• From:
  • Date: Tuesday 14th October, 2008
  • Subject:

From Phil Neale, OBE
Operations Manager, England Cricket Team
Captain Worcestershire County Champions 1988 & 1999,
Wisden Cricketer of the Year, 1989,

Hi Jim,

Sorry it has taken a while for me to get around to sending this note but I have been pretty busy since we got back. The Stanford T20 match in Antigua and the Tour of India are just around the corner so there is plenty to do and my feet have hardly touched the floor!

Thank you for all you did for us Jim, you went to a lot of trouble on our behalf and we really appreciated it. Chris and I enjoyed catching up with you again and, despite the weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our break.

Also, if you would be kind enough, I would ask you to please pass on our thanks to everyone at Desert Springs, in particular, Simon, Daniel, Christina, Paul, Joel, Alfonso and Karen, for hosting us so generously and for ensuring that we had an entertaining and relaxing holiday. I know everyone was busy but so many of them took time out to show us around and interact with us.

We felt that there was a really good feeling about the Resort, that the quality of all the properties was exceptional and found the townhouse we used to be extremely comfortable.

I wish you continued success in getting some football teams out to Desert Springs. It seems to have done Shrewsbury some good and you certainly have the potential to add to your facilities and extend your client base in this area. I guess you will all be busy gearing up for the Ian Botham Charity Golf day. I wish you all every success with that and the continued development of Desert Springs. We were amazed by the scale of the project and look forward to visiting again at some time in the future to see how it has progressed.

Kindest regards,

Phil Neale

Operations Manager, England Cricket Team.
 

  • From: Sam Thomas,
  • Date: Saturday 6th September, 2008
  • Subject:

2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winning Jockey

Dear Simon

“Just a quick email to thank you for taking care of us whilst we were out with you at Desert Springs in Spain.

I can probably vouch for the rest of the other lads by saying that we had a fantastic time whilst we were at Desert Springs, the course was amazing as was the hospitality from all the staff that met us and dealt with us. It was a pleasure to be able to play with yourself and I’m sorry I was so bad; you did well to keep your concentration! Hopefully if we are allowed back again, I’ll be back for another knock round and try to shoot a reasonable score this time, maybe I should spend the winter handicapping myself, 28 sounds perfect!

Thanks again for everything and I will look forward to next year when I return.”

Regards,

Sam Thomas
British Jump Jockey
Professional Jockeys Association
 

  • From:
  • Date: Monday 1st September, 2008
  • Subject:

Dear Simon

“I’m delighted that the members of the Professional Jockey’s Association are utilising the amazing facilities at Desert Springs. Our Jump jockeys, as pictured, are used to riding round in wind and rain throughout the winter so a trip to Desert Springs and its great climate is well deserved!
I think they’ll be a few pounds lighter come Cheltenham in March as well!”

Regards,

Josh Apiafi
Chief Executive
The Professional Jockeys Association (The PJA)
 

Jody Mogford, Colin Bolger, Alan O’Keefe,
Sam Thomas (2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey on Denman.)
and Dominic Elsworth.

  • From:
  • Date: Friday 22nd August, 2008
  • Subject:

Dear Simon

“COCO would like to thank the Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club for their generosity and invaluable support for COCO’s Celebrity Golf Days 2007 & 2008. With support from Desert Springs we were able to attract high calibre sporting celebrities to our events and offer guests the chance to win fantastic holidays at the Desert Springs Resort. Thanks to Desert Springs, both events raised urgently needed funds for COCO’s projects overseas, helping to brighten hundreds of futures across the globe”.

Laura Jackson,
Fundraising Manager, COCO

  • From: Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town FC Coach, on the conclusion of their Club's fist warm weather pre season training camp at Desert Springs.
  • Date: Tuesday 1st July, 2008
  • Subject:

Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town FC Coach commented:

“When I arrived at Desert Springs it was a fantastic facility, that was the first thing that struck me. Everything about it looked to me as if it could be perfect for a pre-season training camp, and I have to say being here as well and the work that we have done, we haven’t been disappointed! It’s been excellent in everything they have done for us.

When I came here to view the facilities in May I quickly realised that there was everything here that you could use for pre-season to make the training varied and it has been excellent, it really has. The surface on the football pitch is as good as any that you will get in England and the gym facilities are excellent. There are mountain bikes, there is everything here that you can have a full week, probably even two weeks of varied training, but unfortunately we only had four days!

I think the players have been really surprised with the standard of the accommodation, they are luxury and there is everything in there you could possibly need and there’s the facilities if they wanted to make themselves a drink in the rooms. There are facilities if they had to wash there own kit, everything is there for them and I think they have been very, very pleasantly surprised by it.”

Ben Davis, Shrewsbury Town FC Captain added:

“It’s been a brilliant stay for us; the lads have all absolutely loved it. Training has been really hard but we have got through it all and the facilities have been great for us so it has been a great chance for us to come away and get some team bonding together.

The football pitch is spot on and the way it has been kept over the few days we have been here has been excellent with the heat and everything, and the surface has been ideal for us. With the three sessions it’s needed to be and it has held up very well for us.

The fact that we have been able to train outside has been brilliant for us. We have had three sessions; at seven o’clock in the morning and one as well at night as well as the afternoon one and they have all been spot on and the weather has been lovely and it has helped everyone to get outside and get a tan as well! It makes a difference from it raining always back at home.

Everyone leaves you alone and lets you get on with it, and all the lads stay together and you get no hassle form anyone and you can just concentrate on your training and getting everything together and ready for when you go back for the start of the season.”

Michael Jackson, Shrewsbury Town FC Defender added:

“It has been exactly what we needed. The accommodation, facilities and training pitch has been excellent for what you need for this sort of thing you are trying to achieve. I have been on quite a few trips before and never one as good as this, so it’s been excellent.’

The football pitch has been great, when you are training three times a day it needs to be right and it has. With the weather you get here you would think it would be absolutely as dry as a bone, but it’s not, it’s been really good and it’s been a pleasure to play on it to be honest.”

Paul Simpson, Shrewsbury Town FC Coach
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  • From:
  • Date: Monday 23rd June, 2008
  • Subject:

2008

Dear Simon

On behalf of Mankiewicz, I would like to extend a very big thank you to you and your team for making our first Corporate Golf Event such a resounding success.

I have had the pleasure of attending many corporate golf events throughout the world but I have never experienced such a professional organisation as Desert Springs.

Kristina’s attention to detail during the organisation of our event was outstanding, no matter what was asked for, it was taken care of. I don’t believe “no” is in her vocabulary.

Desert Springs Corporate Hospitality Package really is quite remarkable.

We enjoyed excellent accommodation, outstanding cuisine, a wonderful and challenging golf course and friendly, helpful staff. Every one of our guests has since written to tell us how much they enjoyed their trip.

We have been so delighted with ourt first event that we have decided to make Desert Springs our permanent venue for the Mankiewicz Annual Golf Challenge.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Yours sincerely

Roger Fergus
Mankiewicz Coatings Aviation Division

  • From:
  • Date: Sunday 18th May, 2008
  • Subject:

2008

On the occasion of the Club Phase of the Spanish national El Corte Inglés Golf Circuit tournament held at Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club on the 18th May, 2008.

Augusto Lombrera of G2, the organisers of the El Corte Inglés Circuit commented:

“I am extremely impressed with the golf course and service. It is probably the best golf course I have ever seen and so completely different to what we are used to seeing in Spain. I am going to recommend to El Corte Inglés that for 2009 the final of the circuit is celebrated here at Desert Springs!”

  • From: Tracy McKinnes
  • Date: Monday 14th April, 2008
  • Subject:

Hi Kristina,

Just thought I would drop you a line

We have just arrived home from our house at Desert Springs and our children are still buzzing about the great time had by all.  The children attended the children’s club provided by the Crocodile Club every day for 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed their time. 

Nick provided great fun for the children and has a really charming manner with them.   The children are still talking about the fun games and not to mention many hours of football organised by Nick.  Of course, we really appreciated the time too!!

Nick always had time for the children even when they managed to find him outside his normal working hours!  I know that other parents were also impressed by Nick’s enthusiasm to provide a fun time for the children and am happy that it is continuing and is something to look forward to during our next stay in May.

Thank you and best wishes.

Tracy McKinnes

 

 

  • From: Tracy McKinnes
  • Date: Monday 14th April, 2008
  • Subject:

Hi Kristina,

Just thought I would drop you a line 

We have just arrived home from our house at Desert Springs and our children are still buzzing about the great time had by all.  The children attended the children’s club provided by the Crocodile Club every day for 2 hours and thoroughly enjoyed their time.  

Nick provided great fun for the children and has a really charming manner with them.   The children are still talking about the fun games and not to mention many hours of football organised by Nick.  Of course, we really appreciated the time too!! 

Nick always had time for the children even when they managed to find him outside his normal working hours!  I know that other parents were also impressed by Nick’s enthusiasm to provide a fun time for the children and am happy that it is continuing and is something to look forward to during our next stay in May.

Thank you and best wishes.

Tracy McKinnes

  • From: Robin Forrest
  • Date: Sunday 17th February, 2008
  • Subject:

What a place!!! Jenny and I were so impressed with all we saw, and I think we saw all of Desert Springs plus Villaricos and Playa Marques, thanks to Elvira.

We were met by Maria del Mar who kindly took us to our apartment with a very welcome bottle of bubbly suitable cooled in the fridge, many thanks. Thanks also for the beautiful meal at El Torrente, ably waited on by Ellie, as she also did most mornings at breakfast.

Peter Goodall also came to meet us one morning which I am sure was beyond the call of duty; with each member of staff we met we learned more about Desert Springs. They must all have dreaded the Forrest’s arrival!!

The views are stunning, and we could see in all directions from our apartmnent. I don’t think we did justice to the golf course, but I am sure we did our bit in the Crocodile Club! The Crocodile Club is a most amazing set up, the whole concept, suited to both young and old, from the bar itself to all the African input. Everyone was so friendly, both staff and residents; we played golf one day with Laurie and Betty Meldrum, who we had met previously in the club.

Hopefully we’ll go back to Desert Springs again next year, and maybe even take some friends, as we both so enjoyed the experience. It was good of you to keep in contact with us while we were there.

Many many thanks for everything. We will be your Scottish Ambasadors!!

Love to you both

Robin and Jenny

  • From: Jeremy Bennett
  • Date: Saturday 9th February, 2008
  • Subject:

In the past I was a well travelled European Tour Player of 12 years before becoming a European Tour coach and coach to National Teams for the past 15 seasons.

This is my first visit to Desert Springs and in my opinion if I add together the practice facilities, quality of the golf course, the catering, atmosphere, accommodation, character and friendly manner of the staff I certainly believe it to be the best facility in Spain I have come across and one of the best in the world.

It has been a great experience and I cannot wait to come back with the Welsh Ladies in a few weeks time.

Yours sincerely

Jeremy Bennett

Jeremy Bennett takes one of his pupils through their paces
on the Putting Green at Desert Spring

 

 

  • From: Kevin Pratt
  • Date: Thursday 31st January, 2008
  • Subject:

Dear Carmen,

On behalf of the Norfolk County Golf Union squad I would like to thank everyone at Desert Springs following our first warm weather training camp.

We found Desert Springs to be a perfect venue as the practise facilities are first class and the Indiana Course is a great test which quickly lets the players and coach see any weaknesses.

One the great things about staying on site was that there were few distractions and we found that the combination of this and the great facilities meant the players were fully focused on their golf.

The Crocodile club and the Club House looked after us very well throughout our stay and our accommodation was perfect and gave the players a bit of space if they wanted it.

We look forward to seeing you again next year when hopefully we will return with a larger group.

Your Sincerely,

Kevin Pratt (County Captain)

 

 

  • From: Ian Atkins
  • Date: Thursday 13th December, 2007
  • Subject: RE: Steve Cram´s Golf Day

Golf Day

Steve,

Hope you are well, I thought I would drop you a line.  I?ve just returned from Deserts Springs with my wife, having had five fantastic days at the resort, meeting some lovely people, some who live on site permanently.  The golf course was terrific, made even better by the weather; some 75 degrees!

Thanks for the invitation to go out there, I will definitely go back to the resort for a break and would have no hesitation purchasing a property if I was looking to buy, which I may soon.

Again thanks a lot, I hope the charity is going well and hope you keep a slot for me in your golf day in July.

Many Thanks, IAN ATKINS

I am back at Sunderland working, doing all the overseas player recruiting,
it?s fantastic, I just hope they take a few in the window, to survive this season!

  • From: S A B Daniels
  • Date: Tuesday 3rd April, 2007
  • Subject:

Dear Peter,

Potter Raper Partnership – Partners Meeting at the Desert Springs Resort

Thank you to you and all your staff for looking after us so well during our Partners’ weekend at Desert Springs recently.

The excellent facilities and weather made sure that we had a wonderful and productive stay. Having the golf course and the excellent practise facilities ‘on site’ meant we had an easy outlet from our business meetings. It was enjoyed by all and I think most of the Partners would look forward to taking on the challenges of the Indiana Course again.

We hope we will be able to repeat the exercise in the future.

Kind Regards,

S A B Daniels

  • From: Rob Langley, Loretto School
  • Date: Tuesday 13th March, 2007
  • Subject:

Dear Carmen,

Loretto School, Edinburgh, Scotland

I would just like to say thank you so much to you and the rest of the staff for the way last weekend went. I had a fantastic time and I know the school did too. They have already said they would like to come back next year.

Your course is superb and I can not speak highly enough of your staff. Please can you thank them all for me. I look forward to meeting you all again in the future and I will be in touch very soon.

Thank you again Carmen

Best regards, Rob Langley

Tour Coordinator, Gullivers Sports Travel

 

 

  • From: Ernesto Fernandez de Gamboa
  • Date: Tuesday 6th March, 2007
  • Subject:

Dear Simon,

I wish to thank you for all of your help and the collaboration afforded to us during the hosting of the ‘Copa del Rey’ last week. I believe that Desert Springs achieved the highest standards of the great golf clubs in all aspects.

I also want to congratulate you and Anthony, the course superintendent, for the magnificent condition of the golf course and its presentation. All the participants and officials were astonished by the condition and presentation of the course, which has gone on improving over the years.

Furthermore, I want to congratulate you for the superb team of personnel that you have managed to gather together. Both the girls from the Administration Office (Lina, Carmen & Mª del Mar) and the girls from Reception (Silvia, Maria & Dolores) were super and disposed to help with everything that was required. The Bar and Restaurant was also managed in a very professional way. At the caddy master, the driving range and the start, everything was very well organised by Victor and Nick.

In short, I think that the Championship has been a success as well as a good International showcase for Desert Springs, which I hope, will continue to contribute even further to the development of this part of Spain.

Suffice it to say that I look forward to returning soon. I want to reiterate my congratulations as well as my utmost and sincere thanks for all of your collaboration.

Kind Regards,

Ernesto Fernandez de Gamboa
Director Deportivo
Real Federacion Espanola De Golf

  • From: Steve Cram
  • Date: Sunday 29th October, 2006
  • Subject:

Dear Simon,

Apologies for not contacting you sooner to say a HUGE thank you for making us so welcome last week at Desert Springs. I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we had a fantastic few days … just what the doctor ordered as they say!

It’s been the usual madness since returning back to the UK, but just looking back at the pictures reminds us all of the 3 days of peace and tranquillity on the golf course (with the odd stresses that come with golf!)

Many thanks again, hope to get chance to visit with Daley very soon.

Kind Regards,

Steve

 

 

  • From: Nasser Hussain
  • Date: Sunday 29th October, 2006
  • Subject:

Simon,

Hope you had a succesful trip to Madrid. I am just writing to thank you for everything you did for my family and me during our stay at Desert Springs; we really did have a fantastic time. The villa you sorted out was above and beyond what we expected and I know you had to move a few things around to get us in there so many thanks.

I really enjoyed your golf course; it is something you should be very proud of. It was great to meet you and enjoyed your company on the course although I don’t think you need another black Desert Springs golf shirt!! If there is anything I can do for you or any of your projects please do not hesitate to ask. Once again many thanks.

Nasser

P.S You really have to make the 12th hole a bit harder. If a hacker like Me
can get a 6 iron straight in the hole (on Friday) it must be to easy! My
first ever hole in one and no-one was there to see it

  • From:
  • 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!”

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  • 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