You can see a summary of the new system here on the R&A site.

I wonder if the Spanish Federation will now fall into line with the rest of the world. Or will they continue to have their own specially tweaked version like they did with the European (EGA) system?

Golf course - 13 February 2018

Golf course - 13 February 2018

Golf course -13 february 2018

A few days ago I mentioned that Juan, the caddie master, is working with the green keepers to get the areas beneath the trees on the course cleared. This is to help speed up the pace of play.

On Tuesday afternoon Jacqui and I played 9 holes on the White course (front 9 Master course). While we were playing we spotted the green keepers working on the trees between the 1st and 3rd holes (bottom photo). Plus the area to the left of the the 4th hole (top 2 photos).

These are just a couple of examples. When you walk round the course you can see many areas under trees that are much tidier.

I understand that this work to tidy up the course will be continuing in February and March. With some significant work taking place in front of the tee of Red hole 5 (Classic 6). Where trees and bushes are to be removed completely so people can see the fairway when playing their tee shots.

It is really good to see efforts being made to improve the course.

I have been told that the hollow tining of the greens on the Almerimar course will start on Monday 23 April 2018.

From this date the course will revert back to the summer layout. With the Master 1 (front 9 Master), Master 2 course (back 9 Master) and Master 3 (Classic).

The Master (Master 1 & 2) course will be closed for 2 weeks while the work is completed and the greens start recovering. During this team anyone wanting to play 18 holes will have to play twice around the Master 3 (Classic) course.

The Master (Master 1 & 2) course is scheduled to reopen on Monday 7 May 2018. I guess that sometime soon after that the Master 3 (Classic) course will close for a week or two for similar work.

Just a quick personal view on the winter layouts that are being tried this year. I feel that overall they have been a success. Allowing more people on the course and getting us all around in the light almost all of the time. There were some days when the people playing in the morning were too slow. Causing a hold up in the afternoon. Hopefully this issue will be resolved in time for the upcoming busy period in the rest of February and March.

One good thing Juan is getting done at the moment is clearing the areas under trees so it is easier to find your ball. Hopefully this should help speed up play.

For 2018 the management of Golf Almerimar has decided that anyone storing clubs and trolleys in the clubhouse will be allocated specific space in the club store. Either on marked areas on the floor or in specific places on the shelving in the club store.

When people pay the fee for storing their clubs and trolley in the clubhouse for 2018 they will have to choose a specific place where they will store them. So the sooner you pay the more choice you will have about where you can put your clubs and trolley.

If you want more details about this please contact Golf Almerimar.

Golf Almerimar has now announced the prices for buying packages of green fees for 2018. Property holders in the area can buy packages of green fees for 2018 ranging from 15 through to 365 green fees.

As usual, there is a discount available if you purchase before 29 January 2018 and pay in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer.

Please contact Golf Almerimar if you want more details.

Alboran Chiringuito Nov 17

Alboran Chiringuito Nov 17

Last Friday we had a trip out to play golf at Alborán. While there I took a couple of photos of the new chiringuito that should be opening soon.

They have knocked down the old wooden chiringuito but left the relatively new toilet block nearby still he standing. As you can see from the photo above the new place looks like it might be quite nice.

I am not sure but I think they might put some glass curtains around the terrace area. To cater for the cold, windy and wet weather we sometimes get in the winter.

Paco, the boss at Alborán, told me he hopes it will open in early December. Just as well as Alborán is hosting a national final of an amateur golf competition on 8 & 9 December 2017.

Francis House 2017 Winners

Here are a couple of photos of the winners of the 2017 Francis House golf competition on the first tee yesterday.

John A has sent us the following message about the 2017 Francis House better ball pairs competition that took place at Almerimar yesterday...

"Please could you on behalf of Francis House Children's Hospice thank everyone for their support at the 21st Annual Almerimar Golf Tournament. A fantastic amount of over 1500€ was raised which has already gone to hands on care at the Hospice."

From those that took part, thanks to everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event. Also, well done to the joint winners, Uli & Jim and Sune & Marianne. They both scored 47 points and will share the trophy and goblet for the year.

John A has been in touch with the following information...

Francis House Annual Pairs Betterball established 1996

Saturday 25th November 2017

Entry 20€ plus Own Green Fee

08:00  Anthony K & Carlos L  
08:16  Kevin W & Peter E  Herman Li & Penny
08:24  Gerard & Geradine  Heinz & Klaus
08:32  John Fl & Michelle  Barry & Dot
08:40  Doug & Derek  Hans O & Mimi
08:48  Ingergerd & Thomas  Lee & Idris
08:56  John Wit & Paul M  Uschi & Jürgen N
09:04  Mel & Sylvia  Steve B & Nina
09:12  Dan & Anita  John Fi & Issie
09:20  Paul T & Vicky  Sune & Marianne
09:28  Brian D & Frank R  John Wil & Louise
09:36  Jim S & Uli  Lennart & Kristina
09:44  John Wo & Jacqui  Alan Sl & Sharon
09:52  Peter W & Rita  John A & Roisin

John A has been in touch with the following information about the Francis House pairs golf competition this coming Saturday....

The entry list is on the board at the Golf Club. Most of the later morning tee times have been taken. However 8.00am and next three tee times are still available.

Entry of 20€ per person to be paid on the day. Each player will receive a strip of Raffle Tickets. Anybody wanting more it's 5€ a strip.

The presentation and raffle is taking place at Los Sabores at 3.30pm.

Today is the 10 year anniversary of Jacqui, Alan, Sharon and myself recording the results of Friday golf competitions on a website.

My understanding is that Friday golf competitions in Almerimar probably started in the 1980s. Since then they have been organised by many people. We are just the latest in a long line of organisers.

I believe that in 2007 the responsibility for organising Friday competitions was passed on to us. I think this was sometime in the autumn of 2007. Soon after taking over we decided to record the results on a website. The first set of recorded results went up on the Almerimar Today Golf website on 9 November 2007.

One of our readers, Chalky, sent me a copy of the latest newsletter from the R&A about golf rules and other issues.

The newsletter included links to two pages available on the R&A site:

Improving the pace of play. This page addresses ready golf, player behaviour, management practices and course set-up. This is particularly timely given the pace of play at Almerimar at the moment. One key recommendation is to play ready golf when not playing match play.

Response to proposed rule changes to happen on 1 January 2019.

The next couple of weeks are going to be the crunch time for the new Almerimar winter golf course layout.

Between now and late November we will see the highest demand so far placed on the course. Things will then probably be a little quieter in the period from late November through to the end of February. We will then expect to see another period of high demand in March/April 2018.

It will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks. Somehow the management has to try to balance the demand for access to the course from hotel guests, long stay Swedish players and locals. While trying to avoid slow play so that everyone can have an enjoyable round. Plus ensuring that anyone playing in the afternoon gets the opportunity to finish in daylight.

Fingers crossed that all goes well.

John Andrew has been in touch with the latest information about the 21st edition of the Francis House pairs golf competition. The entry list is now open.

Details are as follows:

- Competition will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017.

- Format is better ball pairs stableford.

- Tee times 8am - 9.52am Blue/White.

- Entry Fee 20€ (pay your own green fee). Raffle strip included. Pay on the day.

- Presentation and Raffle Draw at 3.30pm at Los Sabores. Buy your own drinks.

- John is maintaining the tee time and entry list himself.

- To enter please email John at his email address giving the names of both players and a preferred starting time (allocated on  a first come, first served basis).

- If you want to take part and do not have John's email address get in touch with us and we will provide you with the email address.

We have now played all 27 holes of the new winter golf course layout.

Earlier in the week we played the White/Red combination twice. Yesterday we played the Blue/White combination. Both of these winter layouts have the same slope table as the Master Course. Even though the Red course is 4 holes Master and 5 holes Classic. While the Blue course is 5 holes Master and 4 holes Classic.

The White course is the front 9 of the Master. So the layouts we have played as 18 hole courses contained 13 or 14 holes from the Master course. With 5 or 4 holes of the Classic.

As yet we have not played the easier Red/Blue combination that is a total of 9 holes Master and 9 holes Classic. This already had its own slope table with lower sloped handicaps.

The management of the course has put in a lot of effort to try to make the changes as easy as possible to understand.

There are plenty of signs guiding you around the course. My only slightly negative comment on the signage is that the distances shown on the signs (e.g. Red hole 4 - 130 metres) are as the crow flies. So the walk to the next tee is actually quite a bit longer than shown.  However, overall the distances walked between tees and greens in the new layout is about the same as the Master course. As show in the article here from when the new layout was trialled earlier this year.

New markers on the tees showing the official tee positions have been added on what was the Classic course. Also, the areas around the official tee position markers on what was the Master course have been strimmed. So you can see the markers more easily.

The Master course already had big concrete signs near each tee displaying a tiled image of the hole. The hole numbers have been modified on these signs so that they reflect the new layout (although the stroke index of the hole has not been changed so it does not match the new scorecard.)

There are similar signs currently being constructed on what was the Classic course. So that all 27 holes will soon have similar signs on each tee.

So far the speed of play has been OK. Also, we have had access to more tees times. We will have to see what happens in November when we have the maximum number of long stay players here.

The condition of the course is not fantastic. However it has improved quite a bit since the summer. When the green keeping staff struggled to keep the course tidy due to the grass growing so quickly.

All in all, at the moment I feel that implementing the new layout has been a success.

Jacqui and I are back on the Almerimar golf course after a week off due to a short trip to the UK.
It is a case of all change as the course is now in the new winter layout. So far we have played the White (Master front 9) and Red (Master 10-12, Classic 5-9 & Master 13) 9 hole courses.
We play the same combination in the FGS competition this coming Friday. However we are having a knock-around on Saturday where we will be playing the Blue (Master 14, Classic 1-4 & Master 15-18) and White courses with friends.
A lot of effort has been put in to try to make it as easy as possible to navigate the new layout. Also, there are new tee markers showing the length of the holes on what was the Classic. Plus there are efforts being made to ensure that the signs on all 27 holes look similar.
So far we have only played early afternoon tee times (12:50 and 12:58). On both occasions we have not had any problems with catching up with the last morning players (9:52 first tee time and 12:24 second 9 holes). So I guess that the marshals are doing their job making sure the morning players play quick enough.
It is early days but it looks like the new layout is working out OK.

Further to the earlier article here about changes to the layout of the golf course at Almerimar later this year.

The original plan was to introduce the new layout from 1 October 2017. I understand that the change has now been delayed until Tuesday 10 October 2017. The reason for the delay is that the management want to give the greens on the Classic (Master 3) course more time to recover from their recent hollow tining.

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