Archive for July, 2010
One of the most select clubs on the Costa del Sol.
Set in beautiful natural surroundings, on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, where playing golf once again becomes a unique experience, Flamingos Golf Club offers an exquisite atmosphere, the most advanced facilities and a personalised service that allows you to enjoy and appreciate every little detail.
In its short history (inaugurated in 2001), Flamingos Golf Club has already attained well-deserved international renown for the high level of quality it offers and for having been, for three consecutive years, the venue for the European Senior´ Final, ‘The Daily Telegraph European Seniors´ Match Play Championship’. (Source: www.flamingosgolf.com)
Born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England in 1937; Donald Steel was educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh, and Christ’s College, Cambridge. He played first game of golf at Denham at the age of six or seven during the first year of John Sheridan’s 52 year reign as Club professional, qualifying for the Open championship at St Andrews in 1970 was the undoubted peak of achievement. This was in the same year in which he represented England in the Home Internationals at Royal Porthcawl and scored his second victory in the President’s Putter at Rye. In his favorite competition, he was only the second player to take part in 100 matches.
Donald Steel’s working life began with his appointment- hotfoot from Cambridge- as golf correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph in London, a brand new newspaper launched on February 6th 1961. This made him the youngest specialist writer in Fleet Street at the age of 23.
In his chosen careers of golf writing and golf course architecture, a balance of interest has given the best of both worlds. Still does. If watching champions and studying new land passes as work, the playing side of a varied life shows (or, at least, did) that he can practice what he preaches. His impressive portfolio includes dozens of excellent golf courses all around the world, in 2003, Donald Steel was named as the 4th most influential golf course architect in the world by Golf Magazine.
Designed by Cabell Robinson at 6800 meters with 18 holes and more than 100 bunkers, Finca Cortesin is one of the finest golf courses in Spain. Players have magnificent views of both the mountains and the sea. It’s a highly enjoyable course for beginners and can be a serious challenge for pros. It has several tee boxes on each hole, keeping the difficulty of the course in balance offering great variety for all levels of player. When you finish playing all 18 holes, you’ll notice that you have played all your clubs.
Cabell B. Robinson is recognised as one of Europe’s top golf course designers. He was born in Washington DC in 1941, but has spent the greater part of his professional life in Europe. He is a historian by qualification, with a degree in History from Princeton (1963), and postgraduate studies in Landscape Architecture in Harvard and Berkeley (1967).
His early career was with the famous American designer Robert Trent Jones, who is responsible for some of the top golf courses in Spain.
For 17 years, Robinson was in charge of his design and construction companies on this side of the Atlantic, but in September 1987, Robinson decided to leave the Trent Jones studio and set up on his own operation. In only two months he was working on major projects on the Costa del Sol and in the South of France. (Source:www.fincacortesin.com)
Harry Colt might be described as the founder of golf course architecture in the British Isles. Golf obviously existed before he came along, but it was a game of straight lines and sharp angles. He softened those lines, introduced curves, and long before the art of pacing courses came into being, created visual challenges to tease and intrigue the golfer. Above all, he was the first to appreciate how golf could be a delightful walk through beautiful vistas. Colt was a lawyer by training, but during his time at Cambridge enjoyed success at this relatively new game – he was Captain of the University side in 1889 – and soon left chambers behind to pursue a life in the game. He was one of the founders of Rye Golf Club in East Sussex, his first employment in chambers having been at Hastings. It was he who laid the course out there through the Camber sandhills and sparked a fascination for turning rugged landscapes into golfing treasures.
After being honorary secretary there for a few years, he became the first secretary at the new Sunningdale Golf Club, which had opened up at the turn of the century with a Willie Park Junior course. But design was his love and passion, and after nine increasingly absent years on different projects, he finally set forth on a life as a full time golf architect just before the First World War. Colt principally concentrated his efforts in the UK, his time almost equally divided between new commissions and revising existing, but rather ordinary golfing layouts. By the time he had finished, he had left his mark in part or in whole on some 300 of Britain’s most cherished courses. But wait, there’s more
The Vila Sol Golf Resort comprises a fabulous 27-hole golf course, which was the first in Portugal to be designed by the famous English golf architect Donald Steel. Inaugurated in 1991 the course stretches along a wide valley, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature and is divided into three loops of 9 holes with three different levels of difficulty: Prime, Challenge and Prestige to offer golfers of all abilities a challenging but rewarding experience.
The course staged the Portuguese Open in 1992 and 1993, and its value was recognized in 1996 with the award by Green Globe of the Green Flag (certification of conformity with environmental standards) and the Best Golf Development award in 2001. Against this backdrop, full of trees and wildlife and contemporary sculptures, carefully looked after and protected by specialist staff, golfers can discover an environment par excellence which will envelop them throughout the day.
The course rests in a woodland setting of umbrella pines, fig, almond trees and 300 year old cork oaks. The large timbered terrace of the stylish clubhouse overlooks the 18th green and is perfect to relax and have a drink after an enjoyable round of golf. Located at the heart of one of the Algarve’s most developed resort areas, between Vilamoura and Quinta do Lago, Vila Sol Golf is a picture postcard of Portuguese golf.