Group Coordinator: Joe & Lesley Wellings
Deputy Coordinators: Giles Laughton & Neal Watmough
Meetings: Every Thursday morning and when we play at Gualta it is a Wednesday: tee off times in winter from 10:00 am and in summer 9:30 am. Please look at the events page
No in Group: 24 No maximum number
The u3a Golf Academy group started in September 2016 to cater for beginners and members who have not played for a long time and want to take up the game again within a fun and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on learning and improving our golf skills. Group golf lessons can be organised for those who require them so that members can play with the group on PAR 3 courses in Spain on a weekly basis.
Courses we play on a rotational basis are as follows (to view their website, click on each name):
Gualta. – The Par3 p&p Gualta has 18 holes with distances between 70 and 120 meters and is considered an ideal course for beginners as well as for experts golfers who want to improve their short game and have fun with friends.
On the course there are different areas that will test the skills and abilities of golfers. At the beginning, we find an area of pine and oak trees, with narrow fairways demanding technique and concentration. There are lakes in which the player will find demanding and a challenge. A total distance of 1710 metres.
|Green fees||Green fee + Lunch|
|Season||9 holes||18 holes||9 holes + Lunch||18 holes + Lunch|
|Low||14,50 €||17,50 €||21,95 €||25,95 €|
|Medium||16,50 €||19,50 €||26,95 €||28,95 €|
|High||18,50 €||22,50 €||29,95 €||31,95 €|
Lessons: We also get lessons from Richard Jackson, the professional at Gualta – group lessons are currently at a special rate of 10 euros each for 6 members.
Mas Pages – Mas Pagès currently has a par 3 18-hole course approved by and associated with Catalan Golf. The front 9 holes are short but with many tree hazards but the back 9 are longer with beautiful views of the Pyrenees Mountains. A total distance of 1834 metres.
Cost of green fees at Mas Pages is between 16 and 18 euros depending on the season. There is no restaurant but there is a bar that sells great sandwiches etc.
Castello-Empuriabrava – An easier course than the others but with water hazards that many find challenging. A total distance of 1531 metres. The London Bus Café on site provides a great 19th hole experience including Guinness and Fish and Chips, daily menu and snacks. You can also have bacon butties and coffee before your round.
|9 Holes||18 Holes|
|15 – 55 years old||€ 16||€ 20|
|+ 55||€ 13||€ 17|
|Juniors||€ 12||€ 12|
|licenses ACPP||– 1 €|
Peralada – 9-hole course with double tee off, with a total distance of 1315 meters, with variations holes between 44 and 108 meters. Built between the golf course and driving range, it is considered flat, without water hazards but significant presence of bunkers. A convenient and enjoyable course, ideal for lovers of short games.
Cost of green fees is around 18 Euros and there is a restaurant that serves a menu of the day and great snacks with a great view.
Equipment to play Par 3 Courses
There is no need to buy a full set of golf clubs until such time as you wish to do so. All you need for a Par 3 course is cheap bag and clubs for less than a 100 Euros. You can also hire a bag, clubs and trolley to get started at a very reasonable of around 6 euros per round.
This group is designed to complement the U3A Golf Group which has been running successfully since the beginning the U3A PO 7 years ago. This offers an opportunity for members to play on a Wednesday or Thursday or both. Once they have reached the appropriate skill level and handicap to play on a Wednesday. We welcome any skilled players to play on a Thursday to help mentor the beginners. This is a very economic, fun and exciting introduction into playing golf for new players.