Practical Guide to Start Playing on the Golf Course

This handy little guide to start playing on the golf course contains basic instructions about the practical part of the game in the field. This knowledge will help the player to develop more effectively and safely in the field and thus to enjoy more of this fantastic sport.

Some golf sports psychology

In the sports performance of the golf involved several factors apart from the physical, such as training or dedication, technique, strategy in the game, nutrition and psychology.

The psychology in the golf is not only important at the professional level, it is also important at the initiation level because of the difficulty that has the learning of the technique of the swing and by the number of factors that intervene in the golf.

This section offers some tips for beginners who start to go to the golf course.

  • Save the morning or evening for you, turning off the mobile phone when you reach the golf course. Avoid thinking about work issues or other problems. Give your mind a break.
  • Arrives with time. If you are staying with friends to play a tour in the field, try to arrive in advance, make a stretch, throw a few balls in the practice field to let go and kick a while in putting green. You’ll play more confidently.
  • Follow your routine. During the game in the field follow the routine indicated by your teacher to prepare the coup, for example: stick, grip, body and hit the ball.
  • Don’t think about the golf swing technique. Remember that training in the field is different from training in the field of practice. On the playing field you only have to think about your placement routine, swing safely and send the ball to the target.
  • Plan your workouts. This is more important than it looks. Do not skip classes or sessions in the practice field. It is important to be constant, i.e it is better to train one day a week, than four days the last week of the month.
  • Objectively assess your level of play. Do not demand more than you are capable of your experience. It trains without questioning and leaves the pressure and the demands to the professionals. Have fun in the field, talk with the teammates between blow and blow and take your mistakes with humor. Remember that all players fail.

Be prepared to play your blow.

“Playing golf is good to walk fast, but when you get to your ball you take your time to prepare the coup.”

Currently in many golf courses there are situations of slow play that can be easily avoided, simply attending to basic considerations.

In informal golf matches that are not championships, it is not necessary to strictly follow the rules of the golf that say that always plays first the player furthest from the hole, always comes first the player who has made less blows in the previous hole, etc.

Players in a group can agree on the following actions in order to expedite the game in an informal match (not in championships):

  • A player can play as soon as he reaches his ball (although he does not play), as long as it does not interfere in the preparation or the blow of another playmate.
  • In the exit tees you can proceed in the same way: If a player arrives in advance to the tee with respect to his teammates, he can place his ball and leave, even if it is not his turn.
  • Leave the bag of sticks on the side of the green where the road to the next tee is located. In this way, when a player finishes kicking and leaves the green, he picks up his bag on the way to the next tee. It is also good to have the tidy bag of sticks, with each stick always in place. So you don’t waste so much time looking for the stick to play the next hit.
  • It is very important to visually control the ball of the Playmates and assist in their search in the event that it is not found. This gesture saves a lot of time spent looking for balls and is also a sign of fellowship that all players should have.
  • Give yourself the luxury of turning off your mobile. Enjoy the golf course and forget about the work or the obligations during that time. Your mind will thank you for paying more later. Also, if you listen to your mobile, you delay the group’s game considerably.

The sum of all these details is a significant time-saver at the end of the 18-hole. A reasonable time to play 18 holes of golf on a long course (a field of pairs 3, 4 and 5) is 3 hours and a half to 3 hours 45 minutes.

We must always replace the chops, fix the pikes and rake the bunkers, as indicated by the label rules.

How to repair a bite on the Green

When a ball falls on the green from a certain distance, it leaves a mark or a slit in the grass that in the golf lexicon we call Pique. The bites are easy to repair and if the player repairs it when it arrives at the green it does not cause any damage.

They are repaired using a “U”-shaped tool called repair or simply with a tee that is used as a support on the outputs.

It is repaired by nailing the tool around the picket and pushing the grass toward the center of the slit, as we can see in the drawing below. Once the recessed part is in place, flatten the area gently with the putt so that it is well paved.

The rules of Golf allow the player to repair the bites that are in his putt line, but you can not repair the marks of the nails, except when he has finished kicking, before leaving the green and as long as the game is not delayed.

How to mark your ball on the green

When the ball is on the green, it should be marked with a small coin or marker to lift and clean before kicking. You have to place the mark right behind the ball and then pick up the ball. When it’s your turn to kick, you must place the ball on the green in its original place before you pick up the mark. If the brand of your ball is or can be in the line of putt of a playmate, you have to ask if it annoys your brand and if you want to change the mark of place.

If so, you have to take a fixed reference as it can be a tree, bunker or other object and move the mark in that direction the space of a head of your putt, or two if necessary, moving away the mark of the line of the partner’s putt.

Then, when it’s your turn to kick, you have to put your mark back in its original place before you put your ball and proceed to kick. If not, you will incur a penalty or even disqualification.

Also remember to walk around the green trying not to step on the line of putt of players or player of your party.

How to take care of the flag on the green

When all players in the group have their ball on the green, it is time to take the flag out of the hole to hit the ball. The player who has the ball closest to the hole, that is, the one that is supposed to kick in last place, has the responsibility to take the flag out of the hole.

It often happens that being the player that corresponds to kick away from the hole (for example 15 meters), this can not see well the situation of the hole, so it is necessary that another player or a caddy to mark the position of the same, holding the flag and it in E L time when the player hits the ball with the putt. This operation is called “attending the flag”.

For this reason you have to ask the player whose ball is farther away if he or she wants the flag to be addressed. If he says no, he takes out the flag and places himself somewhere where he does not disturb the trajectory of the balls or is too much in view of the players (may be even outside the green).

If the player says he does want the flag served, the player to whom he correspondent should stand on the side of the flag and hold it, holding the fabric so that it does not make noise, in the event that it makes wind. It is also advisable that the person serving the flag be placed on the side where the flag’s shadow is.

It is a good idea to remove the tip of the flag of the cup, but keep it inside the hole while attending, as sometimes the flag gets caught in the small hole in the background. In the event that the ball of player that kicks the flag, it would be penalized, since the rules of the Golf do not allow the ball to touch the flag if the player hits his ball inside the green.

How to read the fall of the green

When our ball is on the green it is important to make a good reading or appreciation of the falls or dishevels that the green has to make the least possible putty blows.

The key to correctly determining a green’s falls is to establish a routine. This routine begins when we approach the green and observe the general fall of the green. If we have to wait for our fellow Pateen, we can go looking at the fall of our putt, as long as we do not disturb the development of the game of our teammates. We can also look at the falls that take their balls.

When our shift arrives, we begin by evaluating the distance of our putt, if it has a lateral fall, is up or down and if the green can be fast or slow. The direction of the grass also influences the fall of the ball, as well as the height of the grass influences the speed. It should be taken into account that in the Greens where the ball rolls faster, the fall that takes the ball is more accentuated when the ball is losing strength, especially if the putt is in ascent.

The plumbing technique is widely used by all kinds of players to see the falls on the green. It consists of holding the putt at the top so that it is completely vertical. We put it between us and the part of the green that we want to see the fall. In this position, the vertical of the stick will help us to see the Green’s height.

Once we have made a decision about the fall, we must firmly believe in it. The first impression is usually the most accurate. We put on, we do some rehearsal swings, we look at the hole and we hit the ball safely. It is good to always pass a bit of the hole, because if the ball does not arrive, can not enter.

“In the green we have to kick relatively quickly, the whole process can take between 30 and 45 seconds.”

How to Rake a Bunker

After playing a golf hit from a bunker, it is necessary to leave the sand of the bunker in good condition for the players who come playing behind. You have to rake the whole area where you left footprints and marks on the sand, and even rake the marks on the sand that was from another previous player.

To rake properly, rake the sand towards you, walking backwards where you have entered the bunker. When you’re done, leave the rake right outside the bunker, unless there’s a sign with another indication.

The Art of Doing Business on the Golf Course

One of the best strategies to nurture your business relationships.

Have you ever heard that playing golf closes big business? Not always but if, the field is a great way to relate, to meet your co-workers and even, to have quality time with your customers.

Golf should be seen as an opportunity. Not only is it a sport of leisure, but a situation that manifests its true character: its strength, confidence and humility. Your colleagues may not be impressed with your swing, but they will be seeing your way of being.

Therefore, there are rules within the field that force players to keep pace:

1. Learning to play golf

Playing your first game can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Know some basic rules to know how to act in the field and enjoy the game.

2. Choose your teammates well

There is a partner who will motivate you and congratulate you on a good shot. Feeling comfortable with someone while playing golf is essential for a business relationship. It is important to create an atmosphere of fellowship, otherwise it will be impossible to close a business with that person.

3. Dress code

One of the best things about golf is being invited to play at a colleague’s or a customer’s club for the first time. Do not appear in shorts and with your vintage shirt; A conservative style is recommended with a little individuality.

4. Know the game label

This requires avoiding bad manners. When a business does not give light, you do not throw your briefcase in the boardroom; So, toss your golf clubs or curse, they will tell your partner that you have a lousy character and that is not the type of relationship you want to have.

5. Focus on the results

Before you start playing, discuss what you expect to get, what your goals are and how you plan to achieve them. Don’t talk business before the hole 3 or after the 15th, never when you are going to throw or when you get to the green. Also, don’t feel that you should have it all figured out in the end, your priority is to make sure your partner is having fun.

On the other hand, playing golf events is another way to participate in your community and nurture your relationships. Many business organizations and chambers of commerce organize tournaments, and it is certainly an excellent place to meet new people, exchange business cards and why not, open the door for a future project, perhaps the most important of your life.

To generate an attractive quality of business life, Texas has more than 900 golf courses.

The Islands of Contadora and Saboga

The Contadora and Saboga Islands are located at the northern end of the Pearl Islands.

“Pearls” as they are known, are the Pacific version of the popular Bocas del Toro and San Blas Islands located in the Caribbean. However, while the Caribbean islands are drenched in rain, the pearls remain practically dry. During the rainy season it usually rains for a couple of hours in the afternoon or evening. The rest of the day is sunny and ideal for adventurers and sun-lovers.

As a fact of interest: in addition to a place for vacation throughout the year, Pearls has been home to three seasons of the popular series “Survivor” of the American television network CBS, so these beautiful islands became the base of operations And a beautiful backdrop for the filming.

The two islands are located just 32 miles from the hectic and bustling mega Business center of Panama City. The islands have numerous luxury homes and private properties well established in accountant or in the process of construction in the city, and are considered as the “vineyard of Martha” or “Isla Catalina” of Panama by the majority of wealthy families of this beautiful Country. The main streets are paved and the farther ones are still land. Most streets are illuminated and can be explored safely by day or night. However, there is not a single traffic light! The typical traffic problem on this island consists of three Golf kids who are at an intersection at the same time. Soon there will be a stable with beautiful horses to maintain harmony with Mother nature, an aspect that excites the developers of the region.

There are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on these islands. The warm turquoise water is always full of marine life. At the southern end of the island is the only nudist beach recognized in Panama, as well as other solitary beaches… some so much that if a palm fell, I would never listen. All the beaches in Panama are published by law and if you want a real private experience on a beach you can hire a local boat or “Panga”. These small boats with their native operators will remain silent on the seashore along the most visited beaches and can leave it on an island near and uninhabited by a small fee.

While salting is a lesser-known and under-controlled expansion with high “green” quality in its resort hotels and the marina to come, Contadora has several restaurants that include European and local cuisine. There are three small grocery stores, a medical clinic, a small police force and a gas station! Plan ahead as there are no banks or ATMs on the islands at this time.

Golf Equipment Information

The first thing you have to buy to be able to go to practice is a glove. Right-handed people will need a left hand glove and left-handed one for the right hand.

The gloves can be of synthetic material or of skin, but in both cases they will be very fine to not lose touch or sensibility.

The most important thing about a glove, mainly when we are learning to play, is that it is reinforced, especially in the fleshy part of the palm of the hand.

Then come the sticks. At first we’ll just need a stick. You can rent it every time you go to practice, but if you rent a stick 15 times to 2 euros means 30 euros, and for that money you can buy one. Another option, as we have already seen, is to buy it second-hand. It is now easier with the proliferation of used-item stores even in specialized golf shops.

Although taking into account that soon we will need more sticks, which can also be a good option, is to purchase a set of half-game sticks and transport bag.

How much do I have to spend on my outfit?

An excellent golf outfit is what all the excellent players need. A good golf kit is what good players need. A regular golf outfit is what most of us need.

The most dramatic change that has occurred in the golf industry over the last twenty years has been in the equipment.

The current teams are phenomenal. There are balls for each type of player. Bats are investigated, designed, and manufactured for maximum performance. Gloves, shoes, bags and golf clothes are made by putting the utmost attention to detail.

We cannot say that golf teams will not make any difference in any player’s game. Obviously, we have some advantage when we carry a better team. Especially when we already know how to handle them.

The decision to buy the new golf team could be based on your ability to play golf, your financial situation, your goals playing golf, or a little three.

We can see the purchase of a new golf team in two categories. If we have more than 1,000 euros to spend on the new golf team continue reading right in the next section. If we have less than 1,000 euros to spend then go to the Section Golf kit for the average amateur.

The golf team for those who have a little extra money:

  • If you are going to take classes do not buy your new equipment until you have received the first lessons. Your swing will change and different swings require different equipment.
  • Be prepared to spend some extra money. This purchase must last for several years so it does not contain now.
  • Make a list of everything you need to buy, from the golf shoes, the bag or a rain gear.
  • Read a little about the latest golf equipment. Learn some of the differences between the products. For example, the graphite rods may not be better than the steel ones for you.
  • Visit at least two large golf shops.
  • Talk to your teacher about the team.
  • Try the equipment.

You can also read my suggestions for the average hobbyist.

The golf team for the average amateur
Most of us can survive with a limited team. The minimum complete equipment is a driver, a 3 wood, 3 to 9 irons, sand, putter, tees, balls, shoes and a bag. The additional equipment that is good to have includes wood 5 and 7, umbrella, pitching wedge, lob wedge, rain gear, cart, etc.

However, it is not necessary to have the last cry in equipment. When you start doing more than one round of 18 holes a year around the 70 blows buy a good team. If I had any surplus money you would probably buy one or two last generation products.

Now, if the average blows per round is between 85 and 120 we don’t need a team at the last scream. Choose a game of clubs at a good price in a store, a friend, or a second hand advertisement. This may represent an amount of between 250 and 350 euros.

Any ball will be valid for your game. Until you begin to break the barrier of the 80 blows you can play the balls that are on offer or those you find on the golf course.

I think some people need last-line equipment. If you can afford the luxury then buy. However, remember that buying state-of-the-art equipment will never make you break the 100-pound barrier and it’s probably a waste of money. Spend your money better in class.

How to Buy Your Golf Balls of Initiation

When it comes to buying your beginner golf clubs game, it is important that the seller be an expert in golf and consider your physical characteristics (height, speed potential, etc).

It is advisable to buy your game of clubs in a physical golf shop, advised by your golf teacher, if possible. This way you can appreciate the materials and even try the sticks. It is also advisable to always buy good quality materials, which is not necessarily the most expensive.

Buy Golf clubs for Pitch and Putt

For beginners who want to buy Pitch & Putt golf clubs are recommended golf clubs with graphite rods. The graphite rods are lighter and better absorb the vibration of the failed blows than the sticks with steel rods. Also, being lighter, there is less risk of small injuries by frequently hitting the carpet of practice, grass, or the top of the ball.

After a few months of practice, those players who have already internalized the swing and can hit the ball with a good speed of the head of the club, can choose to play golf clubs with steel rods. Having a more perfected and internalized swing, these rods will provide them with more regular ball trajectories than the graphite rods.

Women usually have less physical power than men, so they need to play women’s golf clubs, which have the most flexible and shorter rods, as well as finer handles. People who generate very little speed in the head of the club, will need a wood or a hybrid stick for the longest pitch & putt holes.

In the pitch & putt fields The holes have a maximum distance of 120 meters, so no golf clubs are required for longer distances. To cover these distances is necessary a game composed of the following elements:

-1 Sand Wedge (SW) to play short blows and from bunkers.

-1 Pitching wedge (PW or Iron 10).

-Irons 9, 8 and 7.

-1 Putt: It is important that the length of the rod, which is normally measured in inches, is appropriate to the height of the player to facilitate placement when playing.

-1 small golf bag, already in a pitch & putt course it is not necessary to carry a lot of equipment. The bag can include a tripod to hold standing while we play the hit.

Kids GOLF Clubs

For boys and girls are recommended sticks, balls and bags with colors and attractive drawings, as children motivates them to play. For older boys and girls, it’s not that important. It is also necessary to play golf with clubs that are adapted to their age and sex, as as for adults there are clubs for children and clubs for girls. At present there is a wide range of clubs for boys and girls of different age ranges, varying in size:

-Sets of sticks for boys and girls from 5 to 8 years.

-Sets of sticks for boys and girls from 9 to 11 years.

-Sets of sticks for boys and girls from 12 to 14 years.

In case the sticks are a little long for the boy or girl (not more than 2 cm), there is no downside in that the: a little lower. It is important that the weight and length of the stick is not excessive for the child.

Buy golf clubs for large fields

Players who want to buy golf clubs to start on large golf courses, can opt for a set of steel or graphite golf clubs, depending on their physical characteristics and their swing speed.

A complete set of golf clubs is recommended, as during the course of a large golf course we will find all kinds of distances and a complete game is necessary to cover them. A complete set of golf clubs comprises the following elements:

-1 driver for outputs.

-Woods 3 and 5 or wood 3 and 1 hybrid stick.

-Irons 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to cover different distances.

-1 Pitching wedge (PW or Iron 10).

-1 Sand Wedge (SW) for short blows and taken from the bunkers.

-1 large or medium sized bag to carry in cart or golf car or a small bag to carry back, if desired.

At present, a full beginner golf club set, does not usually include iron 3, as the hybrid fulfils this function.

A beginner player can also play initially with half a set of clubs in a large field. For example, you can play with the irons SW, 9, 7, 5, wood 3 and putt. This way it simplifies the process of choosing the club, and also plays a little lighter.

What is a hybrid stick?

A hybrid golf club has a design between iron and wood. Replaces an iron 2 or 3 in distance and for a player with high or medium handicap is easier to play than those irons. As a difference, it should be commented that a ball hit with a hybrid stick produces a higher ball than with a 2 or 3 iron.

Do I have to buy a 60-degree SECOND Blaster?

For a beginner player or player it is not necessary. First you have to learn to control a normal 56-degree sand. The second blaster is used by professional players or amateur players with very low handicap. These players already dominate the normal sand and a more open sand brings more height and recoil effect to the ball in situations that require it, as for example a stroke of approximation to a flag where there is very little space between the flag and the beginning of green For the ball to roll.

A player who, by his level of play, does not control the approximation blows with a normal sand of 56 degrees, will not profit from the use of a sand of 60 degrees. What’s more, it is very likely that your use will generate confusion and errors in the field.

How many degrees should the DRIVER buy?

It is important that the player objectively values his level of play and that he chooses a driver that is relatively easy. For players with medium or high handicap, the starting distance is not a competitive advantage, as it is a good short game (approach, bunker and putt), with which it will really lower its results.

Therefore, the best driver for a high or medium handicap player is not the one that more distance can make, but the one that will help you to take the streets of the holes regularly and an acceptable distance.

The fewer grades the driver’s face has, the more distance it provides, but it also requires a more correct swing. A driver with a stick face with more degrees, will do less distance, but it is easier to hit properly regularly and center the ball on the streets of the holes, which will give more confidence to the player during the tour.

Therefore, for a player of high or medium handicap is advisable a driver of between 10.5 to 12 degrees, with the rod suitable to its physical characteristics, speed of swing, etc.

How to Get Golf Handicap

The golf handicap is a very broad topic and before explaining the steps to obtain it, it is convenient to carefully explain what it is and how it works:

What is golf handicap?

The handicap in golf is the assessment of the level of play of an amateur golf player. It refers to the number of hits, usually above, that an amateur player performs on a tour, with respect to the “pair of the field” or number of blows stipulated.

In Spain, like the rest of Europe, the Royal Spanish Golf Federation applies the handicap EGA (European Golf Association) system. This handicap system is based on the premise that every player tries to play the field in the smallest possible number of hits. This handicap system is related to the USGA (United State Golf Association) field valuation system and the slope rating, which refers to the difficulty level of the fields.

Who does the rating of the players handicap? The National Association of Golf of each country has the competence to make this valuation and its constant process of updating.

What is the golf handicap for? Mainly so that golfers of different levels can compete in the same tournament or game. Given the difficulty of golf, without the handicap system, a novice player could in no way compete with a mid-level player, advanced or professional. The handicap golf license will also allow you to play tours on any golf course, being the handicap’s possession an indispensable requirement.

How does the golf handicap intervene? The handicap system gives each amateur player a number of hits to deduct from the total number of blows made. This handicap or number of blows to deduct is based on the results in previous official competitions. In the event that an amateur player plays his first competition, he would do so with the maximum handicap of his category, unless it is lowered by appreciation, to adjust to his real level of play. Competitions can be local tournaments in the player’s regular golf club or competitions in other fields. In each tournament there is a “competition committee” that regulates the development of the game.

Thus, a player who habitually performs in tournaments around 76 blows and has a handicap 5, can play with a beginner of handicap 36, who habitually plays the field in about 110 blows. If these two players played a game or a championship in the Stroke play mode, they would act as follows: At the end of the tour they would be deducted from the total (gross) result, their corresponding handicap.

In this case the player with Handicap 36 would deduct 36 blows and the player with Handicap 5 would deduct 5 blows. Once the beat discount is applied (net result), the winner is the one who has obtained a lower score. This procedure is reflected in the card and is verified by the competition committee responsible for the tournament. In the event that a game of golf is played in the mode of Match play (game by holes), the player with the highest handicap receives as compensation the difference between his handicap and the handicap of the opponent.

How is the golf handicap updated? At the end of a tournament, the competition committee of the club responsible for the tournament, transmits the results of all the players participating to the corresponding national Golf Agency. In this way the handicap of each amateur player is updated in each tournament. In the case of Spain, there are territorial golf federations in each autonomous region, which are centralized in the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, located in Madrid.

How do you get the golf handicap? In the last 25 years golf has developed notably in Spain. Despite the current crisis, that the golf sector is noticing appreciably, there are numerous facilities of both golf courses of 18 holes large, and pitch & putt fields and schools. However, there is still a lack of interest on the part of the administrations in order to facilitate a greater approach of golf to all the public, as in other countries, such as France.

To talk about obtaining the golf handicap, we must comment on a few previous steps: First we must go to a golf facility, such as a practice court, a large golf course or a pitch & putt. There we can hire private or group classes, to have a first contact with the golf. If we have friends who play, it is a good idea to accompany them in the field to enter a little in the world of golf.

Given the complexity of this sport, a qualified instructor is essential when it comes to learning the technique and practice of golf swing. A few months of classes or courses will save us time and bad habits when it comes to making a good golf swing. Once you have started the classes and if you are clear that you like golf, your instructor or the school can proceed to arrange the Federal golf license. This will allow you to access any golf practice area and have accident insurance provided by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

Later, when your progress allows you to go to the field with certain guarantees of hitting with good direction and distance, in addition to making the tour in a number of blows, you can apply for the handicap golf, which will allow you to play in any field of Golf. To do so, your teacher will have to certify that your level is adequate to go out to the playing field. A theoretical examination of the rules of golf, whether in your golf club or school, or on the premises of the Territorial Golf Federation of your Autonomous community, is also to be carried out under a previous appointment. Your instructor will provide you with information about this exam, and instruct you on the rules of Golf and courtesy. Once you have passed the exam of the rules of the Golf and with the certification of your level of play of your instructor, you will have your license with the handicap Incorporated.

Tourist Places in Punta Cana

Beaches

Punta Cana/Bavaro’s beaches are divided into a number of sections, with extraordinary beaches on the Costa del Coco. All are distinguished by the crystalline beauty of the sea, the fine and white sand, and the palm trees present along the coastal strip.

The beach of Punta Cana, located only 8 kilometers east of the airport, is a semi virgin area and with few hotels, perfect for travelers in search of quieter areas. On the other hand, the Cabeza de Toro beach, even with the presence of some high-prestige chains in the hospitality industry, remains a place that conserves the relaxing atmosphere of the Caribbean.

The Cortecito is another attractive beach north of Punta Cana filled with small shops where you can find a nice souvenir to bring back home as well as a number of small restaurants. Bavaro also offers a magnificent beach known by the same name. Hotel complexes abound here, even more so than in Punta Cana.

Aquatic activities

Aquatic activities in Punta Canaa along the strip of beaches in Punta Cana and Bavaro you can swim in transparent waters, as well as snorkeling on the longest reef in the country (approximately 30 kilometres in length). Scuba diving is also quite good, as there is a great variety of fish and coralline areas suitable for beginners.

Fishing in this area is excellent, especially the height. From March to September you can fish blue and white marlin, Peto, dorado, swordfish, tuna and barracuda, among other species. During the year several tournaments are held with international recognition.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in Punta CanaUna different way to know the beaches of Punta Cana is riding along the coast. Those in charge of offering this tour are qualified people who choose the horse that best suits their needs for the tourist. The routes tend to be in semi virgin areas with ample sands.

Golf Courses

Golf courses in Punta CanaPese that the region of Punta Cana/Bávaro is very small (only a few tens of kilometres in length), has magnificent fields designed by great celebrities of the world of Golf, like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Jose “Pepe” Gancedo, P. B. Dye, Nick Price and Alberto Sola.

The most outstanding golf courses in the area are Barceló Bavaro Beach, Cabeza de Toro, Catalonia Caribbean, cocotal, Corals, La Cana, Punta Blanca, Punta Espada, Faldo Legacy and White sands.

Cap Cana

Cap CanaEsta Exclusive Area located south of the airport is distinguished by being one of the most prestigious in Punta Cana. There they embark on luxurious yachts and boats, as well as being the home of renowned resorts, a golf course and many other attractions thought of the most discerning tourists.

Theme parks

Theme parks in Punta Napaa complement your beach holidays, this paradisiacal place has parks with different themes to choose from. Located in the Cap Cana area, Scape Park offers ecotourism and adventure tours to get in touch with the lush nature of the island. In it you will be surprised by the adrenaline of the zip line, the expeditions to the jungle and the beauty of the cavern of the Blue Hole.

A beach destination would not be complete without water parks. That’s why Sirenis Aquagames Punta Cana offers the public slides and pools for the fun of the whole family. No doubt the place you need to enjoy the best climate in the region.

This National park

Isla Saona fans of ecotourism excursions find in the East National park their favorite spot in Punta Cana. This place is distinguished by having great biodiversity, beautiful landscapes, mangroves and caves with stalactites and petroglyphs. It is an intact area, far from the tourist development and any type of industry.

Isla Saona, the insular part of the park, is a unique place in the Dominican Republic, with endemic species, crystalline waters and enviable coral reefs. Its only population is Mano Juan, with just hundreds of people dedicated to selling handicrafts and fishing.

Altos de Chavón

Altos de ChavónFundada in 1976, Altos de Chavón is a small villa of architecture similar to the towns of medieval Italy. With beautiful views of the Chavón River, this place is also known as the City of artists due to the international celebrities who are presented in their amphitheatre. Here you will find restaurants, a main church, shops and spaces dedicated to art.

Catalina Island

Catalina Island This desert island is a paradise for scuba diving and snorkeling. It is located approximately one hour from Punta Cana, in front of the locality La Romana. You will be captivated by its completely crystalline and calm waters thanks to its geographical position that limits the circulation of the strong winds.

Higüey

HigüeyEsste Charming village is located about 40 minutes from the international airport of Punta Cana, being accessible through the Coral highway. Among other attractions, Higüey stands out for having the Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia, a Catholic enclosure erected in honor of the Dominican patron who receives thousands of faithful during the annual celebrations.

What is the Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup is a men’s team golf tournament held every two years. It is one of the most important sporting events on an international level. This biennial golf tournament faces the United States team against the European team. The teams are made up of the best players from Europe and the United States in the year of the competition. The venue is alternated between the United Kingdom and Ireland and the United States.

Early. Before the official birth of the Ryder Cup in 1927, there were two unofficial competitions between professional teams in Britain and the United States. Both were won by the British. The first one was played in Gleneagles in 1921, while the second was held in Wentworth in the year 1926. This was special, as among the spectators was a man named Samuel Ryder.

Ryder was an English seed merchant from St. Albans, who amassed a fortune selling seed packs at the price of a penny. He was amazed at the meeting at Wentworth of 1926, particularly when he saw Abe Mitchell’s team defeating the American team composed of Jim Barnes and Walter Hagen, among others. Samuel Ryder decided to sponsor the event in the successive years and the next year was officially born the Ryder Cup.

The United States clearly dominated the competition over the next few decades. In the year 1973 they joined the British team Irish players and from 1979 players from the rest of Europe. This inclusion of new players made the tournament much more matched and competitive.

Today. Each team in the Ryder Cup is made up of 12 players and a captain. Encounters include match play modalities. The matches consist of eight foursomes meetings, eight four-ball meetings and twelve individual matches. The winner of each match receives a point for his team, while if a tie is produced, each of the teams is dealt ½ point.

The foursome modality consists of playing a team of two players against another. The players of each team are alternating in the blows along the game, always with the same ball. Each hole is won by the team that completes it in the least number of blows.

In the modality four-ball also plays a team of two players against the same, with the difference that all the players have to play their own ball along the route. Each hole is won by the team whose player completes the hole in the least number of hits.

The individual matches are matches between players of different side in the mode match play, in which the player who plays the hole in the least number of blows, points a won hole.

In the Ryder Cup the matches take place over three days, usually from Friday to Sunday. The first two days are held four games in four-ball modality in the morning, and four others in the modality foursomes in the afternoon. Finally on Sunday the twelve individual parties are celebrated. Not all players are required to compete on Friday and Saturday matches; The captain of each team decides who are the eight players competing in each of the four rounds of those two days.

The Ryder Cup leaves the British Isles and celebrates on the mainland. In 1997 the Ryder Cup was held for the first time outside the British Isles (when the European team was the organization). The number 32 edition of the Ryder Cup was held in Spain, more specifically in the exclusive Valderrama Golf Club, located in Sotogrande, in the province of Cadiz. The European team won the competition with a result of 14 and 1/2 against 13 and 1/2 on the part of the American team, which allowed Europe to retain the trophy.

The European team had a clear advantage in the first two days (10 and 1/2 against 5 and 1/2), but on Sunday the American team remarkably the result in the individual matches (8 against 4), but in an insufficient way to take the victory.

The Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros was the great driver of the Ryder Cup to be played outside the British Isles, as well as being the captain of the European team, Severiano had an outstanding participation as captain and is recognized by connoisseurs as the best Captain of the Ryder Cup story.

The Ryder Cup 2016 was held in the United States, at the Hazeltine National Golf Club, and the winning team has been the United States, with a 17-point United States score against 11 points in Europe.

The next Ryder Cup 2018 will be held for the 2nd time outside the British Isles, specifically in the Le Golf National field in Paris, the week of September 25-30.

Traveling Around the World as a Volunteer

Before starting this trip around the world, the idea had been larvae in my mind to make a trip around Europe, traveling in a van and being a nomad, but without a solid project. They were just undated desires. Among other things there was something that slowed me down and I’ve seen is the most recurrent argument of most people I talk to and dream of starting a trip similar to what I am doing at the moment: the lack of budget. I don’t criticize it, I just expose a reality. Of course it takes money, but true is also, that much less than we believe. Sacrifices must be made, I will not deny it, but they are well worth it, to be able to enjoy a life in movement and quasi freedom.

In this article I will tell as I have been advancing the world on a low budget during the, almost, last three years, crossing forty countries; As I have been able to travel almost 70,000 miles by land, sea and air-by airplane the less-and, I will try to inspire you so that, perhaps, you can make your dream of traveling a reality and how? Helping as a volunteer to get help.

So, when I thought about going around Europe in the van, I thought traveling was what I knew until then, I mean: traveling overnight in hotels and eating in restaurants, coupled with the payment of the fuel to roll. If I know that is a contradiction: traveling in a van gives you enough freedom to move without limit and also use it as a caravan, so some of those expenses were not necessary, but my mind did not think but I could not do it for lack of diner Or enough and created non-existent barriers.

At that time I was not going through the head if you want, use the couch-surfing, you know, houses that open to travelers around the world for a few nights in exchange for, for example, cooking for hosts or bring a small gift; So even less, I could have thought that there were volunteers.

There are several websites that help you get in touch with the hosts and I will list and make a little comment to know and find what most suits you. On most pages the volunteers have to pay a membership fee to get in touch with the hosts and have more information about them. Perhaps this is why I have not all tried and I have limited to the best suited to my possibilities, but in these, I am worth making that small investment.

Usually in volunteers they ask you to work about five hours a day, five days a week, but it is not a fixed rule and you have to adapt to the needs of volunteering. and normally, in return, the hosts offer you the food and the accommodation, also an Internet connection if available, excursions around the environment to know better the area where you are living and even a vehicle (motorbike, car or bike) that you They can lend to move you. To me also some hosts helped me to continue on the way palindrome the shuttle to the next city I had planned on the tour, but they were the exception that confirms the rule.

Websites to volunteer

The webs that I know, I used and recommend are:

Workaway and HELPX: The two most variety of jobs offered in farms, houses, schools, Buddhist temples, hostels and hotels, B or boats. The first was in which I discharged before leaving and in the second I did the six months of traveling. There were two reasons to make this decision, the first was that many hosts of Workaway did not answer the emails sent and the second, which added more options where to be able to go also in HELPX. You will see that some hosts agree on both, but for example in Helpx you often find your phone and make contact more personal. In Workaway the membership is for one year and you pay 29US$; In HELPX it’s for two years and you pay €19. In the first you can also register as a couple and pay 38US$.

Findacrew: I met her when she was in Australia thanks to another volunteer she had met in Indonesia and when she knew my project to navigate to follow my trip, she recommended it to me. Create your profile and look for what you want to see if you are lucky that a boss answers you and enter your plans. It is paid if you want to have much more information about the boat or the owner, planned tours, etc, although I use it without the Premium membership and I have not gone wrong. You have several options to be a Premium member: one month (€52), Ninety Days (€104), six months (€187), one year (€291), Lifetime (€687) or you can check your profile by €14. I am currently in a sailboat running part of the Pacific and my work is to cook and clean. When we sail also I do guards and little by little I am learning to navigate and carry the boat. Here there are no schedules, you are available 24 h, but living on the sailboat does not matter and there is also plenty of free time.

Crewbay: At the moment I have only an open profile, but no experience to tell. I met her thanks to a volunteer who agreed with me on the sailboat I got through Findacrew. Everything here is free and you also find larger boats, not just sailboats or catamarans.

Trusted House sitters to take care of homes, children and pets. I don’t know her very well, so I can’t tell you much, but she looks good. You can pay a monthly fee of 9,92US$ or annual 119US$ to become a member. They have a team that investigates you to make you a creditor of the five stars that give confidence to the hosts and more chances to be accepted your application.

Something that also I emphasize of the volunteers is that I have been able to meet other travelers like me, who in the future have helped me to find places or even I have opened the doors of their houses, to be there simply as guest, or also by throwing a hand. As this network grows, you will see how getting other volunteers is easier on your own, without having to resort to the aforementioned web pages.

So if one day you thought about making a trip, no time limit, but limited budget; Or perhaps, to know a distant country and immerse yourself in the local life, also fair of money, the option of the volunteers opens to you a real possibility, in which you enjoy: learning, helping, knowing and gaining incredible and rewarding experiences for your life.

I hope I have inspired you and discover a new way of traveling. And as I always say in my blog, at the end of my articles pure life!

The Best Beach Areas in Spain

It has just published the latest study of the Association of Environmental Education and Consumer (ADEAC) detailing the 684 destinations that have achieved the distinctive “Blue flag” (two less than in 2016). In total it is 579 beaches, 100 marinas and 5 tourist boats. Spain leads the world ranking followed by Greece, France, Turkey, Italy and Portugal. Nothing less than one out of every six blue flags on the planet belongs to our country’s coastline.

To facilitate the choice of holidaymakers, a complementary list created by GoEuro has emerged. The list includes the best beaches in Spain, elaborated from the towns that have obtained at least 5 beaches with “Blue Flag” in 2017 and five other criteria.

In total, a total of 27 beach areas have been defined analyzing how optimal is the accessibility in means of transport, possibility and quality of water sports, its climate, diversity of options to go out at night and its cost of life adapted to the relation quality/ Price. With all this has been developed the ranking with the best areas of beach Spain 2017.

Valencia: The best beach area in Spain

The Valencian Community, and more specifically its capital, are positioned at the head of the ranking of better Spanish coasts. Valencia has nothing more and nothing less than 129 blue flags, followed by Galicia (113), Catalonia (95) and Andalusia (90). The slight reduction with respect to 2016 in some areas is because the regulation is more restrictive, so in fact following the criteria last year, the quality has improved as the requirements for wastewater and bathing areas have hardened.
Valencia

Valencia Capital has a total of 7 blue flag-awarded beaches, an enviable climate and easy access from anywhere in Spain. In fact year after year it is the favorite place of hundreds of thousands of locals who choose the city to spend their holidays, whether for their aquatic activities, their gastronomy or their intense recreational offer. It is less than three hours drive from Madrid and just over half an hour on AVE.

Malvarrosa and Cabanal are two urban beaches linked by a colorful promenade with a lot of atmosphere, however, for those who seek tranquility is better to travel (half an hour by public transport) to the beach of Saler.

Top 10 destinations for summer holidays

According to GoEuro Santa Pola is the most accessible beach area in Spain. To reach this conclusion has taken into account the distance from the nearest airport and the means of transport that you have to catch to get to it. To go to Santa Pola from Alicante Airport you only need 10 minutes by bus. The second beach near an airport is located in Barcelona (16 minutes) and Valencia (22 minutes).

The most economical beach areas are Arteixo and Cartagena

Taking into account the cost of renting an apartment in the holiday season, a basic food basket and a menu in an average restaurant, a list of more economical locations has been made to go to the beach. This list is headed by the small town of Arteixo (world headquarters of the Inditex group) and Cartagena. Other locations are following such as Orihuela, Elche, Cangas do Morrazo, Oleiros, Roquetas de Mar, Vigo, Torrevieja, Valencia and Boiro.

The public’s favorite is L’Ametlla de Mar

Through his blog and social networks GoEuro conducted a survey to choose the beach area that most liked tourists, and the winner was the town of L’Ametlla de Mar Tarragona, which has the stunning blue flag beaches of Calafató , Sant Jordi D’Alfama, Cala Forn, Pixavaques and L’Alguer. The following in the list are Foz in Lugo and Águilas in Murcia, Cangas de Morrazo, Calvia, Rota, Barreiros, Mazarrón, Lloret de Mar and Barcelona.

The 100 best European cities with beach

As a complement to the destination study of national beaches, GoEuro has carried out an analysis of more than 1000 cities across Europe to achieve the 100 best European cities for summer getaways.

At the head of the ranking with a score of 98 over 100 is located Alicante.

Alicante triumphs for its intense nightlife, excellent accessibility and aquatic activities. It has good value for money, excellent food, unbeatable weather, security and pretty much anything the tourist needs. It is followed by Catania in Italy, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Split in Croatia, Palermo, Genoa and Alghero in Italy and closing the top 10 the French Marseille and Cannes.
Sources

The criteria that have continued to Go Euro to prepare the lists, among others, are:

  • Beaches area: Beach towns or cities with 5 or more blue flags according to the classification of ADEAC of 2017.
  • Accessibility: It has been measured the distance between the airport and the beach area and the means of transport that should be used, scoring downward in the case of having to take transshipment.
  • Climate: Based on the environmental and water temperature data in June, July and August according to the State meteorological Agency.
  • Nightlife: Taking as reference TripAdvisor has calculated the number, quality and variety of night activities.
  • Cost of living: The cost of a holiday rental, a menu and the average basket has been taken into account.
  • Water sports: The offer has been calculated according to the portal Yumping.