HOLIDAY PRICE: 1,995 (per person sharing)
PRICE INCLUDES: Return group transfers from Bangkok to/from the resort, 10 Nights at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
luxury beach resort, Daily Breakfast, Farewell Prize Giving Dinner, 6 rounds of golf (green fees & caddies fees), return
golf course transfers, driver & guide tipping on behalf of group only (taken care of by tour leader).
Tenerife Tour Report February 2017
On February 22nd 24 GSGB members arrived at the 5* La Caleta Resort & Spa looking forward to six rounds of golf in some warm and sunny weather, coupled with some luxury downtime. I don’t think that anyone was disappointed, on most fronts, but a couple of degrees warmer would have been nice.
The golf started with a gentle mixed 4BBB at the very scenic Golf Costa Adeje with its walls and drops betraying its past as a banana plantation. This was followed by the welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.
Day 2 saw an early departure for Golf del Sur, a good 27 hole set up, slightly marred by being under the flight path for the Tenerife South Airport. This did not put off Margaret Pugh and Peter Batchelor who won the day.
A rest day followed with some exploring the island and others enjoying the excellent facilities of the hotel with its Spa and external heated and unheated seawater swimming pools. A short walk along the beach lay the old fishing village of La Caleta with numerous restaurants catering for most tastes, especially fish. These proved very popular most evenings as did the Jade Stone Italian restaurant just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel entrance.
The third course was the delightful parkland layout of Golf Las Americas where we played a “husbands and wives” stableford. In round 4 we returned to Golf Costa Adeje and played a Waltz. I am not sure that familiarity led to any better performance but we were all ready for another day at leisure by the end of the round.
Our previous experience at Golf del Sur led to a slight rethink by the organiser about the format for the days play. In the end we played the “traditional” Gentlemen v Ladies match as a Greensomes which proved to be a very enjoyable format. Sadly 2 courtesy shots proved insufficient for the Ladies.
Finally a second round at the very attractive Golf Las Americas, where we played a “yellow ball” tournament. Despite some creative thinking by certain members of the party there was only a single point between the winners and runners up.
The last day was a final opportunity for more golf, no takers – sorry Robert, a bit more sightseeing or lazing by the pool. A farewell drinks party by the pool was followed by an excellent meal in a private room and prize giving. Few people, least of all the organizer, could explain the how the overall scoring worked out but the Ladies competition was won by Sue Batchelor with Pat Hart (despite a very sore back) as runner up and the Mens was won by Peter Batchelor with Robert Gardner runner up. Somehow everyone won a prize which, as ever, were of the quality expected by GSGB members on tour !
Overall it was a very enjoyable tour with many old friends and a few new tourists in an excellent hotel. The golf courses were well prepared and sufficiently testing for most of us, but extremely busy with a multi-national clientele leading to 4.3/4 to 5 hour rounds.
Nonetheless everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves, to mix well together and contribute to a very happy tour.
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It was sun, sun, sun, all the way as the second GSGB group headed to the Donnafugata Resort and Spa near Comiso in Sicily in October hosted by Gary Pike and Brenda Ferriman. Over the ten day tour we played five team competition games mimicking those played by the first group, and lots of fun was had by all. The girls dominated the proceedings with various winners; however Sue Brooker should have special mention as she was part of the winning team each round! Well done to Sue.
Over the tour we also allocated everyone’s team points to each player creating an overall Ladies and an overall Mens winner. These were won by Spike (Dave) Brooker for the Men and surprise, surprise by Sue Brooker for the Ladies. Well done to both of them.
Another highlight as co host Gary Pike reckoned he had done something very silly! We arrived back in the Club House to a glass of prosecco as he had holed his tee shot for a hole in one on the long par 3 third hole on the Links Course. Several bottles of prosecco duly followed as Gary was delighted to record his 4th career hole in one.
Other than golf, we enjoyed a day tour to Mount Etna (a little chillier at this altitude!) followed by lunch at a delightful winery with the odd glass or two and finishing the day at amazing Taormina with its spectacular Roman Amphitheatre, shops and restaurants, bathed once again in spectacular sunshine ... a great day out.
Great nights dining were enjoyed at either the ‘Surf and Turf’ Grill, Il Carrubo fine dining and the very popular Trattoria restaurants, where al fresco dining on the patio was great fun. Visits to the nearby town of Scilogti and Il Sac Alleo, an amazing fish restaurant was enjoyed by most of the group and some twice, as the freshly caught and freshly cooked catch of the day was such an amazing experience.
Our Sicilian adventure came to an end as we returned to a very chilly autumnal U.K.
Gary Pike & Brenda Ferriman
On days off we visited ruins from Sicily’s historic past and saw wonderful vistas. Syracuse was steeped in history and Etna was just steep! I now know enough about eruptions, larva flows and Strombolian activity to get me through any pub quiz. And the Gambini family winery! Drink your hearts out was his introduction and yesh we did. Sadly our trip to the wonderful Taormina was met with a thunderstorm which sent us scurrying for cover.
Sicily is known as the island of the woman (apparently with three legs but hey - would the men notice)? And so it proved in our golf. Our overall winner was Kathryn Archibald who now holds the coveted Wood Trophy. She was closely chased by Alison Evans and Beverley Roebuck. Did their courtesy shots help them? Positively not. Mostly the group remained healthy although Linda’s Bush had a sting to it and our star male golfer had to be rescued from a lake after a misjudged ball retrieval effort. No names, what happens on tour stays there.
If ever we decide to do this trip again, I advise you, don’t miss it!
The GSGB September Meeting was held in Dorset at Broadstone and the Isle of Purbeck, two of the premier heathland courses in the South of England and both currently ranked in England's Top 100 golf courses. Seventy one members enjoyed two days of very welcome dry weather to finish off another enjoyable season for the Society.
The courses were in good condition with the exception of Broadstone's greens which have been giving the club problems for much of the summer. Both courses are very attractive designs and although not particularly long, offer a stern challenge. Broadstone has excellent bunkering with abundance of firs, bracken and silver birch and Purbeck offers some of the most spectacular views to be found on any course in Britain. At Dinner we were joined by the Broadstone Captain Mark Dowland and his wife Sue. Mark spoke of the club's talented junior section as well as giving us some facts on Broadstone's history. GSGB Chairman Robin Moser presented Mark with a £500 donation towards the club junior section. The men’s Barlow Seniors Trophy was won by Terry Jones from The Warren with 68 points and the runner-up was Robert Hill from Bath with 65 points. The Ladies Trophy was won by Christine Wakefield from Bath who scored 67 points and the runner-up was Sue Devine from Brickendon Grange with 63 points.
A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.
The opening Meeting of 2017 will be held at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness in Suffolk on May 22nd - 23rd.
Trentham / Beau Desert Report August 22nd – 23rd 2016 The GSGB August Meeting took place at Trentham and Beau Desert in Staffordshire where 73 members enjoyed playing two excellent courses. The area had experienced three days of wet weather leading up to the meeting but if not for a few soggy bunkers no one would have known. Trentham is a fine parkland course designed by Harry Colt. Well known for its excellent greens and immaculate presentation the course has often been used for Open Qualifying. There were a number of good scores on Day 1 with the top of the leaderboard in the Men's competition being tightly packed. It was a different story in the Ladies competition with Kathryn Archibald holding a massive 9 point lead.
At Dinner we were joined by the Trentham Captain, Martin Gee and his wife Gillian. Martin accepted the £500 Society cheque from GSGB Chairman Robin Moser before speaking about the attractions of the local and recent success of the Trentham junior section.
Day 2 was a beautiful warm summers day at Beau Desert which is a wonderful heathland layout. The course offers “all year round” turf underfoot with attractive tree lined fairways and no shortage of heather which was in full purple bloom. The course is well known for being quite difficult, particularly the greens which are undulating and usually rather quick and the scores reflected this. Barrie Luscombe from Bath had a day to remember when he had a hole-in-one at the short 10th. As well as receiving an engraved GSGB memento, Barrie was presented with a framed picture of the 10th hole, donated by Beau Desert Golf Club.
The King of Morocco Cup was won by Richard Wadkin from Sand Moor with an aggregate total of 67 points and the Runner-up was Mark Moorfoot from Bath with 65 points. The Society Salver was won by Kathryn Archibald from Alnmouth with 72 points and the Runner-up was Clare Fulton from Woburn with 63 points.
Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.
The next event will be at Broadstone/Isle of Purbeck on September 20th – 21st.
The Golf Society of Great Britain 2016 AGM took place at Foxhills, Surrey on 26th/27th July. Eighty two members enjoyed fine weather for the duration of their stay with temperatures thankfully being well below the 30 degrees experienced on our previous visit. Although rain threatened on the 2nd day everyone got round without the need for waterproofs. The golf courses are both tree-lined parkland and are very picturesque with high quality greens. Both were very much enjoyed by the members. The courses finish on a huge double green in front of the terrace area which was an ideal location for the Pimms evening before Dinner on Wednesday evening.
The accommodation and facilities of the Hotel are of the highest order and I'm sure that we will return sometime in the future.
The Handicap Cups for the best two day aggregate scores were won by Pete Carpenter (Gog Magog) with 72 points and Clare Fulton (Woburn) 69 points. John and Clare Fulton with 137 points, claimed the Enjoy Golf Together Trophy by having the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.You can view photos from the event here
Our Chairman, Mr Robin Moser presented the prizes and the list of winners can be found below.
Our next Meeting will take place at Trentham & Beau Desert on August 22nd/23rd.
The 2017 AGM will be held in Cheshire at The Mere Hotel on 10th/11th July.
RESULTS SHEET – FOXHILLS AGM MEETING 26 – 27 July 2016
This year's Chairman's Report is now published and you can find it here.Chairman's Annual Report 2016
The week will be based at the five-star Château du Lac on the lake at Genval les Bains close to the
historic town of Waterloo. Easily reached via the Eurotunnel, this famous corner of a foreign field is now
crammed with golf courses that will entertain and challenge both seasoned and blossoming golfers alike.
The brochure is a delight you can view it here - Belgium Tour 2017