Siam Country Resort 25/08

Stuart banks some good scores

On Tuesday we returned to Bangphra golf course where the caddies are possibly the best turned out in the area with well tailored uniforms in subtle colours that are pleasant on the eye without being too glaring.

Paddy grabbed a young caddy while I had her great-great-grandmother and the others some of her older relatives. Fortunately everyone lived long enough to complete the round.

The course had been in uncharacteristic poor condition this dry season, but after the recent rains the grass has grown back in, there was water in the lakes and nature was all around with dolphins in the ponds and monkeys in the trees. At least until our groups arrived on the tee, when about a hundred monkeys poured out of the trees for the safety of the middle of the fairway.

Such surroundings obviously inspired our golf as, with one exception, everyone scored in the 30’s with Willem Lasonder teeing off first and piling up 36 points after 16 holes, but the pressure was too much and he wiped out on the last two holes leaving him to endure the agony of the “leader in the clubhouse”. But Stuart Banks who had a fantastic 22 points on the front nine couldn’t quite sustain it and came up one short with 35 points to finish second. The one exception to good golf was myself, but when I was looking for my ball in the jungle a monkey stole my swing.

Thursday saw us at Patavia, one of the nicest courses here that is improving every year, Despite the long, tiresome drive, it is popular with our group.

You would think with the quick greens here scoring would be difficult, but again our golfers were on form with all scoring in the 30’s, but the standout round today was Stuart Banks with 39 points who is having a good run of form. He just beat out Martin Hayes on 38 and Neil Harvey on 37. We also had a first at SCR, when Jonathan Pratt won all four of the nearest the pins, with some searing iron play.

Siam Country Resort, Restaurant & Bar is located just off Siam Country Club Rd, after going under the arch past the 7/11, turn right after 50 meters, with the venue on the left another 200 meters along.  Golf from here is played on Tuesday & Thursday, with the Resort hosting prompt presentations on both days.  As a PSC affiliated venue we welcome all golfers.  Call 089 2535440 (Willem Lasonder) for scheduling or enquiries.

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