25 Years of GINS

2013 sees the 25th Anniversary of GINS which was founded when four keen golfers who played with the International Golf Society in Málaga felt the need to play nearer home. Also at that time there were only two 9 Hole courses east of Málaga and GINS opted to play mainly at Los Moriscos near Motril. The Nerja area was becoming very popular for tourists with the ground breaking Capistrano Village putting it on the map and coupled with the new concept of Ex Pats, they saw the potential for a flourishing golf Society.

This year their foresight is proving correct as GINS celebrate 25 years of golf in and around Nerja. A multinational group of between 100 and 200 members, friends and visitors from around Europe play weekly at the now 18 Hole Courses of Añoreta, Baviera and Los Moriscos and monthly during the winter at one of the Granada Courses, with further ad hoc “away days” and an annual multi-day outing further afield.

The late Alan Hazlehurst and Tony Godfrey, Ken Hanks and Dickie Williams attracted 35 members in the first season, a number which now exceeds 300 in 2012 and the first rule of the Society was and still is, is that “it exists for the enjoyment of golf by anyone wishing to play it in and around the Nerja area of Spain”

The GINS members do this by not only playing golf in a very wide variety of formats but also with a great social calendar for members and their partners to enjoy. They hold the traditional golfers Christmas Dinner Dance and the Captain’s Dinner Dance annually with other activities such as Treasure Hunts, Quizzes, Pétanque, Race Nights, Walks and informal parties on a regular basis.

The annual Away Trip is also open to non-playing partners. All this means that Golfers can enjoy the competitive games regularly and their partners can become involved socially throughout the year.

GINS is a fully constituted Spanish Society and a Federated Society of the La Real Federación Andaluza de Golf part of the National Federation. They are a Society rather than a traditional Golf Club but golf is played in accordance with the Rules of Golf and adhere to the CONGU Handicapping System.

Although a Members’ Society we do welcome guests and visitors to join us at our three main courses of Añoreta (Monday), Baviera (Tuesday) and Los Moriscos (Friday). Full details about GINS and how to join us or play with us can be found at www.ginsgolf.com or contact the Publicity Officer on 0034 637 548 944