Is it really the last newsletter of 2016 – I find that a little scary. It only seems like a few weeks ago we were thinking of how enjoyable the January golf week was at La Cala on the Costa del Sol and here I am writing this as our final event before Christmas draws to a close in Sri Lanka! A full report of Sri Lanka is in the “blog” and what a very pleasant surprise it was to discover this lovely country.
From the beaches in the south to the cooler areas of the Tea Plantations in central Sri Lanka some 7000ft above sea level, I know it was much enjoyed by the group. The golf too was surprisingly good. Only 4 courses on the Island of which we played three. Nirwana Eliya at 6000ft. dated back to 1889, Victoria in Kandy is a Donald Steele design, 15 years old and a superb course only surpassed by its stunning setting, while the Shangri La on the southern tip at Habantoto, an area devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, only fully opened in October and will become a really good resort course. Another great surprise to me was the quality of the caddies at the two established courses. Equal to the best I have experienced anywhere and appreciated by the group, albeit at Victoria, I’m sure we benefited from some liberal interpretation of the rules!!
Other new venues this year that spring to mind were, Bologna in Italy which also featured a visit to the Ferrari museum at Modena. Gothenburg, Sweden (where we found another course dating back to the late nineteenth century) and the Vidago Palace, inland from Porto in Northern Portugal – a great find I think – again, reports are in the blog of all three. We are returning to Italy in June and Porto in the Autumn next year and I can highly recommend both and Sweden will certainly feature again I’m sure albeit not this coming season.
2016 At The Top
What of golf at the top during 2016. The European Tour has The Masters Champion – Danny Willett, The Open Champion – Henrik Stenson and McIlroy snatched the FedX Cup to turn what for him was a moderate year into a rather successful one, even though he would swap it all for Danny’s Jacket! Unfortunately, but with some sensational golf, the USA deservedly regained the Ryder Cup. Stenson won the Race to Dubai and are we about to see Fitzpatrick blossom as predicted following his thrilling win in the season closing finale in Dubai? His third victory at only 22 years old in fields getting stronger and stronger in depth is a statement of intent.
The most bazaar moment of the year was surely the USPGA penalising Dustin Johnson in the US Open It was clearly the wind and not he that moved his ball. Everyone in world golf it seems, including his playing partner, Lee Westwood who witnessed it first hand, saw it as it was, apart from a few USPGA officials who should have gone to Spec Savers! Thank goodness he went on to win, although I do feel sorry for Shane Lowry, it clearly affected him at a time he had put himself in contention. In fact he hasn’t really played that well since.
Without doubt the most sensational golf of the year was the final round of The Open. 39 years after the “duel in the sun” between Nicklaus and Watson at Turnbury, Stenson and Mickleson served up a last day at Troon not even Spielberg would dare write. Phil, one in front with 17 to play, 9 further birdies and lost by two? – Ridiculous!!!
As 2017 approaches, I’m sure Iain will have a few events to prompt you on later in this newsletter, I would like to thank him for his, quite frankly, incredible work behind the scenes. Thanks too to Barney. He has stepped up his programme, embraced the DS Golf philosophy and will continue to increase it in the coming months. I must not forget Jennie, who ably assists him and brings her vibrancy to the fore when she joins him, but more so, special thanks for her work behind the scenes as our IT expert!
And finally a very big thank you to you, for attending the various events, entering into the spirit of them, sending us your feed back and indeed, introducing new clients. Some of you I will have opportunity to thank and wish a Happy Christmas personally. Although its rather early, to the rest I’ll do that now…
HAPPY CHRISTMAS and successful golfing NEW YEAR!
As David has mentioned it has been a whirlwind year, and from a personal point of view a great one, as I expanded my role in DSG. It has been great fun meeting up with so many new students of our brilliant game, and a big thank you to you all for coming on the trips, your enthusiasm is infectious! Looking to finish off 2016 in style as we head to the Algarve with some super courses, and no doubt super eating experiences too.
Thanks to everyone that has booked on my New Year trip, and I believe there are a few places left, so if you fancy some sun and golf as opposed to snow and no golf, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For 2017 Iain is organising a Christmas and New Year tour to Phuket in Thailand and a few days in Bangkok afterwards (details will be on website in 2017). Needless to say Jennie and I are very excited to be hosting this upcoming trip and I am sure it will be a popular one.
My March promises to be a busy one, and kicking it off with a visit to one of my favourite towns Tavira for our Eastern Algarve Golf Tour. There is a good selection of courses in the itinerary , and this will be a pleasant place to be, compared to what will be a no doubt soggy UK. We stay in the area, for a golf and coaching week at the excellent Robinsons Club, and this is a great way to tune up for the new season. Both weeks are already attracting quite a bit of interest so perhaps putting your name down soon will ensure a) avoiding disappointment and missing out, and b ) a nice rosy glow of something fun to look forward to!
It really has been an amazing year in the Major’s and although David and my favourite player Rory Mclroy, didn’t find his putting boots until late in the year (we are still looking for ours!) he looks set fair for a big 2017 and a return to the podium in the majors. With that in mind I thought I would include this wonderful ‘little Bily Interview’ putting Rory on the spot with some searching questions. Also this week sees a tentative Tiger Woods return to tournament play, and hoping for his sake it goes well and he can get back into the golfing world next year.
Wishing you all a great festive season and best wishes for the new year.
I trust that you are well and looking forward to the Festive season.
The Christmas trees are of course now appearing, the tinsel is imminent and the turkeys are running for cover, and it all happens so fast doesn’t it? I have to smile, Christmas 2016 is almost upon us, but I am already immersed in the planning and booking of Barney and Jennie’s festive treat to Thailand in December and January 2017 and David’s annual pilgrimage to South Africa in 2018!
Coming back to the present day, and the weeks ahead, we do still have a few places available on Barney and Jennie’s New Year tour in Vilamoura, if you are tempted by some super golf and hopefully decent weather. The combined total of clients attending the two New Year trips is now nudging 50; it is quite extraordinary how the New Year tour in particular has grown over the years. We also have four places remaining on the January Golf & Coaching week at La Quinta in Spain, and spaces left for the Spanish Golf Week in Fuengirola, which follows the week after.
Moving into February, if the South African weather, golf, scenery, wine, food, okay,( okay, I have made my point), is still of temptation, we can accommodate four more clients on the Cape Town, Garden Route and Fancourt mini-tour, although we will have to sign off the numbers and return any unsold rooms within the next two weeks.
We have a busy March, and there is availability on all of the events at the moment. The month starts with a welcome return to the eastern Algarve in a ‘Golf Week’ context, and with the added benefit of the excellent 5 star Real Marina Hotel in Olhao as the accommodation for the week. Olhao is a very traditional Algarve town, with tremendous character and ambience. Barney is hosting this week and the ‘Golf & Coaching Week‘ that follows, which is located at the ever popular Robinson Club. David then takes the baton in mid-March and hosts a Penina Golf Week from the 18th March, with two weeks at the Dona Filipa Resort to follow, playing San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos. The second of the weeks, which starts on the 1st April is fully booked, but there are still places available on the week of the 25th March.
Mid to late April sees the traditional Easter Golf & Coaching week, followed by the ever popular La Cala Golf Week with clinics. There are two overseas events which are keenly anticipated, Italy and Arizona. Both of these events are being finalised at the moment, Arizona being imminent and Italy fairly imminent once we can negotiate sensible single room supplements with the hotels!
I will cover the UK events in detail next month and explain about the autumn and winter 2017 programme, which as mentioned above will feature a tour to Phuket in Thailand next Christmas and New Year.
For the time being though, if you are interested in one of the March events in particular, please let us know as theses tend to fill quite quickly once we get to within 3 or 4 months of the events.
I suspect our next newsletter will be just after Christmas; hence may I take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful New Year.
Thank you to everyone who has booked or enquired about a David Short Golf event this year; what we do would not be possible without you, and as with any business, the client comes first. Thank you and we hope that you will join David and Barney on one or more events in 2017.
All the best
We had a great trip to Tenerife and look forward to going there again next year and also to Thailand for Xmas and New Year – woohoo!!
This year we have tried to get the events on the website as soon as feasible to assist you with planning your events for the coming year. We have ‘coming soon’ placeholders for future events and as soon as Iain has confirmed the itinerary and details (no small amount of work) I add them to the website with links to the hotels, courses and the pdf brochure for those of you who like to download and print 🙂 So please email or use the contact form if an event is of interest and we can let you know when the website has been updated with the details.
Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas and a fabulous New Year. Hopefully I will see some of you in Vilamoura.
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