Posted on behalf of Tour Reporter, one Graham Adams
5.30 am Gatwick south terminal, Brian myself and Mushtaq are just entering the terminal and looking forward to a week’s sun and fun. One of Mushtaq’s ambitions he tells us was not to wear the hat. 30 yards on and the first major incident of the week. Mushi has misplaced is cabin bag with his money and passport. He’d left it on the long stay car park bus. Fortunately, the bus was still at the stop and it had been handed in to the bus driver, and in turn we handed Mushi the hat!
A great holiday golf trip started with laughter and ended the same way. We played 4 new courses to the group and 2 old favourites. The weather was, in the main, kind to us with the exception of our trip to The O’Connor, where play was abandoned after 9 miserably wet holes. Shame as everyone loved the course. New to all of us was Palmares a links type layout for 9 holes then up the hill for the last 9. Insufficient buggies (ie none for any of us) meant it was an early night for all, but a fabulous layout despite the walk. Boavista was another pleasant surprise. By far the cheapest of our selection and the shortest its was an excellent test of golf with dog leg par 4’s, ravines and water protected par 3’s and makeable in 2 par 5’s. As you can see by the scores you could score well, but you could also suffer.
Deciding to relocate from Villamoura to Albuferia was a great move. Old town by the sea had a big selection of bars and restaurants to suit all. Each night there were several bands playing and there was dancing in the streets so everyone was catered for. The cake shop under our hotel rooms was even open till 12.00pm so I was told.
Faux par of the week. Barry finds a wedge on the 4th green and Mellow Bone decides to get in his buggy and present it to the group in front of us, assuming it was theirs. “They seemed a little confused but accepted it” says Baz “Still they were German”. We finished the hole and moved on to the 5th Tee, which surprised Boney as it was in the opposite direction to where he had just come from. Not surprising to the rest of us though, he’d given the club to the group playing the 9th! A few holes on group came to see us “Did you find a wedge on the green, you were just behind us?” See him – I said.