Hello dear Members and Friends,

First of all, I hope this email finds you safe and well and hope that you are managing to lead as normal a life as possible during these far from normal times.

I am sure that, like me, you are finding new ways of communicating with friends and family – I never thought that video calls would become such a part of our daily lives. It is amazing how quickly we have all had to adapt.

However, I know that you will be missing playing golf in our beautiful corner of the world here on the Algarve. Lets hope that the sacrifices we are all making will lead us back to better times soon – the news from around Europe seems to be more encouraging each day and talk is turning to how we all come out of lockdown’s – hopefully we will all be back together soon.

It seems a long time since I last updated you on news from our golf club. As you will know, we have been in lockdown since the middle of March and, in common with most of the world, our course has been closed since then. The Portuguese government announced on 17th April that the lockdown continues for a further 15 days and they will have the next meeting on the 2nd of May to discuss what will happen then.

Although we are unable to use the course, Nelson and his team are continuing to keep it maintained and it will be ready as soon as we are allowed to play again.

I know it is very tempting for those who are living over here at the moment to use the course for walking dogs and exercising, but please do not – the course is being treated with chemicals and, unfortunately, we have had reports of dog owners leaving dog mess on the course and in the bunkers, which is unfair to the green-keepers who are trying to do a good job in challenging circumstances.

If there is any change to the advice on when we can resume playing golf I will let you know at once.

Just to update you about my Captains away trip in November – we have agreed with the Manager of Resort El Rompido that we can postpone the trip if we are unable to play during the original dates due to ongoing restrictions for the pandemic. I know that
many people have already paid deposits but can assure you that the money will not be lost. Perhaps those people who have yet to pay their deposit could pass the money to myself or Brigitte when we meet again.

I wish you all the best, stay safe and healthy and hopefully we will meet really soon back on our beautiful golf course.

Your Captain


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