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Dateline: 26th February 2017
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Complete Their Second Winter Training Camp At Desert Springs Resort
   

 

 

Between Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th February, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied six (6) girls aged between 15 - 23 years for 4 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort.

ILGU International Squad members Paula Grant and Annabel Wilson, remarked respectively of their experience at Desert Springs:

 

“We couldn’t ask for better facilities or hospitality, a first-class stay!”

 

“Desert Springs is such a brilliant place all round, we couldn’t ask for more!”

 

The training camp utilised the Gym at the Sierras Sports Club and the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy.

Donal Scott, ILGU Head Coach commented:

 

“Desert Springs has a wonderful atmosphere and excellent staff with superb facilities for our high performance squad.”

 

Clodagh Hopkins, ILGU Director commented:

 

“Desert Springs has simply excellent facilities all round, just perfect for our requirements. The food is fabulous and all of the staff are so friendly and helpful. We very much look forward to returning!”

 

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned townhouses and villas 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 El Torrente Restaurant.

 

For further Information contact:

Alfonso Castineira
Tel. +34 670 613 900
E-mail: acm@almanzora.com

 

ILGU Squad members from Left to Right: Jessica Ross, Valerie Casey, Paula Grant, Ciara Casey, Mairead Martin & Annabel Wilson

 

 

 

From Left to Right: Donal Scott ILGU Head Coach, Chris Kelly ILGU Head Teaching Professional & Clodagh Hopkins ILGU Director at Desert Springs Resort


 

Dateline: 6th February 2017
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Set To Return Winter Training Camp At Desert Springs Resort
   

 

 

After the success of their inaugural visit to Desert Springs in 2013, The Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) has become a regular visitor to Desert Springs Resort to complete their Warm Weather Winter Training Camps.

 

Now, following on from their last visit in January of this year, the ILGU are scheduled to return.

 

Between Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th February, six (6) players representing the Under 18 and Under 21 International squads and three (3) officials will visit the resort for a 4-day intensive training programme to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.

 

The Irish Ladies Golf Union is the governing body for amateur women's golf in Ireland. It was founded in 1893 and is recognised as the oldest Ladies Golf Union in the world. Golf is the highest participation female sport in Ireland, with almost 60,000 female golfers in the country aged from 8 to 88, playing on a regular basis.

During their time at the resort the players will utilise the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and play the Championship Indiana course.

 

The players and officials will be accommodated in some of the privately owned townhouses and villas normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in resorts Crocodile Club Restaurant.

 

For further information on the Irish Ladies Golf Union visit their official website www.ilgu.ie

Kirl Lovell
Tel. +34 647 414 899
E-mail: kl@almanzora.com


 

Dateline: 9th January 2017
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Complete Their Winter Training Camp At Desert Springs Resort
   

 

 

Between Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th January, three (3) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied seven (7) girls aged between 15 - 23 years for 4 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort.

 

“Great facilities, great golf course and great service!”

That is the verdict of 16-year-old Valerie Casey, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

 

The training camp utilized the Gym at the Sierras Sports Club and the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy.

 

Johnny Foster, ILGU Head Coach commented:

 

“This was my first visit to Desert Springs and I am very, very impressed. Wonderful staff and service with top class facilities and a lovely environment, ideal for a high performance training camp or a family holiday, I will be back!”

 

Paula Grant, 23-year-old ILGU International Squad member, remarked of her experience at Desert Springs:

 

“Desert Springs Resort provided a first class golfing experience with both great facilities and hospitality.”

 

Clodagh Hopkins, ILGU Director commented:

 

“We all really enjoyed the complete golfing experience at Desert Springs. Both the golf course and facilities are fantastic and all of the girls got great value from their experience here. We could not have been looked after any better and we are looking forward to our return visit at the end of February.”

 

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 El Torrente Restaurant.

Alfonso Castineira
Tel. +34 670 613 900
E-mail: acm@almanzora.com


 

Dateline: 25th February 2014
Source: The Almanzora Goup Ltd
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Complete Their Annual Winter Training Camp At Desert Springs Resort
   

 

Four officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied eleven girls aged between 15 - 20 years for their annual 7 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February.

“Excellent staff and very good food.

The Resort provides great facilities and a great golf course.

Thanks for everything!”

That is the verdict of 18-year-old Shannon Burke, one of the Irish Ladies Golf Union International Squad members, who have returned from their annual winter training camp.

The training camp utilised the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy.

On his return visit to Desert Springs, David Kearney, ILGU Coach commented:

“The academy practice facilities were perfect for our training and practice needs and The Indiana course was in very good shape. As we have become accustomed, both the girls and all of the coaches were very well looked after by all of the staff.

Thanks once again for everything!”

Naimh Ward, 17-year-old ILGU Squad member remarked of her experience at Desert Springs:

“I really enjoyed playing the Indiana course and it was in fabulous condition. The resort has great practice facilities that enable us to work on our games.

The staff were excellent and the food was great.”

Fellow ILGU Squad member, 19-year-old Chloe Ryan commented:

“The staff throughout the resort were very friendly and helpful all through the week, and I really enjoyed the food.

Thanks so much for all of your help and keep up the good work!”

  • For details of Golf & Sports Training Camps, Corporate Golf Events and Meetings at Desert Springs call 01242 680 116 or visit the website.
  • To find out more about the Scottish Golf Union visit the website website.

 

 

 

Additional background Information

 

Warm weather winter training camps at Desert Springs

Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, is proving to be one of the most popular destinations for warm weather winter training camps among the growing number of schools with their own golf academies and teams, currently estimated at around 90 in the UK. In addition to Darren Clarke Golf School students, visiting groups have included golfing pupils from, Lee Westwood Golf School, Millfield School, Reading Blue Coat School at Sonning-on-Thames, King Edward’s School in Bath and Loretto School at Musselburgh near Edinburgh.

All school golf trips to Desert Springs are bespoke. If desired, the programme can include time away from the golf course for some local sightseeing in what many regard as ‘the real Spain.’

During their stay pupils have opportunities to swim, play tennis, football and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, paddle tennis and beach volley ball courts.

Desert Springs is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are: Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes away by road; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook.

Already well known as a resort specialising in family holidays, Desert Springs is gaining popularity as a centre for warm-weather training for cricketers and footballers, as well as golfers.

Accommodation is provided in the apartments and villas available for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs. Meals are served in the resort’s Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club that is geared up for a wide variety of leisure activities and the award winning El Torrente Restaurant at the Club House.

A spokesman for Desert Springs said that, depending on the size of the group and its requirements, the total cost of a four-day trip for warm weather training, including flights, would work out at between £350 and £400 per person.

 

 

The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities already completed and in use at Desert Springs include:

  • a par 72 -18-hole USGA Indiana golf course designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California;
  • a golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour and LET players.
  • two hard tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volley ball and two football pitches - one is a full-size grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games;
  • Cricket Academy training facilities comprise; a six bay grass wicket and run up with nets, a two bay artificial wicket with nets, a full length artificial grass wicket, a Professional Bola Bowling Machine with 28 ball feeder, a slip catch cradle and a specific hard standing area, which provides outside space for facilities such as a free weights gym, stretching mats and a medical area.
  • a Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique;
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a Jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar;
  • a health and fitness club and spa.

 

 

Awards

In 2005 Desert Springs won the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture. In 2006, it was awarded the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development. In 2007, the El Torrente Restaurant received the New Millennium International Gastronomy Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.

 

 

The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16°C (60°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the year. Annual rainfall is less than 200 mm. The Almanzora’s coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.

Reader enquiries:
NOTE: High Resolution Images available upon request.
Simon Coaker
The Almanzora Group Ltd
The Manor, Boddington, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116
Email: tag@almanzora.com

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Back Row Centre) with members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs during their annual visit to the Desert Springs Resort for their annual 7-day intensive winter training camp.

 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Back Row Centre) with members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs during their annual visit to the Desert Springs Resort for their annual 7-day intensive winter training camp.

 

 

 

 A view from the 1st Tee (Cactus Point) of the Indiana golf course at Desert Springs, 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.

 

A view from the 1st Tee (Cactus Point) of the Indiana golf course at Desert Springs, 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.

 

 

 

An ILGU Squad member works on their putting technique at the Short Game Academy.

 

 

An ILGU Squad member works on their putting technique at the Short Game Academy.

 

 

 

ILGU Squad members work on their bunker play technique at the Short Game Academy.

 

ILGU Squad members work on their bunker play technique at the Short Game Academy.

 

 

 

An ILGU Squad member plays their approach shot on Hole 4 “Cinch” on the Indiana course at Desert Springs, 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.

 

An ILGU Squad member plays their approach shot on Hole 4 “Cinch” on the Indiana course at Desert Springs, 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.

 

 

 

Accommodation for the ILGU Squad members and coaches was provided in the Pueblo Villas available at Desert Springs Resort.

 

Accommodation for the ILGU Squad members and coaches was provided in the Pueblo Villas available at Desert Springs Resort.


 

Dateline: 25th February 2014
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Complete Their Annual Winter Training Camp At Desert Springs Resort
   

 

 

“Excellent staff and very good food. The Resort provides great facilities and a great golf course. Thanks for everything!”
That is the verdict of 18-year-old Shannon Burke, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

The training camp utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Desert Springs Golf Academy where the ILGU Coaches were able provide one-to-one tuition and take advantage of the use of the Desert Springs short game academy.“Excellent staff and very good food. The Resort provides great facilities and a great golf course. Thanks for everything!”
That is the verdict of 18-year-old Shannon Burke, one of the ILGU International Squad members.

On his return visit to Desert Springs, David Kearney, ILGU Coach commented:

“The academy practice facilities were perfect for our training and practice needs and The Indiana course was in very good shape. As we have become accustomed, both the girls and all of the coaches were very well looked after by all of the staff. Thanks once again for everything!”

Naimh Ward, 17-year-old ILGU International Squad member, remarked of her experience at Desert Springs:
“I really enjoyed playing the Indiana course and it was in fabulous condition. The resort has great practice facilities that enable us to work on our games. The staff were excellent and the food was great.”

Fellow ILGU Squad member, 19-year-old Chloe Ryan commented:

“The staff throughout the resort were very friendly and helpful all through the week, and I really enjoyed the food.

Thanks so much for all of your help and keep up the good work!”

The students and officials were accommodated in some of the privately owned pueblo villas 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 El Torrente Restaurant.

Martin Brannstrom
Tel. +34 670 613 900
E-mail: mb@almanzora.com

 

Between Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February, four (4) officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied eleven (11) girls aged between 15 - 20 years for their annual 7 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort.


 

Dateline: 1st February 2014
Source: Desert Springs Resort
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Set To Return To Desert Springs For Its 2014 Winter Training Camp
   

 

 

After the success of their inaugural visit to Desert Springs in February 2013, we are pleased to announce that The Irish Ladies Golf Union has selected Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club to be host to their 2014 Warm Weather Winter Training Camp.

The Irish Ladies Golf Union is the governing body for amateur women's golf in Ireland. It was founded in 1893 and is recognised as the oldest Ladies Golf Union in the world. Golf is the highest participation female sport in Ireland, with almost 60,000 female golfers in the country aged from 8 to 88, playing on a regular basis.

Between Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February 2014, eleven (11) players representing the Under 18 and Under 21 International squads and four (4) officials will visit the resort for a week long intensive training programme to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.

During their time at the resort the players will utilise the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and play the Championship Indiana course.

The players and officials will be accommodated in some of the privately owned apartments normally reserved for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs and the resort’s executive chef will be on hand to cater for the special dietary requirements of individual players dining in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

For further information on the Irish Ladies Golf Union visit their official website.

Martin Brannstrom
Tel. +34 670 613 900
E-mail: mb@almanzora.com

 

After the success of their inaugural visit to Desert Springs in February 2013, we are pleased to announce that The Irish Ladies Golf Union has selected Desert Springs Resort and Golf Club to be host to their 2014 Warm Weather Winter Training Camp.


 

Dateline: 21th February 2013
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Inaugural Winter Training Camp Held At Desert Springs A Resounding Success!
   

 

 

“Desert Springs is an excellent Resort to come and practice your golf, the conditions of the practice facilities and the golf course are fantastic.
In fact, it is the best Resort I´ve come to play, surely a very enjoyable experience.

The service on the Resort is simply top level and the resort apartments provided for our accommodation are exactly what we needed for rest and relaxation and the beautiful weather makes you want to stay.
I can´t believe I´m going back to the cold of Ireland!”

That is the verdict of Squad member Danielle McVeigh who is now to turn Professional, one of the Irish Ladies Golf Union International Squad members, who have returned from their first visit to the Desert Springs Resort for a 7-day intensive winter training programme to develop their individual golfing skills.

Three officials from the Irish Ladies Golf Union accompanied twelve girls aged between 15 - 27 years for 7 days of warm weather winter training at the Desert Springs Resort between Monday 9th – Saturday 16th February.

The training camp utilised 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.

 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach commented:

“I was very excited about using Desert Springs as the base for our Winter Training Camp, since I had heard many great things about the Resort and its popularity amongst Squads and other Teams.

During our stay we have never been intruded upon; rather there has been the utmost of respect shown to our group, which has enabled us to practice with great freedom.

In accordance with a pre-designed and agreed itinerary, everything was perfectly organised and the staff met our needs fully.

The layout of the Resort is brilliant as all facilities are on hand and within easy access.

  • For details of Golf & Sports Training Camps, Corporate Golf Events and Meetings at Desert Springs call 01242 680 116 or visit the website.
  • To find out more about the Scottish Golf Union visit the website website.

 

 

Additional background Information

 

Warm weather winter training camps at Desert Springs

Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course, is proving to be one of the most popular destinations for warm weather winter training camps among the growing number of schools with their own golf academies and teams, currently estimated at around 90 in the UK. In addition to the Irish Ladies Golf Union squad members, visiting groups have included the National Squad of the Golf Union of Wales for whom Desert Springs is its official ‘overseas home’, golfing pupils from Hartpury College Golf School, Lee Westwood Golf Academy, Darren Clarke Golf School, Millfield School, Reading Blue Coat School at Sonning-on-Thames, King Edward’s School in Bath and Loretto School at Musselburgh near Edinburgh.

All school golf trips to Desert Springs are bespoke. If desired, the programme can include time away from the golf course for some local sightseeing in what many regard as ‘the real Spain.’

During their stay pupils have opportunities to swim, play tennis and use the gymnasium, trim trail, jogging tracks, paddle tennis and beach volley ball courts.

Desert Springs is easy to reach from the UK, thanks to three international airports. They are:

Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes away by road; Murcia Airport, 80 minutes by car, and Alicante Airport which is a drive of less than two hours. Airlines currently flying to the region from the UK include easyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook. Already well known as a resort specialising in family holidays, Desert Springs is gaining popularity as a centre for warm-weather training for cricketers and footballers, as well as golfers.

Accommodation is provided in the apartments and villas available for holidays and short breaks at Desert Springs. Meals are served in the resort’s Croc Restaurant, part of the family-friendly Crocodile Club that is geared up for a wide variety of leisure activities and the award winning El Torrente Restaurant at the Club House.

A spokesman for Desert Springs said that, depending on the size of the group and its requirements, the total cost of a four-day trip for warm weather training, including flights, would work out at between £350 and £400 per person.

 

The Desert Springs Resort & Golf Club

Facilities already completed and in use at Desert Springs include:

  • a 72 par 18-hole USGA Indiana golf course designed by former Great Britain and Ireland Golf Team Captain Peter McEvoy who was inspired by the desert courses of Arizona and California;
  • a golf academy whose PGA qualified teaching professionals cater for several international teams, for the women’s elite squads of the Golf Union of Wales and for many of the English County Union’s elite squads; PGA European Tour and LET players.
  • two hard tennis courts, two paddle courts, beach volley ball and two football pitches - one is a full-size grass pitch; the other is designed for five-a-side games;
  • a Spanish colonial style Golf Club House with a lounge, bar, restaurant, locker rooms, TV and reading rooms, and a Ralph Lauren Golf Boutique;
  • The Crocodile Club which provides family fun at the heart of the resort with pools, equipped sand play areas, a kid’s battery powered John Deere Gator circuit and a games room as well as a jacuzzi, sun lawns and a pool bar;
  • a health and fitness club and spa.

 

Awards

In 2005 Desert Springs won the Daily Mail Best Almeria Award and the Bentley International Property Awards for the Best Spain Development and Best Architecture. In 2006, it was awarded the Spanish National Madera Verde Prize for Environmentally Sensitive Development.

In 2007, the El Torrente Restaurant received the New Millennium International Gastronomy Award for the Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry. This award was created by the Trade Leaders Club with the aim of distinguishing companies from all countries, for the outstanding quality of their products or services.

 

The climate of the Almanzora coastal region

Desert Springs takes it name from the region’s desert microclimate, which is unique in Europe. It has the warmest winter weather on the continent with an annual average of more than nine hours of daily sunshine and maximum daily temperatures of between 16°C (60°F) and 30°C (86°F) throughout the year. Annual rainfall is less than 200 mm. The Almanzora’s coastal waters are among the cleanest and warmest in Europe, attracting both fish and diving enthusiasts.

Reader enquiries:
NOTE: High Resolution Images available upon request.
Simon Coaker
The Almanzora Group Ltd
The Manor, Boddington, Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire GL51 0TJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1242 680116
Email: tag@almanzora.com

I´m already looking at the next Academic Year to pre-book our next training visit to Desert Springs!”

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Centre) and Officials with members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs during their visit to the Desert Springs Resort for a 7-day intensive winter training camp.

 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Centre) and Officials with members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs during their visit to the Desert Springs Resort for a 7-day intensive winter training camp.

 

 

 

A view from the 1st Tee (Cactus Point) of the Indiana golf course at Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course in the Almanzora region of Almeria in south-east Spain.

 

A view from the 1st Tee (Cactus Point) of the Indiana golf course at Desert Springs, Europe’s only international award-winning luxury family resort and championship desert golf course in the Almanzora region of Almeria in south-east Spain.

 

 

 

 ILGU Squad members working on there putting technique at the Desert Springs Short Game Academy.

 

ILGU Squad members working on there putting technique at the Desert Springs Short Game Academy.

 

 

 

LGU Squad members working on there chipping technique at the Desert Springs Short Game Academy.

 

LGU Squad members working on there chipping technique at the Desert Springs Short Game Academy.

 

 

 

Accommodation for the ILGU squad members and coaches was provided in the apartments available at Desert Springs.

 

Accommodation for the ILGU squad members and coaches was provided in the apartments available at Desert Springs.


 

Dateline: 21th February 2013
Source: Desert Springs Golf Club
Subject: Irish Ladies Golf Union
Title: Irish Ladies Golf Union Inaugural Winter Training Camp Held At Desert Springs A Resounding Success!
   

 

Between Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th February 2013, 12 players representing the Under 18 & Under 21 Irish Ladies International squads accompanied by three officials visited the resort for a week long intensive training programme to develop their individual golfing skills in warm weather while experiencing a golf course which offers a challenge to players at all levels.

David Kearney, ILGU Coach commented:

“I was very excited about using Desert Springs as the base for our Winter Training Camp, since I had heard many great things about the Resort and its popularity amongst Squads and other Teams.

During our stay we have never been intruded upon; actually there has been a lot of respect for our group and we have been enabled to practice with great freedom.

In accordance with a pre-designed and agreed itinerary, everything was perfectly organised and the staff met our needs without error.

The layout of the Resort is brilliant as all facilities are on hand and within easy access. I´m already looking at the next Academic Year to pre-book our next training visit to Desert Springs!”

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 in the award-winning El Torrente Restaurant.

During their time at the resort the players have utilized the excellent practice facilities at the Golf Academy and played the Indiana golf course.

Squad member Danielle McVeigh who is now to turn Professional remarked:

“Desert Springs is an excellent Resort to come and practice your golf, the conditions of the practice facilities and the golf course are fantastic.
In fact, it is the best Resort I´ve come to play, surely a very enjoyable experience.

The service on the Resort is simply top level and the apartments are exactly what we needed for rest and relaxation and the beautiful weather makes you want to stay. I can´t believe I´m going back to the cold of Ireland!”

For further information on the Irish Ladies Golf Union visit their official website.

Martin Brannstrom
Tel. +34 670 613 900
E-mail: mb@almanzora.com

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Centre) with the members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs

 

David Kearney, ILGU Coach (Centre) with the members of the Under 18 and Under 21 Irish Ladies International Squad at Desert Springs.

 

 

 

Practice Facilities at Desert Springs