ARRÁBIDA 4 FRIENDS

GOLFE - - WILD CARD -

It has been about five years since I was con­tacted by my friend Por­tas Figueiredo to go to a course that had been re­opened, af­ter hav­ing been closed for a few years, the Palmela Vil­lage, which came up with a new name, Arrábida Re­sort. A course that was be­ing re­born from the “ashes” by Cadima Ribeiro. A course that was un­known to most of the play­ers from Lis­bon (my­self in­cluded) and even more of the other na­tional play­ers. Some of the play­ers had heard of it, but they thought it was a small 9 hole course. This course is Par 61, with 18 holes that are all dif­fer­ent, de­signed by the Por­tuguese, Jorge San­tana da Silva. Com­prised of a par 5, twelve par 3’s and five par 4’s. A beau­ti­ful and chal­leng­ing “Ex­ec­u­tive Course” that can be played in be­tween two and two and a half hours. At the end of the round, that I found very in­ter­est­ing, and on the way home I was think­ing about what I could do to share this “new” spot with my friends. The idea arose to or­ga­nize a tour­na­ment for the deli­ga­tion, the name was easy: Arrábida 4 Friends. The date, May 1, since it was a holiday. I started mak­ing con­tacts to get sup­port and I re­mem­bered first talk­ing to com­pa­nies that were con­nected to the cul­ture / gas­tron­omy of the re­gion. The 1st Arrábida 4 Friends re­ceived tele­vi­sion cov­er­age with the sup­port of Luis Silva, the Pres­i­dent of the Palmela Golf Club at the time. For four years I or­ga­nized this event, with great plea­sure and sat­is­fac­tion, al­ways with a full field, be­tween seventy and eighty play­ers. We had play­ers from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the coun­try and even some from abroad. This week I re­ceived sad news, the Palmela Vil­lage, Arrábida Re­sort, LH Golf Academy Re­sort, the three des­ig­na­tions it had, could close its doors at any time, which makes me very sad.

Faz agora cerca de cinco anos que fui con­tac­tado pelo meu amigo Por­tas Figueiredo para ir con­hecer um campo que tinha re­aberto, após ter es­tado fechado du­rante al­guns anos, o Palmela Vil­lage, que sur­gia com um novo nome Arrábida Re­sort, campo que es­tava a re­nascer das “cin­zas” pelas mãos de Cadima Ribeiro. Um campo que era de­scon­hecido da maio­ria dos jo­gadores da grande Lisboa (eu in­cluído) e ainda mais dos restantes jo­gadores na­cionais. Al­guns dos jo­gadores, já tin­ham ou­vido falar do mesmo, mas pen­savam tratar-se de um campo de ape­nas 9 bu­ra­cos. Este Campo é um Par 61, com 18 bu­ra­cos e to­dos eles difer­entes, de­sen­hado pelo por­tuguês, Jorge San­tana da Silva. Com­posto por um par 5, doze pares 3 e cinco pares 4. Um bonito e de­safi­ante “Ex­ec­u­tive Course” que pode ser jo­gado en­tre duas ho­ras e duas ho­ras e meia. No fi­nal da volta ao campo que achei muito in­ter­es­sante e já no cam­inho de casa fui pen­sando no que po­dia fazer para di­vul­gar este “novo” campo pe­los meus ami­gos, surgiu a ideia de or­ga­ni­zar um torneio para a di­vul­gação, o nome foi fá­cil, “Arrábida 4 Friends”, a data, 1 de Maio, pois era fe­ri­ado, come­cei a fazer con­tac­tos para ar­ran­jar apoios e lem­brei em primeiro lu­gar falar com em­pre­sas que es­tavam lig­adas à cul­tura/gas­trono­mia da região. O 1º Arrábida 4 Friends teve di­re­ito a re­portagem tele­vi­siva com o apoio do Luís Silva, o Pres­i­dente do Clube de Golfe de Palmela na al­tura. Du­rante qua­tro anos or­ga­nizei com muito gosto e sat­is­fação este evento, sem­pre com casas cheias, en­tre se­tenta e oitenta jo­gadores e tive­mos jo­gadores de di­ver­sas zonas do país e al­guns até do es­trangeiro. Esta se­m­ana re­cebi uma triste notí­cia, o campo Palmela Vil­lage, Arrábida Re­sort, LH Golf Academy Re­sort, as três des­ig­nações que teve, poderá fechar as suas por­tas a qual­quer mo­mento, o que me deixa bas­tante triste.

Golfer Ál­varo Di­nis

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