 Plaza Oculista Buig

Open Monday to Friday 09:00-20:00 and 10:00-18:00 Saturday and Sunday in summer. In winter open Monday to Saturday 09:00-14:00. C/ Federico Garcia Lorca 11 Bajos Ayto., 03580 LAlfas Del Pi.Tel:965 888 905

Avda. de Salamanca, s/n. Alicante Monday to friday 9.30-14.00 16.30-19.00 - Saturday 10.00-

Torrevieja Tourist Office

In summer open Monday to Saturday 09:00-14:00 and 16:00-20:00. In winter open Monday to Friday 09:3013:30&16:00-19:00 &Saturday 10:30-13:30. Avenida Madrid, 15. Edificio "Espai La Senieta" Tel: 965 745 168

Tourist services available. Open Monday to Friday 08:0014:30 and 16:00-19:00. Plaza de la Soledad,1

Tourist Office Calpe - Peñon

Open from 15th june to 17th September from 09:00 to 20:00 h. Rest of the year from 09:00 to 19:00 h. Saturday all year: from 10:00 to 14:00 h. Paseo Vista Alegre s/n, 03181 Torrevieja Tel: 965 703 433

Avenida Ejércitos Españoles 30, CP: 03710 Apdo. Correos: 666 Calp, Alicante. Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 16:30 h. Saturdays, from 10:00 to 15:00

Tourist Office Benissa

Altea Tourist Office

Information on tourism, accommodation, places to visit and events in Benissa and Alicante. Av. Pais Valencia 1, 03720 Benissa. Tel: 965 732 225 Email:


Tourist information services. Open Monday to Friday 09:3013:30 & 16:30-19:30, Saturday 10:00-13:30 & 16:30-19:30. Avenida Europa s/n cruce C Ibiza, 03502 Benidorm. Tel: 965 860 095

Tel: 965836920 - 965839693 Email:

Seasonal opening times. In summer open Monday to Saturday 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-23:30. Winter times are Monday to Friday 10:00-14:00 and 17:0019:30, Saturday 10:00-14:00. Calle at Sant Pere 9, 03590 Altea Tel: 965 844 114

LCG Information on Benidorm Benidorm is Spain’s most popular resort, it was first settled by the Moors and was a fishing village until the 1960’s. It is now the largest Mediterranean tourist and holiday resort that has been carefully planned for this purpose. The old town is more peaceful, and has a charm that must be seen. The variety of entertainment, warmth and hospitality, fantastic nightlife and efficiency of the tourist industry Benidorm extremely popular. A more traditional Spain surrounds the town if you care to venture a few kilometres.

Tram The Tram Linea 1 takes you from Alicante (Luceros station) to Benidorm Time: 72minutes approx, where you can change to Linea 9 that takes you to Denía, thus covering most of the Costa Blanca. Rail From Alicante you can connect to the national rail network, that connects Alicante with the rest of Spain. There are two lines covering the Benidorm area: El F.G.V. (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat Valenciana), which covers the Alicante - Dénia route: C/ Estació Tel. 965 85 18 95 o al 900 72 04 72 Regional trains (RENFE): Avda. Salamanca s/n. Tel. 902 240 202 Car Benidorm is 40 km north-east of Alicante. Take the AP-7 motorway coming off at Exit 65 or the N-332. Bus Town bus Tel. 965 85 43 22 Benidorm central Bus Station: Carrer Francisco Llorca Antón 6 , 03502 Benidorm - Tel: 966 830 014 Situated in a convenient location at the entrance of Benidorm, the new bus station has easy access from the motorway AP-7 (Benidorm-Playa de Levante exit), from the N-332. Good public transport such as local buses or taxis means you can reach the bus station in a few minutes. The urban bus routes, 3, 4 y 11 connect to the bus station. Public bus City buses: Llorente Bus. c/ Castellón, 4 Pol. Ind. Finestrat. Tel. 965 85 43 22 Longer routes: Grupo ALSA. Av. Jaime I Apto. Valencia II Tel. 902 42 22 42 Bilman bus: C/ Lepanto, 10 Tel. 965 86 15 58 Jiménez: C/Lepanto 10, Tel 965 86 27 70 International Routes: EuroLines; Av. Europa 8, Tel. 902 42 22 42 LineBus: C/ Portugal s/n Tel. 965 22 93 36 / 965 55 95 04 Air Altet Airport (Alicante) is 33 minutes from Benidorm and connects with the main Spanish and European cities. Information on 902 240 202 Postal service The web page of the Spanish postal services is Health CENTRO MÉDICO BERECO. Pj. San Ignacio de Loyola, 3

Ed. Etxezuri III Esc. Tel 965 85 97 89 CLÍNICA PODONTOLÓGICA SAN ROMAN Av. Aigüera 965 85 31 80 CENTRO MÉDICO MEDICALIA. Ps. De la Carretera – Martínez Oriola, 2 Tel. 966 80 67 67 POLICLÍNICA AMIC. Pz. Sus Majestades los Reyes, 5 ed. Aigüera Park Tel. 966 80 90 90 ASEPEYO, CENTRO MÉDICO. C/ la Nucia, 4 ed. Marina Tolls II Tel. 965 86 69 11 CENTRO MÉDICO CEMERECO. C/ Tomas Ortuño, 92 Ed. Don Jaime Tel. 965 85 43 61 CLÍNICA BENIDORM. Av. Alfonso Puchades, 8 Ed. Clínica Benidorm Tel. 965 86 12 05 Emergency numbers Emergencies - 112 or 085 - Red Cross - 966 80 89 34 Local Police - 966 80 77 66 or 092 Policía Nacional - 966 83 19 30 or 091 Guardia Civil - 965 85 40 30 or 965 85 03 30 Ambulances - 092 Electricity 220V AC. Plugs are two-pin. Businesses and shops opening hours Normal opening hours are from 08.00 to 13.00, and from 17.00 to 20.00. Large stores frequently have hours from 10.00 to 22.00. Bar opening hours tend to be from 08.00 to 22.00 or 23.00, pubs from 17.00 to 03.00, discotheques from 00.00 to 06.00, and museums from 10.00 to 20.00. Terra Natura (Theme Park) Terra Mítica (Theme Park) From 16 July to the 4 September open from 10.00 to 24.00. Rest of the year from 10.00 to 20.00. Taxis Radio Taxi Tel. 965 86 18 18 | 965 86 26 26 Car Rental Avis: av. Ametlla de Mar. Edif. Coblanca, Rincón de Loix. Tel. 96 586 66 42 Centauro: C/ Estocolmo, 3 Ed. Coblanca 5 Tel. 966 83 07 07 Europa Rent a car: Av. Comunidad Valenciana, 12 Ed. Coblanca 15 Tel. 966 80 29 02 Europcar: Av. Mediterráneo, 39; Hotel DON PANCHO 966 80 91 40 Chemists ANA M.CORDERO SERNA Avenida de Almeria 4 - Tel. 965 853 197 ANA M.ROSELLO BONO Montera 4. Velázquez 9, Colonia Madr. Tel. 965 857 239 ANTONIA MIRALLES LLOPIS Av Estocolmo 2 Esq Manila, Rincon Loix - Tel. 965 868 640 CARMEN Y ALFONSO LÓPEZ C-Ibiza 1 Esquina Mirador Tel. 965 852 154 CECILIA GONZÁLEZ ZORRILLA Av Villajoyosa 4, Edificio Altamira - Tel. 965 851 976 CONCHA DE LÓZAR ORT. Av Europa 27, Edificio Coblanca XV Tel. 966 811 449 FARMACIA GALIANA C-Dinamarca 11 Esq Av Andalucia Tel. 966 809 065 49

LCG Selected Hotels

Hotel Meliá Alicante

Parador de Jávea Hotel

Hotel AC Valencia

Hotel Agir Benidorm

5 minutes from the port of Valencia. Next to the hotel located is the Science and Arts Centre and the Oceanigrathic Park.The Malvarossa beach is 10 minutes away and the Natural Park of Albufera 15. The Hotel AC Valencia offers 182 rooms with internet connection, business facilities, Air Condition, The hotel also offers a fitness centre and various activities. http://

The Hotel Agir is new to MedPlaya and became part of the MedPlaya chain of hotels in November 2017. It is a modern and welcoming 4 star hotel located on the Avenida Mediterraneo, just 2 minutes’ walk from the Levante Beach and close to the old town of Benidorm. Air-conditioned Double Rooms are specially designed for couples and are fully equipped with full bathroom, Satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi.

The Zenit Murcia Hotel

Hotel El Montiboli

The Zenit Murcia Hotel is a modern building from which you will be able to get an easy access to the center of Murcia. We offer 61 rooms of different types so you can choose the one that suits your needs best: single, double and superior, and, of course, thinking of the comfort of the youngest in the family, we can provide you with cots and extra beds for an unforgettable family experience.

El Montiboli Hotel in Villajoyosa. Located on a cliff, on the outskirts of Villajoyosa fishing village in Alicante, the hotel dominates the panorama of the Mediterranean. The resort itself is a privileged place situated among the sea, beaches and hills. The hotel also has suites and bungalows with a private salon. With regard to sport and relaxation, the hotel has two swimming pools located on the cliff top.

The Denia La Sella Golf Resort

Hotel Boutique La Serena

The Denia La Sella Golf Resort & Spa is only a 10 minutes drive from Dénia and Javea, situated on the Costa Blanca, and adjacent to one of the best golf course in the region of Valencia. Beaches, sports, nature and fun, at 55 minutes drive from the airports of Alicante and Valencia. Our commitment is to provide you a memorable experience with excellent service.

Hotel Boutique La Serena is a "adults only" hotel, where tranquility, peace and enjoyment are our strongest points. It is located on a picturesque street in the old town, just a few minutes from the beach and the liveliest square in Altea, "La Plaza de la Iglesia". The original house was a manor house of three floors and is newly restored in a charming boutique hotel with swimming pool and solarium.

Hotel Costa Blanca

Tryp Gran Sol Hotel Alicante

Versatility makes this hotel perfect for business or vacation. Fully equipped rooms overlooking sea or the marina. The hotel offers several dining options based on Mediterranean cuisine. Meliá Alicante provides guests with the exclusive The Level service. Special green fees at major golf courses near the hotel. Taxi rank outside the hotel and bus stop 100 metres away. Mini Club, for children from the ages of 5 to 12 (only in high season)

Hotel with 53 rooms completely renovated in the heart of the city of Denia, just 50 meters from the sea port station of Balearia, opposite the train station and 400 meters from the beach. Our hotel’s location will allow you to experience the great offer of leisure, services and activities that our city has to offer, without needing a car to get to places and all with a privileged climate that will allow you to enjoy a cosy and pleasant setting.


Northern Costa Blanca, enjoying water sports surrounded by the beauty of green gardens, and parking your boat at a small dock opposite the lawn that surrounds the swimming pool, it's not a dream. The hotel is ideal for relaxing and allowing your imagination to soar out from the balconies to the infinite sea with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean. 8 km from Club de Golf Jávea and 13 km from the Marina de Denia.

Is kind of landmark of the city. For whatever reasons it is one of the tallest buidings in downtown Alicante, with no other high skyscrapers surrounding it. This makes it a really perfect location to enjoy a wonderful view at the harbour area or over to Santa Barbara Castle. The Tryp Gran Sol Hotel offers over 120 rooms and all the comfort of a 4 star hotel. en/our-hotels/spain/alicante/

LCG Golf Courses Directory

ALENDA GOLF CLUB Av. del Mediterráneo, 52, 03679 Monforte del Cid, Alicante. Tel: 965620521 18 Holes - Par 72

ALICANTE GOLF Avda.Locutor Vicente Hipolita 37 La Condomina. Playa de San Juan E – 03540 Alicante. Tel: 965153794 18 Holes - Par 72

ALTEA GOLF CLUB Urbanización Sierra Altea Golf, Apdo. Correos, 939, 03599 Altea la Vieja, Alicante Tel: 965 848 046 9 Holes

CLUB DE GOLF IFACH Calle Micheta, 5 Urbanización San Jaime Benissa (Alicante) CP: 03720. Tel: 966 497 114 Number of holes: 9

LA SELLA GOLF Denia Marriott La Sella Golf Resort Alquería de Ferrando, s/n 03749 Jesús Pobre, Denia. Tel: 966 454 252 27 Holes

CLUB DE GOLF BONALBA C/ Vespre, 6 bis – 03110 Mutxamel Alicante. Tel: 34 965 955 955 18 Holes - Par 72 com

LA FINCA Ctra. Algorfa-Los Montesinos 03169 Algorfa. Tel: 966 729 055 18 Holes - Par 72

REAL CLUB DE GOLF CAMPOAMOR Urbanizacion Y Campo De Golf 03189 Orihuela Costa. Tel: 965 321366 18 Holes -

OLIVA NOVA GOLF Urb. Oliva Nova Golf 46780 Oliva. Tel: 962 857 666

CLUB DE GOLF ALTORREAL Avda. del Golf no. 70, Urbanizacion Altorreal, 30506 Molina de Segura, Murcia Tel: 968 648 144 18 Holes - Par 72

18 Holes Par 72


LCG Golfing Gadgets ZEPP GOLF 3D SWING ANALYZER It tracks club head speed, swing plane, hand path, tempo, backswing position, hip rotation, and more.

BUSHNELL TOUR X RANGEFINDER The most advanced golf laser rangefinder in the world.


he Bushnell Tour X Rangefinder is claimed to be of the most advanced golf laser rangefinder in the world. At least they say so in the commercial. But hey, it is actually a pretty awesome and helpful

tool. By looking into the 6x magnifying device and locked onto the flag, it precisely gives you information on distance and angles to the next hole. By changing the red and black front plates, you get Slope when you need it, but it can also be used legally in tournaments. Depending on the lighting conditions you can see the information in either red or black. This is a super cool gadget that will make other golfers envy you.


epp Golf 3D Swing Analyzer is a yellow sensor you attach to your glove in a mount. It tracks club head speed, swing plane, hand path, tempo, backswing position, hip rotation, and more.

You get a lot of fun statistics and numbers which when interpreted correctly can direct you to boost your swing and golf game. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android and you can watch and replay your swing from any angle with it.

GAME GOLF DIGITAL SHOT TRACKING SYSTEM An anonymous system that analyze and improve your entire golf round in detail.


he Game Golf Digital Shot Tracking System is a neat, anonymous and trouble-free tracking system that keeps track on your whole round of golf from tee to green. It analyzes and gives you real stats on everything from fairway accuracy, GIR, putts per hole and much more. 52

GOLFBUDDY VOICE GPS It gives you exact information on the distance from where you stand to the next hole.


olfBuddy Voice GPS is a great tool, and helpful gadget, to bring with you to the golf course. The product is easy to use and gives you information on the exact distance from where you stand to the next hole with the Shot Distance Measurement feature. Pretty neat! The information is given to you by voice and visually on the display itself. The GolfBuddy can talk to you in 8 languages. It comes with 35.000 preinstalled worldwide golf courses but has the capacity to store 40.000. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts for a couple of 18-hole games. Wear it as a clip or on your wrist with a wristband.

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Golf Funnies

Great Golf One-liners:

Golf Partner

Golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture: Winston Churchill

Golf Partner JokeAlex comes home after his regular Saturday golf game and his wife, Amanda asks why he doesn't include John Gumby in the games anymore. Alex asks, 'Would you want to play with a guy who regularly cheats, swears outrageously over everything, lies about his score, and has nothing good to say about anyone else on the course?' 'Of course I wouldn't,' states Amanda. 'Well,' mutters Alex, 'neither does John Gumby.'

It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course: Babe Ruth Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn't a lot of strokes when you consider the course: Lee Trevino These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow: Sam Snead

More Clean Golf Jokes

If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball: Jack Lemmon If you're caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron: Lee Trevino

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Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly illdesigned for the purpose Winston Churchill

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Mr Angry - GolfingGolf Partner Joke A very angry golfer was on his way to carding a round of 150. He turned to his caddy and said', You must be the worst caddy in the world.' 'That would be too much of a coincidence, sir', answered the caddy in a quiet voice.

More Golf One-liners

The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight. - Ben Hogan The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie. - George Deukmejian Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. - William Wordsworth You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex -wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands works. - Lee Trevino Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun. - Jim Bishop The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. - Billy Graham 53

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La Costa Golfer Magazine and Guide April Issue 2018  
La Costa Golfer Magazine and Guide April Issue 2018