Almerimar

Well done to Mr President and Ivan for winning the annual Francis House charity golf competition at Almerimar yesterday. They scored 44 points playing better ball stableford.

We will provide more details once John A has given them to us.

Also, please remember that the main Francis House raffle will take place at Leo's on the evening of Wednesday 25 November 2015. The event starts at 7:30pm. Not sure yet what time the raffle will start. Again further details to be published here in due course.

 

Following discussions with some players and the course John Andrew has changed the options for payment of entry fees for the Francis House competition this coming Saturday.

The options are now as follows:

- use a pre-paid green fee paid to Golf Almerimar. Then pay the organisers separately 15 euros for the food/drink plus 10 euros for the charity (25 euros in total to the organisers).

- pay 40 euros to Golf Almerimar for the golf/food/drink. Then pay the organisers separately 10 euros for the charity.

John A has been in touch to confirm that the golf event on Saturday will be a shotgun start at 08:58.

He also confirmed that the raffle night will take place at Leo's starting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

We can now confirm that the annual Francis House charity golf pairs competition will take place on Saturday 21 November 2015. It will be a shotgun start followed by drinks/nibbles and a prize giving in the clubhouse soon after the competition is finished.

The entry fee will be in two parts as follows:

1.  25 euros to Golf Almerimar for people who pre-purchased at least 25 green fees for 2015 (payable at the pro shop desk)

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    40 euros to Golf Almerimar for other players (payable at the pro shop desk)

2. 10 euros paid separately to Francis House as a donation to charity - this includes purchase of some raffle tickets (payable in the clubhouse when you collect your scorecard prior to taking part in the competition)

Just like in the Golf Almerimar regularidads, the Herbert Piest Memorial 2015 and the Jóse López Memorial 2015 players do not have to use one of their pre-purchased green fees to take part.

The entry list will go up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse this afternoon.

John Andrew has a provisional date of Saturday 21 November 2015 for the Francis House charity pairs golf competition at Almerimar this year.

At present John is discussing arrangements with the management of the course.

Further details will be published here as soon as John has some information.

In 2013 the Spanish Golf Federation issued a document about how to avoid slow play. We published details on the FGS site at the time. We have now decided to repeat the guidance again for the information of FGS members.

See details here on the FGS site. All golfers, whether FGS members or not, should read the details and do their bit to avoid slow play.

It looks like the golf federation for Andalucia has updated the software they use for managing competitions.

It is now called Nextcaddy. From this home page you can search for the club you want.

Here is a link to the Nextcaddy page for Almerimar.

There is much less functionality on Nextcaddy compared with Flashcaddy. You can no longer look up slope table information etc. One thing I will have to check when we have the next official competition is whether it still sends you a text message with your starting time and tee.

UPDATED - Have had a poke around on the site and it still sends text messages. You can register the phone number you want to receive the message on via a pop up window on the list of start times for a competition. You do need to know various bits of information including the last 4 digits of the bank account used to pay your membership fee. Plus you need to register on the site. So probably easier to do what we did years ago. Get the people in the Almerimar pro-shop to register your mobile number on Nextcaddy for you.

There is a notice on the desk in the clubhouse saying that the Master course is closed from Monday 31 August 2015 until Tuesday 8 September 2015. This is so that work can be done to help the course recover from the extreme heat we have had this summer.

UPDATED - THE NOTICE ON THE BOARD THAT JACQUI LOOKED AT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN WRONG. WE HAVE JUST BEEN TOLD IT IS TAKING PLACE ON THE SUNDAY 9 AUGUST 2015

The entry list for the 2015 José López Memorial golf competition has now gone up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. The event will take place on Sunday 9 August 2015.

The entry fee is 30 euros a person with a reduced entry fee for members of Báhia San Miguel.

The format is 18 holes stableford.

There are 2 handicap categories with 3 prizes for winners in each category.  In addition, there are prizes for longest drive and nearest the pin. Plus there is a special prize for the 2nd lowest score.

It is an official Spanish competition. So people will need an official Spanish handicap to take part and the competition will be played off the competition tees.

The closing date for entry is Thursday 6 August 2015.

A quick update on the story the other day. We have just heard that there has been a change of plan on the golf course.

All 27 holes are now going to remain open. They will look to do the work on the greens while keeping all 27 holes open.

We understand that the José López Memorial golf competition will take place this coming weekend at Almerimar. We understand that it will be open to bother members and non-members of Bahía San Miguel this year.

Further details will be posted here and on the FGS website when we have them.

As usual, it is likely to be an official competition. So people will need an official Spanish handicap to take part and the competition will be played off the competition tees.

The information below is a summary of a notice that has been posted by the management of the Almerimar course on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.

Starting from Monday 3 August 2015 there will be a rolling closure of 9 holes of the course each day. One day the back 9 of the Master course will close, the next day the Classic course will close and the day after the front 9 of the Master course will close. This pattern of closure will continue for 2 weeks.

The only time all 27 holes will be open on the same day will be on a Saturday or Sunday if there is an official competition taking place.

The reason for the closures is to allow the course to recover from damage caused by the very high summer temperatures this year. In particular to allowing the greens to recover.

In addition to the closures various other step will be taken. These have been agreed between the management of the course and representatives of the green keeping section of the Spanish Golf Federation.

For example, the greens will be cut 50% less often (3 times a week instead of 6) and the cutting height will be raised. So grass will be longer and the greens will be slower. Also, extra watering, application of fungicide and application of fertilizer will take place to assist recovery of the greens.

If you want full details it is best if you contact someone at the course.

Francis House 2015 

Francis House 2015

One of our readers, John A, has been in touch about the 2015 Francis House golf week at Almerimar in October 2015. These are the deals for locals, either using their own green fee tickets or not. There is also a deal with a weeks stay at the hotel as well.

If you want more details feel free to get in touch with Tarleton Golf.

Just a quick mention that the Open Almerimar competition scheduled for Sunday 26 July 2015 has been moved to Saturday 25 July 2015.

It will cost 50 euros a person to enter. The price includes a prize giving dinner on the Saturday evening. Golf Almerimar has today put the entry list up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.

Jacqui and I are due to play in a competition at Playa Serena sometime soon so yesterday we went there for a practice. It was a very enjoyable round on a hot afternoon.

While there, one thing surprised me a lot. It is a sign of the recent improvement in the state of the Almerimar course that Jacqui and I agreed that Almerimar is in better condition than Playa Serena at the moment.

So far this year there have not been many official golf competitions on Sundays in Almerimar. That looks to be changing soon as there is now a list of upcoming competitions on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.

The next official competition is scheduled for Sunday 31 May 2015. I guess we had better start practicing off the back tees.

14th green - 19 May 15

Just over a week ago, on Tuesday 12 May 2015, Jacqui and I played the Classic course on the day it reopened after the greens had been tined a week earlier. We were really surprised at how good the greens were.They were a little slow but you could hardly see that work had been done on them.

Yesterday, we played the back 9 of the Master course and the Classic course. As soon as our groups had finished playing the holes the club closed the back 9 of the Master course. They then started tining the greens on these holes. The photo above is of when we finished the Classic and had walked around to the 15th tee. It is the work underway on the 14th green.

In previous years, after the greens had been tined we normally had a load of sand on the greens and they were poor for the next few weeks. This really is not the case this year.

As Jacqui walked home across the newly re-opened front 9 holes of the Master course yesterday afternoon she took some pictures of the 4th and 9th greens. If you Read More you will see how good these greens looked on the day they have been re-opened.

Jacqui and I both believe this is the best piece of green keeping work we have seen in Almerimar in the last 10 years. So well done to the green keepers.

As you would expect, the greens are a little slow at the moment. Lets hope that they speed up a bit as they recover more and we do not lose the grass over the summer.

Read More to see the other photos.