LINDA FLETCHER - 22 May 2023

Buenos Dias
What a mixed week of weather we experienced this week. A torrential downpour for the start of the ranking and a few thunderstorms around most afternoons gave us the much- needed rain on the course. The Old Course has been closed for the much-needed maintenance and it was a pleasant change to play the New Course. I just love the views and openness of the course, let’s hope the propositions are accepted by the council to renew the lease and then Stephen has the ability to make the changes that are long overdue. However, the Jacaranda are out in full bloom – just glorious!

This picture shows a different view that we had this week from the club house and the men in Ireland had very little rain! Such is life….


On Tuesday we played a Waltz with 4 teams of 4 on the New course. We were not sure of the conditions, so I felt that a fun comp was much needed after the seriousness over the last month or so.
The results were:

1st – Nicky Triay, Debbie Fisher, Liz Desmond and myself – 93 pts
2nd – Debbie Richards, Diane Harmer, Pat Joy, Amanda Standford – 92 pts
3rd – Susie Lilley, Helen Tallentire, Anne Middlehurst, Pascal Pannier – 83 pts
4th – Irene Baltus, Pip Vincent, Judith Lamb, Fiona Lappin – 82 pts
We had a really good day and loved playing this format. Nicky Triay was our birdy queen winning a sleeve of balls for 3 birdies.
On Thursday, just 7 of us ladies played a federated round along with the men in the mixed competition. However, 5 out of the top 8 were women – well played ladies! We just managed to
complete the competition when the heavens opened – someone up there likes us!
The results were:
1st: Russ Williams 36 pts
2nd: Debbie Richards 35 pts
3rd: Helen Tallentire 35 pts
4th: Nicky Triay 34 pts
The surprise chocolates were won by
Chris Harris for the most blobs (7)
Nearest the pin on the 13th was Nicky Triay. 


On Sunday, the extra federated was cancelled and play was delayed somewhat due to thundery showers, but 6 brave ladies completed 9 holes and followed it with tapas and cava – life isn’t bad here!
The men had a fantastic trip to Ireland playing fabulous courses and they retained the DC Trophy at the Hermitage. I am led to believe that they are absolutely ‘cream crackered’ and we may not see many on the course this week!
We are back on the Old Course this Tuesday – not sure if federated is a good idea with such heavy works and sanding – we will see, as it is going to take a while to recover.
Nicky and I are off to the Algarve this week for a few days to check out the restaurants etc for the tour in September – for those of you that are going, please check the WhatsApp group for further info re coach and payments etc.

Looking Ahead for the rest of May & start of June...

Tuesday 23 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford back on Old Course
Thursday 25 May: Midweek Competition – Bingo,Bango, Bongo
Saturday 27 May: Captains pick Texas Scramble (no exceptions – David & I will choose teams)
Sunday 28 May – Monthly Medal – sponsored by Vinomarket
Tuesday 30 May: Midweek Competition – Stableford
June: – Ladies out first from 8.50
Thursday 1 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Friday 2 June: Interclub v Alcaidesa (home)
Saturday 3 June: Yellow ball mixed Competition – select your own team or just sign up
Tuesday 6 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 8 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford – World Series
Saturday 10 June: Club Professionals day – format TBC
Sunday 11 June : Extra Federated Competition – Stableford
Just watching the PGA Championships in USA – so glad we do not have that ROUGH!!!
However, long ago when women cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called
witchcraft – Today its SAN ROQUE!
Have a great week Linda x 

•Course Information from Ben:

• All Bentgrass will be mowed Thursday afternoon in the dry, the greens will play a little slower until
these are back into regular mowing etc. the additional leaf assists with the recovery at the moment. This is necessary given the aggressive nature of the works.
• The fairways will be sand and left alone for a week as the fertiliser that was applied yesterday kicks in but these are all in the timelines given for the recovery prior to the works.
• There has been lots of work done in the bunkers during the closure, the well documented problematic
bunkers have been resolved and fresh sand placed in these. As expected the issue with these was they weren’t draining from the large storms in early 2021 silt had sealed the bunker liner and allowed nothing through making the sand wet, anerobic and pack very hard. I will update more on this in the members report which will come soon. Bunkers worked include 4,13,14,15,16,17 and 18. Some fresh sand installation will continue over the coming weeks on others.
• The rest of the week will be generally tidying up the mulch and other areas of the course.
• As communicated I expect the golf course to be substantially recovered in the next 14-21 days.