Tropical Golf 22/6
Riedler Tops the Field
As it has been nine months since our last visit to Great Lakes, err, Rayong CC, err, King Naga, we decided to have a visit to check out the course and facilities. Being near the end of June with the numbers down, three four-balls headed down “36” after coffee and breakfast at BJ’s for the day’s competition.
Check-in on arrival was smooth and easy on the wallet with great rates, whether walking, carting alone, or sharing. Soon changed and after a bit of chipping and putting, we were off the first tee a bit early.
Always a challenging track, it is nice to see progress being made at King Naga to bring it back to a course one wishes to return to. While still a work in progress and currently with cored and sanded greens, the fairways were in good condition with less bare patches than before, the bunkers uniformly maintained, plenty of carts and caddies, and even some new benches and lockers in the clubhouse. On the course, it is wise to avoid getting much off the fairways as the undergrowth around the old rubber trees is very dense and balls hard to find.
With the course practically to our selves, the groups were around at a good pace which allowed a chance to have a bite and drink in the clubhouse. Have to report the surroundings were pleasant and clean, the food was very good at a reasonable price, and the staff courteous. So with cards collected the groups were headed back to Pattaya and BJ’s to learn who stayed out of the rough and managed the sanded greens the best on the day.
With it close at the top, Gerd Riedler (CH 11) , 38 points, took the top step, followed by Mick Coghlan (25), 37 points, Dick Warberg (22), 36 points and Mashi Kaneta(17), 35 points. Best 9‘s, non-winners, went to Brian Parish and Daryl Evans. Well played and congratulations to all!!
The Tropical Golf Group meets at “The BJ Holiday Lodge”, Pattaya Beach Rd., Soi 3, for friendly competitions on Tuesdays and Fridays. Golfers of any and all levels are welcome.