Spring Hoteles Tournament

A total of some 130 players turned out to play, on a beautiful Autumn day, in Tenerife at the fantastic golf tournament sponsored by Spring Hoteles who operate the Arona Gran Hotel, the Bitacora and the Vulcano. The venue was the wonderful Golf Las Américas Golf Course where the greens staff pulled out all the stops to get the course in fantastic condition for this Tournament.

On arrival all players were given a goodie bag containing a polo shirt , a cap and golf towel and this was to start off a fantastic day’s golf and fellowship for all the players.

The Arona Gran Hotel supplied the luxurious buffet and drinks at the 9th hole which was a very welcome site to all the players as their pastry chefs had made some fantastic home made pastries and cakes.

With some of the best amateurs in Tenerife, playing competition was stiff. There were3 classifications of males and two female categories. Cat 1 Male was won with 39 points by Alexjandro Grande playing off 3 handicap. Cat 2 Male by Tomas Aramas with 40 points playing off 18 and Cat 3 Male by Andres Guerra with 42 points playing off 20. The girls Cat 1 was won by Maria Jerez with 39 points playing off 11 and Cat 2 winner was Karin Beels with 37 points off 22. A lovely glass trophy was given to each winner and a luxury watch was given to Alexjandro for also winning the top scratch prize.

The prize giving and cocktail party was held at the Arona Gran Hotel later that evening with most of the competitors and their partners coming back to join in the fun and enjoy the lovely food and drink on offer. Spring Hoteles had also organised a fantastic raffle with super prizes, one being a trip to the UK for 2 people and a week’s stay.

Well done to Bernardo, Stanni and Bea from Spring Hoteles and Brendan and Joan from Golf Las Americas for the smooth running of the day and the evening reception… we all had a super day and look forward to next year.

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Iberostar Anthelia Golf Tournament

Iberostar Anthelia Golf

Title: Iberostar Anthelia Golf Tournament
Location: Golf Las Americas
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Description: Five star hotel and five star golf. Played in stableford individual mode with three categories and prized for the top three in each category. For 75 euros you get the days play and the gala presentation dinner at Iberostar Anthelia Hotel just 25 metres from the sea between Playa Fañabe and Playa del Duque, non players can enjoy the gala dinner for 45 euros and have a chance of winning the many raffle prizes including a weeks break in Brazil.
Iberostar Anthelia are also offering overnight stays at reasonable prices, just call 922713335, to book the golf call 322752005.
Date: 2011-09-24

Iberostar Anthelia Golf Tournament
Iberostar Anthelia Golf Tournament
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Spring Hoteles Golf Tournament

Title: Spring Hoteles Golf Tournament
Location: Golf Las Americas
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Description: Early 8 am start for a full sporting day on one of the best located and well set out courses. Just 50 euros gets you into one of the male or female categories of play and the gala dinner and prize presentation at the Arona Gran Hotel. How about combining play with a night at Arona Gran for 100 euros or two nights for 150 euros.

Book the golf on 922752005 and find out more about the mini breaks on 922787745.
Date: 2011-09-10

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Becky Brewerton Wins the Tenerife Ladies Match Play Tournament

Even for non golf fans day two of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament proved a gripping cliffhanger with Becky Brewerton and Laura Davies, two of Britain’s top golfers, tied after 18 holes and onlookers holding their breath as they waited to see who would prevail.

For 2011, this prestigious addition to the Ladies European Tour moved from last year’s course at Buenavista Golf, beautiful but remote, to the stunning greens of Golf Las Américas where a birdie on the course could just as well mean a swan or an emu as much as playing a hole in one under par.

The Tenerife Ladies Match Play teed off on Thursday with a pro-am tournament which, apart from being fun, allowed the 32 professional golfers to get a lay of the land. Their comments should have Golf Las Américas preening proud as peacocks.

“I like the course. You can hit a lot of drivers out there and there are tiny greens, which I love, because that’s good for the better players,’ commented one of the tournament favourites Becky Brewerton whilst Beth Allen remarked: ‘It’s in really good condition, so I’m impressed. I like it.”

The pro-am tournament was won by England’s Danielle Montgomery. We won’t mention what position Tenerife Magazine’s John Beckley, playing in Spring Hoteles colours, ended up.

Day one of the Match Play tournament saw last year’s winner Trish Johnson knocked out in the unforgiving but exciting matchplay format which sees golfers go head to head in a winner takes all competition. The knock out format was generally given the thumbs up by Europe’s lady golfers who seemed to think it as exciting as us onlookers.

Day 2 of the event drew a juicy head to head battle between Becky Brewerton and Laura Davies, both of whom were tipped as having a good chance of winning the competition. It was a pairing that didn’t disappoint as the 18th hole came and went with both players all square. The exciting play off saw Becky Brewerton show nerves of steel as she pulled off a 12 foot birdie to progress to the next round.

On the final day of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament the eight remaining players – Becky Brewerton (Wales), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Nikki Garrett (Australia), Rebecca Hudson (England), Lydia Hall (Wales), Lee-Ann Pace (South Africa), Frances Bondad (Australia) and Danielle Montgomery (England) – took to the greens on a beautifully sunny Las Américas morning to compete for the glory and €40,000 first place reward.

Becky Brewerton continued to show the form that had taken her through to the final by leading the field by hitting an impressive 3 under after 7 holes with Spain’s young prodigy Carlota Ciganda (in her first pro tournament), Lydia Hall and Nikki Garrett hot on her heels at 1 under par.

By the 17th hole the tension reached nail biting levels with Becky still holding onto the lead at 3 under but with both Rebecca Hudson and Nikki Garrett breathing down her neck at 2 under par.

With the pressure on, Becky kept her cool to hole a birdie on the 18th and finish 4 under. After that all she could do was watch from the sidelines as Nicky Garrett and Carlota Ciganda closed the gap by going 3 under at the 16th and 17th respectively to set up the tensest of finishes to what had been an outstanding tournament.

However, Ciganda putting a ball into the water at the 18th ended the young Spanish player’s chances of catching Becky, leaving Australia’s Nicky Garrett as the only serious threat.
But the birdie required to tie the match proved too elusive resulting in Becky Brewerton being the deserved winner of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play tournament.

Congratulations to Becky and everyone involved with what has been an outstanding tournament in every way.

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Opening Shots in the Tenerife Ladies Match Play

It’s a glorious day here at Golf las Americas and the sun is beating down onto the greens from a cloudless blue sky. The opening day of the Tenerife Ladies Match Play is kicking off with the pro-am competition which features three amateur players teeing off alongside each pro player.

Wandering the course, I watch Emma Cabrera-Bello sink her putt at the 10th before going onto the hole that all the pro players hope will be lucky for them. The first pro player to get a hole-in-one at the 11this in line for a shiny, red Stingray SX sports boat with 260 HP of sleek, sexy promise waiting.

Cabrera didn’t get it. I”M tempted to hang around and witness the joyous event but it’s going to be quite some time before all the players reach the 11th, and what if no-one gets it? Across the fairway I spot John Beckley and Sir Old Golfer who are partnering the Slovakian Zuzana Kamasova.

It doesn’t seem to be going too well for them. They’re leaving the 10th and heading to the 11th. Somehow I think the Stingray’s probably safe for the time being.

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Tenerife Magazine and the Tenerife Ladies Match Play 2011

2011 is an exciting year for Tenerife’s golf scene and for Tenerife Magazine as we are proud to be one of the official media partners for the Tenerife Ladies Match Play to be played from the 9th -12th June 2011 on the prestigious Golf Las Américas course in Playa de Las Américas.

Sponsored by Turismo de Tenerife, this year’scompetition will take a brand new match play format in which just 30 of Europe’s top ranking professionals and two invited players will pursue the title.
Day One (June 9th) will tee the event off with an exciting Pro-Am competition and then the tournament will begin with two days of match play eliminators. After the knockout rounds the remaining 8 players in the competition will play 18 holes stroke play on June 12th to decide the title.

TenerifeMagazine.com will be joining the players and organisers before, during and after the event to keep fans up to date with the state of play, conditions, the leader board and all the glamour and buzz both on and off the course.

With Golf Las Américas as our base, the new Match Play format and the weather set fair for June, it promises to be an exciting start to the summer for Tenerife golf.

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Tenerife Ladies Match Play

Title: Tenerife Ladies Match Play
Location: Golf Las Americas
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Description: Here come the girls, all 30 top players from the Ladies European Tour, plus 2 guests in the new format taking over from the Tenerife Ladies Open. Match play means knock out action over the first 2 days to leave a field of the 8 best players for a traditional stroke play finish on Sat 12 June.
Start Date: 2011-06-10
End Date: 2011-06-12

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Checking into Arona Gran Hotel

The Arona Gran Hotel sits in its privileged position overlooking her domain like some grand old dowager and as much a part of Los Cristianos” life as ferry trips and full English.
Last weekend Tenerife Magazine checked in for a weekend of golf, nightlife and an unexpected wedding”¦

Stepping out of the humidity of yet another summer calima and into the lobby of the Spring Arona Gran Hotel is like stepping into a wardrobe and finding yourself in Narnia.
Like a delicious cross between a South American jungle and an opera theatre, tiers of marble floors rise heavenwards, their balconies dripping with thick tresses of vines and framed by giant jade leaves.
Through the marbled splendour, the sound of rushing water echoes in my ears and I follow it to its source; a waterfall cascading over a volcanic rock face into a shimmering pool. After grabbing at oxygen from the thick humidity outside, my lungs fill with air.

The view from my fourth floor balcony is mesmerizing. Beneath the slender palm trees and flanked by neat borders of hibiscus, a woman is idly floating on an inflatable lounger in the hotel’s elegant swimming pools, her fingers gently trailing the water. Beyond, the white buildings of Los Cristianos’ centre climb up the hillside from the coast, their walls blinding me with reflected sunlight. In the port the Fred Olsen ferry is reversing out of its berth for the trip to La Gomera.
Reluctantly, I drag myself away from the vista and head down to dinner; the bright lights of Playa de Las Américas’ nightlife beckon”¦it’s going to be a long night.

Saturday morning dawns hot and cloudy. It feels like I’ve only had five hours sleep ““ err wait a minute, I have only had five hours sleep. Luckily they were five wonderful hours due to the comfort of the bed, the efficiency of the air conditioning and the womb-like darkness of the blackout curtains.
Set up nicely on a freshly made omelette and the best hotel buffet coffee I’ve tasted, I set off to the hidden oasis of Golf Las Américas where Spring Hotels are hosting their third annual golf tournament.

It’s a long time before I finally make it back to my hotel bedroom. Exhausted and looking like something the cat thought was too rough to drag in, I head to the shower and as I emerge, I have a where am I ? moment as the sound of a wedding march reaches my ears. I head to the balcony just in time to see the bride and groom and their guests as they vacate their romantic nuptial venue overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Vacationers, golf and a wedding – a weekend in the life of Los Cristianos’ most loved hotel.

Arona Gran Hotel – The Essentials

Location: At the southern end of Los Cristianos a ten minute stroll from the resort centre and beach.

Rooms: All rooms are sea facing and are tiered on three floors with spacious, private balconies. Mid-sized twin beds are pushed together and have mattresses the perfect side of firm for a good night’s sleep. Bathrooms are marble finish and the shower is hot and powerful.

Service: Everywhere we went, from reception to dining room and golf course; and from chefs to Directors, the Spring Hotel staff were a pleasure to deal with and made us feel very welcome.

Food: Breakfast and dinner are buffet style in the large dining room which ought to issue you with a homing bleeper for your table. I got lost between food and table on more than one occasion and I wasn’t the only one; lost souls could be seen wandering, soup bowl in hand. I particularly enjoyed the cooked-to-order breakfast section and the evening carvery.

Entertainment: There’s an impressive discotheque in the hotel but I didn’t get to experience it as it was closed by the time I got back. Nightly cabaret singers were keeping the busy lounge foot tapping and smiling on both nights and as I walked past the outside entrance on my way out on Friday night, a large troop of traditional Canarian singers and dancers was waiting in the wings to make their entrance.

Overall: A grand, genteel hotel with room to breathe and relax amidst lush surroundings; the perfect place to unwind.

Spring Hotel Arona Gran; 4 Star; Avenida Juan Carlos, 1; Los Cristianos; www.aronahotel.com ; (0034) 922 75 06 78; reservations: early bookings through www.springhoteles.com for 2010/2011 winter season get a 10% discount.

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Spring Hotels Golf Tournament at Golf Las Américas

Sitting at the ninth hole of Golf Las Américas, I feel like I’ve been teleported out of Las Américas and onto a private island of palm trees, tropical plantings and exotic birds. Not even visible from the roads that surround it, Golf Las Américas is an oasis of calm and beauty. As far as the eye can see, emerald greens undulate, fringed by palm trees and backed by the Adeje Mountains whose refection shimmers in the rippling surface of the lake. All the bars, visitors, touts and general buzz of Playa de Las Américas have faded and what’s left is a genteel and elegant world of green.

I’ve never understood the attraction of golf.
For years I watched the look of ecstasy on the faces of male work colleagues as they loaded their clubs into the back of their 4x4s and headed off to a Cheshire golf course, muttering some nonsense about it being a valid part of the business day.
Having jumped off that corporate executive ladder to move to an island in the Atlantic, I find it quite ironic that I should now be sitting here at the ninth hole surveying a landscape that would have those same colleagues salivating.
And I’m still wondering, apart from the idyllic location, what on earth the attraction is.

This weekend, Spring Hotels held their third annual golf tournament at the Golf Las Américas course and 120 golfers drove, putted and chipped their way around this 18 hole, par 72 championship course.
The weather is good for the event; a thin blanket of white cloud is sheilding us from the intensity of the sun and a gentle breeze is blowing across the course ““ not enough to interfere with play but just enough to help keep the day’s humidity at bay.

A small marquee at the ninth hole serves as refreshment stop for the players; fresh sandwiches, pastries, fruit, coffee, soft drinks and wine have been prepared by the Spring Arona Gran Hotel and are being served by two smiling catering staff who insist on loading a plate with chocolate cakes and sticky pastries for me.
I”M setting up my notebook, tucking into the cakes and beginning to see the attraction of golf when Sir Old Golfer rolls up having just finished his round after an 8am tee off. I congratulate him on his third place showing on the leader board, but he laughs and tells me that the board is only showing the front nine. Having revealed my golfing virginity beyond all reasonable doubt, I return to my notes none the wiser.

Behind me a group of four men are discussing their morning’s performance.
A few pars, couple of bogeys, no birdies“; no-one seems to have had a good morning, or if they have, they’re keeping their score cards close to their chests.
John Beckley turns up, half way through his round and tries to apologize to someone for his mobile “˜phone going off just as the guy’s about to swing. The resultant shot was a disaster. John’s worried; it would seem that some nerves are frayed and tensions are running high.
I thought golf was supposed to be a relaxing game.

Behind me, the relaxation has definitely kicked in; cold beers are washing down the universally acclaimed sandwiches and pastries and talk alternates between excuses – “I only get to play every couple of months, not like him, he’s on the course twice a week” and resignation; “Your round John, I’m playing rubbish anyway so I might as well enjoy the last eight“.
I’m beginning to uncover the addictive nature of this sport; there’s camaraderie and rivalry in equal measure which fuels a desire to improve performance bordering on the insane.
Plus the prizes look pretty neat.

As I head back to the club house on foot, I’m passed by a buggy being driven, beer in hand, by one of the players whose conversation I’ve been eavesdropping for the past hour or so.
Two thoughts occur to me; no wonder my former colleagues were always so eager to exchange the boardroom for the greens and, can you be done for being drunk in charge of a golf buggy?

Results for the Spring Hotels III Golf Tournament

First category men
Winner: Guillermo Moreno Masia ““ 40 points
Second: Rodrigo Hernandez Diaz ““ 37 points

Second category men
Winner: Aurelio Ricardo Perea Gonzalez ““ 40 points
Second: Kevin Anthony Spence and Tomas Elias Delgado Davis ““ 38 points

Third category men
Winner: Andres Afonso Guerra ““ 39 points
Second: Epifanio Jesus Hernandez Delgado and Jose Manuel Martin ““ 38 points

First category women
Winner: Maria Dominguez Jerez ““ 32 points
Second: Ana Maria Gonzalez Rodriguez ““ 29 points

Second category women
Winner: Maria Candelaria Carrillo ““ 34 points
Second: Marilyn Pendleton ““ 32 points

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Spring Hotels Golf Challenge

Title: Spring Hotels Golf Challenge
Location: Golf Las Americas
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Description: Now in its third year, the Spring Hotels Golf Challenge, 25 Sep, welcomes men and women to play a stableford individual tournament on this delightful course. There’s a prize draw after play and green fees are a mere 45 euros. Full details from 922752005 or www.golf-tenerife.com.
Hang on it gets even better, why not book into the 4 star Arona Gran Hotel for 2 or 3 nights from just 50 euros per night half board including your green fees for this event. For more on that deal contact www.springhoteles.com or 922787745.
Date: 2010-09-25

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