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Wow, what a couple of months it’s been! We’ve gathered so much information since the beginning of the year that we could barely find the space to cram it all in. Hopefully we have managed to organise it in our usual, easy to digest fashion that so many of you complement us on each issue. Certainly you should not be short of an article or two to get your teeth into... This issue, as always, we are taken on a journey through the variety golf has to offer in fashion, design and technology. We travel as far as New York, Georgia, Ireland, the UK, Czech Republic - and arrive in the most popular European golf destination - Andalucia, Spain. As a celebration of what this great area has to offer to golfers of all ages and abilities we undertook the enormously difficult and controversial task of selecting 18 of the best holes on offer from Huelva to Almeria. We use the term controversial because it is inevitable that when selecting just 18 holes from over 1,000 available to choose that somebody is going to feel left out. This is obviously not our intention, and we have given the relevant directors and professionals the opportunity to participate in the selection process in order to make as fair an assessment as possible. Bear in mind that there is much more on offer beyond what we can possibly feature in these pages - but by visiting the holes selected for our ‘Dream 18’ you are assured of a unique and memorable round of golf.
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Cover: Brooklyn Bridge, New York Nick Wears: Green Sweater - Medium Grey Heater Glen S/S Polo - Classic White Johan Pant - New Core Khaki
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Right: East Village, New York Nick Wears: Waterfront Sweater - Summit Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Lawrence Pant - Classic White Girl Wears: Golf Fleece Jacket - Classic White Avril Short - Plush Pink Mercerized S/S Polo - Classic White Thin Fashion Belt - Classic White
Left: Old Fulton Street, New York Nick Wears: Green Sweater - Hampton Green Glen S/S Polo - Classic White Andrew Pant Right: Chelsea Piers, New York Nick Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch Girl Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch
“Here was a guy who’d achieved everything I could ever dream of, telling me how to do it. It was a huge bonus.”
How did you get into golf? I started playing golf when I was four when my Dad gave me a cutdown club, and we’d go out on the municipal course in Bootle, near our home, and I’d go out there with him the whole time. We’d be out there every night after school practising. I won my first tournament just before my seventh birthday. It was an under 14s tournament at North Berwick in 1989. How valuable was your time under the wing of Nick Faldo? It wasn’t long after that tournament win at North Berwick that I was
chosen for the Faldo Junior Series where we got to spend time with Nick Faldo, and train with him. That time with Nick Faldo was a huge influence on me at that age, and in developing my game. Here was a guy who’d achieved everything I could ever dream of, telling me how to do it. It was a huge bonus. What are your golfing goals for the coming season? I want to win several times this year and finish in the top 40 of the European Tour Order of Merit.
How do you go about setting your schedule for the year? At the start of the season I sit down with the schedule and work out which events I want to peak at and work out how best to prepare myself for those big events. That really determines which tournaments I play, as well as whether I like the individual courses. In which countries or tournaments do you most like to compete? The European Tour takes us all around the world so we play nearly everywhere now. I really enjoy playing the early swing in the Middle
Left: 35th Street, New York Nick Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch Right: Soho House, New York Nick Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch
“It’s important to me that I look good and that I’m able to express who I am through what I wear out on the course.” East that took in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai this year. Great courses, good hotels and it’s always fun to take the game to places where it’s growing in popularity - golf in the Middle East is really taking off now and it’s great to be part of that. What have you been working on recently with your coach? I caught up with David Leadbetter out at Champions Gate in Florida over Christmas and we worked on my swing plane. I’m always looking to improve technically with my swing in order to give me greater consistency.
How important do you think fashion is in golf? Very important. We’re fortunate to be playing a game which is now considered a lot cooler than it was and its important that golf wear reflects that and is fashionable. That’s one of the reasons I love working with Tommy Hilfiger. It’s important to me that I look good and that I’m able to express who I am through what I wear out on the course. The Tommy Hilfiger golf collection that I wear is stylish and follows the fashion trends for each season, and I have a lot of fun picking out which pieces I’ll be wearing. What golf clubs do you use, and how do they help your game? I’ve used Callaway clubs for years now. They’re a great company to be with. The research and
Left: West Village, New York Nick Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch Right: 5th Avenue, New York Nick Wears: Legion VN S/S - Naval Blue Birdie Polo - Classic White Gage Pant - Blurred Blue Tommy Hilfiger Watch
“Every week the Callaway truck is at the tournament, and the guys are there to help me out with any queries I may have...”
development and testing that goes into every club, ball, driver everything is incredible. You should see their testing facility in Carlsbad - it’s state of the art. The team on tour are also great. Every week the Callaway truck is at the tournament, and the guys are there to help me out with any queries I may have or to make any alterations to my clubs. Have you tried, and do you intend to use the new Callaway FT-i ‘square’ driver? I have tried it and I think it’s fantastic. It’s going to make a big difference to pros and even
bigger difference for amateurs. I think it will be particularly good for amateurs as it’s such a forgiving club. It’s the straightest driver I’ve ever seen, which will make it perfectly suited to some of the courses we see out on Tour that demand more of you off the tee. What is your favourite club in the bag? This has to be my FT-3 driver, but it keeps changing. Callaway are always bringing out bigger and better products, and so my favourites are always changing with the technology out there.
I’m currently testing the new FT-5 Driver which is the evolution of the FT-3, so this could well topple the FT-3 as my favourite club. Who would make up your ideal fourball? John Travolta, Steve McQueen and Tiger Woods. What has been your greatest golfing achievement to date? Undoubtedly it was winning my first professional title at the 2005 Caltex Singapore Masters. That was a huge breakthrough for me and what made even better was
Left: Old Fulton Street, New York Nick Wears: Green Sweater - Hampton Green Glen S/S Polo - Classic White Andrew Pant
“So much of what happens out in the golf course is down to what and how you’re thinking...” that I was playing with Monty the final two days, and I beat him to win my first tournament. At the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last year I also outscored Tiger the first three days. To beat the best player that’s ever lived gives you a lot of confidence. How important do you think sports psychology is to the modern game? It’s very important. So much of what happens out in the golf course is down to what and how you’re thinking and that’s why I hooked up with Jamil.
What interests do you have outside of golf? Catching up with friends and going out, good food - all the normal stuff really. When I’ve got a week off I like to relax and stay at home. We’re so used to travelling, it’s nice to be in one place for a while. I moved into my own place last year, my first home and it’s been nice to spend time there and get it the way I want it. What is the best piece of advice you could give to an amateur golfer? Don’t neglect your short game. Some amateurs get obsessed with how far they can hit the ball, but your short game will get you out of trouble far more often than being able to drive the ball huge distances.
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let’s putt it simply... By Dennis Shaw, PGAs of Europe
There’s a distinct feeling of M-M-M... about the PGAs of Europe’s schedule in Autumn 2007, namely from Munich to Malmö, and from Malmö to Murcia... thereby embracing:
➲ Golf Europe, the world’s No.1 Golf Industry Trade Show outside of Orlando ➲ The 8th PGAsE Teaching & Coaching Conference ➲ The International Team Championship ➲ The Annual Congress and Awards Dinner.
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From left to right: Hank Haney, Denis Pugh, Randy Smith and Scott Cranfield at the PGAs of Europe Teaching & Coaching Conference
Any PGA professional able to attend the Trade Show, the TCC and the Congress, will arrive at the end of this appetising new season with enough golf educational information to fill a small encyclopaedia.
“...the more advice one receives about putting techniques, and the problems therein, the more we can become a candidate for the dreaded yips...”
I know I’ve pontificated at some length in these columns, previously, about the depth of knowledge and information taken on board by PGA pros when they undergo their three-year training course, and maybe progress into further education, but I make no apology for repeating that viewpoint.
We all have a great deal of evidence to support this attitude having seen Old Jack, the oldest member, with a swing like a lumberjack and the stance of a hop-picker who take a piece of metal on the end of a hickory stick out of his bag and rattles in putts like we used to shell peas.
The range of subjects covered by speakers about golf in these advanced times is quite extraordinary. Over and above the obvious topics of the golf swing, and pro shop merchandising, there are all of the sports sciences, golf course maintenance, tournament administration, environmental concerns and, more recently, child care.
Now, with all the wisdom of an 18-handicapper, and expressing merely a personal point of view, (not necessarily those of the PGAs of Europe Education Committee), let me suggest that the more advice one receives about putting techniques, and the problems therein, the more we can become a candidate for the dreaded yips or even the men in white coats…
I find myself fascinated by listening to all of them. Well, OK, most of them. But, one particular area where my mind rebels, is when experts write or talk, sometimes for hours, on the subject of... putting.
Let me quote from a recent article I read in a golf magazine about putting surfaces: “The grain indicates the direction in which the grass is lying, and the ball will always try to follow the grain. Very often the grain will follow a particular pattern depending on where you are in the world.
Back some 20 or 30 years ago, most golf professionals would dismiss the subject as ‘purely a personal’ choice, and that there was no one reliable teaching formula because ‘what suits one doesn’t suit another.’
“Sometimes the grass will grow to where the sun is predominant in the day, so when you’re on a Bermuda grass golf course, orient yourself to
the East and West. Knowing that the grain generally goes west, you’ll find it much easier to putt. Other times the grain will favour a nearby body of water, be it a river, lake or the sea...” Crickey... Elsewhere in the same publication I read more putting advice to add to the store. “Flex your knees. Your leg muscles are strong and can play a key role in keeping you balanced. Fire them up by flexing your knees evenly until the caps are over the balls of your feet. Feel your weight solidly under the middle of your feet.” Gosh... OK, so I know all about the mystifying properties of grass, (of which the earlier article informed us that there are some 10,000 species) and I know how to stand ...so what about selecting an implement for propelling the ball? Same magazine, another article: here I learn that ‘weight-adjustable putters are back in fashion...’ “When considering the wisdom of having fiddled about with the balance of your putter, two lines of 031
Can anybody tell me what to do next...? Old Jack would probably know the answer! The availability of golfing accessories can also be confusing if selection is not supervised by a PGA pro. The most recent to catch my eye is the Bionic Golf Glove with (and I quote)... ’benefits... from the patented anatomical design... including pre-rotated fingers, motion zones and anatomical relief pads’ It seems that the pads are ‘a key feature because they fill in the valleys of the fingers…’ To be honest, I’m not at all sure if I need ‘pre-rotated fingers’, or indeed, what they are, nor have the ‘ valleys of my fingers’ ever been a problem, so far as I’m aware. Beverley Lewis
defence emerge. The first is that because the greens we play on are hugely inconsistent –occasionally fast, sometimes medium and, more often that not in a British winter, sluggishly slow- it stands to reason that we should attack such unpredictable surfaces with more versatile weaponry...” Stands to reason... This article discussed the merits of weight-adjustable ‘weaponry’ of which one of them offered ‘three weights for the head but you can add anything from 15 to 100 grams to the handle. This, when tallied up, means that you have a remarkable 18 different ways to set up the balance and feel of the putter. Yeah, right... I’m standing over a ten foot putt on the 18th. There’s the sea on the left, a river on the right, and a lake beside the green. It’s Bermuda grass and the sun is high in the sky. The grain is running this way. Or is it that way? I’ve got my kneecaps over the balls of my feet and I can feel my weight solidly under the middle of my feet. My weaponry is taken care of, too. I’ve selected one of three weights for the head of my adjustable putter, I’ve added 100 grams to the handle... and I NEED this friggin’ putt to stop my handicap going up to 19. 032
Sure, I jest, but I trust there is a serious point being made. Simplicity must remain a key factor in golf instruction for the masses? Those coaches who remove as much mystique as possible from their teaching, rather than adding to it, must be the most effective? When the legendry John Jacobs came to our Awards Dinner at Atalaya Park, in December 2005, to accept the Lindberg Bowl for his services to golf, he was instantly surrounded, on arrival, by PGA pros merely wishing to meet him. JJ, now an octogenarian, remains the father figure of golf coaching and one of his main principles was simplicity. Eighteen months ago Bev Lewis was a presenter at our 7th Teaching & Coaching Conference, attended by more than a thousand PGA professionals in Munich. ‘Off the Red Tees’ was the theme of her talk, aimed at the lady golfer, and she adhered carefully to the basics of the golf swing, the set-up, and all the other fundamentals. This lady who created history as the first of her gender to become Captain of the PGA, and who is so lucid as a BBC TV analyst, summed the whole infuriating, baffling business of swinging a golf club successfully, in a thoroughly understandable manner. One of the male professionals described it as the best presentation on the subject he had ever
attended... not, mark you, because there was anything new or revolutionary in it, but because she reminded all of those golf coaches in the auditorium that ‘keep it simple’ is the best way to help us uncomplicated souls to strike the ball with greater consistency. The PGAsE has also presented the likes of Tiger Woods’ coach, Hank Haney, and UK favourites Denis Pugh and Scott Cranfield at the same TCC as Bev Lewis and they, too, ‘kept it simple’. None of these, of course, are putting specialists. The only one of this particular genre from whom I’ve had a personal, if brief lesson, is Harold Swash, popularly regarded as the European No.1. Mercifully, I can report, he also sticks to simple logic. As I recall it, you plant your feet fairly wide apart for stability, you have your eyes directly above the ball in order to see an accurate line, your stroke is similar to that of a child rolling a rubber tyre and, to ensure that you don’t wreck it all with that destructive ‘head up’, you make sure that, after you’ve completed your stroke, you are still looking at the spot where the ball used to be before you struck it. That’s quite enough for me to remember, thank you very much, Harold... Full details of the 8th PGAsE Teaching & Coaching Conference in Malmö , Sweden on October 11/13, which has a similar theme of keeping coaching uncomplicated, and is being staged under the title of Aiming to Simplify, can be found by visiting the web site www.pgasweden.com/tcc Up to a thousand PGA pros from all around the world will be there... looking to learn a little bit more, to help them to help us, to keep it simple.
A live teaching session by Hank Haney
Surname: First Name(s): Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Residence: Date turned Pro: Exemption Status: Sponsor:
Garrett Nicole Maree 8th January 1984 Australia New South Wales 1st October 2005 Top 90 2006 ER Oakley Australia
Nikki Garrett RYDER CUP WALES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Interview by Bethan Cutler, Ladies European Tour Photos ©Tristan Jones / LET
Nikki made a huge impression in her first season as a professional in 2006, and earned 99,445.05 € to finish 12th on the New Star Money List. She comfortably won the Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year Award for the best newcomer to the LET and was also the highest ranked player on the New Star Money List not to have won a tournament.
How much have you enjoyed your first year on Tour? I’ve definitely enjoyed it. It’s been a lot different to amateur golf. You’ve got to be more organised. But it’s been a great year golf wise and on and off the course. It’s been a nice year all round. Everyone I’ve met had been really nice. I had heard before I came here that it was the friendly tour and I can definitely agree with that now. What were the highlights looking back? The highlight was probably the Wales Open. That was a really great year for me. Playing in the last group on the last day was a goal you always set yourself and to play well on that last day and not drop out of contention was a
really big bonus too. It was funny because I wasn’t nervous all day and I thought I would have been really nervous; so it was a big goal to achieve and then I followed it up with another third the next week; so that was really good too. What are your main goals now? I would love to win a tournament. Being so close this year it would be nice to get one. To get more top tens too. I’ve had a few top tens but then there were a lot of 30s as well so I want to bring the 30s down to 20s. I want to get more consistent and another goal is to putt better. What do you enjoy doing outside of golf? I like sitting in the lounge! When
I’m home longer I don’t mind playing a bit of squash. I like trying to do a bit of boxing with a friend of mine who teaches it. I haven’t been able to do it for at least six months so I’m going to try and get back into that over the summer. I get so bored with going to the gym. I hate it! What attracts you to boxing? It’s always something different and I’ve got my friend there telling me that I’m a whinger; so I think you get to mix things up and have fun while you’re doing it. It’s always a chore to do weights. It’s a bit of fun to get some cardio in there as well. You do a bit of skipping and things like that so I really enjoy it.
You’re not into surfing? I don’t really like the beach much. I was learning to surf when I was younger and I fell off and moved vertebrae in my back; so I haven’t really been back on a surf board since then and I think that put me off the beach a little bit.
I’m more of a swimming pool person because you don’t get the sand everywhere and if you want you just get out. I like looking at the beach and I like occasional walks along the beach. My boyfriend and I used to do a lot of stair running and we’d do that at the beach. It was nice because you’d go through so much pain going up the stairs on the way back down you could look at the beach. It was more calming and relaxing. I’ve got really sensitive eyes too so the salt water stings them, I’m a big wuss! How important is the rookie of the year to you? I get this question a lot and I think I disappoint people with my answer but it doesn’t mean a lot to me. I didn’t come out here to win the rookie of the year. I came out here to test my game against golf courses and whatever happens, happens. You can’t control what the other girls do. It would be a great honour to win it and have my name next to Annika and Laura Davies; but it’s just an added bonus for me. I would be happy if I came last but I’ve proved to myself that I can play well out here. It’s an added bonus. It capped off a great year I suppose. 036
Tell us how you started playing golf My mum plays golf and my mum’s brother, my uncle and my grandparents. It was in the family. I used to be the annoying little one that used to follow my mum up to the golf club and hit a few shots here and there and annoy her and her playing partners. I liked it but it was always a challenge. I played other sports as well but golf was more individual and it was all about you I suppose. If you had a bad score it was not because you’re team mates let you down it was because you didn’t play well. So that’s how I started. I grew up friends with Jan Stephenson so I knew she was a good golfer and did a lot for golf. Having her around... actually my first set of golf clubs were hand me downs from Jan so she was my favourite golfer because she was my friend. I was always interested to see how she would go. She wasn’t my hero but I liked looking up to her. Who do you like watching? I like watching Camillo Vilegas. He’s got the flair and he’s got the style. He brings some excitement into the game. He’s not afraid to lie on the greens to line up the putts and I think he’s really fun to watch. It’s good to see someone that’s young and fresh to pop up out of nowhere and achieve great things. Being an Australian are you into cricket? I don’t follow it much but I like one dayers because I get bored with test matches. We used to play back yard cricket like every Australian family. We watched the 20/20 and that was fun to watch because they just bashed it and they went for everything. I love watching the big hits.
“I’d also love to win in Australia in my home country in front of the home crowds. That would be unreal.”
Whose game would you like the most? Well Annika’s the number one player so you have to say Annika. Annika’s game and then Lorena’s putter because she sinks so many putts does Lorena! When she’s playing well all you see on the telly is her sinking 25 foot putts. I would love to hit it as consistently straight as Annika does. I was next to her on the range this morning and mine were ten feet left and right and she was like, “pin, pin, pin!” It would be great to hit it straight like that and putt like Lorena.
What is your ambition short term? For the short term I would love to win this year and I’d also love to win in Australia in my home country in front of the home crowds. That would be unreal. Tell us about your life when you were growing up… I’m from Shelly Beach so its right in the middle of Sydney and Newcastle so it’s on the beach and now it’s like a retirement village. Everyone goes there to retire so its quiet and I had a really nice childhood with a lot of golf and a 037
lot of surfing and body boarding. All my family was there and my grandparents and cousins. I can’t think of anywhere else in the world I would have preferred to grow up. We are so lucky over there and we’re so far from anyone else. You can’t ask for a better summer than in Australia. Does your boyfriend surf? No he plays football, rugby league. He got a surf board last year but he always falls off. He’s not very good. I think he’s too big to surf. He’s a football player and always has been. When he was 18 he got contracted to South Sydney Ravidos, a Sydney club. He didn’t make the national NRL; he just plays club football now. He has an eight year old
son and he’s a school teacher so they are the main focuses. Football’s just for the weekend. He’s a primary school teacher. I don’t know how he does it. Have you sought out any player and taken any advice from them this year? No. I played in a couple of pro tournaments as an amateur so I kind of knew what was going on. The only bit of advice was when someone told me I had to register at the first tournament and how to do it. That was the only bit I didn’t know. Some will tell you the name of the staff so once you find all the people you need to know... that’s where some of the other players are good to you.
LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR SCHEDULE 2007 DATE
Jan 19 - 21
Women’s World Cup of Golf
Gary Player Country Club, Sun City, Johannesburg
Feb 1 - 4
MFS Women’s Australian Open *
Royal Sydney Golf Club, Sydney
Feb 8 - 11
ANZ Ladies Masters *
Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland
May 3 - 6
Tenerife Ladies Open
May 10 - 13
Open De España Femenino - Castellón
C.C. Mediterráneo, Castellón, Spain
May 17 - 20
Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open
Golf Gerre Losone, Ticino, Switzerland
BMW Ladies Italian Open
June 1 - 3
Northern Ireland Ladies Open
Hilton Templepatrick Hotel and CC, Belfast
June 8 - 10
KLM Ladies Open
Eindhovensche Golf, Valkenswaard, Holland
June 15 - 17
Catalonia Ladies Masters
Jun 21 - 24
Vediorbis Open de France
Le Golf d’Arras, Anzin St Aubin, France
July 6 - 8
Ladies English Open
Chart Hills Golf Club, Biddenden, Kent
July 13 - 15
OTP Bank Ladies Central European Open
Old Lake Golf Club, Tata
July 26 - 29
EVIAN MASTERS *
Evian Masters GC, Evian Les Bains
Aug 2 - 5
WEETABIX WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN *
The Old Course, St Andrews
Aug 9 - 12
Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika
Barsebäck G&CC, Malmo
Aug 16 - 19
Wales Ladies Championship of Europe
Machynys Peninsula GC, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Aug 24 - 26
Losby Golf Club, Oslo
Aug 31 - Sept 2
Helsinki Golf Club, Tali
Sept 6 - 9
Helsingor Golf Club
Sept 14 - 16
THE SOLHEIM CUP
Halmstad Golf Club, Halmstad
Sept 21 - 23
De Vere Ladies Scottish Open
De Vere Cameron House, The Carrick on Loch Lomond
Sept 27 - 30
Austrian Ladies Open
Golfclub Fohrenwald-Wiener Neustadt
Oct 5 - 7
Madrid Ladies Masters
Dec 6 - 9
Dubai Ladies Masters
Emirates Golf Club (Majlis Course), U.A.E.
Majors are indicated in BLOCK CAPITALS.*Joint Sanction event.
Correct as of going to press, subject to change.
AN INTERVIEW WITH
JONATHAN GAUNT GAUNT GOLF DESIGN LTD Jonathan Gaunt has over 20 years experience in golf course design and construction, and is currently working in Macedonia, Czech Republic, UK, Ireland and Morocco on a wide range of golf course projects. EAT GOLF! golf got in touch to find out more.
West Hill Golf Club, UK. Photo ÂŠKevin Murray
West Hill Golf Club, UK. Photo ©Kevin Murray
How many courses have you designed to date? Since 1987/88 I have designed over 30 courses in UK, Turkey, Denmark, Spain, Czech Republic and Morocco and I currently have another five in design process (to be built 2007 to 2010). I have also been involved in advising over 100 existing clubs throughout UK and continental Europe on reconstruction / restoration and renovation projects. What was the first course you designed, and how did the work come about? In 1987 I was employed as contracts manager for Brian Pierson Contractors Ltd (working firstly on the reconstruction of the Jubilee Course at St Andrews (original Willie Auchterlonie design, with 042
Donald Steel consulting), then bringing the 9-hole short course back into play at St George’s Hill (original Harry Colt design, with Donald Steel consulting). This was excellent grounding for my career. In Spring 1988 I answered an advert in a trade journal for a job entitled “Contracts Manager / Designer” being offered by Golf Landscapes Ltd, based in Brentwood, Essex. On the second day I was working for them I was on site planning my first design (age 24), the Chesfield Downs Family Golf Centre 1 (then called Jack O’Legs Golf Centre). It was a 6,200 metres length 18hole course and a 1,000 metres length 9-hole academy course (the ‘Lannock Links’) and driving range. The course changed owners
“A golf course that I am happy with in design terms is a landscape that doesn’t jar the eye, but still offers a great golfing, sporting challenge.”
get “something like... Augusta, or St Andrews”. I let the site dictate the design, but I allow my own specific ideas as to what good golf design should be to shape the outcome. For me to consider my own design style I suppose I am a perfectionist and you could say I won’t accept second best. I strive to create features on a golf course that look natural to the eye, something that may have been created by thousands of years of wind and rain and ice and snow. A golf course that I am happy with in design terms is a landscape that doesn’t jar the eye, but still offers a great golfing, sporting challenge. I’d admit that the contours I design do have smooth flowing lines - possibly influenced by life-drawing art classes at school. Who knows? I like to see the shadows on subtle contours on a green or a bunker surround. Also, I find it a major challenge to create a finished surface that controls the flow of water (into a lake or stream, for example), away from the main playing
areas. This has a big influence on the design of a golf course. I have played golf since I was 7 years old and as a teenager it was at UK (Yorkshire) county level, so I’ve maintained a Category 1 handicap now for almost 30 years - this gives me a great starting point for any golf course design. Also, I have worked on golf courses designed by the best golf course architects - Harry S Colt, Alister MacKenzie, Tom Simpson, Herbert Fowler, Willie Auchterlonie, J H Taylor, John Abercrombie, Willie Park, Guy Campbell, Philip MacKenzie Ross, etc., - you cannot fail to be influenced by these masters. I think you may see some of their ideas in my design, but brought up to date. But, I also have a great deal of respect for the work of more contemporary architects - Donald Steel, Robert Trent Jones, Robert Von Hagge, Cabell Robinson, Martin Hawtree, Tom Fazio, Tom Doak, Peter Harradine, along with pro-golfer / designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Ben Crenshaw.
from Clubhaus plc to Crown Golf plc, who maintain it to a very high standard. It has proven to be a commercial success. How would you describe a Gaunt design? There are no ‘gimmicks’, ‘signature holes’ or ‘trade marks’ with my golf course design style. I don’t do ‘traditional British’ design, or any other label, for that matter - to me that’s all very false. I have a design style that evolves and develops as I design (by hand before it is scanned / digitized onto computer). Each design is bespoke, developed for each unique site situation. I don’t have pre-set templates on the computer and I don’t make promises to the client that he’ll
Worplesdon Golf Club, UK. Photo ©Andy Taylor 043
Tell us a little about what has been your favourite project. Difficult question - I’d like to say that all my projects are favourites, each in a different way. If I say one is the best I’m only going to upset other clients. However, one does stand out, admittedly - Ramside Hall Hotel 2 in Durham, UK - because this was the first major (27 holes) project I was responsible for in 1994 and I’d say it is still one of my best designs. I’m delighted that the client asked me back 11 years later to design a further 14 holes for him (we are making some changes to the 3rd nine to make 36 holes in total), such has been the exceptionally high demand for the golf course. On the back of the work at Ramside I was asked by a local hotel owner to design a course for him at Linden Hall Hotel 3 in Northumberland, on a stunning site - I didn’t even have to argue or negotiate on fees - the first meeting was “we want you to design our course, this is what we’re paying you, when can you start, here’s the site!” That was amazing. Immediately after that and on the strength of the work I’d done at two other hotel courses I was appointed to design Wokefield Park 4 in Berkshire, UK - on a site with an historic listing. Here I negotiated long and hard
Wokefield Park Golf Club, UK. Photo ©Eric Hepworth
with English Heritage to get planning consent for the 18-hole course in a beautiful parkland setting, less than 1 hour from London. Just a little mention also for Redlibbets 5, Kent, UK too, the course plays through mature oak woodland in the Kent countryside and the client and his family have become great friends. I’m also particularly proud of my work back in 2004 at Castleknock 6 in Dublin, Eire, as this was the highest budget I’ve been given for a new course (5m euro - except for Los Barrancos de La Zagaleta in Spain, which was
Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club, UK. Photo ©Eric Hepworth
a joint design). Here the client gave me free rein to design what I wanted (although he did have some excellent ideas to add). The finished product speaks for itself. Kaskada 7 in Brno, Czech Republic also stands out because this was my first project in Central Europe - working with a Czech contractor was really challenging, but under the supervision of fellow Yorkshireman, Chris Johnson, we completed a great project in record time within the 3.5m euro budget. What do you enjoy most about your work? The most enjoyable aspect is seeing the drawings become reality - it is so satisfying to see a design that was conceived following a long process of surveys, assessment, analysis, negotiation, modification and fine-tuning become a three dimensional flowing landform - pure creation - which is more than just ‘satisfying’ or ‘enjoyable’. How do you feel about changing another designers course? If the golf course is a ‘classic’ I regard it as an honour, honestly. I just missed out on some work at Sunningdale, which I was a bit disappointed about because I’d previously done the restoration of all the bunkers at Worplesdon GC 8 (originally designed by John F Abercromby and later remodelled by Harry S Colt) and a complete reconstruction of the bunkers (plus other works) at West Hill GC 9 (a
“I relish the opportunity to make improvements for the long-term benefit of the course and members...” Linden Hall Golf Club, UK. Photo ©Eric Hepworth
Cuthbert Butchart and Jack White original, later remodelled by Willie Park Jnr and later Harry S Colt). It was thrilling working at both West Hill and Worplesdon, especially as both clubs have such long and distinguished histories. In both cases the clubs are well-established in the Surrey sand-belt, with some important people as members in influential positions, so all eyes were on the work I was proposing. It was pretty daunting getting the committee and members to accept that what I was proposing for their courses would improve and revitalise them (as they had been neglected in design terms for many years). We went through long consultation periods after detailed historical research to make the design improvements in keeping with the works of the original architect, but playable and maintainable in the 21st century. By carefully studying the great work of Willie Park Jnr., Harry S Colt and John F Abercromby it was possible to develop a design solution that worked for both courses - West Hill was more radical, as we undertook the complete reconstruction of
the bunkers which included the importation and laying of thousands of square metres of native heather (Erica carnea and Calluna vulgaris), which has established really well. At Worplesdon it was more of a restoration because the club wanted to maintain the John F Abercromby signature. This was less satisfying, I suppose, but the project was still a major success because we also undertook a massive amount of drainage throughout the course - ensuring that this heathland course remained playable 365 days a year. If the course is not a classic, I relish the opportunity to make improvements for the long-term benefit of the course and members - we are currently undertaking a major upgrade of Westerwood GC in Cumbernauld, Scotland, my first project in Scotland (apart for a small consultancy job at Carnoustie 5 years ago). The Westerwood course was opened in the late 1980’s and heralded as a classic design by Dave Thomas and Seve Ballesteros. Indeed, it has one of the most spectacular par 3 holes in golf - set in a deep quarry. However, over the years (and due to a succession
of owners) it has suffered neglect. I am currently designing a new layout with 5 new holes on the 18-hole course, a state-of-the-art golf academy and new 9-holes executive course. We hope to begin construction in April 2007. I enjoy reconstruction projects on existing courses that are not ‘classically’ designed, because, in general terms, the client will, invariably, give me licence to be a bit more comprehensive in design terms on the course, so I can show him / her just what can be made of it. I’m currently working at Lexden Wood in Essex and in an initial telephone conversation the client asked my advice only on rebunkering six holes. At the first site meeting we immediately clicked ‘personality-wise’ and because I explained the great potential of his course in design terms and what could be achieved within a reasonable budget, we are now moving into the third phase of a reconstruction of the whole course. The client is really loving it - previously he just hadn’t been able to see the courses’ potential. 045
“I create designs that are not formulaic, if the site dictates that the par 4 hole is a short 250 metre left-right dogleg through dense woodland, then so be it.” These pages: Castleknock Golf Club, Dublin, Ireland
What are the differences between designing a course in the UK and Europe? I think there’s very little difference in design terms - but the bureaucracy in some countries is more complicated - thankfully, we have had few problems achieving permits and consents for our projects overseas. In arid climates the big issue is water sourcing and supply, which is now becoming just as big a problem in UK. In Spain when I was working at La Zagaleta 10 (originally a G&M Ltd project) we had a challenging time convincing the local (Marbella) environmental authorities that the design we were proposing was respectful of the protected river valleys (arroyos). The masterplan we created for the new ‘Los Barrancos’ course was one of the most
complicated we have worked on mainly because of the mountainous scenery - with numerous updates and revisions to get to a point of agreement between the client and the authorities. I think that UK planning laws do make the cost of getting permission for a golf course prohibitive, though. Nowadays you have to provide so much detail and documentation that the golf course has to be virtually designed before making the planning application. This is an unreasonably big risk for any investor or developer.
Let’s say that about 5% (estimate) of golfers have the ability to hit drives 250 metres or more, well, I’d say that as they are in minority, although we need to consider their abilities / capabilities, we still don’t need to prioritise them. We design golf courses with numerous teeing platforms per hole (4, 5 or 6 depending upon hole length, location, steepness of slope, prevailing wind, etc.) and this provides multiple flexibility to accommodate all levels of golfer. This doesn’t counteract advances in golf club technology, but it takes it into account.
How do you hope to counteract the advances in golf club technology? We are now designing golf courses that are longer than any we have designed before, however, our clients, thankfully, expect us to be aware that they still aim to attract as wide a range of clientele as possible, in order to make their project a commercial success. In general, we aim to design new 18-hole courses between 6,200 and 6,600 metres in length. I certainly consider this to be acceptable.
I am also of the opinion that most courses that decide to embark on hole-lengthening schemes do not necessarily need to do it. Many courses in the UK, in particular, are badly bunkered - by this I mean that fairway bunkers no longer come into play because they are too near the tees, mid-point between landing area and green or too far removed from the green. Many courses could be dramatically improved with a re-bunkering programme and made to be much more challenging to play for all.
Should the ideal par 4 be a long hole or dogleg? I don’t think there are any formulas for what should or shouldn’t be an ideal par 3, par 4 or par 5. However, there are holes I have played which I would consider to be my favourites. I prefer to play an iron approach into a par 4 hole than a wood, so I’d say a shorter par 4 would be more ideal for me - say 350 to 390 metres. I think I prefer a dogleg to a straight hole in general terms, however, a dead straight hole which has a carry over a ravine from the tee and has a water hazard placed left or right of the green is more interesting than a dogleg hole that is completely flat. I create designs that are not formulaic, if the site dictates that the par 4 hole is a short 250 metre left-right dogleg through dense woodland, then so be it. If it is a dead straight 430 metre downhill par 4 with a backdrop of the sea or mountains, then it can still work. It is not the individual holes - we’re talking about 18 holes - that makes the course. It’s difficult to get 18 classic holes on a site, but each hole must have something about it that is memorable and challenging.
What do you believe is the perfect length for a par 3? Again, my answer to this relates to the one above. But there are some excellent par 3’s between 130 and 170 metres throughout the world, probably one of my favourites is the 15th at Kingsbarns (Mark Parsinen / Kyle Phillips design) - from the regular tees this is a great six or seven iron with a cross wind from the west. I also really like the 11th at Castleknock, even though I designed it. But it is pure ‘risk and reward’ stuff over a lake to a subtly undulating green - all in view from the lounge of the hotel. Pure drama. Do you apply any modern features to your courses? By this I guess you suggest something like buggy tracks and complicated double and triple row full-fairway irrigation systems? If so, it depends upon the project and the client. Invariably, all of my resort projects have buggy tracks designed into them and the more prestigious the project the more emphasis is placed upon having playable and maintainable high quality surfaces year-round - so, irrigation systems get more complex to deal with this.
What do you see as the next ‘big thing’ in golf course design? It has to be Tiger Woods designing an 8,000 yard course. It was only a matter of time before he got involved in design. He’ll certainly make the game more accessible (hopefully) as long as he doesn’t get too drawn into creating purely exclusive resorts. It would be good seeing him design a course on a brownfield site or wasteland or a landfill site, somewhere near a big city. What is your favourite golf course in the world? I particularly like Morfontaine, near Paris in France - a classic Tom Simpson original (which is currently being modified by Kyle Phillips). I played there about 10 years ago and remember the place for many reasons apart from the beauty of the setting. I quite like the ruggedness and exposed nature of the Ailsa course at Turnberry and Southerness, too - both MacKenzie Ross classics. And West Hill in Surrey is truly a hidden gem - there are some really challenging holes there.
Who are your favourite golf course designers and why? I mention Philip MacKenzie Ross before - he didn’t do a great deal in comparison with, say, Colt or Alister MacKenzie, but he produced some excellent work and was respectful of the work of other golf course architects of the early 20th century. Harry Colt was the bunker specialist - if you see his work at Sunningdale New you can immediately see why he has been so influential - the placement of bunkers (and other hazards), plus their style and shaping was inspirational. But he appreciated the shapes and contours of the original ground and used these as a starting point to create new features. MacKenzie was bolder and more outspoken, you could say, in design terms - more brash, let’s say, with boldly contoured greens and big sweeping bunkers (often lace-edged). No surprise he was given the best sites to work on. There’s really only one contemporary golf course architect who can match them all - Tom Fazio. I can’t say I’ve played many of his courses, but Wild Dunes in Charleston in South Carolina was a memorable experience. Tom Doak’s pretty impressive as well.
Do you enjoy playing your own course designs or those of another? I enjoy playing mine to see where there is room for improvement - I am always willing to learn something new and playing your own courses with friends, clients and family gives you good feedback on what might have been more appropriate, or on what could not have been improved upon! Of course, I always enjoy playing courses designed by others because I like to see what my competitors are up to or to pick up some ideas on what to do or what not to do. Playing golf on properly designed golf courses is always a pleasure. Playing golf on courses that have been just ‘built’ is always depressing, and there are so many of them, sadly. Do you prefer links or parkland courses? My favourite courses are links with a heathland character (I love the smell of heather on a hot summer day and the sound of the sea) - Southerness is a great example. I also like heathland courses with forest - like Sunningdale or West Hill.
I’m working on a site in Morocco just now which surprised me when I first went there because it has pine trees, heather (Erica arborea) and has enormous sandstone rock outcrops. In character it is like Morfontaine in France, which is classic heathland, except it is in North Africa and it overlooks the Mediterranean. Here, we are going to retain the “heathland” character to create a classically styled course in a most unusual setting. Given a choice would you prefer fame or fortune? I’d have to go for being a recognized and respected name in the industry - to have left behind me a varied and high quality portfolio of work. If fortune comes with it, then that’s great, but it’s not my reason for being in this career. I’m in for the long haul - this is the job I decided I would do when I was 14 years old, irrespective of what I would earn. I’m doing well now, I’m lucky to be doing a job I enjoy. I have a full order book - I’ve just bought a new office and, together with my fabulous staff, Jackie Morson and Graham Parker, we look forward to an exciting future. I hope to be working as long as my Dad has - well into my 70’s.
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London Golf Show ExCeL, 26-29 April 2007
It has been compared to a golfing family theme park. And rock legend Rick Wakeman said it â€œwas like Hamleyâ€™s for geezersâ€?. But how ever they described it, everybody felt the London Golf Show was unmissable in 2006 - and it returns to ExCeL on April 26-29, 2007.
And this year there are even more reasons to attend as juniors can go free if accompanied by a paying adult*. They will benefit from an increased junior section, with free coaching, fun and games and lots of prizes to be won. Once again, the iconic floating green will attract much interest, but it has been revamped to provide an even more exciting and unique experience. Elsewhere in the show there will be a 30-bay driving range where you can try the latest equipment before having it
custom-fitted at the american golf store, where you can also find hundreds of bargains. There is also the popular fashion show, highlighting the latest in on-course design; the opportunity to test your skills head-to-head with celebrities on the chipping green; a chance to win a stunning prize for sinking a 100ft putt; displays from participants in the World Golf Trickshot Championship; and numerous putting challenges. Sparks will be the benefiting charity for the third consecutive year, with the previous two shows
“It’s a fantastic show, and it’s really busy. It really goes to show the future of golf is in excellent hands.” Ken Schofield, former chief executive of the European Tour
yielding more than £35,000 for the children’s medical charity; and BBC London 94.9 will be present throughout the four-day show, carrying out interviews and competitions on the main stage with the myriad celebrities in attendance and BBC presenters. One of those presenters, Danny Kelly, broadcast his show live from the 2006 event - and he was very impressed. He said: “There are amazing things here from buggies to simulators which are extraordinary. I love gadgets and have been round and tried everything. It’s a brilliant event.”
His thoughts were echoed by Sky Sports presenter and keen golfer Di Stewart. She said: “The London Golf Show is a great set up for any level of golfer and has great facilities. It’s a great way of encouraging more people to play the game.” It was also well received by people within the golf industry. Ken Schofield, the former chief executive of the European Tour added his name to the growing list of international endorsements. He said: “It’s a fantastic show, and it’s really busy. It really goes to show the future of golf is in excellent hands.”
Most of the major manufacturers in golf are expected at the show in an anticipated 300 exhibitors ranging from the manufacturers of golf gadgets to international resorts offering special deals. Adult tickets cost £15 on the door or just £10 if bought in advance, meaning two adults and four children can visit Europe’s largest consumer golf show for just £20. For tickets call Ticketmaster on: +44 (0)870 1451205, or visit: www.londongolfshow.com *Up to two under-16s may go free with every paying adult.
By Gary Firkins
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO PLAY AUGUSTA NATIONAL
Who hasn’t, in an idle moment, wondered what it’s like to play Augusta National, home of The Masters Tournament?
Turning on the television each April to watch the first Major of the season, you can almost smell the freshly cut grass of that Georgian arcadia with those perfect fairways, fast running greens and that run of legendary holes around Amen Corner. To play there would be a dream... Well, in April 2000, my golfing dream came true and, the day after watching Vijay Singh slip into his green jacket, I was lucky enough to tee it up on one of the most celebrated golf courses in the world.
I say lucky because the usual protocol is to be invited by a member (they don’t do 2-for-1 green fees at Augusta). However, for the media attending the Masters each year there is a special ballot and 40 names are pulled from a hat to play on the Monday after the tournament has finished - and face the same pin positions the professionals did the previous day. Now, I reckoned that having watched the Masters on television for 20 years or so gave me a pretty good understanding of the course. Wrong. What you
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“...you can almost smell the freshly cut grass of that Georgian arcadia with those perfect fairways...”
see at home is nothing like playing Augusta on the ground. First of all, it is unbelievably hilly. The whole course is built on a steep hillside with the grand, old colonial clubhouse at the top, and the holes tumbling down to Rae’s Creek at the bottom. Standing on the 10th tee, you could be forgiven for thinking you were about to set off on a downhill ski run rather than strike a drive on a Majors course, the fairway is so steep. The greens, as well all know, are fast. But I’ve played on seaside
greens in the UK - Hunstanton, for example - that are just as speedy as Augusta’s. It’s the slopes that make them deadly. You really can’t see it on television, but there are some wicked humps and hollows and, if you are above the hole, even the gentlest tickle downhill can run six feet past. What I found most remarkable, though, is that there are effectively greens within greens. Take the 6th hole, for example, a midlength, downhill par-three. Fairly straightforward, on the face of it. But within the overall green 053
complex, there are four plateaux, each the size of the average temporary winter green. The final day flag is always back right on an elevated, upturned saucer. So land your tee shot on the front of the putting surface and you’ll almost certainly three-putt, but miss the green long and right and you’ll find a fairly flat area of semi-rough from which to chip and make par. The fact is, you are more likely to make a par by missing the green in the right place here, than by finding the green in the wrong place. The most famous run of holes, of course, is Amen Corner – the par-four 11th, par-three12th over water and par-five 13th. Every golfer, even the very best, has to say their prayers facing this perilous trio. Jack Nicklaus, on an early visit to Augusta, was so intimidated by the tee shot over the water at the 12th, that he shanked his ball straight over Bobby Jones’ head. This is undoubtedly the most difficult par-three I have ever played. The way Rae’s Creek cuts diagonally across the front of the green deceives the eye and plays havoc with distance judgment. With the flag on the far 054
right of the green (which it is for the final day), it is at least a club more than when it is on the left, yet it looks the same distance. Combined with the baffling breezes that swirl around this corner, it is a devil of a tee shot. Jack Nicklaus’ advice for playing the 12th is probably the best (although I wouldn’t normally advocate advice from a shanker) - no matter where the pin is, aim for the central bunker in front of the green. That way anything coming up short will end up in the sand rather than rolling back down into the water. Your heart is in your mouth when you take the club back on this shot and I was only too happy that my jabby, nervous, prodding swing resulted in a slightly hooked 7-iron that managed to clear the water and bounced off the waferthin green into a hollow over the back. A chip across the green (with the water lying in wait for anything that is even an ounce too strong) and two putts felt like the best bogey I had ever made. Back at the clubhouse, we were treated to a barbecue on the lawns overlooking the course. The garden
“Every golfer, even the very best, has to say their prayers facing this perilous trio.” party atmosphere at Augusta during The Masters is very special. The great and the good, from politicians to captains of American industry, not to mention golfing legends, mingle here during Masters week. A week earlier, on my first day, I had arrived to take breakfast on the clubhouse balcony and was shown to a table next to Gary Player, who greeted me with a cheery good morning. Only at Augusta. Of course, the world has moved on from when the great Bobby Jones transformed this former nursery into one of the world’s most famous golf courses. At the end of Magnolia Drive, a modern world surrounds Augusta National - suburban homes and a bustling four-lane road lined by restaurants and bars on a ‘strip’ that snakes its way into downtown Augusta. Yet, turn on the television, and you would think this was golfing heaven. And, in reality, it is.
58. Sports Psychology 62. Playing Lessons 68. Club Fitting 70. Fitness & Nutrition
ISSUE 6. GOLFING GOALS
“most of us always believe that this will be the day it all comes together...”
How many of us go out onto the course expecting to shoot a great score? One of golf’s great draws is that most of us always believe that this will be the day it all comes together... Now how often do these great expectations become a reality? As Allison Dyer pointed out in the last issue, setting realistic targets and working towards them is vital if we are to achieve our golfing goals. Turning up to the course with little or no practice is rarely going to provide us with the results we desire, yet time and again lack of preparation combined with unrealistic targets means that we can only fail. If we do not have time to prepare then we must make the most of our practice sessions, and Allison explains how to make quality use of them in this issue. Our tips section takes into account all aspects of the game, physically, technically and mentally. For many of us this seems like an awful lot of work in order to enjoy a leisurely stroll around
the golf course. But if you are one of those golfers with high expectations, training and practice are a necessity, not an option. That is not to say that the advice on offer is only beneficial to the serious golfer. Patrick’s tips this issue will be of great interest to the higher handicap player. Chipping is one of the areas where professionals save most of their shots, and by following Patrick’s advice we can all expect to get up and down a lot more often. David Poulton’s knowledge of the club fitting process could make the game easier for us all. Golfers encounter enough difficulties without having clubs which are working against them, and getting the most out of our equipment is vital if we are to reach our targets. Finally we need motivation, and as Juan Barberis explains in his fitness article, this often comes down to working with the right people. Whatever your expectations are, ensure they are realistic and allow you to enjoy your game, not become frustrated by it!
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By Allison Dyer
BSc, MSc, C.Psychol
Total Sport Psychology
Your practice sessions are really important. They are your rehearsal period and will dictate to a certain extent how you play in competition. It makes sense to use your practice time wisely! Your practice sessions will provide the foundation for your confidence levels. If you see yourself working hard and achieving in your practice sessions you will approach competition feeling far more prepared and in control and consequently more confident.
Many of the golfers I meet have the same bad habits when it comes to their practice. Not only do they not practice enough, when they do practice they tend to practice the areas of their game that they like practising rather than the areas they really need to practice (e.g. the weaker areas of their game), they will stand on the range raking and bashing hundreds of balls in one long session and spend the majority of their time working on their long game! Below I have outlined my Top Tips for Quality Practice Sessions. Review your own practice sessions and work to ensure that they include these key practice principles. Practice all areas of your game The area that most correlates to lower scores in golf is the short game. How you play inside of 100 yards will significantly affect your final score. Short shots around greens save pars, longer wedge shots make birdies. You canâ€™t practice these enough! Ideally you would spend approximately 60% of your time working on your short game and 40% of your time working on your long game. Make a list of each area of your game in your diary. Tick and date the area each time you practice it. You will soon get a feel for the areas you are favouring and those you are neglecting!
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Driving Long irons Medium irons Wedge play Chipping Pitching Sand play Putting Example Practice Checklist
Complete short, sharp, focused sessions Break your practice sessions down into short, sharp, focused sessions e.g. for 20-30 minutes as opposed to raking and bashing hundreds of balls in one long session. I would want to know that the last shot you play at the end of your practice session is as good quality as the first one you played at the beginning of the session.
Switch between Training Mode and Trusting Mode Alternate between Training Mode sessions (e.g. work on mechanics and technique, consciously think about the swing/technical changes you want to make, feeling the new position, use mirrors and video feedback) and Trusting Mode sessions (e.g. use scoring and target sheets to re-create pressure and intensity (see the example drill),
use your pre-shot routine, complete challenges against yourself and with others, place (small!) bets with friends, work with sequences of club (rather than driver, driver, driver, driver, driver – a sequence you are unlikely to use in competition)). In general, during the winter it is recommended that you aim to spend two thirds of your practice time working in Training Mode and one third of your time in Trusting Mode. During competition periods aim to spend one third of your time in Training Mode and at least two thirds of your practice time working in Trusting Mode. Practice your pre-shot routine A pre-shot routine works by preparing you physically and mentally to reproduce on the course the swing motions and rhythms that have been developed and grooved in your practice sessions. (NB: See my earlier article on Pre-Shot Routines in the May/June 2006 Eat Golf issue.) Your pre-shot routines for every area of your game should be so well ingrained they become an automatic and instinctive response to you in competition.
Identify a driving distance target e.g. 220 yards. Identify two additional points 20 yards either side of the 220 yard point to create a 40 yard “fairway”. Identify a 7 Iron target and Wedge target. Identify two additional points either side of these distance targets to create “fairways”. Play your driver, 7 iron and wedge in that order to these targets.
3 points 1 point -1 point
Result / Consequence
Record on your drill sheet how many points you have earned for each club.
Use video footage Video footage can be an excellent way to identify and review your strengths and weaknesses (for all areas of your game – not just your long game!) What we think we are doing and what we are
Example Driver / 7 Iron / Wedge Target and Scoring Record Sheet
placing the ball within the 40 yard fairway. placing the ball to the right of the “fairway” (in the rough) placing the ball to the left of the “fairway” (in the water)
Target and scoring drills will: ➲ Provide a focus for each 2030 minute practice session. ➲ Allow you to monitor your progress. ➲ Create a pressurised environment (e.g. where average and best personal scores must be beaten). ➲ Serve as a confidence boosting exercise as scores represent repeated success, the most important source to building confidence.
Driver 7 Iron Wedge 15 balls
Example Driver / 7 Iron / Wedge Target and Scoring Drill
Re-create intensity and context with Target and Scoring Drills The more realistic and authentic your practice sessions are the easier you will find it to take your game onto the golf course. Completing Target and Scoring Drills will help you create a more realistic environment in your practice sessions.
actually doing can often be two very different things. Videoing yourself and reviewing best performances can be an effective use of your practice time. Invest time Invest as much time as possible into quality practice. It takes elite golfers 10 years to become an “expert”, practising 15-20 hours per week. The more time you invest into quality practice the quicker your development rate will be! Get organised! Use a weekly planner. On a Sunday evening fill out in pencil specifically, what you intend to practice, for how long and on what day. Based on your recent performances in competition and practice what are the priority areas to work on? If you are truly committed to improving your golf what should you work on? At the end of each week write over in pen what you actually practiced. It is then useful to monitor your weekly planners to check the content of your practice sessions and that you are working on all areas of your game etc. Summary The way you practice can make a huge difference to the way you play on the golf course. Before you set out to practice take a moment to identify what you are going to practice and why. Practice with a specific purpose!
â€œUPS & DOWNSâ€?
By Patrick Brady, PGA Professional
Good technique is the secret to consistently successful chipping. Learning which club to use and where to place the ball on the green can only be explored after you have mastered the ability to hit the shot in the correct way.
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The impact bag is a useful way to learn the correct positions we should be at impact with a full swing. You can see that the shaft is leaning forwards, and my weight is on the left side. My right wrist is in a cupped position, with my left hand facing the target. Because of the length of the swing on a chip we do not have time to get back to this position, so we must start the swing by being set up in the impact position.
Many articles about chipping simply tell you what club to select in order to place the ball close to the hole. But first we must be able to achieve a consistent strike in order to get consistent results. It is only then that we can develop true feel.
Using an impact bag to achieve good angles
Ball position Ball position depends on the lie, and we will look at this in detail another time. For now we will keep it simple and place the ball in the centre of the stance with our hands underneath the left pocket of our trousers.
It is confusing for many golfers to understand the concept of chipping. In order to get the ball in the air, we must not try to lift the ball in the air. We have loft on the club to do this job for us. Our main concern is to get the hands and clubhead moving towards the target, and not towards the sky. I often hear people say they have hit a chip shot too hard. Normally they haven’t hit the ball too hard, they have hit the ball with the wrong part of the club. Even though so many golfers try to get the club under the ball, very rarely do we get a lie that allows this. Trying to get the club under the ball is possibly one of the hardest shots in golf.
The set-up position is a carbon copy of the impact position. From here you wont believe how easy this shot can be. Addressing the ball in the correct position
Set up and posture My posture feels more like the set-up for a putt in terms of the distance from the ball etc. The reason for this is that I want to feel as though I am putting, and limit the amount of rotation of my hands and clubhead.
The main objective is to get your shaft position leaning forwards throughout the shot, as this will encourage the middle of the clubface to hit the ball. This removes the ‘top shot’ caused by hitting the ball with the leading edge of the club.
“I’ve hit the ball too hard - no you haven’t - you’ve hit it on the wrong part of the clubface, causing a top shot.”
The less rotation there is here the better. I am not trying to hit the ball 100 yards. Too many players stand a long way from the ball, which encourages rotation. Forward leaning shaft and weight on left side
“You will find it is actually a very simple way to chip, and you’re certain to achieve more consistent results.”
do’s and don’ts...
If I see a golfer at address with the shaft angle leaning backwards, away from the target with weight predominantly on the right side, I know they are trying to lift the ball. What actually happens is the opposite, they top it across the green. You can see that the left arm has broken down. This setup is often the reaction of a golfer who has topped a few shots before, and they are trying even harder to lift it.
The don’ts I have demonstrated here are the prime reason why golfers are unable to judge the distance they are going to hit the ball. It is pointless trying to pick out a spot on the green if you’ve no idea if the ball is going to fly across the green or finish 2 meters in front of you. The top shot stems from the basic principals of a bad setup and bad technique trying to lift the ball up. This can lead to massive deceleration on the next shot, which is fatal. With most chip shots the grass in front of me might only be 4 cm deep, yet the golfer reacts as though it is 4 metres high.
☒ Shaft leaning back trying to pick up ball
☒ The right wrist has flipped the clubhead
Do Try to get the feeling of the left arm and shaft being as one and maintain this throughout the swing. Keep your weight on your left side, and retain the cupped shape in the right wrist. This can look a skilful shot, but it is all about correct technique. You will find it is actually a very simple way to chip, and you’re certain to achieve more consistent results.
“It is pointless trying to pick out a spot on the green if you’ve no idea whether the ball is going to fly across it...” ☑ Good positions lead to consistent results
Don’t The setup above is leading to this type of hitting action. The weight has stayed on the right side because I am trying to get under the ball. The right wrist has flipped the clubhead under, as the right hand is trying to add more loft to the club. Not only have we now topped the ball or caught it fat, but we have also lost control of the direction.
By following the do’s you will find that chipping is actually very simple, and judging the distance we need to hit the ball will develop naturally. Here I have been using a 56 degree wedge. In Spain we don’t often get chance to hit the low pitch and run; as the greens are fast, with severe slopes and a lot of elevation. This is a club we need to learn to get confident with. Even with this much loft most pros will see the shot played low, and next I will demonstrate some visualisation techniques to help you do the same.
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“By trying to hit the ball into the hedge I get great contact, sending the ball flying over it. This is a strange game!”
useful drills... Proof that trying to keep the ball down actually sends it up can be demonstrated and practiced with some simple drills. Only when we develop full trust in the swing can we begin to chip well. Trying to keep the ball down will develop good results. You can create more spin, and the ball will elevate higher than you originally thought. Your hands do not have to work as hard, as you are allowing the clubface to do its job.
By trying to hit the ball into the hedge I keep the shaft leaning forwards, and send the ball up in the air
In the picture above I am trying to keep the ball down and hit it into the hedge. The more I try to hit the hedge, the more the ball flies over it. This is a good way to visualise the shot, and proves that you don’t have to try and lift it. It has always been said that golf is a game of opposites, and in reality it is. Once you have worked out what impact feels like, you can feel free to experiment with breaking the wrists in the backswing, so long as the clubhead doesn’t overtake the hands.
Into the hedge Try hitting a ball low into the hedge, and watch it fly over. Try to maintain the arc of the right wrist which encourages you to move your chest, and gets everything working together. The left wrist is now kept flat. Maintaining the arc in the right wrist
The bottom line. By trying to keep the ball down it gives me the correct positions for good contact, trajectory and control of the shot. Once this in place we can start to get up and down a lot more often - one of the quickest ways to lower your scores.
Once you get into these positions, you will never ask again ‘how hard should I hit this shot?’
Over the bunker By practicing the hedge shot above, it is time to trust what you have learnt. Practice hitting over a bunker with the same technique. The bunker almost acts like the hedge. If we try to lift the ball over the bunker we usually end up in it!
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There is a lot of modern equipment available to aid club fitters in the fitting process, but often this technology is either not used or used incorrectly. The most common trend is to employ a monitor to determine the launch parameters of a ball when hit with a driver. But this alone, without observing and assessing the golfers swing action, can result in selecting the wrong driver for the client.
Determining the launch angle: A. Ball in flight B. Launch angle C. Ground level
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“Facts and figures are irrelevant if the fitter does not have a deep understanding of a golfer’s swing.” Fitting a client for the correct club is not only a science - it is an art. Facts and figures are irrelevant if the fitter does not have a deep understanding of a golfer’s swing. When assessing launch conditions the golfer’s swing action must be observed and guided in the right direction by the fitter, and their swing must be encouraged by their new club. A club fitted to a faulty swing is of no benefit. Launch conditions that are normally observed on monitors are: ball speed, launch angle, back spin, side spin, side angle and overall distance. All of these are caused by the golfer’s swing. Launch angle is of little relevance if the angle of attack is not correct, and is easily observed with a camera positioned behind the golfer looking towards the target. The dreaded out-to-in downswing is normally the cause of a steep angle of attack. This increases the launch angle and distorts the monitor readings. The longer the club the more the tendency to swing on this path. From this camera position the length and lie angle of the club
can be determined. All modern off-the-shelf drivers are 45 inches or more in length, which does not aid a golfer with a short wrist to floor measurement, or a golfer not maintaining their posture and shaft angle through impact. When the length and lie is confirmed the fitting can progress to the launch conditions. With the camera positioned to the side of the golfer I can gather data which acts as a starting point in building a driver with optimal launch characteristics. This normally means striking a balance between distance and accuracy. It is a common misconception that high launch angles and low spin rates always increase distance. If you do not have a particularly high swing speed, you actually need more backspin to keep the ball from dropping out the air too quickly. With the correct club in hand, swing angles are easily changed. Clubhead speed is a bit more challenging, as a lot depends on the moment of release. The flex of the shaft should never hinder clubhead acceleration
(not too stiff), and always be fitted to help the average golfer. Now with the correct club length, lie angle and shaft helping the golfer, the loft is easily chosen. A recent test was carried out with professional golfers hitting a 2˚ driver and then a 9.5˚ driver. Within 3 shots they were reacting incorrectly to try and elevate the ball, creating swing faults. All golfers have the ability to react to either the ball flight or the club in their hands. Make sure you are making a good reaction not one that impairs your swing.
Using a poorly fitted club promotes swing faults as the golfer reacts to it (left). A correctly fitted club encourages the golfer to get into the right positions, allowing them to develop their game (right).
motivating clients TO MEET THEIR GOALS
By Juan Barberis Internationally Certified Golf Fitness Trainer
With the advent of video over the internet, I was recently watching Vijay Singh´s workout with his personal trainer on a Florida beach and was pleasantly surprised to see a 43-year-old truly enjoying his workout with a continual smile on his face. His personal trainer obviously possessed the proper interpersonal skills to understand Vijay´s preferences and was masterful in his ability to motivate his client. The video was technical in that it showed his personal trainer providing expert advice and executing effective golf training techniques such as balance, flexibility, and strength exercises. Besides the exercises, the video clearly demonstrated how a top golf fitness trainer can excel in motivating his client. Motivation, like other aspects of exercise, is a personal issue; what works with one client may not be successful with another. While Vijay is a top competitor and more motivated than 95%+ of the population at-large he still requires proper communication from his golf fitness trainer to assist him in meeting his goals. In watching the video, I noticed that his personal trainer had determined that Vijay enjoys working out on the beach outside of his Florida home very much so he has been creative in developing a variety of exercise routines on the sand and in the water that were effective for his golf swing and continually motivated Vijay as they were fun to perform. Vijay´s trainer also actively participated in the sand and water exercises which catered to Vijay´s competitive nature and maintained him focused. These
small details are all marks of an exceptional golf fitness trainer. Recreational golfers who wish to compete may not have Vijay´s motivation so the job of their golf fitness trainer is even more involved. These recreational golf fitness trainers are often very sound technically and also tend to be experts in keeping their clients interested. They excel in this motivation category because they carefully analyse each of their client’s preferences, habits, circumstances and goals. With this information, and after a thorough health and golf swing assessment, they are able to develop an exercise program and motivational plan to cater to each of their clients. Throughout my career, I have noticed that the very best golf trainers tend to, above all, care deeply for each of their clients. They also possess excellent observation and listening skills. They also have an innate ability to plan every training session with attention to detail which is key in maintaining the client involved. Surveys conducted among recreational golfers have revealed that they are likely to initiate a golf exercise routine when they have a good understanding of the benefits of a golf fitness program. Women and men golfers of all ages - young and old - have enrolled in golf fitness programs steadily in the past five years with excellent results not only to their golf game, but also to their overall quality of life. The golfers that have remained faithful to their fitness program for more than six months have done so because of the good rapport
“The golfers that have remained faithful to their fitness program for more than six months have done so because of the good rapport they developed with their trainer...” they developed with their trainer and because they have found the work-out facility convenient to them. They also continue to work out because they enjoy playing golf on a regular basis without any pain or injuries. Most regular golfers, and virtually all competitive golfers, can benefit from the expertise of a top golf fitness trainer. These professionals know how to train your body to improve your game and your quality of life. In choosing a professional to assist you, evaluate the trainer’s certifications, experience, and recommendations. Additionally, find a top golf fitness trainer with whom you can develop rapport and who can motivate you. Vijay is very candid in his video stating how his personal trainer has been “very influential” in his life. He makes this statement with a smile on his face clearly realizing that his fitness training is most likely the reason he has won more PGA tournaments after the age of 40 than anyone else in history. May you also enjoy the benefits of good health and better golf through a golf fitness program!
74. Dream 18 90. Course Guide
WHAT TO WATCH
ALOHA GOLF CLUB
The European Tour arrives in Marbella for the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia, 10-13 May
EUROPEAN TOUR www.europeantour.com
US PGA TOUR www.pga.com
MARCH 01-04 Johnnie Walker Classic Blue Canyon CC, Phuket, Thailand
MARCH 01-04 The Honda Classic PGA National GC, Florida
Singapore Masters Laguna National G&CC
PODS Championship Westin Innisbrook, Florida
TCL Classic Yalong Bay GC, Hainan Island
Arnold Palmer Invitational Bay Hill, Orlando, Florida
WGC-CA Championship Doral Golf Resort, Florida
WGC-CA Championship Doral Golf Resort, Miami, Florida
Estoril Open de Portugal Oitavos Golfe, Quinta da Marinha
Shell Houston Open Redstone GC, Humble, Texas
MASTERS TOURNAMENT Augusta National GC, Georgia
Volvo China Open Shanghai Silport GC
Verizon Heritage Harbour Town GL, South Carolina
BMW Asian Open Tomson Shanghai Pudong GC
Zurich Classic of New Orleans TPC Louisiana, Avondale
Open de Espa単a Centro National de Golf
EDS Byron Nelson Championship TPC Four Seasons Resort, Texas
MASTERS TOURNAMENT Augusta National GC, Georgia
Telecom Italia Open Castello di Tolcinasco G&CC
Finca Cortesin, Spain Cabell Robinson has created another fantastic layout. From the back tees, one of the longest courses in Europe. www.golfcortesin.es
Desert Springs, Almeria A journey to the desert is not as far away as you might think. This highly enjoyable course is well worth the trip. www.almanzora.com
Wachovia Championship Quail Hollow CC, North Carolina
Valle Romano Open de Andalucia Aloha Golf Club, Marbella, Spain
THE PLAYERS Championship TPC Sawgrass, Florida
Irish Open Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort
AT&T Classic TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia
BMW PGA Championship Wentworth Club, Surrey
Crowne Plaza Invitational Colonial CC, Ft. Worth, Texas
The Celtic Manor Wales Open The Celtic Manor Resort
The Memorial Tournament Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
Monte Rei, Portugal Two spectacular and challenging worldclass 18-hole golf courses, including a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. www.monte-rei.com
HUSA SUITES DUQUESA GOLF Robert Trent Jones’ hidden jewel YOUR HOTEL ON THE 10TH TEE
Telephone Reservations: + 34 952 89 0425 / 952 89 1211 / 952 89 0725. Fax: + 34 952 89 3005 E-mail: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org www.golfladuquesa.com • www.laduquesahotel.com
DREAM 18 SOUTHERN SPAIN FROM HUELVA TO ALMERIA
Selecting the 18 finest holes in Southern Spain is no simple task. From over 50 magazine distribution points, and with over 1,000 holes to choose from we had to enforce some rules. We initally narrowed things down by asking the relevant directors of the clubs to nominate their three favourite holes from which our panelists could select. Only one hole from each course was allowed to be selected for the Dream 18, and each hole must remain in its original location on the course. The result is a demanding test of golf, and taking into consideration the limatations we put on the entrants,
Dream 18 details: Par Out: 36 - In: 36 - Total: 72 Length Out: 3,168m • 2,993m • 2,552m In: 3,381m • 3,117m • 2,693m Total: 6,549m • 6,110m • 5,245m Total no. of holes considered: 1,098 Number of courses considered: 54 To par Par 3’s: Selected: 4 Nominated: 14 Par 4’s: Selected: 10 Nominated: 9 Par 5’s: Selected: 4 Nominated: 13
a superb reflection of the best that Southern Spain has to offer.
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Hole 1 Benalup Golf & Country Club Par 4. 361m • 333m • 277m The introduction to a round of golf is all important, and Benalup has been selected for several reasons more than just the hole itself. Situated in the heart of Alcornocales Park, this exclusive course ensures that golfers are in the right frame of mind when stepping onto the first tee. Recognised for its good value golf, an environmentally friendly course, the luxurious 5 star Fairplay Golf Hotel & Spa and stunning location. Tee off times every 20 minutes from on top of the clubhouse seal its position as our dream start. Nominated: Desert Springs Par 5. 514m • 477m • 428m Parador Malaga Golf Par 5. 447m • 445m • 398m
Benalup Golf & Country Club
Parador Malaga Golf. Picture ©Miguel Angel Toro / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 2 Aloha Golf Club Par 4. 331m • 310m • 265m This elegant and picturesque par 4 is just one of the highlights at the long established Aloha Golf Club, designed by the late Javier Arana. Due to host the 2007 Valle Romano Open de Andalucia in May, most of the entrants will surely play an iron from the tee for position and take their chances for a birdie on the subtle contours of the green. From the elevated tee, water impedes the narrow landing area of the fairway on the right, with a bunker protecting the green at the front. A back pin position will take some creative shot making and spin control in order to get close.
Aloha Golf Club
Alcaidesa Links. Picture ©José Hidalgo / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Nominated: Greenlife Golf Par 3. 120m • 115m • 93m Alcaidesa Links Par 3. 202m • 175m • 107m
Picture below: ©José Hidalgo Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 3 Monte Mayor Golf & Coutry Club Par 3. 193m • 165m • 125m A Spanish ‘Dream 18‘ of any description would not be complete without the inclusion of a hole from Monte Mayor, one of the most spectacular golf courses in Europe. You do not want to miss the green at the par 3 third - it is the only place to go on this dramatic mountaintop island with ravines on either side. You either place your ball on it, or it’s gone.
Serrania de Ronda Mountains. Intriguing fairways wind through gullies, ravines and streams offering a superb challenge to even the most experienced golfers, whilst the greens have been shaped by by the wild Andalucian nature.
The Monte Mayor golf course became an instant legend from the moment it opened in 1989. Breathtakingly located and captivatingly beautiful, it inspires the utmost respect and admiration in golfers from around the world. Many of them are drawn back, time and again, in a determined effort to conquer this amazing course. Few succeed, but playing Monte Mayor is an experience no one will ever forget. Created by the renowned course designer José Gancedo, Monte Mayor is nestled in a natural amphitheatre formed by the 076
Nominated: Estepona Golf Par 4. 380m • 375m • 355m The ‘ski slope’ sees a massive drop fom the tee. A good drive is required, with trouble right and left and the wind often against. Looks simple, but looks can be deceiving!
Nominated: Cabopino Par 4. 288m • 288m • 238m
©José Hidalgo / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
A driveable par 4 for those who want to take the risk - but with a raised green and a deep bunker protecting the front - the layup is often the favourable option.
Hole 4 Nominated: La Resina Par 3. 119m • 119m • 114m There are some fabulous holes on this predominantly par 3 course. None are better than the 4th, which requires a well-struck mid-iron to find the steep slopes of the green.
Santana Golf Club Par 5. 556m • 524m • 456m
A fantastic, strategic par 5, with incredible views looking down the fairway from the tee. Excellent use of the features have been made to present the hole to the player, with numerous risk and reward options on each shot.
A true test for the championship golfer, with the green only reachable via two very big hits. The stream in front of the green gives cause for concern when taking this approach. Par will always be a more than acceptable score here.
Keep left from the tee to avoid the bunkers, and take the route down the right hand side of the fairway in order to leave a good yardage to hit the putting surface in three. More well placed bunkers around the green ensure accuracy is required from any approach.
Nominated: Melia Sancti Petri Par 5. 505m • 472m • 407m Designed by the Dutch architect Alan Rijk. Large, elevated and strategically located greens can be enjoyed during more than 3,000 hours of sunlight a year.
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Hole 5 Rio Real Golf Par 4. 387m • 383m • 343m A tough par 4 where the Rio Real river is in play. The tee shot is driven away from the Mediterranean sea with the prevailing wind coming from your left. Going down the right side of the fairway leaves a shorter second, but a grassy knoll slightly impedes the view to the green from here. The putting surface is nestled amongst the trees on the other side of the river, which is a genuine hazard. A lay up area is provided for those who require three (or more!) shots to get there.
La Dama de Noche. Picture ©José Hidalgo /
Nominated: Mijas Golf (Lagos Course) Par 5. 564m • 466m • 424m La Dama de Noche Par 5. 504m • 504m • 476m
Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 6 El Paraiso Golf Club Par 5. 442m • 435m • 383m There are many good golf holes to choose from at the El Paraiso golf club, designed by Gary Player, but without doubt the 6th, a par 5 dogleg left, must be the best hole on the course. The drive has to be accurate to avoid two well positioned bunkers, left and right, and your second shot must favour the left centre of the fairway to miss the lake that catches any wayward ball. The length of hole means that there can be real opportunities for a birdie or eagle on the long two tiered green. Nominated: Nominated: Alhaurin Golf Par 5. 510m • 482m • 415m Guadalhorce Par 4. 354m • 312m • 291m
El Paraiso Golf Club. Picture ©José Hidalgo / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 7 Almenara (Lagos Course) Par 3. 183m • 164m • 143m
Nominated: Sotogrande Par 4. 382m • 330m • 289m This dogleg left is the best hole at the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. A precise second shot is required to find the narrow green, well-guarded by bunkers and a pond on the right.
It is important to select the right club on this fantastic par 3 which plays across the lake at Almenara. A rescue or long iron should be enough for most to find the centre of the green. A deep bunker is in play, especially with a front pin position which effectively reduces the size of the green, and with some severe slopes putting is a test in itself. Almenara is a 27-hole golf course where Dave Thomas has created a challenge for even the best golfers, with winding fairways and deep bunkers. A golf course for thinkers, requiring planning and accurate driving, play can change from one day to the next depending on the wind.
Nominated: Marbella Club Par 5. 467m • 456m • 417m Designed by Dave Thomas, this is a fabulous par 5 which turns dramatically from right to left; but not so much that the big hitters cannot reach with two good shots.
“A golf course for thinkers, requiring planning and accurate driving...” 079
Hole 8 El Chaparral Par 4. 320m • 307m • 234m A tricky par 4 which requires a tactical approach. You tee off from an elevated position with a dry bed water hazard running down the right hand side of the hole. An iron off the tee is the play here, leaving a fairly short iron into the green. If you try to cut off the corner of the dog leg beware there is a tree in the middle of the fairway waiting to block your view, just around the dog leg. Going for the green from the tee is not a sensible approach, especially from the professional tee.
Las Brisas. Picture ©José Hidalgo / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Nominated: Las Brisas Par 5. 447m • 446m • 406m La Noria Par 3. 107m • 104m • 96m
Hole 9 San Roque (New Course) Par 4. 395m • 372m • 326m Our 9th was the scene to the conclusion of a dramatic suddendeath play-off in the 2006 Spanish Open, when Sweden’s Niclas Fasth sank his birdie putt at the fourth extra hole to beat John Bickerton. The modern stylings of the course are those of the renowned American architect Perry Dye. A water hazard on the left (shared with the 18th hole) guards the green, which is also defended by a magnificently sculpted bunker complex that sits to the right. The imposing white sand which skirts the lake is actually a saving bunker and prevents the longest of drives from rolling into the water. Nominated: La Quinta Par 4. 355m • 323m • 249m Magna Marbella Par 3. 162m • 162m • 135m
San Roque New Course
La Quinta. Picture ©Leonardo / www.leonardo.com
Hole 10 Flamingos Golf Par 4. 360m • 351m • 322m A beautiful par 4, and from a strategic point of view, one of the best holes on Flamingos Golf. Careful club selection is required from the tee in order to lay up into the best position to attack the green. With water in front and to the left, the sensible play is to the bail out area on the right side. Flamingos Golf
Nominated: Montecastillo Par 4. 375m • 354m • 298m La Cañada Par 5. 499m • 487m • 425m
Hole 11 Guadalmina (South Course) Par 3. 158m • 147m • 126m The par 3, 11th on Guadalmina South Course is one of the most photographed holes in Andalucia. Situated next to the sea, the only thing between your ball and the ocean is the beach. But that won’t come into play for most, as the prevailing wind will normally push the ball towards a deep swale to the right of the green, which requires some creative shot making to get up and down from. Well located bunkers also play their part on a wayward shot, but hitting the green and navigating its subtle contours would make for a very satisfying birdie.
Guadalmina (South Course)
Torrequebrada. Picture ©Miguel Angel Toro /
Nominated: Santa María Par 4. 302m • 286m • 268m Torrequebrada Par 3. 164m • 157m • 120m
Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 12 Santa Clara Golf Club Par 4. 420m • 400m • 378m Announcing the first of the holes that form ‘Santa Clara Corner’ is this stunning par 4 which sees the player drive from a highly elevated tee. Only the longest and straightest of shots will be rewarded with a good chance to hit the green, which is a roller coaster ride of humps and hollows leaving some evil pin positions available to the green keeper.
“Only the longest and straightest of shots will be rewarded...”
Nominated: Atalaya Golf Par 3. 207m • 173m • 126m A large lake awaits the miss hit shot, whilst anything right gets swallowed up by a deep greenside bunker. A very demanding hole; three here is like making a birdie.
A magnificent waterfall frames the right side of the green and enhances the tranquil setting. Well placed bunkers both on the fairway and around the green mean that this hole can quite easily make its presence felt on the scorecard. When director Ignacio Apolinario Zárate asked the designer Enrique Canales which holes should be selected for the Dream 18, he declared without hesitation “12, 13 and 14.” The course is maintained to the highest standards - and with service to match - ‘Santa Clara Corner’ is simply the highlight of an extremely enjoyable round of golf. 082
Nominated: Valle del Este Par 3. 152m • 138m • 112m The main difficulty lies in hitting the ball over the River Nuño. However the green shouldn’t present any problems on what is considered one of the best par 3’s in Spain.
Picture below: ©José Hidalgo Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 13 Finca Cortesin Golf Resort Par 4. 383m • 322m • 243m
Nominated: Los Arqueros Par 5. 458m • 437m • 411m Considered the best hole on the course, with wonderful views over the Mediterranean. Complicating matters is a stream running along the right side. Problem-free green.
The 13th is the signature hole at Finca Cortesin, designed by Cabell Robinson. A spectacular par 4, where the drive is played to a wide fairway, avoiding a water hazard which runs down the left side and back across the front of the green. The approach is usually played with a mid to short iron to a well protected green nestled in the trees. Bunkers right and left complete what is one of the best greensites on the Costa del Sol.
“Bunkers right & left complete what is one of the best greensites on the Costa del Sol.”
Nominated: La Cala (Europa) Par 4. 369m • 343m • 290m A very photogenic hole from the elevated tees and one of the most difficult on the back nine. The sharp dogleg invites cutting the corner to an ever narrowing fairway.
The green is large and sloping, allowing for several different pin positions that have as much an affect on the approach shot as the putting. Back right might be easier to putt, but a large tree needs to be negotiated to get the ball up there. With so many options, you are never likely to play this hole the same twice. 083
Hole 14 El Rompido (South) Par 5. 491m • 456m • 418m The hardest, and perhaps the most beautiful hole on the south course at el Rompido is the par 5, 14th. The tee shot is framed by trees on the left and the marshes on the right which leaves a narrow landing area. Both the second shot and the approach must travel over the marsh in order to reach a green which awards panoramic views that can only be matched by some distinguished holes on the younger north course. Situated in the province of Huelva, in the far west of Andalucia, Golf el Rompido is integrated into the natural landscape of Marismas del Río Piedras. Both the north and south courses are surrounded by pine trees and orange groves, cross the Marismas (marshes) and make their way towards the Atlantic Ocean, providing spectacular views and a unique sensation for golfers. The power of nature is apparent in every step, thanks to a total absence of buildings except for the modern clubhouse, which is as charming as it is refreshing. 084
“el Rompido is integrated into the natural landscape...”
Nominated: Calanova Golf Par 5. 528m • 528m • 427m Designed by the esteemed Manuel Piñero, this new addition to the coast located in Mijas Costa has received high praise since its opening.
Nominated: Islantilla (Azul) Par 5. 482m • 437m • 372m A subtle par 5 which gradually narrows towards the green as the tree line encroaches on the right and left. A back right pin makes for a tricky par.
©Russell Kirk / www.golflinksphotography.com
Hole 15 “The championship pin position is a true test.” Nominated: Antequera Par 4. 420m • 375m • 329m A complex par 4 to challenge players of every level. A lake is in play on the left of the drive, while the second is played to an elevated green protected by a deep bunker.
Valderrama Par 3. 206m • 183m • 146m Not the 17th? Well, we needed a spectacular par 3 to kick off the closing stretch, and where better to look than Valderrama. ‘El Puerto’ is the longest of the par 3’s on the course, with a long and narrow green. During the Volvo Masters this hole is a magnet for the knowledgable spectator because of its marvellous vantage points, its beauty and its strategic position close to the 11th and 16th holes. The championship pin position, located on the back right of the green, is a true test. The large green has a tilt from left to right as well as from front to back, with severe and deceptive contours. Valderrama is a 6,356 metre par 71 with no hole of less than championship quality. It can be fully enjoyed by players of all handicaps, thanks to the genius of Robert Trent Jones, Senior, whom many consider the leading golf architect of his day.
Nominated: Miraflores Golf Par 3. 121m • 120m • 98m Without doubt the most renowned hole at Miraflores is this short but awkard par 3. Surrounded by a ‘moat’, hitting the target is essential to making an easy par. Jeev Milkha Singh, winner of the 2006 Volvo Masters
Hole 16 Arcos Gardens Par 5. 539m • 492m • 419m From the highly elevated tee of the 16th, the view is breath taking - so one could be forgiven for loosing concentration. Refocus for you have a fabulous downhill par five ahead of you. It plays a little shorter than the distance on the card - but even so - do you go for it in two with the lake close to the green?
Landmark are known for their world class golf courses, five of which are in the World’s Top 100 courses of all time, and they have certainly brought their experience to the very heart of Andalucia. The Arcos Gardens site is quite simply stunning, with 360 degree views over the rolling countryside and the dramatic backdrop of historic Arcos de la Frontera.
Picture below: ©Miguel Angel Toro / Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Nominated: Montenmedio Par 3. 185m • 177m • 150m
Nominated: Marbella Golf Par 3. 186m • 156m • 110m
Ringed by majestic trees, the course at Montemedio covers gently rolling terrain. The quality tees and greens blend in perfectly with their natural surroundings.
A great par 3 with a bunker in front and pond behind protecting a large green below, whilst the wind from the sea normally helps your ball onto the green.
Hole 17 La Reserva de Sotogrande Par 4. 433m • 386m • 325m
Nominated: La Duquesa Par 3. 133m • 109m • 106m Incredible views are awarded over the Mediterranean sea from the highly elevated tee. The hole plays short, but finding the shallow table top green can be a difficult task.
The fact that in its relatively short life La Reserva has already played host to a EuroPro Tour event says much of the quality of the course, and the 17th at stroke index 1 is a test even to players of the highest level. A classic long par 4 with an impreesive lake running along the whole of the right-hand side of the hole right up to the green. The play from the tee is to drive the ball towards the bunkers on the left, but to make the second shot easier you can flirt with the water and benefit from being able to fire your approach at the flag with slightly less concern. There are no bonuses for going right however, so anything to the left side of the green is more than acceptable!
Nominated: Lauro Golf (Hole 26) Par 3. 158m • 142m • 133m “A well designed par 3 that makes you fly your ball over the cliff, with wonderful views of Malaga. It may be scary but it’s not that difficult.” Carlos Pitarch, Golf Director.
The 18-hole golf course of La Reserva was designed by Cabell Robinson and features wide open greens with generously proportioned fairways. The golf course requires players to use all the clubs in their bag. 087
Los Naranjos Picture: ©José Hidalgo Turismo Costa del Sol / www.visitacostadelsol.com
Hole 18 San Roque (Old Course) Par 4. 391m • 380m • 316m We close the ‘Dream 18’ in the same area as we finished the front nine, but the Old Course is a very different style and the reason San Roque has been considered worthy of a second inclusion. The Old Course was designed by Dave Thomas with bunkers redesigned by Seve ballesteros, and the 18th is a demanding par 4 dog leg left. Water is in play on both the left of the drive and the right of the approach, and it is often necessary to flirt with both hazards in order to make a good score. Located at the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja, where the mountains meet the sea, for many years San Roque has played host to memorable moments for the young pretenders and old campaigners alike. The course’s tight, sloping fairways are lined by mature cork oak trees - demanding straight, accurate driving. Strategic bunker placement and deceptive water hazards threaten all but the most precise approach shots. 088
“...sloping fairways are lined by mature cork oak trees...”
Nominated: Doña Julia Par 3. 210m • 148m • 114m A magnificent par 3 surrounded by water on both sides of the green and at the front. With a two level green, par on this spectacular hole is a challenge for any player.
Nominated: Los Naranjos Par 5. 524m • 504m • 468m A finely balanced hole sweeping from right to left off the tee. The clubhouse balcony overlooks the green, making the approach across a stream an intimidating prospect.
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DIRECTORS CHOICE This list comprises the clubs taken into account for our ‘Dream 18’, the relevant directors and the three holes selected as their personal favourites. For your convenience we have also listed the High and Low Season Prices for a single golfer playing 18 holes, a contact telephone number and website address.
Los Naranjos Golf Club (Par 72) Director: Jan Sonnevi Choice: 4th (par 3), 9th (par 4), 18th (par 5) Fees: 88 € ✆ 952 812 428 ➲ www.losnaranjos.com
Estepona Golf (Par 72) Director: Rory Leader Choice: 3rd (par 4), 10th (par 4), 14th (par 3) High: 57,50 € / Low: 39 € ✆ 952 937 605 ➲ www.esteponagolf.com
Real Club de Golf Las Brisas (Par 72) Director: Dª Pilar Lorente Martínez Selected by EAT GOLF!: 8th (5), 11th (3), 15th (4) Fees: 150 € ✆ 952 813 021 ➲ www.lasbrisasgolf.com
Meliá Sancti Petri (Par 72) Director: Thomas Ijland Choice: 4th (par 5), 15th (par 4), 18th (par 5) High: 58 € / Low: 40 € ✆ 956 491 200 ➲ www.solmelia.com
Valle Romano Golf & Resort (Par 72) Designer: Cabell B. Robinson Choice: N/A First nine holes opening soon, 2007 ✆ 902 35 36 35 ➲ www.valleromano.net
Aloha Golf Club (Par 72) Director: Luis J. Navarro Álvarez Choice: 2nd (par 4), 10th (par 5), 13th (par 3) High: 140 € / Low: 90 € ✆ 952 907 085 ➲ www.clubdegolfaloha.com
Benalup Golf & Country Club (Par 73) Director: Dª Valerie Devos Selected by EAT GOLF!: 1st (4), 10th (3) 13th (5) Fees: 85 € incl. breakfast, drinks & lunch ✆ 956 424 928 ➲ www.benalupgolf.com
La Resina Golf & Country Club (Par 28) Director: Sava Jovovich Choice: 1st (par 4), 4th (par 3), 9th (par 3) Fees: 20 € / 9 holes ✆ 952 885 313 ➲ www.laresina.net
Golf La Dama de Noche (Par 36) Manager: Antonio Criado Selected by EAT GOLF!: 4th (3), 5th (5), 8th (4) High: 34 € / Low: 26 € ✆ 952 818 150 ➲ www.golfdamadenoche.com
Montenmedio Golf & Country Club (Par 72) Pro: Brian Tierny Choice: 10th (par 4), 12th (par 5), 16th (par 3) Fees: 82 € ✆ 956 451 216 ➲ www.monteenmedio.com
Flamingos Golf Club (Par 71) Director: Andreas Hagemann Selected by EAT GOLF!: 4th (3), 10th (4), 15th (5) High: 99 € / Low: 73 € ✆ 952 889 157 ➲ www.flamingos-golf.com
Alcaidesa Links Golf Course Director: Juan Pablo Arriaga Cuevas Selected by EAT GOLF!: 2nd (3), 12th (4), 13th (5) High: 79 € / Low: 58 € ✆ 956 791 040 ➲ www.alcaidesa.com
El Paraiso Golf Club (Par 71) Director: Colin Christison Choice: 6th (par 5), 13th (par 4), 17th (par 3) High: 78 € / Low: 50 € ✆ 952 883 835 ➲ www.elparaisogolfclub.com
Santa Clara Golf (Par 71) Director: Ignacio Apolinario Choice: 12th (par 4), 13th (par 3), 14th (par 5) High: 105 € + Buggy / Low: 2 x G/F + Buggy 110 € ✆ 952 850 111 ➲ www.santaclara-golf.com
Atalaya Golf Club (OldO & NewN Courses) Director: Andrés Sánchez García Choice: O7th (par 3), O12th (par 3), O17th (par 5) High: 80 € / Low: 60 € ✆ 952 882 812 ➲ www.atalaya-golf.com
Marbella Golf & Country Club (Par 72) Director: Rafael Choice: 6th (par 5), 12th (par 4), 16th (par 3) High: 75 € / Low: 60 € ✆ 952 830 500 ➲ www.marbellagolf.com
Guadalmina Golf (NorthN & SouthS Courses) Director: Ignacio del Cuvillo Cano Choice: S10th (par 4), S11th (par 3), S16th (par 5) Fees: South: 125 € / North: 73 € ✆ 952 883 455 ➲ www.guadalminagolf.com
Greenlife Golf (Par 27) Commercial Director: Marta Peña Choice: 2nd (par 3), 5th (par 3), 8th (par 3) 18 Holes: 35 € / 9 Holes: 22 € ✆ 952 839 142 ➲ www.greenlife-golf.com
La Reserva de Sotogrande Golf Club (Par 72) Director: Dª Basagoiti Covadonga Choice: 8th (par 3), 11th (par 5), 17th (par 4) High: 140 € / Low: 110 € ✆ 956 785 252 ➲ www.sotogrande.com
Monte Mayor Golf Club (Par 71) Pro: Harro Rjinders Choice: 3rd (par 3), 4th (par 5), 10th (par 4) High: 90 € / Low: 60 € ✆ 952 937 111 ➲ www.montemayorgolf.com
Santa Maria Golf Director: A.C. Mosely Choice: 7th (par 3), 8th (par 5), 11th (par 4) High: 75 € / Low: 48,50 € ✆ 952 831 036 ➲ www.santamariagolfclub.com
Real Club de Golf Sotogrande (Par 72) Director: Rafael García Buitrago Selected by EAT GOLF!: 7th (4), 12th (5), 17th (3) Fees: 160 € ✆ 956 785 014 ➲ www.golfsotogrande.com
Marbella Club Golf Resort (Par 72) Manager: Roderick Bastard Choice: 7th (par 5), 13th (par 5), 17th (par 4) Fees: 120 € ✆ 952 889 101 ➲ www.marbellaclub.com
Valderrama Golf Club (Par 72) Director: Derek Brown Choice: 4th (par 5), 15th (par 3), 17th (par 5) High: 290 € (w/e) / Low: 260 € ✆ 956 791 200 ➲ www.valderrama.com
Los Arqueros Golf & Country Club (Par 72) Director: Ulf Svendson Choice: 3rd (par 4), 8th (par 5), 13th (par 5) High: 77 € / Low: 40 € ✆ 952 784 600 ➲ www.losarquerosgolf.com
Miraflores Golf Pro: Mike Roberts Choice: 8th (par 4), 12th (par 5), 15th (par 3) High: 62,50 € / Low: 50 € ✆ 952 931 960 ➲ www.miraflores-golf.com
Club de Golf La Cañada (Par 71) Director: Dª Maria Uceda Choice: 10th (par 5), 16th (par 4), 18th (par 4) Fees: 50 € ✆ 956 794 100 ➲ www.lacanadagolf.com
La Zagaleta (& Los Barrancos Courses) Director: Jacobo Cestino Castilla Choice: No nomination given Fees: Access restricted to members and residents ✆ 952 855 453 ➲ www.lazagaleta.com
Calanova Golf Director: Iñigo Hernandez Choice: 4th (par 3), 6th (par 5), 14th (par 4) High: 70 € / Low: 49 € ✆ 952 593 591 ➲ www.calanovagolf.com
Magna Marbella Golf (Par 29) Director: Juan Bertrán Raspall Selected by EAT GOLF!: 1st (3), 6th (3), 9th (3) Fees: 2 x G/F + Buggy 50 € ✆ 952 929 249 ➲ www.magnamarbellagolf.com
Golf Río Real (Par 72) Director: Juan Cantos Selected by EAT GOLF!: 5th (4), 12th (3), 13th (5) High: 100 € / Low: 53 € ✆ 952 765 733 ➲ www.rioreal.com
5. BENAHAVIS / RONDA
Cabopino Club de Golf Director: Esteban Almirón Choice: 3rd (par 4), 13th (par 3), 18th (par 4) High: 62 € / Low: 47 € ✆ 952 850 282 ➲ www.cabopinogolf.com
7. MARBELLA - FUENGIROLA
Almenara Golf (LagosL / PinosP / AlcornoquesA) Director: Iñigo Angulo Rubio Choice: L3rd (par 4), L7th (par 3), A6th (par 4) High: 60 € / Low: 40 € ✆ 902 181 836 ➲ www.sotogrande.com
4. ESTEPONA - SAN PEDRO
Montecastillo Hotel & Golf Resort (Par 72) Director: Carlos Mayo Isla Selected by EAT GOLF!: 10th (4), 17th (4), 18th (4) High: 100 € / Low: 80 € ✆ 956 151 200 ➲ www.montecastillo.com
2. GIBRALTAR - SOTOGRANDE
Finca Cortesin Golf Club (Par 72) Director: Javier Reviriego Choice: 3rd (par 5), 12th (par 3), 13th (par 4) Fees: 130 € ✆ 952 937 883 ➲ www.golfcortesin.es
6. N. AND / PUERTO BANUS
Dona Julia Golf Club (Par 71) Director: Domingo Davira Choice: 8th (par 5), 10th (par 4), 18th (par 3) High: 62 € / Low: 50 € ✆ 952 893 856 ➲ www.golfdonajulia.com
La Quinta Golf & Country Club (Courses A B C) Director: Marcos Leria Couderc Selected by EAT GOLF!: A8th (3) B9th (4), C6th (4) High: 82 € / Low: 66 € ✆ 952 762 390 ➲ www.laquintagolf.com
Arcos Gardens (Par 72) Director: Ashley Northridge Choice: 6th (par 3), 16th (par 5), 18th (par 4) High: 63 € / Low: 60 € ✆ 956 704 131 ➲ www.arcosgardens.com
The San Roque Club (OldO & NewN Courses) Director: Ian Martin Holes: O6(4), O11(4), O18(4) / N4(3), N9(4), N18(4) Old: 155 € / New - High: 90 € / Mid: 75 € ✆ 956 613 030 ➲ www.sanroqueclub.com
La Duquesa Golf & Country Club (Par 72) Director: Andrés Moncayo Espinosa Choice: 1st (par 4), 16th (par 4), 17th (par 3) High: 65 € / Low: 2 x G/F + Buggy 90 € ✆ 952 890 425 ➲ www.golfladuquesa.com
3. SOTOGRANDE - ESTEPONA
El Rompido (NorthN & SouthS Courses) Director: Bruno Lelieur Thuillier Choice: N8(5), N13(4), N15(4) / S12(5), S14(5), S17(4) High: 65 € / Mid: 50 € / Low: 39 € ✆ 959 024 242 ➲ www.clubdegolfelrompido.es
1. HUELVA - GIBRALTAR
Islantilla (Azul1, Amarillo2, Verde3 Courses) Director: Dª Mª Dolores Ruiz Choice: 19th (par 4), 111th (par 3), 114th (par 5) High: 63 € / Low: 2 x G/F + Buggy 81 € ✆ 959 204 500 ➲ www.islantillagolfresort.com
Islantilla Arcos Gardens
COSTA DEL SOL
CADIZ Montecastillo Meliá Sancti Petri
Benalup Montenmedio GIBRALTAR
Real Club de Sotogrande
Finca Cortesin CASARES
Albayt Conutry Club Estepona Golf
ESTEPONA La Resina
162 166 167
9. MALAGA - COIN
El Paraiso Atalaya
RONDA La Quinta
Las Brisas PUERTO BANUS
Marbella Golf School
Dame de Noche
Monte Paraiso 185
Marbella G&CC Greenlife / Positive Golf
192 195 198
Guadalhorce (Par 72) Director: Salvador Alvarez Escobar Selected by EAT GOLF!: 6th (4), 10th (5), 14th (4) High: 58 € / Low: 39 € ✆ 952 179 378 ➲ www.guadalhorce.com
Santa Maria Cabopino
Miraflores / Golf Academy Calanova La Cala Santana
Golf Valle del Este Director: Alfredo Caparros Blanes Choice: 3rd (par 4), 12th (par 3), 15th (par 4) High: 70 € / Low: 2 x G/F + Buggy 100 € ✆ 950 398 743 ➲ www.valledeleste.es
El Chaparral 206 Mijas TORREMOLINOS
Torrequebrada Grupo Suite
Miraflores Golf Academy Driving range ✆ 952 939 381 ➲ www.sunshine-golf.com
Antequera Golf (Par 72) Director: Manuel Migueles Choice: 3rd (par 4), 13th (par 4), 15th (par 4) Fees: 42 € ✆ 951 701 900 ➲ www.golfantequera.com
Positive Golf, Elviria Driving range, chipping & putting facilities ✆ 952 839 605 ➲ www.pgm.es
Parador Málaga Golf (Par 72) Director: Victor Teodorio Tirado Selected by EAT GOLF!: 1st (5), 13th (3), 18th (4) High: 70 € / Low: 55 € ✆ 951 011 120 Web: www.parador.es
Albayt Country Club Golf Academy with Spa ✆ 952 804 702 ➲ www.albaytcountryclub.com
Mijas Golf (OlivosO & LagosL Courses) Director: Felipe Pérez Cortés Choice: O8(3), O9(5), O18(5) / L5(5), L8(3), L13(5) High: 70 € / Mid: 65 € / Low: 45 € ✆ 952 476 843 ➲ www.mijasgolf.org
Desert Springs (Par 72) Director: Simon Coaker Choice: 1st (par 5), 10th (par 4), 14th (par 3) High: 90 € / Mid: 60 € / Low: 45 € ✆ 678 679 387 ➲ www.almanzora.com
El Chaparral Golf Club Director: Jose Luis Aranguren Choice: 7th (par 5), 8th (par 4), 14th (par 3) High: 70 € / Mid: 65 € / Low: 50 € ✆ 952 587 700 ➲ www.golfelchaparral.com
Lauro Golf (27 holes) Director: Carlos Pitarch Choice: 13th (par 5), 26th (par 3), 27th (par 5) High: 50 € / Low: 30 € ✆ 952 412 767 ➲ www.laurogolf.com
San Roque Club
Santana Golf & Country Club Director: Salva Jaime Gallardo Choice: 4th (par 5), 8th (par 5), 18th (par 4) High: 100 € / Low: 65 € ✆ 951 062 560 ➲ www.santanagolf.com
Alhaurín Golf & Hotel Resort (Par 72) Director: Juan Muro Aguilar Choice: 6th (par 5), 9th (par 4), 14th (par 3) High: 59 €, 2 x G/F + Buggy 135 € / Low: 36 € ✆ 952 595 800 ➲ www.alhauringolf.com
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La Cala (America1, Asia2 & Europa3 Courses) Director: Alan Saunders Selected by EAT GOLF!: 116th(3), 25th(5), 313th(4) High: 70 € / Low: 45 € ✆ 952 669 033 ➲ www.lacala.com
8. FUENGIROLA - MALAGA
La Noria Golf & Resort (Par 33) Director: Salvador Tirado Gómez Choice: 3rd (par 4), 7th (par 5), 8th (par 3) 18 Holes: 40 € / 9 Holes: 25 € ✆ 952 587 653
94. Alboaire / Sotogrande 96. Alanda Cortesin 98. Selenza / Valle Romano
COMPLETE SOUND & VISION 98. SELENZA
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Bang & Olufsen The best way to experience live golf at home. The ever stylish Bang & Olufsen offer complete audio-visual set-ups. www.kclub.ie
COMPLETE REST It is no secret that golf and property are inextricably linked with one another. Building golf courses in order to sell houses is an issue we have discussed with many golf course designers in past issues of EAT GOLF! In very rare instances the course may suffer in order to accomodate as much housing as possible. Fortunately this is not always the case, as is proved in this, our ‘lifestyle’ section. The developments featured in these pages have been hand picked as some of the finest we could find on the Mediterranean coast, and are offered by long standing, well respected and reliable companies. Whether you are looking for an apartment, penthouse or villa, you can be sure to find the perfect home on the golf course of your dreams. Once you have settled into your property, or are looking for somewhere to stay and relax whilst whilst searching, why not choose to pamper yourself in a hotel with luxury spa?
Property Agents Kristina Szekely ✆ (+34) 952 81 01 02 ➲ www.KSsir.com 4 Seasons Estates ✆ (+34) 952 83 35 88 ➲ www.4seasonestates.com Developers Alanda Homes ✆ (+34) 952 90 26 99 ➲ www.alandahomes.com Bahia Golf ✆ (+34) 951 31 84 16 ➲ www.bahia-golf.es Sotogrande ✆ (+34) 956 790 300 ➲ www.sotogrande.com
Jensen Beds Guarantee yourself a restful nights sleep after a hard day on the links, leaving you fresh to play again the next day. www.jensen.no
Valle Romano ✆ (+34) 952 80 70 10 ➲ www.valleromano.net Hotels Almenara NH Sotogrande ✆ (+34) 902 18 18 36 ➲ www.sotogrande.com Selenza Hotel Thalasso Wellness ✆ (+34) 952 89 94 99 ➲ www.selenza.com Husa Suites Duquesa Golf ✆ (+34) 952 89 04 25 ➲ www.laduquesahotel.com
Häcker Kitchen by Kitchen Concepts German made fitted kitchen ranges characterized by clarity of concept, simplicity of shape, and practicality. www.kitchenconcepts.info
EXCLUSIVE HOMES IN THE HEART OF SAN ROQUE GOLF Alboaire Golf is a unique project situated in the heart of one of the most prestigious Golf Clubs on the Costa del Sol. This front line golf complex offers 40 luxury homes set in landscaped gardens incorporating a swimming pool, paddle tennis court and social club. They are created to insure the maximum use of spacious and light accommodation with magnificent views over the golf course.
EXCLUSIVE BEACHSIDE APARTMENTS IN MOROCCO With unspoilt beaches and an exquisite climate Morocco is truly a Jewel of the Mediterranean. A land of horizons, where sea, sand dunes, skies and mountains extend into the infinite distance. Morocco is also a place of contrasts. Here, snow capped peaks frame deserts, and fertile valleys lie protected by mountains, Morocco´s unique character is formed by its position at the point where two worlds meet: Africa and Europe, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
For more information about property available in Morocco visit: www.4seasonsestates.com or tel: (+34) 952 833 588
LOOKING FOR A VIEW IN SOTOGRANDE ‘Los Cortijos de La Reserva de Sotogrande’ is clustered on both sides of the wide avenue leading towards the magnificent clubhouse for the exclusive La Reserva de Sotogrande golf course. A selection of two, three and four bedroom luxury villas and townhouses, cleverly arranged in small groups of terraced houses with their own private garden which leads to communal gardens and shared pools.
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ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS ADDRESSES ON THE COSTA DEL SOL Finca Cortesin is a private country estate set in 150 hectares between Estepona and Sotogrande. One of the most peaceful areas of the Mediterranean coast, the area is home to some of the best private and public schools, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and other facilities; including golf. Finca Cortesin Golf Club is a beautiful and challenging course designed by Cabell Robinson. To be enjoyed by players of all levels, it will also boast a Nicklaus Academy for golfers wishing to improve.
Alanda Cortesin is a boutique development of the standards come to be expected from Alanda Homes. Just 45 two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses will deliver modern living with state of the art, quality fixtures and fittings. The development is set on an eastern plot, benefiting from enchanting views to the mountains, Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and beyond. Situated within a lush natural environment it also provides the perfect setting for alfresco living, and is only a stones throw away from the resortâ€™s five star facilities.
For more information telephone: (+34) 952 90 26 99. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.alandahomes.com 096
THE LARGEST THALASSOTHERAPY CENTRE IN ANDALUCIA To celebrate their first anniversary, the Selenza Thalasso-Wellness Hotel 4* Superior (Estepona, Malaga) is focusing their attention on the new associates of the Thalassotherapy Centre Club. The Thalassotherapy Centre has a surface of 2,000 m2, with water coming directly from the Mediterranean sea to enjoy all of its natural properties. The centre covers two floors divided into four areas: leisure, wet, dry and beauty / aesthetics. The flotation bed from Termo-Spa Concerto, the system Chromo term and the ‘Siesta’ bath are the latest technology on the national market. Exclusive advantages for the Associates’ Club: Seawater circuit Selenza once-a-day. Free access to the Fitness area. Free monthly session of hydrotherapy & complete massage. 20% discount for all treatments. 10% discount in bar and restaurant. Free water and infusions. Free bathrobe, slippers, towel and bathing cap.
Valle Romano Golf & Resort is not just another residential estate. It is a luxury, high-quality urban development in a privileged location, lying between the sea and the mountains. In this unique enclave, as attractive for its location as it is for its range of services and easy access, you’ll find 150 hectares where luxury properties share the space with a stunning 18-hole golf course.
VALLE ROMANO - A NEW WAY OF APPRECIATING LIFE
At Valle Romano every detail has been given the utmost attention: the rational layout, broad avenues, state-of-the-art design in harmony with nature. A new residential property concept for enjoying life and making the most of the sea and the golf course all year round. www.valleromano.net
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