Ron McLachlan 2014-01-10 11:16:58
Tournament Review – Pestana Vale da Pinta, 4th January 2014
Vale da Pinta is located in Lagoa, Algarve, just a short drive from the seaside village of Carvoeiro.
The course opened in 1992 and has since hosted the European Tour and Seniors Tour Qualifying Finals, and that fact alone can confirm the quality of the course.
At 6127m this is not a particularly long course even off the championship tees but it is quite undulating, with Bermuda fairways, Penn Cross Bent greens, strategically placed bunkers and lakes amidst the local flora, which includes an olive tree that is over 1200 years old!
Overall a challenging but very pleasant course.
Our field of 20 this week consisted of a mixture of Chez Carlos members and regular visitors.
With 7 lady players we offered prizes this week for the leading two players from both sexes!
Nearest the Pin at the 5th was Marie Stradling and at the 15th, Neil McNeill, both winning the usual bottle of wine.
Marie also won the Ladies competition. Playing off 16 handicap she pipped Mary Strutt (18) by just one point. Mary won 2nd place on the better back 9.
For the Men, it was a family affair! Brothers Gerry(12) and Tony McInerney(20) finishing 1st and 2nd.
Gerry scored a remarkable 41 points with Tony 5 back on 36, again due to a better back 9.
Whilst it was a windy day, that helped restrict the threatening clouds to just one outburst for little more than a few minutes and it was a particularly enjoyable round.
We returned to Chez Carlos for tasters of chicken curry and French fries washed down by everyone’s favourite tipple. Thanks to Felipe and his team.