• From: Tom Maynard Trust Cricket Academy
  • Date: Saturday 27th February, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from attendees following their pre-season training camp at Desert Springs Cricket Academy between 18th - 26th February 2016

 

The intake for the Tom Maynard Academy, comprising twelve (12) professional cricketers from some of the UK’s first class counties, accompanied by nine (9) supporting staff are now back in England having completed a successful nine days of warm weather fitness and cricket training between Thursday 18th – Friday 26th February at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort, championship desert golf course and dedicated Cricket Academy in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucia in south-east Spain.

 

Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard headed the delivery of the programme and commented;

 “Now into our third year at Desert Springs, this was yet another fantastic visit. The wickets at the Cricket Academy continue to improve year on year. 

The service element of the resort is sensational and this has been our best trip ever!” 

Former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Australia all-rounder Ian Harvey and former Leicestershire, Kent & England wicket-keeper/batsman Paul Nixon were responsible for assisting Matthew Maynard in delivering specialist sessions to the players; and former England Head Physiotherapist, Dean Conway, was on hand to oversee the fitness and physical work while the group were at Desert Springs.

Ian Harvey said of the experience;

“Desert Springs just keeps getting better and better!”

Jamie Dalrymple, former Glamorgan captain and Middlesex and England all-rounder, provided insights into leadership, sports psychology and dressing room dynamics, and Ireland’s former Head of Performance and now Millfield School’s Head of Cricket Coaching, Mark Garaway, carried out some personality profiling to support the 2016 intake with expert advice on how to use that to beneficial effect in their careers. 

 

Mike Fatkin, one of the Trustees of the Tom Maynard Trust and a former CEO at Glamorgan, provided management support for Matthew Maynard and helped the players to understand some of the off-field pitfalls of being a professional sportsperson.

 

Mike Fatkin commented;

 

“Thank you to all of the staff for another wonderful stay. The training camp was once again a resounding success, see you next year!”

 
 

 “I had a great time at Desert Springs. The service was excellent and the facilities were awesome.”

Lucas Carey (Glamorgan CCC)

“An excellent facility to train at. The food and hospitality was superb and the Townhouses at ‘La Fuente’ were well kept and fully kitted out. I would definitely recommend Desert Springs Resort to anyone!” 

Ed Pollock (Warwickshire CCC)

“I had a great experience here at Desert Springs Resort. The service was high class all round and the training facilities were perfect. What an awesome way to start pre-season!”

Tom Hampton (Gloucestershire CCCC)

“I can’t thank Desert Springs Resort enough for the past nine days. The service, facilities and food are all top class!”

Chris Jones (Surrey CCC)

“I have had an awesome time here and everyone has been lovely. Quality service and sensational nets for training, thank you for everything!”

Tim Rouse (Somerset CCC)

 
 

The Academy worked on a specific and carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity culminating with a special one-day match between the Tom Maynard Academy XI and the Spanish National side.

For more information on the Tom Maynard Trust, visit the website: http://www.tommaynardtrust.com

 

 

  • From: Millfield, Bradfield, Loretto & Whitgift School
  • Date: Thursday 18th February, 2016
  • Subject: Comments from players that competed within the III Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships and their Coaches / Staff between Saturday 14th to Wednesday 17th February 2016

 

Seventy (70) full time students accompanied by eleven (11) coaches and staff representing; Millfield, Bradfield, Loretto & Whitgift School, competed in the ‘III Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships’ at the Desert Springs Resort between Saturday 14th to Wednesday 17th February 2016.

 

The Team Championship was open to boys and girls of all ages with a maximum handicap of 24 and was held over 3 days (54-Holes). For tournament day one & two the format was 4 Ball-Better-Ball Pairs Stableford Points. The format for tournament day three was Best Two individual Stableford Points Scores from each team being combined to achieve the Teams accumulative Stabelford score.

 

“Yet another excellent event. The children have enjoyed the trip very much. Nothing more to add other than that we are very much looking forward to next year!”

 

That is the verdict of Ryan Scott, PGA Coach for Loretto Golf Academy based at Scotland's leading Scottish private boarding school, set in 85 acres of leafy campus just outside Edinburgh that provides an all-round education for just over 600 boys and girls aged 3-18.

 

“The event is not only made by the great accommodation and facilities but also the ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude of all of the staff. Thank you for making our stay a real pleasure!”

 

That was the summary of Neil Kendrick, Head of Cricket and Golf at Whitgift School.

 
 
A student plays their approach shot into Hole 15 “Abyss” on the Indiana course at Desert Springs.
 
16-year-old Alfie Fox, 1 handicap from Whitgift School remarked:

“Thank you for such another brilliant week. Everything was just perfect and the staff looked after us so well. See you next year!”

“Thank you very much for a really enjoyable week. From the pick up in the airport with lunch provided, delicious meals every day. This has been an amazing event, which I would indeed recommend to my friends. A big many thanks too of course to the staff for making all this possible!”

“Everything was perfect except for one thing, the fact that we couldn’t stay any longer. I sincerely thank all the staff for being so friendly from when we arrived to when we leave. This trip was probably the most memorable school trip I will have in a long time.”

Those were the respective views of 17-year old Nikolaj Dahl with a handicap of 3,7 and 16-year old Yannick Artigolle with a handicap of 4, from Loretto Golf Academy.

 

Millfiled School Winning Team Members Tom Roswell, Louise Caldon, Charlie Goss and Tom Barker

 

Colin Burgess, Head of Golf at Bradfield College commented:

“We have had a memorable and enjoyable week at Desert Springs. As you will no doubt have noticed, we brought a younger group this year and for many of them this will have been their first Golf Tournament experience. It could not have been a better one; they have much enjoyed being part of the event and have also greatly appreciated the excellent food and accommodation. Everything has run like clockwork and our players have greatly appreciated your support and encouragement both on and off the course.”

 

Niklas Jakobsen from Team ‘Loretto 1’ Winner of the Best Male Individual Scratch competition

 

16-year-old Harry Plowman Ollington with a handicap of 1, from Whitgift School remarked:

“Thank you to all the staff for another great week. The course was in fantastic condition. Can’t wait to come back!”

 

Louise Caldon from Team ‘Millfield 1’ Winner of the Best Female Individual Scratch competition      

 

Karen Nicholls, Millfield School Director of Golf, commented:

 

“A very enjoyable trip and always made to feel “at home”. The staff are all very friendly and professionals in their area. Desert Springs is a resort you need to experience!” 

 

17-year-old Tom Barker with a handicap of 2, from Millfield Golf Academy remarked:

“I live for Desert Springs putting and chipping greens!”

16-year-old Elliot Dawson with a handicap of 5, from Millfield Golf Academy remarked:

“The golf was an entirely unique experience and I have never played a course like it. 

The course layout was perfect for the event. 

The apartment was very warming and we all felt very welcomed by the staff.”

 

Sam Stones from Team ‘Loretto 6’ Winner of the Best overall individual Stableford points score

  • From: Colin Burgess, Bradfield College
  • Date: Thursday 18th February, 2016
  • Subject: Colin Burgess comments regards his teams experience of the III Desert Springs & Millfield European Schools Team Championships between Saturday 14th -Wednesday 17th February 2016
 
Dear Leticia,
 
Thank you very much indeed for all your work in organising our tour.
 
We have very much enjoyed taking part in the Tournament and have much appreciated the excellent food and accommodation.
 
Everything has run very smoothly and we are extremely grateful to you of arranging so many things for us.
 
Very best wishes from the Bradfield College Golfers.
 
Colin Burgess
  • From: Hartpury College Golf Academy
  • Date: Monday 8th February, 2016
  • Subject: Students and Staff comments following Hartpury Golf College 5-day winter training camp at Desert Springs

 

Richard King, Golf Elite Programme Manager & PGA Instructor, Paul Johnson Sport Performance & Excellence in Golf Coach and Joanne Ronald, Head of Department for Sport at Hartpury College Golf Academy, accompanied twenty-four students aged between 16 – 18 years for 5-days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between 31st January & 5th February.

Hartpury College Golf Academy return to Desert Springs Resort for fourth consecutive year for Winter Training Camp
 

Student Caitlin Evans-Brand remarked;

 

“The staff and facilities were extremely welcoming and made the week amazing!”

 

 “The Indiana is an excellent course in superb condition!

We were all made to feel so welcome, what a week!”

 

“The Indiana is a great course in a spectacular environment with really kind, attentive and helpful staff.”

 

“Beautiful weather, fantastic facilities, and a faultless golf course, a great week!”

 

Those are the verdicts of Josh Marshall, Reece Swain and George Bryant, all full time students from the Hartpury College Golf Academy.

 

The training camp utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the PGA Instructors were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy prior to the students embarking on their rounds on The Indiana course.

 

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining each evening in the ‘El Torrente’ Restaurant.

 

Richard King: Golf Elite Programme Manager & PGA Instructor at the Hartpury College Golf Academy remarked:

 

“Another fantastic tour to Desert Springs Resort where our students got to use the outstanding facilities and golf course in preparation for their competitive season. I just wish we could stay for longer!”

 

  • From: Adam Lyth
  • Date: Tuesday 2nd February, 2016
  • Subject: AdamÂ’s comments following his families 3-day golf break at Desert Springs
 
 
Following his initial visit to Desert Springs back in June 2015 as a member of the England squad, who enjoyed a four-day pre-series bonding and training camp in the build up to the 2015 Ashes at Desert Springs Resort, Adam Lyth, Yorkshire and England Cricketer returned to Desert Springs with his wife, mother and father, for a relaxing 3-day golfing break between 30th January – 2nd February 2016.
 
Adam Lyth playing his approach shot into the 18th-Hole, ‘Last Chance’ on The Indiana course at Desert Springs.
 
 
Speaking of his experience Adam remarked: –
 

“Thank you for such a wonderful stay for my family and I.

 

The service we received throughout the whole resort was superb.

 

We will definitely be back!

 

All the best"

 
Adam. 
 
 
Adam Lyth (far right) with his wife, mother & father enjoying some practice at the golf academy
 
 
  • From: Barry H
  • Date: Wednesday 20th January, 2016
  • Subject: Fabulous Menú del Día – El Torrente Restaurant

Set in the Desert Springs complex, the “menú del día” is very tasty and really well presented.

The surroundings are beautiful and the staff are very attentive.

Well worth a Visit.

 

Barry H

  • From: Various New Years Eve Dinner diners at El Torrente Restaurant
  • Date: Monday 4th January, 2016
  • Subject: New Years Eve Dinner at El Torrente Restaurant

Hi Ellie,

You beat me to it! My next job was to e-mail you to say thank you so much for last night. Brilliantly organised, excellent food, great atmosphere. We enjoyed the company at our table, nice people. A shame that we left a little early, always an issue when you give someone else a lift! Still, probably a good thing, given Maggie's sprained ankle.

So, a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2016 to you and your team. Barring incidents and accidents I think you can book us for next year!

All the Best, Roger & Maggie

 

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Thank you Ellie, we all had a wonderful evening. The food and service from your fantastic team made it the best night of the year. You are all very much appreciated by us, I hope people tipped you well!

Hope 2016 is your best year yet!

Kind regards,

Brent & Brenda xx

 

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Hello you lovely lady!!!!

I hope your ears are burning because we have been singing your praises with Nicky and Rob Holmes and Angie and Alan Parr – yet again a truly spectacular night and you and your staff are superstars!!!!

Feliz año Nuevo to you too xxxxxxxx

 

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Hi Ellie,

Allan and I would like to thank you and your team. We had a great time last night, lovely meal but what made it was the friendly and warm welcome from you and your team. The whole evening was organised and managed impeccably. 

Thank you so much for all of your time and effort.

Kind regards,

Angie & Allan Parr

 

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Thank you Ellie & your team for a super night. You all worked really hard to make it go so smoothly. We enjoyed the food & the service was brilliant especially considering the number of people

Happy new year to you all

Kind regards

Liz & Tom Shutlar

 

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Dear Ellie & the Team

No it’s us who want to thank all of you.  

You did a wonderful job.  The food was lovely and everyone on our table commented on hot it all was and how all the separate meals came together so no one was left waiting to eat.  The service was faultless and the whole evening from 8.00 pm to the early hours of the morning was a lovely happy experience.

Thank you from all on our table and I am sure you could ask anyone who had the pleasure of being at El Torrente for the New Year’s bash would say the same.

Well done all of you.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

Donna & Chris and the rest. 

 

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Ellie, thank you very much for everything. As always the dinner was delicious and the ambience was exceptional.

We had a great time!

It was an honour to spend New Year Eve´s at Desert Springs.

A big hug and I wish you all the best for 2016

 

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Hi Ellie,

You beat me to it as we were wanting to send an email to thank you for a fabulous New Year’s Eve at El Torrente. It was a great night and a wonderful way to see the New Year in. It was the first time we have celebrated it at Desert Springs but it certainly won't be the last. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

A big thanks to you and all the team.

Richard and Esther

 

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Dear Ellie,

Many thanks for the mail, Tony and I would like to thank you and the team for superb night. We appreciate the hard work and effort it must have taken you to make it such a wonderful evening for us all.

We would like to wish you a Very happy 2016

Kind Regards

Tony and Karen 

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Hi Ellie,

It was a fantastic evening many thanks to you and your team who once again pulled out all the stops to make it such a super evening of fine food, music and dancing. I shall look forward to many more like it……

Kind Regards,

Paul

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Dear Ellie,

We want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful New Year's Eve. Everywhere looked very festive. The food was excellent and hot, and the choice of music fantastic.

We look forward to next year. Happy New Year to you all.

Thank You, Sandra & Peter Edwards

 

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… You beat me to it!  What a night – you and the whole team absolutely nailed it – well done to you all.  The food and the service were excellent and a good time was had by all!  Mr Kendall eventually got home at 4.15a.m. – The dirty stop out!!!  Please pass on our thanks to all concerned and special love and thanks to you for caring so much about what you do!

Love Linda and Jim xxx

 

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Dear Ellie

We just wanted to say what a fabulous job you all did last night. How you managed to cope with so many people so efficiently was amazing.

The food was excellent, the service was superb and the evening (however long it went on?) was a terrific success.

Congratulations to all the team and thank you again for all your help throughout the year.

Happy and healthy 2016

Barry and Jaki

 
  • From: Various Christmas Day Lunch diners at El Torrente Restaurant
  • Date: Sunday 27th December, 2015
  • Subject: Christmas Day Lunch

 

 

Hello Ellie and the team,

It was a great meal and we enjoyed the service.

Happy and healthy 2016 in return.

Cesar De Timmerman and family

 

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Dear Ellie

We very much enjoyed our meal and thank you all for looking after us so well.

Looking forward to more of the same on New Year’s Eve!

Jaki and Barry

 

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Many thanks Ellie I can assure that the pleasure was all ours, thanks to you & your team!

You have created a real team feeling and this comes across to your customers.

Best wishes we look forward to joining you all again on New Year's Eve

Philip

 

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Dear Ellie,

It is we who should be thanking you for the way we were fed and looked after, also impressed by your management and organisational skills.

Thank you so much.

David and Jacqui Bryant

 

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Dear Ellie,

Yes, I second what my husband has just said to you. 

For me, it was our first Christmas in Spain and away from all our family and you and your team made it most enjoyable.

Have a successful and happy New Year to you all.

Hasta Luego,

Jacqui Bryant

 

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May I thank all of the serving staff for the excellent service you gave on Christmas Day.

The food was all that we could have wished for, so well done to the Chefs and kitchen staff.

I'm sure we will carry on coming to the El Torrente throughout 2016.

The roses my partner had ordered were a lovely surprise.

Thank you again for a lovely day.

All the best for 2016

Christine & Bob

 
  • From: Rudi Knapp
  • Date: Friday 4th December, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from Golf Professional Rudi Knapp following his groups Winter Training Camp held at Desert Springs Resort between 19th November – 06th December, 2015
 
 
Golf Professional Rudi Knapp who operates his own Golf School at www.golfschuletirol.com, accompanied 11 of his golf pupils for 17 days of warm weather training
between Thursday 19th November and Sunday 6th December at Desert Springs Resort, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, in the Almanzora region of Almeria, Andalucía in south-east Spain.
 
 
Rudi Knapp with his golf pupils at Desert Springs Resort 
 
The players were accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments used for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef was on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.
During their time at the resort the players utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Championship Indiana course.
 
 
Rudi Knapp remarked: –
 
"Desert Springs is a beautiful resort, clean and organised with friendly staff.
 
The cooperation from Kirk Lovell, Golf Services Manager was very professional and regarding the resort accommodation everything went smoothly.
 
I am planning to return to Desert Springs with more groups of students from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in February, November and December 2016!
 
 
Golf student Petra Rider commented of her experience: – 
 
“Desert Springs is a very nice venue to play golf and the driving range is beautiful with an excellent level of service.
 
The Clubhouse is lovely and I hope to return!
 
 
 
Golf student Sabine Martin commented of his experience: – 
 
"The Golf Academy is very special. The Marshal, Staff and Caddy Staff and really friendly and helpful and the Indiana course is wonderful."
  • From: Tom McKean
  • Date: Monday 23rd November, 2015
  • Subject: Tom's comments following his 3-day golf break at Desert Springs
 
 
Thomas ("Tom") McKean, former middle-distance runner and winner of numerous gold and silver medals at world and European level enjoyed a 3-day golf break at Desert Springs between 19th – 22nd November 2015.
 
Commenting on his experience at Desert Springs, Tom remarked; 
 
"I arrived early and met with Kirk and the staff.
 
Nothing was too much trouble, the food in the restaurant was great and the golf course was in great condition.
 
The accommodation was perfect and provided us with a central location to explore.
 
To sum up – amazing experience!"
 
Many thanks,
 
Tom McKean 
  • From: Julian Todd
  • Date: Friday 13th November, 2015
  • Subject: Tuition package at Desert Springs

 

My wife and I were looking for a sunshine holiday in November at a good resort and I wanted to work on golf game with a teaching professional. We found Neil Evans European Golf School based at The Desert Springs Resort near Almeria and our expectations were exceeded!

The apartment was comfortable, quiet and well furnished. The Club House offered great food and drink served by friendly staff. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed. The practise facilities were ideal and the course was very special and superbly maintained. The weather was warm and sunny all week.

The highlight for me were my daily sessions with Neil both on the course and at the range. In a relaxed style all aspects of my game were improved, for which I am very grateful. Lots to work on but now I feel I am on the right path thanks to Neil's knowledge, skill and direction.

We are looking forward to returning to Neil's Golf School and The Desert Springs Resort early next year and we cannot recommend the whole experience highly enough.

  • From: John G
  • Date: Thursday 12th November, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from John G on his holiday experience at Desert Springs Resort
 

“Another great time at DS”

 

We stayed in a villa owned by a family member, we played golf and we enjoyed the superb service offered by Ellie and her team in the El Torrente restaurant. 

The food here is well cooked, beautifully presented and served by attentive staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. 

The golf course is hugely challenging but the golf reception staff and those in the caddy shack are great.


Above all, the people on the front line of service are excellent and this is not always the case.
 

WELL DONE ELLIE & CO.

 

  • From: Players and Staff attending the 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship held at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club
  • Date: Monday 2nd November, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from some of the players competing in the PGA Europro Tour Championship and PGA and Europro Tour Staff
 
Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club was host to this years season-ending Tour Championship of the PGA EuroPro Tour between Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th October 2015.
Only the top 60 golfers on the tour’s ‘Race To Desert Springs’ Order of Merit qualified to play the Tour Championship, which carried with it a €120,000 prize fund with a guaranteed winners cheque of €27,000. 
 
The Tour Championship was filmed for a two-hour highlights package to air on Sky Sports 4 on Tuesday 10th November at 7pm, and on networks around the world including Fox International across Asia, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports in Turkey, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and StarHub in Singapore. 
 
“The PGA Europro Tour always looks for the best course in the world to stage the Tour Championships!
Desert Springs is the best of them all!
Incredible golf course that tests the best young professionals in all areas of their game.
Fantastic hospitality and awesome practice facilities. 
The biggest thank you possible, truly very happy."
 
Dan Godding
Director of Operations
PGA Europro Tour
 
“Top Notch Final at Desert Springs. Great people, great course and an awesome ATMOSPHERE!!
Loved it – Thumbs Up!
John Morgan
Ex PGA Tour & European Tour Professional and Golf Commentator 
 
“Fantastic stay, a superb golf course, excellent staff and everything runs smoothly.
A superb resort and well recommended.
A must visit!
Rob Foster 
International Product Manager
Hotelplanner.com 
 
 
“Thanks for the fantastic week!
Jordan Smith

 
Jordan Smith 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship Winner 
 
 
“I can honestly say that I have never been to a more helpful, friendly and beautiful course (from a TV perspective) than this. 
Everyone this week has been incredible, so THANK YOU!
I still can’t believe we didn’t get a 10 under but I’ll get over it!
Thanks again.”
James Dawson
PGA Europro Tour
 
 
“It’s been a great week on a fantastic course surrounded by lovely people.
It produced a superb tournament and finale to the 2015 Europro Tour Season.
Massive credit and thanks to everyone at Desert Springs.
Hopefully I will see you all again soon.
Thanks."
Kit Alexander
PGA Europro Tour
 
“With thanks to all at Desert Springs, your help and professionalism made for a fantastic tournament. Congratulations to you all."
Nicholas Teale
PGA Europro Tour
 
 
Jordan Smith 2015 PGA Europro Tour Championship Winner playing his approach shot into Hole –18 during the sudden death  “Play-Off'
 
“Thank you for all your help this week!
You all went the extra mile to make us all feel welcome.
The players really enjoyed the week and so did I. 
Thanks again"
George Wale
PGA Tournament Controller
 
“Simon, Alfonso, Kirk, Anthony & everyone at Desert Springs – Thank you for making my job that bit easier!
A fantastic venue to finish our season.
Chris Joyce
PGA Tournament Director
 
“Kirk, Alfonso, Simon, Thanks so much for everything.
This week has been fantastic! 
Hope to see you again, thanks"
Melissa Eccles
PGA Tournament Administrator
 
"Thanks for a great week – staff all very friendly and course condition was excellent!"
Sam Robertshaw
 
Large crowds of keen spectators supported the event each day
 

 
"Thanks very much to all the helpers and ball spotters. Amazing course as always."
Curtis Griffiths
 
"Thanks for a great week. Amazing facilities and course, thanks to all the helpers.”
Chris Halley
 
“Top course!”
Simon Ward, Jack Colgate & Alan Dunbar
 
“Thanks for your hospitality this year, hope to see you again soon!
Paul Shields
 
“To all of the volunteers, many thanks!”
Michael Skelton
 
“Great weather and course! All the best”
Chris Evans
 
Thanks for all of your hard work and hospitality this week. It’s been amazing!
Alex Rigley
 
 
Desert Springs Executive Chef preparing a BBQ for the PGA Europro Tour players and staff at the Crocodile Club 
 
PGA Europro Tour players and staff enjoying some well earned ‘down-time' at the Crocodile Club 
 
 
"Thanks for a great few days!
Michael Stuart
 
Thank you for a great event, awesome hospitality!
Kevin Harper
 
“Great week, great course, great host!”
Darryn Lloyd
 
“Congratulations to everybody involved! See you all again.”
Brian Casey
 
“Brilliant week, course was great and thanks to all of the volunteers.”
Jamie Rutherford
 
“Amazing week, the golf course was stunning, couldn’t have asked for it to be in better condition and more importantly the people from the club were amazing.
 
A home away from home!”
Aaron Rai 
 
“Thanks for a great week!
Craig Farrelley
 
Barry Hearn,(2nd from Right) Chairman of the PGA Europro Tour presenting the prizes to the winning team of the PGA Europro Tour Championship Pro-Am competed over the championship Indiana course on Tuesday 27th October
 
 
“Thank you for a fantastic week at a great venue!"
Neil Fenwick
 
“Thanks for a great week, course is fantastic!
Jordan McColl
 
“Thanks, very enjoyable.
Rob Sutton
 
“Thanks to everyone involved in running a fantastic tournament….great venue!”
Lloyd Saltman
 
“Thanks for a great week, really enjoyed it!
Jason Timmis
 
“Thanks to all involved. 
Great venue with great facilities. Hope to come back!
James Frazer
 
“Thanks for everything!"
Steve Uzzell
 
“Thanks for a great week!
Matthew Moseley
 
“Great facilities.
Many thanks for a great week!
Neil Chaudhuir
 
“Thanks for a great week, course was fantastic!
Mark Lashey
 
“Thanks for a great week, great course and facilities!"
Matt Cort
 
“Thanks for great hospitality & a great course!
James Wilkinson
 
“Thanks for a great week!
Matthew Haines
 
“Great resort. Thanks for having us!
Paul Reed
 
“Thanks, great course!
Steve Surry
 
“Thanks for a great week. Hope to get back soon!
Jonathan Caldwell
 
“Great course!
Luke Goddard
 
“Many thanks for having us!
Laurie Canter
 
“Great course in great condition!
Darren Wright
 
“Great course and fitting venue for the season finale!
Chris Gane
 
“Thank you for everything. Fabulous course!
Richard Kilpatrick
 
“Thanks for a great week, look forward to returning!
Ross Cameron
 
“Great golf course and great staff!
Seb George Garcia Grout
 
“Enjoyed the course!
Paul Howard
 
“It’s a great venue and fantastic food!"
Andrew Marshall
 
“A really great week on a great course, thank you!
Robbie Busher
 
“Really good week, course was fantastic, thanks!
Dan Gavins
 
 
 
  • From: Ben Smith
  • Date: Friday 23rd October, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from Ben Smith, Broadcaster and writer at the BBC, on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs
 
Simon, I hope this finds you well. 
 
I just wanted to say thank you for having us down to Desert Springs today – what a stunning layout you have on your hands there.
 
Certainly one of the most striking, beautifully presented and picturesque courses I've seen on mainland Europe.
 
Good luck with next week, talk soon.
 
Ben 

 

  • From: Les
  • Date: Tuesday 20th October, 2015
  • Subject: A few comments from Les on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs

"Desert Golf"

"We used the golf facility for two days staying off site.

The Clubhouse and course were in great condition and a beatiful setting.

Greens are superb and the bunkers generally good.

A buggy is recommended as even in October as it can be to hot to walk."

  • From: Richard Salters
  • Date: Saturday 17th October, 2015
  • Subject: Tuition Package at Desert Springs

 

" I have just spent a fabulous 6 days at Neil’s golf academy on the Desert Springs Resort.

Everything on the resort; the accommodation, restaurant, golf course, academy and especially Neil’s tuition is 5 star standard.

The hospitality and service I encountered were equal to the facilities and I couldn't recommend a break with Neil highly enough, whether it is a relaxing golf holiday or some more serious game improvement tuition that you are looking for.

I will certainly  be returning!”

  • From: Peter L.
  • Date: Monday 5th October, 2015
  • Subject: PeterÂ’s comments on his experience of playing The Indiana course at Desert Springs

"We didn't stay in the property, just went for a round of golf. 

A real privilege to play it even for a 25 Handicapper. 

Met and was greeted by Kirt, one of the Directors. Great advice and very welcoming. 

The course of course is challenging so you need to play well within yourself. 

Abiding memory is the quality of the greens: never played on any so good. 

All the staff are very friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask for help, even if you're a hacker like me!

 

  • From: Sue Simons
  • Date: Saturday 3rd October, 2015
  • Subject: Thanks

Dear Daniel

Thanks so much for all the arrangements that you made to help our Lord Taverner's Celebrity Golf Classic such a success.

You and your team worked very hard and in difficult circumstances at times and I really appreciated your help. 

Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we also raised money for the Lord Taverners to help those children less fortunate than ourselves.

Please also pass on my thanks to Ellie for her dedication to the job and for her work too.

Kind regards

Sue

  • From: Stephen P
  • Date: Thursday 1st October, 2015
  • Subject: Review of El Torrente Restaurant

“Oasis in the desert”

We stayed at the Desert Springs Golf resort earlier this year. The El Torrente restaurant sits centrally on the site. With nothing else within walking distance this bar and restaurant is very convenient if you want to have a drink or just not worry about driving!

I was pleasantly surprised by it all, I have to admit. With a captive audience I expected prices to be very high but they were very reasonable indeed. A very good starting point!

The restaurant has an inside and outside space, both very nice, and tables are far enough apart that you can enjoy privacy. 

Service was relaxed, very helpful and very friendly. Most of the staff were bilingual so English was rarely a problem. That said, they were patient and helpful as I practiced my Spanish!

The menu was varied, changed weekly and there were special nights each week which had a different menu. On the whole, the food was very good. We had a variety of meals and none of them disappointed.

My only grumble, and you cannot please everyone, was that the menu was very English! Obviously the main clientele is English but I would have enjoyed trying a wider range of Spanish dishes.

Eating outside during the day, did mean you got a few flies but I have to say, no more than I've experienced elsewhere. With the restaurant extending out to a large veranda, sparrows quite often make their way inside, meaning you have to watch where you sit, lest you collected a "badge" for your stay. This wasn't a major problem, overall, our meals and relaxed drinks in the bar were excellent value and quality.

  • From: The Lady Taverners
  • Date: Monday 28th September, 2015
  • Subject: Comments from some of the attendees of The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic hosted at Desert Springs Resort between 24th – 27th September, 2015


The Lady Taverners, in association with the Lord’s Taverners, selected Desert Springs Resort to be host to ‘The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic’ from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th September 2015.

This mixed event was open to all golfers, with individual, couples or team entry. With celebrities attending, a magnificent range of sponsored prizes on offer and other golfing surprises, competitors enjoyed a practice round and two rounds of competitive golf along with the incomparable social ambience that can only be found at Desert Springs Resort, enjoying a high level of interaction with the celebrities who kindly gave up their time to play and support the Lady Taverners.

Monies raised from the event were to support the Lord’s Taverners outstanding work, which gives disadvantaged young people and children with disabilities a sporting chance.

 

Chris Tarrant & Tom O’Connor with competitors on the 1st Tee of The Indiana Course at Desert Springs


Festivities commenced on Thursday evening with a Welcome Drinks Reception & BBQ at the The Cave Bar.

Friday saw tournament round one on the Indiana Course to be followed by attendance at The Crocodile Club restaurant for the Celebrity & Sportsman’s ‘Q&A’ attended by comic Tom O’Connor and TV Personality Chris Tarrant, followed by a Spanish themed dinner with live music entertainment.

Saturday commenced with tournament round two.
El Torrente restaurant was the venue for the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony with entertainment for the evening being provided by renowned and notorious comedian Tom O’Connor.
 

A Lady Tavermers Celebrity Golf Classic competitor playing their approach shot to Hole 15 on The Indiana Course at Desert Springs

 

Sue Simons, The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic Event Director remarked:

"A sensationally organised golf event, with a fantastic level of service.

We could not have asked for more support, our expectations were far exceeded and nothing was too much trouble.

Thank you.”

 

Chris Cunliffe, event attendee and competitor commented: –

"The whole event was organised excellently.

Desert Springs is a wonderful resort, without doubt the most challenging golf course I have played, however with good course management it proved to be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding too.
The resort and its service levels are a credit to Kirk and his team and I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

 

Lady competitors in The Lady Taverners Celebrity Golf Classic ready to take on The Indiana Course

 

Carol Ann Smith, event attendee and competitor remarked of her experience:

“A really enjoyable stay at Desert Springs.

The course was very challenging but fun!

The staff were very helpful ad the service received excellent.

Would love to come back again!"