Matt’s Latest Golf Report

It has been a busy golf schedule for Matt on the EuroPro Tour, travelling and playing in back to back tournaments each week. Here is Matt’s latest report:

On July 10th I travelled several hours to play the Portal at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa in the EuroPro Tour. With a very steady first day I finished up at 1 under par, hoping the next day would be as smooth. Day 2 started similarly with a series of pars before two bogeys and a double on the 9th. On the back nine I managed to make up for this with an eagle and a birdie, leaving me on par for the tournament. Unfortunately, the cut line moved to just under par and I missed out on the third day by the narrowest of margins.

The EuroPro Tour at Caversham Heath near Reading on the 24th July was full of ups and downs, with many birdies but even more bogeys, which ended me on level par after day one and +2 after day two. Sadly, this was another missed cut, but I was hopeful for the next week, when I would have another chance to make my way into the third day.

The week of the 8th August I played in the EuroPro Tour at Mannings Heath Golf Club, which is a lovely course down in the South of England. At -2 after day one, I was hopeful to make the cut for the third day, but it was an agonizingly close missed cut again, as I ended on par after day 2.

The following week I played in the EuroPro Tour at Frilford Heath outside of Oxford, just down the road from me. Playing this familiar course was a real mixed bag, with two eagles keeping me hanging on until day three. I was happy to have made the cut but had a disappointing final day, leaving me on +4 to finish the 3-day tournament.

The results look like I have already secured a card for next seasons EuroPro to skip first stage Q school and go straight through to the finals so I’m very happy about this.

As always, thanks for the support and good luck with your own games.

The Datai Langkawi’s New Eco-Initiatives

Datai Langkawi Malaysia Poolview
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Poolview

When The Datai Langkawi reopened in December after an extensive renovation project, visually not much had changed, but under the surface a whole new model had been implemented. The resort’s general manager Arnaud Girodon described how they had intended to maintain the signature “Datai DNA” and celebrate its unique location on Datai Bay, once declared one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic, while reducing its environmental impact by introducing its new eco-initiatives.

The resort has renewed its commitment to protect this unique natural habitat, including an obligation to consume less energy, water and single-use plastic. Recycling and upcycling plants, a bottling plant and a permaculture garden have been created, alongside initiatives to protect the coral reef and surrounding areas. Artificial reefs are being built and monitored by its dedicated group of marine biologists from The Nature Team and other initiatives are engaging the local community and its fishermen.

The resort prides itself on being able to feature more locally grown ingredients and local seafood such as lobsters and a variety of reef fish.

Beachside Restaurant Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Beachside Restaurant Datai Langkawi Malaysia

The designer, Didier Lefort, stressed how the refreshed look is purposely unassuming, from the structure’s natural finish and artwork to the ergonomic design of the bath tubs. Nature also forms the base of the spa and well-being programmes, which include specially crafted holistic activities and wellness and beauty treatments.

The Nature Center Datai Langkawi Malaysia
The Nature Center Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Spa Villa
Datai Langkawi Malaysia Spa Villa

Recently, the sustainability team confirmed that The Datai is certainly on track to achieving the Earth Check Certification by the end of the year. The resort is also on the way to achieve its targeted ‘zero waste to landfill’ status by the year-end. “The concept of ‘zero waste to landfill’ has been implemented to ensure that none of the resort’s waste becomes pollution in a landfill where it will continue to cause pollution,”

Giromella shares. Completing the circle is the resort’s Permaculture Garden, which the team hopes will eventually provide at least 55 per cent of its capacity by December, as the bigger trees like citrus, papaya and other tropical fruits take time to achieve full production.

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Permaculture Garden Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Permaculture Garden Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Canopy Walk Bridge Datai Langkawi Malaysia
Canopy Walk Bridge Datai Langkawi Malaysia

Former President Bill Clinton Visits Casa De Campo

Former US President Bill Clinton is just back from a visit to Casa De Campo where he has been a regular visitor to over the past 20 years. It didn’t surprise us to hear that the beautiful Dominican Republic was among the 42nd President of the United States favourite golf holiday destinations.

Casa De Campo is home to some luxurious golfing experiences, including the Teeth of the Dog course, the #1 course in the Caribbean.

Teeth of the Dog - #1 Course in Caribbean
Teeth of the Dog – #1 Course in Caribbean

Mr Clinton regards the Teeth of the Dog as one of his favourite courses on Earth but as it was closed for maintenance, on this occasion he played the La Romana course designed by Pete Dye.

Following Golf, Mr Clinton enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the resort’s SBG restaurant in its picturesque Marina. The Marina has a host of eateries and places to relax and enjoy a drink with a view after a day golfing in the sun.

Casa De Campo Marina
Casa De Campo Marina

After dinner the former President visited Altos de Chavón – an artisan village within the resort modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city.
And if 3 golf courses isn’t enough to keep you and your family busy, the resort also has horse riding, tennis, a range of water sports and trapshooting!
Can you think of any other 5* resorts with three championship golf courses and a medieval city including a Colosseum? Me neither!

Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón

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