Dear San Roque members,

The Sotogrande Summer season is in full flow and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our Madrid-based members back to San Roque. You will notice a lot of changes with improvements to both courses, a greatly improved service delivered by our caddy masters and the return to the Tony Jacklin House (while clubhouse refurbishments continue).  There is a definite feel good factor returning to the Club and I am keen to keep up the social events that complement our golf so well (more below).

Latest results

On Tuesday, some tough pin positions restricted the winning score to 36 and that was recorded by an in-form Michael Cowburn.  Dan Bannister was second with 35 points and Tony Maycock third (also 35pts).

On Thursday, scoring conditions were slightly easier but not even Tony Maycock could have expected to record 42 points to take first place – great knock Tony! Noel Smith was second with an excellent 39 points and Theo Quick took third (38 pts). I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Zak Karkaletsos all the best as he returns to America – in typical style, Zak signed off with a -4 gross 68 in what will be his last round on the Old Course in its current format.

On Friday, 20 members enjoyed another fun ‘Nine & Dine’ evening and it was great to welcome past Captain Andy Stanford back to competitive golf after his recent knee operation. Andy didn’t waste any time in getting back amongst the prizes and his 21 points over the front nine was good enough to hold off a strong challenge from playing companion, Ian Wright (19pts) – always beware the injured golfer!

On Saturday, it was great to see 56 players take part in a Texas Scramble – this format of the game is always highly enjoyable and a few birdies always serves to boost confidence! The wining team of Pip Vincent, Tim Vincent, Matt Payne & Graeme Willis recorded an excellent net 56.8 – great golf guys! Second place went to Gary Ward, Chris Eriksson, Tony Maycock & Julian Menashe (net 58.5) and third place to Ruth Bailey, Tony Flanagan, Amanda Stanford & Andy Stanford.

The golf was followed by an excellent Andalucian evening in the TJ House, where over 60 members and guests enjoyed some fine food & wine…circa 15 members tried their hand at Flamenco dancing with varied degrees of success  – but a good time was had by all!

Forthcoming tournaments & events

This week we will have the normal roll ups on Tuesday & Thursday, before the third in our ‘nine & dine’ series – this time the nine holes of golf from 4pm will be followed by a tapas evening at the Tony Jacklin House from 7pm onwards – members & guests very welcome – please put your names down on the board or call the pro shop to join the fun!

On Sunday, the old course will hold the first of this month’s majors – The Presidents Cup. As in previous years, this individual stroke play competition will be played over 18 holes on the Old Course from the yellow tees. There will be a shotgun start at 9.30h, followed by the prize giving and a tapas lunch at Tony Jacklin which, as tradition, is courtesy by the club to SRC members.

Looking slightly further ahead and I am delighted to say that the fabulous The Lola Boys will be playing in the gardens of The Tony Jacklin House on the evening of Wednesday 21st August. This will be an incredibly popular event and will be open to members, guests and the public with tickets sold in advance via the pro shop. This news is ‘hot off the press’ so I haven’t got the full pricing details yet, but the Club will write to all members early this week.

Captains Chuckle

Three bachelors were about to  tee off when the starter walked up to them and said, “You see that beautiful blonde practicing her putting?”

“Her? Wow, she is beautiful,” they all said.

“She’s a good golfer,” he continued, “and would like to hook up with a group. None of the other groups will play with a woman. Can she play with you? She won’t hold you up, I promise.” They looked at each other and said, “Sure! She can join us.” Just as the starter said, the woman played well and kept up. Plus, they kept noticing, she was very attractive.

When they reached the 18th hole, she said that if she sank her 18-footer, she’d break 80 for the first time. “Guys, I’m so excited about breaking 80 that I have to tell you something. I had a great time playing with you. I can tell you all really love golf. I want you to know that I’m single and want to marry a man who loves golf as much as I do. If one of you guys can read this putt correctly and I make it, I’ll marry whichever of you was right!”

All three jumped at the opportunity. The first one looked over the putt and said, “I see it breaking 10 inches left to right.” The second looked it over from all sides and said, “No, I see it breaking eight inches right to left.”

The third man looked at the woman, looked at the ball, and said, “Pick it up. It’s good!”


Keep swinging it well!

Your Captain