Wednesday, March 31, 2010

October 9 to 16, 2010 – based at MARRAKECH

The MOROCCO GOLF FESTIVAL will be an annual golf competition – open to amateur golfers (Senior men, Senior women, men, women, boys & girls). Handicap limits: Men: 28, Ladies/girls 36.
AGGREGATE STABLEFORD TOURNAMENT: Four rounds, best three points totals to count
In addition to competitive golf, there is an exciting programme full of various activities: Cocktails party – City sightseeing tour of Marrakech– Gala Dinners– Accompanying person programme.
This tournament week in the warm of the North African sun in October is certain to be great fun and an enjoyable way of making new friends, enjoying friendly competition and playing a variety of outstanding golf courses in Morocco


Saturday 9th October 2010:
Flight from London Gatwick to Marrakech (operated by ROYAL AIR MAROC (Flight AT673, depart from London Gatwick North Terminal at 20:30 and arrive to Marrakech at 23:05).
Assistance in Marrakech airport and transfer to the PALM PLAZA HOTEL & SPA 5*****
Check-in and overnight at the hotel
* Please note that flights can be arranged from other airport direct to Marrakech (From Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands, London Luton, Bristol) at a supplement.

Sunday 10th October 2010:
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the ROYAL Golf Club
Better-ball pairs, with a partner of your choice of with a partner allocated by the Tournament Director.
Transfer back to the hotel
Cocktail party at 19:00 in the hotel
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Monday 11th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to PALMERAIE Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 1
Transfer back to the hotel
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Tuesday 12th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AMELKIS Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 2
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel, Dinner & overnight
Wednesday 13th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel – Guided city tour of Marrakech
Transfer back to the hotel - Afternoon at leisure
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Thursday 14th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AL MAADEN Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 3
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel
Dinner & Overnight
Friday 15th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AMELKIS Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 4 (Final Round)
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel
Gala Dinner with entertainment & Prizes presentations ceremony
Overnights at the hotel
Saturday 16th October 2010
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel – Morning at leisure
Transfer to Marrakech airport for the return flight to UK – assistance with the check-in formalities
(Flight AT672, Depart from Marrakech at 15:05 and arrive at 19:40)

Golfer: £789 per person (sharing a Twin or Double room)
Non-Golfer: £630 (Sharing a Twin or Double Room)
Single room Supplement: £80 (for 7 Nights)

The price includes:
*Return schedule flight with Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick to Marrakech (Flights from other UK airports at a supplement)
*Seven (07) Nights accommodation in the PALM PLAZA HOTEL & SPA 5***** in Marrakech
*Daily buffet breakfast
*Five rounds of competitive golf and playing on the Royal, Amelkis, Plameraie & Al Maaden Golf Courses
*Cocktail Party
*Gala Dinner with Prizes Presentation
*Five (05) Dinners at the hotel as per the programme
*Half Day guided tour of Marrakech
*Ground transfers & Transportation
*Our Permanent assistance in Marrakech

1st, 2nd & 3rd of each category: senior men, senior women, men, women, boys (under-18 and under-16), girls (under-18 and under-16).

OTHER Flight Options:

+Saturday 9th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR6824, Depart from Edinburgh at 14:50 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:10
+Saturday 16th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR6825, Depart from Marrakech at 18:35 & Arrive to Edinburgh at 23:55
+Saturday 9th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR8218, Depart from Bristol at 15:55 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:30
+Saturday 16th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR8219, Depart from Marrakech at 18:55 & Arrive to Bristol at 23:35
+Saturday 9th October 2010: EASYJET Flight No 1893, Depart from Manchester at 14:35 and arrive to Marrakech at 17:40
+Saturday 16th October 2010: EASYJET Flight No 1894, Depart from Marrakech at 18:10 & Arrive to Manchester at 22:55
From London Gatwick to MARRAKECH
+Saturday 9th October 2010:
+EASYJET Flight No 8895, Depart from Gatwick at 12:25 and arrive to Marrakech at 15:05
+EASYJET Flight No 8897, Depart from Gatwick at 15:35 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:15
+Saturday 16th October 2010:
+EASYJET Flight No 8896, Depart from Marrakech at 15:40 & Arrive to Gatwick at 20:10
+EASYJET Flight No 8898, Depart from Marrakech at 18:50 & Arrive to Gatwick at 23:20

The Golf Holiday to remember in a city you will never forget
Lying at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, nested in the midst of a palm-grove is the red pearl, Marrakech! More than an Imperial city, Marrakech legitimately boasts the sumptuous relics of its glorious past: palaces, tombs, gardens and minarets compete with each other for the pleasure of the visitor. A most lively city, a city of thousand and one perfumes, colours and melodies where life is a continuous show, climaxing at the natural theatre of Djemaa El Fna Square where magicians, acrobats, storytellers, and fortune-tellers gather to entertain you. Extending north from the square is the medina within which lies the imperial heritage of Marrakech. Wandering the SOUKS in the Medina is like travelling back in time, some shops glittering with jewellery, some festooned with richly coloured carpets and all around you the sounds of bargaining for that all important “best price”!
A dry and healthy climate adds to the pleasures of visits and excursions, making it possible to practice all kinds of open-air sports.

Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa 5*****
Located in Agdal, a new residential district, Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa welcomes you in a luxury setting in the heart of Marrakech, 10 minutes from the airport and 8 minutes from Djamaâ Elfna Square. Palm Plaza Hotel features comfortable rooms and suites. Savour exotic dishes in the hotel’s restaurants.Have a snack in the pool bar and in the evening, a quiet time in the piano bar or an exciting night in the night club. Enjoy a relaxing stay in Palm Plaza Hotel. The spa features a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a Hammam and a gym
Palm Plaza Hotel & SPA has 230 rooms, including 151 Twin, 52 Double, 2 rooms for disabled persons, 6 junior suites, 20 senior suites and a royal suite. Houses of Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa are equipped by air conditioning, heating, Internet access and free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, telephone, hair dryer, voice mail and automatic alarm



Competing as (Please tick the appropriate box)
Senior Man (over 55 yrs on Jan 1)
Senior Lady (over 50 yrs on Jan 1)
Man Lady
Boy (under 16yrs on Jan 1)
Girl (Under 16yr on Jan 1)
Boy (Under 18yr on Jan 1)
Girl (Under 18yr on Jan 1)

First Name:


(Competitors should take up an up to date handicap from their home club)
Golf Club:

Full Postal

Post Code

Tel (Home)

Tel (Mobile)

Email Address
Name of partner for Better-Ball Pairs
If you wish the Tournament Director to allocate you with a partner at random (Please indicate (Yes / No)

Accompanying Person / Non Golfer

Preferred Airport to fly from & to

Comments / Remarks

I confirm that I agree to abide by all the tournament rules & regulations and I enclose a deposit of £100 (please make cheques payable to MENARA TRAVEL LTD) – payment by cards accepted


Please send your complete Entry Form to: Mohamed Fakir at Menara Travel Ltd, 200c Blythe Road, London W14 0HH

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hacienda Del Alamo's John Green

wins Senior Pro Golf Tour

Europe's Order of Merit

Hacienda Del Alamo professional golfer John Green, the man who has done most of the organising of accommodation for Hacienda del Alamo Women's Winter Festival competitors, has won the order of merit for the 2008 season on the Senior Pro Golf Tour Europe in his first year as a Pro.
The final event of the season at Alboran Golf in Almeria, Spain on December 3 was Green's third win on the over-50s tour in 2008. Rookie pro Green aged 53, turned professional in 2008 and this was also the inaugural season for the Seniors Pro Golf Tour Europe.
Hacienda Del Alamo professional and Hacienda Golf Properties Director John Green moved from Kent to Spain in April of 2006 in order to work on his golf.
"I was sold on Hacienda Del Alamo, the course, the academy and practice areas and of course the sun."
A two-handicap amateur only three years ago, Green is as astonished as most observers at his progress and commented: "I gave myself five years to try and find a game that would stand up to this level of competition and had no expectations for this season.
"I turned pro because I was advised that, in terms of survival on a pro tour, building experience was as important as the golf swing and so I concluded that the sooner I start the process of gaining experience on a tour, the better."
The Seniors Pro Golf Tour - not to be confused with the European Seniors Tour - staged six events in 2008 and Green took pole position in three of them as a well as a second and a fourth place.
The first event was at Sokolov GC in the Czech Republic in June and the second, a few days later, was only a short drive away in Stifland Golf Club in south-eas Germany.
Green performed superbly in his first two senior professional events, scoring under par in three of the six rounds.
The third win of the season came at the last event, in Almeria, Spain at the Alboran Golf Club where Green again won from Simon Parker, an Englishman based in Germany, a repeat of the standings from Germany.
In all three events that he won Green led the tournaments from the first round to the last.
Hacienda Golf Properties SL offers luxury villas and apartments for sale or rental at Hacienda Del Alamo Golf Resort in Murcia Spain
Sponsorship opportunities of John Green as a golfer are still available for the 2009 season.
Hacienda Del Alamo Golf Resort is one of Spain's most prestigious new resorts located in Murcia and with one of the longest golf courses in Europe at over 7300 yards designed by renowned golf course architect Dave Thomas.


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Irish 1-2-3-4 in men's event at Vilamoura


Two Drumpellier Golf Club members, Alan Ferguson and Janice Paterson, were the top Scots in the European senior men's and women's amateur golf championships which ended at Vilamoura on Portugal's Algarve on Saturday.
Alan Ferguson came joint ninth in the men's event, played over the Vilamoura Old Course and dominated by Irish players who filled the first four places.
European senior men's champion is Adrian Morrow with a splendid eight-under-par aggregate of 211, made up of rounds of 69, 73 and 69.
He won by three shots from compatriot Arthur Pierse who won the British senior men's amateur title at Nairn last year.
Maurice Kelly (219) was third and Liam McNamara (221) fourth.
Ferguson scored 74, 75 and 77 for 226.
Next best male Scot was Donald McCart in joint 37th place on 234.
The European senior women's amateur championship, played over the Pinhal course, was won by six shots by Virginie Burus from France with scores 75, 74 and 76 over the par-72 lay-out for a nine-over-par total of 225.
Spain's Vicky Petrietta was runner-up on 231.
Janice Paterson finished joint 22nd on 248 with scores of 83, 81 and 84.
St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries came next on 249 for joint 36th position.
Dundee's Heather Anderson, well placed after the first round finished joint 36th on 255.
Vilamoua Old Course
Par 219 (3 x 73)

211 A Morrow (Ire) 69 73 69.
214 A Pierse (Ire) 71 71 72.
219 M Kelly (Ire) 74 70 75.
221 K McNamara (Ire) 76 75 70.
223 N Swenson (US) 74 77 72.
224 R Morris (US) 75 71 78, D Lane (Eng) 73 78 73.
Scots scores:
226 A Ferguson 74 75 77 (jt 9th).
234 D McCart 81 77 76 (jt 37th).
239 J Deas 82 79 78 (jt 55th).
240 S Ellis 82 79 79 (jt 60th).
165 J Broadfoot 83 82.
183 B Campbell 87 96.
Pinhal Course
Par 216 (3 x 72
225 V Burrus (Fra) 75 74 76.
231 V Pertierra (Spa) 79 77 75.
233 C Mourgue D'Algue (Fra) 77 81 75.
Scots scores:
248 J Paterson 83 81 84 (jt 22nd).
249 F De Vries 85 83 81 (jt 26th).
255 H Anderson 80 88 87 (jt 36th).
258 P Williamson 89 80 89 (jt 44th).
265 J Mack 81 89 86.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Alan, Heather lead senior Scots'

challenge at Vilamoura

Drumpellier's Alan Ferguson and Heather Anderson from Downfield, Dundee were leading the Scottish challenge in the European senior men's and women's amateur golf championships which began at Vilamoura on Portugal's Algarve today.
Ferguson returned a one-over 74 on the Old Course to be lying joint sixth, five shots behind the Irish leader, Adrian Morrow, at the end of the first round.
Ireland dominated the leaderboard with Arthur Pierse, winner of the British senior title at Nairn last year, in second place on 71.
Heather, pictured above, had an eight over par 80 and was sharing seventh place, five shots behind the pacemaker, Virginie Burrus (France), in the women's championship which began over the Pinhal course.
Scottish scores:
74 Alan Ferguson.
82 James Deas.
83 John Broadfoot.
87 Brian Campbell.
80 Heather Anderson.
83 Janice Paterson.
89 Pamela Williamson.
91 Jennifer Mack.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Dates change for European senior men and
women individual championships next year

Next year's European senior men's and senior women's interantional championships, originally scheduled for June 12 to 14, have been rearranged for 19-21 June.

The European Golf Association website states:

Following the success of the 2007 championships, the Portuguese Golf Federation, as 2006-2008 hosts, felt the 2008 edition should return to the Vilamoura region. Venue owners, Oceanico, were only too happy to again host the championships, but have asserted that heavy bookings have prompted a change of dates request.
Although the EGA insists that hosting members respect the scheduled dates for EGA championships, the EGA Championship Committee decided that it would not risk having to stage the championship at an inferior venue at this late stage.
We regret any inconvenience the change may cause our members and their players.

For further information, please contact the European Golf Association at:

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Thursday, September 27, 2007


There are three new caps in the Scotland team for next week’s, Tuesday to Thursday, senior men’s home amateur internationals at Caldy Golf Club, Cheshire – John Fraser, Jim Watt and Gordon Brown.
Fraser is a former Newtonmore shinty star who became a North-east District representative golfer when his teaching profession took him to Aberdeen. He has since moved to Edinburgh and is a member of the Royal Burgess club.
John has come to the fore in the inaugural over-55s Scottish circuit this year.
Gordon Brown is a Vale of Leven member who had a short spell as a senior tour professional when he reached the necessary age of 50, fulfilling a long-held ambition before being reinstated as an amateur in 2005. Brown was the leading Scot in this year’s British senior open amateur championship at Nairn. He had the lowest final round of 67 to finish joint seventh.
Jim Watt (Letham Grange), too, has done well on the new Scottish seniors circuit.
Brown finished second, Fraser third and Watt fifth behind skipper Ian Hutcheon (Monifieth) in the final Order of Merit.
The unlucky ones who have not been selected – there are only seven places in the team – are George Paterson (Northern) who was fourth in the final table and Patrick Tomisson (Nairn) who came sixth. Tomisson finished joint 11th over his home course in the British seniors championship.
Fraser, Watt and Brown oust Gordon MacDonald (Callander), Alan Ferguson (Drumpellier) and Brian Grieve (King James VI) compared with the Scotland team who won the seniors’ home internationals’ title at Dunbar Golf Club 12 months ago.
Compared with the Scotland squad of six who were beaten 3-2 by Ireland in the final of the European senior men’s team championship in Slovenia during the summer, MacDonald and Grieve have been left out.
The team for Caldy GC is:
I C Hutcheon (Monifieth), capt., G Brown (Vale of Leven), S Ellis (Cowal), J Fraser (Royal Burgess), J W Johnston (Royal Aberdeen), D McCart (Castlerock), J Watt (Letham Grange).


Monday, June 18, 2007


St Andrews hotelier Fiona De Vries, last year’s Scottish senior women’s champion, achieved the highest finish of all the Scots – men and women – who took part in the European senior amateur championships at Vilamoura on Portugal’s Algarve.
St Rule member Fiona, pictured right, finished sixth in the women’s event over the Vilamoura Old Course with rounds of 78, 75 and 78 for a total of 231 - nine shots behind the women’s champion, Virginie Burrus from France.
Bogeys at the two of the last four holes cost Mrs De Vries a possible top four finish.
Former Scottish women’s amateur champion Fiona Anderson, formerly of Blairgowrie but now living in Merseyside and a member of Formby Ladies, finished joint ninth with scores of 76, 77 and 83 for 236.
Helen Faulds and Maureen Richmond tied for 15th place on 238.
David Smith from Stirling, a former winner of the European senior men’s title, and Donald McCart (Castlerock), tied for 11th place on 228 over the Vilamoura Pinhal course.
Smith had a double bogey 6 at the 18th in his final round of 76 while McCart took 45 to the turn in his last round of 83.
Another Scot, Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross) filled joint 15th place on 229.


MEN (at Vilamoura Pinhal)
Par 216 (3 x 72)
216 N Swenson (US) 73 68 75.
219 M Kelly (Ire) 73 71 75.
221 M Preysler de la Riv a (Spa) 73 74 74.
222 H-H Giesen (Ger) 73 74 75.
223 B Ronning (Nor) 76 72 75.
224 T Brown (Eng) 71 77 76.
Other totals:
228 D Smith (Sco) 75 77 76, D McCart (Sco) 70 75 83, D Lane (Eng) 69 81 78 (jt 11th).
229 R Gill (Sco) 73 78 78 (jt 15th).
234 R McLellan (Sco) 80 76 78.
241 J Deas (Sco) 78 81 82 (jt 67th).
243 J Broadfoot (Sco) 79 85 79, D Millar (Saco) 78 79 86 (jt 75th).

WOMEN (at Vilamoura Old Course)
Par 219 (3 x 73)
220 V Burrus (Fra) 76 75 69.
223 C Mourgue DAlgue (Fra) 75 75 73.
228 M Buscaini (Ita) 74 789 75.
229 E Ikalstad (Den) 78 72 69.
230 V Hoff (Swe) 79 75 76.
231 F De Vries (Sco) 78 75 78, A-K Hermansson (Swe) 79 74 78.
Other totals:
236 C Quinn (Eng) 79 79 78, F Anderson (Sco) 76 77 83 (jt 9th).
238 H Faulds (Sco) 82 77 79, M Richmond (Sco) 78 84 76 (jt 19th).
240 P Williamson (Sco) 80 74 86 (24th).
244 J Paterson (Sco) 82 83 79 (jt 31st).
245 S Quinn (Sco) 82 82 81 (jt 33rd).
248 B Woodham (Eng) 83 81 84 (jt 37th)
249 V Hassett (Ire) 87 82 80 (jt 39th).
257 V Shannon (Ire) 85 84 88 (56th).
260 B Biggart (Sco) 86 87 87 (57th).
261 J Mack (Sco) 88 89 84 (58th).

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Scots Donald McCart, Fiona De Vries and Fiona Anderson are well to the fore in their respective divisions of the European senior men's and women's amateur championships at Vilamoura on the Algarve.
The men's championship is being played over the Pinhal course where McDart has had rounds of 70 and 75 for 145 to be four shots behind the leader, American Norman Swenson.
In the women's championships over the Vilamoura Old Course, Fiona De Vries and Fiona Anderson are sharing fourth place on 153, three shots behind the joint leaders, Else Kalsted (Denmark) and Cecilia Mourgue D'Algue (France).
Fiona De Vries has scored 78 and 75, Fiona Anderson 76 and 77.
MEN (at Pinhal)
141 N Swenson (US) 73 68.
144 M Kelly (Ire) 73 71.
145 D McCart (Sco) 70 75.
147 F Lang (Ita) 77 70, M Preysler (Spa) 73 74, H-H Green (Ger) 73 74.
Other scores:
148 T Brown (Eng) 71 77.
150 S Baker (E ng) 72 78, D Lane (Eng) 69 81.
151 R Gill (Sco) 73 78.
152 G Mellerick (Ire) 75 77, D Smith (Sco) 75 77.
153 A Morrison (Eng) 77 76.
154 P Slater (Eng) 82 72.
156 R McLellan (Scvo) 80 76.
157 D Millar (Sco) 78 79, G Steel (Sco) 79 78.
159 J Deas (Sco) 78 81.
161 I Stewart (Sco) 82 79.
164 I Broadfoot Sco) 79 85.
WOMEN (Vilamoura Old Course)
150 E Kalsted (Den) 78 82, C Mourgue D'Algue (Fra) 75 75.
151 V Burrus (Fra) 76 75.
153 A-K Heermansson (Swe) 79 74, F De Vries (Sco) 78 75, F Anderson (Sco) 76 77, M Buscaini (Ita) 74 79.
154 V Hogg (Swe) 79 75, P Williamson (Sco) 80 74.
Other scores:
159 H Faulds (Sco) 82 77 (jt18th).
162 M Richmond (Sco) 78 84 (jt 26th).
164 S Quinn (Sco) 82 82 (jt 33rd).
167 J Paterson (Sco) 82 83 (40th).
173 B Biggart (Sco) 86 87 (jt 55th).
177 J Mack (Sco) 88 89 (59th).

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Friday, June 15, 2007


David Lane from Goring & Streatley, who won the English senior men's championship last week, set the pace with a 69 at Pinhal Golf Club on the Algarve, Portugal in the European senior men's amateur championship.
He led by one shot from Scotland's Donald McCart.
In the European senior women's amateur championship over the Vilamoura Old Course, Marina Buscaini (Italy) led with a one-over-par 74 from former champion Cecilia Mourgue D'Algue (France).
Leading Scot in joint third place was former Scottish women's champion Fiona Anderson, formerly from Blairgowrie but now Formby Ladies. Fiona had a 76.
69 D Lane (Eng).
70 D McCart (Sco).
71 T Brown (Eng).
72 J Hubbard (Eng), S Baker (Eng).
73 H-H Green (Ger), N Swenson (US), M Kelly (Ire), M Preysler de la Riva (Spa), R Gill (Sco).
Other scores:
75 D Smith (Sco) (jt 13th).
78 J Deas (Sco), D Millar (Sco) (jt 30th).
79 G Steel (Sco), J Broadfoot (Sco) (jt 40th).
82 I Stewart (Sco) (jt 78th).
74 M Buscaini (Ita).
75 C Mourgue D'Algue (Fra).
76 F Anderson (Sco), S Boedeer (Ger), V Burrus (Fra).
77 C Birke (Swe), T Oldenbourg (Ger), K Gumpert (Ger).
78 E Kaisted (Den), M Richmond (Sco), V Perterra (Spa), F De Vries (Sco).
Other scores:
80 P Williamson (Sco) (jt 20th).
82 S Quinn (Sco), J Paterson (Sco), H Faulds (Sco) (jt 29th).
86 B Biggart (Sco).
88 J Mack (Sco).