DSG’s first visit to Morocco for 7/8 years. The weather on our first certainly didn’t disappoint with temperatures reaching the high 20s. We started the day with a general clinic and review of the fundamentals to wipe away the winter rust any of our players had.
Our first game at Palmerie GC was in a pairs stableford format. The wind although warm gave us a few challenges and especially on our approach play. There were quite a few what I would term “sporty” pin positions to challenge us. For early season the scoring was excellent. Leading the way on 44 points were Barbara and Ronnie with some excellent play. I had a front row seat and as a pair they dove tailed perfectly. With Barbara’s inspirational putting and Ronnie’s precision play they made a great combination.
On Monday we went to the well appointed Royal Marrakech GC. The colonial style clubhouse is a real feature there and sitting watching the world go round on their veranda is a very pleasing experience. As it is a fairly compact course, many of our party opted to take their very smart caddies, who proved their golfing knowledge was equal to their attire. We had four teams of four today and went for best two out of four to score. The true putting surfaces yielded many birdies net and gross, and there were record points recorded for a DSG day. With 87 points Liz, Barbara, Gurdip and Julian had every right to feel they had a chance of winning the day. However, accumulating a staggering 94 points were Arnie, David, Vanessa and Ronnie. After a shower we got changed and went into Marrakesh to the excellent Terrasse Des Epices rooftop restaurant and experienced a superb meal with amazing ambience.
In our Tuesday clinic we looked at chipping and bunker play and some of the principles involved. It came in handy for many of the group during play, so all we need to do now is keep practising 🙂 We played a pairs event around Palm Golf and the weather was glorious again. The scoring matched the temperatures. Tied for second on 43 points were Andy and Barbara and Vanessa and Lisbeth who putted amazingly on the day. However, with a very eye catching 46 points were Arnie and Jane. Fortunately they had a slightly indifferent last three holes otherwise the 50 point barrier would have been in sight!
Our day off was fun with a half day tour of Marrakech. The guide Fatiha was a local and needless to say very knowledgeable about Moroccan and city life. We had a look around the souks and had an interesting visit to a chemist come health shop, where I host explained many different lotions and potions to improve our health. Some of us had a neck massage thrown in too. After an afternoon at leisure we ventured back into the city to go to the Narwama restaurant. A spot of fire eating and belly dancing were through in to the experience.
Our fourth game around the Palm was slightly windier, which added a challenge to the club selection and made the putting surfaces quicker. It was a good day and taking the honours were Arnie and Rosemary with a sporty 46 points made up by two nine holes of 23 points each. Runners up were Richard and Jane on a very sound 40 points and nice to see Richard back on form after having felt under the weather for a couple of days.
Our final clinic on Friday covered putting, although the amount of putts I saw holed during the first four games made it pretty superfluous! After lunch we set off for our final tour of the Palmarie course and blue skies greeted us again. We opted for a pairs event and once again the scoring was keen with Sue and Jane racking up a best of the week 47 points, thankfully a slow finish stopped them cracking the 50 point margin which may have caused minor embarrassment or maybe not!
A great week weather wise with some interesting meals and locations.
See you on a golf course somewhere soon. All the best
The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020
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