Work on the bridge on the 8th

I got the opportunity to play in Tuesday golf today. While playing I noticed that the work has started repairing the bridge on the 8th. They were rubbing down and painting the metal parts of the bridge today.

There is a notice up in the clubhouse. It is that time of year again..... time for the greens to be tined?

The classic course will be closed from 21-27 April. After that 1-9 on the Master Course will be closed from 28 April - 4 May. Then holes 10 - 18 of the Master Course will be closed from 10-18 May.

Quite some time ago there were some new concrete slabs put on the side of the tees (or in some cases in front of the tees) on each hole of the Master Course.

Yesterday was the first time that I had seen wooden tee markers out in these positions on the course. The wooden tee markers were orange and appear to mark the place for new forward ladies tees on each hole.

As part of the recent review of the slope rating of the course the blue tees are now officially sloped as the mens forward tees as well as the ladies "professional" tees. Previously they were only sloped as the ladies "professional" tees.

It will be interesting to see how these new mens and ladies forward tees will be used over the coming weeks and during the summer. It will also be interesting to see what is going to happen with the mens (yellow) and ladies (red) tees of the day. In particular, what amount of separation there will be between the forward tees (blue and orange) and tees of the day (yellow and red).

Bridge on the 8th hole

Today Jacqui and I had a practice round off the competition tees as the start of our preparations for the El Corte Inglés competition. The competition is scheduled for late April 2014 so we have a bit of time to get used to playing the longer course again.

In the pro-shop there was a notice saying that the bridge on the 8th hole is closed for repairs. As you can see from the photo above the repairs have started.

The drop zone has been moved to the left of the hole. It is in front of the ladies easy forward tee that has been in use in the winter months. Also, to enter and leave the island green you have to use the path on the back left of the hole. Then walk around the back of the hole to get to the 9th tee.

PS Look at the lovely blue sky in the picture.

Yesterday I popped in to the clubhouse to check a few things. While there I noticed that there is now a new slope table for the Master Course. There are a few differences from the old one.

There is now a separate slope for both the ladies and men playing off the blue tees. Previously I think there may only have been a table for the ladies playing off the blue tees

On both the mens from the yellow tees and ladies from the red tees it appears that the course has been classified as being more difficult than before. So virtually everyone will get an additional shot or shots when playing off their FGS handicaps.

Luckily we are not playing 18 holes on the Master this week. So we have a bit of time to update the list of handicaps for FGS members on the FGS website before the next FGS competition on the Master course.

One other interesting point is about the new forward ladies tees that are being set up on the course at the moment. On each hole there is some concrete in the ground with a wooden post in it. I think these designate the points on the course where new forward ladies tees are going to be placed/cut/built. Some of these are at the very front of existing tees. Some are quite a way in front of the current ladies tees. I guess the slope table for these tee positions will be published once these new forward ladies tees come in to use. Perhaps next autumn? I guess we will have to wait and see.

 President's Day 2014

 The President's Day event last Sunday has made the press. Alan & Sharon have passed us a copy of the press release and photo.

Click on the photo above and click on the image that appears in a new window to see a larger version of the picture from the Wiki Ejido site.

You can see an article here on the Wiki Ejido site.

Read More for a Google translation of the press release.

Read more: President's Day 2014 in the press

The president of the Friday Golf Society (FGS), Alan Sly, has asked that we mention the upcoming FGS Presidents Day charity event on this site. See the FGS website for more details of this event that takes place on Sunday 2 February 2014.

Having not played much due to the trip back to the UK and a bit of an injury to a muscle near my rib I tried out 9 holes on the Master course with Jacqui yesterday.

We played the front 9 holes and spotted a few changes. There are new tee markers on every hole being made with concrete right at the front of the tees. Talking to Christer last night we think these might be some new orange forward tees for ladies. They have not been painted yet so I guess we will have to wait and see.

Also, yesterday the yellow tee markers for tees of the day for men were located very forward, in line with the official blue tees. I am not sure whether this is now a regular thing or it was a one off yesterday. It was certainly very friendly for me trying to get back into golf again after a bit of an injury. If it is to become a regular thing I think we can expect some big reductions in FGS handicaps in the coming weeks.

Well done to Isabel F and Lennart who won the ladies and higher handicap category first prizes at the first official competition in Almerimar for 2014. Jacqui also got in the list of ladies prize winners so well done to her too.

There were over 70 players taking part on a lovely day here in Almerimar. You can see the full results here on the Almerimar Flashcaddy site.

 Baby hedgehog - 5 Jan 14

Jacqui spotted this baby hedgehog on the course when playing in the Sunday competition yesterday. It was in the rough to the right of the bunker in the centre of the 16th fairway. Apparently it has been there for a few days as Alan spotted it last Friday. Jacqui is hoping to get another look at it while playing in Monday golf today.

Just checked in the golf club this morning and I can confirm that the golf ticket prices for 2014 are the same as 2013.

As with last year you can buy 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200 or 365 rounds. With a discount if you purchase prior to 28 January 2014.

As yet, the terms and conditions for 2014 purchases have not been published.

PS Bahía San Miguel has announced that they are reverting to a membership fee of 100 euros a person a year for 2014.

11th tee - 13 December 2013

Just like Mr President I am not feeling 100% at the moment. We have both got colds. I blame it on people from the UK bringing it over with them. Today I skipped Friday golf as I am saving myself for the BSM Xmas competition tomorrow.

I did, however, go down and help Jacqui with the organisation of Friday golf today. One of my tasks was putting out the FGS tees on holes 8 and 12.

While whizzing round the course in in a buggy loaned to me by the course (thanks for that, much appreciated) I spotted a couple of changes. There is a new compound for the petrol buggies close to the workers area near the 18th tee. This saves people having to park their petrol buggies up by the beach hotel. Also, the work on the modified 11th tee is coming to completion. As you can see from the photos above and below the tee has been changed to point further away from the houses on the left. I guess this is to protect the houses from being hit by balls off the tee.

On another golfing issue I have heard from a couple of people that they believe that the golf prices for 2014 are to remain the same as in 2013. This is just a rumour at the moment.

11th tee - 13 December 2013

11th tee - 13 December 2013

A few people have been getting in touch asking Jacqui and myself about Almerimar golf prices for 2014. So far there has been no announcement. This fits with last year when a notice went on the noticeboard in the clubhouse on 16 December 2012.

As with last year we plan to mention here when the prices have been announced. However we will not publish any of the details here. Anyone requiring the details should contact the course themselves once the prices are available.

I forgot to mention this earlier.....

Last Friday, 29 November 2013, I attended the AGM of Bahía San Miguel. As usual, the meeting was quite lively with views being expressed by a lot of the attendees.

One of the key issues addressed on the evening was the election of a new committee. The committee was announced so quickly that I did not manage to write down the names of everyone. No doubt they will be published in the minutes when they come out.

I wish the new committee success and look forward to taking part in the upcoming Bahía San Miguel Xmas golf competition.

The meeting was held in very modern surroundings in a conference room in the basement of the new golf hotel. It was the first time I had seen one of the conference rooms and it was very well furnished.

UPDATED: 27 NOVEMBER 2013 19:00 - just received an email to say the venue is now the golf hotel.

Just a reminder that the BSM AGM will take place this coming Friday, 29 November 2013, at 20:30 in the AR Almerimar GOLF hotel.

That was a fun golf day yesterday. We had to call the competition off after 9 holes as there was thunder and lightning. By the time we got to MacGowan's early for the prize giving the heavens opened. Those sitting inside were OK but those outside had to move their chairs to the middle of the toldo to avoid the downpour of rain.

Also, the temperature has dropped loads in a very short time. It was only registering 12 degrees on our terrace this morning when we got up. It has warmed up a bit now and has reached 16 degrees. I suppose we will have to get used to this colder weather for a few months now.

Just back from the FGS away weekend at la Manga. Although the hotel rooms now look a little dated the resort is still a true 5 star location.

The food was excellent and the courses were in magnificent condition even though the greens had recently been hollow tined.

The service was also very good indeed apart from when they were really busy with a big wedding and a very large group of golf guests at the same time.

The only thing that needed improving a bit was the strictness of the marshaling. They were very strict on the dress code but were not so hot on the pace of play. All of the rounds took between 4 3/4 and 5 hours when they could have been less than 4 1/2 if the slower groups had been chased a bit.

Overall it still lives up to the 5 star billing that we remember from when we used to visit La Manga regularly more than 10 years ago.

Well done to the green keepers and management of the Almerimar course. Playing the Master Course today it was in so much better condition today compared with last Friday.

The fairways were well defined and almost all of the rough was cut to a standard length. The greens are also improving following the tining not long ago.

Overall, the course is not perfect but the difference in one week is incredible. I just hope that this is not a one-off event and the upkeep of the course continues to improve over the coming weeks. The design of the course is so good it is a shame when it is not presented at its best.

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