Covid 19 – Reopening of golf course, restrictions and competition information

Reopening of golf course, restrictions and competition information

1. You must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your tee time and depart from the course and facilities within 15 minutes of putting out on the 18th. The bar/restaurant will be closed as will the changing rooms. The shop will be marked out according to the restrictions, please respect them.
2. A mask is to be worn in and around the shop at all times. Payments in the shop should be made electronically via credit card or multibanco.
3. Only 2 balls are permitted ……… *UPDATE* 4/5/20     4 Balls are now permitted but social distancing rules are to be applied at all times ………. and tee times will remain every 10 minutes.

4. If you are a habituating couple you may share a buggy. If not it is 1 buggy per player or the second player has to walk although their clubs can be strapped on the buggy.
5. The flags will be left in and are not to be touched. When your ball hits the cup (which will be raised) it will count as being in the hole.
6. Bunkers will have no rakes so please keep them as tidy as possible after your shot using your club and foot to smooth the sand. Consider the players following you. Avoid the bins, ball washers and seating areas.
7. The Members drinking water facility will also be closed for the time being and the toilets on the 6th will be closed.
8. The driving range machine will be out of use and balls for the range must be collected in the pro shop. Some of the bays will also be closed off to maintain the social distancing rule.

Competitions are cancelled until further notice. Reservations are to be made via e mail for now at golf.reservations@saresorts.com or you can book by telephone when the shop reopens..

Unfortunately, the committee has decided to cancel the knockout competitions for 2020 as we feel there will not be enough time for them to be completed, especially with expected further travel restrictions. Our major/board competitions from March-July which are the Ralph Griffin Spring Trophy, Taça da Liberdade, Captain v Vice Captain, past Captains, Club Championship and Ladies v Men will all be postponed until the Autumn, restrictions permitting.

Keep safe, enjoy your golf and please respect all the rules.

2019 CLUB CHAMPIONS

 

2019 CLUB CHAMPIONS, MENS CHAMPION BARRY PUSSELL (RIGHT OF PICTURE) AND LADIES CHAMPION REI CHERUBINI PICTURED WITH FLORESTA PARQUE GC CAPTAIN, PETER McDONAGH (LEFT OF PICTURE)

BAPTISTA RENEW LEAD SPONSOR STATUS FOR 2019

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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT BAPTISTA ARE TO CONTINUE AS LEAD SPONSOR TO FLORESTA PARQUE GOLF CLUB FOR 2020. RUI BAPTISTA, THE OWNER OF BAPTISTA SUPERMERCADO IN LUZ, CONTINUES TO GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE CLUB. AMONGST MANY THINGS, HE PROVIDES THE INTERCLUB LEAGUE SHIRTS, VOUCHER PRIZES FOR THE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AND OTHER EVENTS AND MAKES BIG CONTRIBUTIONS OF WINE THAT ARE ENJOYED BY THE MEMBERSHIP AT EVENTS LIKE THE CHRISTMAS HAMPER COMPETITION. IN TURN, WE CAN THEN SUPPORT RUI BY SUPPORTING HIS CHOSEN CHARITY, NECI, OUT OF THE FUNDS RAISED BY OUR CAPTAIN EVERY YEAR. OUR THANKS GO TO RUI AND HIS TEAM FOR THIS VALUABLE ONGOING SUPPORT WITH A WISH THIS CAN CARRY ON LONG INTO THE FUTURE.

FLORESTA PARQUE GC FINISH 5TH IN THE ALGARVE INTERCLUB LEAGUE

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WE ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FLORESTA PARQUE GC HAVE FINISHED FIFTH IN THIS YEARS INTERCLUB LEAGUE COMPETITION FINISHING BEHIND THE NEW 2019 CHAMPIONS BOAVISTA AND WE OFFER OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM. WE ARE DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE BY ONLY FINISHING 5TH IN THE TOP DIVISION WE ARE TO BE RELEGATED TO DIVISION 2 FOR NEXT YEAR’S COMPETITION. WE WERE THE LAST TEAM IN THE WHOLE OF THE INTERCLUB NEVER TO HAVE PLATED OUTSIDE OF THE FIRST DIVISION AND THAT PROUD RECORD IS NOW GONE.

THIS SERVES AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF HOW INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE THE INTERLEAGUE HAS BECOME WITH THE STANDARD OF GOLF CONSTANTLY RISING. THERE ARE NO EASY GAMES ANYMORE. WE FAILED TO PRODUCE SUFFICIENTLY DOMINANT RESULTS AT HOME AND PERHAPS THIS IS A REFLECTION THAT SIDES THAT NOW COME TO PLAY OUR COURSE HAVE GREATER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF IT.

WE ARE RELEGATED ALONGSIDE SERRA DE MONCHIQUE, WHO ARE THIS YEARS KNOCKOUT CUP CHAMPIONS!, AND OUR LOCAL FRIENDS PALMARES. WE WILL BE COMPETING AGAINST ALTO CLUB, VALE DE LOBO AND LEVANTE PROMOTED FROM DIVISION 3. IT IS LIKELY THAT QUINTA DO LAGO WILL BE THE SIDE THAT REMAINS IN DIVISION 2. SO LOOKING FOR A SILVER LINING WE HAVE SOME FANTASTIC COURSES TO PLAY NEXT YEAR AGAINST SOME GREAT RIVALS WHO ALWAYS PLAY WITH THE GREAT SPIRIT THAT MAKES THE INTERCLUB SO ENJOYABLE.

23 DIFFERENT PLAYERS HAVE PLAYED IN THE FLORESTA PARQUE TEAM THIS YEAR AND THEY ARE ALL THANKED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE ALL THE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED PLAYING, NOT ONLY AT HOME, BUT AWAY AS WELL. IT MAKES A GREAT DIFFERENCE! WE LOOK FORWARD WITH DETERMINATION AND EXCITEMENT TO SECURING PROMOTION BACK TO THE TOP DIVISION WHERE WE BELONG!

Floresta Parque Golf Club

The Golf Club atmosphere at Floresta Parque is probably the best on the Algarve. You will always find a warm welcome from any member at the Spikes bar. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and where golfers may swap stories whilst enjoying one of the finest views in the golfing Algarve and enjoy a relaxing drink after a “hard” days golf. The Course is a good challenge to any golfer and an enjoyable day is guaranteed.

Floresta Parque Golf Club was officially formed in 1994, following the acquisition of Parque da Floresta by the Vigia Group. Operated as a traditional Golf Club with a President, Captain, Secretary, Committee, etc., it is now one of 73 clubs affiliated to the Portuguese Golf Federation.

The club has a total of 250 members (including those from overseas) and holds regular golf festivals, twice weekly competitions and boasts a busy social calendar for residents and visitors alike.

Handicap certificates can be issued to members and these are calculated using the “Slope Rating” system, in accordance with European Golf Associations recent directive’s.

Thanks to the “Project Drive”, scheme set up by the Portuguese Federation to encourage under 21’s to become involved in the sport through free weekly golf lessons, the future looks bright for the club to win many more titles!

The Golf Course has a good practice area and its resident golfing professional is always at hand at the driving range for those tips that make all the difference!