Tropical Golf 09/08

Green Valley ( Stableford) There may be three Golf Courses in this complex, but this is by far my own personal favourite. On this day we had a good turnout, and nearly all arrived at the golf course. One of our players went from home and I got a SMS after I finished saying he was not arriving as he got lost. So one less.

Now whilst this  may seem surprising, over the years we have had some amazing ‘No Shows, including me!!. Sometimes miss a turn and you can be anywhere. In the old days I jumped onto a baht taxi and asked if he could take me to Laem Chabang Golf Course, yes, Correct, I ended up in Laem Chabang Port. How about going to Khao Kheow, been there dozens of times, and missed it a couple of times. Went to Khao Kheow once and realised it should have been Burapha. This is only me and there are many more.

So on arriving and booking in it was out to the first tee. At present they are completely leveling and landscaping  the area on the left of the first tee, so all the players had to play off the first tee over the water. Remarkably the players did really well and only the odd one did not make it. As we were off into a strong wind that was a really good start. The strong wind stuck with us all the way around and as strong winds are it always seemed to be into us. So a tough day.

This is a really good course and on the day the greens were fast an true, with  fairways that were usually in good condition the round rolled along. It also seemed very hot out there and most of the players were struggling towards the end with a couple really having to hang on. This is one of the benefits of taking a cart!!!..

Soon around, a nice shower cooled us down, just before the power cut. Sitting in the German Restaurant with no AC is indeed a bit hot so most of our players went straight back. Still the power did come back on and milk shakes were served again.

Back at BJ’s it was soon into the results. The winner on the day was Graham Buckingham with 36 points ahead of Barry Elphick in second with 35 points and Tom Cotton in third with 34 points. We then had a countback on 33 points that saw John Pierrel in fourth and Derek Brook and Daryl Evans just missing out. It then started to rain outside so most of the golfers went home early, but the brave ones stayed!!!.  T.T.F.N.

Near Pin     Dick Warberg   Derek Brook   Tom Herrington   John Pierrel

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