Thursday, 12 May 2011

BUNKERFEST what success

the fabulous Belton Woods Lakes course

TSG is delighted to report a very successful debut at the superbly organised, rather different BUNKERFEST 2 held at the prestigious De Vere Belton Woods on the second weekend in May. as a birthday present, I attended with my growing old ( hes now 27 folks, unmarried girls with limitless possibilities) and I know I do not look old enough but its true.....

BUNKERFEST organised by that unique brand of distinctive punkish, daringly different golf attire bunker mentality and sponsored by World Renowned STEWART GOLF, makers of putters, bags etc but most of all superb electronic trolleys, as I was later gladly to approve of.... and also by the G Tour... so inevitably it would put me up against many of my peers. the competition was over two days. Day 1 a full individual stableford with many quirky innovations.... power flags were additional points could be gained.... accurate driving holes, putting comps all were your score could improve. Day 2 an team event were the individual scores would be added to give an overall champion.

Take a look at my prize for 1st Place all £ 1500 worth

on Day 1, we played The LAKES Course, not unsurprisingly a course were forced carries were the order of the day. Paul and I were paired with lovely couple SOPHIE and ROB EARLS from Bedford and without the scores we had a most enjoyable often humorous afternoon. Despite by my standards a modest start just 15 points.. after the turn I started to attack the flags and complied a much more respectable 20 points topped up with 5 bonus points giving a total of 40 points which much to my surprise was enough to register a day 1 one win by 2 points and a brand new titlist vokey 60 degree milled wedge... value over £100 to boot.

on Day 2, I was paired with chief sponsor Mark Stewart and Telford businessman and all round nice guy Dave Wright. In truth as a team we were pretty inept but a parners keen to protect my overnight lead they were great. A steady first nine was followed by an imperious 23 point haul after the tun for a second fort points only matched ironically by Sophie Ear who led her team to 2nd Place in the team event and runner up behind me in the main event. Well Done Girl. Our Pauls team paired again with Rob finished 3rd

Fabulous CONCEPT, Superb Sponsors, GREAT LOCATION, wonderful people and great freindships forged. Possibly the best for me being the enjoyment my son had... me thinks he now has the bug.

Friday, 6 May 2011


tsg diary

May 8th to 9th BUNKERFEST De Vere Belton Woods, Grantham

May 18th Publican Semi Final Qualifier Willersley Park, Leicestershire

May 22nd to June 3rd............. TSG BP3 winning trip to MAURITIUS

The Heritage in Mauritius

June 4th G Tour Event Herons Reach, Blackpool

June 6th Show Am Tournament TSG Team defend trophy at Stonegate G.C. Meriden

2010 Show Am Winners Team TSG

June 1oth Salford Rugby League Celebrity Golf Day

June 13th The Peoples Open qualifier Mottram Hall

July TSG plays in Disabilities World Cup representing England

August plays in English Disabilities Open

plays in BP 3

Sept......... Team TSG defend Frank Worthington Classic

Oct........... TSG plas in Florida Open at The PGA in Port St.Lucie

The Silver Coast around OBIDUS, Portugal

Stunning tenth at Praia Del Rey

glorious beaches of Nazare

stunning coastline of the silver coast

A major blank on TSGs travel portfolio had always been Portugal, so when given the opportunity to visit a friends villa Nr Obidus, I could not resist the invitation. The fact that it was miles and light years away from the Algarve, made the decision much easier. The Algarve has long been the main hunting ground for UK golfers but I was far more interested in the new developments around Obidus, known as The Silver Coast or Golden Triangle.

Obidus Castle, straight out of a Film Set

The coast line North of Lisbon remains very much unspoilt after the Tourist Resort of Estoril famed for its Racing circuit. The coastline from Ericeira up to Peniche and beyond to Nazare quite frankly has some of the best beaches in the world, several noted Surfing hotspots and a sensational rugged vista which has splendid sunsets over its ancient cliffs and beyond onto the Atlantic Ocean. inland there are majestic Medieval Palaces and Castles which simply enchant and enthrall. Throw in several outstanding golf resorts and several under construction, this really is a Golfing Vacation destination , very much with an historic past and promising future.

Praia Del Rey, super Links Golf

Praia Del Rey stunning par 3

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17th at Bom not go long...............

The main course is the top rated Praia Del Rey, oft voted in the continents top twenty and well deserved too. A unique track with the first nine meandering thru the hilly forests and the back nine with the rugged Atlantic as a backdrop. In magnificent condition when we played it... Undulating fast Greens, wind of the Ocean made it quite a challenge too. Within 5 miles of Obidus is the new resort of Bom Successo. Whilst here is substantial property development going on, the course has superbly been designed to weave between forest, climb the rugged hillside and produces splendid vistas overlooking he Obidus Lagoon and beyond. There are several eye catching holes particularly the finishing two. A dogleg downhill par five 17th were any approach long will disappear into a ravine from which recovery would be nigh impossible and what when the development is finished will be a mesmeric last hole. Within 4 miles will be simalar resorts at Royal Obidus due to open in 2012 and Quinta de Obidus 2014. Within twenty mles is he popular Golden Eagle, highly recommended and two small courses at Vimeiro and a 9 holer Botado at The Atlantic Hotel which was in super condition with splendid views when I played it. This is a golfing destination with infinite possibilities I hope they continue restricting the developments so as not to negate the splendid history and beauty of the area as a whole.