So, here we are the last day Mystery Cup 2017. We are playing today Palmares!!
Designed by mother-nature, Onyria Palmares highlights itself in the Algarve coast because of the prime location, faced to this incredible blue scenario of the Alvor lagoon, the “meia-praia” beach and the Lagos bay. A Perfect contrast with the green of this unique 27-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, where the links holes along the beach and the great views are the highlighting points.
Today we are playing Stableford, then the team score added together and then divided by 50%. We have the usual longest & closest to the pin on holes 7&8 & an added beat the pro on hole 23 a par 3 of 156 yards over a water hazard to a green, that has a wicked pin position in a sort trench in the middle of the green. Basically, if you can’t find the trench with your tee shot your going to 3-4 putt.
We have been running a two bus system all week, the first bus bring the guys who want to work on their games & the second bus for the guys who are just happy to go straight out on the course or the ones who stayed a little to long in the bar the night before.
Roy, who after a good nights sleep, is feeling a lot better and is ready to roll this morning, in the first bus we had 13 from 40 guys wanting to go to the range…. Is it that they don’t trust us with their game or was it a good night in the bar last night, we’ll go with it was a good night in the bar…. obviously. 😜
So, it was off to the course after a short explanation of the day ahead, Roy & I headed down to to our beat the pro hole, but managed to play a quick 3 hole warm up before the guys got to our hole.
The beat the pro hole was sponsored by one of the sponsors Taittinger Champagne, where they play their better ball against our’s with their handicap allowance & before the challenge they can have a sample from our sponsors.
We basically play the same hole 10 times over the whole day, on the hole which is 156 yards into the wind, for me a little punched 6 iron and a putt or two or even 3, if we get on the wrong side of the hole. We made 7 pars 2 bogies & 1 birdie & lost 7 times (there was a small gift on offer) handicaps will have to be looked into for next year.😜
The reports from the guys was, that they really really enjoyed the course and it looked a good test from what I seen of it, in great condition with undulating quick greens.
A quick “borrel” back in the clubhouse and back to the hotel to calculate the scores (where Roy had that all under control) shower & get ready for dinner & prize giving at Dune Beach a short walk from the hotel.
The food was fantastic & the wine in full flow, we were now ready for the final prizes to be presented.
1st place was Xander & Louw Longest Drive was Xander Closest to the Pin was Ton
Winners of the tournament over the 3 days were DuurzaamGebouw Team 3 Rob & Hans.
On the first day Frank & Leonie made a draw to see what placed team won the Mystery Cup, they drew ball 11 so the team that finished in 11th place won the Mystery Cup & that was team 2 beat Jos & Jeroen.
We are flying back tomorrow morning and with the clocks going forward tonight it’s gonna be a really short night.
Congratulations to all winners over the 3 days & hope everyone had a great time meeting new people, making new friends & playing 3 fantastic golf courses.
Thanks to the crew Frank, Leonie, Roy Dominique & Floris…. you guys are great!!!
Till the Mystery Cup 2018 where the location will be again a…………Mystery