Almerimar Golf Competitions 2019

Jacqui and I have been busy playing a lot of golf recently so I have not had as chance to publish much here.

The other day we received the list of 2019 official golf competitions at Almerimar.

Given the published closing and opening dates for the Master course in 2019 it looks like a lot of the summer competitions will be played twice round the Classic course. Probably the ones from 26 May through to 28 July 2019.

My guess is that the Master course will reopen with new greens one day earlier than previously published. So the competition on 15 September 2019 will probably take place on the Master course with 18 new greens.

I have just received confirmation that all 18 greens on the Master (1 & 2) course will be replaced with Bermuda greens in 2019. The Master course will be closed from 11 May to 15 September 2019.

During this 4 month period there will be some special deals at other courses in the area for people who are members (buy tickets for 2019?) at Almerimar. As there will only be a single 9 hole course available at Almerimar.

As yet, there is no more detail. My guess is that people will receive more information closer to the end of the year. When the prices for green fees for 2019 are likely to be announced.

Something for the golfers....

You may know that there is a major change to the golf handicapping system due to be implemented in 2020. The aim is to have a single worldwide system (probably with a number of specific possible variants that different regions of the world can adopt).

As yet, the full technical details associated with the new system are not available. Also, there is no published launch date for it. However I have recently seen a suggestion that it might not go live until autumn 2020.

I guess we will just have to wait and see.

As you can see from the story here the greens on the Master 3 (Classic) course at Almerimar were renewed around the end of June 2018. As mentioned here the holes re-opened for play towards the end of September 2018.

They have now been in play for almost 2 months so I thought it might be worth writing something about them.

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Read more: The new greens on the Master 3 (Classic) course - 18 November 2018

Just a quick update about what is happening on the golf course in the upcoming very busy period.

From early November 2018, for at least a couple of weeks, the management of the course is putting in place measures to manage the speed of play.

During this period, if you are playing on the course please ensure that you turn up in good time for your tee time. Also, please ensure that you play at the pace specified by the marshals. Plus, please obey the marshals if they ask you to play more quickly or catch up with the group ahead of you.

If we all do this it will help all players to get around the course in daylight.

Almerimar Pro-Shop Mural - Oct18

Earlier today I popped down to the course to pick up the entry list for Friday golf tomorrow. On the way in to the pro-shop I spotted this new map of the winter course layout on the wall.

Benjamin - Winner Master 3 Competition -22 Sep 18

Yesterday there was a competition at Almerimar to celebrate the re-opening of the Master 3 (Classic) course with new greens. Congratulations to the overall winner Benjamin and all of the other winners.

Jacqui and I did not play in the competition as we had already entered another competition taking place on the same day at Playa Serena. So we cannot say what the new greens were like yesterday. However, previously Juan had given me permission to putt on green 4 on the course which is just under the bridge from the Master (1 & 2) 14th green.

When I tried it the green was faster than the ones on the Master (1 & 2) course. With the biggest difference being that the ball did not stop quickly as it was slowing down. However the greens were still a bit bouncy at that time. Speaking to Juan a while ago he said that the greens are still a little new and should continue to improve over the coming months.

I also understand that full details about what is going to happen with the Master (1 & 2) greens in 2019 should be officially released to people towards the end of this year.

Thanks to Chalky for pointing out that the updated rules of golf for 2019 have now been published.

You can see more details here on the R&A site.

Key changes from 2019 onwards include:

- you can now putt from on the green leaving the flag in the hole

- drops will be from knee height rather than shoulder height

- you can now repair spike marks on the green and other damage as well as pitch marks

Classic Green 4 on 4 Sept18

Classic Green 4 on 4 Sept 18

Yesterday I was playing 9 holes on the back 9 of the Master course. While playing I took the opportunity pop under the bridge and take a couple of pictures of the new green on Classic hole 4. You can see them above.

It is now only 2 1/2 weeks until the 9 holes on the Classic course will re-open. As mentioned here the course will switch to the winter layout (Red, Blue, White 9 holes) on 22 September 2018. On this day there will be a competition open to all people who buy green fees in bulk at Almerimar to celebrate the reopening of the 9 holes on the Classic. You do not have to be a member of the Spanish Golf Federation to take part in this competition.

Today I was offered the opportunity to try out putting on the new green on Classic hole 4. The green is much faster than the greens on the Master (1&2) course. However it is still somewhat bumpy. My guess is that the new greens will be flattened with a golf green ironing machine sometime in the next couple of weeks to make sure they are great to putt on.

Sadly, the competition on the 22 September 2018 clashes with an Andalucian Seniors Open competition at Playa Serena. So I guess not all of the locals will be able to play at Almerimar on 22 September. However I am sure we will all love the new greens when they are open for use.

Golf Almerimar Notices - 22 August 18

Earlier today we received two announcements from Golf Almerimar. One was about the Master course greens being tined next week (Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 August 2018). The second notice was explaining that there will be a competition to celebrate the reopening of the Classic course (with the new greens) on Saturday 22 September 2018. You can see copies of the two notices above.

Earlier today Jacqui and I played in an official golf competition at Almerimar. After the competition it was announced to people at the prize giving that further details about the re-opening of the Classic course will become public soon.

Golf Almerimar will be contacting people who have purchased annual packs of green fees for 2018 in the near future. Two of the main forms of contact will be via email (if you have registered your email address with them) and the Golf Almerimar Whatsapp phone number (if you have contacted them via Whatsapp via this phone number).

If you are a regular player at Almerimar and you want to know the latest news I suggest that you make sure they have your contact details. So you can keep abreast of the latest news.

This happened a while ago and I forgot to mention it. You can now contact Golf Almerimar via WhatsApp. The phone number is 0034620821455 if you want to add them as a contact on WhatsApp.

The entry list is now up in the clubhouse for the 2018 edition of the José López Memorial golf competition. It will take place on Sunday 5 August with a Pairs Medal Texas Scramble format.

According to the notice each pair will receive 30% of their combined sloped handicap. With each player having to use a minimum of at least 6 tee shots during the round.

Classic Green 4 on 27 June 2018

Classic Green 4 on 29 June 2018

It has now been confirmed that the greens on the Classic (Master 3) course at Almerimar are being renewed. Work started some time ago with the new grass being laid on the greens late in June. The two photos above are of the green of Classic hole 4 on Wednesday 27 June and Friday 29 June 2018. The day before and the day after the new grass was laid.

The video above has recently been released on youtube.

I believe that the aim is for the Classic course to reopen at the end of September 2018. I also understand that the long term plan is to replace the greens on the Master (1&2) course. I understand that further details about these plans will be firmed up and released to interested parties sometime later this year.

I received the email shown here from the Andalucian gole federation. It looks like Almerimar is one of the courses signed up for the summer "Young golf" initiative.

It looks like the Master course has reopened earlier than expected following the recent hollow tining of the greens.

We were not expecting it to open until Monday 7 May 2018. However, I have just been told it reopened today.

For those interested in golf handicapping systems. There are couple of interesting article here and here on National Club Golfer website about the new handicapping system to be introduced in 2020.

There is still a lot of detail to be sorted out. However these articles give people an insight into what is going to happen.

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