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La Cala Golf & Clinic Week May 2014

At times we forget our man in the back ground, Iain Tym, but it is he who puts together our schedule, finding new venues to keep the programme fresh and exciting, while keeping his finger on the pulse regarding feed back from clients as to the favourites and “must return” venues. La Cala has certainly proved to be one of those. Thank you Iain for that and all your hard work and long hours of admin!!

Our latest full compliment of 16 were blessed with a wonderful weeks weather, 3 golf courses presented in excellent condition and the usual friendly and efficient staff at both hotel and golf club.

La Cala Asia course from my hotel room terrace.

La Cala Asia course from my hotel room terrace.

We played 5 rounds during the mornings and for those who wished spent an hour at the Academy on three afternoons for a bit of light coaching, with a longer session on the morning of the free day. The first 3 rounds were played as team events on each of the three courses, followed by an individual stableford on the Asia course and concluded with a keenly contested 4BBB on the America course.


Patrick (above left), leading man,finishing in second place to Ronnie (above right) who won overall by two points, with Rosemary and Paula in joint third on 31pts.

Richard and Lesley (above) won the 4BBB with a very creditable 42, closely followed by David and Rosemary on 41.

La Cala is very undulating and the inclusive buggies very necessary. It was a big lesson to most on how much extra club is required playing up hill. On many overseas courses greens are raised a little and with the approach areas watered, an extra club is the norm. At La Cala when playing up hill, two, three and if into a breeze or a flag positioned at the back of the green, even four clubs extra is not unusual. Remember, any raised green or a slight breeze is one club, both together is two clubs, flag at back is three clubs etc. don’t be afraid to add them!

I am writing this report on my way from Malaga to Portugal for a week at San Lorenzo and Pineros Altos on the Algarve, followed by my last overseas Golf & Coaching week at Quinta da Ria and the Robinson Club before the UK summer programme. I am toldĀ  the weather at home is not good,out here it is fantastic, so if anyone wants a week of G&C in the sun there are a couple of places available from the 17th May!


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