Groups

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You are now members of the Costa Brava U3A. It is time for you to decide which of the following groups interest you and you would like to join. The group coordinator describes the activities and other important information on their group page so have a look. Once you decide which groups you would like to join please email the coordinators. This is very easy to do as on each group page, just under the coordinator contact details there is an envelope,  click on it and an email will open for you to complete to request group membership. You will need to do this for each group you would like to join. This email goes directly to the coordinator and contains all your contact details.
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Welcome to the Sport: GOLF - PAR 3 Group


Group Coordinators

ForenameSurname
PaulRowlerson

Meetings

WeekDayTime
ThirdWednesday10:00

Events

NameDateTime
Winter Golf @ Gualta17 Jan 201810:00

Event Organiser Schedule
 
Event Month 2017 2018
Organiser Location Organiser Location
January Alan Packman Mas Nou June Joyce Gualta
February Barry Davys/Anita Primett/Gillian Pollock Mas Torroellas Wiebe/ Anneke van der Meer To be confirmed.
March Ken & Ethel Spratley Golf Lloret Peter Wright  
April Paul Rowlerson Fornells John/Eileen Swift New course TBA.
May Tim Raine Gualta Harald Johansen Mas Torroellas
June Ernest Shore Cancelled Dave / Maggie Brown Franciac
July Ben Wiles Gualta Paul Rowlerson Fornells
August No Game ----------- No Game -----------
September Peter/Joan Martin Jurgen/Marianne Langfeld Gualta Ernest Shore Gualta
October June/Stan Shimmin Mas Torroellas Roger/Sue Creed Mas Pages
November Sue/Greg Sparkes Franciac Wendy Whitworth Castello d’Empuries
December Paul Rowlerson Mas Tapiolas Arthur Strange  
 
After a member has been with the group for one year, they will be expected to offer to organise a minimum of one game over a two year period.  In this way the group remains vibrant and active without any one person being unduly overburdened.
 
Arranging a Game
 
We play on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (10 am – April through October; 10:30 am – November through March), unless the organiser has a particular reason to choose a different day / time (senior discount, tournament, etc).   Three weeks before the event the Group Coordinator will send the Organiser a form to be filled in with the event details (location, tee-time, lunch arrangements) and returned to the Coordinator for posting on the website at least two weeks prior to the event.  A provisional booking is made with the course and the restaurant. Once the cut-off date for sign-ups is passed, the Organiser confirms with the course the tee slots and restaurant.
 
Signing Up for a Game
 
Places are always limited.  On some courses, there are a limited number of consecutive tee-slots available to us.  A message is sent to all members of the group as soon as an event is available for sign up.  To ensure a place at an event, you should sign up promptly on the website.  If the event is full, please join the waiting list and you will be told if space becomes available.  If you find later on that you are unable to attend, make sure you tell the organiser well in advance to allow a member on the waiting list to take your place.
 
Members who have organised a game in the last twenty-four months or are scheduled to organise a game in the coming year are given priority over those who have not. If you are a member who has not organised, or is not planning to organise a game, you should sign up; but if the event become oversubscribed you will be asked to stand aside to make a place available for another member.
 
If you were on the waiting list and failed to get included in the game, you will be given special consideration the following month to try to get you playing, so it is always worth signing up on the waiting list when the event is full.
 
Golf Courses
 
We generally use the following courses but any “pitch-and-putt” / Par-3 course can be used.
 
Course Location Directions Contact Details
Gualta Nr. Torroella. Follow the C31 to Torroella.  At the roundabout on the south side of the river Ter, take the GI-643 towards Gualta / Serra de Aro. After 440 metres turn right into the golf club. Tel: 972760338 – best reserve two weeks prior.
www.gualta.com
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Mas Pages St. Esteve de Guialbes Follow the NII going north out of Girona.  Pass the villages Vilafreser (on left) and Fellines (on right).  After passing the Restaurant Can Maret (on right), turn left on the GIV-5141. Pass through Terradelles. At the roundabout take the GI-513, direction Banyoles.  The entrance to the club will be on your left. Tel: 972561001
www.maspages.com
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Mas Nou [Senior discounts on Mon & Thurs] Platja d’Aro Follow the C31 and exit at junction 316.  Follow signs to Club de Golf d’Aro.  The road winds uphill for a considerable distance (Carrer Romanya).  At the top, pass the Hapimag Resort on the left.  The entrance to the golf club is 400 metres on the right. Tel: 972816727
www.golfdaro.com
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Franciac Nr. Girona Airport Follow the C25 towards Girona Airport. At the roundabout where the road passes under the A2/NII, take the last exit and take the access road running south parallel to the A2/NII. Look for a left turn beside a restaurant that leads to another left turn that takes you over the A2/NII. Carry straight on to the club. Tel: 972471028
www.golffanciac.com
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Fornells [Senior discounts on some days] Fornells de la Selva If approaching from the Girona side:
Follow the C65 to Llambilles.  At the main junction and traffic lights you need to turn and head west [if coming from the direction of Girona, turn right at the traffic lights; if coming from the direction of Cassa de la Selva, turn left at the roundabout before the junction (no left turn at the lights)]. Continue along a country road for 3 kms, the course is on the right-hand-side.
 
If approaching from the AP7:
 
Coming from the north, come off the AP7 where the A2 splits off, signed to Fornells de la Selva and Barcelona NII; coming from the south, come off the AP7 at Girona airport, go to the next roundabout and take the NII north towards Girona.
 
Then enter the village of Fornells, take the Lambilles road. You will eventually arrive at the golf course on your left.
 
Tel: 972476672
www.pitchandputtfornells.cat
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Mas Tapiolas Santa Cristina d’Aro Follow the C31 going south on to where it turns into the C65. Pass junction 5. Keep right and exit on the service road. Pass under the C65, turn left (as if going back north on the C65) and take the right turning to the Hotel Mas Tapiolas.  Park in the hotel grounds.  www.hotelmastapiolas.com Tel: 972837017
Nov / Dec - €16 (€29.95 w/lunch), otherwise €18. [€2 discount if FCPP member].
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Mas Torrellas Castell d’Aro Follow the C31 and exit at junction 314. Follow signs for Castell d’Aro. Stay on the GI662, passing through the town.  After passing the Sant Josep Camping on the left, turn right into the golf course parking area.  Tel: 972836257
www.pitchandputtmastorrellas.com
Nov thru March - €17, otherwise €19; half price for seniors on Wednesdays.
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Golf Lloret Lloret From the north: take C31/C65/C35 then C63 towards Lloret de Mar. Once in Lloret take GI682 (Av. Vila de Blanes) towards Blanes and at the 2nd roundabout turn right. Go up this road (Cami Papalús) and you will come to Restaurant Papalús and Golf. Take a left to the car park. Tel: 609132133
www.pitchandputtlloret.com
Green Fee: €15 / With lunch: €25
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Restaurants
 
We generally use the following restaurants but any restaurant of the Organiser’s choosing can be used.
 
Course Restaurant Name Menu Cost [check first] Directions Contact Details
Gualta A-Putt €12.95 Located in the Club House of the course Tel: 972755122
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Gualta L’Horta de Can Patxei €12.50 Exit the club turning right on the GI-643. Passing Gualta on the left take the small road, signposted to the restaurant a few hundred metres further on on the right. Tel: 872009048
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Mas Pages Can Boix €12.50 Exit the club turning left on the GI-513. The restaurant is in the1st village (Vilamari) on the right. Tel: 972561005
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Mas Nou Can Xerta
[Santa Cristina d’Aro]
€11.50 excluding drinks Follow the C31 and exit at junction 310.  Follow the signs to Santa Cristina d’Aro. At the first roundabout take the 1st exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (GI-662). Take the 1st right turn, then the next left turn and park in the restaurant car park. Tel: 972838283
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Mas Nou Can Ramon
[Calonge]
€11.90 Follow the C31 and exit at junction 321. Head towards Calonge town centre.  [Note: If coming from the north you will need to take the 3rd exit from the roundabout, cross over the C31, and then take the 2nd exit at the next roundabout.  If coming from the south take the 2nd exit at the roundabout.]  At the T-junction go left and pass under the C31. At the next roundabout go straight over – the restaurant is 50 metres on the left Tel: 972651961
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Franciac Golf Club Follow the C25 towards Girona Airport. At the roundabout where the road passes under the A2/NII, take the last exit and take the access road running south parallel to the A2/NII. Look for a left turn beside a restaurant that leads to another left turn that takes you over the A2/NII. Carry straight on to the club. Tel: 972471028
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Fornells El Raco de L’Hostal
[Llambilles]
€12.00 Follow the C65 to Llambilles.  At the main junction and traffic lights you need to turn and head west [if coming from the direction of Girona, turn right at the traffic lights; if coming from the direction of Cassa de la Selva, turn left at the roundabout before the junction (no left turn at the lights)]. The restaurant is in the first block by the traffic lights, parking up a small ramp. Tel: 972469132
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Fornells L’Escon
[Llambilles]
€11.00 Follow the C65 to Llambilles.  At the main junction and traffic lights you need to turn left into the restaurant car park [if coming from the direction of Girona; if coming from the direction of Cassa de la Selva, turn right]. Tel: 972469238
Sometimes closed on Wednesday depending on time of year.
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Fornells Mas Canyet €15.00 Turn right at the traffic lights in Llambilles and head towards Playa D’aro on the C65. At the “model cork” roundabout turn right towards airport. The restaurant is 900 metres on right hand side. Tel: 972463437
 
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Mas Tapiolas Can Xerta
[Santa Cristina d’Aro]
€16.00 Follow the C31 and exit at junction 310.  Follow the signs to Santa Cristina d’Aro. At the first roundabout take the 1st exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (GI-662). Take the 1st right turn, then the next left turn and park in the restaurant car park. Tel: 972838283
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Mas Torrellas Can Xerta
[Santa Cristina d’Aro]
€16.00 Follow the C31 and exit at junction 310.  Follow the signs to Santa Cristina d’Aro. At the first roundabout take the 1st exit. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit (GI-662). Take the 1st right turn, then the next left turn and park in the restaurant car park. Tel: 972838283
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Golf Lloret Papalus €10.00 From the north: take C31/C65/C35 then C63 towards Lloret de Mar. Once in Lloret take GI682 (Av. Vila de Blanes) towards Blanes and at the 2nd roundabout turn right. Go up this road (Cami Papalús) and you will come to Restaurant Papalús and Golf. Take a left to the car park. Tel: 609132133
 
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Scoring
 
Players of all levels are welcome and games are friendly rather than competitive. However, we normally organise fun scoring systems aimed at making all players possible winners.
 
We generally use the following scoring systems but any system of the Organiser’s choosing can be used.
 
System Name How to use
Match Play All players in the team (2 persons) play each hole as a separate contest against each other.  The person with the lowest score wins the hole, regardless of the number of stokes played.  If the number of stokes is equal, the hole is “halved”.  The person winning the most holes wins. Not suitable for players of greatly different abilities.
Stroke Play All players in the team (2 or 4 persons) play each hole and record the total number of strokes played.   The person with the lowest score (adjusted for handicap if known) wins.
Stableford A system where points are awarded to players based on the difficulty of each hole. It is best calculated using a simple spreadsheet where scores are entered against the hole handicap. The group coordinator can supply.
Texas Scramble Players form two-person teams.  Both members of the pair tee-off.  Select the best shot.  Both players take a shot from that position.  This continues until the first ball is holed.  There is a single score that applies to the pair which is the number of stokes taken by the 1st player to hole out. Teams can also be made of 3 or 4 players. Group teams with a mixture of abilities.
Putt Count Once the player is on the green, count the number of putts required to hole-out.  The winner is the player with the fewest accumulated putts.  This scoring system is normally used in parallel but separate to another scoring system during the same game, creating a small competition within a broader competition. Should be used in combination with another system such as Five Max or Stroke Play.
Five Max On each hole, once the player has a score of 5, they pick up the ball and walk it to the green, placing it at the first point on the edge that they come to.  They continue the game (and the scoring) from there.  This prevents a high-scoring player from becoming too far behind and keeps the game moving if time is pressing.
Foursomes Players form two-person teams.  They use only one ball. Player A always tees-off from odd-numbered holes, player B from even-numbered holes. They play each shot alternately. Penalty shots do not affect the order of play. Group teams with a mixture of abilities.
Greensomes Players form two-person teams.  They select the best tee-shot and play from that position. Using a single ball between them, the player whose ball was not selected plays the next shot and all future even-number shots on this hole, the other team member playing all the odd-numbered shots.  *** Also Gruesomes – same as Greensomes but the opponents choose which ball is used. *** Group teams with a mixture of abilities.
Chapman Players form two-person teams.  Both members of the pair tee-off.  Player A then plays Player B’s ball and Player B plays Player’s A ball.  From then on, the team selects the best ball to play.  Both players take a shot from that position.  This continues until the first ball is holed.  There is a single score that applies to the pair which is the number of stokes taken by the 1st player to hole out. Teams can also be made of 3 or 4 players. Group teams with a mixture of abilities.
Lagging After everyone gets on the green and regardless of the number of strokes, the player closest to the hole gets 3 points, the next player closest to the hole gets 2 points, the next player closest to the hole gets 1 point and the player farthest from the hole gets 0 points. Total the points for all eighteen holes to decide the winner.
For-Play All strokes are counted, like stroke play.  Players are grouped into teams (4, 3 or 2 players).  On each hole, the team also records the score of the best player.  However, each member of the team’s score must be used at least 4 times if the team consists of 4 players (5 times if the team is 3 players; 6 times if the team is 2 players).  The player whose score is to be used on each hole is chosen after the 1st tee-shot is taken.  The winning team is the one with the lowest score. Group teams with a mixture of abilities. [There are variations on which player’s score is to be used.  The selected player can be chosen after all have putted-out or before the 1st tee shot is taken.]
 
Other Fun Things To Do
 
Here are some ideas to inject fun into the game.
 
Idea How to use
Who Buys The Beer If you are 4 players, select 3 random numbers between 1 and 18 (if you are 3 players, choose 2 numbers, etc).  Whoever “wins” the first numbered hole you come to is eliminated from the shortlist.  Whoever “wins” the second numbered hole you come to is also eliminated from the shortlist.  Carry on until there is one person not eliminated – they buy the beers!
Three Club Each player is limited to just 3 clubs of their choosing.
Red Ball Draw a line across the score card from top left to bottom right.  Where the line crosses your name line, you get to halve your actual score.
Closest to the Pin The 1st team to tee-off carries a pin.  At the shortest hole on the course, they place it where the tee-shot closest to the pin falls and mark the attached card with the name of the player.  If any subsequent player does better, the pin is moved to the closer position and the name of the player added.  The last team through retrieves the pin and card. [Pins are supplied by the club].
Longest Drive The 1st team to tee-off carries a pin.  At the longest hole on the course, they place it where the tee-shot furthest from the tee falls and mark the attached card with the name of the player.  If any subsequent player does better, the pin is moved to the further position and the name of the player added.  The last team through retrieves the pin and card. [Pins are supplied by the club].
String Each player is issued with a length of string depending on the assumed skill of the player. At any point in the game, the player can cut a length off their string and move the ball without penalty to a new position determined by the cut length.  The cut length is then discarded.