The Golf Club 10-14/07

TGC write up for 10th – 14th July

Steve Ellison


Furneaux on Fire!


Monday 10th – Green Valley – Stableford – White Tees

1st – Mark Wood (9) 39 points

2nd – Greg Furneaux (18) 38 points

3rd – Butch Furneaux (9) 36 points


There is a very strange mood about town as we see more and more businesses closing and far fewer visitors doing the town. We are quite fortunate being at one of the busiest locations in Pattaya on Soi L.K. Metro, but even here the numbers are way down. After seeing 17 summers here, this is by far the slowest, but that can also be a blessing for the tourists as prices are cut across the board.


There is little problem getting preferred tee times save for a few courses on the popular sports days. Other than that you can expect very few golfers out on the other weekdays.



Green Valley is not in good shape at all. They should have waited until the other 18 at Silky Oaks was completed and then just shut down RGV for a year and do the job right. I can’t imagine this renovation turning out well, but I sure hope they prove me wrong. The greens are fine but those fairways are a joke.


Butch and Sundance are back in town! Yep, the Furneaux boys got things rolling the right way and both found a spot on the podium here today. Chicken dinner goes to the right honourable Mark Wood with 39 points whilst our buddy Peter Thomas claimed the fame of the Caddy Smile near pin.



Tuesday 11th – Parichat Links – Stableford – Yellow Tees

1st – Butch Furneaux (9) 37 points

2nd – Masao Ishikawa (17) 36 points

3rd – Greg Furneaux (18) 28 points


Ah yes, nothing like a bit of controversy by booking Parichat Links! This course is like the Vegemite ads, you either love it or you hate it, but after getting in a few rounds it does grow on you. The location is fantastic and we have found condition of the course is usually very good. When they tempt us with a 1,200 baht all in offer how can you refuse?


Those Furneaux boys were at it again and dominated the leaderboard allowing only Ishi in for second place. Butch had another great day and was top of the charts with 37 points. Greg was a bit fortunate to score with only 28 on the card and beat brother Butch on the near pin. Ishi plays with us a lot when visiting from Japan and being a youthful 73 years young, always walks the course!



Thursday 13th – Khao Kheow A & C – Stableford – Yellow Tees

T-1st – Alan McKendry (11) 33 points

T-1st – Phil Smedley (12) 33 points

T-3rd – Wayne McKenna, Mark Wood, Nick Handscombe, Masao Ishikawa all on 32 points


There was a decent turnout for the comp today as 16 blokes joined us for a fine day at Khao Kheow. As it turned out, 6 of them ended up in the money. It was wet underfoot so very little roll out there, but no rain was to be had during play. It ended up being a near 5-hour round as the groups ahead paid no attention to the clock and no marshals were out there to speed them up.


It was Alan McKendry and Capt. Phil who ended up the surprise joint winners with 33 points. That must have been a shocker as Phil read through the scorecards and saw nobody had 34 or more! Wayne McKenna also nicked the Caddy Smile near pin prize but had to settle for just a par. No free beer for you Wayne!


Friday 14th – Pattavia Century – Stableford – Yellow Tees

1st – Grant Dohnt (14) 38 points

2nd – Masao Ishikawa (18) 36 points

T-3rd – Nick Handscombe (14) 32 points

T-3rd – Brendon Gallagher (0) 32 points


After a week of trying we finally played a course in excellent condition. Pattavia Century is in great shape and well worth the extra 15 minutes’ drive to get here.


In case you didn’t know, the course is named after the species of pineapple grown in the fields surrounding the golf course, the Pattavia. It is allegedly a Nick Faldo designed course and has a similar layout to Kings Naga and The Emerald courses that also bear his name. They have tamed down the greens here which makes the course far more enjoyable and fair.


I think we all would wish to play off scratch. Just to be able to control the ball to go where you want it and have very few surprises out there would be heaven…one would think. The catch to that is you can make no mistakes and that is the situation our mate Brendon has, but managed to get joint third with Nicky Handscombe. Scratch golfer Brendon is recovering from a shoulder injury but is starting to return to form, so watch this space.


Once again this week we see Ishi on the podium, but victory was had by visiting Grant Dohnt with a clever 38 on the card. On this course, that is usually quite enough for the win.


I have a somewhat related trivia question for you regarding this last weekends’ Wimbledon Championships. What is it that sits on top of the 130 year old Gentlemen’s Championship trophy? A golden pineapple, because in Victorian England it was a very exotic and expensive luxury few could afford. I just wonder if it was a Pattavia?


Thanks for your support guys, and keep it in the fairway!


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