Another winter in the sun is flying by the golf course was grateful fothe few days of rain we had in mid-January, and the members have since enjoyed beautiful weather for golf.
The club has been busy both on and off the course, and the latest renovation project has been the short 7th hole. A temporary green in front of the hole was con- structed towards the end of last year and although only about 90 metres in length it, has become a very challenging temporary hole with the stream in front and to the side of the green, and the lake in play to catch any stray shots. The construction of the new green is well under way, with new bunker- ing, a larger putting surface with opportunities for many more pin positions and a feature using the stream alongside the green.
The Pairs Knockout Competition, trialled in spring last year was so successful that it has been run- ning throughout the entire winter this year.
The 40 pairs were put into small leagues in the autumn to give everyone four matches and the winners and runners up in each league have now moved forward to the knockout stages, with the final scheduled for early April, a real Champion’s League format. It has been a great way to meet new members in a competitive but friendly environment.
Ladies Monday and Wednesday Club Competitions have been varied and well supported and the Mens’ and Ladies Roll Ups are a great way for our many new mem- bers to integrate in to club life. Saturdays see the famous Mens’ White Tee Competition, a Pairs Scramble from the back tees with a regular field of around 40, and now the equally successful Ladies Yellow Tees, also a Pairs Scramble from the Mens’ Tees of the day. This is quite a challenge but devised with short game prac- tice in mind and for many ladies this is the highlight of their week especially as the entry fee goes towards wine and chips for every- one, and winning is for the kudos, not for prizes.
There is even a weekly challenge to make cakes to accompany the wine and chips. The club is eagerly awaiting the introduction of The World Handi- capping System to Spain, the lat- est report suggests we may have some news in March. There will be some very practical changes for members which should be well received: another players score will not affect your handicap, you will not automatically go up 0.1 every time you play and the maximum score at any hole is a net double bogey.
Off the course, social activities continue to thrive, the Bridge Club is active at least two days each week, the book club each month and Pilates every Tuesday and Thursday. The winter quiz nights are well attended and a sell out dinner and jazz evening add to a thriving social scene.