Foral Cup Tournament, & BBQ at Chez Carlos Rest.

The Venue was the Vale do Lobo Royal golf course, on Saturday 8th July, with a field of 20 golfers competing for the second biggest trophy in the Chez Carlos Golf Society calendar, which is played for on an annual basis, the Foral Cup.
The trophy was donated and the prizes sponsored by our friend and Society member, Tracey McCall.

Foral Cup Winner 2016

Rosangela Barbosa de Gois – Winner 2017

Trophy Foral Cup

Trophy Foral Cup

The weather was hot and sunny and the Royal golf course was in splendid condition. The fairways were good and the greens were true and running moderate to quick. The competition was hot and some good scores were on the cards. There were 2 nearest the pin prizes, the first at the 7th hole, a lovely par 3 125mt over a small lake was won by John Gibson and the second at the 9th hole again 100mt shot over the water was won by Andy Robinson. The ‘Longest Drive’ on the 17th hole an uphill fairway was won by our youngest player, Stuart Graham, with was a fantastic shot, about 240 mt center of the fairway.

Andy Robinson - Second Classified

Andy Robinson – Second Classified

Tony Roberts - Third Classified

Tony Roberts – Third Classified

In the main prizes, 3rd and 4th places were decided by countback with Tony Roberts winning over Tom Taylor by a better back 9 on 33 points. Second place was a wonderful steady handicap score of 36 points by Andy Robinson, playing off a handicap of 4. But the day belonged to Rosangela Gois who stormed the field to take the Foral Cup Trophy with a wonderful 38 points. Well done Rosangela.

Award Delivery
Award delivery

Award Delivery

Afterwards, there was a wonderful social dinner and prize giving event at the Chez Carlos restaurant where everyone had a great time, not least Rosangela, who accepted the trophy with huge delight. Well done to Tracey McCall and to the Chez Carlos Golf Society. Same again next year please.

Group of players Foral Cup 2017

Group of players Foral Cup 2017

Millennium Golf Course – Tournament Review

Millennium Golf CourseMillennium Golf Course is a Par 72 golf course located in Vilamoura. Open since 2000 it has become the most popular in the Algarve.  It is not a hilly course and so if you enjoy a walk you can do without the buggy. It is regarded as a fairly forgiving course, and one to build a good score on. If you’re on a golfing trip it is ideal to start your game here to iron out all those faults before taking on tougher courses.

On a beautiful warm and sunny January day…….well it was for 5 or 10 minutes from time to time!
Seriously, in between a couple of substantial showers and occasional light drizzle two groups still enjoyed the delights of the Millennium Golf Course.

The Millennium Golf Course it is quite an open course and the front 9 has 5 holes set between pine trees, making it a more aesthetically pleasing experience, but on the other hand also more challenging, with narrower fairways.

The back 9 is easier all around, slightly shorter, with a total change of scenery into open spaces, allowing mainstream golfers to hit the green in regulation. It is a really pleasant golf course to play.

On the day the majority of our golfers scored in the 30’s and so the damp weather didn’t intimidate us too much.

Nearest the Pin at the short 15th was Tracey McCall who also triumphed in the individual competition, with a score of 34 points.  He won only due to having the best back 9 pipping Steve Jinks into 2nd place.  Steve in turn only overcame Carlos Ferreira due to a better last 6 holes.

As is often the case after a game in trying conditions, the post match banter was particularly enjoyable.  With Parky’s kitchen closed for holidays, we again were treated to nibbles of spare ribs, chips and bread served up by Felipe and his staff at Chez Carlos.

Thank you Tee Times T.O.

Next week, Silves Golf Course.

Ron McLachlan 21/01/2014

Alamos Golf Course – Tournament Review

Alamos Golf CourseAlamos Golf Course is a beautiful par 71 course, located with its sister course Morgado in its own vast area of rolling hilly countryside and fertile farmland, between Portimão and the lovely mountain town of Monchique. It is definitely one of the most enjoyable golf courses in the Algarve with several stunning views over the surrounding landscape .
The course provides a very pleasant game of golf. It offers wide, hilly greens, with a variety of sometimes very open and sometimes tight fairways to test driving ability! It is surrounded by a forest filled with the local flora, orchids and even a vineyard!

For naturalists Alamos Golf Course is a feast of birdlife to look out for and you may even find traces of one of the region’s most famous inhabitants, the wild boar.

As ever, the Chez Carlos Algarve Golf Society had a mixture of regular visitors and new faces who all professed to having had an enjoyable game. This was reflected in the scoring which was generally good.

Nearest the Pin at the very pleasant short 9th Hole was Ian Humphries (12), who also finished in 2nd place in the Men’s competition with 36 Points ahead of a number of players on 33 points. The winner though, was Tracey McCall (8) with 37 Points on the day.

Best Lady was Pam Williams (26) with 31 Points.

With Del’s kitchen closed as Joao has a short holiday, we returned to Chez Carlos where Felipe again provided nibbles enjoyed by all with an accompanying drink – or 2, or 3…..
Next week, Millennium Golf Course.

Thank you Tee Times T.O.

Ron McLachlan 13th January 2014