Archive for January, 2011

Palmares Golf Course, Portugal

Jan 31st
2011

Inaugurated in 1975 Palmares Golf Course was designed by Frank Pennick who made outstanding use of the unique situation and who was able to include in his design five Links holes on the dune close to the Atlantic beach of Meia Praia, Lagos, Portugal. Set in 550 acres of rolling countryside, Palmares Golf Course is a most scenic golf course taking advantage of its beautiful location in the western Algarve near the historic city of Lagos, commanding magnificent views of the Lagos bay, and the distant Monchique hills.

The course is a good test of golf and is suitable for players of all abilities, a mixture of links and parkland golf, so plenty of variety. After the first hole, a breathtaking hole running down to the sea, the next five (four after the renovation) run along the seashore behind the Meia Praia beach. After that the course turns inland, and winds through the hills and pine trees, parkland style, during springtime the fairways are lined with flowering shrubs, acacias and the blossoming Almond trees. If the wind blows it can become very a challenging game, there are a few long walks between tees and a few hills to climb, so consider hiring a buggy.

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The course has been redesigned in 2010 by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and it is currently being extended to 27 holes (with the inauguration scheduled to April 2011), the new layout will certainly offer players not only additional challenges to their skills but also increased emotions when observing the course’s breathtaking views. Not many golf courses in Southern Europe can offer such a challenge and this may be the reason why Palmares Golf Course is known as the Jewel in the Crown and a must when taking an Algarve golf tour.

The Largest Golf Lesson

Jan 30th
2011

On 23 January, Guinness World Records™ was present at the El Camaleón Golf Club, in Mayakoba (Mayan Riviera, Mexico) to Adjudicate the record for the Largest Golf Lesson.  The venue was included within the The Mayakoba Golf Classic that made history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007.

The tournament hosted 1,073 people at one of its six monthly sessions of Golf PARa Todos, or Golf FORE Everyone. The four-year golf educational program has been a tremendous success with attendance soaring near 1,000 each session.

The impressive attendance, witnessed by officials from Guinness, surpassed the old record of 1,032 people recognized by Guinness World Records™ which occurred on October 9 of 2010 at Pine Valley, Beijing, China.

“This was one of the most incredible things I have participated in my career, said PGA TOUR player Esteban Toledo, who conducted the clinic. “I have given golf clinics before maybe 400 people. But never in front of over a thousand people. At one point, I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to make sure we broke the record but also learned something as well.”

Golf FORE Everyone aims to create a fun-filled, diverse and educational program that teaches about the game of golf and its ideals. The program encourages active participation in the game as a participant and as a fan, and facilitates the integration of golf into the lives of all those within the community. Golf FORE Everyone is a monthly community program presented and created by the Mayakoba Golf Classic in conjunction with El Camaleón Golf Club. It is open to people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of golf skill or knowledge.

Golf Funny Commercial #26

Jan 29th
2011

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Golf Cartoon #8

Jan 28th
2011

Quinta do Peru Golf Course, Portugal

Jan 27th
2011

Quinta do Peru Golf Course is located in the Azeitão, Portugal, about 30 minutes south of Lisbon the region is between the castles of Sesimbra and Setúbal, which is well known for its palaces, wines and cheeses. The American architect Rocky Roquemore was responsible for the project and has designed a course for amateur golfers, but nevertheless representing a challenge for professional players. It was voted amongst the top 10 courses in Portugal in the biennial poll organized by the European Golf magazine.

Set in a pine forest, which extends to more than 300 acres Quinta do Peru is routed across a high undulating plateau and from here you are presented with some delicious views across the treetops. Both nines start with very demanding par fives and end with equally testing holes, both the 9th and 18th are the only par fours longer than 400 yards on the outward and inward half. Water features prominently at two of the par three holes. The 220-yard 8th and 195-yard 16th are played across lakes to well-guarded greens that may appear very small to those who have turned up expecting a quiet round of golf.

It’s a serious test from the back tees and with some huge American-styled bunkers and water hazards, you should not expect to play to handicap at your first attempt. After eighteen holes there are a number of golf related activities available and also a clubhouse providing excellent views over the surrounding landscape, with the imposing and beautiful Arrabida mountain range in the background.

Golf Courses – Updated Posts

Jan 26th
2011

Check out the updated posts on golf courses in Portugal (Algarve and Lisbon) now with videos!

Algarve: Castro Marim, CS Morgado, Oceânico Laguna & Millennium, Oceânico Old Course, Oceânico Pinhal, Oceânico Victoria, Penina, Pestana Silves, Pestana Vale da Pinta, Quinta do Vale, San Lorenzo, Vale do Lobo Royal & Vale do Lobo Ocean, Vilasol.

Lisbon: Belas Clube Campo, Quinta da Marinha & Oitavos Dunes.

Golf Books #17 (Don’t Choke: A Champion’s Guide to Winning Under Pressure)

Jan 26th
2011

“Gary, as much as anyone I ever saw, has that thing inside him that champions have.”Jack Nicklaus.

Gary Player is one of golf’s greatest champions. As one of the “Big Three” of golf’s golden era (with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer), he helped launch golf as a major international sport. He sits fourth on the list of most major victories on the PGA Tour and built a reputation of being fearless on the course and steely on the greens. Don’t Choke is his look at what it takes to achieve success when the pressure is on. Player explains how and why he became a champion and what it takes to win in big-time golf, but he also explains how learning to cope in pressure situations can help anyone. He will review the most pressure-packed situations in his eighteen major victories and how he managed to succeed when things were most tense.

But this book is not all about golf. Player has had a long successful career in business since his playing days—designing golf courses, marketing golf equipment and sportswear, and more. If you want to do better in a boardroom or in your next job interview, Player’s advice will help. This personal glimpse into the mind of a champion offers lessons to everyone who has to face pressure—and today that is all of us.

“Gary is one the greatest competitors who ever played the game.”—Arnold Palmer 75 color illustrations

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Gary Player is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, having eighteen major wins, nine on the PGA Tour and the other nine on the PGA Champions Tour. He is also considered the most accomplished international golfer of all time, winning 164 tournaments around the globe over five decades. Born in South Africa, he lives in The Cliffs, South Carolina.

Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the world’s premier sports psychologist. He has dedicated his life to helping coaches, athletes, business leaders, and salespeople use their minds and emotions to take them to the top of their chosen professions. Rotella is the author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the bestselling sports psychology book of all time, as well as several other top-selling books. He has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Golf Teachers of the 20th Century.” In addition to being a columnist and editorial board member for Golf Digest magazine and a contributing editor for Sports Psychology Journal, he appears regularly on NBC’s High Performance Golf, on the Golf Channel, and Larry King Live. (source)

Golf Books #17 (Don't Choke: A Champion's Guide to Winning Under Pressure)

Jan 26th
2011

“Gary, as much as anyone I ever saw, has that thing inside him that champions have.”Jack Nicklaus.

Gary Player is one of golf’s greatest champions. As one of the “Big Three” of golf’s golden era (with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer), he helped launch golf as a major international sport. He sits fourth on the list of most major victories on the PGA Tour and built a reputation of being fearless on the course and steely on the greens. Don’t Choke is his look at what it takes to achieve success when the pressure is on. Player explains how and why he became a champion and what it takes to win in big-time golf, but he also explains how learning to cope in pressure situations can help anyone. He will review the most pressure-packed situations in his eighteen major victories and how he managed to succeed when things were most tense.

But this book is not all about golf. Player has had a long successful career in business since his playing days—designing golf courses, marketing golf equipment and sportswear, and more. If you want to do better in a boardroom or in your next job interview, Player’s advice will help. This personal glimpse into the mind of a champion offers lessons to everyone who has to face pressure—and today that is all of us.

“Gary is one the greatest competitors who ever played the game.”—Arnold Palmer 75 color illustrations

About the Author

Gary Player is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time, having eighteen major wins, nine on the PGA Tour and the other nine on the PGA Champions Tour. He is also considered the most accomplished international golfer of all time, winning 164 tournaments around the globe over five decades. Born in South Africa, he lives in The Cliffs, South Carolina.

Dr. Bob Rotella is consistently recognized as the world’s premier sports psychologist. He has dedicated his life to helping coaches, athletes, business leaders, and salespeople use their minds and emotions to take them to the top of their chosen professions. Rotella is the author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, the bestselling sports psychology book of all time, as well as several other top-selling books. He has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Golf Teachers of the 20th Century.” In addition to being a columnist and editorial board member for Golf Digest magazine and a contributing editor for Sports Psychology Journal, he appears regularly on NBC’s High Performance Golf, on the Golf Channel, and Larry King Live. (source)

Thou shall not lose trust in your golf swing #1

Jan 25th
2011

When Jonathan Byrd entered the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open he was 117th on the money list and in serious danger of losing his PGA Tour card for the following season. 76 holes later he pulled off one the most amazing golf shots ever to win $774,000 and a 2 year exemption. His hole in one at the 4th play off hole, the 204-yard 17th at the TPC Summerlin was spectacularly good enough to beat Martin Laird and Cameron Percy when it pitched 10 feet short of the flag and rolled into the hole.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Arnold Palmer

Jan 24th
2011

Arnold Daniel Palmer (born September 10, 1929) is an American golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men’s professional golf. He has won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955. Nicknamed “The King,” he is one of golf’s most popular stars and its most important trailblazer because he was the first star of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s. He is part of “The Big Three” in golf along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player who are widely credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world. Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Arnold Palmer is many things to many people…world famous golf immortal and sportsman, highly-successful business executive, prominent advertising spokesman, skilled aviator, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted family patriarch and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that has made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history. Arnold Palmer was the first in the modern era to be a both tournament player and golf course architect.  He has received the Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects for significant contributions to the game. But wait, there’s more