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McLintocks Golf Society trip to Marbella

After months of scouring Europe for a suitable venue, the McLintocks Golf Society showed typical imagination and decided to go back to the delights of the Marbella area of Costa del Sol for its annual 4-day golf trip. Numbers had increased from eight to twelve and the hand -picked party comprised three partners Mike Caputo, Jason McLaughlin and Paul McGerty and two senior staff in Neil Chaddock and Jon Curtis, both  on their first McLintocks tour plus seven contacts and clients, who probably would have preferred to remain anonymous in order to protect the innocent, but some reference is made below.

Amazingly everyone turned up at Manchester Airport for a frighteningly early flight and after some rather greasy breakfasts moistened by the odd pint of Guiness, the party  excitedly took to the air on time bound for Malaga.

‘Whoever’ organised the hire cars clearly overestimated just how much room 4 golf bags and clubs, 4 suitcases and 4 overweight adults would take. Needless to say the car trip was somewhat cosy but passing the San Miguel brewery on the way was a comforting sight. Golf at picturesque Cabopino was scheduled for an early afternoon but after a short delay due to Paul not being told what course he was driving to, Mike teed off first and as expected set the scene with a tired looking top. Before long most were remembering how to play and in the process getting lots of bunker practice. It was a very warm afternoon and why Paul’s fourball decided to walk and dispense with their electric buggy remains  a mystery….men of iron ?? Golf was soon forgotten once the party started their evening bar tour in Sinatra’s bar , and thus followed an interesting night in Puerto Banus.

Friday golf was scheduled at the impressive Santa Maria Club. Mike again teed off first and to the sound of rapturous applause successfully and surprisingly cleared the rather intimidating lake in front of him. That was probably as good as it got and in very hot conditions the golf eventually faltered for all but Billy Sumner. Friday night beckoned and did not disappoint. It was allegedly Paul’s birthday so that appeared to be the excuse everyone needed to celebrate his coming of age. Eventually everyone drifted gradually back to their hotel in time for breakfast!

Saturday was a tad murky and the rather grand Marbella Golf and Country Club was the next golfing task ahead. It was a very tough and at times spectacular first nine holes. Jonathan Turner driving the green on one  long par four over a ravine was certainly a highlight. The back nine were easier and  Jason did in the end post a decent score. Saturday night was not one easily forgotten and quite why……

No wonder only eight of the twelve made it for golf next day. Indeed those eight were putting on a brave face. So last day, the Sunday, was played at Santa Clara, an interesting course, but sadly those that made it were barely physically up to task and the golf yet again gradually deteriorated. Sanjeev Gulati took the overall golfing honours and despite Jason’s usual attempt to change the rules Sanjeev pocketed the not inconsiderable prize money…can only assume he missed out on a few rounds.

After a last presentation lunch it was back to Malaga, the planes’ s engines  eventually drowned by snoring interrupted by talk of what might have been , what was,  and where to go next year.