Feliz Natal, Merry Christmas to all members as we look forward to a very busy golfing schedule over the coming holiday period. I list below the fixtures, you can also check our web-site or the notice board for confirmation of same.

  • Dec. 24 - Wednesday roll-up 18 hole Singles
  • Dec. 26 - World cup 18 hole foursomes
  • Dec. 27 - World cup 18 hole better-ball fourball
  • Dec. 28 - World cup 18 hole singles
  • Dec. 30 - (Tuesday) Roll-up 18 hole singles
  • Jan. 01 - Hangover 4 club challenge, 9 hole
  • Jan. 02 - Portucale 18 hole singles, followed by dinner in the clubhouse in the evening
  • Jan. 05 - Monday, 18 hole team golf

Matchplay 2014/15

A reminder that first round matches must be completed by 31/12/14. I suggest that those still involved in the competition should try and play second round matches during the holiday period.


Congratulations to Rob Baardolf and Bengt Persson, November and December winners of the Members monthly order of merit.

Captain/Pro Challenge

Another hard fought match against challengers Nikki Hind & Martin Playell with the match being decided in our favour on the 17th.
Next up is Caroline & Steve Simpson on the 8th. The next available date is January 22nd, you can e-mail me at vincentdowling@gmail.com if you wish to take us on.

Rules of Golf

Mark is planning 2 sessions in January, check the notice board for further details.

Atlantic Trophy

At last a VICTORY. We completed our league program with 3 matches in November. Our cruel luck continued in the first game away to Penha Longa, a tied match decided on countback (number of holes won) we lost out 9-7. We then had Qta Peru & Penha Longa at home, we won both games well, a 4-1 and a 4.5-0.5 result.
We finished third in the league and we can take a lot of pride in our performances as all our loses were by the minimum margin.
I am happy to think that we are close and can mount a serious challenge for the title next year.
A big thank you to all players who represented the club in the matches, you were a credit to P.D.R.

Friday Fun Golf

Joy Mendoza continues to do a wonderful job, every Friday in November and December was sponsored, all entry fees going to the Captain’s charity.
I would like to thank the following members for their generous sponsorship.

  • Jacqueline & Gene Hill
  • Eva & Ulf Brodd
  • Diane & Tony Price
  • Gerd & Rune Lundberg
  • Lena & Hans Fjarem
  • Nora & Bill Ahern
  • Annette & Uwe Schaipp

Also, a big thank you to John Godwin who donated 50 mosquito “zappers” available from me at 10 euro each, they really work.

Diary dates

The pro-am is fully booked, we look forward to 3 wonderful days in February and hopefully the weather will be kind.
17 th March, St. Patrick’s day, I am delighted to announce that Bill Ahern has agreed to be Director of Entertainment for this event, Bill an accomplished musician, is putting together a group of musicians to entertain us on the night.

April 22nd St George’s day. My good friend Colin Potter has stepped into the breach and is the tourament director.

May 23rd Swedish day, Rune Lundberg is the co-ordinator for this tourament.

I am quite sure all of the above will do a wonderful job, so no pressure there.

Francisco is working with our golfing partners Vidago Palace with a view to having a away trip.
This will entail a 2 night stay in Vidago with one evening meal, 2 rounds of golf in Vidago and 1 round in Estela in Porto on the third day. All this is planned for mid-week first week of May. Hopefully, we will have all the details before year end.

Captain Charity

As I am sure your aware the target this year is 15,000 euro, I am very happy to report that we have just passed the halfway mark, the balance now stands at 7,531. Thank you for all donations both public & private.
We have started work, first contract, clearing and cleaning the site has been completed, work will start in earnest in January.
I will keep you advised.

Finally, may I wish all members a very happy new year and I look forward to seeing you on the fairways over the coming couple of weeks.

Vincent Dowling