THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BUNKER
It was in the winter 1972 when Michael Bailey "Mad Mike" knocked a golf ball on the beach of Estartit in Catalonia/Spain to practice bunker shots.
By coincidence he met another golfer, Vice Air Marshall Sir Roy Flawell and they started a golf competition.
A semicircle close to a bush became the Par 3 "Bush hole", an abandoned perambulator the Par 5 "Pram hole", the foundations of a de-rigged summer bar the Par 4 "Trident hole", and so on until they had designed a 9 hole golf course on the beach between Estartit and Los Griells.
Today, over 40 years later more than 50 members of the Estartit Sands Golf Club are playing the beach course during the winter period (November-March). Holes are marked by flags and consist of circles a club length in diametre. Only two irons are allowed, which have to be chosen carefully as there are obstructions and a river at the premises.
In the summer we play at Mas Pagés Golf (18 holes Pitch & Putt course near Sant Esteve de Guialbes).
NOTICE FROM THE LADIES CAPTAIN :
Hello everyone, Due to the inclement weather, we have decided to extend the cut off date for the first round, and as long as the first and second rounds are completed by 28th February, that will be acceptable, I enclose the latest results sheet. Good Luck to all players, Regards Yvonne
NOTICE FROM THE SECRETARY: 26/1/2017
Good morning, next Tuesday is Captains Day and we will be playing an individual stableford. Meeting at El Piratas 9.45 for 10am prompt start. Following the game we shall enjoy a selection tapas, this will be free to members, to those non members, there will be a charge of 5€
When signing in please indicate whether or not you will be playing 9 or 18 holes, and whether your partner will be joining us.
As you have already been warned, Mr Captain feels that tomorrows game will be cancelled due to bad weather, but if that is the case, he will be sending out an email later today,
With regards Tuesdays game, Mr Captain will again assess the situation and if there is any change to the above, an email will be sent out.
Wishing you a good weekend, June
NOTICE FROM THE CAPTAIN : 23/1/2017
I am looking at Olaf’s message and the picture and would like to propose that we cancel the beach for tomorrow and instead go to Mas Pages. We can play the game we won’t be able to on Friday?
For those of you that couldn't make today's game at Mas Pages, you missed out. It was a beautiful day with a gorgeous view onto the snow capped mountains. 10 members turned up to play with the Ladie's winner being Hiltrude Schröder and the men's winner being Alan Gillet. Congratulations to both.
This Friday we are supposed to play the first of the "Last Friday of the month" games but the forecast looks like rain. We will keep an eye on it will let you know by Thursday evening. Please check your email.
We will also have to wait and evaluate the beach conditions for next Tuesday and I will look at it towards the end of the week.
It might not look like it at the moment, but eventually the rain will go away and we will be back in business.
Looking at a couple different weather forecasts for tomorrow, I am officially canceling the game for tomorrow at Mas Pages. I am seein rain and thunderstorms.
So, that leaves us with next Tuesday. I just came from Estartit where I looked at the beach. Currently holes 1 & 6 (hardpan/parking area under water) and holes 3 & 4 (not accessible because bridge is down and river is 15 meters wide all the way to the sea) are not playable. I will go back on Monday and check it again. If holes 3 & 4 are accessible then we'll play, albeit the alternate course and will have the Tapas following at La Pirata. If it has not changed or even worsened, we'll go to Mas Pages and play. I will let you know on Monday. Please check your emails.
Webmaster: Olaf Hingst
Restaurant El Pirata
WINTER PROGRAMME 2016/17
08 Red Ball
15 Monthly Medal
22 Individual Stableford
29 Team Matchplay
06 Monthly Medal/AGM/Holiday
13 Texas Scramble
20 Individual Stableford
03 Holiday ?
10 Monthly Medal
17 Individual Matchplay
24 Team Stableford
31 Captains Day-Ind. Stableford
07 Monthly Medal
14 Texas Scramble
24 Founders Cup-Team Stableford
28 Red Ball
07 Monthly Medal
14 Club Championship-Ind. Stableford
21 Team Matchplay
28 Team Stableford
E.S.G.C. LOCAL RULES
1.Clubs. Play shall be conducted using 2 irons only (No woods, chippers or putters)
2.Holes. The starting hole for each group shall be determined by the committee on the day of play, depending on the number of people playing. There are
2 starting positions;- Holes 1 and 6. (see map) The hole shall be complete when the ball in play is stationary within a circle scribed one club from the marker designating the hole or resting in the groove of the circle. All players shall have completed the hole before the balls are removed from the circle.
3.Placing the Ball and teeing up. Through the beach the ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 1 clubs length but not nearer the flag without penalty. Teeing up of the ball is only allowed as follows:- 1. On the teeing ground by each player at the commencement of the hole. 2. After each stroke, when the ball has come to rest, a player may move the ball 1 clubs length no nearer the hole onto any elevated portion of sand to achieve a preferred lie, the player may NOT however, create their own elevation by means of hand moulded mounds or digging in of shoe heel or any other method. Penalty if seen for making artificial preferred lie – 1 shot.
4.Out of Bounds. A. The Sea. From the tee, if you think that your ball has been taken by the sea, play a provisional. On arrival at the point where your ball entered the sea if you can play your initial shot by moving the ball a clubs length no nearer the flag you can continue to play this ball, with no penalty. However, if this is not possible or that the sea has taken the ball, then you should play your provisional ball being 3 off the tee. If you think that you have entered the sea on any shot other than your tee shot, if you can play the ball by moving 1 clubs length then proceed with no penalty, if the ball is lost to sea, agree with playing partner where you think it went out, take a drop with 1 stroke penalty. B. 10 Metre line running parallel with the walkway as shown, any ball over the line is deemed out of bounds. Penalty. Tee-shot is stroke and distance, another ball to be played from the tee. Any other shot l stroke penalty, the ball shall be placed in bounds no nearer the flag. Ball in casual water past 10 mt line is OOB.
5.Lost Ball. A player will declare his ball lost if it is out of bounds or cannot be found after a search lasting no more than 3 minutes. A ball found after being declared lost is not in play anymore. Penalty, stroke and distance. Another ball shall be played from the place where the lost ball was originally struck.
6.Provisional Ball. A player may play a provisional ball at any time he has reason to think the ball in play may be lost. Should this be the case the provisional ball becomes the ball in play. Penalty, stroke and distance.
7.Sand Dunes adjacent to holes 6 & 9 OOB – ball NOT to be retrieved. Penalty l stroke - adjacent to point of entry, drop ball l clubs length no nearer the hole.
8.River Course – as defined by the changing shape of the river. Water Hazard. Penalty l stroke. Ball to be dropped as far back from hazard as wanted, in line with point of entry, with hazard between the player and the hole. As in any hazard you may attempt to play the ball as it lies for no penalty, but you must not ground the club before making the stroke.
9.Casual Water – This is defined as any water on the playing surface created by the flooding of the natural river course. ie the car park or separate puddles created by the river or sea which are not in contact with the actual river course or sea. The ball may be removed from the water and dropped l clubs length adjacent to the point of entry, no nearer the hole – NO Penalty.
POLOS / SWEATSHIRTS may be ordered at
Carrer Santa Anna, 27
Tel.: 972 75 07 04
Open during summer season only !!
Prices : Between 8 € (T-shirt) and 15 € (Sweatshirt / Polo) - good quality!
Prices include ESGC badge. Order before 13.00h - collect next morning.