The Masters 2013

561968_484522371613028_79666514_nFinally, an Australian entered into Masters lore by winning the coveted Green Jacket, at Augusta National Golf Club, when Adam Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Argentina’s Angel Cabrera to win the 77th Masters Tournament.

 

 

 

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Simon Lacey – Signature Safaris

Simon LaceyWe’re pleased to welcome Signature Safaris into the Golf Escapes family. We’ve published this interview to give you all a bit of a background on the voice at the other end of the line.  You can read more about them by visiting our blog by clicking here.

 

Name: Mr. Simon Lacey

Title: General Manager, Signature Safaris

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Welcome to Signature Safaris.

Golf Escapes Ltd. are delighted to announce the addition of specialist safari tour operator, Signature Safaris, to our family. They provide bespoke safaris in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania. We are now able to provide an array of safari adventures from discoverer safaris, taking guests through the most remote wilderness areas in fixed and trail camps, to walking and fly-in safaris. We also include safaris for families with children, principally in Malawi, Namibia and Botswana.

Along with exciting game drives and treks through the wilderness, our adventures also provide for luxury tenting safaris that provide a truly up-close experience with the flora and fauna of Africa. Take a look at the Signature Safaris website by clicking here, for more on what we have to offer; additionally, feel free to contact a member of our team by calling 01342 811787. You can also take a look at our ‘Who We Are’ section for more on Mr. Simon Lacey, who heads this division of our business. Take a look at some exciting pictures below of travels in such a beautiful and scenic Africa.

 

Pictures courtesy of Wilderness Safaris.

PGA in England (South) & Golf Escapes Overseas Pro-Am (24th February – 1st March 2013)

Our 4th overseas pro-am, in conjunction with the PGA in England (South), was held for the first time in Benalmadena on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Having previously enjoyed successful events in Turkey and Portugal, everyone was keen to see how Spain would compare. A strong field of 19 teams arrived at the all inclusive Hotel Polynesia in Benalmadena, with many of the players arriving early to flee the cold weather in the UK and prepare their swings. This was surely going to be a competitive four days of tournament golf.

The evening of the 24th February saw the event formally got under way with a drinks reception and welcome meeting hosted by Peter Cowle & Mark Spratt from the PGA. This provided a wonderful opportunity for the teams to get together (not to mention size up the opposition!) in a social atmosphere, whilst we all listened to some formal rules and regulations regarding the tournament.

Day 1

We arrived at Torrequebrada for the first day of the tournament to bright blue skies but there was a cold wind blowing across the course, this was clearly going to be a testing day! This course is one of the most beautiful courses on the coast. Tight but not unfairly, you need to beware of the prevailing wind, trees, bunkers and water, a truly great golf course and a great test of golf. With a tee-off time at 0830 hrs, PGA Professional Christian Vine (Woodbury Park) was first on the tee with his team, comprising of Helen and Alan Kenworthy, with Will Godfrey.   The tournament was officially underway with a steady stream of eager teams arriving on the tee to collect their free golf balls, tees and tournament bag tags. Low scoring was always going to be a tough task, however after all the cards had been checked the leading professional was Chris Robinson (Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club) with a fine round of 70, 2 under par.

 Day 2

The second day of the tournament saw the pro-am being played on the beautiful Santana course, one of the newest courses on The Costa del Sol, designed and built to a very high standard by Cabell Robinson who has used this orange and avocado plantation to create a wonderful course. Being slightly inland the players were blessed with bright sunshine and a welcoming gentle breeze, a relief after yesterday. The course was in exceptional condition and David Poulton from Leam Valley Golf Centre led the field away. We were expecting scoring to be better today and we weren’t disappointed with a pair of 69’s from Craig Ronald (Carluke Golf Club) and Jason McCreadie (Buchanan Castle Golf Club). McCreadie’s 69 was on the back of a level par 72 at Torrequebrada so he was leader in the clubhouse at 1 under par. All eyes were now on overnight leader Chris Robinson who held on to his lead with another 2 under par 70.

 

Day 3

We returned to Torrequebrada. Although the wind had dropped off  significantly since our first day there, along with the sun that was shining high in the sky, there was no doubt that all the players, both professional and amateur, were finding Torrequebrada the harder of the two courses. Chris Robinson shot a steady 75 but Jason McCreadie tied for the lead with a 74. We were nicely poised for the final day with both players on 1 under par.

 Day 4

The final round was played at Santana Golf Club, on a sunny day and the course was set up beautifully. We were now at the business end of the week as the leading players battled it out for their share of the £6000.00 prize fund. Lowest score of the week went to European Seniors Tour player Peter Mitchell (Le Mas Candille) with a superb closing 68. Fellow Seniors Tour player, Kevin Spurgeon (Ferndown Golf Club) and Scottish pro Craig Ronald (Carluke Golf Club) both fired rounds of 69 but the £6000.00 question was it going to be enough to overhaul Robinson and McCreadie at the top of the leaderboard? Robinson, out in the penultimate group, carded a closing level par 72 to finish the tournament on 1 under par so it was all down to Jason McCreadie who made a comfortable par on the final hole to sign for a closing 2 under par 70 which was enough to seal the victory with a total of 3 under par.   The closing ceremony and prize giving dinner was held at Hotel Polynesia, a great evening was had by everyone with the wine flowing freely. Jason McCreadie gave an excellent winners speech and Christian Vine (Woodbury Park) led his team of Helen and Alan Kenworthy and Will Godfrey to the team prize with the amateurs collecting a Sky Caddie each for the efforts.

The final morning had arrived and the reception was busy with golfers checking out for their flights home, there were a few bleary eyes after the previous night’s celebrations but one thing was certain, everyone was looking forward to returning again next year to contest the 5th Golf Escapes overseas pro-am. For excellent rates in Costa del Sol take a look at our website or feel free to contact a member of our sales team by clicking here or calling us at 01342-811777

Penina Golf Festival (20th – 25th October 2013) – Le Meridien Penina Golf and Resort

Portugese flagWe’re pleased to promote the Penina Golf Festival held at the Le Meridien Penina Golf and Resort (you can also view our blog post on the hotel and course details by clicking here).  The festival will be played on the Championship Course which is a rather flat course, however don’t be fooled by that. There are numerous challenges including water hazards and bunkers.This resort has a lovely charm with the superior rooms offering stunning views of the pool and golf course. Check below for what’s included in the deal:-

 

 

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