WELCOME to hole No.4 again, because the weather last week took headline news in all the national newspapers, and it looks that way again!
High winds, rain and floods in the UK, thanks to Storm Dennis (who thinks these names up?), so, not much golf being played in the UK just now.
It’s such a shame, because many beautiful courses are under water. Tenerife has experienced another calima, but that’s not so bad.
Had a few messages from our friends out on Golf del Sur and the Amarilla course, who were enjoying a not-so-windy week, so I’ll reveal their results at the end.
When I first came to the island in 1998, and before I took over my first poolbar & restaurant in Callao Salvaje, I was working at the Harbour Club in Los Gigantes.
Yes, I was one of those Timeshare Salesmen, and my bosses were two fantastic South Africans, Clifton Bird and Freddy Botha.
Both loved a round of golf, and these big-hitters were very good at it. They enjoyed playing at Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf Club.
One particular morning, I was told: “Come on Quilt, we’re taking you golfing.” Great, I thought, and Freddy, being left-handed and having a brand-new set of clubs, gave me his old set of Ping Eye Irons and a driver, plus a tatty old bag (why couldn’t I have the new one?), so off we went.
When we left Los Gigantes the weather was superb, not a breath of wind, and 24 degrees C when we arrived at Amarilla Golf Course.
I thought we had moved to another island because the wind was blowing. And boy, did it blow! It was also hot as well, like someone wafting an oven door at you.
So, after a quick coffee, off we go, me playing off an 18 handicap. Down hole No.1, a fairly straight par 4, so no problems there then, and I got a 6. Hole No.2, short par 3, got a 4. On to hole No.3, the long par 5, and the wind did blow, but the green is in a dip, so not so bad, and I hit a 7.
Now to hole No.4, over the hill and far away, and first lost ball of the day, right into someone’s garden. A 3 off the tee and I used an iron. I thought “not too bad”, but once on the green, the wind howled, so my first 8 went on the card.
And now for hole No.5, a par 3 over the Atlantic Ocean, and what a beautiful hole! But not when it blows like this. The guys take out irons and I thought, “Oh no, I won’t get there with an iron, so out comes the driver.
“Hit it under the wind,” urged Freddie. “Oh yes” I thought, with these two on the green apron? Boom! Off went the ball, higher and higher, and out towards the ocean. And boy, did it blow!
I was a smoker then and I could have lit a ciggie and finished smoking it before the ball started to come down. When it did arrive, it was on the rocks… and so was I! After two more goes at it, I gave in.
That was my first experience of Amarilla’s 5th hole, and every time the guys asked me to go golfing, I’d ask: “What’s the weather like?” But that’s why they built the airport out there.
Having said that, I have enjoyed some great days on the Amarilla over the years, because it’s an excellent course to play.
On Wednesday, 5th February, an Irish Day, and it wasn’t even St Patrick’s Day, was hosted by Golf del Sur, and it was a big success.
It was a single Stapleford competition, with more than 40 people playing, mainly Irish, naturally. There were also some players from other European countries, who dressed in the Green and White Irish colours (the Irish flag includes gold, of course).
The day was sponsored by P. J. Noonan (a Rabbits’ member), and before the event started, players were given a gift from Ireland.
The prizes for the winners consisted of Irish whiskey, trophies and some cash.
The prize-giving was carried out in the club-house. It started off with Ireland’s legendary Daniel O’Donnell singing Galway Bay, which he performed beautifully. The players, especially some Germans, were astonished that somebody could sing like that. But they all know Daniel now.
There were 15 prizes, including Nearest the Pin on two holes, Longest Drive and Closest to the Centre Rope.
Pat Shannon won a trophy, a bottle of Paddy and some cash for being Nearest the Pin.
Sharon Molins won a trophy and a bottle of Paddy, as well as some cash for the longest drive.
John Byrne won his category with 35 points. He won a trophy, a bottle of Jameson whiskey and some cash. The other category was won by a German, Michael Renz, who is a very good friend of the Irish. Other Irish winners were P. J. Noonan and Ciaran Blair. But the day’s real winner was Daniel with his rendition of Galway Bay.
The fun continued in the Mr Chen restaurant, in Los Cristianos. This was also attended by Mr Oddbjorn Hovic and his wife Maria, from Oslo. Oddbjorn is the man behind a society called The Vikingos, who play every Monday morning in Los Palos. They are mostly Scandinavian, with a few Irish members.
- J. Noonan would like to thank everybody who played on the day, and especially all those who attended the evening food, drink and craic in Mr Chen’s.
As promised, here are some results from around the societies:
Costa Adeje Rabbits: Thursday 13th Feb:1st Ken Hunt (44pts h15); 2nd Michael O’Hara (39pts h13); 3rd Colin Hammond (37pts h28). Saturday 15th, 1st Cath Byrne (44 pts h18); 2nd Bill Hart (41pts h28); 3rd, Peter Greaney (40pts h22).
Amarilla Amigos: Wednesday, 12th Feb: 1st Phil Hawkins (39pts); 2nd Ray Taberner 39pts (Back 9); 3rd Jim Carruthers (33pts).
Legends G/S (Texas Scramble, with teams of four):
Winning team with 9-under-par, Mark, Dave J, George and Wally.
Adeje International, (Yellow Shirts) Sat,15th Feb: 1st Dave Forsyth (38pts h13); 2nd George Gregg (36pts h22); 3rd Klaus Buntebardt (36pts h19, back 9).
Peanuts G/S, Golf del Sur, Wed 12th Feb:1st Francis De Proft (39pts h27); 2nd PJ Carey (39pts h12, back 9); 3rd Michael Raine (38pts h19).