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Posted on 28 Nov 2016

Categories: Event Report

Madeira Golf with Clinics 12 November 2016

After an interesting journey for me, from Tenerife, featuring visits to four airports instead of three, I met our group in Madeira on Saturday evening for their Golf with Clinics. Although the forecast wasn’t great we set off the following morning to the scenic Santo da Serra. The first part of the morning was fine and then for once the forecast was proved correct, so play was not possible in the afternoon. Still on the plus side we had a super evening meal, with the Madeiran specialty of Scabbard fish going down really well.

Day two saw us at the beautiful Palheiro, which is a sweeping golf course presenting all sorts of challenges in terms of placing your shots and testing your short game skills. We had a team competition, with the trio of Phillip, Nickesh and Bill coming out top by just one point! Bill also had the distinction of having the first birdie of the trip on the 5th, followed around 50 seconds later by Phillip. A good day out and some food for thought on our games for the rest of the week.

A far clearer, drier day greeted us at Santo da Serra for our golf on Tuesday. After going over some pointers on the range, we set about the Serra and Machino 9 hole lay out’s with a team competition. So with two out of four to score on each hole, incredibly we had a tie on 82 points between Phillip,Bill, Nickesh and Tim and the quartet of Steve, Freda, Mick and Trish.

Back to Santo da Serra for the game we missed on Sunday, and we played the 18 holes they use for the Madeira Open, which was interesting. Today we opted for a pairs event and to continue our close scoring theme, we had another tie! A nice day topped off with the chef at the Club making a fantastic Chocolate cake for Phillip’s birthday. We continued the celebration in the evening at the excellent Beef & Wine restaurant with the specialty of Pichana (basically steak on a skewer!) and some birthday bubbles.

dsg_madeira_blog_4Back to Palheiro for my now favourite format of 9 holes one score to count and 9 holes Scramble. I like Scrambles as I really think it makes the golfer think very positively about their shots, which has to be a good thing! This did produce a positive result with Trish, Phillip, Mick and Bill carding a very impressive 61.7. Highlight of the day with what proved to be their final blow as Trish chipped in for an eagle 3 on the 18th, and along with another chip in of hers I witnessed, earned her the coveted ‘chipper of the week’ title!

Our final day and I thought two 9 hole individual  competitions would be a good way to finish off the week. We set off on the Machino holes with a pleasant start as they are downhill and going towards the ocean. Early on it was clear Freda had her putting boots on, and she cruised to an excellent 22 points, making her the most improved player of the week. The second nine started slowly for DSG regular Steve Quick, with a point on the first hole. However he covered the next 8 in 20 points and just missed an eagle on the last, to take the honours on the second loop. We were fortunate on the weather front after an uncertain start to the week and the island of Madeira and their people were once again super hosts.

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Happy Golfing
Barney


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