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

La Costa

March Issue, 2018

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NOW OUT ON PAPER!

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

Fashion on the golf course

Gadgets

B odegas & W ines with Colin Harkness


CONTENTS 4-5 Costa Blanca - El Peñon de Ifach, Calpe. 10-14 Golf Courses in the Province of Alicante - a brief history by Tom McCowan 16-17 Fashion on the golf course, all the latest designs 18-21 Health and how to look after it! 22-23 Natural health - Mind over matter by Simone Segal 24-25 Finance - How to look after your finances 28-29 Race to Carnoustie by Tony Myles 36-37 Out and about Places to visit 38 Food & drink - Selected restaurants and bars 39 Mediterranean Diet 44-47 Information on the Costa Blanca 53 Simone Segal interviews Simon Foster 54 Entertainment - Box Office

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John Daly in Colour

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El Plantio Golf Resort

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Jon Rahm Profile

Guadalest Focus

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elcome to a new publication. La Costa Golfer is a FREE monthly golf magazine & guide to the Costa Blanca with 56 colour glossy 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 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 also 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 Column have, thank you in advance and remember to mention us to advertisers when contacting them. Regards y un Saludo Sergio Pérez Editor/Production Manager sergiolacostagolfer@mail.com

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LCG What to do WHY A GOLFING HOLIDAY IN THE COSTA BLANCA? Seven man-made and natural landmarks can be found in a place packed with history, art and tradition Speaking about the seven wonders represents a way of explaining how human ingenuity and nature have reached sublime levels, enabling the creation of works and landmarks. In the same way as the Greeks did in the Hellenistic period and just as Herodotus of Halicarnassus said in his texts, the citizens of the Costa Blanca have been building their particular cultural and artistic wonders, many of which have been preserved and restored for visitors to enjoy "in situ" while others are documented and explained in museums such as the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (Marq) and the Mubag. The list, as with all arbitrary references, varies according to feelings, support and subjective tastes. There are probably as many wonders as the number of people who have lived on this land and as the number of sublime landscapes created by nature. The richness of the natural and historical heritage created throughout the centuries from the successive presence of Phoenicians, Greeks, Iberians, Romans and Moors has provided us with an endless list of extraordinary works. Examples include Denia's red prawn, the Palmeral of Elche, Alcoy's Moors and Christians festival, the natural park of Las Lagunas de La Mata - Torrevieja, the Peñon de Ifach, Villena's castle and Benidorm's skyline. 4

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he most striking landmark in the whole of the Costa Blanca is the 332m high tower of the Peñón de Ifach that towers over Calp. The subject of the majority of the area's postcards must attract every climber's eye, and those who have attempted routes here will know that the climbing does not disappoint. The South Face of the Peñón is the more extensive of the two main climbing areas. This huge orange wall rises up above the sea, its top half riddled with caves, overhangs and groove systems. Many long routes find their way up the face and weave through this complex rock architecture to finish satisfyingly on the summit. There is a number of lower-grade challenges that are popular classics - requiring an early start and a decent rack of gear; Valencianos and Vía UBSA are the prime examples. The really big ticks are the superb, fully-bolted classics like Costa Blanca, El Navegante, "Puto paseo ecológico" and Nueva

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Dimensión. There are few sport routes to compare with these anywhere in the Costa Blanca. The other area described here is the North Face, which points inland and overlooks the park's visitor centre; a useful venue when the weather is hot. The rock is of variable quality, with some loose material, especially on the lower pitches. It is worth wearing a helmet, especially on the easier and more popular routes. A top tip to avoid rockfall is make sure you are on the cliff early so that there are fewer people above you! Of course this also means that it is vital to be careful when climbing here since there will be teams below. All the routes are long and can require 5 or 6 hours or more for a leisurely ascent, although there are reports of people taking as long as 11 hours on Gómez-Cano. Despite this, climbers who are well organised should manage to reach the summit in 3 to 4 hours.


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The main climbing faces southwest and is full in the sun from mid-morning onwards. Its exposed position means it can get breezy, but the heat is likely to be more of a problem. If you are a slow climber, carry lots of water and sun cream. The North Face is a different proposition since it is in the shade except on summer evenings. If you are based in Calp, you will know where the Peñón is! If you are driving from further out, take the Altea turn off the AP-7 (junction 64) and drive through the Mascarat Gorge on the N332. Soon after, turn off right into Calp. Drive down the main road towards the Peñón ahead. When the road veers around to the left, turn right (signed 'Peñón'). Keep going to where the road forks and take the right-hand branch. Drive down here to the harbour side and park as near the cliff as you can get; beware the tow-away zones (yellow kerbs).

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FROM THE FASHION POINT OF VIEW, it is instructive to know what is actually selling—what consumers are buying—as opposed to what styles are being pushed. Here is a snapshot of what is happening on John Daly´s colourful world.

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OU, TOO, CAN LOOK LIKE JOHN DALY. Daly, who tends to stand out in any circumstances, can be seen a mile away. His electric colouful trousers come from the aptly named LoudMouth Golf company, which specializes in old-fashioned, in-yourface golfing trousers of merrily questionable taste: Hawaiian prints; “shagadelic” patterns; disco-ball designs; pink and green awning stripes; and Daly’s raspberry argyles, which go for $89.95. The company’s chief executive, Larry Jackson, said in a statement, “We’re not your ordinary golf pants,” said Jackson. “But then, who wants to be ordinary?” The company’s philosophy is “pants that go from fairway to party.” Its founder, Scott “Woody” Woodworth, is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design who got fed up with the sedate state of contemporary golf style. With a name like that, he can’t be all bad.

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l Plantío is a golf course in perfect harmony with the environment. A unique area of spectacular nature which invites you to stroll through it. The careful reafforestation of plant species gives the course an exotic atmosphere and a special feeling, which makes each hole different. It has an area of 750.000 m2, with 45.000 native mature trees (palm-trees, olive-trees and locust-trees) more than 500.000 m2 of grass and about 15.000 bushes and flowering plants. Pioneering irrigation methods are employed using residual water. Address: El Plantio Golf Ctra. Antigua Alicante-Elx/Elche, km 3 03114 Alicante, Spain Getting there: Take the highway AP-7 direction Alicante and then exit 71 Alicante Port, after the exit take Alicante West and at the crossing turn to the right and continue straight for 3 km. El Plantio nearest Airport: El Altet (Alicante) 7.9 km Campo de Golf El Plantio: 18 holes Par 72 championship, and the other a 9 hole par 3 Course designer: Manuel Ferry Ruiz Type of grass: Fairway: bermuda (summer) rye grass (winter) – Green: agrostis penncross Prices: 18 Holes Greenfees High.S: 75€, BUGGY 30€ HS: FEB - MAR - APR - SEPT - OCT - NOV MEDIUM.S: 18 Holes Greenfees MS: 45€, BUGGY 30€ MS: JAN - MAY Club Services: Golf classes: Private/group, beginners/advanced players (english, french, spanish) Driving range: 60 bays, Putting green: 1 Practice bunkers: 2 Tel: +34 965 115 049 Fax: +34 965 287 316 reservas@elplantiogolfresort.es http://www.elplantio.com/

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urrounded by pretty gardens, this luxurious resort features 2 golf courses. Located 5 minutes’ drive from the beach and 3 km

from Alicante, it offers apartments of 2 and 3 bedrooms, equipped with complete kitchen plus living room and dining room. The terraces of our apartments delight our guests with spectacular views of the golf course. El PlantĂ­o Golf Resort offers the following services: 2 outdoor Swimming Pools, Restaurants, Salons, Parking. Other Services: Air Conditioning and Heating, Wifi, Solarium, Currency Exchange, Left-Luggage Office, Car Rental, Lobby Bar ... Gymnasium: In El Plantio Golf Resort you can train in our gym, a space perfectly equipped and renovated. Football Pitch: Enjoy your leisure time and rest playing on our football pitch surrounded by nature. Leisure Area: We also offer you an area to play ping pong, petanque or practice on the Putting Green.

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Golf Courses in the Province of Alicante

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or more information click on to the web page of each course, or use the link to the Federation of Golf de la Comunidad Valenciana where you can click on to the Clubs web page. In the next issue(April) we have an interview and course report with the El Plantio Golf Resort owner, he has been very active in getting some of the legal conditions regarding the use of land. The influence of golf in the rovince of Alicante is growing, every day there is more interest in the sport and the benefits of golf oriented tourism. The first course to be opened in the province was for the Villamartin Golf Club in 1972 situated in the town of Torrevieja, Orihuela. 62 kms. the N-332 road from Alicante – Cartagena down the coast to the south from the Airport of Alicante/Elche the then costal road to the Mar Menor. This was followed 1974, by the Don Cayo Club de Golf in the picturesque coastal town of Altea, 58 kms. up the same coastal road to the north from the airport. The interest in golf in the area was about to start and flourish. This was the result of the development of La Manga Golf Resort on the Mar Menor. The numerous new house owners and golfers that were having to travel by road, the 150 kms. south to the La Manga Golf Resort close to Cartagena in the Provence of Murcia, from the airport in Alicante. The number of spectators from all over Europe and farther afield that came to watch the best national and international golf players, playing in the Spanish Open from 1972 to 1977 (In 1975 won by Arnold Palmer). All of this helped to promote golf in the province. All of this together with the construction of golf 10

courses and the appealing concept to golfers from all over Europe, to play golf in the warm winter sunshine. There are now 23 Golf Course facilities; Three 9-hole and One 18-hole Pitch& Putt courses. One 11-hole Par 72 course (9 + 2 + 7). Four 9-hole Par 36, Eleven 18-hole par 72 courses. One complex with 18-hole par 72 and 9-hole par 3 courses. One complex with 27 holes. 18 Par 72 + 9 Par 36 courses. One Complex with 36 Holes 18 Par 72 + 18 Par 62 courses.

TIME LINE OF GOLF COURSES 1972: Club de Golf Villamartin; situated in the township of Torrevieja, Orihuela. Distance from Altet Alicante/ Elche Airport is 72Kms. This attractive 18-hole course, that measures from the Forward Tees at 5,259 - to 6,128 metres Championship Tees, par 72 course, designed by John Putman. Many National, International, amateur and professional tournaments have been played over the course, the most prestigious being, The Volvo European Tour “The Open Mediterraneo” in 1994 won by Jose Maria Olazabal in a play-off over Paul McGinley. Email: mail@ villamartingolfclub.com Tel:966765170


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1974: Altea Club de Golf; (previously known as Don Cayo Club de Golf) situated in outskirts of the coastal town of Altea. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 71Kms. This treelined 9-hole course (2 x 9 holes), par 72 measures from the forward tees at 4,938 to 5,462 metres. A feature hole being the par 5 fifth hole measuring 580 meters playing slightly up hill. Email: info@alteagolfclub.com Tel:965848046 1974: Club de Golf Ifach; situated in the Urbanization San Jamie, Benissa. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 92Kms. Opened a 9 hole, a very nice 9-hole, par 36 course, playing 18holes (2 x 9), from the Forward tees the course measures 2,4325 to 3,236 metres from the Championship Tees. Designed by Javier Arana, one of the best Spanish golf courses architects of their time. Email: direction@golfifach.com Tel:966497114

The building of golf courses continued to expand with the development of housing for the growing number of “resident tourist” that were discovering the benefits of spending the winter months living in a warm sunny climate. 1981: Javea Golf Club; situated at Km. 4,5 on the road CV285, Javea to Benitachell. Distance

from Altet Alicante/ Elche Airport is 95Kms. this is a nice course and a popular club, the 9-hole, par 72 course (2 x 9 holes) that measures from the Forward Tees 5,093 to 5,950 metres on the Championship Tees. Email: golfinjavia@ wanadoo.es Tel:965792584

Not only in the north of the province was the number of courses increasing, in the south on the coast of Orihuela the demand for Golf orientated housing was growing. 1988: Real Club de Golf de Campoamor; situated some 48kms from Alicante on the N332 direction Cartagena. Distance from Altet Alicante/ Elche Airport is 50Kms. Opened an 18-hole, par 72 course that measures from the Forward Tees 5,253 to 6,346 metres Championship Tees, designed by Carmelo García Caselles. In 1989 SAR. Don Juan de Borbón Conde de Barcelona (grandfather of King Filipe VI), officially inaugurated the course giving the Club the title of Real Club de Golf de Campoamor. Email: golf@lomasdecampoamor.es Tel:965321366 1989: La Marquesa Golf y Country Club; (originally known as the Club de Golf Quesada was re-named in 1994); the course situated in the township of Rojales Distance from Altet 11


LCG Golf Alicante/Elche Airport is 38Kms. Opened its first 9 holes. The second 9 opened the following year completing the 18-hole, par 72 course measuring from the Forward Tees at 5,008 to 6,115 metres Championship Tees, designed by holes for play, course par 72 course, at the time it was the closest 18-hole course to the towns of Alicante y Elche. Email: reservas@lamarquesagolf.es Tel:966714258 / 678646255

The demand for more courses continued to grow now not only for the tourists both national and international, but also the residents. 1991: The Club de Golf La Sella; situated in the village of Jesús Pobre, Denia. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 104Kms. Opened this interesting 18-hole, par 72 course that measures from the Forward Tees 5,250 to 6,113 metres Championship Tees. The course was designed by José Maria Olazábal. The Course has held several important competitions, the PGA Championship de España of Spain, The Ladies European Tour play the European Ladies Golf Cup a doubles team tournament for all the different countries represented on the Tour. La Sella Golf has been the official home of the European Ladies Golf Cup since 2008 and Lacoste Promesas since 2009.

When there was a new course built to the north of the Alicante province, then another was built to the south. 1991: Club de Golf de Las Ramblas de Orihuela; situated some 48kms. On the N-332 road Alicante – Cartagena (next to “The Real Club De Golf de Campoamor”). Distance from Altet 12

Alicante/Elche Airport is 58Kms.. Designed by José Gancedo an attractive 18-hole, par 72 course that measures from the Forward Tees 4,906 to 5,914 metres Championship Tees. Fits in well among the rambles and the pine trees of its surrounds. Email: golflasramblas@ grupoquara.com Tel:966774728

Golf was becoming an important part of the tourist trade, competing well with the Sun and beach, a majority of the non-national visitors attracted to the Province were passing through the Alicante/Elche Airport. 1993: The Club de Golf El Plantio; situated in the suburb of Bacarot, at km.3 on the CV-86 Camino Viejo, Alicante – Elche, 7kms. from the Centre of Alicante. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 7,9Kms. on the same side of the town as the airport, opened their first 9-hole par 3 course. Two years later extended the Course to be 18 holes par 3. In 2002 opened their 18-hole par 72 course the measures from the forward tees 5,350 to 6,471 metres from the championship tees, an excellent layout part of which is built over what was the second 9 holes of the par 3 course. Email: elplantiogolf@ elplantio.com Tel:965189115

It is always difficult to find land with permissions to build a golf course close to the cities, but the urbanization of El Valle del Sol (that also has a small airport), in the municipality of Muchamiel only 10 kilometres from the Alicante city centre. In 1972 a 9-hole golf course was constructed, made ready for play but...


LCG Golf ...unfortunately never opened. The quest for golf continued in the area and in 1993 a new urbanization called Bonalba in the same municipal at last produced a golf course. 1993: Bonalba Golf Club Resort; situated in the Urbanization of Bonalba, turn off at Km.2 c/ Vespre, 6a - 03110 Mutxamel, Alicante. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 29Kms. in 1993 opened 9 holes for play. In 1994/5 the course closed, and the Club was taken over by Bonalba 2000SA who built the clubhouse and completed the construction of the Par 72, 18hole course. Designed by Ramon Espinosa that from the forward tees measures 5,329 to 6367 meters from the championship tee and opened for play two years later. The name was changed to Bonalba Club de Golf & Spa with the Spa facility added next to the clubhouse and the Bonalba hotel situated overlooking the 8th green and 9th tee. Email: secretaria@golfbonalba.com Tel:965955955 1997: Alenda Golf Club; situated at km. 14 on the auto-vía Alicante – Madrid in the terminal of Monforte del Cid. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 20Kms. Not to be left behind opened the first 9 holes (now the second 9), for play. Two years completed the construction of the 18hole, Par 72 course designed by Roland Favrat that measures from the forward tees 5,138 to 6245 meters from the Championship tees was completed and opened for play. Email: cadymaster@alendagolf.com Tel:965621796 1998: Alicante Golf; situated in San Juan Playa went a step farther by finding sufficient land 5 kms. from Alicante city centre and just 500

meters from the beach, in the neighbouring town of San Juan Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Arport is 24Kms. Opened 9 holes par 36 (present second 9), for play. The 18-hole par 72 course that measures from the forward tees 5,254 to 6,236 from the Championship Tees. The course was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and has the unusual configuration of the holes with the same number of Par 3, 4, and 5 holes, as such in every 3 holes you play one of each distance. Several editions of the Campeonato de la P.G.A. de España were played over the course before the greens were re-designed without closing the course to play, a labour that took several years to complete. Email: greenfees@ alicantegolf.com Tel:965152043

There is land that is ideally suited for golf courses in the province. The recycling of residual waters from the housing is ideal for the irrigation of the courses which give the benefits to the environment with the production of oxygen from the Grass and trees creating also a favourable habitat for the flower and fauna. 2001: La Finca Club de Golf; 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. Opened its 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 curios 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”. Email: info@lafincagolfresort.com Tel:966729010 13


LCG Golf 2005: Melia Villaitana Golf; situated in the Avda. Alcalde Eduard Zaplana Hernandez-Soro 7, 03502 Benidorm. Distance from Altet Alicante/ Elche Airport is 55Kms. With all tourist attraction Benidorm had no golf course so not be left out, looking from the sea front towards the hills, to the right of the theme park Terra Mitica and on the same exit 65A on the auto-via AP-7 you will find the 36-hole complex Villaitana Golf, designed and built by Nicklaus Design. The 18-hole, par 72, Levante Course with more bunkers than lakes all positioned as Jack Nicklaus likes them to be, measures from the forward tees 4,687 to 6,222 meters from the Championship tees. The par 62 course has been shaped to accommodate and blend in with the nature of the landscape and ravines, it measures from the forward tee 2,559 to 3,674 meters from the back Tees. Fax:966813016 Tel:966813013 2006: Las Rejas Benidorm Golf; situated in the street Presidente Alfonso Suarez 5, 03502, Benidorm, behind the Poniente beach in the town, distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 57Kms. Opened their 9 hole, par 27, Pitch & Putt Course Fax:966889895 - Tel:966889775 2008: Equelite Club de Golf de Villena; situated in the tennis school complex of Juan Carlos Ferrero (ex. world nÂş1 tennis star). Paraje Cases de Menor 44, 03400 Villena. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 67Kms. Inaugurated the 9-hole, par 27, pitch & Putt Course. Fax:965340077 Tel:965807092

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2008: Club de Golf de Sierra Cortina;situated in the Urbanization Sierra Cortina in the municipality of Finestrat, Benidorm. Distance from Altet Alicante/ Elche Airport is 56Kms. Opened their 18 hole, par 54, Pitch & Putt course where shortest fairway is 55m in length and the longest is 100m info@ golfsierracortina.com Tel:966221093 2008: Lo Romero Club de Golf; situated in the extreme south of the province in the township of Pilar de La Horadada on the road CV-925 Km. 29 Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 82Kms. Opened their 18-hole, par 72 course that measures from the forward tees 5,276 to 6,256 meters from the Championship tee. Designed by who shaped the Course to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. Email info@loromerogolf.es Tel:966766887 2009: Font de Llob Club de Golf; the entrance is situated at Km.3,8 on the road CV847 Alicante – Aspe. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Airport is 24Kms. Opened their 18 hole, par 72 course that measures from the front tees 4,860 to 6,313 from the championship tees. The design by Blake Stirling & Marco Martin blends well into the sloping valley. Email: info@fdlgolf.es www.fdlolf.es Tel:96126756


LCG Golf 2009; Vistabella Golf Club; situated in the urbanization Vistabella Golf at Km.12 on the CV-945 road Orihuela – Torrevieja then E-03310 Orihuela - Jacarilla, Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Arport is 60Kms. opened 11 holes of their 18-hole course the other 7 are still under construction. Playing 18 holes 11 + 7 measures from the front tees 5,000 to 6,149 meters from the back tees. Designed by Ryder Cup player Manuel Piñero has made an excellent job and produced a very pleasing course bookings@vistabellla.com www. vistabella.com 2010; Las Colinas Golf & Country Club; situated at km.6 on the road CV941from Campoamor – San Miguel. Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Arport is 71Kms. Opened their 18-hole, par 71 course that measures from the front tees 4,685 to &,033 meters from the back tees designed by Mr. Cabell B. Robinson. This is one of the courses used by the European Tour in the Tour School Final qualifying stage.

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ost of golf courses in the province function as Pay & Play facilities together with the season ticket holders (abonados), many have a hotel on the complex or near-by and there is plenty of alternative accommodation in the other Hotels, apartments in the area. There is no such thing as a bad golf Course! It is only that some are better than others. A golf course in Spain requires among other things, is that the water used for the irrigation of the course needs to in the majority be re-cycled. For this reason, you

reservations@lascolinasgolf.es www.lascolinasgolf.es Tel:965324018 2014; Escuela de Golf de Elche; situated in Calle Provisional nº1,03293, Elche, (behind the Hospital del Vinalopo), Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Arport is 23Kms. opened the 9-hole Pitch & Putt Course that has 18 tees, the holes vary in length from 41 to longest at 91meters. Email: info@ escuelagolfelche.com Tel:966364036 2016; Puig Campana Golf; situated in the Calle Morella 14, Urbanization Alfarella, 03509, Finestrat, (next to Benidorm), Distance from Altet Alicante/Elche Arport is 52Kms. The 18 holes, par72, golf course project designed by Sterling & Martin has its first 9 holes open for play that are in the municipality of Finestrat. The second 9 holes are in the neighbouring municipality of Villajosa and the owners are awaiting the final permissions to commence the construction golf@puigcampanagolf.es Tel: 637445045/637445048 will find that most of the courses that are not close to a local township have Housing Urbanizations and Hotels situated within or close to the golf complex. Golf is different when you play in the sunshine of the Province of Alicante. Under the Sports Laws in Spain all players must be licenced under the Real Federation de Golf de España to be covered by the Federation’s insurance. As such all players that are not in possession of the full licence are required to purchase a daily temporary licence that costs €2.50.


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NIKE GOLF SHOES LUNAR CONTROL VAPOR 2 BLACK 2018 £129.00 The Lunar Control Vapor 2 golf shoe is the next generation of the LCV series and features the same unique and innovative TPU outsole with protruding tracks for the ultimate grip and traction in all conditions. The same Nike Flywire technology also features for locked down support, while the full length Lunarlon cushioning provides extreme walk-in comfort.

NIKE GOLF JACKET AEROLOFT HYPERADAPT ZIP - BLACK £179.00

This brand new golf jacket is the pièce de résistance of the Nike golf collection for Fall 2017 and is packed full of technology to provide the ultimate in lightweight warmth, comfort and performance when the conditions are at their coolest on the golf course. The combination of Aeroloft insulation (full length, front and back) with the Aeroreact sleeves and shoulders is a marked improvement which increases your comfort levels to new heights, while the Hyperadapt construction offers optimal freedom of movement in the golf swing thanks to the ergonomic engineering. 16

GALVIN GREEN WATERPROOF GOLF JACKET ACHILLES - KINGS BLUE 2017 £349.95

This new Achilles waterproof golf jacket features a new three layer Gore-Tex fabrication with the pioneering C-KNIT Backer which has never been seen in golf until now. The revolutionary Japanese technology offers a super smooth feel with the ability to glide over any garments worn beneath the jacket, offering superior comfort without compromising on performance. The Argon golf jacket is the ultimate golf waterproof and features a new rubberised collar and cuff to minimise the risk of rain seeping through the openings. The next generation of waterproof golf jackets, proving that Galvin Green are at the top of their game.

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The new Owen leather golf belt is a fresh addition for 2018 and features a classy pin belt buckle with a metallic finish, complete with the iconic Hugo Boss logo embossed to the front. This quality leather golf belt can be worn in both black or dark brown and is designed so that one size fits all; simply remove the belt buckle and trim the leather to the size you require.

NIKE GOLF PULLOVER - THERMA FIT HALF ZIP - SIREN RED £65.00

We love this new Nike Therma-Fit sweater as the soft brushback interior makes for an extremely comfortable wear, increasing warmth without adding bulk. The half zip design is a popular look with subtle at the left chest, while the blade collar lays flat against the neck to reduce distraction. Another superb pullover design from Nike which also looks very stylish with the heather effect through the fabric.

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HUGO BOSS GOLF CAP US £49.00

Hugo Boss golf caps are a great way to complete the look on the golf course and this new style features the iconic Hugo Boss logo to the front for a signature look. One size fits all with the adjustable strap at the rear, while a moisture wicking sweatband makes this golf cap incredibly comfortable to wear throughout your round.

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them), hotels, restaurants and bars, tourist offices and local businesses. Apart from the golf it will have features in finance, healthy eating, leisure, wine & Wineries (bo­degas), where to eat, and natural health therapy. We have great professionals that will contribute to the magazine every month, Tom McCowan (Golf), Colin Harke­ ness (Wine & Wineries) Simone Segal

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THE SUN AND YOUR SKIN

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orrential downpours and lingering black clouds have left many of us wondering when summer will finally arrive. We all love sunshine, indeed most of us will cite the weather as one of the main reasons for packing up our homes and moving to Spain. In contrast with many of life’s other pleasures, the good news is that sunshine can be good for you. It plays a role in the production of vitamin D, it is good for our psychological well being and scientists have now discovered that it can actually prevent certain forms of cancer. …….Yes, there is a ‘but’ coming! Apart from causing wrinkles, allergic rashes, unsightly areas of pigmentation, damage to the immune system and cataracts, the sun can kill you. Rates of skin cancer are increasing all the time. In the UK alone, where, as we are all know , there is not a lot of sunshine, there are some 50,000 new cases each year. Living in Spain, we have to be extra careful when it comes to sun safety. Anybody can develop skin cancer, however you are more at risk if you have: Pale skin | Blonde, red or light brown hair | Been treated for skin cancer | A family member who’s had skin cancer. There are several different types of skin cancers, the most dangerous being malignant melanoma. It is very important to be aware of changes to moles that could indicate a possible malignancy. Look out for:ASYMMETRY: one half of the abnormal skin area is different than the other half. BORDERS: irregular borders. COLOUR: varies from one area to another with shades of tan, brown, or black (sometimes white, red, blue). 18

DIAMETER: usually (but not always) larger than 6 mm in size (diameter of a pencil eraser). Any skin growth that bleeds or will not heal There are steps that we can take to prevent skin cancer which include staying out of the sun when it is most intense, between 10am and 4pm. If you are unable to stay out of the sun during these times make sure that you are covered up. Men are more at risk of developing skin cancers on the scalp and ears due to lack of hair so, ladies, try to inspect your men regularly! Also, some medications can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so check with your Farmacia. Apart from avoiding sun exposure, our best weapon against this disease is sunscreen but it has to be used properly. Also remember that sunburn in children can lead to skin cancer in later life.

TIPS FOR APPLYING SUNSCREEN

•Always use SPF 15 or higher with UVA and

UVB protection. •Do not use after expiry date. •Apply the recommended amount evenly to all uncovered skin, especially your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and feet. •Check the label for the correct amount of time to apply it before you go out. •If the label doesn’t give a time, allow about 15 to 30 minutes. •If you don’t have much hair, apply sunscreen to the top of your head, or wear a hat. Reapply often, read the label to see how often. •Give babies and children extra care in the sun. Ask a doctor before applying sunscreen to children under 6 months old. •Apply sunscreen to children older than 6 months every time they go out. •Always re-apply after swimming. •Even during winter months, and cloudy days the sun can still cause damage, so be aware. Sunscreen is not just for the summer.


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Mind Over Matter? IN SIX MAGIC WORDS

Hi, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Simone Segal, an author, writer and researcher of profound knowledge and truths of the world we live in. Im very happy to have been given this opportunity to be here and share my insights with you! So,let's start with six magical words. There are six magic words and when you fully understand the concept of them, and live by them, you'll be in the business of creating magic, not only in your game of golf, but too in every aspect of your life. You see, not only are these six words magical they too are a scientific fact! Through research i have come to know that the greatest philosophers might not agree in all things, but they do agree on these six life changing words. What I'm going to tell you very few know, it's a secret knowledge in which only the elite, and those who search for truths of this world know about.

SO WHAT ARE THESE SIX MAGICAL SCIENTIFIC WORDS? "WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT" Yep, there you have them, and I'm going to tell you how to use them. You are the sum total of every thought you've ever had up until now. When you realize that you are master of your thoughts, you then have the power to change them, and by changing the way you think, you can change your game, in fact you can change for the better every aspect of your life.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK? Every thought you have puts you into a vibration frequency. For example, if you wake up in the 22

SIMONE SEGAL Natural Healing, Mind, Body & Spirit Author, researcher, Spiritual healer morning thinking positive thoughts, like a radio station you are tuned into that frequency and in that frequency you attract more of the same to you, i.e.....great things, great people, great health. Same goes when your thinking negative thoughts, you'll be attracting all negative to you...bad things, bad people, bad health, and for sure a bad game of golf! I'm going to tell you the exact magical key vibration in which to be in, to live in, that will attain all your dreams.

AND THIS IS HOW If you are wishing for something or wanting for something you will always be in the wishing and wanting frequency and there you'll stay. The magical frequency to be in is the " I am" frequency!

SO WHAT IS THE "I AM" FREQUENCY AND HOW DO YOU GET THERE? The I am frequency is to believe, or more than believe, it's to know, that you are all you wish to be, even when you are not. All those wants and wishes, your desires, you have to "think" believe, to know they are already true. You might call this self delusion and you'd be right! For that's where the true magic lies. Have you ever wondered how some lucky people keep getting lucky over and over? Wether they are consciously aware of it or not, they are living in a positive vibe and keep getting more of the same thing. And know this, remember when something goes wrong and one bad thing after another happens, why? Negative thoughts breeds all bad things to you, your on a roll which ever way. You have to think you already are exactly who


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you want to be, before you are,and without a shadow of doubt you have to believe you already have all you wish for. Why? Because in this thought vibration you attract, remember, more of the same! So, if it comes to mind over matter, take a look around you and see that all matter in front of your eyes was first created by a thought. And as matter of fact, your mind, your thoughts, are creating you, your game, and your life, period! Your going to need a lot of passion, if your not full of it you might as well give up reading this article now! You also need to use your willpower, when used one feels Empowered! Create a habit of becoming consciously aware of your thoughts. When you realize your thinking in a negative vibration, change your thoughts. Repetition, the greatest achievers of this world got to where they want to be by repeating their positive mind set and talents countless times over. Become the best you can be at everything you do. You'll feel inspired and your actions will be an amazing inspiration for others. Act the part you wish to be. When you see a great actor in a film, he is outstanding because he truly believes he has become that character. What does become mean? It means to come into being. When you think, act, believe and know you are the best at your game, and mix it with passion, willpower, repetition, and being the best you can be at all you do, you can not fail! Put on your blinkers and only focus on being your best. Never allow a bad shot or episode in life to affect your thinking pattern, only think how you could improve that shot, your life, and do it with a smile!

A WONDERFUL AFFIRMATION TO USE IS THIS "Every moment of every day I'm getting better in every way!" When you repeat this affirmation over and over, you'll transfer that message from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind. Like your legs move forward to walk you don't have to think about moving them, the same when you breath, thank god you don't have to think about taking your next breath. By repeating this affirmation over and over every day you'll be planting that message in your subconscious mind. Which means that every moment of every day, you "will" get better in every way! Your happiness , your health, and your golfing skills will undoubtedly improve! This information is so profound and true, but, I ask that you don't believe me, because more important is to know, and you can only know truth, when you decide to change the way you think. When you do, and act on these six magical scientific words, you'll be creating magic!

"Become the best you can be at everything you do. You'll feel inspired and your actions will be an amazing inspiration for others". You can obtain a copy of this inspirational book at www.thegiftifonlyyouknew.com 50 TRILLION CELLS 50 trillion cells, I hold within my skin And I am the governor As to what state they’re in Like fractals they are mini me’s They have my every function What I think and how I feel They act on that assumption My very own community That I am in control I’ll guide my little worrier cells With my heart and with my soul You see, what ever thoughts I hold My cells react, and do exactly as they’re told If my mind is in a state of war My cells react and fight the more But when I’m thinking with a loving heart My cells will act and play that part Man is master of his thoughts Yes you are in control What you’re thinking to be true Makes you up as a whole Your environment causes your perceptions What is it that you’re seeing? If it’s not good, change it now And you will change your very being Let love, happiness, health and wealth Dominate every thought And every single cell in you Will act exactly as they ought! 50 trillion cells in you Awaiting your command Govern wise my friend believe And reach your promised land!!!

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Inspirational writer,speaker,researcher and blogger of truths, on natural health, mind body and spirit, the world we live in, the universe and more. I live by a certain philosophy, a magical scientific code, and this is it, “We Become What We Think About” I then turn this philosophy into affirmation rhymes. I bring to you scientific facts found today that poetically merge with spirituality, and shockingly changes history and science altogether! “The Gift if only you knew” Motivation & inspiration page after page. For all who has a mind to think and believes in their dreams! If you want face to face coaching live, or through Skype, or, if you have any questions you can email Simone at simmac@live.co.uk 23


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on Rahm Rodríguez (born 10 November 1994) is a Spanish professional golfer. He was the number one golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a record 60 weeks and was the low amateur at the 2016 U.S. Open. Prior to this event, Rahm was ranked 766 in the Official World Golf Ranking. On 21 January 2018, Rahm reached a careerhigh ranking of No. 2 in the world after winning the CareerBuilder Challenge. Jon Rahm is currently on pace to have the best statistical start for any player since 2008 through 50 rounds, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise given his stellar collegiate and amateur career. His game has superstar written all over him, and I expect him to become one of the world’s best players this season.

Jon Rahm’s path to the PGA Tour - The early days

Jon Rahm grew up in Spain where he was a force. Rahm regularly contended in the largest European Amateur events with his biggest wins coming at the 2010 Spanish Junior/Boys Championship and the 2011 Copa Baleares. His strong junior play was enough to garner a scholarship offer from Tim Mickelson’s college powerhouse Arizona State University.

The college years (2012-2016)

Once on campus, Rahm became one of the best collegiate players in the country from the day he stepped foot in the states. As a freshman, every one of Jon Rahm’s rounds counted towards Arizona State’s team score, a remarkable feat for any player, let alone a freshman. The highlight of his season was when he won the Bill Cullum Invitational and his strong play netted him a place on the All-Freshman Team as well as an All-American Honorable mention. As a sophomore, Jon Rahm continued his ascension into one of the world’s best amateurs when he notched a scoring average of 70.84, the best mark of any Arizona State player since the 2006-2007 team. His season was highlighted by a win at the 2014 Thunderbird Invitational and another AllAmerican Honorable Mention nod. The summer of 2014 saw Rahm break out in the prestigious amateur events. Rahm won the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan and the Spanish Amateur as well as made a sweet 16 run in the U.S. Amateur. Rahm’s hot play from the summer carried

over to his Junior season with him winning the Bill Cullum Invitational, the Duck Invitational, The Thunderbird Invitational and the NCAA Regional in San Diego. Rahm was the most consistent player in the country, registering 10 top 10 finishes in the 12 events he played, good for a scoring average of 69.15, the best in the country. The awards piled up as Rahm won the 2015 Ben Hogan Award (nation’s best golfer), the McCormick Medal (#1 in world Amateur Rankings) and First Team All-American honors. Rahm’s name hit mainstream golf appeal when he competed in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open in the spring of 2015, where the collegiate finished in a tie for 5th, 3-shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. It was the first top 5 for an amateur in a PGA Tour event since Chris Wood’s in the 2008 Open Championship. Rahm’s stellar play continued in the summer of 2015 when he again won the Spanish Amateur, competed in the Palmer Cup, made the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, made the cut at the 2015 Travelers Championship as well as a t10th at the OHL Classic. Rahm spurned professional golf to return to Arizona State for his senior season and put forth another remarkable season winning the Tavistock Invitational, his 3rd straight Thunderbird Invitational, the Pac-12 Championships and won the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. His stellar season earned him his second Hogan Award (1st player ever to win two), the Jack Nicklaus Award and 1st team All-American honors. The statistic I found most impressive was that Jon Rahm finished in the top 10 of every single event of the season, 13 in total an incredible testament to his consistency. Rahm wrapped up his amateur career competing in the 2016 U.S. Open where he was the low-amateur and finished t23rd at the difficult Oakmont setup. Following his standout performance at Oakmont, Rahm turned professional. His plan was to attempt to earn a PGA Tour card via Sponsor’s Exemptions. He needed to earn enough FedEx Cup points to finish in the top 125 of the 2014-2015 season through the maximum eight sponsor’s exemptions allowed. It didn’t take Rahm long to accomplish the rare feat as in Rahm’s professional debut he nearly won the Quicken Loans National finishing t3rd. His top 5 earned Rahm a spot in the Open Championship where he made the cut before another near win at the RBC Canadian Open finishing t2nd. After a t25th at the Traveler’s, his card was locked up for the 2016-2017 season.

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RACE TO CARNOUSTIE

If you are in it – YOU can win it!

By Tony Myles • Golf equipment - from a box of tees to a full set of the latest technology

•Testing facilities with an in-house driving range. • Competitions for golfers at all levels. • Club Fitting with Trackman 4

The Campbell Lamont Organisation Campbell Lamont is the owner of the leading golf retail company in the Costa Blanca and this market leadership is due to his careful business expansion over the last ten years and the provision of unmatched customer service. From very early days when he shared an office with the La Sella Golf Academy, he has grown his company to a position where Campbell Lamont Golf is the default option for all golfers in the region.

The Golf Superstore in Ondara

His business is based in the Golf Superstore in Ondara, where the Retail Park and Mall continues to expand every year. From there Campbell offers an enormous range of fashion items together with everything that the golfer requires for the sport at any level.

These include

•Green fees for any course in Spain and beyond. •Holiday bookings •Tuition • Golf fashion wear for male and female golfers. 28

• Club Repairs The Early days

Just ten years ago and fresh from Glasgow, Campbell started the business by providing a service for golfers wishing to book tee times at any of the local Spanish courses. Today this is still a fundamental element of the most successful golf business on Spain and in 2017 CL Golf booked more than 40,000 green fees for very satisfied clients. This led to demands for more leisure activities and subsequently a new business activity for his company, as an increasing number of golfers look to Campbell to organize golfing holidays. CL Golf Holidays is now a full member of IAGTO The International Association of Golf Travel Operators and CL Golf is also an official accredited Valencian Travel Agent. This means that every day hundreds of golfers from Spain and other European countries entrust Campbell with the reservations for their entire golfing experience from a single tee time to a full fivestar golf vacation based in any Golf resort anywhere in the world.

The Campbell Lamont Leagues

As the business developed so Campbell started to provide an increasing number of competitions. Starting with a regular event for the local golf societies in the Costa Blanca.


LCG Golf In 2011 the inaugural event in the Campbell Lamont Golf Leagues was held and it attracted entries from hundreds of participants Initially it was a competition intended to produce the best single player from all the local golf societies. It proved overwhelmingly popular and subsequently became a Pairs competition with the best two players from every society meeting in a local Grand Final competing for an all-expenses-paid two days at the La Sella Golf Resort. From these small beginnings, this competition now welcomes entries from every part of Spain with numerous local knockout competitions now required to determine the national winners who will go forward to the Grand Final. Over the last five years these Spanish based golfers have been joined by the winners of similar Campbell Lamont competitions in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and various Scandinavian countries who now visit Spain in their thousands every year.

And it is GO! GO! GO! - The RACE is ON!!!

Now for the first time this exciting competition has been further enhanced by the RACE TO CARNOUSTIE Carnoustie is the location for this year’s OPEN and it has the reputation of being the course that provides the toughest test of golf. The Open has been held at this venue on seven occasions starting in 1931, but it has been a golf venue for over four hundred years and at nearly 7500 yards, its narrow fairways and strategically placed bunkers will punish any shot that is less than perfect. Is there a keen golfer who would not want to test his game on that course and especially being able to do so immediately following the Major event in October? Read more about it here - https://www. theopen.com/Heritage/OpenVenues/ Carnoustie

This is what is on offer from Campbell

Over the next few months there will be six events hosted at different courses in the Costa Blanca. With the best pairs winning an incredible package.

• Return Fights to Scotland to join up with the winners of the Scottish qualifying events.

•Two nights in the Carnoustie Hotel •Presentation dinner •Round of golf to warm up at a local course •Competition round at Carnoustie Championship Course.

Each of the six events will produce two pairs who will advance to the Spanish Final. This means that twelve pairs will contest the Spanish Final at La Sella on 1st September with the eventual winners being presented with the Race to Carnoustie package.

Who can take part?

Any golfer male or female with a valid handicap provided by any official source including your local golf society. The upper limit is 24 for men and 28 for women. The accompanying advert shows the details of the venues, dates, times and costs. One other important point is that there is no restriction on how many games an individual can play. So, if you narrowly miss out at one venue you can join in at any of the others. Jose Maria Olazabal has described it as “One Of The Best” Golf Competitions in Europe” and nobody who has taken part would argue. This could be your year. Don’t hesitate! You could be the golfer who wins the RACE TO CARNOUSTIE!

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Golf in 2050 - What will it look like? The Millennials. Where are they?

When you are enjoying your regular four-ball and wondering why it takes the group ahead of you such a long time to clear the green, it is hard to consider that anything will ever change about the game. It appears the same as it was last week and last year and will probably be the same this time next year. Pundits will chatter about various issues but much of it will appear irrelevant as you line up your third putt. However, the fact is that a change is being forced upon your favourite sport. That change is due to the low numbers of youngsters entering the game and without that conveyer belt of players how can the game survive? I have discussed this topic with friends and fellow golfers from various areas and I am frequently surprised that there is a reluctance to accept that this as a problem. In fact, one visitor from a club in the south of England proudly proclaimed that his club had a waiting list. This doesn’t address the problem, as undoubtedly there will always be some clubs which will be immune to any significant reduction in participants. These are generally the domain of the well-heeled golfer who can afford to budget for several tens of thousands of Pounds or Euros every year. This is light years away from the grass roots of the game and will only reinforce the image that golf is elitist and beyond the reach of many potential players.

Where does the problem lie?

I posed the question to Paul Tolley who is the professional at Oliva Nova. “I agree that it is a problem and the difficulty is that many of the older established cubs are quite happy with the situation as it is now and don’t perceive any major issue. In fact, I am aware of one club where there was a project proposed to 30

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create a Young Golfer activity and the members voted it down as they ‘didn’t want a load of kids running around’. I was introduced to golf when I was just nine years old and I benefitted from two older brothers and a father who were all keen and expert golfers. I don’t see much of that these days. I don’t see the pull-through by the families that there once was.” I asked Paul what steps, if any, were being taken in the local Spanish clubs. “Each year at Oliva Nova we have a number of Open Door days when parents can bring their kids to try any of the activities here free-of-charge. In addition, we have a Kids Club which is organised through the Oliva Nova Hotel and various special days in association with the local schools. I know that almost without exception, all the Costa Banca clubs are active in very similar ways.”

Beyond these specific programmes, how do we leverage young players away from their iPhones?

Larger holes, games with footballs. All of these gimmicks have failed to stem the losses and the majority of true golfers would deplore any attempt to introduce such radical changes.

So what else can be done to stimulate the growth of the game in the younger generation?

According to Paul there is a need for kids to be given a speedier reward, so that for new starters he would recommend a shorter tee where a shot of around 100 metres can land on the green. This would mean that more younger players would find the game less daunting and would be encouraged to return and play again, until such times as they were playing the full course and gaining the same degree of satisfaction that they do from their portable video games and social media.

What do you think? What else can be done? Do we need to do anything or will it all resolve itself in good time?

If having read this article, you have any comments or suggestions, then do not hesitate to share them. You can write to the following email address: sergiolacostagolfer@mail.com. Next month I will be looking at some examples that are “bucking the trend”. Tony


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uadalest is a small village on the Costa Blanca and it has become a very well known and much visited tourist destination. In part this is because of it’s close proximity to Benidorm which allows for tours to be offered to Guadalest as it is only 30 minutes drive from the coast. Guadalest is a very pretty and historic small town and you will see the spectacular images of Guadalest on many Costa Blanca postcards. 34

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN GUADALEST Guadalest is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca. Guadalest is a village sitting on top of a mountain. The village appears perched on a tiny pinnacle rising into the sky which makes it look absolutely amazing. This gives beautiful views of the green valley with many other mountains in the background. Guadalest is famous for two buildings. First is Guadalest castle (Castell de Guadalest) which


LCG Costa Blanca Town Focus can only be accessed by walking through a 15 foot long tunnel carved out of the rock. This is known as the Portal de San Jose. No wonder the castle was so secure! When you get through the tunnel you see the old village houses and it feels like you have entered an ancient time. You can visit the restored house of the Orduna family to get an idea of what it used to be like living in ancient times in Guadalest. The streets of Guadalest are cobbled, there are little squares, a school and an old jailhouse. Make sure you look to the right of Guadlest and you will see beautiful views of the valley which contains a dam and reservoir – the Embalse de Guadalest, built between 1953 and 1963. The other famous building that you will often see photographed or on postcards is the white bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which rises up seemingly precariously perched on the mountainside. The village of Guadalest only has about 200 inhabitants and needless to say most of these work in tourist related jobs. You will find many shops selling souvenirs, crafts and local produce such as honey, wine, handbags etc. Guadalest also has a number of small museums many of them converted from little caves in the mountainside. A trip to Guadalest need only take half a day and you can then be back on the Costa Blanca’s beaches or by your pool but do make the effort because it is a worthwhile sightseeing trip and adds another dimension to your Costa Blanca holiday. The castle at Guadalest was built by the Moors over 1,300 years ago. In 1609 King Felipe the third ordered all the Moors to be expelled leading to an

uprising after which the Moors were defeated and left Spain. Also of note was in 1848 when powder kegs blew up (the reason is not known) the castle was abandoned. The Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum) has more than 20.000 salt and pepper shakers from all over the world! Andrea Ludden has collected for more than 30 years, and has another museum in the USA, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which has another 20.000! The museum is at Avenida de Alicante 2, El Castell de Guadalest, 03517 Alicante, directly on the main parking area, and is totally accessible, with no stairs or climbs. It is entertaining, educational, and apt for the whole family. The children love it! 35


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MARQ is an archaeology museum which is dedicated to displaying its collection in a traditional way; as a collection of classified and catalogued finds. MARQ is a project faced with the challenge of being the first archaeological museum of the 21st century.

The Castle of Santa Bárbara, Alicante

You can't fail to notice this impressive castle situated on an outcrop over looking Alicante City. It's one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and covers the complete summit of the Benacantil Mountain. Originally built by the Moors in the 10th century, the castle received its name from the conquest of King Alfonse the Wise that took place on 4th December 1248: Saint Barbara's day. Over the following centuries it was developed and extended leaving it with three main areas all dating from different eras. HOW TO GET THERE If you're feeling energetic you can walk along the road that winds around the back of the mountain, or if you're short of time you can drive. The easier way, incurring a small charge (but free if you are disabled or an EU senior citizen) is via an elevator going up through a tunnel carved out of the rock. You find the entrance opposite the Postiguet beach area. OPENING HOURS - Winter (1 October to 31 March): 10:00 to 20: 00h. Every day. - April, May, June and September from 10:00 to 22: 00h. Every day. - July and August from 10:00 to 24:00 hours Tel: 965 92 77 15 www.castillodesantabarbara.com 36

A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY

The development and formation of a people is influenced greatly by its past, especially one that is shaped by the presence of various ancient civilizations. It is therefore essential that this past is made known and passed on to all those people who visit MARQ. As well as being a professional institution and an important educational space, the new Provincial Archaeology Museum of Alicante also provides a spectacular and entertaining experience. The museum offers visitors the opportunity to find out about the various methods and techniques that are associated with archaeology. These are explained in three galleries dedicated to: Field Archaeology, Urban Archaeology and Underwater Archaeology. Various dioramas, audio-visual presentations and interactives provide visitors with a detailed insight into the techniques that archaeologists use to discover the past. These provide valuable information which is displayed in an attractive and didactic way. Admission in 2017 was only €3. MARQ is also responsible for the Lucentum site near San Juan and a small roman fish farming site

OPENING HOURS:

Monday Closed. Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 2pm, 6pm 10pm, Sunday 10am - 2pm

CONTACT DETAILS:

Plaza Doctor Gómez Ulla s/n 03013 Alicante-Alacant, Alicante, Alicante - Alacant (Valencia)

www.marqalicante.com Tel.:+34 965149006 Tel.:+34 965149000


LCG Out & About Elche Palmeral Aventuras, a park with a mark for real fun

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here are many places surrounded by palm trees but none as Elche Palmeral Aventuras, unique for its adventurer soul and its impressive staging. Elche Palmeral Aventuras, a park with a mark for real fun Elche Palmeral Aventuras, a park with a mark for real fun. An adventure park full of activities and experiences where groups of all ages, families, schools and companies meet in a circuit designed especially for that; along with the fun and adrenaline, you will enjoy a fantastic day. Can you imagine getting to the world's tallest tower and climbing 22 meters while your desire and your pride push you towards the top? Sailing a boat within a true oasis? All this is already possible! Let your imagination be the limit to your desire with an incomparable experience, because at Elche Palmeral Aventuras you have everything ready for you so that your levels of happiness climb up to the limit. They offer you the opportunity to spend an unforgettable day in an environment of leisure activities, sport and adventure because the challenge is that your visit be full of good vibes; facilities and professionals who will help you throughout your visit to get the most of this incredible experience. OPTIONAL SERVICES: To further enhance the experience, the park is located in Elche, in the province of Alicante and capital of the region of Bajo Vinalopó. Its Mediterranean climate offers streets full of light and pleasant temperatures on every corner. It is surrounded by the wonderful beaches of La Marina, Los Arenales, El Altet, Santa Pola and El Pinet. Although the true charm it has is in the gastronomy and in their fellow countrymen, who are a real delight. Tel: 965995012 info@elchepalmeralaventuras.com

La Golf LaFinca Finca Algorfa Algorfa Golf

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LCG Food & Drink

Selected Restaurants Ritz

Casa Enrique

http://ritz-albir.com

http://restauranteenrique.com/

Dársena

Sarita´s

Pseo. de las estrellas 03581 Alfaz del Pi - Playa del Albir, Alicante. Tel: 966 867 448 Brasserie Grand Café & Cocktail Bar.

Marina Deportiva Muelle de Levante, 6 03001 Alicante. Tel: 965 207 589 - 965 207 399 Levante Mediterranean Food. Speciality Rice Dishes.

www.darsena.com

The Chippy

Calle francisco de quevedo 03177 La Marina, Valenciana, Tel: 966 795 659 Fresh, large portions very tasty, great place and highly recommended. Wi-Fi Follow us on Facebook

Nou Manolín Villegas, 3 03001 Alicante. Tel: 965 200 368 Traditional cooking using natural products.

www.noumanolin.com

administracion@noumanolin.com

Bahia blanca, Avda del Albir 11, 03581 Albir. Tel: 966 86 43 94 Indian restaurant, delicious food, great service. Highly recommended.

www.saritaindianrestaurant.com

El Racó de Mama Lola

C/ Antonio Mira Gran, 1, Elche Tel: 965 429 736 Barbecued meats, fish, tapas and rice dishes.

www.racodemamalola.com

Crown of India Carrer Major, 2, 03590 Altea, Alacant Tel: 865 67 32 59 Indian Restaurant. Excellent Reviews & Sea Views www.crownofindiaaltea.com

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.

http://cafedartjavea.com/

www.laplantacion.com

El Charro Negro

La Casa del Reloj

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

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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.

www.restaurantelacasadel reloj.com


LCG Food & Drink

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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Siete Lounge

AlteArte®

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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Olas Cafe-Bar

Chemies Lounge

Paseo De Las Estrellas 1, Albir Playa, Albir, L’Alfas Del Pi, 03581. Tel: 654 28 15 37

Bar · Cafe · Restaurant

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

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

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THE WINES OF LA SELLA GOLF RESORT & SPA

ne of the things I like about the wine list at the restaurants of La Sella Golf Resort and Spa is that local wines are as well represented as those from more internationally known regions of production. Yes, you’ll find outstanding wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat, Penedes, Rueda and Rías Baixas, as well as international offerings from Champagne et al. However, whilst it’s not the business of a luxury resort hotel to ‘educate’ its clients, of course, I believe it’s incumbent upon them to give visitors the experience of top class local products as well. And, certainly in wine terms, that’s exactly what is available in the Valencia region! Ironically, because of lamentable political problems in Cataluña, the natural home of Cava where 95% of cava is made, there has been, and continues to be, an upsurge in demand for what is now being termed ‘Cava Valenciano’. However, it’s not the politics that sees UtielRequena’s Bodegas Dominio de la Vega Cava Reserva well placed in the Sparkling Wines section of La Sella’s list – it’s the quality! Made exclusively with Macabeo, one of the triumvirate of main cava grape varieties, this elegant and yet full flavoured cava has enjoyed a minimum of 15 months ‘en rima’ (resting on its lees) developing body and complex40

ity. Fresh and vibrant, as a sparkler should always be, there’s a pleasing roundness on the palate with a medium length and slight green apple finish. And who says that Valencia can’t make white wine? If you’ve heard that statement please refer the speaker to the bodegas that form the Terres dels Alforin Group, at altitude inland from the city. One such white, Cullerot, made by Celler del Roure is exceptional! Chardonnay, Pedro Ximénez (yes, PX of Sherry fame!), Macabeo and local, rare variety Verdil grapes are fermented and aged in ancient clay tinajas, amphorae for a wholly different, compelling flavour and aroma profile! Mestizaje (yes, a bit of a mouthful, in every sense of the word!) is a local red wine, made at greater altitude in the Requena area. The progressive Bodegas Mustiguillo, like others in Spain nowadays, is making modern (check out the label!) wines using methods learned from travels in both hemispheres, and then enhanced upon and adapted for local soils, micro-climate etc, in tandem with family and local historical techniques. Here, local indigenous variety Bobal, is blended with its more famous Spanish compatriot, Tempranillo, as well as the much travelled international varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. There’s a little French oak used in the process which adds some depth to the black cherry and brambly fruit of this super young wine! These are just three local wines from an impressive list, chosen by the house Sommelier to complement the equally impressive restaurants of this stunning hotel, immediately adjacent to its first class golf course! http://www.lasellagolf.com/en Colin Harkness is a National and International Wine Judge, Writer & Broadcaster specialising in Spanish Wines, active in Wine Tourism and living in Alicante Province. colin@colinharknessonwine.com www.colinharknessonwine.com

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Ka Mi Suegra

"A place where you can eat Indonesian and Balinese food in Alicante"

Medico Vicente Reyes nº19, 03015, Alicante. Tel: 966 355 739 - 966 592 415

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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 Kingdom-based 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.”


LCG Business Page

Selected Local Services Painters

M&M

acarvajala@wanadoo.es

Call+34 681 686 423 for a free quotation.

Plumbers

IPTV

PINTORES ALONSO All types of paint work to a high standard in Torrevieja and surrounding areas. Tel: 96 670 71 35 - 61 670 1771 - 63 851 1910 (English)

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

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! British TV and much more... No installation fee · No dish required No contract · FREE on demand movies Call+34 681 686 423

Pool Cleaning

Builders

Gardeners

Electricians

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 enquiries@clearwaterspain.com

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: info@garagespain.com

Ironing Service

FOR ALL OF YOUR IRONING NEEDS - FREE local pick ups and drop offs:) Please call: 865 779 659 // 662 379 539 // 658 457 504. Or email: clare_bean3@ yahoo.co.uk // clare21@live.com

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PROFESSIONAL CLEANING & KEYHOLDING SERVICES A Family Business You Can Trust!

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 david@mbebuilders.com

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 adam@costablancaelectrician.com

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 - info@reliable-clima.com

Joiners

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 boothmark1@sky.com

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LCG Golf Coaching

Paul Tolley Performance Golf Coaching Total Performance Coaching - Change the way you think, feel and play the game

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ne of the most common problems that Golfers have is allowing the ball to be their master. Golfers typically react and make changes to their swings and attitudes based on the previous shot. If the flight of the ball is your only evaluation system then you will spend most of your time tinkering and changing your swing. This is a typical sequence of events; a tee shot flies to the right and you change something in your technique; the next shot flies to the left so you change something else. The next ball flies straight and you think you have found the secret. 3 shots later the ball again flies off line so you change something else in a vain attempt to get back on track. This continues until you stop changing or your round finishes. By the end of the round you will have made several changes not only to your swing but to your state of mind. Now you wonder why your results are bad and you are not consistent. No swing can withstand so many changes during a round and this cycle of constant adjustment prevents you from developing and maintaining a consistent technique or attitude. Imagine if I said to you that I wanted you to change your swing or your thoughts after every shot; you would think that I was crazy. However, this is exactly the type of process that most Golfers go through during a round! What is the solution? Well, if you must have a swing thought then you must decide what this is before you play and maintain it from the 1st tee to the 18th green irrespective of what happens to the ball! My suggestion would be to concentrate on something general like Balance, Rhythm or Tension and control these areas in order to allow your normal swing to appear on the course and not only on the practice ground.

"To play consistently, you must think consistently".

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

ENTERTAINMENT

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

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EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS | C.B PAN-EUROPEAN EMERGENCY NUMBER AMBULANCE SERVICE (AMBULANCIA) NATIONAL POLICE (POLICÍA NACIONAL) LOCAL POLICE (POLICÍA MUNICIPAL) CIVIL GUARD (GUARDIA CIVIL) FIRE SERVICE (BOMBEROS) MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

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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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LCG Information on the Costa Blanca COSTA BLANCA

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.

COSTA BLANCA MARKETS

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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


LCG Information on the Costa Blanca

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

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

RURAL HOLIDAYS

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ural tourism is an ideal way to spend a few days getting closer to nature, in the mountains, the countryside or by the sea. The Region of Valencia has a wide range of rural tourism options, something to suit everyone, along with comfortable accommodation offering top-of-therange services. Get ready for adventure and take part in a number of active tourism activities, and be captivated by the traditions of the villages scattered throughout the Costa Blanca, Valencia Terra i Mar and Castellón Costa Azahar. By opting for rural tourism, you can explore the Region of Valencia further inland by following its official signposted routes and paths, which will take you into protected areas with a beautiful natural kaleidoscope of landscapes. https://www.tuscasasrurales.com/casas-rurales-alicante.asp

Alcoi - the city of bridges

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urrounded by the Nature Parcs of the Sierra Mariola, the Carrascal de la Font Rotja, the Sierra els Plans and la Serreta, Alcoi has overcome the peculiar local terrain furrowed by ravines. Known as the city of bridges, the municipality maintains, in spite of a high level of industrialisation, links with its past, mixed with efforts to prosper amid beautiful surroundings. Tradition weighs heavily in its festive representations, between which stand out the Moors and Christians celebrations, declared as being of International Interest.

HOW TO GET HERE: From Valencia, the access to the city is via the A-7, direction N-340 until Alcoy. From Alicante, the access is exactly the same one, taking the A-7 towards N-340 Alcoy. alcoi@touristinfo.net - www.alcoiturisme.com


LCG Information on the Costa Blanca

PLACES OF INTEREST

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 €

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LCG Tourists Offices

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 turismo@alicanteturismo.com 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: turismo@ajbenissa.es

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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: turismo@ajcalp.es

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. www.tramalicante.es 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 www.correos.es. 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) www.terranatura.com 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. www.terramiticapark.com 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:// www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/vlcva-ac-hotel-valencia/

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. www.medplaya.com/hotels/hotel-agir-benidorm.html

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. https://murcia.zenithoteles.com/en/

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. www.montiboli.com/en/

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. www.lasellagolfresort.com/en-GB/hotel.aspx

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. www.hotellaserena.com

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) www.melia.com/en/home.htm

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. www.hotelcostablancadenia.com/en/

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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. www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-javea

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. https://www.tryphotels.com/ 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 www.alendagolf.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 www.golfaltorreal.es

18 Holes Par 72 www.olivanova.com

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LCG Golfing Gadgets

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ith each new season, golfers look forward not just to warm weather and lower scores, but to the myriad of golf gadgets and toys intended to make the game easier, more fun, and sometimes even a bit more casual. Golf is nothing if not equipment intensive and most golfers are never shy about adding to the mix. Gloves, balls, clubs, tees, the basics, those are a given, but all of the other toys, gadgets, and maybe even gimmicks will always grab the attention of even the most staid golf traditionalists, if only for a moment. The quirky little swingtrainers, the “magic” tip, the weighted club, all of the rain gear that stays in your bag because you don’t like to golf in the rain, golfers love it all, even if they don’t always want to admit it.

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hen it comes to GPS golf watches, you can more or less rely on one particular name that can just about deliver all the time, and that would be Garmin. In the past, the company has rolled out its fair number of GPS golf watches, and this time around it looks like the Garmin Approach S20 GPS golf watch is set to further cement the legendary performance of Garmin’s products in this niche market yet again.

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eading off our list was a pipe dream back in the day, but with modern technology, it is now a reality. Finally, a golf ball you are supposed to never lose. Inside each ball is a microchip for tracking purposes. Each set comes with a handheld tracking device, a dozen balls and protective casing.

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LCG Interviews SIMONE SEGAL

Interviews

Simon Foster 1: Q: what does the Costa Blanca offer golf enthusiasts? A: The Cost Blanca offers one of the best all year round climates in the whole of Europe, and has the lowest rainfalls in the whole of Spain.

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imon is a PGA professional who has resided on the Costa Blanca, Spain for over twelve years and he has an unrivaled knowledge and network of both golf and lifestyle. From Castellón in the North down to Murcia in the South of the East Coast, Simon has travelled and played on all the courses in the area and he couldn´t be any more experienced to discuss the golfing industry and how it´s attraction to overseas tourists has grown and strengthened many towns and communities in this area of Spain. In his years here in Spain , Simon has had a key involvement in the opening of three golf courses; two very well know courses in the Alicante province, La Finca and Vistabella, and a nine-hole course in Murcia. Simon has always given a lot of his time and dedication to Junior golf with the construction of a private academy facility at Vistabella which was key to the success of a junior academy nurturing local talent of all nationalities with lessons imparted in both English and Spanish. Simon was also the founder of an events company that specializes in Spanish golfing trips, sport and fitness, hospitality and entertainment along with lifestyle advise and consulting for those of you looking to make a more permanent move to the Costas! You can find Simon via any of the following social media so please don't hesitate to drop him a line: https://www.instagram.com/simonfostergolf/ https://www.facebook.com/sifostergolf/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONVrlTvgfVzEpMtijcfiTg?view_ as=subscriber https://twitter.com/SiFoster77

2: Q: When are the best times to play golf on the Costa Blanca? A: For me the months September through to Christmas offer sensacional golfing weather in comparison to the rest of Europe. Also the spring time is idyllic to sharpen up your game, however you need to be a very hardened soul to play in the heat of July and August. 3: Q: As a professional golfer how do you entertain your clients? A: Depending on their needs and requirements, I can find accommodation for them,organize all their logistics from golf course green fees to airport transfers, and manage all required off course entertainment. I also offer coaching, clinics, and course playing possibilities to all my clients. 4: Q: what off course entertainment do you offer? A: My fifteen years knowledge and my love for the gastronomy in Spain, has enabled me to build up a network of ideal places of interest: restaurants, bars, wineries, nightclubs and more. 5: Q: Tell me one thing you see in all amateurs that they could Improve? A: There are a few areas that jump to mind for a professional. However, I personally think that all amateur golfers could have a better pre round warm up routine enabling them to hit their first T shot in a more positive mind set. 53


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