This year the Friday Golf Society is not involved in the organisation of the annual Francis House charity pairs golf competition in Almerimar. John Andrew will be organising the event in collaboration with a number of helpers that he will be drafting in.

We can now confirm that the competition will be held on Friday 24 October 2014. As usual the format will be better ball pairs (man/man, lady/lady or man/lady). The course will be 9 holes of the Classic followed by the front 9 of the Master Course.

No doubt an entry list will go up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse in due course.

We will provide further information about the competition on this site once the details are available.

Another sign that autumn is on the way. The first tee time for Tuesday golf next week (the final FGS one of the season) is 12:10. Previously we had been able to book a time between 10am and 10:30am.

Congratulations to Robbie who won the 2nd category of the Almerimar Open golf competition today with a score of 40 points. We look forward to seeing him receive his prize at the dinner and prize giving ceremony this evening.

Thanks to Yconica and all of the other sponsors for organising the event. I particularly enjoyed the iced smoothie drinks that we had behind the 18th hole courtesy of Ioogo. So good I had another one when I had finished the 9th and was making my way around to the 10th. Perfect on a hot day. Surprise, surprise, Jacqui had a cold beer instead when her group went past the stand.

Thanks also to Golf Almerimar for running the event.

Further to the earlier article here.

A notice for the first Open Almerimar golf competition scheduled for Saturday 30 August 2014 has now gone up on the board in the clubhouse.

The website for the competition here has now been updated to say that it is an 08:45 shotgun start (it said 08:30 before).

It is individual stableford with 3 handicap categories. First prize in each category is an iPhone 5S.

The price is 60 euros including a gala dinner at the golf hotel. 50 euros for people to just attend the dinner.

Almerimar Open Golf - 30 August 2014

Just spotted the special website for the first ever Open Almerimar golf competition. At 60 euros it is more costly to enter than other competitions here. However it includes a gala dinner in the golf hotel with what I guess will be a big sorteo (free raffle) for participants.

Click on the picture above for more details.

Jacqui & Idris

Thanks to Golf Almerimar for organising the summer golf competition yesterday. Jacqui and I had fun playing off the blue and orange tees for a change. We just missed out on the prizes with a nett 66.

The photo above of Jacqui and Idris is from the drinks and tapas at the prize giving. It was taken from the Golf Almerimar Facebook page.

Congratulations to the chef yesterday. The food was probably the best I have ever had at one of these events in Almerimar.

Blue tees

The photo above is of the 10th tee on the Almerimar Master course. It is off Facebook where Golf Almerimar is advertising the golf competition this coming Sunday. It is a pairs medal competition with the men playing off the blue tees and ladies off the orange tees. Using the new slope tables for these tees that are now available.

It should be a bit of fun.

Jacqui and I are practicing off these tees this afternoon.

One interesting thought is what is going to happen this coming winter. Will the red and yellow tees of the day stay on their traditional positions all winter? Now that people can play off the easier blue and orange tees if they wish with appropriate handicaps.

Better ball handicap changes 2014

Firstly, thanks to Golf Almerimar for organising the Virgen del Carmen golf competition yesterday.

The rest of this article is for golf nerds.....

After the competition I was discussing handicap changes for pairs competitions with a few people. This was because the handicap changes that were made did not seem to match what I would have expected.

After a bit of research I found out that the Spanish golf federation introduced an updated handicap system from 1 January 2014. The change included a modification of the way in which pairs handicap changes are calculated. In addition, it also now allows for the possibility of handicaps going up after a pairs competition.

Sube = increase in handicap if you do not reach a score in the buffer zone

ZN = buffer zone (if you score a number of stableford points in this range your handicap is unchanged)

42, 43 etc. = number of stableford points scored

Some examples:

Sharon & I scored a nett 64 in the better ball pairs medal competition yesterday. This is 8 under the par of 72 for the course and equates to a stableford score of 44 points (36+8).

Sharon is in handicap category 4 (18.5 - 26.4) so her handicap was cut 0.4.

I am in handicap category 2 (4.5 - 11.4) so my handicap was cut 0.2.

Jacqui and Alan scored a nett 67 (5 under par) that equates to 41 (36+5) stableford points. They were both in their buffer zone so their handicaps are unchanged.

Finally a question:

Who is taking who to the prize giving ceremony on Wednesday evening after the virgen has been paraded around the port?

For a few weeks now there have been rumours that La Costa were going to take over the catering franchise at Playa Serena golf in Roquetas de Mar. We understand that agreement has been reached between the golf club and La Costa.

We wish both the golf club and La Costa the best of luck in this new venture. We are also looking forward to trying out the new restaurant once it is up and running.

Jacqui Mays

The photo above is from an article on the Ideal website. It describes the Onda Cero competition last Sunday (6 July 2014) at Playa Serena. They may have cheated a bit as Jacqui says the photo is perhaps from her playing in the El Corte Ingles competition at Almerimar not so long ago. You can see the article here on the Ideal site.

Well done Jacqui for winning the low handicap category.

Read More for a Google translation of the article.

Winners - Objetivo St. Andrews 2014.

Thanks to Golf Almerimar and all of the sponsors of the Objetivo St. Andrews 2014 competition at Almerimar yesterday. The photo above is of the winners lifted from the Golf Almerimar page on Facebook.

If you click on the picture above you will see the whole photo including someone hiding on the right of the photo on this site. (The site automatically crops photos to fit them on the page.)

I was down the golf club this morning and noticed that there is an official competition running this coming Sunday (22 June 2014). It is Individual Stableford and you have to be 18 or over to take part. It is called Objetivo St. Andrews and you can see more information about it on their website here.

It looks like the winners get to play in a national final and the national final winners get to go to St. Andrews.

I now know what Jacqui and I will be doing this coming Sunday morning.

El Rompido


El Corte Ingles - EL Rompido - 13-15 June 2014

Apologies for not publishing much for the last few days. We have been busy in El Rompido representing Almerimar in the national final of the El Corte Inglés golf competition.

We played on the south course at El Rompido. We had read in advance that there was a tight 9 holes and a more generous and forgiving 9 holes. After we had played the first 9 holes of our practice round I said to Jacqui at least we have got the more open 9 to play now. Not realising that the front 9 is the wider part of the course. The back 9 weaves it's way in and out of a nature reserve. As you can see from the photo above it has quite a bit of water on it. You have to be very careful with every shot.

We had a fantastic time but only managed to finish just below half way in the field with a combined score of 62 points in a Canada Cup competition. The winners had 78 points with the second and third place teams scoring 70 points.

Thanks to Golf Almerimar and El Corte Inglés for their work in running this competition.

Now that Almerimar has had it's first national finalists in the 20 years of the competition I hope we can have more in the future. I can certainly recommend it as a great golfing experience.

The story here on the FGS website explains that the society is trying out a local rule to do with the mens first tee on the Master course for the summer of 2014.

The idea is to get a fair balance of position of the tee compared with the ladies without hurting the shorter hitting men too much.

The bridge on the 8th has now reopened. It is a all painted up. Also it appears that there is a new rough surface on the bridge on top of the plastic floor to stop people slipping.

In addition, as we were driving around the Mercadona roundabout both Jacqui and I noticed a change. There appears to be some posts that have been put up just inside the golf course close to the roundabout. They are near the fence on the left hand side of the 9th fairway after you have played your shot over the water. It looks like there may be some sort of sign going up there soon.

 Alborán - Downs Syndrome competition

Jacqui and I went along to the golf competition at Alborán yesterday in aid of the Almería Down Syndrome association. A great time was had by all.

The cost of entry was 45 euros a person. This covered the golf, a gift of a couple of melons each, some fruit and water while playing and lunch afterwards. There was also a sorteo (free raffle) and a paid for raffle. The star prize in the paid for raffle was a pair of golf shoes donated by Sergio Garcia.

We  did not play very well but we had a great day. You can a few more photos here in the Gallery.

I went down to the clubhouse this morning to put up the list for the first FGS summer Tuesday competition of 2014. While there I was told that Golf Almerimar is now a member of

I believe that the organisation is a French based international group of golf clubs and courses that work together. Interestingly one of the partners is the Crown Golf group of courses in the UK.

Thanks to this membership I now have a leclub-golf gold card that entitles me to discounted rates at a large number or golf courses in Europe. Plus some in America and Asia.

I believe that people who are socios of Almerimar (buy tickets here) are members. However I am not sure whether you have to buy a minimum number of green fees to qualify for the leclub-golf membership.