We are just back from the 18th V & B Fiesta where a wonderful time was had by everyone. Some new faces and a few returns of old friends.
We spent the first two weeks at Tavira playing Benamor, Quinta da Ria, Monte Rei, Castro Marim and Quinta da Vale.
The weather was fine, very little rain and none on golf days. The sun shone all the time though some days we had a cold wind, but nothing like we are experiencing upon our return!
Keith Robson as usual gave some excellent clinics and we all came away better golfers, if only we can remember everything! Everyone got a chance to play with Keith which is an experience in itself, as his reading of putts and lining up, club choice and 'finish' are lessons in themselves!
The courses were in excellent condition and slightly rought greens at Castro Marim did nothing to stop good scores being recorded. Most found Quinta da Vale very difficult and the water hazards claimed several balls.
The hotels looked after us very well and the food was excellent. Though most of us as usual went out in the evenings to the local Portuguese restaurants.
The final week in Spain was a bit colder though the final day was very hot and sunny. The clinics were held at La Monacilla G.C. as were two of our rounds of golf. The day at El Rompido on the new North Course was most enjoyable. Excellent course and weather, though the very long trek to first tee and back from 18th green was a bit over the top!
The prize giving dinner at Hotel Barcelo Mar in Punta Umbria was tremendous. Our own room and Tapas starter of clams, whitebait, baby squid, followed by Sea Bass or Pork, and amazing dessert was a grand finish. It was lovely to meet up again with our friends from Belgium, Gosia and Igo Kracik and Phil Hope.
We now look forward to details of our October Golf and Wine Tour from 8 - 18 (keep the dates in your diary) which will be based in SESIMBRA with golf and wine the area between Lisbon and Setubal OR based in EIRICEIRA with Gold at Vale d'El Rei and visits to Adegas in th earea of Obidos.
Our first UK even is at Brett Vale on 6 March. Please let me know if you wish to join us.
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