• From: Jose Ignacio Olea, Golf Operations Manager at Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club.
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

I met with Karen Nicholls, Director of Golf for Millfield School, for an informal meeting to receive her feed-back on how she felt the Millfield School Golf Academy squads warm weather winter training camp at Desert Springs held between Saturday 10th – Tuesday 13th December, 2011 had gone.


Millfield Golf Academy Squad Winter Training Camp at Desert Springs

(Jose) How would you rate the overall experience at Desert Springs?  
(Karen) As always very good all round, staff are friendly and do make sure your needs are catered for. Special mention to the golf staff, Ellie and her staff in the catering area and to Carmen for making our trip so smooth with all the package arrangements.

(Jose) Were the practice facilities / golf course in good condition?
(Karen) Practice facilities were top, great hitting off grass at this time of year. Greens smooth and course overall very good.

(Jose) How would you rate the staff service at Desert Springs?
(Karen) Staff as always are very good, look after and cover all needs and certainly make you feel welcome and remember you from past visits.
(Jose) How could we improve your experience?
(Karen) As far as we are concerned with what is offered all is covered, just wish we could come more often!

(Jose) Why is Desert Springs the selected venue for Millfield School?
(Karen) We are made to feel very welcome, nothing is too much trouble. When taking a school trip you need a venue you know will be easy to make it successful. Desert Springs offers great practice facilities, especially the short game area, a golf course in excellent condition and a challenge to all. The accommodation is close to all facilities and you know the students are safe and their needs all covered. The staff always make us feel welcome and I would like to think the relationship we have between the two of us, will continue.

(Jose) Would you recommend Desert Springs to others? 
(Karen) I have been a regular visitor to Desert Springs and will continue to do so and certainly would recommend to others.

Karen Nicholls, Director of Golf, Millfield School

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  • From: Eamonn Power
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

The success of Desert Springs can, quite simply, be put down to the standard of service maintained throughout… it is the epitome of service. It has customer service honed to a fine art. It is service of the highest calibre carried out by staff who give the distinct impression that they enjoy what they are doing.

Eamonn Power in Andalucia Golf

  • From: Sir Ian T Botham
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

Both throughout my playing career and after, I have been privileged to have been invited to participate in numerous golf events at some of the most luxurious locations all around the world.
Hosting your own event, in your own name, for the charity of which you are President can be a daunting task. Certain criteria have to be met by the host venue both for the celebrity guests and the amateurs.

Desert Springs as a venue offers my guests a relaxing ambience, a unique experience and an underlying overall charm. It has lots of quality facilities to enjoy besides world class golf. Its staff afford a warm welcome and unrivalled professional service
That is why my decision to host the Ian Botham Charity Golf Classic in aid of Leukaemia Research at Desert Springs in October 2008 was an easy one and due to its phenomenal success, why I have selected Desert Springs to host the final of my next Charity Golf Series.

Sir Ian T Botham

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  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:


Here is what some of the Ryder Cup Players, who have played the Indiana Course at Desert Springs have had to say about it:

Ian Woosnam OBE

Ryder Cup 1983-1997, Winning Captain 2006, US PGA Masters Winner 1991, No 1 in World Golf Rankings 1991, World Match Play Winner 1987, 1990, 2001, World Cup, 1989, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, 1991, 29 European Tour Wins

“Having last been here in 2004, the first thing I noticed was how mature the landscaping had become. It’s a course that provides you with a test for every shot you have in your bag. The course is in immaculate condition with greens of equal quality to those we play our own tour events on. If you want to hone your game, immaterial of what standard of golfer you are, then this is the place to come!”

Steve Richardson

Ryder Cup 1991, Alfred Dunhill Cup 1991 & Winner 1992, World Cup 1991 & 1992, Four Tours World Championship Winner 1991 & 1992

“Desert Springs is a very stimulating test of golf. It is a thinking mans course, not easy to overpower but one that requires excellent course management skills. I really enjoyed it and felt it tested my skills fully”.

Paul Way

Ryder Cup 1983 & Winner 1985, Dutch Open Champion 1982, British PGA Champion 1985, and European Open Champion 1987

“I actually found myself hitting my driver a lot at Desert Springs. It is a course that demands accuracy and thought but it does allow you to attack and make birdies. I found it a superb looking course and in top class international condition. It is a genuine test”.

Peter Baker

Ryder Cup 1993, Ryder Cup Vice Captain 2006, Alfred Dunhill Cup 1993 & 1998, World Cup 1998, Benson & Hedges International Open Champion 1988, Dunhill British Masters 1993

Loved the course; a proper shot making course. I made loads of birdies, which was great, but I got penalised for bad shots. That’s the way the best courses treat you. One of the most refreshing courses I’ve played in along time and one I look forward to re-visiting, I don’t think it would ever be boring”.

  • From: Daryl Kirby
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject: Email from Daryl & Jenny Kirby to Peter Goodhall, MD of Desert Springs SL, from the new owners of 10 Desert Gold, a new Buenaventura Cottage at Desert Springs


Daryl and Jenny Kirby, new owners of 10 Desert Gold at Desert Springs Resort and Desert Golf Course

Daryl & Jenny Kirby, the new owners of 10 Desert Gold, a new Buenaventura Cottage at Desert Springs



As you are probably aware, we are now the proud owners of 10 Desert Gold. After many enjoyable visits, we have now joined the family of Desert Springs.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your staff for their assistance and co-operation throughout the whole process. We would particularly like to thank both Paul and Inma (not sure of spelling) for resolving the issues generated by the bank and keeping us as calm and stress free as possible whilst things appeared to be breaking down (fairly normal for Spain as we understand). We have already thanked Paloma for her assistance and diligence in seeing this matter through to a successful conclusion and can now look forward to some happy times in our own place.

Thanks should also go to Paul Taylor without whose initial involvement and advice, this process would not have happened.

Many Thanks,

Daryl & Jenny

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  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject:

Bournemouth University Golf Squad Winter Training Camp @ Desert Springs

Bournemouth University selected The Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club for the second year running, to host its warm weather winter training Camp from the 6th to the 12th of January 2009 for its first team squad.

Speaking of Desert Springs Bournemouth Golf Coaches, Martin Cummins and Martyn Thompson remarked;

“Can we thank Desert Springs again for an excellent week. The service and facilities were second to none in Spain, and you know that we will be returning!”



  • From: Martin Cummins, Bournemouth Golf Coach
  • Date: Thursday 1st January, 1970
  • Subject: Bournemouth University Golf Squad Winter Training Camp @ Desert Springs 5th – 12th January 2010

Bournemouth University selected The Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club for the third consecutive year, to host its warm weather winter training Camp from the 5th to the 12th of January 2010 for its first team squad.

Bournemouth university Golf Squad at Desert Springs

Speaking of Desert Springs Bournemouth Golf Coach, Martin Cummins remarked;

“The training at Desert Springs has been very successful. The players who came last year were looking forward to this trip, and the newcomers were extremely impressed by the quality of the facilities and the conditions of the golf course. The staff have been great to us, helping us with all of our requests. Nothing was too much trouble for Desert Springs. We look forward to returning once again next year!”

Martin Cummins