The Green Green Grass Of The Spanish Ladies Open

Have you seen my garden? Walking through the dew laden grass at Golf Las Americas I could see Kirby Towers just above a crescent of palm trees beyond the sparkling lake. It was the morning of the Pro Am event just ahead of the Spanish Ladies Open and ok I admit it, the only garden I really have is a very hardy cactus that has survived despite years of my neglect. In contrast my nearby golf course radiated health and beauty as preparations continued for the four day spectacle on the Ladies European Tour.

Over the past four years I have covered the annual ladies golf championships in Tenerife and although not a player myself I always appreciate the skill and dedication of the golfing girls – and of course their alluring fashions and physiques. I managed to grab a few words with Laura Davies at the end of her Pro Am round, she seemed positive and upbeat despite a nagging achiles injury. Something of a veteran now, Laura is still the most well known name to casual followers of the sport and still in the frame at the major championships.

Somehow my attention was drawn to the cavalcade of young lovelies on the practice green, caddies and trainers offered advice as they went through their paces. Surveying the scene from the club house balcony things were coming together well, marquees were springing up around the course, the swans and geese that live around the lake were groomed and smart, and the leader board was clear and inviting for all the contestants.

The food up in the restaurant was very nice, the majestic views across the course added a level of enjoyment and the press room downstairs was slowly filling up with visiting media. During the Pro Am lunch was served in La Carpa the modern function hall opposite the main building, I was very impressed with the décor, layout and fabulous choice of food. Most players were going for the healthy options such as pasta and salad but at one stage there was quite a build up for scoops of varied flavours of ice cream – well they will soon sweat it off out on the course.

I will be dipping in and out as the Spanish Ladies Open progresses to it’s big Sunday climax, the whole event is free so hopefully the public will flock in each day – may the best lady win.