Friendly Round – Golfclub Owingen-Ueberlingen Bodensee

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Date: Sunday 23rd April 2017 from 13:00pm

Player Ability *: HCP 36.

For our April 2017 Friendly Round, we will go to Golfclub Owingen-Ueberlingen with views over the beautiful Bodensee.

Spring weather is finally here – fingers crossed the golf gods will continue to shine on the day!

The course is set in a beautiful location on a plateau high above and providing beautiful view of Lake Constance Überlingen.
During the first 9 holes deep you can see over the countryside with wonderful views to Heiligenberg Castle, (owned by the royal family Furstenberg) and the tower of Hohenbodman, while the back 9 holes provides breathtaking views of Lake Constance and the Alps in the background of the Allgäu and Switzerland.

We will play in flights of three or four persons, dependant on numbers.

 

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Cost: 90.- EUR**

Address: (for the GPS)

Golfclub Owingen-Überlingen Hofgut Lugenhof eV
Hofgut Lugenhof
88696 Owingen

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* Players with HCP higher – please contact directly via email info (at) golf4fun.ch for further information

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Fin Bec and the Back 9 Challenge returns once more in 2017

Golf4Fun is pleased to announce the return of Fin Bec Fine Wines as our official Wine Partner once more in 2017!

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That means the return of “Fin Bec Back 9 Challenge” at each round of the Golf4Fun Tournament Series in 2017 as well as many chances to win bottles of their great wines at each round.

And don’t forget:

Complimentary entry tickets to Expovina Primavera (March 30th to April 6th 2017) combined with a 5% discount on wine purchases for all members of Golf4Fun – not just those who take part in the tournament series. To order your entry tickets simply check out our

Partner Offer

We will be visiting Fin Bec Cave during our upcoming Walliser Weekend where we also intend to play 18 holes at Crans Montana GC and Sion GC.

Fin Bec Fine Wines

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Cave Fin Bec SA, in Pont-de-la-Morge/Sion, is not just another winery in the Valais.
The building itself is quite uncommon for a winery. Forget the old fashioned places and welcome to a modern and clear building, designed by the architecht Peter Märkli in Zürich. In the very middle of the vineyards, Cave Fin Bec offers you a perfect place for wine tasting.

Cave Fin Bec proprietor Yvo Mathier is for sure a wine but also an art-lover. He created the innovative myFINBEC concept mixing together wine and art with international graffiti artists.

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The innovation founds also its place in the wine with the unique blends Fin Bec Mer, Fin Bec Rosé & Fin Bec Terre, combining the finesse and balance of the swiss wines and the structure of the french wines. As well as the Bec de Fin Bec sparkling wines made from typical valaisan grapes : Amigne, Heida ( Savagnin Blanc) and Petite Arvine.

Cave Fin Bec will be present at the Expovina Wine Ships wine fair in Zürich from October 29th to November 12th 2015. So why don’t you come and taste some of their wines… As a member of Golf4Fun you’ll not only receive complimentary entry tickets to the 2015 Expovina Wine Fair but you’ll also benefit from a great 5% discount on your wine purchase!

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Yvonne & Yvo Mathier & the Fin Bec Team look forward to welcoming you !

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Walliser Weekend 2017

Dates: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th October 2017

Wallis, Switzerland

Crans Montana Golf Club – home of the Omega European Masters

Player ability: HCP 36.

Join us for our upcoming trip to Wallis where we will play the prestigious Crans Montana GC. Enjoy 2 nights Bed and Breakfast at the Hotel Elite in Sion and combine with a further 18 holes at Sion GC and a Wine Degustation with our 2017 Wine Sponsor Fin Bec Fine Wines at their Cave in Sion

Max. 20 Golfers

Price per person:


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Golfer in a Double Room (based on 2 sharing) 400.- CHF 440.-CHF
Reserve & Pay before Apr. 21st 2017 375.- CHF 415.- CHF
Single Supplement 100.- CHF 100.- CHF
Non Golfer in a Double Room (based on 2 sharing) 220.- CHF
Reserve & Pay before Apr 21st 2017 195.- CHF

 

Highlights:

• 2 nights * at the Elite Hotel Sion with breakfast daily.
• Wine Degustation at Cave Fin Bec
• 1 * 18 holes golf Crans Montana GC
• 1 * 18 holes golf Sion GC

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2017 Singles Knockout

Dates for 2017 Golf4Fun Singles Knockout Competition are now online.

Matchplay

Match play is a whole different game than stroke play. In stroke play, golfers accumulate strokes over the course of 18 holes. The golfer with the fewest strokes at the completion of the round wins. In match play, each hole is a separate competition. The player with the fewest strokes on an individual hole wins that hole; the player winning the most holes wins the match. The stroke total for 18 holes simply doesn’t matter in match play. Stroke play is more a player vs. the course approach; match play is directly player vs. player, or side vs. side. There is one opponent you must beat, and that’s the opponent you’re facing in the match you’re playing right now.

Categories:

* Category 1, HCP 0 – HCP 17.9

* Category 2, HCP 18 – HCP 54/Swiss PR

Dates:

* Round 1: 01.05.2017 – 31.05.2017

* Quater Final: 01.06.2017 – 30.06.2017

* Semi Final: 01.07.2017 – 31.07.2017

* Final: 01.08.2017 – 10.09.2017

* All matches must be completed by 8pm on the last date of each round.

Format:

SINGLES KNOCKOUT Information – please read

Registration:

Online Registration Closes 8pm 27th April 2017

Register in person up to 5pm April 30th

Costs:

* 15.- CHF participation fee, payable upon registration. Winnings split between 1st and 2nd placed players per category – 1st prize 60% of total participant fee (per category), 2nd prize 40%

* Normal green fee charges of golf club where match takes place.

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Ireland Sejourn 2017

Dates: Sunday 3rd September – Sunday 10th September 2017

Dublin, Ireland

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Player ability: HCP 36.

For our Ireland Sejourn 2017 we are heading to the beautiful east cost of Ireland. Staying at the Grand Hotel in the seaside village Malahide which is a short train ride from Dublin city center (20 mins) and playing at

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, St Anne GC, Howth GC, Malahide GC, Corrstown GC.

Price per person:


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Golfer in a Double Room (based on 2 sharing) 1795.- EUR 1945.- EUR
Reserve & Pay before Feb 28th 2017 1645.- EUR 1795.- EUR
Single Supplement 255.- EUR 255.- EUR
Non Golfer in a Double Room (based on 2 sharing) 1600.- EUR
Reserve & Pay before Feb 28th 2017 1450.- EUR

 

Highlights:

•    7 nights * at the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin
•    Cooked breakfast daily.
•    5 * 18 holes golf
•    Transfers to/from Airport, hotel and golf courses included in the package.

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• In the event of a cancellation within the specified periods, the following percentage part payments will apply:
From date of confirmed registration: 30 %
9 to 12 prior to the departure date: 50 %
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Spring Break 2017

Spring Break 2017

Lombardy

Dates: May 12th – May 15th 2017

Player ability: Min HCP – 36

For Spring Break 2015 we will head to the Golf Hotel La Pinetina  from Friday 12th – Monday 15rd May 2017 for 4 days of Golf and fine food and who knows maybe even some more banana golf :).

Playing at GC La Pinetina and GC Bogogno with optional rounds at Ville D’este GC as well as La Robine combined with a great value Half Board offer, 2016 Spring Break is shaping up to be a great long weekend away!

Here’s a brief summary of whats included in the package (link to full details below):

  • 3 nights half board at Golf Hotel La Pinetina
  • 1 * 18 hole Green Fees at La Pinetina Golf Course
  • 1 * 18 hole Green Fees at Bogogno Golf Course

Price per person

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Single 490.- EUR  515.- EUR
Double (golfer) 410.- EUR 431.- EUR
Double (non golfer) 275.- EUR 289.- EUR

 

  • Optional extra 18 holes at La Robine and Villa D’Este GC

1:New in 2016: Golf4Fun has introduced the new Gold Membership. Gold Members profit from additional discounts (see above) and many other benefits. Become a Golf4Fun Gold Member now and receive exclusive discounts on travel and tournaments (full details and registration)

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Indoor Ryder Cup Round 1 – The Belfry

Date: Saturday 10th December 2016 from 1pm

Player Ability: PR and better

Round 1 of the winter Indoor “Ryder Cup” season at Golfnow, Rapperswil Jona and we will play The Belfry (UK) which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2002.

“The Belfry needs little introduction: after all, the Brabazon course has played host to more Ryder Cups than any other…. Its a stern, challenging course, which has been built along distinct American Lines” quote from top100golfcourses.co.uk

Same as last year, we will play in parallel flights of four persons, using the 5 simulators while enjoying the relaxing environs of Golfnow and a kindly offered apero.

Cost: 80.- CHF incl apero*

* Advance registration and payment is required for this event.

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Friendly Round Engelberg Titlis GC

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Date: Sunday Oct 9th 2016

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 12:40pm. Max 16 persons

Meeting Point: at 12pm in the reception area of the club house.

Cost: Green fees for 18 holes: 100.- (ASG club)/120.- (ASGI/ASG Golfcard Migros7international Golf).

Prizes to be won on the day will be sponsored by SWISS Golf traveller #flyswiss

Event Details: For our final Friendly Round of the 2016 season we will go to Golf Club Engelberg Titlis

Pre-requisite – Swiss and Foreign clubs from HCP 36. I will need to book t-times latest 4 days in advance, so the event will close on Tuesday 4th October. Payment will be in advance as I have to pay the golf club in advance to secure the t-times. Cancellation will be as per the Golf Club’s cancellation policy.

– Cost per player – 100.- (ASG club)/120.- (ASGI/ASG Golfcard Migros/international Golf Club) CHF per person.
– Flights of four players, 1st t-time 12:40pm.
– Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of payment, golf club cancellation terms apply.
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Full refund when more than 24 hours in advance
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Friendly Round – Bad Bellingen GC

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Date: Sunday July 24th 2016

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 14:00pm.

Meeting Point: at 13:30 at the secretariat.

Costs:

Green fees for 18 holes – 70.- EUR per person

Join us on the day when our Golf4Fun team will be competing against Basel Baggers in the annual Ryder Cup.

Min HCP: 36/Swiss PR

Prizes to be won on the day for the friendly round will be sponsored by SWISS Golf traveller

For travel, the address for GPS’s is:
Drei Thermen Golfresort, Am Golfplatz 3, 79415 Bad Bellingen-Bamlach

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Breaking News…

Financial Times —  Italian economy receives early boost to 2016

La Gazetta —     Demand for Lemons increases sharply in Lombardi

Track and Field monthly —   New record set at banana golf festival.

  Yes it must be Spring break!!!

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Another highlight of the Golf4Fun season, as 19 lucky members wound their way down to the fairways of Lombardi, with the international flavour enhanced by the inclusion of Roeland, joining us from Holland.

Family Martin had recently acquired a second hand navigation system and was feeling confident of an incident free journey to our first destination of golf club Le Robinie, before making our way back to our base camp at  La Pinetina. Friday morning traffic was light and we had made excellent progress on our route through the San Bernardino tunnel, with Ticino welcoming us with blue skies allowing us to complete our journey with the roof down.

Entering Italy, we slipped onto the autostrada and paid our euro 2.20 toll, and we were quickly at the Lamazzo turn off,  time to activate our Kiwi guide Karen, who promptly instructed us to turn back towards Como resulting in a further euro 2.20 contribution to the Italian highways commission. Common sense and some heated discussions made us realise that this was not the correct route and after a consultation with our organiser, with a desperate mobile call, we reversed direction, putting Karen on mute, and confining her to the glove compartment. A further euro 2.20, and some rather bemused looks from toll personnel, we found the correct route and arrived at our destination with time to spare. Golf clubs loaded on buggy and it was off to the practice range to brush up on that hand/eye coordination, and to try and recall all those useful tips that Golf Point Urdorf`s resident pro, Kevin, had imparted to us at the Sunday training sessions.

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Today, due to a competition, we were starting off the 10th tee box.  A delightful hole with a raised tee and water lining the dogleg par 4 along its right-hand side border.  Little did my Pinnacle gold 4 know that this was to be its final resting place courtesy of a badly struck 7 iron.

The round progressed well, and then on the back 9 one of our flight hit a purple patch, playing inspired golf and the birdie water ( a rather enjoyable Calvados ) was out not once but twice. The second nine was slightly blighted by some slow play, although this was down to the natives and not to any of the Golf4Funners, and so by the time we finished it was a quick drink on the terrace and then the 30 minute drive back to La Pinetina, shower,change and Apéro, which meant we did not eat until late. I had decided to avoid the Grappa this year, instead plumping for the refreshing taste of Limoncello. After becoming thoroughly refreshed it was abed as the following day was an early 9.00am tee off.

Saturday greeted us with blue skies and warm temperatures, so shorts were donned by many, whilst he of the trousers gave us another psychedelic display.

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Playing format today was again off the 10th, playing the first nine and then breaking for a 2 ½ lunch before completing the remaining holes, so it was going to be long day. My flight consisted of old friends, and we quickly got into a rhythm, to the point that on two consecutive holes our tee shots all fell within 1 meter of each other—team golf indeed. Today however the birdie water was not required, but two excellent pars on the difficult par 4 18th by two of my flight were a testament to some fine play.

Saturday night`s Apéro was somewhat earlier than that of the previous evening and my stomach did not have to suffer worries that my throat had been cut. As a result the post dinner drinkies became extremely refreshing with the sensational Roberto ensuring maximum refreshment in every glass.

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Sunday, and off to Bogogno, and the Del Conte course with a civilised 12.30 tee time.  With Kiwi Karen’s role as navigator suspended, we took the step of asking some fellow golfers in the group if we could follow them which worked out perfectly arriving in plenty of time for warm-ups. Temperatures were again up in the mid 20s, with he of the trousers sporting a fine Sunday red ensemble. The usual stunning views of the snow-capped Alps were not with us today as they remained shrouded in cloud —shame.

There were to be two highlights to this round, firstly the children’s party taking place at one of the villas bordering the course, with the kiddies being entertained by a particularly verbose lady with her voice amplified by a very powerful PA system, ensuring maximum disruption to all golfers concentration as they tried to hit a par 3 with water to the right. Still it’s not often you get to boogie on the green to the strains of Justin Bieber, now I know why golfers call it the dance floor.

The second event was a personal one as it appeared to be my day, with a birdie on the back nine and a final tally of 34 points, good enough for second place having been pushed out of first by a fine round by a certain Spanish lady. Our efforts were rewarded with sleeves of Wilson Staff`s finest.

The journey back from Bogogno was again assisted by some fine Swiss convoy techniques with the use of multiple navigation systems ensuring arrival back in La Pinetina intact.

Winners

After a fine Apéro and a very pleasant dinner, slightly dampened as it appeared we had drunk the hotel`s entire supply of Tere Brune over the last few days it was time for the trip`s legendary group participation game, Banana Golf!!

This year’s inflatable fruit were of such dimensions so to allow a new competition, Banana Javelin. This became a hotly contested affair especially amongst the male contingent, with a number of throwing techniques being utilised, with various degrees of success. I myself had taken inspiration from the UK athlete Daley Thompson and it looked, for a while, that I could be rewarded with gold. Ultimately, there had to be a winner and Peter F. became the recipient of the 2016 title in what is rumoured to be a new indoor record and certainly a season’s best.

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Monday and the weather broke.  With some of the tourists setting off to play the 18 at Ville d`Est, this golfed out tiger settled his hotel bill (ouch, –the price of refreshment!!!  ) and we made our way home through the rain, thunder, lightning and snow!!

I have been informed that for those that played Monday, the first nine were interrupted by the weather resulting in some delays, but that the back nine was played in glorious sunshine.

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So another Spring break comes to an end, with many fond memories, and some first class company. Congratulations to all those daily winners and runners up, a big vote of thanks to the fine staff at La Pinetina and, of course, to Nora for organising it all.

On to Golf Club Gams now, and round 2 of the tournament series. Hopefully, all that refreshing golf in Bella Italia is going to pay dividends.

 

Remaining a hopeful Tiger for 2016

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Friendly Round Schloss Langstein GC

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Date: Sunday June 19th @ 12:00pm

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 12:00pm. Max 16 persons

Meeting Point: at 11:30pm in the reception area of the club house.

Cost: Green fees for 18 holes – various see link (http://www.schloss-langenstein.com/english)

Event Details: For our 1st Friendly Round of the 2016 season we will go to Schloss Langstein GC

Pre-requisite – Swiss and Foreign clubs from HCP 36. I will need to book t-times latest 4 days in advance, so the event will close on Tuesday 14th May. Payment will be in advance as I have to pay the golf club in advance to secure the t-times. Cancellation will be as per the Golf Club’s cancellation policy.

– Cost per player – per person for 18 holes – various see link
– Flights of four players, 1st t-time 12:00pm.
– Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of payment, golf club cancellation terms apply.
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Registration is at least 5 days in advance of the event date and pre-payment is required to confirm your place on the course. Places are reserved on a first come first paid basis.

Cancellation policy:
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Friendly Round Obere Alp GC

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Date: Friday May 6th @ 1:30pm

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 1:30pm. Max 16 persons

Meeting Point: at 12:30pm in the reception area of the club house.

Cost: Green fees for 18 holes – various see link (http://www.golf-oberealp.de/index.php/greenfee.html)

Event Details: For our 1st Friendly Round of the 2016 season we will go to Obere Alp Golf Club

Pre-requisite – Swiss and Foreign clubs from HCP 54, Swiss PR. I will need to book t-times latest 4 days in advance, so the event will close on Monday 2nd May. Payment will be in advance as I have to pay the golf club in advance to secure the t-times. Cancellation will be as per the Golf Club’s cancellation policy.

– Cost per player – per person for 18 holes – various see link
– Flights of four players, 1st t-time 1:30pm.
– Reservation is confirmed upon receipt of payment, golf club cancellation terms apply.
– Sign up now to reserve your space

Registration is at least 5 days in advance of the event date and pre-payment is required to confirm your place on the course. Places are reserved on a first come first paid basis.

Cancellation policy:
Full refund when more than 24 hours in advance
No refund for “no shows” or cancellations within 24 hours of the start of the course

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Golf Balls…not included – Belek 2016

A return trip for this Tiger and his now playing Tigress to the delights of the all-inclusive Maxx Royal Golf and Spa resort in Belek,Turkey.

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We were part of a group of 20 Golf4Fun members, with some making a return pilgrimage to this Mecca of golf, and a few new faces to this event, notably our season`s final raffle winners and our, soon to be a father, 2015 season champion.

Leaving Zurich on our Sun Express charter to Antalya, on a rather damp Saturday evening, these 19 chickens and their Hen ( as our organiser had Christened us ) were soon clucking and walking onto a pair of transfer buses – thankfully this year all accounted for .

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After what seemed no time at all, our transport was pulling up outside the hotel, and the staff very quickly dealt with our registration, and had porters taking our luggage to the respective rooms. As it later transpired not all the luggage arrived in the correct room initially, but this was a minor inconvenience and not noticed by many as they availed themselves of the delights of the 24 hour a -la -carte restaurant, albeit 1.00 am .

Sunday morning, and after a hearty breakfast, the first optional round awaited us, Gloria Old. The decision to carry today was made for two reasons, one it was, of course, a sunny but not too hot day, and secondly I thought I should do something to counter the large calorific intake over the last 24 hours. It was pleasing to see the rest of my flight had passed on the buggy option.

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Gloria Old is a tight, pine tree lined course with its fair sprinkling of water hazards. Today my driver and I were having a difference of opinion, and my bag was somewhat lighter at the end of my round than it had been at the beginning.

Having walked and carried, my 50-odd year old body was beginning to ache, with my muscles and joints needing some TLC . Here in the Maxx Royal one of the benefits is a Jacuzzi bath in your room. I rather overdid it with the bubbles (Understatement!!) but the resultant warm glow soon eased those creaky joints.

Off to the Royal Horse Lounge, where the group was meeting for pre-dinner drinkies, and Sushi for those that did not feel calorie challenged. I just plumped for the deliciously fruity chilled Chardonnay accompanied by nuts and crisps   (hmnmmmm).

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Then it was to dinner, accompanied by an amusing Chilean red and, unfortunately, later by some equably enjoyable Port wine.

Monday, and after the fog had lifted from my frontal lobe, and the ringing inside my head had stopped (Oh no that was the alarm clock!!) the early hour meant it was Montgomery day. A quick breakfast and the shuttle bus had us at the clubhouse just before 8.00 am, with time for a quick test of the pace of the greens and not much else.

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With my driver still sulking back at the hotel, I pulled my Mizuno 5 wood from the bag and the resultant drive and subsequent par on the first seemed to offer hope for my golf game. One again though, as the round progressed, my donations to the lake ball glut continued.

Now, the Montgomery is a championship course, indeed it had hosted the Turkish open not two months previously, however the subsequent reseeding had failed due to an unseasonal lack of rain and so the course was not in its best condition, which I told myself was the reason for my rather erratic ball flight. Assurances have been made the course will be in a lot better nick next year.

Having settled on the veranda overlooking the 18th and partaking of a beer and the excellent Monty steak sandwich, conversation moved onto discussing the Golf4Fun newsletter. After the round I had just played a pro`s corner slot seemed like a good idea, then there was Jay`s agony column, and possibly a horoscope page — e.g. –Virgo – Today you might mostly be playing golf —at least that’s what you think you’re playing!! Have you considered taking up knitting maybe?

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The following day the sun continued to shine with the mercury rising enough to allow the wearing of shorts, and we were off to the National Links. Further joy was instilled in this golfer as the use of artificial aids to waken one were not required. Having played the Monty yesterday this course was a sea of green and looked in fine condition.

The island green par 3 second is a real beauty. Hitting an 8 iron right off the sweet spot I watched as the ball landed on the dancefloor and then watched as it slipped quietly over the back to finish wet, and heading to the drop zone.

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My driver and I had been reconciled, without the need for legal representation, but there were a few niggles still to iron out, and on the 10th Bubba turned up. The group in front of us had not been in danger from any of our group`s tee shots up until now, as my Titleist Pro V1 scuttled past the group in front for which I had to humbly apologise for after. Just goes to show you always err on the safe side.

Tonight the group dined in the Tepanyaki restaurant, where we were given a grand show by the chefs and some pretty damn fine food as well. Remember folks this is all inclusive!! After cooked vegetables, which were enough to make a protein freak like me think twice about turning, fried rice, langoustine, scallops, and Kobe beef this diner was ready for a digestive, wisely avoiding the Grappa ( Spring break memories!! ) and taking a Port and just one as   tomorrow was the Titanic.

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Altering the name of this devil in green from TAT to Titanic may have been an unfortunate choice, but Hey!! they only had to fork out for 4 extra letters to place above the entrance. Nothing else though has been skimped on this fine 27 holes layout with top notch buggies, friendly staff, manicured fairways and true greens.

Today we were to play the Mediterranean/Forest combination. As, dear reader, you may have gathered by day 4 there was a serious shortage on the golf ball front in my bag. So having purchased probably the most expensive sleeve of Pinnacle Gold from the pro shop I then set out to endeavour to lose them. This was finally achieved on the 15th after what had been another average round, though with some highlights I will cherish but not bore you with.

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Kaya Eagles up next, and the sun remained high for day 5. The Kaya is a shorter course with some sharp dog legs, so the driver was left at the hotel. It turned out to be the best round of the week for me, with lost balls kept to a minimum, and my playing partners also recording good scores. In fact, it turned out mostly all participants had a good day and the pressure to purl one, stitch one receded.

Suddenly and all too quickly it was the final day. The alarm clock was required again as a rematch with the Monty required an early tee time. After the encouragement of yesterday my round began Par,Par,Par , and my playing partners I am sure were on the point of contacting the handicap committee, but they were not to worry as I lost my first ball on the 4th and there were a few more to follow on the next few holes.

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Once again ( and we all know why ) we had had a glorious week weather wise and so after around 15 minutes of the last group coming in , the weather gods decided enough was enough, and the heavens opened with some gusting wind thrown in for good measure.

My morning finished sitting in front of a roaring fire in the clubhouse, sipping a Turkish coffee and joined by some rather yummy chocolates. Perfick.

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The return journey was almost seamless, but for a computer glitch. As the hotel had a VIP check-in and lounge at the airport that certainly speeded things up as we were whisked through security and passport control.

The end of another great trip having played some great courses, only putting on 1 kilo, despite the best efforts of the all-inclusive Maxx Royal and single- handedly doubling world demand for white spherical objects. If only golf balls were included!!

Lastly , many thanks to Nora for all the organisation , it’s not easy keeping 19 chickens all satisfied, and congratulations to Mehmet for being the golfer of the week, although Myriam and Ryan gave him close competition with just 2 points separating first and third.

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Hopefully this year’s global growth, the employment market and the region`s troubles will all improve, which combined with a complete collapse in the price of golf accessories will allow me and others to return to this great location in 2017.

Peter Martin, Hopeful Tiger 2016

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Autumn Sejourn 2016 – Thracian Cliffs Bulgaria

Dates: Saturday 3rd September – Saturday 10th September 2016

Thracian Cliffs, Bulgaria

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Player ability: Minimum HCP 36

For our Autumn Sejourn 2016 we are heading to the beautiful coast of Bulgaria, staying at the luxury Thracian Cliffs Spa and Golf Resort on the Black Sea, combined with 3 rounds on the dramatic Gary Player Design signature course, as well as a spa and private beach. Staying in 5* Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach resort and playing at

Thracian Cliffs Golf Course 1, Black Sea Rama Golf Course2, Lighthouse Golf Course 3,

1 Hosted Volvo World Match Play Championship.
2Gary Player Signature championship golf course
3 Designed by Ian Woosnam

Highlights:

  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast at Thracian Cliffs Spa and Golf Resort
  • 3 * (18 holes) Thracian Cliffs Golf Course incl. trolley hire
  • 1 * (18 holes) Black Sea Rama Golf Course incl. trolley hire
  • 1 * (18 holes) Lighthouse Golf Course incl. trolley hire
  • Transport between airport and hotel and to/from all golf courses
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  • Free access to Thracian Spa and fitness area incl. Hammam, steam bath, Jacuzzi, sun deck and outside pools
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Alpine Golfing weekend

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 Fancy playing golf with spectacular views?

We have a fantastic weekend lined up for you:

Sat 8th August: 18 holes at Brigels GC (1st tee time approx 1pm)

Sun 9th August: 18 holes at Segrun GC (1st tee time approx 10:30am)

Combine with an overnight and stay in Brigels at either the Kirstenpass Hotel or the Frisal Hotel

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18 holes Brigels GC: 100.- CHF per person

18 holes Segrun HC: 90.- CHF per person

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BAGS FULL OF FUN – 2015 Ryder Cup

This year’s Ryder Cup was to be competed for over the nine holes at Fricktal golf club in Aargau. A team from Basel, The Basel Baggers, taking on the 10 men and women from Golf4Fun.

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I had been fortunate enough to be one of those selected, an honour indeed. Personally, I think the rather fetching black shorts might have swung it.

So, not ever having played the course and on the recommendation of our team captain, I took the Friday afternoon off work and played and was glad that I did, for whilst Fricktal is not a long course it makes up for this with sharply angled fairways, thick rough and tricky greens, and so the practice round was a useful experience.

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Dawn and I had decided to make a weekend of it and after trawling through Trip Advisor, I plumped for the Hotel Platanenhof in Frick. This turned out to be a great hotel, with a true mine host in the form of its owner Lars and a brilliant restaurant serving delicious food and a mean Spanish red. The Cuvée Blanc we had for Apéro was from Frick itself and a true revelation.

Naturally, the inner athlete and competitor within me resisted the temptation to sink into a soporific state, and I hauled myself upstairs before I turned into a pumpkin.

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Saturday morning began with a sky full of slightly threatening Cumulus Nimbus, but of course we should have had more faith and, sure enough, by the time breakfast was finished high pressure system Nora had moved in, banishing any hint of precipitation and leaving Fricktal Golf bathed in sunshine.

We arrived in plenty of time at the course, as we had been ordered OOOPS requested by email, so as to allow enough time to try on the team shirts. This, as it turned out, was a good thing as there was some confusion over sizing, with the first one tried on by yours truly being a ladies medium resulting in severely restricted movement, leaving me feeling as if I was wearing one of those latex accessories that can be purchased from a certain machine in a gentleman’s (or Ladies` so I am told) convenience.

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After a number of swaps with other players of both sexes — THE SHIRTS!!! – All of us had the correct attire. We were further kitted out thanks to the generosity of TCL with new gloves and a sleeve of those lovely Titleist balls.

The prize for which we would be competing this year was, in fact, not a cup, but a framed photo (care of our Ron), of the 18th at Gruyère looking up from green to tee. Great photo Ron!

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The morning round was a foursomes played over nine holes, and my partner was to be Jay (he of the alternative strides). Interestingly though, today he was adorning something much more conservative, no doubt in deference to the simple black and white colours donned by our opponents.

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We started well, taking the first to go one up, but over the next seven holes our fortunes were to ebb and flow until we came to the ninth still one up for the match. There was a small gallery of other competitors gathered behind the last green to see the remaining groups come in and I pushed my tee shot slightly to the right of the green, setting myself up for a potential Larry Mize moment. Whilst the resulting chip went very close it did not drop, but the resulting par was enough to have us finish the match 2 up.

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It transpired that our first two matches out had not had such fortunate results, and we were currently trailing 1-2. The other groups came in and by the finish the Golf4 Fun’ers had turned things around, sneaking ahead with a 3-2 margin.

Lunch was eaten al fresco on the panoramic terrace, with a chance to swap notes on each others` opponents as well as to sample the delights of the kitchen, in my case, schnitzel and chips – lovely.

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The afternoon 18 holes were to be played in a Greensomes format, with teams matched with different opponents from those in the morning.

Jay had now reverted to type and was now sporting a particularly attractive pair of red trousers with flame motifs.

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Our round did not begin well, going one down after the first hole. However, we steadied the ship and pulled it back on the third, as the birdie water made an appearance.

Our opponents were unlucky as we hit a hot streak and my flask of highland single malt was soon depleted and the match was won 7 & 6.

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Returning to the clubhouse it was to turn out to be Golf4 Fun`s day with all the teams in red and black managing to dig out wins, resulting in a final 8-2 result.

All credit though to the Basel Baggers, who were excellent company and the score line may have flattered our efforts.

The weather had remained perfect and the evening was celebrated with a BBQ on the terrace, bathed in sunshine. Prizes were given, speeches made and Ron’s masterpiece was presented to Nora and Alison, with the celluloid trophy now to be seen hanging at Golf Point Urdorf.

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It is hoped that this will become an annual event and I feel sure that next time will be a closer run thing.

Congratulations to all the Golf4Fun team and especially to our captain, Alison, who was inspiring with her pairings strategy and also to Nora for all her help in the organization and the climatic conditions!!

Peter Martin Hopeful Tiger 2015

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Gavi , Grappa and Golfing Miracles

Some of the more regular readers amongst you may have spotted a recurring theme here, but it is difficult to sum up in short what are probably some of the best four days of the golfing calendar, when 20 or so Golf4Fun members potter down to this premier location near the Italian lakes in the shadow of the formidable Alps, in celebration of the noble game.

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We began our journey in glorious sunshine, only to be met with a torrential downpour as we reached Lugano. Luckily though this was short lived and the fine weather returned before we reached the Lamazzo North turn off.
Having remembered last year’s tortuous journey to locate Pinetina without the aid of GPS which resulted in a lively in-transit discussion and  a divorce lawyer on speed dial, I had taken careful steps to study the route vigorously beforehand. We arrived, with no dramas, just after mid-day, allowing time to unpack and have a spot of lunch before playing 18.

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As it transpired this would be reduced to 16.5 as the rain we had encountered earlier caught up with us, together with the golfer`s nightmare – LIGHTNING!!
The shortened round was long enough though to provide us with a good insight into how the course was playing, with no real rough to contend with and the greens running fair and true.
The remainder of the Golf4Fun contingent arrived in the early evening, after having played Villa D’Est beforehand, and the slight delay to the start of dinner allowed us ample time to try the white wine of choice Gavi, which was  destined to become the Apèro drink of choice over the ensuing days for yours truly.

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Saturday, and with Nora now in attendance the O’Sullivan High moved in producing blue skies and mild temperatures. Due to some hiccups in the tee-off time scheduling I found myself on the first at 7.30 am and more remarkable was the presence of my better half who doesn’t normally see this time of the day. Fortunately, we had remembered to pack the kettle and the Tetley tea bags and so a strong brew taken on waking allowed a modicum of polite conversation possible.

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The golf turned out to be most enjoyable, and having not partaken of any after-dinner digestive snifters the night before, the Grappa loving insect community that had plagued me last year, mistaking me to be a blood donor and a free drink, were to be disappointed. The added precaution of long trousers also helped.
Having played so early, a free afternoon beckoned and we decided to take the opportunity to drive to the lake side town of Como. Starting the engine I realised that all was not well with the car`s exhaust, and the Peugeot 307 cc had decided to imitate a badly tuned Ferrari. Still, as we were in Italy etc.
So with roof down we set off, deciding not to take the motorway, instead opting for the scenic route that would be kinder on the senses, the exhaust and our passengers` hair. Along the way it was soon evident that there are plenty of opportunities for the long distance lorry driver to rest and relax in the company of stimulating female company, should they so choose. Certainly some strange goings on in the Lombardi countryside. This combined with what seemed that every motorcyclist we encountered thinking he was Valentino Rossi made for a colourful road trip.
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After a pleasant lunch Al Fresco, we gently strolled through the historical quarter, and before we knew it we were back in the car, with the credit card completely unscathed.
Two minor miracles in a day!!
Back  to  the club, to discover that a number of keen golfers had subsequently completed their rounds and  gone out again to complete 36 holes for the day —  That’s the golf bug for you.
Sunday, and it was off to Borgogno. Once again it was time for my annual Spanish lesson courtesy of Carlos` Sat Nav. Little did we know that the Italian highways authority had decided to close off the obvious connections to the motorway, sending our female navigator into  convulciones , and in the end we had to do it the old fashioned way trusting to blind luck and gut instinct.

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We arrived with just over 30 minutes to go before we were due to go out, so no time for a warm up , and in the interests of rapidity, we parked in the members` car park, sandwiched between some very expensive machinery.
This year Golf4Fun was being let loose on the Del Conte course, and at a first glance of the card it showed there would be plenty of water and sand to navigate.
My round began inauspiciously with my drive on the first finding the water and my fourth hooked into the trees. NIL-POINT. Still, I took some encouragement from one of my playing companions saying that I was striking the ball well and to my relief promptly put some points on the card at the second.
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I then found my game and continued to score to my handicap over the next few holes, our four ball settling into a rhythm. That is until we reached the ninth.
A rather weak drive had forced me into a lay-up. I then looked on as the competition for the day`s lifejacket award heated up, with two of my playing companions failing to convert over the greenside water to  take a drop each. The fourth member of the flight had other worries as they could not find their GPS and in the interests of marital harmony it had to be found!! Golf for the moment took a back seat, and the break in the rhythm was reflected in the scores written down on that hole.
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Harmony though was quickly restored (yes, we found it). The back nine beckoned, with a vista of blue sky and snowcapped mountains what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Miracle number 3 was to arrive at the Par 3 sixteenth, as I managed to record a 2 on my card !! It is not often that I manage this feat and just typical there was no birdy pot. More importantly, though, I was not in possession of any birdy water. Luckily, one of our flight could oblige and the sip of some delightful single malt from a hip flask was extremely welcome. ( If there are any immediate relatives or loved ones reading this – strong  hint for a birthday present intended )

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Our round was over too quickly as usual, and after a cold beer on the clubhouse terrace, we headed back to Pinetina. We should have known that on a Sunday evening there would be throngs of Milanese returning home and it was not long before we were static which resulted in a much longer journey than intended.

After dinner there was many a weary golfer to be seen, some deciding to retire early whilst others watched the drama of the final round of the PGA Players championship at TPC Sawgrass unfolding in the T.V room. As a consequence the planned banana golf championship to be played at the BAR Pinetina was cancelled — maybe next year.

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Monday morning, and a number of members were off to play La Robinie, whilst others, including myself, were returning back to reality. It was another glorious day albeit tinged with sadness, and despite the injured Peugeot we had a pleasant return drive  although the decision go through the  St Gottard tunnel with the roof down was not the best idea .

Thanks, as always, to Nora for a great long weekend and to all the new members that came as well ensuring another memorable Golf4Fun spring break.
As  a footnote  — Could anyone in possession of, or knowing  the location of, an inflatable banana please contact Nora . I believe size is not necessarily an issue. —  YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN !!!—

Peter Martin, Hopeful Tiger 2015

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Friendly Round Frick GC

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Date: Saturday June 13th 2015 @ 2:40pm

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 2:40pm.

Meeting Point: at 2pm in the reception area of the club house.

Cost: Green fees for 18 holes – 80.- CHF per person.

Event Details: For our next Friendly Round of the 2015 season we will go to Golf Club Fricktal

Pre-requisite – Swiss and Foreign clubs from HCP 36, Swiss PR. I will need to book t-times latest 4 days in advance, so the event will close on Tuesday 9th June. Payment will be in advance as I have to pay the golf club in advance to secure the t-times. Cancellation will be as per the Golf Club’s cancellation policy.

– Cost per player – 80.- CHF per person for 18 holes.
– Flights of four players, 1st t-time 2:40pm.
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Autumn Sejourn 2015 – Vilamoura

Dates: Saturday 26th September – Saturday 3rd October 2015

Vilamoura, Portugal

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Player ability: Minimum HCP Men 28, Ladies 36/Swiss PR

For our Autumn Sejourn 2015 we are heading to the beautiful south cost of Portugal. Staying in heart of the marina area in Vilamoura at the 4* Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel and playing at

Oceanico GC – Victoria Course 1, Oceanico GC – Old Course, Vila Sol GC2, Pinhal GC, Vale do Lobo GC – Ocean Course 3,
Vale do Lobo GC – Royal Course
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1 Hosted Portugal Masters since 2007.
2 Hosted Porteguese Open in 1992 and 1993
3,4 Hosted Porteguese Open in 2003

Price per person:

  • Single: 1220.- EUR

Early Bird Discount: Reserve and pay before May 15 2015 – 1098. – EUR

  • Single Delux: 1440.- EUR

Early Bird Discount: Reserve and pay before May 15 2015 – 1296. – EUR

  • Double (golfer) : 1110.- EUR

Early Bird Discount: Reserve and pay before May 15 2015 – 999. – EUR

  • Double (non-golfer): 660.- CHF

Early Bird Discount: Reserve and pay before May 15 2015 – 594. – EUR

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  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast at Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel
  • Playing at Oceanico Victoria and Old courses as well as Vila Sol GC and Pinhal GC
  • Optional extra rounds at Vale do Lobo GC – Royal and Ocean courses.
  • Transfers to/from Airport, hotel and golf courses included in the package.

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Green And Mountaneous Scenery – Friendly round reviews from Peter

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As the title suggests Gams golf course is just that! Once again Nora had been out with the goats blood and candlewax to ensure another perfect sunny day for a Golf 4 fun event magically slotted in between two washouts.

As well as the friendly round it was the location to test our two singles knock out competition finalists. Jay was sporting a positive set of strides, and Bob as always looking the consummate professional as they both whizzed a couple down the first at 11.00 am.

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During their post-match press conference –that’s yours truly asking how it went — it transpired that after the front nine it was a close run thing with Bob just with his nose in front. Things were to turn in Jays favour as he took just 37 hits on the inward nine to win 2and1 , just going to show how well Bob played as well , but was unlucky to play a man that was on the day on top of his game. Congratulations Jay.

Whilst the course was being dissected by those two a further three flights followed to play an unfamiliar links. The first factor that became obvious was the amount of water hazards placed strategically to catch out any errant shots, as I discovered on the second dogleg Par 4 , managing to place two consecutive golf balls in the drink — BLOB !

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There is certainly no danger of slow play at Gams , as it seemed the rangers were everywhere speeding around in their buggies ensuring there were no delays and we all managed to get in after four and a quarter hours.

Mark B was once again on hand to verify the scorecards, and after a beer and a wienerli   it was Robs girlfriend Catherine taking first spot with 43 points. (Those two are going to have to get a larger trophy cabinet at this rate) and second place to Marcel on 40 points.

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The clubhouse has to get a mention here as the staff made us feel most welcome with excellent service and the seating and view from the terrace are a bonus. The Secretariat also outdid themselves and it’s great that Nora has managed to secure the course as one of next seasons tournament series venues.

 I left Gams as a very contented golfer and look forward to playing it again next year , but give apologies to Garage Zimmerman for drowning two of their kindly donated golf balls.

 Peter Martin, hopeful Tiger 2014

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Friendly Round – Gams GC

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Date: Sunday August 24th 2014

Starting Time: Flights of 4 persons. First flight starting 10:50am.

Meeting Point: at 10:30 at the secretariat.

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Reduced Green fees for 18 holes on the day – 100.- CHF per person

(normal green fee: ASGI 110.- CHF, ASG Golfcard Migros 130.- CHF)

Min HCP: 36/Swiss PR

Prizes to be won on the day for the friendly round will be sponsored by SWISS Golf traveller

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Gams GC, 9473 Gams, Switzerland

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Ryder Cup Victory for the “Red Devils”

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After a couple of months of feverish anticipation the day for our inaugural Ryder Day Cup against Chreis4 finally dawned. From earlier reports, our opposition were seasoned players who had already participated in two 3-Day Ryder Cups in Italy and Germany. This was in marked contrast to us who were playing in our inaugural team matchplay but we were eager to give a good account of ourselves and had made good preparations, including a very enjoyable short game clinic engineered by Brian and Daniel followed by some strategic pointers over a beverage or two. Golf4Fun were now ready to rock and roll!

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 Sunday morning brought clear skies and the promise of sunshine. Golf4Fun were kitted out in their ‘Tiger’ Red polo shirts combined with navy or black shorts and trousers – even our most sartorially aloof member turned out in plain black trousers – well at least for the opening fourball! Slowly the Chreis4 players began to arrive in their black ‘Phil’ tops and once the cards were organized it was off to the first Tee for a briefing from Michel, Captain of the Chreis4 team.

 The Quellenberg course was in tip top condition with the greens willing to reward any confidently rolled putts. Everyone settled quickly into their pairings and the scoring began. For many, it was their first introduction to matchplay and they immediately learnt what 0, +, and – represented on a card and fairly soon the competitive spirit was growing. After 6 Fourball matches Golf4Fun led 5-1. For many the temperatures were proving a challenge and there were several quick showers over the lunchtime break to ensure alertness for the challenge of afternoon Foursomes. Chreis4 were now under severe pressure and this was aptly portrayed when one pairing drank generously of Birdie Water on the first tee of Kappellenberg! All the pairings had already decided who would tee off and soon all the matches were underway with players alternating shots. As the afternoon match results started to roll in it was clear that Golf4Fun would achieve a comprehensive victory with the final result proving 11-1.

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After the stifling heat on the course an ice cold beer proved a huge temptation for everyone. The dinner was delicious and there was wine to accompany this banquet. Everywhere around the table one could see that new friendships had formed and everyone had clearly enjoyed their day. It now just remained for Michel and Alison to say their respective words of commiseration and congratulation to their teams. Chreis4 were generous in defeat and congratulated us on our handsome victory and promised to bring their ‘heavy guns’ next year. Michel wrapped up by presenting us with the wonderful silver Pokal together with some Seco to toast our inaugural victory – one bottle was promptly poured into the Trophy and passed around the table for everyone to take a sup and reflect on what a truly enjoyable day of golf it had been.

 Alison Taylor, Golf4Fun Ryder Cup team captain 2014

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Bad Alvenau and oh what weather we had…

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Having researched the weather the night before and waking up to heavy rain brought back memories of the last time that Golf4Fun went to Bad Alvaneu for a friendly round, at that time the driving range was closed due to a landslide caused by a lot of rain. A quick check of the club webpage and webcam confirmed that the course was open and that there appeared to be no standing water on the course and in fact a hardy individual was already out playing.

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 Of the 14 people that signed up only two cancelled due to the poor weather, so the original 4 flights were rearranged into 3 fourballs. It was a day for millionaires golf as we were the only 3 groups out playing, unsurprising as the rain showed no signs of abating nor did it, other than Jay and Karin, who were playing their Matchplay round, pretty much everybody gave up trying to keep score after about the 6th hole. After 9 holes Pedro and James decided enough was enough, or saw sense, and retired to the clubhouse, the remaining hardy, or perhaps foolhardy, souls continued to complete the 18 holes. Around the 13th hole Mark Johnston rather rashly asked if it could rain harder to which Mother Nature duly responded by demonstrating that it could rain harder.

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Despite the weather, everybody enjoyed the round the fantastic scenery at Bad Alvaneu and the post round drinks discussion centered around arranging a second trip to hopefully play when the sun is shining. Two days later and the head covers and golf shoes have just about dried out :-).

Mark Broughton, Hopeful Tiger 2014

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A net par, some bogeys and a pretty good flammküchen!

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The weather gods were predicting downpours but despite this a 5:30am start following by a twisty drive through Alsace countryside and we arrived in La Largue just as the raindrops stopped to fall. Batteries charged with a quick shot of espresso and it was off to the first tee, all of us still bundled up in rain gear – not quite sure how the day might unfold.

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For me La Largue was a completely new course and combined with a 30% discount on the green fees (many thanks Hau-Kit!) even the propect of the weather and a one and a half hour drive didn’t dampen the interest to check it out. The clubhouse is nestled into a tree covered hillside and you get glimpses of it from various vantage points during the course, always with some menacing bunkers in eye shot as well. I’m happy to say I only hit “the beach” once on the day – on the 18th which ended as a blob anyhow.

The course rating, at least for us high handicap’ers, is forgiving – but it needs to be – the course is challenging with many holes penalising any mis-hit or slice. But with 4 blobs and a few lost balls I still managed to sneak into the buffer zone courtesy of a net par and 4 bogeys – phew.

For me the 10th and 18th are the holes I will remember best with their stunning backdrops and challenging green positions. I can recommend the local speciality – Flammküchen – at the club house if you decide to rest your weary bones after the ups and downs on course. Definitely one to try and I’m sure we’ll be back – thank you La Largue for a great day of golf and thank you to the golf gods for blessing us with sun towards the end of the round! Click on any of the photos to see the full album

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Golfclub Owingen-Ueberlingen – how it was on the day

At the end of the season, and a first time visit to a new course. I wasn’t prepared.

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Golfclub Owingen-Ueberlingen is just over an hour from Zürich, around the top of the Bodensee. With a par of 73 (4 par 3s and 5 par 5s), it was going to be a little different to the norm. I turned up late, and tired, but ready for some fun in the improving afternoon weather. The 1st is a par 5, needing negotiation of both a ditch across the fairway, and another water hazard short left of the green. My bogey putt was a weak one, and it took the break – away from the hole.

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On the front nine, there followed (in no particular order) 2 par 3s, five dog-legs, and just one straight hole where your drive was blind and your approach to the green uphill so you can’t see the bottom of the flag. Six of the nine greens on the front 9 cannot be seen at all from the tee. Trust in your golf game is a must. Good judgement too. I didn’t have mine with me! Still, the greens were in excellent condition, and my putting was starting to show signs of improvement.

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The 10th is all uphill, with another blind shot to a wickedly sloping green. Take a moment to recover from the climb when you get to the 11th tee – the highest point, and best view on the course. The back 9 has its share of dog legs too, but out-of-bounds is the killer on a number of holes; 11, 12 and 14 in particular. The finish is long. 16 and 17 are both par 5s.

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It was great to face a relatively easy finishing hole – although over water to the green – before packing the car and heading to the 19th for some well-earned refreshment. Suffice to say, it didn’t take long to count my stableford points that day!

It is different, and may not be everybody’s favourite, but it is enjoyable as well as a challenging course. If you’re playing it for the first time, and you don’t bring your ‘A-game’ with you, be prepared to do as I did – put it down as a practice round for your 2nd visit!

Jay Gilbert, King Tiger 2013


“My first time” – Conquering Dooks Links Course in South West Ireland

Andrea2So here we are, second day of our golftrip to Ireland and I´m about to play my first real links course. I was always wondering, what people find so special about these courses, that they tend to lower their voices to a respectful whisper when talking about them. They are old? Okay. Natural courses? Means the Greenkeeper doesnt want to work to much. Fairways at the coast? Well, I already played some courses with amazing views of the sea. Andrea4Let´s see. We are in the southwest corner of Ireland, Kerry, playing Dooks Golf Course. Two of our flightpartners decided to go with Caddies, to help them manage the course. If they think thats necessary…

IMG_4802The Tee-Off seems to approve my opinion: a Par 4, hills to the right, rough to the left, with a fairway first up-, then downhill to the green. Nice, no doubt, but nothing so special. Ok, I admit the green is really speedy, I needed 4 putts to put the ball in the goal.

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A short walk to the right brings us up to the second hole, from where we get an overwiew of the whole course.

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Andrea5Nothing prepared me for the sheer beauty of this scenery. The Atlantic to the left, calm today, almost no waves. But the huge Boulderrocks at the shore tell that this ocean is not always like a bathtube. The golf course is designed right into that landscape, following the slight bow of the cliff. Through the clouds the sun highlights a hill here, a Teebox there. The fairways snuggle alongside the dunes, the beach grass waving in the wind. Hares hobble past.

Andrea6As a kid, me and my brother used to play hide and seek in our summer vacations in dunes like that. Now it´s the ball and me playing that game, only that the ball never seems to seek for me. Thanks God the Caddies are with us! Not only that they have eagle eyes and find balls even in the deepest beach grass, but they help us a lot not to get in the Hide-and-Seek-Situation.

Andrea7After 4 holes I understand where the respectful tone comes from. If you try to play a links like a normal course, you probably wont have much fun. Wind, rocksolid ground and undulated greens corrupt your usual distances and directions.

Andrea8But following the Caddies tips (or at least try to) I had one of the greates rounds of golf ever. Not speaking in terms of scoring, but in terms of pure fun with the game of golf. Taking 2 clublenghts shorter than I normally would have to attack a hill well in front of the flag and watching how the ball bumps and rolls all the way down the green. Aiming a putt in a ridiculous direction to see how the egg zigzags into the cup. And in the rare case of a wide fairway in front and wind from the back a Drive that gives even me the feeling of being a real Longhitter.

Andrea9We played more links courses during the week and especially Dingle and Skellig Bay are also spectacular places to go to. But my favourite was and is Dooks – my first real links course.

Andrea10Andrea Neitzel, Hopeful Tiger and converted Links player, Sept 2013


Gruyére revisited – A Perfect Summers Day

view1August, sunshine and breathtaking views combined with a visit back to a course which is turning into a favourite for Golf4Fun’ers – A Perfect Summers Day! Back in May, we battled with pretty much Irish weather conditions and our own HCP’s for the usual round of great prizes. In August the prize was really the breathtaking view across the lake and over the surrounding alps. At the first tee box we were greeted with the sound of cow bells in the distance.

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Hole 1 and Mark very nearly managed a hole in one but was content to add a birdie as his first score of the day. None of the rest of us managed such graceful play on the first tee although there were many great moments on the day.

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The green of the par 4 hole 17 saw a stunning tee shot from Murray who landed only a few meters short of the green. For the rest of us we had to be content with Pars and Boogies as well as the welcome sight of the lake and clubhouse beckoning us back for the 19th hole.

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Congratulations to Peter for an impressive 39 points and Nora for the runner up spot with 38 points.

Prizes kindly sponsored by SWISS Golf Traveller


The mystery of Emmental solved – a players viewpoint

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Time to go and play a new golf course, and what a beautiful day for it.  There isn’t much of the course in view from the car park, or the clubhouse: a few practice holes, and the top of the flag on the 18th, and that’s about it.  A mystery.

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After a relaxed visit to the pro shop/starter’s office, a short distance from the clubhouse, to pay our dues and collect score cards, we congregated on the 1st for a few pictures before teeing off.  Only the 1st – a short and straightforward par 4 – in view.  Still a mystery.  The par 3 2nd doubles back on the 1st, and then the climb – a significant uphill struggle.  This is when you wish you had a motorised trolley.  However, when you get to the top take a moment to start appreciating the course.  You can see the par 5 3rd heading off uphill, but also the 6th and 7th.  The view of the surrounding countryside and the mountains in the distance really add to the feeling that you’re out for a good walk, and no amount of poor golf can spoil it.

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I would consider the 6th as the course’s signature hole; a par 3 with the green a long way below the level of the tee, with a pond on the right.  Also a dangerous hole.  The prevailing wind captured my tee shot, which ended up wet.  I’ll be aiming left next time!  The 7th takes you back uphill slightly, and on finishing the hole you cross a bridge to reach the next 10 holes.  The 8th – another elevated tee where, if you’re a big hitter, you’ll need to be careful not to run out of room on the dogleg left.

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The turn is relatively easy, given that the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th consist of 3 short dogleg par 4s (2 right, 1 left) sandwiched by two short par 3s.  Make the most of it because the finish is tough.  Two long par 4s and an uphill par 5 take you to another delightful par 3.  However, I wouldn’t want to play it from the white tees (almost 200 metres) when the wind is blowing!  The view, once again, is fabulous.  The 18th tee is on the wrong side of the ‘gorge’.  The carry is relatively short, but I expect somewhat intimidating for the higher handicappers.  Back across the bridge, and the hole is all downhill, with water in front of the green.  Be wary with your lay-up shot.  The ball goes further than you expect!

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A couple of putts and a couple of handshakes later, and we’re back in the clubhouse swopping ‘if-only’ stories.

A fair course – a little hilly in places, but not too long and not too narrow if your club selection is good.  Good, consistent greens, and rough that penalises wayward shots, but at least lets you find your ball.  This, and some beautiful views thrown in.  If only I could play this course again tomorrow…

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Jay Gilbert, hopeful Tiger 2013


Sunny Waldkirch and our Queen Rabbit stole the day

Last Sunday a group of us took on the challenging combination of the Green and Red courses at Waldkirch GC. A good opportunity to check out the location for our season final in September this year. And what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than on a great golf course with some other golf4fun’ers!

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Congratulations to both Myriam and Tim for a stunning 39 point tie for victory!

Many thanks as usual to SWISS Golf Traveller for sponsoring prizes for our Friendly Rounds!


Spring Break in Piedmont

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Against a backdrop of the snow capped morainal Serra mountains and a beautiful twisty hair-pin bendy road, we arrived slowely car load by car load on Friday afternoon.

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A sunny terrace awaited us to relax from the drive! And then the first of 3 wonderful evening meals during our 3 night 4 day stay – a compliment to the kitchen who produced great meals each evening during out stay!

Saturday morning dawned partially sunny and a little damp but as the day progressed it just kept getting sunnier. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for most of our golfing.

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” Often ranked as Italy’s best golf venue, it’s not difficult to see why “Le Betulle” (The Birches) at Biella Golf Club is so highly rated. The very strong and challenging layout occupies pleasantly undulating terrain, with many elevated tees and attractive dog-legging holes in the mix. In this serenely natural woodland setting, the plentiful presence of mature silver birch, oak, chestnut and fir trees, creates a classic parkland golfing environment. Running alongside and across several holes, small water ditches will keep you on your mettle, and ensure the need for good course management.

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Many picturesque mountain views, underline Biella’s Piemonte setting, with the mighty Alps starting their upward journey just a few kilometres to the north and west. Amongst the most memorable and challenging holes are the par-5 9th and 18th, but its the snaking par-5 16th that will keep you coming back for more – until you’ve figured out how best to play it. With a green-keeping staff who produce excellent quality fairways and greens, Biella has much to be admired. A must play course if you are visiting northern Italy.” http://www.wheretogolf.com

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Not too challenging for fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy who won the European Amateur on those same fairways back in 2006 with a course record of 65 which he still holds the title for today. Unfortunately for all the rest of us 65 was not within reach, although Jay did a pretty good job on both days!

Saturday saw us playing stableford with “Secret Partners” for the final prize draw. Roeland, Daniel and Pedro all won prizes sponsored by SWISS Golf Travel! Sunday we just stuck to regular stableford and again Roeland, Daniel and Pedro gained those all important 2nd and 4th places in the prize categories that mattered! Congrats to all three of them.

But for the rest of us, relief at better scoring coupled with perfect weather rounded off the second day of golfing.

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A complimentary 18 holes on the Monday – many thanks to Pedro for his persistance and the golf club staff for being so nice – rounded off the perfect weekend with the sun once more making those final moments on the terrace memorable. No discussions, the location for Spring Break 2014 has been set with a resounding “Yes” from the Golf4Fun’ers who enjoyed the perfect long weekend there in 2013 – Biele we will be very happy to return. And hopefully our golf will have improved!

And the prize of most artistic t-shot goes to Dani for this perfect landing on the 11th hole:

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Schlossplatz Golf Course Outing

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Last Sunday Golf4Fun’ers travelled to Schlossplatz Golf Course braving the cold and were rewarded by the sunshine coming out to greet us as we make it through the final holes.

It was my 1st time visiting the course, which is one of four courses belonging to the Drei Thermen Golf Resort. And at 1 hour and 20 minutes from Zuerich it makes it pretty accessible when you tire of all the courses closer to home and want to check out someplace new.

Set in the woodland grounds of what must once have been an impressive castle, the course only featured 3 dog legs so the variety of challenges is not great. However it certainly challenged the gentlemen to keep those drives straight – golf balls were heard hitting many tree trunks on the day. To say the fairways are tight is an understatement and there was many misjudgements of the greens. What looked like a simple course on paper was anything but when faced with the challenge in reality.

If you want to try a course which will test all of your abilities except your phobia of water, then this is one for you to check out!

As we wound our way around the very scenic course – you can see some pictures in our group album by clicking on the picture above – we were joined by a lone player who by the end of the round had become the newest member of Golf4Fun.

Congratulations to Paul for a commanding 39 point win, made even more commanding as he was the PR of the group! Another contendor for King Rabbit of 2013 appears in our sights. Pedro came in second with a resounding 34 points. The rest of us trailed behind in the following order: Jay (29), Geoff (27), Antonette (26), Nora (23), Pedro D (21) and Dani and Siegi made up the final scores between them.

Next friendly round in May will be our weekend trip playing at La Bielle in Piedmont, which I just heard yesterday is an extremely challenging course also. The group trip is now full, so anyone who would like to join will be added to the wait list. Full details for the weekend here.

Many thanks to SWISS Golf Traveller for sponsoring the prizes for all our Friendly Rounds and Par 3 events in 2013! Check out their great offer exclusive to Golf4Fun members


Emmental King and Queen

Congratulations to Nora & Berni for a joint win yesterday at Emmental Golf club yesterday!

Emmental became a full 18 hole course in 2012 and the beautiful country side provided an excellent backdrop for some great Golf! We will return in 2013 for round 6 of our tournament series but also for another Friendly Round. Keep your eye on the Event listings or sign up for the newsletter to ensure you are kept up to date and don’t miss out playing at this great course.

Photos are online in the usual place and you can see them by clicking on the picture below but in the meantime here’s a taster…


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Congratulations to Andrea for a convincing 39 point at Gruyére Golf Club yesterday!

We had ringside seats beside the Lake of Gruyére as the terraces of the golf course took us progressively higher up over the lake. Another breathtaking set of views, we will return in May 2013 for Round 2 of our official tournament series and mostly probably for another Friendly Round in 2013 also.

Photos are online in the usual place and you can see them by clicking on the picture below but in the meantime here’s a taster…

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Golf with a View!!!

Congratulations to Mark and Richard for a joint win yesterday surrounded by some spectular scenary at Bad Alvenau Golf Club.

Beautiful fairways against a backdrop of stunning mountains and tricky but pleasing to the eye water hazards. Keep your eye on the Event listings or sign up for the newsletter to ensure you are kept up to date and don’t miss out playing at this great course as I’m sure we will return for a Friendly Round once more in 2013 and beyond!


Appealing Appenzell

Congratulations to Steph for his win at GolfClub Appenzell with a perfect 36 points. Jay came second with 34 points and Siegi came third with 31 points!

Keep your eye on the Event listings or sign up for the newsletter to ensure you are kept up to date and don’t miss out playing at this great course as I’m sure we will return for a Friendly Round once more in 2013 and beyond!

And in the meantime here’s a taster from the day, click on the photo to see the full album:

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Ybrig dreams

Congratulations to Siege for his commanding win at Ybrig Golf Club with a crushing 41 points victory over the rest of us.

Steph came second with 35, one of our newest members – Marion came third with 34 and we have several members tying for 4th place with 33 points!

More planned rounds coming up in the next month at Appenzell, Bad Alvenau and Emmental, keep your eye on the Event listings or sign up for the newsletter to ensure you are kept up to date.

More important – don’t miss out playing at this great course as I’m sure we will return for a Friendly Round once more in 2013 and beyond!

And in the meantime here’s a taster from the day, click on the photo to see the full album:

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Fricktal Frolics

Fricktal Golf Club, despite being a nine hole course is definitely challenging, especially in the extremely warm conditions we had yesterday

Congratulations to Peter who won 1st prize – two tickets to Ewigi Liebi this coming Saturday, kindly sponsored by Dullnig & Co, Urdorf and Mark who won two tickets to visit the Royal Circus between now and July 22nd.

And in the meantime here’s a taster from the day, click on the photo to see the full album:

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Otelfingen Open End

A great evening of golf at Otelfingen Golf Club which is a short train ride from central ZH and a definite winner for evening rounds during the week during the long Summer evenings.

We valiantly played until the light was no more making it to the 16 tee box before making our tired but happy way to the 19th hole for some surprise birthday drinks to celebrate one of our members birthday’s – Happy Birthday Daniel!


Windy Waldkirch

A wet and windy morning greeted us on the way to Waldkirch today but at the end of it all we had some happy Golf4Fun’ers.

And for gearing for round 1 of then 2012 Golf4Fun tournament series, it was an excellent opportunity to check out this great set of golf courses where we will return in September for our Season Final (round 6)

Keep your eye on the Event listings or sign up for the newsletter to ensure you are kept up to date.

And in the meantime here’s a taster from the day, click on the photo to see the full album:

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Steisslingen – a piece of scotland in Germany

Despite the weather being cold, wrapped up warm we had a great day out especially for those who had just received their platzreife’s!

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