Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mystery for Melle

If you read the earlier blogs Melle Tukker celebrated his birthday during the Mystery Cup & Leonie had a emergency plan as his wife is expecting to give birth. 

On touching down in Rotterdam he got a call from his wife she was on her way to the hospital. At 18:40 Seb was born, 51cm long & weighing 3680 grams. 

Congrats Melle !!

Mystery Cup Day 3

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 

Mystery Cup Day 2

After long day…. and a short night;) it was upto the club early to prepare everything for the players this morning. We are with a crew of 6 (Frank, Leonie, Dominque, Floris, Roy & myself). Lots to do before everyone arrives… buggies, clubs, scorecards, food etc etc. 

First bus arrived around 10, so Roy & I can help anyone on the range with some tips & tricks. Roy at one end of the range & I at the other trying to pass on some words of wisdom before heading out on the course. 

We are playing Espiche GC today, a course up in the hills around 20 mins away from our base in Lagos. It’s a fairly tight undulating course with no room to miss the fairway…. basically if you miss the fairway you lose your ball & one team had lost 15 balls in there first 9. 😜

Roy & I go around and play against teams for beat the pro for a beer. Today we are playing a Mystery Scramble…..everyone hits their tee shots, they swap balls for their 2nd shot, then swap back for their 3rd and then play from their 3rd shot the same Texas Scramble rules. Interesting format, but a lot of fun & keeps everyone on their toes. 

After the warming up it was back to the clubhouse for all info regarding today’s golf format and a team foto on the putting green. 

We have several VIP teams in the competition along with sponsors who are playing together today with a some little extra’s on the course. 

The course is up in the hills & is a sort eco course where they are not aloud to spray chemicals on the course & use a limited amount of water due to the lack of water in the area, the course a good test for us and the greens a little bumpy….the club has a lot of foreign members that have moved to Portugal from other parts of Europe, the clubhouse has a British feel about it with lots of things that you see back home. 

Gerard & Eugene from the team DuurzamGebouw are walking up the Kilimanjaro later this year for charity so we set up a little challenge so we could raise a little extra money towards the charity. From the terrace in the clubhouse try to play a pitch to a pool 30 yards away with €50 to enter, great fun with mishits rattling around the clubhouse…. “lucky for us that there were no windows broken”​ unfortunately nobody pitched it in the pool but Patrick Hekkert being a great sport having 5 goes at €50 a shot.  

The winners today were one of the DuurzaamGebouw teams with Rob & Hans taking the day prize and are now nicely placed in the overall tournament. 

​Special mention for the Birthday boy Melle Tucker….. exciting week for Melle with Leonie having an emergency plan to get him back The Netherlands quick because his wife is due to give birth to there first child this week… no news yet so hopefully she can hold on till Sunday when we get back.  ​
Just had to put this in

We were playing pool in the hotel bar with some of the guys and just look at the state of Kjel trying some yoga moves to get in position to play a shot. 
Roy has been suffering with a terrible headache and is really struggling & is straight to bed, hopefully he’s fit in the morning for our beat the pro challenge on hole 23 (3 9 hole loops)

Tomorrow our last round at we are playing the highly rated Palmares course with 9 holes in the trees & our 2nd 9 a links type course. 

Gonna be a good one😉

Mystery Cup 2017

It’s that time of year again…. the Mystery Cup 2017.  The Mystery Cup is golf event where “business meets golf” consisting of players in a team from all over the Netherlands organized by the Bcause events company. 

The players have no idea where the Mystery location is until they arrive at the airport check in desk on the morning of departure….. ok ok there are lots of guess work to where we are going, some players trying to get a one up by looking at airport departures flights and illuminating locations but that’s just guess work. The whole week is a Mystery!!!! Mystery location, Mystery hotel, Mystery golf courses, Mystery restaurants, Mystery winners etc etc etc. 

At the airport Frank ten Bockem from Bcause will draw a ball out the hat and keep that number secret & at the end of the week that’ll be the winner of the Mystery Cup.

This year Leonie from Bcause and I came a day early to get stuff organized. 

As usual my small frame 😜 had loads of leg room on the 3 hour flight to the Mystery location. 

So, after a long day of visiting golf courses, collecting scorecards, speaking to pro’s & general managers we got everything organized and ready for the 20 teams coming early on the morning flight from Rotterdam. 


So, here we are 1st day Mystery Cup 2017 & the Mystery location is……. …….. Portugal!!!!!!

The weather forecast is, well let’s just say…. em, meant to be not to good….but waking up this morning…’s not to bad. 

Everyone checked in back in Rotterdam and they’re on their way to Portugal. 

Everything organized here at the course and today we’re playing Quinta do Lago, a well known course in Europe where the Portugal Open has been held several times. 

Today we are playing Texas Scramble & after a quick word from Frank we are ready to go……

Quinta South is a fantastic course and would recommend anyone to come and play here….. awesome!!!!

The scoring was really good and a few teams had more than 50 points and the day winners were Team More….. 

Then back to hotel to check in  Lagos at Villa Galie. 

And a long night in the bar….

Tomorrow we are playing Espiche Golf Club.