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  • 04 Apr 2017 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    Once again the fairways in the south of France were thronged with 31 hopefuls vying for the sumptuous prizes on offer at the SGS 2017 Spring meeting around Valbonne.  Olivier Seigneur graciously assumed the mantle of responsibility in the absence of the peripatetic Peter who had wisely looked at the forecast and fled a long way east to avoid the gathering storm


    Chateau de la Begude, which had successfully hosted our 2011 meeting, once again proved an ideal base for our opening salvo of 2017. A fair number arrived for the dinner on Thursday although some of the more junior elements took themselves off to the Michelin rated Colombe d'Or to dispose of excess cash 


    Friday saw the playing of our traditional better-ball competition round the rolling and watery terrain of St Donat which proved a fitting and enjoyable challenge. One couple in particular seemed to relish the course - Carolyn Edwards and James Stewart coming in with a laudable 41 points.  I nominate Carolyn as Captain of this pairing since, by James's own admission, she was the mainstay, at one stage contributing a net eagle for 5 points.


    On to Saturday and the Spring Cup at La Grande Bastide.  Despite dire predictions the weather dawned fair and early starters made it to the 10th before the clouds began to gather and the first spots were felt.  Within an hour most had trailed disconsolately back into the clubhouse bedraggled and soaked.  My own group reached the 17th tee but the sight of two ducks swimming across the fairway was sufficient to call a halt to proceedings.  Two resolute souls in the shape of Patrick Bodson and James Stewart managed to complete the course.  Their claims to the Cup on the basis of being sole survivors were given lengthy consideration by the Committee but ultimately denied!


    Our wise committee hastily convened an EGM and decided to defer the running of the Cup until Sunday.  This proved an inspired act of flexibility when we awakened to strong sunlight and no wind.  The course of Opio - Valbonne attached to the hotel was in excellent condition and offered many interesting ways to lose your ball so scoring was modest but the golf always interesting and enjoyable. Chris Skelton prevailed with a very average gross score and Brexited with a very nice and large bottle of bubbly - thanks very much!  The nett was won by an improving Klaus Ennemoser whose wife Sybil, sporting the best swing the SGS has seen in a while, also walked off with the ladies' gross prize with 18 points, while Irina, always competitive, shared the lead with Sybil for the ladies' nett, with 28 points.


    Many thanks to our traditional and faithful sponsors : Champagne Lanson and l’Occitane ; and to Florent Honoré of Golf de la Bastide who gave us some prizes to reward our stamina under the rain.


    Not to forget a warm welcome to our newest and youngest members : Amol and Komal Aggarwal. We all enjoyed their company ; and we hope to see them again in our next events.


    A very enjoyable weekend characterised by a bonhomie across nationalities which the separatists will never conquer.


    With apologies to those who enjoy my brother's inimitable writing style which I do not even attempt to match. He will be back since my offer to Olivier to take over the running of the society met with such firm resistance.


    Chris Skelton

    Baudouin, our official photographer did it again. A best of will be published this week.

  • 06 Dec 2016 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    38th Season  2017   Programme  

    Coupe du Printemps 2017, Opio, French Riviera               Friday/Sunday March 24-26

    Accommodation :-   Château de la Bégude****    


    Friday March 24

    Tee Offs from 12h00 on the Golf de St. Donat

    The course, designed by R Trent Jones, is 10 km from Cannes, and rated among the top 50 in Europe.

    Dinner commencing around 20h in the Château de La Bégude

    Saturday March 25

    Coupe du Printemps Formula :- Individual Stableford 

    Tee Offs from 10h00 at the odiferous  La Bastide course, designed by Cabell Robinson, and offering superb views over Grasse and the provençal countryside ; this will prove a delight  for golfers and accompagnatrices alike.

    Spouses’ programme on Saturday

    Depart hotel  9h30 – visit the historic centre  Opio and the perfume town of Grasse

    Prize giving and cocktail in hotel from 19h   Dinner commencing around 20h00h

    Sunday 26 March

    Tee Offs at 8H30 via a shotgun on the Opio course adjacent to the hotel, designed by D. Haradine and opened in 1966. Formula:- Greensome,.

    13h00 Lunch in the Clubhouse & Farewells

    April Match against HEC to be decided

    Matchplay : Shotgun start at 8h45


    Friday May 26th      Salamander Cup, Golf de Fontainebleau,

    12h00 – 13h30 Tee Off’s Individual Stableford.

    Lunch box provided, & remember to observe the dress code

    18h30 Lanson Champagne cocktail & 19h00 Prize Giving

    Salamander Cup : Best net score, Ladies and Men.

    Coupes des Nations et des Promotions – Best two cards by nationality and promotion

    Lanson Precision Trophy – Ladies and men closest to the pin

    20h00  Dinner in Club House

    Saturday May 27th Participants Match, Le Coudray

    8h30 Meet in front of Clubhouse  Match play in pairs, net strokeplay

    13h30 Prize giving & lunch

    6-8 October, Channel Cup

    Lake Garda, Italy

    Palazzo Arzaga a magnificent 15th century mansion which has been carefully restored as a five star hotel.
    Nestling in the hills overlooking Lake Garda and some ten minutes south, the estate is surrounded by two golf courses, one of which is designed by Jack Nicklaus II and the other by Gary Player.

    More details to follow

  • 06 Dec 2016 5:40 PM | Anonymous

  • 06 Dec 2016 5:30 PM | Anonymous

     It was 30 years ago in 1986 that the first real golfing encounter, pitting invading Inseadean continentals against the native Britons, took place, very near the point that Julius and his Roman army are thought to have landed some 2,000 years earlier. On October 6, 2016, we were somewhat less, at just over three score, nevertheless spanning 51 promotions, 1963 - 2013.

    Sandwich itself, a maritime centre since time immemorial and one of the original Cinq Ports, is redolent in history, as its narrow mediaeval streets with timbered houses, and its fortified walls and moat testify. Many chose to arrive to explore on the Thursday - our dinner on was held in the King’s Arms, a 500 year old public house, which had housed Henry VIII and other notables over the centuries, and which in the days of Elisabeth I was named the Queen’s Arms. As befits a coastal town, the dressed crab was quite remarkable.

    Our first (golf) course on Friday was the clifftop club of Kingsdown, not far from the better known one at Deal, but offering a superb view of the seaside resort of Walmer as we munched our bacon sandwiches. The Channel is visible from almost every hole, with the shores of France looming in the distance, providing consolation for those seeing their balls sliding off the steeply inclined fairways and greens to oblivion. Despite this, some creditable Greensome scores were recorded, and hearty appetites greeted the welcome dinner in the Bell afterwards

    Saturday brought the real match, with the valiant teams, twenty strong on each side, teeing off on the Princes’ links at the early hour of 8h30. The format was the same as that inaugurated in Medoc last year – a pairs competition, 4 ball better ball match-play. No fewer than 10 pairs were fielded by each camp, their composition kept secret and only announced the previous evening. In the final analysis, while the Islanders retained the Cup for a record 6th successive time to go 3 up in the series, it must be said that each match was fiercely contested and each result very close.

    Doubtless the heavy shower during the second nine must have dampened Continental spirits, and in one match, where the score at one point was 5 up with 6 to play, the victory which had seemed certain finally eluded that pair. The drama of the afternoon was eloquently captured in the speeches that evening from respective Captains Edouard and Torquil, unfortunately lost to posterity due to the absence of recording equipment.

    Those with sufficient energy remaining after the round were treated to a walking tour of Sandwich in the late afternoon, as the non golfing ladies had been in the morning. Many followed on to the Turner exhibition in Ramsgate in the afternoon, which had conveniently opened that day.

    Another early start on the Sunday morning followed the festivities of the previous evening, but the sacrifice of sleep was amply rewarded by brilliant weather and fantastic Turner-like skyscapes enveloped the course as we meandered our way along the links and into the rough. The scramble format meant that notwithstanding play proceeded at a good pace, and we returned to the Princes clubhouse before the Sunday roast lunch could become too overcooked for continental tastebuds. And so, sadly, we all departed, apart from Richard whose car had expired, exhausted (geddit?), perhaps like Richard himself who had almost carried off the feat of defeating a continental pair single handed the previous day.




  • 05 Jun 2016 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    35th Salamander Cup, Fontainebleau  

    Undeterred by threats of storms, the representatives of 8 nationalities and no less than 14 different MBA promotions assembled on the wild and wonderful course of Fontainebleau Golf Club for the 35th edition of the Salamander Cup. Their temerity was rewarded by beautifully clear skies, a gentle breeze, and a uniquely contrasted golfing experience.

    The winner was once again the course, as no one returned more net Stableford points than the quantity suggested by the handicap, despite the extra ones accorded by the slope. The critical level of 36 was achieved by only one player, Caroline Edwards, with Marcus Keane, from the 2006 promotion celebrating his 10 years after came near with 35. James Andrews topped the gross scores on 20 points, closely followed by James Stewart with 19. The British presence made itself felt be wresting back the Nations’ Cup from the more numerous French, and the Promotions’ Cup going to the 2066’s pipping the 1977’s.  Rich Robinson excelled in both power and precision by  winning both the longest drive and the closest to the pin ; however, the outstanding feat of the day must go to Michael Ullmann, shooting an eagle on the tricky 5th, where impenetrable rough awaits the wayward drive, gaping bunkers the topped approach, and a cunningly curving green diverts the straightest of puts.

    To cap a perfect day, the President, M. Jean-Paul Panié, and Director, M. Christian Majcher, presented the prizes, generously donated by Lanson and Channel, while lengthening shadows heightening the contrast between the shades of green as the champagne was sipped

    Students’ Match, Augerville La Rivière

    Rain had become a virtual certainty for Augerville on the Saturday, but as the intrepid students and anciens matches set off at 8h30, it had still not arrived. There was, as the morning progressed, a shower to make a brief appearance, but which did nothing to dampen the spirits, and the match finished in glorious sunshine. The new disposition of Augerville means that we no longer lunch on the terrace overlooking the Essone & the 18th hole, but the skewed beef is just as good, and in addition, we had a starter’s (geddit?) buffet. Countin,g the results was a nail biting affair, with first the students, then the anciens in the lead, the suspense maintained by the fact that a search party had to be sent out to  bring back the final pair. The anciens finally prevailed, maintaining their impressive lead in the series, despite the efforts of Captain Miguel Alves.

    Just in case the Students had insufficient reading matter, Gilles Bouché, longstanding member at Augerville; who also strengthened the anciens team, generously brought along a collection of lavishly illustrated books as prizes.

     Salamander Cup Results 


    Coupe des Promotions of the IAA  -             1. 2006 60 pts (Marcus Keane & Jonathon Taylor

    2. 1977 60 pts (James Stewart & J-F Labbé)


    Coupe des Nations           -                              1. GB 66 pts   (James Stewart & Tim Morris)   

    2. France 61 pts (Benjamin Revillon & Ho-Il Bae)    


    Ladies                   Gross : Caroline Edwards                Net Bernadette Mauerhofer

    Men                       Net : Marcus Keane                           Gross : James Andrews 

    Longest drive                     Rich Robinson

    Closest to the pin              Rich Robinson   

    Students Match

    Result Professors
    Handicaps Students
    Lost 2 up Richard Robinson 9 12  William Jones 
      Gunther Mauerhofer 15 9 Parikshit Kumar  
    Won 3&2 James Stewart 15 18 Miguel Alves 
      Gilles  Bouché 16 30 Arvind Chandrasekaran
    Won 6&5 Avijit Das 17 26 Karan Kunjur 
      Mihir Jayaraman 20 28 Abhijeet Mohanty
    Lost 8&7 Luigi Mencarelli 28 30 LiLin Yonekura 
      Jean-Luc Le Garrec 28 30 Nikhil Khosla 
    Won 2&1 Ian Edwards 26 23 Peter Skelton
      Caroline Edwards 26 28 Bernadette

    Salamander Cup

    Prénom Surname H'cap Nat. Promo
    Marcus Keane 18 GB 2006 35
    James Stewart 14 GB 1977 33
    Avijit Das 17 GB 2003 33
    Tim Morris 18 GB
    Benjamin Revillon 31 F 2004 32
    Mihir Jayaraman 20 I 2010 31
    David Weinstein 16 I
    Ho-il Bae 28 F
    James Andrews 9 GB 2012 29
    Jean-François Labbé 17 F 1977 28
    Michael Ullmann 18 GB 1978 27
    Peter Skelton 23 GB 1973 27
    Willem J Prinselaar 10 B 1971 26
    Simon Fowles 12 GB 2011 26
    Torquil McAlpine 12 GB 1988 26
    Hervé Allaire 13 F
    Bernard Montenay 23 F 1969 26
    Ian Edwards 26 GB 1991 26
    Richard Robinson 9 B
    Olivier de Beausacq 12 F 1977 25
    Pierre Naudin 15 F 1995 25
    Jacques  Demol 17 B
    Jonathan Taylor 20 GB 2006 25
    Jean Cailliau 15 F 1988 23
    Pierre Herrbach 17 F
    Frédéric Guyomard 24 F 1991 23
    Gunther Mauerhofer 16 A 1963 18
    Patrick Poggia 25 F
    Maurice Langlois 19 F
    Luigi Mencarelli 28 I 1978 13

    Caroline Edwards 28

    Bernadette Mauerhofer 30

  • 05 Jun 2016 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    30th Channel Cup, Sandwich, October 2016 - Programme

    Friday 7th October 2016

    -          Morning foregather at Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

    -          Coffee & bacon rolls before 1st tee off at 11h30

    -          7.30 pm Dinner in The Bell, Sandwich       

    Saturday 8th October 2016

    -          8h30 Channel Cup 18 Holes Prince’s Golf Club - Himalayas/Shore

    -          Afternoon : beer tasting or personal pursuits

    -          7.30 pm Prizes & Dinner in The Bell, Sandwich

    Sunday 9th October 2016

    -          8h30 Sunday Scramble at Prince’s Golf Club (Shore/Dunes)

    -          1 pm Golfers Lunch served in The Prince’s Suite

    -          Departure

    Spouses Programme

  • 01 May 2016 3:54 PM | Anonymous
  • 10 Apr 2016 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    The only element missing from the Tournoi du Printemps was the sun, which for three consecutive Provençal days made only fleeting appearances. Luckily, the same could be said of the wind and rain, so that the little white balls could be pursued up the fairways, along the formidable roughs, and in the case of Ruedi, into the water.

    The courses of Pont Royal and Servanes form a vivid contrast. The former, a tortured course built on the hilltops surrounded by vines, with each hole separate from, and bearing little resemblance to, the one before. Many holes of Pont Royal are not for the faint hearted, particularly the par 3 played over a chasm of 150 metres.

    Servanes meanders placidly along a plain bordered by olive groves and the rocky escarpments of the Alpilles, without a house or road in sight – or rather one, occupied doubtless by some irreductible Gaulois.  Both are amply endowed with hidden brooks and opaque ponds, necessitating stops by the proshop to purchase more balls. At least the searches in the rough were rewarded by the fragrant scents of wild thyme and assorted herbs, and back in the Servanes clubhouse, by a tasting of the oil from the trees visited along the way.

    We were comfortably housed in the Moulin de Vernègues, dating from the 13th C, and  from which one can step onto the 3rd of Pont Royal. A former monastery and relais de poste hostelry, with cavernous cellars and an ancient door of solid oak, it now has more rooms, a spa, and a large pool area, courtesy Maranatha hotels, suggesting that a return trip in more clement weather might be called for.

    The elegantly prepared dinners were helped down by wines from the local Ch. de Calavon, finely blending an array of grape varieties for an agreeable finish. Watch out for their 2015 rosé which those of us resisting a siesta on Saturday to visit their cellars were luck to preview.


    As for the golf, in the pairs competition on the Friday, the pairings by promotion failed reach the level of the preferred partners, with Bernadette & Caroline leading the field, just in front of the formidable 88’s, with the ‘79’s trailing, having forgotten to score their card. In the individual competition on the Saturday, the MBA’s held sway, the ladies net won by Catherine (’78) and the gross by Stéphanie (’00), after a recount, the men’s net by the valiant James with two reconstructed knees, and the gross by Torquil with a magnificent 20 gross points . The Sunday scramble returned many scores below par, Chris, Catherine (encore elle) recording 74 gross (63 net).

    Our thanks to camarade Reinold Geiger for his generous L’Occitane gifts, shipped from nearby Manosque, Olivier de la Giraudière for the ever welcome Lanson champagnes, François Montenay for the Chanel, Patrice Poggia for the musical CD’s, Maranatha Hotels  for the weekend in Le Frégate, and Florence from Open Golf for the Carte Premium, & her fairy godmothering TLC!


  • 10 Jan 2016 1:40 PM | Anonymous

    Salamander Golf Society 2016 Programme


    April 1-3  Tournoi du Printemps          Pont Royal & Servanes

    April 29 Match contre HEC                       Le Prieuré (West of Paris)

    May 27 Salamander Cup                           Fontainebleau (?)

    May 28 Match contre Participants       Augerville La Rivière

    October 7-9 Channel Cup                          Sandwich, GB


  • 25 Oct 2015 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    39th Channel Cup Medoc 8-11 October, 2015

    In contrast to the storm clouds of Ireland, it was a warm Indian summer that greeted the Salamander golfers gathered for the 39th edition of the Channel Cup at the Medoc Golf Resort. The first action was to leave the resort for the local hostelry whose Scottish salmon tartare, stuffed guinea fowl, and apple tart & sauternes restored the undernourished.

    The timetable allowed for a leisurely start on Friday morning, at noon on the lush Lacanau course. Despite the ubiquitous oak and pine trees, and the cunningly disguised stretches of water (each claiming one of my precious balls) creditable scores were recorded. Perhaps the clear blue skies, squirrels scuttling everywhere, warbling birds, and roe deer occasionally skipping across the fairway with their young helped. Once the results were calculated on the clubhouse terrace over cold beer, it was discovered that Tim Noble had returned over 40 points, and the Anglo-Saxons were monopolising the leader board – an ominous portent?

    The Continentals therefore spent much of the equally delicious dinner reformulating and refining their pairings for the morrow, recruiting the star lady Norma to replace the absent Dina, thwarted by mystery bug on what was to have been her maiden appearance.

    The morning mist of Saturday lifted to reveal the two ladies groups magnanimously teeing off at 9 am sharp to allow Ken to jet in from California, with Elisabeth maintaining the Noble tradition of 40 pts. And then at last the first two of the 16 pairs forming the teams finally struck their balls down the first fairway (or into the first rough), and the first Channel Cup decided by match play was underway. The course appeared deceptively wide and welcoming after the straights of Lacanau, deceptively so because a variety of ground foliage and animal holes lay in wait for wayward shots. As Apollo ascended, those who had invested in a new Salamander golf shirt were rewarded with the cool feel, while those who had not perspired profusely. As the matches progressed so did the tension, with half of the matches being decided only on the last hole!

    Luckily the spa & bar were at hand for post-match relaxation. The Lillet cocktail and the Sémillion vieilles vignes (see presented by the vigneron in person, Loïc de Roquefeuil, also helped (. When the results came to be announced, the first three matches resulted in a Continental victories – but then the next four were Anglo-Saxon wins, Chris Skelton scoring a record gross of 3 under on the way out. A recount was therefore effected for the final match, with a possible draw in the balance, but the Continental team of Freddy & Greg were adjudged to have succumbed by the narrowest of margins – to veteran Richard and rookie Peter Felix.

    Matters were adjourned late into the night, after a marathon post prandial claret tasting munificently led by the Laird McAlpine. Notwithstanding,  or perhaps theretofore, all were present for the 9am briefing, and prior to the 9h30 shotgun, all had dutifully dispersed the furthermost corners of the Chateau course (voted the best in France in 2014), with clubs poised on the allotted tee, awaiting the promised shotgun. The problem - it seemed more like the trenches in WW1, with hunters letting fly their salvoes in the surrounding woods, so distinguishing which was meant for us was difficult. Which doubtless explains why, despite the simultaneous start, the returns to the clubhouse for lunch were far from being synchronised.

    Once the round did get started, we discovered why - less innocuous than les Vignes, with multiple hazards, and greens that invariably deflected the ball from the hole at the last centimetre (and nothing to do with the level of claret consumption). Scoring therefore was difficult, all the more so when the gods, weeping over this performance, mediocre when compared to the previous day, meant that we were reminded how lucky we had been to remain dry until the final minutes. The shower did not prevent Chris returning a net of two under, despite finishing with only Olivier left in his team.

    We raised our glasses to absent friends, in particular Baudouin, fighting health issues, and Jacqueline & Philippe, and Ruedi, who we thank for the Saturday cocktail, as well as to the generosity of our sponsors, Henry Engelhardt, Olivier de La Giraudière, Reinhold Geiger, and Patrick Poggia who raised our cultural level with the classical cd’s from

    Pairings and Stableford points per pair          Matchplay Result

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