Further to the earlier article here about the possibility that the layout of the Almerimar golf course may change for the winter 2017/2018 season.
I understand that the new winter layout will be tested out next week from Monday 10 April through to Friday 14 April 2017.
As shown in the diagram above from the earlier article the course will be split into 3 separate sets of 9 holes that follow on from each other. These have now been named as follows:
A - WHITE (current holes 1-9 on the Master course) - not shown on the diagram above
B - RED (current holes 10-12 on the Master course, then holes 5-9 on the Classic course, then current hole 13 on the Master course) - shown in black with walks between courses in blue on diagram above
C - BLUE (current hole 14 on the Master course, then holes 1-4 on the Classic course, then current holes 15-18 on the Master course) - shown in white with walks between courses in red on diagram above
People playing 18 holes will play one of 3 combinations of the 9 hole courses: white & red, red & blue or blue & white.
I understand that there will be starting times from 08:00 until 09:52 on each of the 3 starting holes (current holes 1, 10 & 14). Each group will also be allocated a starting time for their second 9 holes 2 hours and 24 minutes after their initial start time. So the 09:52 groups will be expected to start their 2nd 9 holes at 12:16 at the latest.
I believe that there is likely to be a marshal on the course to ensure that people play quick enough.
There is a second set of starting tee times later in the day off the same 3 tees (current holes 1, 10 & 14). These starting times begin at 12:50. So there is around a 25 minute gap between when the last morning group is expected to start their 2nd 9 holes and when the first afternoon groups are due to start.
As with the morning groups, the afternoon groups will be allocated a tee time for their 2nd 9 holes 2 hours and 24 minutes after their initial start time. So the 12:50 start time will be expected to start their 2nd 9 holes no later than 15:14.
I guess that the management of the course will review how the trial goes and then make a final decision about whether they are going go ahead with the new winter layout. I guess if they do go ahead the change will occur in September/October 2017.