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Posted on 30 Jan 2024

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A Memorable Week of Golf in Tavira, Portugal – Jan 2024

Just got back from a spectacular week in Tavira, Portugal, as my first official coaching week for David and wow, what a great trip it was. Eight wonderful clients joined me and on one of the days we had the pleasure of Chris from Barney’s group who was staying at the Robinsons resort.

Our mornings kicked off with coaching sessions that truly set the tone for what was to be an incredible week. We started with a mind-set morning on the first day, writing goals, intentions and learning how to use the mind better on the golf course. We proceeded to the practise ground for some clinics and coaching on long game and chipping.  A great day of coaching which incorporated practice techniques and drills that promised quick improvement and better course management skills.

On day 2 we played Benemor, a quirky and challenging course, followed by day 3 at Quinta da Ria.  Daily coaching and course management helped the group manage the spectacular courses.  Monte Rei was scheduled for day 5 and what a treat that was. The Championship course is nestled in the hills of Portugal was nothing short of magical. It was a great challenge which everyone enjoyed surrounded by breath-taking scenery. We mixed daily coaching with competitions bringing out the best in us, along with some hearty laughs and friendly banter.

Our evenings were spent soaking in the charm of Tavira. This quaint town, with its rich history and stunning architecture, offered the perfect backdrop for our culinary adventures. From savouring the local cuisine in the old town to exploring the cobblestone streets on our day off, every moment was a discovery of Portugal’s hidden gem

Our hotel; Maria Nova Hotel, was set minutes’ walk from the town with a fabulous roof top bar which we enjoyed after golf and before dinner.

What made the week truly special were the people. Sarah summed it up perfectly when she said, “It was so much more than just improving my game. It was about changing my mind set, dealing with frustration in a positive way, and enjoying the social side of things.” And Kate? She couldn’t have been more right, “A fabulous coach for all levels. You’ve made a game I love even more exciting. Can’t wait for the next time.”

As the coach, it was a truly great week of making new friends, learning golf in a relaxed environment with everyone enjoying the journey together.  This was a group who were predominantly all new clients of David Short Golf and they were fantastic in every way. Thank you for making my first week with DSG a memorable and wonderful week.


2 reviews on “A Memorable Week of Golf in Tavira, Portugal – Jan 2024

  1. Good morning Sam!

    What a wonderful golf holiday in Portugal.

    You really provided a comprehensive framework for every aspect of the holiday. It was so well organised but at the same time provided flexibility.

    And your professional coaching along with your relaxed style has definitely made a significant improvement to my game of golf.

    It was the time spent on the mind game that really reached my inner soul and has helped me manage my disappointment in my performance. Yes, I can accept my current performance but will continue to develop my skills in golf!!

    I had a great game yesterday at my club and even had one lady say that ‘my handicap should come down once spring arrives’!! The ladies that I played with yesterday made a note of David Short Website along with your name.

    I most definitely want to book the same golf holiday next year along with the other members on the holiday. I wait for further details so that I can formally confirm my intent to be part of the golf holiday next year.

    I’m also looking at the few days in Dorsey in July. I need to consider driving there on my own but once I take time reviewing the route, I’m sure that I should be able to do that.

    Thank you again Sam for a most enjoyable holiday that far exceeded my expectations.

    Do please keep in touch and let me know if you have any other opportunities to be part of one of your events. Apologies for missing out on the 16 February event.

    Take care.



  2. Hi Sam,

    Just wanted to say thank you again for a fabulous week in Portugal last week. Both Andy and I really enjoyed it and feel we both learnt loads. It’s really revitalised my desire to improve and hopefully lower my handicap!

    As a testimonial I would say you are a fabulous couch for people of all levels. Your calm approach and friendly manner makes learning interesting and exciting. Your methods are not too technical to understand and people are able to adapt their own game in accordance with your methodology. In the space of a week you have changed my mindset to the game of golf and if anything made a game I love even more exciting. Thank you again for your patience and understanding and I look forward to attending another one of your golfing weeks again in the future. I cannot recommend strongly enough for anyone wishing to improve their game to attend one of your sessions anywhere in the world.

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