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.