Tropical Golf 15/03
Pattana ( Stableford) We thought with an early start we would be able to zip around and get back before the rush started in Pattaya. I was quite happy to go off first as a three ball and even though we were a few minutes late in teeing off I lived in great hope. Then I realised that in front of us were five carts, now this is a normal rule at many Courses that if you have a five ball you must have a cart for each player.
We lived in hope but unfortunately it was a false hope. Have you ever had a round where you waited for every shot and even taking long breaks at the rest stops does not do any good as after a couple of shots you are up behind the group ahead. Certainly on the front nine and teeing off on the second nine however, the group was up behind the groups ahead and even having a chat with the starters did not clear the situation. They offered to let our group go off the third nine but when they realised we had 7 groups quickly withdrew that offer. Waiting every shot is not fun.
So as some of our other groups joined us we hung on for a chat, and group moan, till the 5 ball were on the green and then Teed off and noted it was exactly three hours since we teed off on the first.. As a three ball I would have expected to be on the last couple of holes. The back nine just seemed to get more frustrating as the five ball ahead lost contact with the groups ahead until after great frustration we finished in over five and a half hours. And did not see a Marshall.
Whilst we have met with some frustrations in the past this just seemed more annoying as the Course itself was in great condition and what golf we played was enjoyed by all. The fairways were in fine condition and the greens were fast and true and I suppose you have to take the rough with the smooth and we have been very lucky over a long period of time, but it is really annoying.
We found out that a group of 60 Golfers had turned up and no sensible Course is going to turn that group away. Still it makes a change from the last time I was there with our group, the heavens opened and we were rained off after being stuck under cover for some time till the rain slowed. This for some reason is the Course we have been rained off most in the last couple of years.
Sad because this is a great Course and a superb Clubhouse, and sadly after living here for many years, these things do happen.
So we got back late when we expected to get back early and the results were quickly declared.
In the A Flight, 0 to 18,The winner was John Hackett with 38 points ahead of Mashi Kaneta in second with 36 points and John Davis third with 35 points.
In the B Flight the winner was Paul Weatherly with 39 points ahead of a countback on 37 points that saw Nigel Perry in second ahead of Daryl Evans in third.
Then most being tired they disappeared whilst the brave stayed on to sink their sorrows. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Bob Britton Doug Maiko Richard Kubicki Mick Coghlan
Long Put Buckers Doug Maiko