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Keep it under wraps

The greenkeepers at El Plantío are, and so should we. What a bargain. 21 of us, including the returning Lingers, enjoyed immaculate fairways and greens, and all for just €50 including a buggy. The 16th and 17th fairways were, literally, under wraps but when those have done their jobs and come off, the course will be near perfect. What a transformation from that mosquito plagued round we played there not that long ago. It was unanimous that we should play there more often. Good news then. We are returning on the 4th September, and again on the 23rd October for Captain's Day.

The person that couldn't keep their game under wraps was Chrissie Banstead. She was in game 2 with Gary Stone and your Poster Boy. She was a bit nervous on the first tee and her drive went way right, only to hit a tree and bounce back into the fairway. Bit of a lucky start. Then she was a bit nervous as she was trying out a new rangefinder device that she had clipped to the buggy. This was barking out distances while Gary was taking his second shot, and she couldn't stop it. Gary's shot went into the water but he didn't blame Chrissie, not directly anyway. Second bit of luck, and still only on the first fairway! No such luck on holes 2 and 3, both blobbed. But then, she got used to her three new male partners, who were doing their best to keep her calm. Her nerves disappeared, she settled down, and started to hit some really fine shots. And her golf got better and better from that point on, culminating in net birdies on holes 17 and 18. A six point finish! 39 points was enough to get her a win and a second gold star. Well done. (btw, the third new male partner was the rangefinder bloke helping her with distances. Strangely, his name was Giorginio).

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Languishing in second and third places were Poster Boy and Mick Callanan with 37 and 34 points respectively. And here are our podium winners:

1st and 2nd. Looks like a holiday snap!
And 3rd place. Didn't spill a drop.


9 of 21 were Seniors, and there were some serial senior winners out there. Guernsey, Roger Miller, Andy Price, Roger Jennings to name but a few. However, it was that new kid on the block, again. Getting the hang of it. 37 points was enough to claim a third silver. Had he focussed on getting his par on hole 9 instead of going for the NP, it might have been gold and silver. Did he get a birdie on 9? No, he got a blob! Costly.

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Hole 9. The flag was at the front so not much green to play with after the bunker. John Holgate judged his pitch on perfectly, but not his first two putts. He got the correct lie at the third attempt. Bogey.

Hole 18. Dave Smith, in the first group, picked his driver out of the bag to nail this. His ball landed 7 yards short, otherwise pretty much straight on it. Finishing with a gross par might have helped take some of the pain away?


Normal service resumed. After a number of games losing few balls, we have reverted to the average of 3 per player, mas o menos. We lost 62 balls between us. Most of us went low based on recent games, but Alan Linger is still "old school". He went for the average but then considered the new rule change. Under the old rule, "a ball in water, if retrieved, is a lost ball". The new rule states, "a ball in water, if retrieved, is NOT a lost ball. Alan thought that was worth an adjustment so 21 x 3 - 2 = 61. So close. €20 rolls over to Benidorm.


A quarter final match between Ray Stone and Andy Price took place. Ray had three shots to play with but, unfortunately, they weren't enough. Andy got in front early on and Ray just couldn't win a hole. A win for Andy then 5&4.

A couple of male models.


We all assembled on El Patío's patio. Eventually. When that happened, our President said a few words as we approach mid-term of the 2024 season. He wanted to thank everyone for their support and he made special mention of the Committee Members who work hard behind the scenes to make sure days such as this run smoothly.

Captain Jordan then took to the floor. He broke with tradition and threw everybody off guard by remembering and then dealing with the lost ball sweep first. After that shock, it was presentation time as normal.

Our next game is at Benidorm, Levante on Wednesday the 19th June. First tee time 10.04 Latest meet time 09.15.

As ever, this game will be sponsored by Blevins Franks, International Tax and Wealth Management.


Licence to Play

We expect Members to obtain the appropriate Federated Licence valid in Spain. This licence grants permission to play on all the Courses on our schedule and includes the liability and accident insurance required by Royal Decree 849/1993.

As a general guide, resident Members should be looking to obtain an Annual Licence with handicap from their corresponding Spanish Regional Federation. In the Valencia Region the cost is €104.20. There is a one off joining fee of €15.

Non resident Members can also obtain an Annual Licence if they wish. If not, they should purchase a One Day Licence at each course which affiliates them to the Federation for that day's play. A One Day Licence costs €2.

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Membro desconhecido
09 de jun.

Great report Martin as always. Not sure about the male models comment 😁😁


Membro desconhecido
08 de jun.

Great report as usual Poster Boy

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