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Tenerife Golf Tour 5 November 2016

We had a great group of 20 for our DSG Golf Tour to Tenerife and my first visit to the island. Our first golf was played at Amarilla with temperatures in the 20’s and a great opening hole going towards the sea.

dsg_tenerife_2We went for ladies first and the quartet of Kim, Tricia, Barbara and Jennie all split the fairway. This was a portent of things to come, as they scored an impressive 81 points to win the day. Only 4 points separated the first four teams, so much to discuss in post match analysis.

Day two saw us at the excellent Costa Adeje. On their putting green prior to our round, we realised the speed of the surfaces may pose a few questions and sure enough once play was underway we found they did! After a few holes we all adapted, although almost everyone had a putting your ball off the green incident, I waited until the 15th until I managed that feat! Some good golf all round , with shot of the day going to newbie Tom Kelly with a piercing 220 yard shot onto the tough par 3 10th. A close finish in our pairs event with Dougie and Robert pipping Steve and Jeff by a point.  dsg_tenerife_3We enjoyed an après golf drink on their lovely terrace, and discussed our putting prowess that day. A beautiful sunny if windy day greeted us for our visit to Golf del Sur . We decided on a hybrid format for the day, with teams of four playing best one score per hole on the front 9, and a scramble on the back 9. Once again the closeness was amazing with Robert, Stephen, Sue and Kim winning on 66.1 from Alan, Trisha , Helen and myself on 66.2!  I wanted to apologise to my team for not being able to find the .2 we needed (although not fully certain how I could!)  but mainly for the fact, that on the day I couldn’t get the great Tony Christie number ‘ Is this the way to Amarillo’ out of my head, which sadly led to constant humming/whistling of said tune, which apparently after 4 ½ hours can become rather wearing. Still in my book you can never have enough Sha la la la la la la la boom boom etc etc 🙂  A terrific day rounded off with a super dining experience, setting us up nicely for our day off.

Return to Amarilla, and no excuses as we all knew the course, although the breeze was in  a completely different direction to the other day, so local knowledge slightly negated. We had teams of three, with one score per hole to count except on the Par 3’s where two were required. By my reckoning that came to a par of 46 points, and all our teams broke par! Sue, Barbara and Tom and Alan, John and Rae both had 51 points, however finally a comfortable victory with Neil, Angela and Jeff amassing 55 points. Our last day at Golf del Sur was lovely and warm, and we finished off with a pairs event. The green keeper had decided on some challenging pin positions which added to the fun. Another grandstand finish with Helen and Dougie and Sue and Robert accruing 41 points, only to be eclipsed by the dynamic duo of Jeff and Alan on 42! We finished the week off in style at the brilliant Langostera restaurant in Los Abrigos. A terrific fish main course preceded by imaginative starters made for a wonderful closing night. The winners, all 18 players, were awarded a prize for their efforts and old friendships renewed and new ones formed. It really is great to see so many returnees , and have some new players enter the David Short fold. This was my first visit to Tenerife, and I really enjoyed it, so looking forward to hosting more events there in the future.

All the best

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