Archive for November, 2010

Alferini Golf Course, Spain

Nov 30th
2010

Located in a beautiful enclave of Marbella, Spain, with breath-taking views of the Mediterranean, Africa and Gibraltar; Alferini Golf Club was formerly known as Gran Flamingo and opened in October 2007. The course has earned the reputation as one of the very few preferred Par-73 courses in Spain. It is situated just next to the old Los Flamingos Golf Course and has a long layout of 6,600 metres with deep narrow steep-sided valley, bunkers, artificial lakes and large generous greens.

Designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido, former member of the 1979 European Ryder Cup team, Alferini Golf is a true challenge for any golfer. Out on the course there is a feeling of peace and quiet, a welcome lack of noise, because Alferini Golf is truly in the midst of nature, a lush valley within the mountains of Benahavís. Situated next to the Flamingos Old Course, it is a long layout of 6,600 meters, and one of the few par 73s on the Coast.

The very beginning of the Alferini Golf course gives you a good idea of what’s coming next, when the 1st hole asks for a perfect tee shot to avoid the bunker of the street and ravine on the right. This will leave a wedge hit to reach the green, which slopes from back to front. With four large lakes, water comes into play on several holes, and there is a minimum of five levels on each tee – enabling the course to be adapted to different playing levels and degrees of difficulty. Most of holes, including the Par-3 14th, where the green is surrounded by obstacles such as the ravine on the left and the lake protecting the front and right sides, certainly play the trick.

Alferini Golf Club is certainly one of the places for all golfers to go for and enjoy golfing together with numerous first-rated facilities and services.

The Nedbank Golf Challenge 2010

Nov 29th
2010

The Nedbank Golf Challenge is an annual men’s professional golf tournament played at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, North West province, South Africa. It is not an official money event for any of the major tours, and like many high profile unofficial tournaments in professional golf it takes place between the conclusion of the PGA Tour in early November, and Christmas. It usually attracts many of the world’s highest ranked players.

The tournament is a twelve man invitational stroke play event, with the field being made up of defending champion, the Sunshine Tour order of merit winner, the four major winners and then completed with the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings following the U.S. PGA Championship. In 2006, the tournament carried world ranking points for the first time since 1999.

When it was conceptualized by Gary Player and founded by Sol Kerzner in 1981, the tournament was known as The Million Dollar Challenge because of its US$1 million prize fund, with the winner’s share being $500,000. In 1987 the event was played on a “winner takes all” basis, with the winner claiming the whole of the million dollar purse. This was designed to overcome any qualms the world’s top golfers might have about competing in South Africa during the apartheid era, and it was successful in doing this in many cases. In 1988 the winner’s prize was again $1 million, but additional prizes were introduced.

From 2000 to 2002 the first prize was increased to $2 million, but the following year the winner’s share of the total prize fund was reduced from more than half to around 30%. The standard winner’s share on the PGA Tour is 18% and on the European Tour it is 16.67%. In 2006 the winner received $1.2 million out of a total purse of $4.385 million, so the prize distribution is now not far from the normal pattern for a professional tournament, once allowance is made for the small size of the field. That $2 million first prize remains the largest in professional golf.

This year the Nedbank Golf Challenge hits this world-class golfing estate from the 2nd to the 5th of December, the tournament will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a total prize money of $5 000 000 with a $1 250 000 for the first prize. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Gary Player

Nov 28th
2010

Gary Player, born 1 November 1935 in Johannesburg, South Africa, is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf and one of the most successful international golfers of all time. Gary Player has achieved the kind of worldwide acclaim reserved for only a handful of sporting greats; he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. Player is indisputably the greatest international golfer of all time. He estimates he has spent more than three years of his life in airplanes and traveled some 14 million miles. In every year from 1955 to 1982, Player won at least one sanctioned international tournament, a 27-year streak. He won the World Match Play title five times, the Australian Open seven times and the South African Open 13 times. In winning the 1974 Brazilian Open, he shot the only 59 ever in a national open.

Since the early 1980s, Player translated his golfing experience into Gary Player Design, a company specializing in the provision stage of golf course design. Since then, the design firm has developed 40 golf courses in the U.S. and 200 worldwide, combining modern technology and traditional design principles to offer flexible courses catering to all levels of golfers. His credo for golf architecture is beauty and tranquility, as a golf course designer he believes in a course that offers an interesting mix of shots that tests the imagination and strategic skills of all levels of golfers.

Off the course, Player worked behind-the-scenes to improve the racial situation in his native South Africa, which for most of his life existed under the shroud of apartheid. He has always felt very strongly that we must look after our youth in order to ensure a positive future; in 1983 he founded The Player Foundation to promote quality education, nutrition, medical care and extra-curricular activities to the less fortunate children living in rural areas of South Africa.

Golf Funny Commercial #19

Nov 27th
2010

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Silves Golf Course, Portugal

Nov 26th
2010

Silves is a serene spot at the foot of the Monchique mountain in the Algarve, Portugal. Set in a tranquil rural area Silves Golf  Course is anything but the proverbial walk in the park – a drive at the opening hole has to flirt with water hazards on both flanks. Target golf reigns supreme, a heroic and straight shot will reward the player with an easy uphill approach shot.

Designed by Fausto Nascimento and Peter Booth, this par 70 with 6141 yards courses offers in almost of its holes spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves, the surrounding cork and citrus farms generate a true feeling of authentic Portuguese golf; you may even pick a few oranges or even figs along the way to the next tee.

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The excellent condition, all year round, is ideal for low scoring. Considered a course for players, low handicaps will find it a serious challenge to come in under par however focused high handicaps will be able to enjoy their round. Silves Golf Course encourages and rewards attacking play; a relentless test in precision, this course has no peers. It is the ‘archetype’ of man-sized parkland golf.

Urban Golf (Worldwide)

Nov 25th
2010

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World Golf Tour – Free Online Game

Nov 24th
2010

WGT or World Golf Tour is an online golf game, it claims to be the most realistic online golf game and it is a very high quality game. The mission of WGT is to make golf accessible and affordable for all. WGT offers an interactive, multi-player golf experience that enables players to share information on rules, equipment and courses. The site allows players to experience challenging and exclusive courses worldwide while participating in the privileged lifestyle of the competitive golfer. Through a vibrant online community, players compete, earn tour cards, and play for large pursues and prizes. WGT is a virtual world where players can aspire to gain the luxuries of the exclusive golf lifestyle.

Unlike other online games this one could be confused with a normal computer game, generally online games are slow and unresponsive but this one isn’t. The game is great fun to play, it does take some getting used to how to control it but that’s just because golf is a complicated game. Once you know the basics then there will be nothing stopping you, it should be fairly easy for you to play golf at some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Although nothing could replace actually playing golf there for real, these virtual courses do come a long way. The graphics are fantastic and can easily be compared to photographic quality.

WGT is ideal for anyone who loves golf and wants to play it even if they can’t visit the most beautiful golf courses in the world. Few people can say that they have played at the Kiawah Island golf resort, but thanks to this game it’s possible to play there and see what it’s really like. When more courses are added then you can get even more enjoyment out of it!

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Play the worlds most challenging and exclusive courses in 3D. Golf Courses include Kiawah Island Golf Resorts Ocean Course, Las Vegas Bali Hai Golf Club, Pinehurst’s Course 2 and Wolf Creek. For more information, please visit http://www.wgt.com

Golf Books #10 (Golf is Not a Game of Perfect)

Nov 23rd
2010

One of golf guru Jim Flick’s mantras is that golf is 90 percent mental, and the other 10 percent is mental, too. Dr. Bob Rotella, a noted sports psychologist and performance consultant, roots around the golfer’s mind to expose–and analyze–the doubts, the fears, and the frustrations that haunt anyone who’s ever picked up a club and swung it. Through anecdote and aphorism he suggests how these mental and emotional hazards can be played through, and, regardless of skill level, how teeing off with a more positive and confident outlook will translate into better performance.

Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year’s Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world’s greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game and have more fun playing. Some of Rotella’s maxims include:

* On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.
* Golfers must learn to love ‘the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives — anger, fear, whining, and cheating — do no good.
* Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.
* It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.

Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player. (source)

Real Club de Sotogrande, Spain

Nov 22nd
2010

Founded in 1964, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is located on prime golfing land close to the beachfront between the river Guadiaro and Sotogrande marina in Cadiz, Spain. First European course designed by Robert Trent Jones and rated among the 100 best courses in the world since its foundation, the course championship distance is 6224 meters, par 72 on its longest distance.

“Sotogrande Old”, as it is called by the locals, boasts mature vegetation with pine, cork oaks, eucalyptus and giant palm trees enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings. The greens are large and the tees are very long, some would say excessively so, but they allow for variations in pin placement and the length of hole. There are also plenty of water hazards, particularly at the seventh, the twelfth, the thirteenth, fourteenth, sixteenth and par-3 seventeenth. These lakes, together with the strong winds create a challenge for all levels.

The contours of the greens are typical Trent Jones and the bunkers were the first in Europe to be filled with brilliant white crushed marble. Another “first” at Sotogrande was the use of Bermuda grass on fairways. Real Club de Golf Sotogrande it is a private club, although green fee paying visitors are welcome, they are advised to book in advance.

Castro Marim Golf Course, Portugal

Nov 21st
2010

The Castro Marim Golfe Course is located in the East Algarve, Portugal, in a beautiful and traditional town with a historic castle (10th century) and ancient Fort (Sao Sebastiao) right on the border between Portugal and Spain. The short drives from Faro and Seville Airports along connecting motorways mean that Castro Marim is in reach of two enjoyable cultures. Views and scenery are amongst the best available of any Algarve golf course.

Designed by English golf architect Terry Murray, the golf course has 27 excellent holes including the Grouse Course, The Atlantic Course and Guadiana Course; an excellent combination of two rounds of 18 holes can be played from these three courses. Wonderful, elevated greens, sloping fairways, dramatic elevation, undulating greens and several water features have been meticulously designed to enable all levels of golfer to play and present a challenge to experts too.

The challenging aspects of the course demand accurate play and astute club choice but by the end of the game what remains is a fantastic golf experience that will make your day. According to the book “1001 Golf holes you must play before you die” written by Jeff Barr, Castro Marim belongs to one of the world’s best golf courses. “The hole that must be played” is the 4th hole of the Guadiana Course – a challenging par 5 hole. An interesting feature of this course is the irrigation system. The entire course is irrigated by means of an underground watering system. This enables golfers to play at times when use of conventional aerial sprinklers would normally be unavoidable.

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