Well, I can’t quite believe that this was my sixth Sarah Bennett Golf School at the lovely resort of Islantilla in Spain with each year the question being the same, “When are you holding another one” which incidentally will be March & October 2015. From the moment we arrive at the complex the service is second to none with the friendly nature and efficient service apparent from the front desk staff, club storage chaps right through to Management which continues throughout the duration of your stay.
The three courses at the resort the Blue, Yellow and Green wind their way through the forest and provide a stern test of golf with each year my bag certainly returning much lighter than the outward bound trip! Even so many of my clients set their goals with many achieving carries over the water at the par 3 second on the blue to the longer daunting “canyon” carry on the par 5 yellow course. The course is ideal for the new to the experienced player requiring a complete shot repertoire to achieve your magical 36 points. The slope ratings are posted in the Pro shop which displays the degree of difficulty for each category of player.
The rounds of golf made much more leisurely with the use of buggy, which I wish I had on the first day but I was not to make that mistake again! So relaxed was the week that a bite to eat and a beverage (non alcoholic of course!) after 9 holes fuelled the players ready for their second 9 holes followed by a quick swim in the unseasonably hot temperatures prior to working up an appetite for the evening buffet.
Three days of varying formats kept everyone on their toes especially with the hidden partners and team event which is a popular combination, the camaraderie of the group and assistance given to each player showed how important the group make up is on a golf school. However, the competitive element was displayed with the winner taking all when putting on a 10 Euro note! in the end it was closest who was deemed to be victorious.
My short game chipping class took place with a section on creativity with many players learning how to use a variety of clubs which may not have been considered for the shot in hand. One player using this shot to great effect on the course, which is now her favourite!
In temperatures exceeding 30 degrees I explained how important the ball position is during the full swing and how it can affect the shot outcome and flight of the ball, which was a popular subject. This knowledge can be applied to the next round of golf in quite the opposite conditions we have just experienced over the past 4 days.
The highlight of the week was the prize giving which the star prizes were the quality Daphnes head cover in the shape of a penguin so if you see four playing on the Essex courses there is a chance they have migrated from Spain!
My Golf Schools aim to provide the perfect situation and opportunity to meet new golfers from both the same or surrounding clubs and it is this “friendship” that everyone can take away with them knowing that a reunion is just a phone call away.
Thank you to everyone who joined me and for your kind comments, I look forward to seeing you all again soon