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).
LETTER FROM SECRETARY
Good afternoon, I have many messages so here goes
Firstly 45 members and their partners enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch yesterday. Thanks to Gunter Meyer for playing Christmas music and a special German Carol for our German friends. Mr Captain awarded the "most improved player award" to Kurt Cattaneo and to Alan Gillett for winning the Winter Medal. I also thank Lady Captain for organising the raffle prizes and to Lady Captain and Marianne for doing a great job selling the raffle tickets.
Next we come to Tuesday which will be the "monthly medal". Meeting at El Piratas 9.45 for 10am start. Please indicate when signing in whether you are playing 9 or 18 holes.
Following the comp, we will be holding our AGM. Please note, if for some reason we have to cancel the game, the AGM will still go ahead at 1pm. If any of your partners are joining you or members who cannot play but would like to attend the AGM, the timing of the meeting will be between 1.30 and 2ish. During the AGM we will be enjoying a selection of pizzas. I will be taking subscriptions after the meeting.
Please see attached copies of the AGM and last years minutes.
And lastly, I apologise to Ian Robson for not announcing him as the winner of the 9 hole comp last week and to this weeks winner Olaf Hingst.
Well I hope I have managed to remember everything, wishing you a good weekend, June
Agenda for AGM Tuesday 5th December 2017
2. Minutes of the last meeting
3. Matters arising
4. Captains report
5. Lady Captains report
6. Treasurers report
7. Secretaries report
8. Election of officers
The following have agreed to stand for another year
Captain – Horst Coers
Lady Captain – Yvonne Wray
Secretary/Treasurer – June Joyce
9. Any other business
Webmaster: Olaf Hingst
Restaurant El Pirata
Beach Programm 2017-18
7 Individual Stableford
14 Monthly Medal
21 Red Ball
24 Stableford @ Mas Pages
28 Team Matchplay
5 Monthly Medal/AGM
12 Texas Scramble
19 Individual Stableford
2 Holiday ?
9 Monthly Medal
12 2nd Friday Away Stableford @ Franciac
16 Red Ball
23 Individual Strokeplay
26 Last Friday Stableford @ Mas Pages
30 Captains Day-Texas Scramble
6 Monthly Medal
9 2nd Friday Away-Red Ball @ Gualta
13 Individual Stableford
20 Team Stableford/Best Two
23 Last Friday Stableford @ Mas Pages
27 Founders Cup-Team Stableford
6 Monthly Medal
9 Friday Away-Team Stableford Castello
13 Club Championship-Ind. Stableford
20 Team Matchplay
23 Last Friday-Strokeplay @ Mas Pages
27 Texas Scramble/If Not-Mas Pages
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.