Our first day certainly was a little cooler than expected, although infinitely better than home where snow stopped play again! We looked at the long game in the morning and some drills and exercises to enhance our swings. As with other golfers in the UK this winter, not many of our group had played much golf, so this was a welcome change to hit some balls and practice with only two layers on! In the afternoon we looked at putting and chipping and everyone’s favourite…bunkers.
On Monday we had another session on the range and played our first golf of the trip on Cima. Sadly the wet weather that had blighted the Algarve for the last five weeks decided to make its presence felt and 9 holes was the order of the day, although after an hour it cleared and half the group went back out and the other half stayed in for the strudel and bridge!
Tuesday was a breezy day for our visit to the scenic Quinta da Ria and the old Scottish saying of “if there’s nay wind, there’s nay golf” was repeated a few times. (So glad you can’t hear my awful attempt at a Scottish accent, although sadly for the group they did!) We opted for a team competition today with best 2 scores to count. The wind eased during the day and the scoring was good with everyone contributing and Gill, Cheryl, Jo and Des coming out winners by the small margin of two points. The exertions of the day sent almost everyone to bed before 10, however a few of us stayed up to enjoy “Quinta Rocks” at the Robinson Theatre. One of the many shows they put on and I have to say, they do it really well.
The day off was a mixture of looking around Tavira, more golf, massage and bridge.
Thursday was an absolute belter of a day with wall to wall sunshine and a light breeze. The great weather enthused our group and we had a splendid day on the Quinta da Cima course. We had another two from four team event after our time on the range and short game area. I have to say the scoring matched the weather, with Cheryl setting the tone for the day by making a spectacular birdie 4 on the solid Par 5 opening hole. Her team of Gill, Bernice and Ciara added during the day for a very good 84 points. After a steady start over the front 9 Tim, Phillip, Des and Jo picked up a head of steam on the back nine, which I was fortunate to see. There were birdies, holed putts, good drives all adding up to an amazing 50 points on the back nine! Tim’s stand out birdie on the 17th (home of the uber difficult green) and Jo’s cunning chip on the 18th, highlights what must be a DSG record for 9 holes.
Friday was our last golfing day and we went for a review of all of our pointers today. So off to the short game area, to look at our low and high short shots. Also tried a couple of shots with a hybrid out of thick collar grass near the green and the dreaded shot from a divot. Rounded up the long game technique on the range and then after lunch some golf for the last time at Quinta da Ria.
An excellent group and a really fun group topped off with some super food and fun entertainment – Robinson Style.
Look forward to seeing you all again.
All the best
The Lopesan Links Open Championships Mar 2020
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