Our first day on our El Rompido Golf and Coaching, we were greeted by bright breezy conditions and started with a session on the range. We looked at some swing principles and moves that are common to all good players. We set about applying some to our swings. A session on putting followed that and it was needed as the El Rompido greens were very quick and took some reading too. After a quick break we headed out on to the North Course for our opening game. The breeze was starting to get up, which always has the effect of challenging our shot making skills both in the long and short game. We had a little team competition with best 2 scores out of 4 players to count. Lesley, Bea, Patrick and Dermot won the day with a very commendable 72 points. If we thought it was breezy on the first day, the wind went up a notch on day two.
Before play we looked at the short game, with chipping and pitching first followed by the golfers favourite… bunkers! A successful session and armed with the knowledge we set out for the South Course. By now the wind had built up to Olympic levels of gustiness and certainly put the premium on said short game, as in the long game and the wind were playing havoc with the ball. Posting an incredible 82 points Colin, Dermot, Eirik and Jenny comfortably ran out the winners.
The weather had got cooler, so we broke out the woolly hats for our earlier start on the North Course today. Thankfully the wind dropped by midday, the sun was out and temperatures were more like the one’s we had signed up for. Some good golf all round and I witnessed a terrific double gross birdie barrage on the par 3 third hole by Erik and Beverley. By the way, Beverley had birdied it on day one too! Along with Patrick and Lesley they posted a sporty 75 points, however with a real spurt on the last few holes, Mike, Colin, Dermot and Sue had 80 points. Some great play by Mike who had 21 points on the back nine, really helped the cause.
Wednesday morning was very productive as we split into smaller groups to work on our games. Each player had a wish list and hopefully this week will go some way to granting them! Well timed too as we were finishing at noon, just as the rains came in for the afternoon. An afternoon at leisure with some playing bridge or catching up on a few emails or sleep.
The weather continued to be unsettled and Thursday morning we managed to re-organise our tee time to an earlier slot to avoid the predicted afternoon rains. For a change a pairs competition was the plan and despite cool conditions the scoring was good. On 35 points Ann and Mohini posted a competitive score, however comfortable winners were Dermot and Beverley with 39 points.
Fridays forecast was out by a few hours which meant by the time we had played the 5th hole (of course the furthest point on the resort from the club house!) the heavens opened and sadly rain stopped play. A nice dinner to finish up with and a spot of karaoke to round of the evening with. Jenny (not Mrs P) and I did what it has to be said a very passable version of King of the Road, which brought the house down. That’s my version, although quite a few people left while we were performing!
A shame we had such a soggy finale to our week, however a great group and I think everyone came away with some positives to work on their game for the upcoming season.
All the best