Just a couple of further updates about the golf course.

I understand that there may be a plan to try out the proposed new layout of the golf course for a few days sometime in April. If that works OK I think the idea is to switch to the new layout in the autumn in time for the influx of winter golfers.

The other item is a change to the 9th hole on the Master 1 (front 9) course. Previously there was out of bounds (OOB) all down the side of the hole close to the main road through Almerimar. This made shots over the water hazard very difficult. The OOB white posts in this area have all been changed to red posts to signify a lateral hazard. This means that if you lose your ball in the trees close to the road you can take a penalty drop 2 club lengths from point of entry in to the hazard. Rather than have to replay the shot from the place you played it from. I feel that this is an excellent improvement to the design of the course.

Possible course changes at Almerimar  - 2017

Just a couple of bits and pieces about the golf course.....

Slope Tables

There are new slope tables now on show near the pro-shop. The slope tables are now in bigger text so they are easier to read. There are 3 tables for the courses here and all have changed.

The table for the Master 1 & 2 (old Master) course now uses integer values for handicaps higher than 36.There is no change to this table for handicaps of 36 and below. This change to integer values for higher handicaps was included in the 2016 implementation of EGA handicapping.

Also the slope for the Master 3 (old Classic) course has been revised. The course is now viewed as being more difficult than before. This means that the other 2 slope tables have changed. These cover twice around the old Classic (now Master 3) and the old Classic combined with the back 9 of the old Master course (now Master 3 & 2). Both tables show a small increase in sloped handicaps. Plus all handicaps above 36 now use integer values on these 2 tables.

Course layout

Another bit of news is that a change in the layout of the course is being considered. The idea is to reduce the need for shuttle services between the current 3 sets of 9 holes and allow more people on the course at the same time more easily. This would be particularly useful when the course is busy.

To do this the back 9 of the old Master (now Master 2) would be combined with the old Classic (now Master 3). This would create 2 new sets of 9 holes as described below.

One 9 would be current holes 10, 11 and 12 (first 3 holes of Master 2) followed by holes 5 to 9 on Master 3 (old Classic). Then back under the bridge to finish on the old 13th hole (hole 4 on Master 2).

The other 9 would be current hole 14 (hole 5 on Master 2) followed by holes 1 to 4 on Master 3 (old Classic). Then back under the bridge to play current holes 15-18 (holes 6 to 9 on Master 2).

This would mean that all 3 starting holes (current holes 1, 10 and 14) and all 3 finishing holes (current holes 9,13 and 14) would be within walking distance of the clubhouse. Also, the 3 sets of 9 holes follow on naturally from each other so there would be no need for transportation of golfers between the different sets of 9 holes.

It is being suggested that this layout may be tried out for a week in April and may be put in place in time for the 2017 winter season.

Hole 1 Master course - 3 February 2017

Further to the story the other day. As you can see good progress is being made on building the new toilet block near hole 1 of the Master course.

The starters hut/chiringuito is just about complete. As is the practice net and the buggy parking area. The small putting green that was turfed a while ago is coming along nicely. You can see more photos of these areas in the Gallery.

As I was coming round from the 9th yesterday I had a quick word with the builders who were tiling the inside of the small toilet block. They said it will have 2 cubicles and one sink.

Looks like it should not be long now before everything is up and running.

While playing golf yesterday I noticed a few changes taking place on the Master course.

Work is well underway on the toilets that are being built close to the 1st tee. The small building is up and now they are working on the inside. Yesterday thy were tiling the wall. Also, chairs and tables have been set out close to the starters hut (small chiringuito) that has been completed in the same area.

On the course a lot of the trees and bushes were being trimmed. In particular on the corners of dog-legs on holes 4 and 5. Plus work was taking place tidying up the edges of bunkers.

It is great to see the continued improvements in the course and the facilities.

If I get a chance I will take a few photos and publish them here in the next few days.

Golf practice net November 2016

Golf practice net November 2016

For ages now I have been wondering what the 4 wooden posts were for in the area close to the first tee on the Master course.
Now we know.

As you can see from the photos above there is a practice net being built close to the new starters hut.

John Andrew's entry list for the 2016 Francis House charity golf competition is now up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. The competition is taking place on Saturday 19 November 2016.

The competition has taken place annually in Almerimar since 1996. As usual it is a better ball pairs competition.

John will be letting people know further details closer to the date of the event.

Almerimar golf winter opening times 2016

When I was down at the clubhouse the other day I took a photo of the notice showing opening times for the golf this winter now the clocks have changed.

John A has informed us that this year the annual Francis House charity golf competition is being scheduled for Saturday 19 November 2016.

I will publish further information about the competition here when John passes it on to me.

Firstly, welcome back to Marianne & Sune who we met in the clubhouse yesterday afternoon after we had a knock-around on the Master course.

There are some changes being made on the Master course for the winter.

The first thing is that there are some white lines along the edge of the fairways defining different shaped edges to the fairways. I guess the green keepers will be cutting the fairways to these edges at least for the winter period. So it looks like a lot of the fairways are going to be narrowed a bit for the winter.

The second thing is that a number of drop zones have been put in place for when people are playing friendly golf. I guess they are not for official competitions as the local rules for the course say there are no drop zones to be used in official competition.

Some of the drop zones are the same as before. However others are different making the course easier to play. I guess this is to speed up play in the busy winter period. Here is a list of the drop zones I spotted yesterday:

Hole 1 - a new drop zone just in front of the ladies orange tee. So if people go in to the water on their second

Hole 8 - where it used to be at the side of the pond close to the 9th tee
Hole 11 - a new drop zone at the very far end of the water close to the 11th green.

Hole 12 - the drop zone is located on the island.

We did not spot any other drop zones on the course. However we will take a closer look when we next play.

Work near hole 1

Jacqui and I had a 9 hole knock-around yesterday afternoon. While there I took some pictures of the work taking place close to the 1st tee on the Master course. You can see more photos in the Gallery.

I understand that there is going to be a starters hut, a chiringuito, a parking area for buggies and a small putting green. The putting green is close to the back edge of the 1st tee as you go towards the 9th green.

While we were playing yesterday we were told by friends we bumped into that the greens had been hollow tined and the tees had been worked on while we were away. It is normal for greens in this part of Spain to be hollow tined in September so this was no real surprise.

We can confirm that the greens are still recovering from the tining so they are a little slow at the moment. The good news is that we played 18 holes on Friday then 9 holes yesterday. In those 2 days the greens had improved quite a bit. So all being well they will continue to improve in the coming days.

One of our readers, Peter W, has been in touch saying that he was playing golf at Almerimar today and he met a new guy who said he is going to be the course starter for the busy time over the winter period. It is a Swedish guy named Carl.

So I guess it looks like Carl will be the person using the new starters hut when it is ready.

 

New small putting green

Further to the story yesterday. Here is a photo of where the new putting green will be located. This is a zoomed in and cropped picture so sorry it is a bit fuzzy.

 

Work on the chiringuito and starters hut on the 1st hole on the Master course is continuing. When we were playing in the regularidad competition yesterday it looked like they were sorting out the provision of water and electricity to the area.

The other thing that they have started work on is the creation of a small putting green at the back corner of the 1st tee. They have dug out some of the existing grass and look to be getting ready to lay the putting green at the back corner of the tee. Close to where the official white tees are located.

Golf course chiringguito - September 2016

Golf course chiringuito - September 2016

Last Friday I took some pictures of some work taking place on the golf course close to the 1st tee. The photos showed a piece of land being cleared of trees to the left of the 1st tee. Since them I have been so busy I have not had a chance to publish the photos here.

This morning I was walking home after playing bowls and having my hair cut. I went past the 1st tee again and took a couple more photos. The photos above are from earlier today and show that building work is now underway.

Jacqui has been told that there is a starters cabin and a chiringuito being built next to the 1st tee.

While the building is taking place the white and yellow tees have been put forward to the front of the teeing area. I guess this is to protect the workers from wayward tee shots.

I wonder when the new building will open. One guess I have had is that it will probably take a couple of months to complete. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Yconica golf - 27 August 2016

There is a a bit of a change to the calendar of official golf competitions at Almerimar.

The Regularidad competition scheduled for Sunday 28 August has been postponed until Sunday 11 September 2016.

As you can see from the poster above that I picked up off Facebook there is a competition sponsored by Yconica now scheduled for Saturday 27 August.

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