Golf Guide Tour Spain November Finals

It all started at 5am on a cold and dark November morning in Liverpool Airport. Over 20 golfers on their way to The Costa Del Sol for a weekend of golf in the sunshine combined with a few beers, great food and alot of laughs!!

It was straight off the plane at Malaga and onto the golf course at Parador Golf Club (after managing to find the stragglers in the airport and round everyone onto the bus!). Some of the group bearing all in the car park at Parador to change into their golfing attire ready to take on this Spanish Open course right underneath the flight path. Most of the group visiting the refreshments hut to sample the local delicacies of a cheese and ham toastie washed down with a San Miguel.
First on the tee from Halifax West End GC and Oulton Hall GC was Sam Shibil and Chris Whitehead with Chris Housley and a lovely random Austrian man making up the 4 ball. Next off from Bedlingtonshire and Burgham Park was James Moore, Jimmy Trewick, Si Brown & Ronnie Foreman. Si Brown made full advantage of the wide fairways managing to find the 4th Fairway from the 1st tee!! Waiting to go next and swapping the cold Yorkshire Dales for the Spanish sunshine was Jason Oakley, Gary Thornton, Joseph Woodhead and Shaun Jackson. Gary Garner and Phil with Phil Unsworth and Alan Gunnigle were up next with some great shots off the tee. Scott Harris and Mike Phillips from Bridgnorth with Mark Jones and Paul Nightingale from Clitheroe then John Gill and Phil Glover our Winter Series winners with Mike Cummins and Miguel Garcia teeing off just after 1pm in 20 degrees of bright sunshine. Just over 4 hours later, and some great scoring, the pairs started to play up the 18th after a great afternoon of golf. After a couple of beers in the sunset it was time to get back on the bus and head for our home for the next 3 nights – The Tamisa Golf Hotel. Antonio was waiting patiently behind the bar for some action. After a few drinks in Happy Hour it was time to get something to eat – Ponchos in Fuengirola proving to be a big hit!

Day 2 – Some early risers made the most of the hotel facilities and enjoyed a swim and sauna before induging in a lovley buffet breakfast. The golfers then headed up the mountain to Ahaurin Golf resort a stunning course with panoramic views back down to the coast and beyond. A testing day for our faithful golfers on this Seve designed course which mirrored his style of play – lots of tricks and certainly not straight. A warm day on the hillside with a mediteranian warm breeze certainly made scoring tricky on the day, however Jimma and the Geordie mafia preferred to blame Paul who decided the white tees were ideal for the day although the late night and too much alcohol was probably a major factor. Paul was forgiven after a few cold beers on the club house terrace where plans were made by everyone for a ground hog day experience, Tamisa Hotel , Antonio and Happy Hour! The evening saw our group of new friends head off into Fuengirola again for more food and drinks into the early hours.

Day 3 – The early morning sunshine greeted our weary bunch over breakfast who shared a few laughs and stories from the previous night before we headed off to Cabopino Golf for our final round of the trip. We decided that the final round would be a far more leisurely day over drinks on the course terrace where sunglasses were certainly the order of the day, for the sunshine and to protect the bleary eyes. Fatigue was certainly the order of the day with “hair of the dog” allowing most of our group to hit the middle ball of the 3 on the tee, mentioning no names but our Yorkshire friends certainly struggled. 5 hours later we are back on the terrace as a group to enjoy a few drinks and laughs planning the final nights entertainment , Happy Hour Tamisa, Ponchos and then the BIG one Pogues Irish Bar. Live music plenty of drinks into the early hours with a few people actually staying out later than the moon!.

Sunday – With the comfort of the beds in The Tamisa, it was a struggle to make the early start on the last day – a group of VERY tired golfers met for the last breakfast, swapping stories with their new friends to plan meeting up again during 2018 to renew challenges and give a nod and a wink to fellow tour survivors . Our moto during the year is ” No Tour Gives More ” which can certainly be said for most of our group on the trip as they certainly gave everything.

The winners ,,,nobody really cared as 20 new friends headed off back the UK . !