The Golf Club 03-07/07
The Golf Club turns 10!
Hard to believe how fast this last decade has gone. They say the older you get, the faster time goes and they are right. We choose to celebrate our birthday on the 4th of July, which is roughly the time we opened the bar for our “soft opening”, if you will. There was not much here when we got the keys in late May 2007, just a few black plastic sofas and an old Coke machine. A million baht and a month later we were serving cold beer, with the kitchen to open in a further two months.
Our success is all due to our regulars, those who live here full time, those on the on-and-off work circuit, and our overseas mates who keep returning year after year. To all of you, our heartfelt thanks for your continued support and friendship over the last 10 years. We still have 5 of our original staff and I am not sure we would still be here if not for Nat and Raju. From my wife Tek, little Ally (who turns 9 next month!) and myself, my partners Adam Schoenfeld and John McHugh, our sincere gratitude and best wishes to you and your family.
J.P. Thomas with Nicky, Steve and two Mikes!
Monday 3rd – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees
1st – J.P. Thomas (39) 41 points
2nd – Steve Coughlan (36) 38 points
T-3rd – Nick Handscombe (14) 37 points
T-3rd – Fred Birch (15) 37 points
We marked a unique first event today as J.P. Thomas (wife of Peter) found victory and we finally had our first lady golfer winner! Nui Birch has also taken up the game so for the ladies out there, you are all welcome to play with us. J.P. took up the game just 6 months ago
but has been working on her swing and the results are evident today.
These Thai gals sure get the hang of sports quickly.
It was certainly good conditions for the high handicappers as we see our mate Steve Coughlan doing very well indeed with a big 38 on the card. Nick and Fred brought up the rear with a tie on 37 and Mike Sweeney grabbed the near pin.
Mark Haffenden, Chaten Patel, Raji Banawaitt and Simon Spaulding back home.
Tuesday 4th – St. Andrews – 4-man Rainbow Scramble
1st Place – Simon Spaulding, Chaten Patel, Mark Haffenden and Raji Banawaitt (2.5) 55.5 points
2nd – Gary Emmett, Fred Birch, Mike Omiya and Dave Ferris (7.2) 56.8 points
3rd – Steve Wentford, Wayne McKenna, Alan McKendry and Peter Thomas (7.2) 58.8
What an event! We had a full turnout of 40 golfers for our 4th of July bash marking our 10th anniversary. St. Andrews is always the venue for this annual competition and the course was in great condition.
We had loads of old mates back in town so the timing was perfect. With an auspicious winning score of 55.5, the lads should be buying some lottery tickets! Congrats to Raji, Mark, Chaten and Simon for showing us how the game should be played. When you only have a 2.5 handicap to work with, you know few mistakes were made. With 12 birdies and two eagles (on both par-6 holes) you will have a card that is hard to beat.
The four near pins were won by Peter Thomas, Raji Banawaitt, Mike Omiya and Alan McKendry.
The gang came back hungry and thirsty and our excellent kitchen crew did not let them down. Pulled pork bbq sliders, jalapeno poppers, chicken sate, potato salad and cole slaw all were a hit but it was our own macaroni and cheese that stole the show. It will be a regular menu item soon, by popular demand! Needless to say, The Golf Club was a bit crowded that night, but that’s what makes it cozy here!
Thursday 6th – Laem Chabang – Stableford – White Tees
1st – Nick Handscombe (15) 37 points
2nd – Simon Spaulding (1) 36 points
3rd – Dave Ferris (19) 34 points
Today we found a bit of damp going here but still had a fine day of golf. Lift, clean and place was required on the course so that would be the advice if you get out to Laem Chabang anytime soon. The “B” course was closed for maintenance so it was A & C to deal with. A sports day rate of 2,490 is great value on this Jack Nicklaus track and every Tuesday and Thursday this is on offer until October.
Nicky Handscombe was king of the hill today and that is great going considering the guy behind you plays off just a 1 handicap! That would be Simon Spaulding, one of the winners of our scramble on Tuesday. Nice shootin’ guys, and thanks go to Dave Ferris for running the show today!
Friday 7th – Kings Naga – Stableford – Yellow Tees
T-1st – Gavin Wright (12) 39 points
T-1st – Alan McKendry (11) 39 points
3rd – Wayne McKenna (11) 38 points
Jeez, what a week and boy am I glad it’s over. These parties do my head in so today it was time for something a bit different. The saga of Kings Naga (formerly Rayong CC and originally Great Lakes) was the adventure for Friday and it was great to see 16 blokes who were curious enough to make the trip out.
Here’s the scoop…the greens are great but the fairways are still a work in progress. Khun Henry is the young manager out here and is friendly, helpful and speaks good English. Henry was explaining to me their first priority was getting the greens right, which they did, and now they are working on the fairways. We found them to be bad on the front, but playable on the back nine. I haven’t played this course in 7 or 8 years and I have fond memories of this track when it was in its’ prime.
This course is definitely worth a trip out. The Nick Faldo layout is memorable and set on a lovely piece of property with rolling hills but very walkable. It is only 1,050 for green fee, caddy fee and shared cart and Henry mentioned they may also be doing a sports day for even better value. Give the course a try and support them for giving us yet another choice for value golf in Pattaya. For the time being, I would suggest a one club lift, clean and place rule until those fairways are sorted out.
Gary Emmett got our Caddy Smile near pin today and Wayne McKenna had enough on the card for third place. We had a tie at the 39 point mark with Alan and Gavin sharing the top spot on the podium. Gavin is a member at Siam and said the greens here were as good as the courses of Siam!
So what exactly is Kings Naga? I turns out to be an ancient, mythical Thai serpent and is the logo for this golf course. You learn something new every day here!
By the way, we are having a quick trip up to Kabinburi on the 20th of July for one night and two rounds for 3,600 including green fee, caddy fee and hotel with breakfast at the Serenity Resort.
Thanks for your support guys, and keep it in the fairway!
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