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    Enjoying a getaway to Nuevo Portil Golf in Huelva

    We have just returned from our latest visit to Hotel Nuevo Portil Golf in Cartaya. They always offer lovely little details, and on this occasion we were pleasantly surprised to receive a welcome gift, cava (sparkling wine) and fruit on our arrival in one of their attractive rooms – offering views over the golf course and sea.

    Nuevo Portil is a four-star hotel decorated in a colonial style that has maintained its charm over the years and which still delights us. It is located in an extremely tranquil area, with the sea close by, pine forests at the rear and the first tee of the golf course just a few metres away.

    There are many activities available in the area, with one of the main highlights being the Marismas del Río Piedras marshland, a protected natural area situated on both sides of the river of the same name. You can reach it by ferry during a pleasant outing from Portil town.

    As for the cuisine, we liked everything we tried but warranting special mention are Huelva’s white prawns (or rose shrimps), which can be found just about everywhere, coquinas (claims) and – of course – Jabugo ham from the nearby Huelva

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    The marina near the hotel offers a great variety of restaurants. A little further away, in Cartaya, Bodegón el Pato is well worth a visit, with its delicious ham, sumptuous seafood and superb selection of tapas.

    As for golf, in addition to the hotel’s own course, your getaway can include either of the two Rompido courses just 10 minutes away by car, La Monacilla (20 minutes) or Islantilla Golf (40 minutes).

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    Ryder hype runneth over

    We thought this was the perfect time to reproduce, courtesy of An Oz in Spain, the vision of an Australian about the Ryder Cup.

    What the other 89 per cent think…

    By PEDRO BOLICHERO of OzinSpain.com

    IT’S MID-AUTUMN – an even year – and that means billions of golf fans around the universe are sitting in front of their TV screens, enthralled by the action in the “third biggest sporting event in the world”. Yeah, sure.

    There is no doubt the Ryder Cup is a fascinating sporting spectacle, providing spectators with exceptional golf from many of the world’s finest players – gripping matches where the determination and passion to win is patent (just check out any old news reel of Severiano Ballesteros).

    But for the organisers and jingoistic media commentators and press to continue harping on about the Cup only being surpassed by the Olympics and soccer World Cup in status is nonsense and an insult to the vast majority of the world’s population who have no “nationalist” interest in the event.

    In fact, golf fans outside Europe and the US would, in the main, be more inclined to rate the four majors as the premier golf events, ahead of the Ryder Cup and, certainly, the Presidents Cup, which pits the US against a Rest of the World combination (minus the Europeans) in every non-Ryder Cup

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    Volvo World Match Play. Where is the Junta?

    Abierto en 1998, Almenara, de 27 hoyos, consta de tres recorridos de nueve hoyos salidos de la mente del ex jugador de Ryder Cup y prestigioso diseñador de campos Dave Thomas. El campo incluye además unas amplias instalaciones de prácticas y de enseñanza. Un magnífico hotel con un soberbio Spa, tienda de golf y restaurante completan este espléndido complejo.

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