Doris Müller captures the President’s Cup

Atalaya Golf & Country Club’s outgoing President Michael Pollak celebrated his final President’s Day extravaganza in style on Saturday, the 9th of November. After a three-year term of office, Pollak will pass his title to the incumbent president in April of 2020.

President’s Day at Atalaya is traditionally a members’ event and ranks at the top of the list of the club’s most important functions. Each year a full day of activities is planned that always starts with an 18-hole qualifying Individual Stableford competition on the Old Course. Members strive to accumulate the highest number of Stableford points possible. The goal of every participant is to do the necessary to win the coveted President’s Cup trophy. The entire field, regardless of handicap or division in which a person competes, is eligible to win this sought after trophy. The only criterion is to score more Stableford points than anyone else.

This year Doris Müller took the challenge very seriously and played a nearly flawless round. Playing off of an exact handicap of 10.1, Doris had little room for error. Bogeys were out of the question, and on eight holes a par only yielded two points. The maths says it all. Doris played an outstanding round, assuring her the tournament win.

A great deal of personal planning on the part of both President Michael and his wife Evelyn went in to making the day perfect for all, setting the bar high for the next president. The couple chose golf caps inscribed “President’s Day” to give to all participants as a special souvenir. This gift was only the beginning. Evelyn served her own home-made goulash, with cheese, bread and drinks to all at the turn, and then before the round was over, all players were offered one more treat – a glass of cava.

Golf was only the beginning of a very festive day. After a short break and time for a nap, golfers and their significant others returned to the club for an evening of reflection on the highlights of the day, as well as dinner and dancing and, of course, the awarding of prizes to all of the tournament’s top scorers.

Musical interludes were provided by popular area sax player and Guadalmina member Gary Michael ( and Costa del Sol favourite Zoë Louise (

This year competitors were categorised into three divisions, with two for the men and one for the ladies. In Men’s Division I (handicap 0 – 16.1), Jorge Vanni captured First Place with 39 points, and Andoni Basterrechea took Second Place with 36 points. Cachy Siconolfi was Third with 35 points. In Men’s Division II (handicap 16.2 +), Raul Rodriguez was First with 35 points and Paul Wiget was Second with 33 points. Also with 33 points Karl-Johan Raaegaard placed Third, as a result of his higher handicap. For the ladies, Martine Arnold scored 37 points to place Second and Eileen Audas was close behind in Third with 36 points.

But in the end no one’s performance came close to that of Doris Müller. She very deservingly will have her name inscribed on the President’s Cup as the 2019 tournament champion, becoming a tangible part of Atalaya’s history.


Team UK/Ireland 2019 International Tournament Winners

Upholding Atalaya Golf & Country Club’s motto – “Variety is the spice of life – 36 Nationalities, 36 holes” – nearly 100 members representing the majority of these 36 nationalities participated in Atalaya’s 2019 International Tournament. The 36-hole event was played on the Old Course on Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th of October.

Atalaya’s Captains Kajsa Schmidt and Franz Arnold, the tournament’s organisers, skilfully divided participants into seven highly competitive teams: Alpine (with players from Austria, Italy, France and Switzerland), Fjords & Lakes (representing Norway and Finland), Germany, Spain, Sweden, UK/Ireland, and United Nations.

Members of each team represented their country of birth or country of citizenship. The mighty UN team served as a melting pot for all who did not qualify as members of the other six teams. UN team members represented Atalaya’s smaller nationality groups – Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Russia, Serbia, USA, and the like.

With each of the seven teams hoping to capture the tournament’s coveted trophy, named after Pat and Jack Odell who originally sponsored the event, Saturday’s format was “Four-Ball-Better Ball” and Sunday’s was “Greensomes Stableford”.

This year’s tournament stars were the pair of committee member Peter Hood and Louise Spruce, who carded scores of 46 and 45, respectively. Their amazing two-day run, mounting a total score of 91 points, assured their UK/Ireland team the tournament victory (314 points). This year’s Second Place honours went to team UN, with a highly respectable 302 points. The Fjords & Lakes gang snuck in dangerously close behind with 301 points to capture Third Place.

Honourable mention is extended to the Swedish pair of Gunilla Parmlid and Gunnar Ottosson who tied with Spruce and Hood at the top of the Day Two Leaderboard, scoring 45 points.

The International Tournament is just one of several tournaments set aside throughout the year exclusively for Atalaya members. For more information about the many benefits Atalaya Golf & Country Club membership affords contact:


Atalaya Welcomes Bridge Players Throughout the Week

The Ventanas de Atalaya restaurant facility located in Atalaya Golf & Country Club’s newly remodelled clubhouse is becoming a very popular hangout for area bridge lovers.

Earlier this month on the 3rd of October, Bridgeclub Biznaga celebrated the launch of its eleventh year with a special tournament followed by a tapas buffet. Biznaga meets at Atalaya every Thursday afternoon at four o’clock for a challenging duplicate game. After each session players gather for pizza and tapas and good conversation. According the the club’s director Phia van Lohuizen, “Friendship and Warmth are the only trump cards at Bridgeclub Biznaga.” Although seating is always limited, registration for each session is open until 20h00 on Tuesday evenings. For more information and to contact Phia go to

Every Tuesday, also, at four o’clock the Benahavis Bridge-Club meets at Atalaya. Benahavis is an international club with members from all over the world. According to the club’s directors Evelyn Fernando and Eric Bottalla, conversations in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish are regularly heard. The club welcomes players of all levels, except absolute beginners. The club also meets on some Sundays, and each month’s agenda is posted on the club’s website ( under the heading “Sunday Schedule”. The fee for non-members on Tuesday is 6€, and on Sundays both members and non-members pay 7€.

Both Biznaga and Benahavis use the online Bridgemate system, which allows for results to be available immediately after play. Both clubs email these results to all players at the end of each session. The clubs, additionally, use a computerised shuffling system that allows players to review every hand at the end of each session.

Monday bridge at Atalaya is a long time tradition, and it is the day each week that Atalaya members and their guests come together for a spirited game. Atalaya’s Diamonds Bridge Club will next year be celebrating its 13th Anniversary, and during these years the club’s founders Regina and Frank Beckmann have very capably remained at its helm. Recently, the club has added an “Atalaya Members Only” game on one Friday afternoon of each month. The Friday members competition is proving to be very successful and is attracting some of Atalaya’s own who do not participate in the regular, weekly Monday tournament.


Atalaya hosts Turkish Airlines World Cup qualifying event

Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup is the “widest reaching corporate golf tournament in the world”, and one leg of this prestigious tournament was played at Atalaya Golf & Country Club on Saturday, the 28th of September 2019.

The 2019 World Golf Cup series started in Bahrain in February and is being played throughout the year at the world’s best golf courses. Qualifying events are being held in some 100 cities in 71 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East.

Top series finishers will be eligible to play against the world’s best professionals at the Turkish Airlines Open slated for November 7 -10, 2019. Justin Rose is the reigning Turkish Airlines Open Champion. He won the tournament for the second year in a row in 2018. This win clinched his place as Number One in the World Golf Rankings.

The format of play at each qualifying event is Individual Stableford, with prizes awarded to the top three players. The competitors with the “best gross score” and “nearest to the pin” are also honoured. Separate prizes are awarded to both men and women.

Turkish Airlines publicises its World Cup as a “global network meeting”, as well as a golf tournament. The airline states that “the events bring together important customers of Turkish Airlines, other sponsors and the leading names of the travel industry. Throughout the tournament, guests play golf and network on the world’s most high-profile golf courses.”

At Atalaya First Place Stableford honours went to Roberto Carlos Rudski. Atalaya members Juan A. Troyano and Karl Elschner placed Second and Third, respectively. The trio shared the Scratch division leaderboard as well, however, in a different order: Troyano placed First, Elschner was Second and Rudski Third. Eduardo Moreno Garcí won the “Lucky Draw”, and Miguel Navarro received the “Nearest to the Pin” prize. 


Atalaya Celebrates 2019 Solheim Cup

Patterned after the real event, members of Atalaya Golf & Country Club celebrated their very own version of the 2019 Solheim Cup on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 20th, 21st, and 22nd of September.

The kick-off for three day contest was held on Thursday evening, September 19th. European Team Captain Eija Rintala and USA Team Captain Camilla Frykman alternately announced one-by-one the names of each member of their respective teams. Outbursts of cheers and applause followed as each person was welcomed to Team Europe or Team USA. The roars and ovations continued throughout the spirited team building dinner that followed at the club’s newly remodeled Ventanas de Atalaya restaurant.

Solheim Atalaya parallels the format of the official event with “foursomes” on Day One, “four-ball-better-ball” on Day Two and “singles matches” on Day Three. The only deviation from the real thing is that Atalaya’s field of competitors is composed of not only women but also men.

Played on Atalaya’s championship Old Course, Team Europe ended Day One at the top of the leader board, and Team USA fought back hard to win the Day Two “four-ball-better-ball” challenge. With accumulated points very close, everything rested on Sunday’s “singles matches”. In the end Team Europe came up on top and was crowned Atalaya’s 2019 Solheim Cup Champion.