2019 October Meeting
October 3-8, 2019
PGA Catalunya Resort | Girona, Spain

In a matter of just a few months our members traveled more than 5,200 miles from the deepest parts of Wyoming to the heart of Spain. These two more recent adventures epitomize what The 200 Club represents. We bring great people together at some of the most amazing places on Earth. We create memories, and this year has been one that will not soon be forgotten.

While you can click here to learn more about our August trip to Jackson Hole, we invite you to scroll down for highlights from our most recent trek to the PGA Catalunya in Girona, Spain.


Message From Our Captain

A very special thanks to the members who participated as well as to our captain John Lahey for his great support for the Spain Meeting.  John summed up beautifully the essence and magic of our adventure.

I have only scratched the surface of the exceptional events that was 200 Club – Spain, circa 2019.  One for the record books! In the words of a past captain with more than 20 events under his belt: “the most memorable event Jeanne and I have had since joining the 200 Club.” Jay Priday.

The juxtaposition of our Jackson Hole and Girona events was compelling. The majesty of the Grand Tetons and the endless vistas of the Wild West set opposite the dramatic architecture, mind-stretching art and unique gastronomy of Catalonian Spain.  

One grand, exhilarating and old; the other exotic, intimate and new.  Neither venue could have been conceived by our founder.  Yet his magic potion combining golf, travel and friendship was ever present.  Next time you dine with a fellow club member, double click a toast to Scribby.


The Pre-Trip Adventure

Before we began our official trip, a group traveled to Barcelona for a fabulous three-night Pre-Trip adventure.

Upon arrival at the Barcelona Airport on September 30th, we checked in at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Our first full day was spent exploring the “Modernist City”. We began our tour on the Passeig de Gracia and then made a special visit to the Sagrada Familia, one of the world’s most historic churches.

A highlight of the day was our visit to The Hidden Factory Restaurant, a creative studio that specializes in gastronomy and design and features professionals in different fields of fine arts and restaurant business, including a Michelin Star chef.

After a terrific lunch experience, we took a guided tour visiting the gothic quarter and ending at the Picasso Museum. There was also time to continue to explore the city center on our own.

Day two in Barcelona kicked off with a visit to the famous La Boqueria Market! Officially known as Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, but often just referred to as La Boqueria, this covered public market in Barcelona originally dates back to the 1200’s and is labeled as one of the top food markets in the world.

Following the morning visit to the market, some members continued touring in the Gothic Quarter as well as The Born District while others opted to participate in a tapas cooking class where ingredients were sourced from La Boqueria Market.

On the final day, we were transported from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to PGA Catalunya where we joined the rest of our friends for the official start of The 200 Club Event.


Championship Golf

Sprinkled in with our adventures in and around Girona, our members enjoyed spirited golf competition at the PGA Catalunya Resort, which is regarded as the top resort in all of Spain. Our members enjoyed two different but unique styles of courses.

On Friday and Monday, our members played the Stadium Course, which proved to be a spectacular and imposing course. It was clear from the start of our round why the layout has consistently been ranked among the best ten golf courses in Europe since it was opened in 1999 and was recently voted #4 in continental Europe and #1 in Spain. As the venue for numerous PGA European Tour events, it is also routinely singled out for praise from the professional playing fraternity. It was a stern but true challenge for our members on both days.

The Tour Course was the site of our second round on Tuesday. Dominated by pine trees and lakes, the course was shorter and a little less difficult to play than the Stadium Course, yet the Ángel Gallardo and Neil Coles design was still a challenge and a joy for every one of our players that day.

Special congratulations to all of our winners from three days of competition.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 | THE STADIUM COURSE

Skins
Jeanne Priday – Hole 6; Willard Soper – Hole 7; Willard Soper – Hole 11
Willard Soper – Hole 15; Tone Lester – Hole 16; John Lahey – Hole 17

Men’s Closest to the Pin
Willard Soper (2’ 10”)

Ladies Long Drive
Lynn Taylor

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 | TOUR COURSE

Skins
Pam Wooding – Hole 11; Tone Lester – Hole 13; Tone Lester – Hole 14
Gordon Zipf – Hole 15

Men’s Closest to the Pin
Willard Soper (7’ 10”)

Men’s Long Drive
Tom Matlock

Ladies Closest to the Pin
Lynn Taylor (20’)

Ladies Long Drive
Karen Soper

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 | THE STADIUM COURSE

Skins
Betsy Matlock – Hole 2; Tone Lester – Hole 3; Karen Soper – Hole 9
Karen Soper – Hole 14; Betsy Matlock – Hole 17

Men’s Closest to the Pin
Gordon Zipf

Men’s Long Drive
Willard Soper

Ladies Closest to the Pin
Betsy Matlock

Ladies Long Drive
Karen Soper


Photo Gallery

We are fortunate to be able to relive our adventures in Spain through amazing photos. All images are available for complimentary and hi-res download. Click the image below and enjoy!


Accommodations

All of our guests enjoyed their stay at the Hotel Camiral. From dinners – both indoors and outdoors – to cocktail receptions we experienced all that the five-star hotel had to offer.

One highlight came on Sunday when we took a break from golf for special Barcelona Tours.

Dalí Museum in Figueres 
Many members chose to visit the Dalí Museum Theater in Figueresis, which is one of the most visited in Spain. Up to this town in the north of Girona every year more than a million visitors arrive, attracted by the genius of one of the most international artists. The museum, totally thought and designed by him, is the most genuine representation of the surrealist movement and the work of Salvador Dalí. Our local guide proved to be the best ambassador for our visit.

Dalí Castle – Museum in Púbol
During a trip to Tuscany, in the 30s, Gala (Dalí’s muse) became infatuated with the castles of the land and Dalí promised that someday he would give one. The first step of the Dalinian Triangle is the Gala Dali Castel Pubol, where Gala and Dalí enjoyed their privacy. Our members had a chance to explore the Gala Dali Castle and move closer to the intimate eccentricity of this universal and unique artist.


What’s Next

Our next journey awaits for members of The 200 Club. In February, we will take an adventurous group to the Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Since it opened in La Romana almost 50 years ago as the first resort in the Dominican Republic, Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has been a favorite luxury destination for discerning travelers and celebrities the world over.

The exclusive resort destination nestled in the Caribbean features a stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community in La Romana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The tropical playground features a unique array of amenities, including an expansive marina, tennis courts, and polo facilities. Casa de Campo is also one of the most sought-after Dominican Republic golf resorts featuring three championship golf courses — including Pete Dye’s masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean and number 39 in the world.

In recent years, the Resort has made significant improvements which are a must see. We strongly encourage you – especially those of you who have not been in some time or have never been – to join us for a great week of golf and warm sunshine this winter… you will not be disappointed!!

Click here to visit the Casa de Campo home page.