St Patrick's Day 2023

On a very beautiful sunny day on the 17th March 2023, 68 members and guests of SICG celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a Greensomes Competition.  St Patrick’s Day is the feast day of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.  St Patrick was a 5th Century missionary to Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity into Ireland.  Many legends grew up around him, for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the green shamrock to explain the “Holy Trinity” (father, son and the Holy Spirit).

The competition commenced with shots of Irish whiskey or Baileys liqueur on the first tee.  Yvonne Nevin and Christine Piper did a sterling job in handing out the welcome drinks and the shamrock ball markers along with “Goody Bags” prepared by Breege O’Connell and Asa Hedman.  Geoff Nevin assisted by his wife Yvonne took photographs on the 1st tee and captured the happy band of players in their four balls as they prepared to tee off.  After the competition 64 members and guests headed to Central Cafe in Carvoeiro to carry on the St Patrick’s Day festivities. 

Captain Margot, in true Irish style, welcomed the guests as they arrived and Vice-Captain Stu, Yvonne and Christine collected the lunch money and a tip for the wonderful Central Cafe staff.  Meanwhile Breege and Asa sold the raffle tickets for a selection of different prizes.

Lunch officially commenced at 3pm with a platter of starters, Irish Stew and a selection of desserts.  As the wine and beer flowed throughout the meal, the Irish music and accompanying renditions could be heard across Carvoeiro.
After the meal the winners were announced by Captain Margot and prizes were awarded as follows:

1st Prize  ( Restaurant vouchers) - Lars Persson and Graham Wright - 62 points
2nd Prize (Golf lesson for two) - Michael and Helen Boyle - 63 points on count-back
3rd Prize (two 12 packs of Taylormade golf balls) - Arne and Pia Berglund - 63 points

Best Fancy Dress Prize ( Guinness golf towel) - Rikki Huddleston (chosen by Yvonne Nevin and Christine Piper) and nothing to do with the fact that it was Rikki’s birthday 🤣.

Nearest the Line (ladies) (Carolan’s Gift Set) - Hazel Padgett 
Nearest the Line (men) - (Jameson’s Irish  Whiskey) - Tom Callan
Nearest the Pin (ladies) - (Carolan’s Gift Set) - Virpi Simson 
Nearest the Pin (men) - (Jameson’s Irish Whiskey) - Jan Vango

There were raffle prizes of beer, wine and Espumante and €280 was collected for the Captain’s Charity - the wonderful Bombeiros.  In addition a bottle of wine, initially won by John Bataille, was auctioned off and a further €20 was raised for the Bombeiros.

President Tom concluded the celebrations with a few words of appreciation.  All in all it was a fantastic day and many thanks to all the members and guests who supported the event, the wonderful Central Cafe staff, the members of the Events Group and all the other individuals who made the day such a success.

2022 End of Year Presentations

Over 70 members and guests enjoyed a fantastic evening at Restaurante Rabelo, in Carvoeiro where SICG’s annual Presentation Dinner was held. With music provided by the renowned ‘Vitor’, many of those in attendance were soon making moves on the dance floor even before making their way towards ‘starters’ from the buffet. As a result, the stage was immediately set for a typically energetic, fun-filled SICG occasion.

Cheered by free flowing, festive refreshments, and fine food from a well-stocked buffet, the banter resonating across the spacious venue created an appropriate atmosphere for celebrating our annual presentations. Between food courses - and even during them - the dance floor came alive with many revellers determined to demonstrate that swinging gracefully was not restricted to the golf course. However, with desserts finally consumed, even the most energetic members and guests were compelled to settle down comfortably as the prize-giving feature of the evening commenced.

SICG Vice-Captain, Margot Huddleston, presented the 2022 awards to the various winners, and runners-up in attendance across a range of competitions, most of whom feature in the following roll of honour:


1st John Bataille

2nd Petter Barth

3rd Lars Persson


1st Jules Heath

2nd Tuula Nurmi

3rd Heli Ilves


Winner John Bataille

Runner-up Thomas Callan


Katriina Iho

Barbro Arvidson


Winners - Barbro Arvidson & Par Arvidson

Runners-Up – Frank Wilson & Peter Fisher


1st Janice Langham

2nd Lars Persson

3rd Par Arvidson

Best Gross Lars Persson

As illustrated in the accompanying photographs, all presentations were gratefully accepted by proud recipients, and who also undoubtedly appreciated the enthusiastic applause and whoops of delight from fellow members. To conclude the prize-giving, Margot then presented a special bouquet of flowers to Sue Hagland in recognition of the tremendous work and organisation by Sue to ensure that the 2022 Presentation Dinner was yet another highly memorable SICG occasion. The evening eventually concluded with yet more dancing, frivolity, and even bouts of community singing to further enhance the lyrics provided by Vitor. A perfect end to a perfect night, and everyone privileged to be in attendance was undoubtedly a winner!


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10th Club Anniversary - Phoenix Trophy

On a sun-kissed, November day in the beautiful Algarve, over 70 golfers participated in the special 10 th anniversary edition of the SICG annual Phoenix Trophy competition. The Club has gone from strength to strength since being formed in 2012 with just 28 golfers, to its current position of more than 180 members.

A ‘shotgun’ start at 9 am at Silves signalled the beginning of competition for the Phoenix Trophy - originally introduced to commemorate the club’s foundation. For the 10 th anniversary event, players competed for not only the team trophy but also various individual ‘spot’ prizes, which were presented afterwards at the barbecue lunch. The Silves course was in
typically great condition as players graced the fairways and greens underneath a cloudless Algarve sky. The standard of golf was also first class, as several teams took full advantage of the early winter sunshine, to return very impressive scores.

Julian Lyons, one of the founder members, spoke at the post-competition barbecue, and reflected on how the club has grown to become “the welcoming, international club that it is today”. Club Captain, Brendan O’Connell, also stressed how the current strength of SICG is illustrated by the range of not only golfers of all levels, but also “the fantastic combination of nationalities, which combine to make SICG such a richly diverse and welcoming club”. Brendan also praised the Pestana group for tremendous support “in helping to ensure that the club’s 10 th anniversary would be truly a memorable occasion”.

Captain Brendan’s personal drive and determination to deliver this special event was evident both on and off the course, due the event’s organisation, superbly established and coordinated by Captain Brendan. The Pestana Silves clubhouse was bedecked in national flags representing the countries of SICG’s membership, and including, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Norway, Wales, Jersey, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, England, and Scotland. The wonderful atmosphere in the clubhouse, before and after golf, reflected SICG’s typical spirit of great camaraderie and friendship.

The presentation ceremony featured a barbecue in the sun, as delicious food, and refreshments were served by the Pestana staff. Addressing the gathering, Pestana Manager, Stefano Silvestre, proudly praised the quality of “wonderful Pestana Silves staff, who provided excellent service for members on this special occasion with customary professionalism”. Other speakers echoed Stefano’s sentiments, and generally emphasised that Silves staff were a credit to Pestana, not only for their excellent service on the occasion of the SICG’s 10 th anniversary, but for the service provided all year round at Pestana Silves, both in the clubhouse and on the golf course.

The SICG Phoenix Trophy, 10 th anniversary edition was a truly special occasion, and SICG now confidently looks to the future with the aim of enhancing even further SICG’s status as one of the Algarve’s leading golf clubs.

Competition results as follows:
Winning Team - Thomas Hornfeldt, Aulis Karjalainen, Karin Sunden, Jukka Kolho; Nearest the Pin in 2 strokes (Ladies) - Jane Williams Barth; Nearest the Pin in 2 strokes (Men) – George Hagland; Nearest the Pin (Men) – Michael Boyle; Nearest the Pin (Ladies) – Arja Edvardsson; Nearest the Line (Ladies) – Anna Gylling; Nearest the Line (Men) - Tony Seal.


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2022 Don Cox Trophy


Sharon Lyons was the very worthy winner of the latest edition of the Don Cox Trophy competition. A proud, and clearly delighted Sharon is pictured here receiving the trophy from Club President, Tom Callan.

Nordic Day 2022

Those of us participating in this year’s Nordic Day golf at Silves were privileged to have enjoyed another fantastic, SICG experience. The tremendous organisation of our Scandinavian members ensured a day to remember for the 67 players. Naturally, everyone was welcomed at the 1st tee with not only friendly Finnish and Swedish greetings, but also the offer of traditional spirits. Similarly, at the 10th, yet more Nordic hospitality was available, with Nordic delicacies, accompanied by a choice of refreshing liquids. Apparently, fired up with (let’s just say, ‘enthusiasm’) the efforts to land golf balls nearest to the line on the 10th fairway, were inspired by the liquids, albeit the results of many efforts being more than slightly ‘off-line’ ..! Nevertheless, well done to Agneta Torgardh, and Brian Langham for placing drives closest to the line, and claiming the respective Ladies and Gents awards! 


Terri & Tom


Janice & Brian




Tuula & Villematti

 After golf, no fewer than 68 members and guests enjoyed a great afternoon at Restaurante Recanto dos Mouros, in Silves. A few golfers were unable to attend, but our guests swelled the number to 68, in total! Bedecked in Nordic blue, white, and yellow, the restaurant was a terrific setting for the occasion which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Sumptuous food, and lashings of various beverages, contributed to the friendly, carnival-type, atmosphere. Following the meal, tension mounted as the prize giving ceremony beckoned; and, in reverse order, results were as follows: 5th - Per-Lars Tonstad/Jan Daapan (44); 4th – Asa Hedman/Thomas Hornfeldt (44); 3rd – Ove Flenhagen/Steve Etherington (45); 2nd – Janice & Brian Langham (47); 1st – Terry & Tom Brady (48). Congratulations to all on the awards’ podium, and especially to the Nordic Day, 2022 winners: Terry and Tom!  

A lottery was staged immediately after the awards ceremony, with lots, and lots, and lots of prizes on offer, it seemed that everyone was a winner, including the charity that benefited from the proceeds. Certainly, due to the privilege of participating in such a memorable SICG event, everyone whether receiving prizes or not, was indeed a winner. As a result, we are indebted to our Nordic members for their tremendous input in providing such a day. It is my pleasure, therefore, on behalf of all SICG members to convey both congratulations and sincere thanks to all involved in staging the event: Kiltos! & Tack! 

Warm regards

Thomas Callan

SICG President 

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