Tropical Golf 23/05
Tuesday The 23rd May 2017: Pattana ( Stableford) I remember someone, not me, saying, ‘The worst day on a Golf Course is better than the best day at work’. well apart from the fact I have had some really great days at work I cannot remember a worse day on the Golf Course, not the Courses fault mind, than this, and I won!!.
When it is raining in Pattaya I get phone calls nearly every time we go to play, by people who want to know if we are going to play. On this day I got none as it was not raining, so we met at BJ’s and off we went to Pattana after checking that there was no rain there and checking the weather forecast that showed all should be well.
Arriving there it was a quick change and onto the first tee and we were to play the A & C in that order. We knew it had been raining lately so lift, clean and place was put in before we started. As the first group, off we went and A1 was damp underfoot but not bad, so onto A2 and tee off. Then the first drops started to fall, still down to the green as it started to fall harder. Onto the green, put out, and the rain got a bit harder so we dashed to the next hole, a par 3 and John hit his Tee shot near the pin, as I bent down to put my tee in, the thunder and lightning started and we all dashed for the rest stop near us.
Soon the next three groups joined us as the thunder crashed and the lightning flashed. For the best part of an hour we waited as the rain fell. Normally this is when it stops, so as it dropped to a slow rain we got to the tee and got away. So it brightened then got dark and we always hoped it would fully stop but it never did. Wet and miserable we battled on and it felt really cold so we did not drink water. Later discussion showed that several of the players had problems and we could only put it down to the seeming cold of the rain stopping players from drinking and several of us showed distress we later put down to dehydration.
One of the players from the last group said he had never played 18 holes in the rain as the last group did. All were shattered, for me all my towels were wet as was every bit of my clothing, it is unpleasant. Even all my gloves were soaking. but these golfers are tough. As we walked around the fairways were deep in water in places, and it was nearly impossible to get a dry lie, except strangely on the greens which were playable all the way around. It makes you think ‘Why Do we do it’, the answer is because we know no better. No sense no feeling!!.
If it really pours down you pack in, but if it just rains you keep going and here we have no wet weather gear. Rules of Golf, and rain is no reason to stop. Never been so miserable in my like, as had half the players.
Finished, I would like to say we all felt better, but no, it made for a miserable night. However the drive back was warm and dry.
I would like to take credit for playing well, but the truth is I was so cold and wet I just kept plodding on and hitting the ball out of puddles. Or maybe because I was in the first group.
So the winner on the day was Derek Brook with 37 points ahead of Brian Parish in second with 36 points. We then had a three way countback on 35 points that saw Dick Warberg in third, Mashi Kaneta in fourth and Landis just missing out.
Then I tested the Singha Lights with the blue tops and found out why they are blue, because they have more alcohol and next morning I felt blue. T.T.F.N.
Near Pin Landis (2) John Anderson AVD